Friday, September 19, 2014

More Weeping Angel pics

Some more Weeping Angel pictures.  For the month of work that went it it (and more than an hour of dressing and painting each time it was worn), I'm mad that I didn't get good finished pictures!!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Back to lessons week in review

We officially started back at lessons Monday this week.  We usually begin the year at the same time Hogwarts would start.  And because Hogwarts has started, we kick off with a feast.  Roast chicken, bangers and mash-sausage and a vegetarian lentil option, Yorkshire pudding, treacle tart, peas and carrots, Cornish pasties (lentil instead of meat), pumpkin pasties, butterbeer, and pumpkin juice.

Surprisingly, the year began as a total success.  The house was clean, a feast made, happy kids, NO meltdowns, and work accomplished.  I felt like finally I did something right!  Tuesday kicked off a new year of violin lessons, so it was a half-day for schoolwork.  Wednesday might as well have been a day to stay in bed. I was up all night with a toddler suffering with allergies, the kids were cranky and bickering, and I'm not sure we actually accomplished much of anything.  Thursday we had Chicago style pizza and the whole day turned out much better.  I'm kind of linking the two since I feel the pizza was good enough to fix the evils of the previous day.  And then today we got more work done, maybe not as much as I'd hoped, but enough.  We also started weekly meetings and those were pretty good.  I had originally planned to only do them with the two oldest kids, but the younger ones insisted on Brittany butter cookies, peppermint tea, and talking about their weeks, too.

So far some new and old hits:
Circle time (always a favorite!)
A History of US
All About Spelling
Apples & Pears Spelling
So You Really Want to Learn French
Picture book unit studies
Key To... math books
Meetings and putting the older kids in charge of assignment sheets

Not quite decided:
Latin Prep-surprisingly-this was a big hit last year
History Odyssey-a lot feels like busy work so far
Teaching Textbooks
Book of Marvels-so outdated that the kids are iffy about it
Live Ed Grade 4-I'm hoping this picks up
Math in Focus-just finishing what we already have going before we switch
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry-the chapters are sooooooo long
A loosey goosey schedule

Curriculum and more for 2014-2015

There were not too many big decisions or changes this year.  I tweak our work a lot through the year and much that we used last year carried over nicely.  Some of this sounds like a lot of work, but we cycle through things as blocks.  We also take rabbit trails and hit other subjects when we need a change. 

8th Grade:
Oak Meadow Civics
Oak Meadow Physical Science
CGP Maths
Zaccaro's Real World Algebra
Vocabulary From Classical Roots
Bravewriter and writing lessons with Mom
So You Really Want to Learn English 3
Latin Prep
So You Really Want to Learn French
Mom designed literature
History Odyssey Modern History Level 2 with supplements
Suzuki violin

7th Grade:
Bravewriter and writing lessons with Mom
Latin Prep
Mom designed literature
History Odyssey Modern History Level 2 with supplements
Apples & Pears Spelling
Oak Meadow English 7
Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra
MEP 7 and Key To... books as a supplement
Real Science Odyssey Biology 2

4th Grade:
Live Ed Grade 4
Math in Focus (finish current workbook)
MEP math 4
All About Spelling
Evan Moor Geography workbook
Bravewriter and writing lessons with Mom
Lots of books

1st Grade:
FIAR and unit studies with picture books
Math in Focus 1
All About Spelling
Bravewriter and writing lessons with Mom

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Consistency something I'm notoriously bad about.  Hence my failure at Project 365 again.  I realized that I didn't take pictures for days on end with how busy we've been.  The past few years have been rather hard on all of us.  I started back in college last summer to finish my (almost complete) Bachelor's degree that I gave up on a decade ago.  Then with financial aid issues, I'm out of school again until I figure this all out.  Just a glimpse at the goings on here.

Way too pliable kittens

Coopers Hawks and other little bits of hope that Spring is finally coming

Violin performances

Lucy is getting quite old and gray

Again with that ridiculous kitten

I'm pretty sure 90% of our time involves this little booger

Monday, February 3, 2014

Project 365: Playing catch up

Warning: picture heavy

1/23-1/24 whoops!
1/29 My Kitchen Aid jumped to it's doom and gouged the floor



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Project 365: day 15

A big box of crochet craft packs from the Craft Yarn Council! The kids are excited. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


I'm not sure what happened, but my phone has t been successfully publishing my posts! So I'll back up here with my Project 365. 

Jan 3-An unhappy toddler who was fed real food after a holiday junk binge.

That's ok. We finished off the Salted Caramel.

Jan 4- School planning with some chocolate help.

Jan 5-Snow Daleks

Taking the dog out in the coldest weather we've seen here in more than a decade. Her poor feet had two pairs of cotton and wool socks and still were freezing.

Jan 7-Our house was frosted inside. I don't want to see our gas bill.

Jan 8

Jan 9- Poetry tea

Jan 10

Jan 11
Jan 12-a work in progress. I need more bookshelves!

Jan 13- almost asleep