Thursday, March 20, 2014

Memory Work

I decided to add memory work to the kid's school days. We have been learning about Shakespeare and reading the play A Midsummer's Dream. We just started on Monday and so far the kids and I have been enjoying it.                                             

                                                                               

I really like the techniques that Ken Ludwig shares in his book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, we have been learning lots of new meanings to words, imagery, and rhythm to words. Finally I have been able to appropriately challenge their reading skills too. This past Sunday we saw a group of homeschoolers perform the play A Midsummer's Night Dream and it helped them to get to know the characters. Well, really they don't like how they adapted it now that they are reading the play themselves. The play was fantastic!

                                                                                  
                                                                                  
Learning one line at a time! 
                                                                                   

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

We are Back!

I have missed this space tremendously! For those of you who are friends with me on Facebook you already know what has been keeping me busy from this space. During our remodel we were robbed by the remodeling guy. I'll make a long story short he took everything that was salvageable, new things, building materials and ran off with the money I paid him. It has been about a month since this has all happened and the Police did a wonderful job at getting this case to the Prosecutor's Office, and no we haven't moved back home yet.  Now we pray and Keep it moving.

I am just going to jump right in and show you what I am really excited about today!

                                                                         

                                                         Algebra you can touch!  

I'll see you guys back here tomorrow and if your reading this Thank you for hanging in there with me!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

On the Radio


I thought I share one of my best moments of 2013. I know it's a bit late for such a theme, but I needed to remind myself of all of the positive things that has happened to us over the past year. Here's the link! Now you can attach a voice to my writing. Ha!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

An Update and Sewing Class

I am easing back into this space, bare with me!

We are getting a remodel done on our house, it starts on Thursday! I am soooo excited!! We won't be doing the remodeling so I am sure it will turn out fine :) I am hoping that we will be back home for the Big Girl's 16th Birthday Celebration, February 7th. Michelle wants to invite two of her friends for a sleep over and having a new room makeover is just timely. We Miss Home!!!! My parents are just amazingly supportive, in fact I may not remember how to cook. LOL.

Also we have been busy relocating to a new space for the Studio. I am still decorating, rearranging and I will be sure to share pictures as soon as I get it done. We are still doing business as usual while we pull it all together. I thought I share some pics of Sewing Class today.

We had a Vet Clinic brought in by DJ to fix his stuff animals. He loves purposeful work!!

                                                                             


The Kindergartner started sewing his Valentines today.

                                                                     

                                                                               

And the girls made some hats and scarves.

                                                                                 


Thank you for reading!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Make Your Own Small Bead Frame or Abacus



During our Creative Math class today we made an Abacus, but not until I told the Story of Numbers. It was amazing! The kids just started building numbers. One way that they were able to remember what each number represented  was by choosing the color of their choice. It worked! I love it when I am able to understand a Montessori Material  so well that I can offer a twist to it for children who may be new to Montessori Education. I highly recommend this Math Project as a work choice at home or at school.

                                                                         


To make the Abacus you will need
  • An assortment of colored beads. Each Abacus will need 4 different colors(40 beads)
  • Coffee Stirrers
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Sharpies to label the numbers 1,10,100, 1000
  • Plastic Corrugated Sheet. I brought our as a Blank Yard Sale Sign at Home Depot.
I found the inspiration for this project at Classroom DIY, you can also find instructions there that will be able to guide you to make the same model as the Montessori Small Bead Frame, or you can follow the instructions for a traditional Abacus.

                                                                        
                                                                         
                                                                            
For those of you that may not know what the Montessori Small Bead Frame looks like I included the photo above.

The Story of Numbers was awesome and for a minute I thought maybe I had something on my face, because the children's attention was so focused and they were watching every word coming out of my mouth.

Here's to a many of great math lessons! I think they caught the Math Bug!!
                                                                         



I am linking this post to Montessori Monday.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Encouragement Needed

Our homeschool was at a climax just days before Christmas. We were rocking it out and it looked like we were not going to take a break. Well we are relaxed homeschoolers anyway.

                                                                         


Projects were coming along, visions were being made.

                                                                        

Aren't those skirts gorgeous? Designed and made by the girls! That shirt is speaking volumes to me.

Then last Sunday a Ice Storm hit our city and has left us without power for now 6 days. Our pipes busted  and since we were out of town staying with relatives we were unaware of the happenings. However we were blessed with an observant Board of Water and Light worker that turned the water off. 

What about the pets? Let's talk about that later. See in our community there was no place for us to find shelter for them. Live and Learn right?

The Water Damage is overwhelming, and I am planning to just get comfortable at my parents house. By the way their power wasn't restored until yesterday. I didn't make a decision to leave until day 3 because I was very optimistic that power would be turned  on any minute. Cold, Brrr!

                                                                                 

Just a couple days before the Ice Storm I taught DJ how to crochet, So Crocheting in the dark was such a blessing.

My, My, My, the kids have the best attitude ever! My blessings are in abundance. When we were visiting warming stations I received tons of compliments from people about them. They are so awesome ya'll! And I know it is bigger then me, the man upstairs does it all and I am eternally grateful.  

I am asking for some Prayers Warriors to pray for us. We have a long road ahead of us! Did I ever mention that I have OCD so I am challenged by the condition of our house and don't even care about all of those great educational materials that I purchased over the years are gone. I am also a procrastinator so I never organized my basement after relocating to the Studio, if I had did that then more than half of that stuff would of been saved.

So I have a new mantra, "If what your doing is easy, then your not doing the right thing", can I get an Amen!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Woof! Woof!

DJ has been baking dog treats!

                                                                                   



DJ also machine sewed a snack bag to keep the treats in.