Monday, August 31, 2015

One of the best strategies for fluency and reading is learning sight words~
Payne loves building them with clothespins and reading as quickly as he can.
Great practice for sure!!!
{His favorite thing is to spot them in other places! THAT is real reading!!!}

Happy 54th to Scott~

Sunday, August 30, 2015

After Josh took Scott for a round of golf,
we celebrated with all of our children around our big outside table~
 and surprised Scott with a new chain saw.
LOVED having all our children together~
 Loved having Savannah, Josh, and Savannah spend the night~
So we had plenty of time to love on BC!!!
Happy birthday honey!
Praying you have many many more!!!

Happy ShayleeJoy Day~ {5 Years}

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Today SJ has been home five beautiful years~
Just look at that transformation!!!
Love you sweet SJ... You are a beautiful miracle!!!

Cook-a-Book Friday: Dinosaurs~ {Science}

Friday, August 28, 2015

Everyone has loved our Dinosaur chapter in our Apologia Science Book: Land Animals on the Sixth Day.
Our Mystery of History was awesome explaining when Dinosaurs may have been on earth~
We watched Digging Up Dinosaurs Reading Rainbow 
which reminded us of a fabulous Dinosaur Museum we visited in Fuzhou
so we pulled out SJ's China videos
which was perfect because tomorrow is SJ Day (5 years!)~

Our book was one the boys love so we went through and labeled all the dinosaurs we have~
 We also did all the puzzles we own~
 For art we painted stegosauruses and decorated them~
 In the Reading Rainbow we learned all about fossils so for our Cooking project
we used sugar cookies, pressed dinosaurs into them, and painted with colored milk~
 It was a huge hit and the process was SO much better than the product~
Great thing is... doesn't matter if the cookies all baked into big blobs.
They tasted delicious and made our day SO FUN!!!
Looking forward to finishing up this chapter next week.

Making Books~ {Writing}

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Brave Writer is going well for us this year
but is there any better indicator of a confident writer than this...
 I had asked SJ to write a story in her journal and she asked if she could make a book.
She worked on it for two days.
It turned out precious and she even created a book cover for it~
 The About the Author page... priceless!

SJ loves making stories~
She loved reading to us and we clapped like crazy!!!
Believing you're a writer and illustrator is more than half of what it takes to do it!
YAY SJ!!! We believe in you too!!! 

Nature Walk Wednesday~

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Today we took the morning for a long Nature walk around our yard~

 And found SO many treasures~

We came back to display them on our trays~
and then sketch~
 Next we searched our guide books for species names and added to our pages~

Everyone did a fantastic job~
Look forward to more days just like this one!!!

More Lost Teeth~

Both PC & EK have lost teeth this week~
{Payne's first}
With dad being the family extractor and me the photographer.

The tooth bank is officially closed and no more pulling allowed this week. :)
Happy Tooth Day kids!!!

Piano Student~

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SJ is taking piano lessons again via IPad~
And 4 other littles wish they were too!!!

Ben Curtis~

Monday, August 24, 2015

Today was a day spent loving on BC~

With a little school sprinkled in~

But mostly just loving on BC!!!
The BEST of days!!!!!

New Centers~

I am going with a new strategy this year...
Fill the drawer with more things than they could choose on a given day.
When one activity is chosen over and over for a week, 
it will be taken away so less favored ones are chosen as well.

Boys' Centers~
Listening: {Narrate story after listening}
Puzzles: {Friendly race to finish}

 Clothespins Sight Words: {Read and Spell Words}
 Uno War: {Deal cards and flip one to determine more and less}
 Spot It: {Visual Discrimination}
 Tag Readers: {Reading with Support}
 Zingo Sight Words- {Practice words learned with BOB readers}

Bitty Girls' Centers~
Puzzles: {EC helping HM learn the ropes}
 Jr Tag Readers: {Reading with support}

ABC match: {ABC order}
 TAG Readers: {Reading with Support}
 Spot It-: {Visual Discrimination}

 Flower Match: {Math- Matching Patterns}
 Listening- {Tell me the Story Girls: Retelling}
These centers are chosen as they finish up table work and our group time.
The wonderful thing is they choose to do these activities in the afternoons and weekends too!!!

Draw. Write, Now~

Saturday, August 22, 2015

I felt it was time to give the 4 youngest a little drawing instruction.
I used this book with EK and SJ and they loved it.
I used the printable found @ 1plus1plus1equals1~
I printed two to a page and we glued them into our journals.
I drew on the whiteboard as they followed.
They did awesome and then copied the words.
I had the boys give me an extra fact about chickens as well.
This will be a daily activity for Journal time until we have finished the book.
I really like that it gives the kids confidence with drawing, reading, and writing.
A win win all the way around!!!

Fun Friday Turned Cook-a-Book Friday~

Friday, August 21, 2015

Do you know the Laura Numeroff books?
They are have a circular theme and are sequence oriented.

Earlier in the week I had begun thinking about a cooking activity for Friday
and came up with Cook-a-Book Friday.
Then as I was scrolling on IG I saw someone making homemade donuts for their child's birthday.
{I see my own circular story beginning!}...

I remembered making donuts with my kids when I was a teacher so I looked it up online.
Once I found the recipe, I looked for a book to go with it and found
If You Give a Dog a Donut...
(which we don't have)
and that took me to YouTube.
All this starting coming together since we had spent tons of time acclimating Macy into our school day~
She needed a celebration and we did wonder if she liked donuts so~
 We watched the book and gathered all the others we have.
I pulled up the recipe and EK read us the directions while SJ gathered the ingredients~
We used a playdough cone to make the holes and dropped them into the canola oil.
Once they were golden brown
we put one in Macy's bowl and she gobbled it down in a sec~
 For our donuts we drizzled chocolate icing and heaped on the sprinkles~
 I had everyone do one math sheet from their caddy
then we watched the story again and sequenced it on a circle.
This was super easy for EK and SJ but they helped the bitty girls keep up~
With reading, writing, and math done as well as cooking, we called it a FUN Friday
and decided Cook-a-Book is here to stay!!!
Can't wait to think up something for next Friday!

A New Chapter Book Reader~

Thursday, August 20, 2015

SJ has finished her first Magic Treehouse and started on her second~
LOVE seeing EK set the example for SJ and then the rest follow as well.
They get a big stack of books and take them wherever they go. :)
The Reading Life!!!


All the girls got haircuts this week~
 Wish I had taken a before photo too~
Beautiful girls!!!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

 Was allowed in the schoolroom today and did pretty well!!! :)
Good girl Macy!!!


We have given Macy very little of our house since a few of the kids are fearful
but today we allowed her in the schoolroom~
 And she did pretty well~
Kids are learning the more rubs they give, the calmer Macy becomes.
Good girl, Macy!!!