Homemade Watercolor Day~ {Fun Friday}

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I had a couple of projects lined up for the day.
First, coloring 25 lbs of rice using our watercolors and food coloring~
to make a sensory tub.
What better was to make two boring puzzles all the more fun!

Second, we drew and painted BD cards for dad~
The watercolors worked beautifully and were so vibrant!
I laughed to myself and thought this would be the closest thing
to me canning anything... liquid watercolors.
A simple and Fun Friday!

Happy 53rd to Scott~

Saturday was all about Scott's 53rd birthday with a house full of celebration.
But first a cup of coffee on the breezeway and a clean pool~
 Wasn't long before Savannah and Ben Curtis pulled in and it was operation HOLD BC~
 There was time spent on the floor together, eating together, and football together!
LOVED having my two Bigs home!!!
They gave Scott this giant card and after a Mexican fiesta,
celebrated with a Georgia cake in honor of Rosie who was at the Ga game cheering on the Dawgs.
Doesn't 53 look great!?~
SO wonderful having my sweet sister home with Chris and Sam.
This will be one of my Fav pics for all time!~
 Today all three of our families... mine, Jason's, and my sister's
all went to NS for church and out for pizza afterwards~
 Still celebrating!!!
Happy birthday honey~ wishing you 53 more!!!

Routine, Learning Space, and Storage~

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Our Routine is pretty much the same everyday.
Everyone is up with beds made and down for breakfast at 8.
{EK and SJ have been coming down early to start their work drawers... smart!}

8:45 Get Dressed, Teeth, and Straighten up Rooms
9:00 Try to get our Learning Day started with Bible and Prayer
        Calendar and Singing Time
        Five in a Row book and activity
        Chapter book reading
        {Often done outside if weather permits}
10:00 Work Drawers {Centers}
        I pull EK and SJ for one on one teaching time. I also check all         centers being completed as well as assignments completed by         older girls.
11:00 Work Drawers {Centers}
        I work with boys and bitty girls for teaching time as well.
        EK and SJ also have centers they can choose if they are                   waiting for me or finish up before the other kids~
Red: Books on cassette
Orange: Hot Dots
Green: Word Whammer and word cards
Blue: Playdoh and Sight Word lists for spelling
Purple: MUS blocks and cards for War
11:30 If work is complete, everyone is rewarded with technology             time {school apps only!}. 
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Bitties to bed and rest of us back for Science and History.
2:00 Everyone to rooms for quiet time.
3:00 Snack and Outside

Learning Space:
Most of our learning happens outside or in our sunroom~
View from all 4 corners.

Our calendar corner, math shelf, and library~
My copy center with all materials for the week~

I have a few places for materials not in use...
Hallway, basement, and cabinet~
SO I think that pretty much covers all things learning here at Ankerich Academy.
Going to be a great year and already off to a GREAT start!!!


Four Years Home Forever~ {SJ Day}

Friday, August 29, 2014

So cliche'... but how does four years pass so quickly?
It seems like yesterday we were walking into a room in Fuzhou
to see this precious little girl~
and yet it seems like she's always been home!
NOW look at her~

 She woke up with a huge smile and opened a little gift~
{Lego watch set since she is learning to tell time right now!}

This afternoon she wanted to read another chapter in her Little Bear book~
This photo is her through and through.
She is all about a joke and laughing.
Her name Joy is truly prophetic and only God knew!!!
We could not be more blessed to have been chosen to love this amazing beautiful daughter!

Family days are quite painful for a child being gathered into a new forever.
To be honest it is a hard day to go back to in our hearts and look into the little face that didn't know, didn't want us, and didn't have a say in the trauma she was living.
I read the most beautiful quote this week from Ann Voskamp~
SJ is the beauty in this quote for sure...
Loss and pain through such a terrible circumstance 
but God is redeeming a beautiful destiny in this little Putian, China girl!

