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EK and Cursive~

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I just want to remember the day EK used cursive just because she wanted to~
and not because I made her!
LOVE!

DR Visits~

Payne saw the orthopedist Tuesday and we are pretty sure surgery on his arm
is coming sometime in Oct from a break back in January.
We stopped by IKEA afterwards and treated everyone to $.50 hotdogs~
And on the way home we were able to grab dinner with Josh, Savannah, and BC~
Isn't he the sweetest thing ever???

Today we headed to the heart dr with SJ and WP to receive a raving great report for both of them!
We also picked up Evie's new glasses~
We celebrated @ Steak-n-Shake with this cute crowd!
Can't tell you how thankful tomorrow is a HOME day with no appointments!!!

A BIG Building Week~

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

With all 6 kids in school this year I decided it was time for a permanent room
for our learning time.
I looked for tables and desks... even ordered 3 from Target and took them back.
I wanted to build tables that would fit our space so on Saturday Scott went to Home Depot~
 I found plans online HERE and we built our first table on Saturday with our #1 helper~ 
 We built another Monday afternoon and painting began Wednesday...
{My first chalk painting experience and I am hooked!}~
 Two more on Wednesday afternoon and both painted~
 Scott also brought home these old windows from my grandmother's house
and once cleaned up looked beautiful above the table~
 Tuesday was a dr day and afterwards we made our first ever stop at IKEA
for a few goodies including these adorable chairs~
All of the tables are done and in place waiting for Monday to roll around
although they have already used and everyone keeps saying~
"We LOVE our new tables!"
So excited to show you the room once it is ready!

*We cut our tables down to 4' so 2 kids could sit comfortably side by side.

Weekend Fun~

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SJ practiced her golf and pulled another front tooth~
 Scott and I began building tables for our school room~
and there was MUCH swimming enjoyed!!!
Loved every minute!

Kindergarten Girls~ {Cont. with Centers}

I start school with the other 4 kids about 9am
and there are areas other than the K girls' room where they can play/learn.
{Remember I am getting their Table Work done before breakfast!}

The first is in our Sunroom with a shelf full of activities~
 Playdough, Kinetic Sand, Dot Painters, Art Supplies, Legos~
 Math Manipulatives, Games, Puzzles, and Magformers~
 I moved their kitchen downstairs and it has become the new favorite for everyone~
 They can sit in the rocker and read library books as well as create art @ the table.

In the school room their shelf is full of pegs, ABC puzzles, Retelling Brown Bear~
 ABC fishing, Hot Dots, Fishing Puzzle, Geoboards~
 Little People, Calendar, and a couple of resources for ideas~
They have plenty of K choices to keep them engaged while I'm working with the older kids.

The Kindergarten Girls~ {Curriculum}

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The bitty girls are beginning their first year of Kindergarten
and as I chatted with a friend from Texas about homeschooling our kids,
I mentioned maybe schooling the K girls when they came down for the morning.
They are up about 7am and willing to engage so why not?
Amber agreed and I jumped right in Thursday morning!

I NEED my morning time so I got up @ 5:30, had my quiet time and yoga,
then I heard the bitties heading down the stairs right after 7.
I had already set up the table in the sunroom for them
and as soon as we hugged and filled love tanks,
we headed to the table~
 I had their Journals opened with name written and line underneath.
They traced over and copied on the line.
Today we practiced drawing a house and wrote the word.
I love Kumon books and the girls worked on the cut and paste one.

I am using Before Five in a Row with the girls this year and this week it has been The Blue Boat.
I read the book each day and by mid week the girls are reading along with me.

They also practiced letter formation with Handwriting Without Tears~

To make letter sounds a little more fun and 'hands on', we are making alphabet handprint art each day~
 Evie LOVES painting her own hand!
For math, we used unifix cubes to practice counting sets and making patterns~

 I am also using some little Scholastic readers to teach the girls Nursery Rhymes
and they are learning many emergent readers skills.
Some of the others are joining right in when they get up each morning too~
The best part of this whole thing is having the Ks done before breakfast
and the rest of their day free for their choosing.

{They do come and go into the school room especially if I am reading a story
or working on a project and we are happy to have them!!!}

Fun Friday~ {Venice, Gondolas, & Monet}

Friday, July 24, 2015

Today was one of those rabbit trail days.
and we learned the people travel by gondolas via canals of water.
We tried our hand at making our own but turned out more like canoes. :)
As we were researching gondolas and watching videos of them,
we discovered that a VERY famous artist Claude Monet had painted a gondola.

Thus the rabbit trail... we took some time to learn all about Monet's life
and lingered through many of his beautiful masterpieces.
We kept coming back to the Water Lilies and The Water Lily Pond~
 We found a wonderful art activity and I just happened to have all the supplies we needed:
paper, watercolors, green paper, and coffee filters.
We began with the background and built our masterpieces from there~
It was a beautiful Fun Friday full of Venice, Gondolas, & Monet!

My Littles and My NEW Camera~ {Sony a6000}

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I was finding with a big heavy camera and a big amazing family
I wasn't shooting much with my Nikon... 
always with my phone.
It really boiled down to ease and time.

I began searching for a new one that would shoot just as beautiful as my Nikon
with the help of Landon (thanks!)
and he suggested the Sony A6000.
I ordered and have loved it SO much!!!
 It came with a 16-50mm zoom and I also got the 50mm prime for portraiture! 
 It is super easy to shoot and I LOVE the wifi capability the most~
 With the click of about 3 buttons, I can transfer photos right to my camera roll
which then goes to dropbox saving tons of time in my opinion~

And if proof is needed, look at the photos taken just last night while at the pool~
 A friend asked how we get them all to look and smile...
look below~
 We bribed them with a big juicy ice cold watermelon of course~
I think it is the perfect camera for our big wonderful family life!

Angleo~ FIAR Vol 4 {Rome, Italy}

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The next selection we will be rowing about Italy is Angelo 
and it takes place in Rome which is where Mill is studying.

Here are a few photos she has shared with us~

Here are two of her watercolor projects completed~
Just breathtaking!!!
We know she is having the trip of a lifetime but we are so ready to have her home!

Today we learned that the numbers on our kitchen clock are ROMAN~
 And made our own charts with everyone working at their own level.
We also decided to take school outside for a Nature Hunt~
It was just what the crew needed!!!

Today for our lunch audio book we began~
and we LOVE it!!!
We may need to pull out watercolors tomorrow too!

Beautiful~


Sunsets are my Favorite!

Staying Cool~

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

With 90+ days, Keeping Cool is the name of the game~
At the Pool!!!

A Ben Curtis Weekend~ {SHAYcation}

Monday, July 20, 2015

Savannah and Josh went away for a little VAcation
and left BC with us for his SHAYcation. :)
{Cute thought Josh!}
We had the BEST time with him...
 Reading~
Laughing~
 Playing~
 Hanging out~
 Sitting with ShayShay~
 Teaching everyone how to share with me~
 Eating and swimming~
 And made it back home to mama~
Time with BC is always our favorite time!!!
Thank you Josh and Savannah for giving us this great joy!!!