Chris's Change of Command

Chris's Change of Command

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Mad Science

We are loving our science this year.  Lots of hands on fun and we are all learning so much.  Our studies over the past few weeks have been about the seashore.  We have read about tides, strandlines, and all kinds of creatures that live at the seashore.  This particular day, we were experimenting with different types of beaks on birds (aka tweezers, tongs, and clothes pins) to see how they might try and find food on the beach. 
Learning at its finest.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Are You Ready for Some Football

Another season of flag football has started and Luke is loving every minute.  His team is the Blue Devils and he is playing on the defensive line this year.  He has been tagged as a rusher and loves getting in there to try and "sack" the quarterback.  The team practices twice a week with games on Saturday.  They won their first game and the second one was canceled due to extreme heat (108 to be exact)! 
Poor guy is having to take a weeks off due to an unfortunate meeting with a spider.  We don't know what kind of spider it was, but the bite caused a HUGE abscess on his left leg that he had to have opened up and drained (I shiver just thinking about it).  Needless to say, he has to take the week off to allow the wound to heal and close back up.  He was bummed about the time off, but he was glad that it will only be for a week.

I just love this little man of mine and love watching the fun that he has out on the field.
He LOVED that he is number 9 and that his age is also 9! 

Luke's biggest fans cheering him on at his first game.

Typical Homeschool Day

We are in the middle of week 3 of homeschooling and things are going so well.  The kiddos are adjusting to the new schedule and so is Mommy. Ha!  Don't get me wrong we have had challenging moments (mostly from baby girl getting used to the oldest 2 working instead of playing with her), but all in all our days are full and fun.  Best of all, we are learning and enjoying this new curriculum and new school year. 
Our days begin with choosing a book and reading.  I love to find these two cuddled up and enjoying a good book together. 
We started something new this year, Workboxes.  Or I should say my version of workboxes.  We don't have a huge schoolroom like we did in our house in Stafford, so I decided to come up with a workbox idea that didn't involve a set of draws for each child and I came up with this...
Luke and Hayley each have their own hanging file box.  Each folder (up to 9) has an assignment, game, puzzle, computer assignment, or iPad educational game that they are to complete by the end of the day.  They can work on their boxes anytime I am working one on one with someone or when they have a free moment before I start a lesson.  Each folder contains a Velcro number on the front and they move the number to the front of the box once the work in that folder is complete.   Love this system so far.  Keeps them on track and they love the independence of it all.

Science this year is much more involved with a few days of lessons, notebooking, and then experiments.  Here they are recording some information that they learned about high and low tides and then drawing a picture to label the things they learned. 

Hannah has her own "workboxes" with different activities in each basket.  We are working on her colors (which she has down pat).  She is working on a hide and seek color game that I played with her on this morning.  She loves to go to school and be included too.

Our school room...
It is not huge, but I am so thankful to have a space and so far it works very well. 

These built in shelves are the best.  Only problem is they are already FULL!!! 

Labeling the continents and oceans and placing them in the correct location on their balloon.


One of our favorite days is Tuesday when we have P.E. at the park with the Smiths!!!  I will have to bring my camera along next week.  I love that Kelly and I are able to teach some together and that our kids truly just love one another! 
 So, we are off to a great start!!!  We have several field trips coming up that should be great.  Apple picking and a trip to a nut and pumpkin farm.  Can't wait.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

And School Begins!

We started our second year of homeschooling this past week.  All in all the week went so well.  We were all excited about the fresh start and ready to get back to our school routine. 
Here are our annual first day pics!
Luke, my big 3rd grader
Hayley, my sweet 2nd grader

Hannah, my baby girl, is in Tot school

Our motley crew!

A Visit with Mimi and Papa

We had a wonderful visit with Mimi and Papa on their first visit out to see us in CA!  Legoland was a must and we all enjoyed heading down to the pier and having diner at Ruby's at sunset. 
Here are Mimi and Luke taking a turn on one of roller coasters at Legoland.  We went on a beautiful day with short or no lines!  Luke got to ride this coaster 3 times in a row.  He was a happy boy!
Our day at the beach was cool and overcast.  We still had fun putting our feet in the water and playing on the awesome playground at Del Mar.
I wish I could figure out how to upload my photos from my phone in the correct order.  L and H were anxiously waiting Mimi and Papa to arrive at the airport.  One of our favorite things is greeting our guests as they get here.
Hannah and her butterfly face paint at Legoland
A little shopping trip to Target
Hayley and her unicorn
Oceanside Pier on a beautiful evening
Playing at the playground at Del Mar Beach
Mimi and Hayely.  Hayley was not so sure of being up high and right over the ocean!
Papa and the kiddos in line for a ride at Legoland
Our visit with Mimi and Papa always goes way to fast.  We cannot wait for them to come again!!!