Weeping may last through the night, but JOY comes in the morning.
Psalm 30:5

Thank You Jesus for allowing us such a privilege.
We love her more than life and so very changed by her love!
Love wins again!!!

2014-2015 Curriculum~

This year we have a third, first, two Ks, and two preschoolers.
I have prayed over our curriculum choices this last year and felt peace so we are not changing anything~
just adding handwriting {Handwriting without Tears} and writing {Brave Writer}.
I am sharing a list of choices for each child...

EK is a Third Grader!
Language Arts
     Five in a Row with Living Book and a chapter book add on
     Queen Language Lessons for grammar/lang
     Spelling Workout: Level B
     Handwriting without Tears- cursive {New}
     Writing- Brave Writer/Jot It Down {New}
     EK chooses her own reading material. She is very into some            new horse books my mom sent her plus all things non fiction! I      love having her narrate as much as she can remember.                      Sometimes I just listen and other times I record her narration.
     Math U See- Alpha
     Beautiful Feet Early American History
EK has 5 drawers that hold all her work and she completes her assignments on her own only needing me to check her work as she goes.
The purple drawer holds history and science which is done with the four older kids
so we wait and do those subjects after lunch.

SJ is a First Grader!
Language Arts:
     Five in a Row with Living Book and a chapter book add on
     Queen Language Lessons for grammar/lang
     Circle a Word
     Handwriting without Tears- cursive {New}
     Writing- Brave Writer/Jot It Down {New}
     SJ is reading quite well and I am giving her more independence      in choosing her books. We read together, work on sight words,        read phrases for fluency, and narrate too.
     Math U See- Primer
     Beautiful Feet Early American History
SJ has her assignments in her drawers and we work through them together most days.

Boys are in Kindergarten!
Language Arts:
     Five in a Row with Living Book: LA, Math, Science, Art, SS 
     Writing- Brave Writer/Jot It Down {New}
The boys work through their drawers {centers} while I work with big girls
and when they get to purple, I am reading to give them one on one.

Bitty Girls are in Preschool!
Language Arts:
     Before Five in a Row: covers all subjects
     Handwriting without Tears
     Kumon books
     Coloring Book
The bitty girls have the same routine as the boys
and truthfully sometimes they do their drawers and sometimes
they just aren't in the mood...
I am VERY okay with them making the choice to school or play.
Either way, they ARE learning and get to make the choice of HOW!

We explore music, art, and foreign language through many avenues.
There you have it...
the Curriculum we are using and next up~
Our Daily Routine, Learning Space, and my storage areas!

Schooling out in Nature~

Thursday, August 28, 2014

LOVE being home with this gang everyday!!!

Boys' Kindergarten Work Drawers~ {Centers}

The boys are really doing well with their work drawers {centers}
and I chose to make their activities similar like I did the bitty girls.
I also moved their 'Mom' drawer to the bottom 
so I would be ready to work with them once done with big girls.

Red~ Patterning with Unifix Cubes
Orange~ Matching ABCs to mat
Green~ Puzzles
Blue~ Numeral Order and Counting Sets 1-10
Green~ Mom Activities: Journals, Explode the Code, Workbook, Handwriting w/out Tears

Having several children using the same books could make things a little expensive so I buy one book, cut with paper cutter, and make copies as we go.
When the next two need the same book, I will have it for them as well.
Making consumables work for multiple kids!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Evie: We moms going shopping!

Bitty Work Drawers~

Over the weekend I was able to get the bitties' work drawers changed out...
 Red: Sorting pom poms by color~

Orange: Name Work with clothespins and playdoh~

Green: Numeral matching and counting buttons~

Blue: Cutting paint swatches and gluing into journals

Green: Cutting, Coloring, Workbook, and Journals~
I found over the last couple of rounds the girls and boys need similar activities
so they can support and help each other.
Today this proved to be key with the girls especially since Holly
watches and mirrors everything Evie does!
They loved everything and wanted to do again this afternoon!

