Monday, January 2, 2012

Back To School

Life has been busy, and today hasn't been my best day. We started back to school today and we didn't get everything done. I had high hopes for today, so I was a bit upset that we didn't finish. Still working on not caring if we get everything done or not.

We started the morning with a devotional and then Bible reading. On Sunday the pastor at our new church told us what book of the Bible he will be going over next Sunday. The kids and I are reading through it this week, and I plan to make a book with different words from the passage that the pastor might say so that my daughter can listen and mark off the words when she hears them. I hope that it will help her to pay a bit more attention to the sermon than she has been.

My son just turned four last week! Can't believe how big he is getting. My baby is no longer a baby. *sniff* So today he began his math lessons. He feels like a big boy now. He did awesome in his lesson today. He learned to recognize three of something without counting. The curriculum we use is big on visualizing numbers rather than counting. My husband has always done that with numbers and he is wonderful at math. I am actually getting better at math and my daughter is only doing 1st grade math. She worked on a worksheet today where she was adding two four-digit numbers together. I love that she is learning why we carry numbers when adding instead of learning how to carry numbers. She seems to have a real understanding of numbers that I never really had.

Since we woke up later today that I would have liked, right after math we had lunch and then bath. I realized at that time I needed to take my daughter to the doctor instead of starting on science as planned. So off to the doctor we went. We started on science when we got home at five today. All we were doing was putting together a book for our lapbook we are doing on rocks.

Time for dinner! We had no time to do our art/writing project we are doing this week. We are going to be making a story book and illustrating it by painting tissue paper and using it in collage just like Eric Carle does. I found a video on his website showing how he does this, and hopefully the kids will be able to watch it tomorrow and start on our book (or books?). This might end up being a weekend project if we are not able to get it done during the week.

*Happy homeschool mom moment* My kids are really starting to recognize states by their shapes! If you have read my blog before you probably know that we have a geography station that the kids can play in, but I do not require them to do so. My daughter took a bite out of her cracker and asked me, "Mommy, does this look like Idaho?" I had no idea so I looked at the map and yep! It did! I was surprised that she would know that. Then my son ran off to get the puzzle piece of Idaho for me. Later that day she tore a piece of paper and recognized that it looked like Tennessee. My kids already know more about states than I do!

Tomorrow my daughter goes to her new Creative Arts school for an hour and a half in the morning. She is sooo excited, but I am a bit stressed because I have to make sure and get up with enough time to get us there on time. I am not a morning person. If we are lucky we will get morning school done before we leave. Just Bible and math. Piece of cake, huh?

I couldn't wait to show off my new labels for the drawers in our homeschool room! No one I know much cares, so hopefully you (my make-believe blog reader!) will be sooo excited over them. :) I have tried in the past to take photos of my kids toys and make labels with them and have failed. Well on another blog I read (can't remember which) the mom took pictures from the internet and printed them out. Why didn't I think of that? I went to yahoo images and found the perfect pictures for the labels, printed them out, and glue them on top of some construction paper. I plan to take them to Mardel for laminating soon and then add velcro. My kids love knowing where there toys are! They have never had so much fun with their toys as they are now. It makes a big difference to have things organized and sorted for them.

So that was my day today. Written mostly for my memories, but if someone other than me is reading let me know! Did you go back to school today? If so how did it go?


  1. I am reading! :). We started back today after being off two months. It was a tad rough but good overall. I like the colorful organizer... Where did you get it?

  2. :) Michelle, so glad to hear that your day was good overall! Do you have a blog?

    I didn't get the colorful organizers. My neighbor brought them over to me and gave them to me. I was pretty excited. I think they got them at Lowes.

  3. I imagine the labels will help them with clean up time, too! Definitely something I'd like to get eventually!

    Isn't it crazy how the day gets away from you like that? It's annoying and happens to me every day.

  4. I love your idea about pre-reading the sermon! I'm so going to do that!