Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Because my camera is broken

Almost as soon as I decided to blog again, my camera inexplicably got stuck on the macro setting. This enables me to take beautiful, close-up pictures of, say, my children's eyelashes, but not their entire faces. I was very distressed at this until I realized it could be the start of a fun, new hobby! Let me show you:

I'm almost thankful that my camera is stuck! Almost.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Second Grade Plans

Little Man isn't so little anymore! He will be in second grade this year. Here are our plans so far:

TruthQuest Beginnings, which starts in Genesis and goes through the Old Testament
The God's Mighty Warrior Devotional Bible

Language Arts:
Understanding Writing - this program looks great and is very "Charlotte Mason" in nature. The author places a lot of emphasis on communication as a tool to honor God and edify others AND it can be used to teach multiple ages, each at his own level. We'll see how it goes!
Explode the Code - these move kind of slow for my taste but Little Man loves them and that's worth a lot.
Copywork and handwriting practice, Reading practice

Miquon - Little Man is very good at math and he actually enjoys it. Although Saxon has been great for my older son, who likes to know exactly what is expected, I think Miquon will provide more challenge and variety for Little Man.

Considering God's Creation
Science topics from Five in a Row

TruthQuest Beginnings and TruthQuest Ancient Greece - Little Man will not be delving into the mythology and pagan religions of the ancients. He'll be included in the read-alouds that we do as a family and we'll also do some fun projects and Evan Moor History Pockets.

Unit Studies:
Five in a Row - how we love this program! So many great books and great memories made.

Amanda Bennett Great Composers unit study
Creating a Masterpiece art DVDs
Abeka Health
French in 10 Minutes a Day

Seventh grade plans

I have loved reading the "Not Back to School" blog hop over the last week. In fact, that's one of the things that inspired me to get back to blogging. I'm a little late with my entries, but I'll link up if there's still time.

Without further ado, here are the plans for Z-Man's seventh grade year:

TruthQuest Beginnings (which goes through the OT)
Because You Are Strong Bible Study from Doorposts - this is a wonderful resource that he will work on in the mornings with Dad.

Laying Down the Rails for Children - another wonderful resource! Can't wait to start using it.

Language Arts:
Understanding Writing - this is new to us this year. I really like the fact that it emphasizes the fact that any communication we do is for the purpose of honoring God. I also liked that I could use it for both kids, each on their own level. I'll let you know how it works out.
Growing with Grammar - A nice daily workbook that gets the job done.
Phonetic Zoo Spelling - this is an audio CD from IEW. Z-Man can do it independently with his cool red headphones while I work with Little Man.

A combination of Saxon and the Key to Decimals and Key to Percents books. We worked through the Key to Fractions books last year and they really promote mastery of the material. They did put us a little behind in the Saxon schedule though, so this year we'll try to alternate between the two.

TruthQuest Beginnings
TruthQuest Ancient Greece - We LOVE TruthQuest! We've read so many wonderful books. Definitely the highlight of our day. For the most part, this covers all of our family read-alouds as well as both boys' individual reading.

Apologia General Science

Abeka Health
Download N Go Composer study
French in 10 Minutes a Day
Creating a Masterpiece DVDs
Mapping and timeline to go along with our history studies
Basketball and flag football leagues, gym at co-op

And there you have it. I think it will be a great year!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

We're baaaaaack...

After a very extended blogging break, I'm going to try to get back into it. Life got busy, but I miss having an online "scrapbook" of our lives!

Here are a few things we've been up to this summer, in no particular order:

 Buds at basketball camp

 Yummy fruit pizza!

 Ice cream!

 Little Man's first fish

 Flag football tournaments

 Swim lessons

 Tennis lessons

 Mini golf

 Football in the pouring rain


 Sunsets at the beach with good friends

 Z-Man joined the swim team!

 So much beauty

Playing at Harvard

Oh, and trick shots with basketballs and footballs. Lots and lots of trick shots. Off the roof, the swing set, the trampoline... but that will have to be another post. Hopefully with a video.

It feels good to be back.