Friday, April 12, 2013

Spring Break 2013!

We took a camping trip earlier this week. The trip was pretty casual and we had a bit of fun. Of course as usual someone had to get sick part way through and we got a bit rained out the last day.
Playing at Bastendorff beach and camping:
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Being silly in the cabin.
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Playing some tunes for us as we packed up. 
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Feeling sick on the second day.
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 Heceta Beach.
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Bundled up because she was sick.
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We stopped at a tiny Museum in Florence. The volunteers there were so sweet.
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School Update!

I have been terrible this school year about posting Weekly Wrap Ups for school. I just wanted to give an update about where everyone is at regarding their schooling. This week we are taking our spring break. I will break it down by kids.

Buster grade 4:
He is still plugging away with Preparing Hearts For His Glory and he completed unit 27 last week. I know I have said it before but I'm going to say it again I absolutely love this guide! Buster has learned so much this year. He is totally into the history, science, poetry and storytime. The other subjects are going great too, but of course they require more work so they aren't as exciting. Since the last time I posted about school he has finished learning about ancient times and moved through the dark ages and into the middle ages. Buster was especially interested in the Vikings. This was supposed to be a Roman Emperor leaf crown but I forgot to tell him to put the leaves sideways.
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For science he has been studying stars, constellations, coral reefs, and Columbus.
Constellation map.
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Model of a coral polyp.
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For Drawn Into the Heart of Reading he has read The Sign of the Beaver and The Little Pilgrim's Progress. Both of these books were a hit and here are the projects he did for them. Character mask! Daddy interviewed him as if he was Matt from The Sign of the Beaver.
Book Project for Sign of the Beaver. photo 62796_10200772054454116_463683273_n.jpg
 He made a map of Christian's journey.
 His Pilgrim's Progress map! photo 625690_10200771985132383_116274494_n.jpg
Buster decided on his own to make a map of Oregon and label all of the counties. He decided to make a map of Oregon and mark each county. photo 553012_10200772064734373_822180491_n.jpg
 As far as the rest of the subjects are concerned he is just plugging away.  photo 561166_10200772003092832_1468977633_n.jpg 

Sweetpea grade 1/2: She finished Beyond Little Hearts For His Glory at the end of February.
 Panning for gold!
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 I then took a month to review math with her. We read Little House on the Prairie, If you traveled west in a covered wagon, and The World of Christopher Robin. She also continued with her handwriting, ETC, Reading Pathways, Phonics Pathways, and HOD Emergent readers.
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Last week she started Bigger Hearts For His Glory. Starting now allows us to continue doing school 4 days a week. She will complete 9 weeks of school before summer break and pick up where we left off, so that she will finish at the end of next school year.
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Sweetpea was super excited to start and our first week went really well. It is an adjustment for her because Bigger Hearts takes longer and is more involved than Beyond. I attempted to use the dictation from the back but it was a bit too hard, so she went to the second spelling word list for now. She really enjoyed learning about Columbus this week for history.
 Her Ocean painting. 
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Learning the continents and oceans.
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For storytime right now we are reading through a few D' Aulaire Biographies. Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, and Buffalo Bill. She is still plugging away at the Beginner's Bible because she has taken breaks from it to read other books such as, Dust For Dinner, Mouse Tales, Dolphin, and Snowshoe Thompson. Reading the Beginners Bible. photo 156811_10200771996012655_1680885936_n.jpg 
 The biggest surprise for me this past week was how well she did with Singapore 2a and Rod and Staff English 2. She also is really enjoying the Poems and Hymns. 

Buttercup PreK/K:
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Buttercup was still going through Little Hands to Heaven this year and in the last month or so we kind of rushed through a bunch of units. She was really ready to move up, so I decided to start her in Little Hearts For His Glory the same week as Sweetpea moved up. She will also be doing it 4 days a week.
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Buttercup was so eager and excited to start Kindergarten, and she proved to me that she was ready. Her first week went awesome after a couple minutes of resistance the first day. For math she is using Singapore Essentials K.
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She was learning about same and different this week so we played memory.  photo 563817_10200772004852876_1426388847_n.jpg 
For Phonics she is doing All About Reading Level 1 which she is really enjoying so far.
For handwriting she is using Hand Writing Without Tears.
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Buttercup really enjoyed our reading time also. I let her color this picture the first day while we were reading Reddy Fox. 
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Reddy Fox turned out to be a big hit. She also enjoyed her history and Science.

Buddy Preschool: For the most part he just plays and all of the kids take turns doing things with him. He loves his Kumon workbooks.
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Playing with rice. This picture makes it look so sweet but it really was quite a mess.  photo 524327_10200772050134008_1994153379_n.jpg 
 Do a Dot art.
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Buddy will start Little Hands this fall.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Lent week 7 and Easter!

We had a very blessed Holy Week and Easter! Here are some of the highlights.
 So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately. Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:31-35

We read this book and had an egg and spoon race.
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We learned about Jesus being the Lamb of God and the kids made these lambs.  photo 67244_10200758149146492_520995163_n.jpg  photo 528388_10200758146866435_684660992_n.jpg  photo 299260_10200758148226469_513081555_n.jpg  photo 488173_10200758149666505_1014283977_n.jpg  photo 58025_10200758149986513_1943890891_n.jpg  photo 557933_10200758150866535_695012937_n.jpg  photo 531957_10200758150106516_1404137500_n.jpg 
Maundy Thursday!
 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.  If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. John 13:12-17
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Good Friday!
 Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last. 47 So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”Luke 23:44-47
 Hot Cross Buns and a caterpillar that Sweetpea put on the cross. Hot Cross Buns for Good Friday! photo 168542_10200758161466800_970825306_n.jpg Katherine put the caterpillar on the cross to represent Jesus. photo 292245_10200758161826809_1271223379_n.jpg 
 Holy Saturday!
 It was a gorgeous day and we had lunch and an egg hunt at my Sister and Brother in law's house.
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Egg dyeing and Resurrection eggs with daddy. Dyeing eggs with daddy. photo 47849_10200758181347297_1989128084_n.jpg  photo 529074_10200758180147267_432145408_n.jpg  photo 544538_10200758181747307_466109532_n.jpg  photo 533884_10200758181987313_693434244_n.jpg Resurrection eggs along with Benjamin's Box. photo 299234_10200758183627354_575243837_n.jpg 
Easter baskets ready while the kids are asleep.
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He is Risen!
 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.  But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.  Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,  saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’”Luke 24:1-7
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Egg hunt at Gumpy and Moogy's!
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