Monthly Archives: February 2011

He’s Really Into It…

I’m starting to notice that the books we’re reading are making an impact on him and staying on his mind, so much so that I’ve been randomly seeing little tidbits of them pop up in whatever he’s playing.

While playing with the Bananagrams game

Sidewalk chalk on a beautiful day

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Creative Writing Friday

I’m definitely pinpointing his current writing style. He basically choses two random things and personifies them and then they go down the road together and excitement ensues. I think it’s cute.

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My Orderly Girl

Lately Caroline loves to organize things, especially by color or by some feature that makes several things alike. She was very proud that she arranged the pegs on her pegboard in rows of the same color.

This is her signature “Aren’t I amazing?” smile.

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Art for How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

During our last reading of How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, we paid special attention to the illustrations, specifically one where there was a great example of contrasting colors. Afterwards, we did an art project of our own and tried to use contrast by doing light colors on dark paper and then darker and brighter colors on light paper.

The title of this piece is “Jesus Coming Down off the Cross and Going into the Tomb and then Coming Out Again” .

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The Verdict on Homeschooling…After Six Months!

Today marks six months since we began our homeschooling adventure. I am just amazed that it has gone by so quickly and that we have just eleven weeks left of this year (though we’ll still be doing a lot over the summer, just not FIAR). It seems like just yesterday we were beginning and I was asking myself if I would be able to make it through the entire year. Those first few weeks were definitely the hardest and the most filled with doubt, but it didn’t take long before we all got the hang of it and now I feel more excited and confident about homeschooling than ever.

Elliot loves homeschooling more than I could have ever hoped for. He has never once complained about doing school work and he’s always delighted to do whatever I have planned for him. He will often just randomly say, “I love that I get to stay home and do school with my Mama!” Those moments are extremely rewarding. Caroline has learned to enjoy her days at Mother’s Day out, but she has asked to stay home and be homeschooled next year too, which I am certainly not going to argue with. It’s been good to know that she can handle being in a school environment, but I know her heart is set on being right here where her brother is, EVERY day. I’m really excited about what I have planned for her next year. She is absolutely just a bright as Elliot and I know she’ll do great.

Over these last six months, I’ve gotten a lot of interesting reactions when I tell people we homeschool. Most people ask, “Just for the Kindergarten year, right?” I’m not sure why they just assume that I’d only want to do this in Kindergarten. Some people simply ask, “So, when do you plan on putting him in school?” or “Are you really going to be able to do that all the way through high school?” The answer to that is still “I’m not sure. We love homeschooling, but we’re taking it one year at a time.” Honestly, as much as I adore homeschooling, I’ve had my days where I’m a little bit overwhelmed by the idea of doing it all the way through high school. That’s A LOT of pressure to put on myself. In those moments, I tell myself, “It’s ok….maybe someday we will decide to put them in school and I won’t have to do it all by myself.” But those moments are usually gone pretty fast and before I know it, I’m back on what I like to call a “homeschooling high” and I can’t imagine ever giving the job of training up and educating my children to someone else. I can pretty confidently say that we’re extremely invested in this and committed to doing it for several more years. I can’t say that we’ll never put our kids in school, but I do know that I believe these early years are extremely important and that I desire to build the strongest possible foundation for my kids before I send them out into the world. I can’t see doing that before I know they are able to view the world through the lens of scripture and that they can stand firmly in the truth when everything around them challenges what they believe. I need these precious years to reach their hearts!

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Apple Stew

We used our Five in a Row cookbook again today to make “Apple Stew”.

Two thumbs up

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Elliot the Reader

Every so often, I notice that Elliot takes a huge leap in his reading ability. Just recently he’s taken one of those leaps. We’ve been reviewing our book of sounds for a couple weeks now, and I’ve already noticed it’s helped him to more quickly identify the sounds of the letter combinations he’s seeing. His reading is starting to “flow” much more now and he’s so much faster. He’s even really getting good at using intonation where it’s appropriate. Listening to him read used to be a bit of a tension-filled time for me, but now it’s really becoming an enjoyable experience.

To give you an idea of what he’s reading, this is where he’s at in his Pathway Reader. He can fly through a 5-6 page chapter in it in just a few minutes.

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Apple Pie

We baked our own apple pie tonight, using the recipe from the back of How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World.

Both kids were fascinated by our apple peeler/corer.

Everybody got to help.

We had a sticky dough problem, so I pleaded with my husband, who is the pie expert of the family (his Mom taught him well), to help us.

Ok, so it wasn’t the prettiest apple pie you’ve ever seen…..

but it was still delicious!

and HOT!


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Language Arts for How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

In addition to our usual language arts project for our Five in a Row story, we had some vocabulary words to learn today to go along with it. I used a print-out from (which is an incredible resource, by the way) with some clipart pictures to match up with the vocabulary words.

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President’s Day

We were excited to celebrate President’s Day today, since the presidents happen to be one of Elliot’s favorite topics at the moment. We read a library book about the presidents, did our presidents floor puzzle, Elliot did some coloring pages of some of his favorite presidents and we listened to our favorite song about the presidents on YouTube!

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