Tuesday, January 9, 2007

I'm still here and school update

It's been a while since I've posted so I just wanted to drop a line to say HOWDY!  I'm still here, just busy.

We started back with lessons on Dec. 26th and then we've been dealing with sick kids here (just like everyone else it seems).  Coughing, fever, snotty noses, chest congestion...  But I think we're getting better so that is a blessing!

As far as what's going on with our HOMESCHOOL (which I never seem to post about!), here are a few notes:

*  Dash is doing great with Math-U-See Beta.  Tank finished the Primer this past fall and is zipping through Alpha (a lot of repeat from the Primer).

*  We are still struggling with handwriting with Dash.  It IS legible but not as nice as I would like.  Maybe my standards are too high for a 7yo boy?  Plus, he absolutely despises the physical task of writing.  Up until now, I've taken the approach of minimal writing on paper, using whiteboard when we can, narration, etc.  But it's time to switch gears!  I ordered a book of copywork for boys from Queens Homeschool Suppies (www.queenhomeschool.com) and we really like it so far.  Once he gets used to writing the way you are supposed to write as opposed to the way he wants to write, we can move on to actual cursive writing (Getty/Dubay Italic).

*  We use Sonlight as our main curriculum and just love all of the great literature that goes with it.  We just finished reading Mr. Popper's Penguins as a read-aloud-- my boys really enjoyed it!  I hate to think of missing out on all of the fun and interesting books we've read in the last couple of years with Sonlight.  Some favorites from the past have been: Boxcar Children, My Father's Dragon, Dr. Doolittle and Missionary Stories with the Millers (which still makes me cry!).

*  We are learning about waterways through plants right now.  We have in the kitchen three sets of white carnations that we've placed in jars of water.  To the water, each child added their choice of food coloring.  It has been neat to track the progress of the dye manifesting itself in the petals of the flowers.  I took a few pics and hope to post them later (don't I always say that?).

*  David has the week off so the boys have been outside quite a bit.  Dash (7yo) actually got in trouble yesterday for chopping down an oak tree with a SHOVEL.  Oh, and Dozer (2yo) burned a giant hole in the seat of one of our best patio chairs.  The most comfortable things ever, even without the cushion!  He scooped up a bunch of ashes with a shovel and dumped them on the chair.  Oh well...better a chair than a brother!  Tank (5yo) is a pleaser and rarely gets in trouble. :-)  It's a nice break from the usually craziness!  hehehee...

Okay, it is waaay past time to start lessons so I gotta go.  Man, you know it's bad when the teacher is tardy!


BaptistMommy said...

Hope those boys get to feeling better soon! I love reading about Sonlight families...I've always been interested in that curriculum, but dh says it's outrageous in price! lol : )

Anonymous said...

hi there- I'm enjoying your blog- I have a 4,2 and 9 week old and am very seriously considering homeschooling, I looked at the Sonlight catalog- I think I like the structured nature of it. The packages are pricey, do you use the whole package or do you choose what you want separately? Just wondering and trying to decide what to do. I really want to homeschool- but of course I am so concerned about doing a good job and coming up with ideas for things to do. I'd appreciate any insight you may have...blessings- Kris P. from Illinois

Anonymous said...

We started school back yesterday than everyone got sick, so we took the day off today! Hope the boys start feeling better soon.

heartmatters said...

now I know what to look forward to when Teej gets bigger! You're so funny! I picture you just bouncing around from task to task, putting out fires and splinting trees!


tnmomtomanyblessings said...

Glad everyone is safe. I never had to worry about boy stuff with my oldest son.. however my middle boy is always looking for something "fun" to get into. I love my boys!



cammiemelisabray said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog Marsha.

Wow, you sound so busy. How old are your boys? I have 3 girls and 1 boy. At what age did you really start using curriculum? My oldest is only 4 1/2....We just do a little of this and that. I am going through phonics pathways with her and we love it! I will be back to keep up on your posts.


eyecorn said...

Ohhhh, they are all boy, aren't they? It sounds like never a dull moment! You literally are fighting fires, aren't you?

EEEEMommy said...

Question Regarding Dr. Doolittle: Did you find numerous references to evolution and other liberal undertones? We watched the old movie (with Rex Harrison) a few months ago and I was suprised at the liberal notions that I did not remember from watching it as a child. I ask because it would determine whether the book becomes a read-aloud (so that we can discuss) or independent reading.


Anonymous said...

If only this bit of wisdom was more well know.

Boys' small motor skills develope at about 10 years old. Which makes handwritting slightly less fun then having teeth pulled. I do handwritting with Samuel, but only because "I'm suppose to". I will not really expect him to do well until about 5th grade. I spoke with a Christian school K/1 grade teacher, and she hates having to make the boys do handwritting. She recommends moms put them in gymnastics to help out with SMS. Good Idea! But no one really does it. All to say, cut the kid some slack ;)

BTW, this is madeleine. Not able to sign in yet. I don't know what to do about it. I even tried getting another blog, but it won;t let me do that either. Oh well. :(

ExcelsiorWarriors said...

Glad to hear everything is going well w/you and yours.

Thx for stoppin by. Talk w/you soon. :D

castlekids said...

One of my sons has excellent handwriting while the other one struggles. I'm going to check out the link for the copywork book.


berrymorin said...

Just thought I would drop by and say hello. You have a terrific weekend.