Journals Organized~

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

As long as I have been teaching I have always used composition books for journals for lots of reasons.
From the beginning of our homeschool journey, this has been our choice as well.
We write everything in them, glue art in them, add little books we make,
and all subjects are in one place.
Journals work well for us just because it is a simple format...
one book for all things we want to keep or remember.
You can imagine in the future we will have a bunch so this weekend,
Scott bought me 6 different rolls of duck tape~
and I began coding the binding of the journals.
One roll for each child and all have been taped and dated.
It will be super easy for them to pull their old journals to look back
over their work.
I can tell you I LOVED looking through them today!
Sweet memories all organized and proof of all the work we do each day as we learn together!!!

Little Scientists~

EK was feeling better this afternoon after just one dose of her meds
so they all headed outside.
Can't tell you how excited they were to find 12 caterpillars on the driveway!
SJ RAN to get her caterpillar book so they could identify!
Little Scientists in their element... Nature!!!

Liquid Watercolors~

Monday, August 25, 2014

Now that I've discovered liquid watercolors I'm wondering why I
ever bothered with dry ones...
then I looked them up on Amazon and knew why~
I'm focusing on the bitty girls names right now and wanted to do THIS activity with them and needed the colors!
Pinterest to the rescue... Happy Hooligans
and I followed her directions to a T.
I gathered all our old markers, broke them open, and placed colors into jars of water~
They are curing on my kitchen window sill~
Each day they get a little darker and we can't WAIT to try them out!!!


Simple Sunday~

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Loved church and lunch with most of our crew~
 Sure missed Savannah, Josh, and BC!
Everything was all happy and fun until one black car kept going from church 
and then this one pulled out later in the afternoon~
 The littles have really struggled with all the bigs being gone.
I found an app to put on EK's iPad so she can text her sisters and dad during the day~
I'm pretty sure she's going to drive them nuts. haha

Ms. Big~

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I HAD to get this photo of Evie {Ms. Big}~
Evie: I'm taking her to class and she is gonna cry!
I tell her and tell her I be right back.

Ben Curtis~

I can pretty much set my clock by my 4:30 call from Savannah as she leaves school each day.
Our usual favorite subject is Ben Curtis~
And she's so good at sending me a daily photo of this angel.
I miss him like crazy and can't wait to love on him soon!!!

Pete the Cat~ {Fun Friday}

Friday, August 22, 2014

I can pretty much guess Charlotte Mason would deem Pete the Cat twaddle literature
but I'm taking my mom's advice~
"It may be twaddle but IF they are reading, THAT is ALL that matters."
And since SJ LOVES Pete the Cat
I decided it should be the focus of our Fun Friday today!

Reading and Writing:
We began with SJ reading to us~

They all made on their own What Will I Wear Today? little song books. (wrote color words inside)
They even sang them to me!!!

EK and I read the other Pete the Cat books we own and we loved onto our Art activity for the day~
EK helped paint handprints and created Pete the Cat with them!

I made each one a reading stick and they sang Pete the Cat in twos
practicing many early literacy skills~
EK and SJ really taught lots of cool skills to the littles!

Next up was MATH!~
I found THIS post last night while on my computer and just happened to have a tray from $store in my school closet!
As we used up the milk this morning,
I had a brainstorm to make a Pete and combine it with the $tray game~
 Our Pete the Cat loves to eat unifix cubes and we followed directions on THIS post for little kids. 
EK and SJ used a die with numerals and had to add or subtract the two numbers~
 Once again during rest I set up the whole game on the table
and when everyone came down from rest, it was the chosen thing!

Each one painted a Pete with milk and blue food dye onto piece of bread~
We decorated with sprinkles, toasted, and ate with butter and cinnamon sugar.
A BIG thanks to EK for helping me make this day super special for her sibs!
Super Fun Friday and I am pooped!