Interview with Sugar at 5

June 25th, 2013 by Rachel

What is your favorite color?  red, green, blue and pink

What is your favorite food? pizza and ice cream

Favorite animal?  a baby raccoon and a baby cat

What are you really good at? I’m really good at riding my bike.

What are you not so good at?  I’m not really good at gymnastics so much. It was hard this week.

Who are your favorite friends? Rylee, New Katherine, Old Katherine, Miller, and Hunter

What is your favorite part of school (CC)?  getting to learn stuff

What is the best thing about having a big brother? that he can play with me and have a good time with me

What is the best thing about having a little brother?  taking baths with him and making tea parties and birthday parties. He makes the soup pizza and cookies and I say, “The pizza’s ready! and the birthday boy is here! Get ready!” and we play.

How are you different from your brothers?  I do different things like they don’t pick flowers and I do, and I play in the sand, and Speedy doesn’t.

What does Bud do that makes you mad?  He punches me and pretends to spank me.

What do you want to do when you grow up?  I want to be a doctor for little, tiny, tiny babies like Baby Caroline.

If you had a lot of money, what do you think you would buy?  I would buy a slave to work for me. He would clean my room and my daughter’s room (???), call the nurse, wipe the lamps, and cut off bad guys’ heads. (????)

What is the best thing about your mom? She goes and does fun things with me sometimes.

What is the best thing about your dad? That he goes dates with me and scares me and I jump!

Tell me something that is really funny.  Knock, knock. (Who’s there.) Pizza face. (Pizza face who)? Pizza slapped in your face when you open the door!

What is your favorite thing to wear?  A beautiful dress with little sandals and my hair in a braid bun, that you braid it up and make it into a bun.

What makes you cry?  If Bud says stupid to me.

What does love mean?  That you love someone and you don’t like it all the time, but you still like them.

What does it mean to be a good friend?  You like him or her and you can play with them sometimes, but not all the time because you don’t see them all the time.

What makes you worried?  If I jump off a high, high, high, high monkey bar. If I climb a tree so high and I jump down and break my head open.

What does it feel like to be 5?  I get taller and I get older and I’m getting closer to being a nurse or something.

Who is your favorite song?  “Oh Church, come stand in the light, our God is not is not dead, He’s alive, He’s alive! Christ is risen from the dead trampling over death by death, come awake, come awake come and rise up from the grave.”

What were some of the best things you did this past year?  Have my birthday!!!! Seeing Nana and Pa and Gigi and Maris.

What is your favorite book?  Hmmm…. Hmmm… The Hardy Boys!

Interview with Bud at 7

June 24th, 2013 by Rachel

What is your favorite color?  green and red

What is your favorite food?  strawberry milk shakes and Kroger (rotisserie) chicken

Favorite animal?  My favorite animal is a baby deer and a giant squid

What are you really good at?  Swimming and building Legos

What are you not so good at?  Reading. Some days there are hard words.

Who are your favorite friends?  Maxwell, Miller, Ethan, Hunter, The J-Brothers (Jacob and Jude) and Jada

What is your favorite part of school?  CC–seeing friends, learning, timeline, and fine arts

What is the best thing about having a brother?  He plays with me, he likes me reading him books, he says, “YA YA!” and Ironman.

What is the best thing about having a sister?  Talking in our beds at night and making each other laughing. And she said, “What if there was a tongue gun (a gun that shoots out tongues) and one comes out and licks you.” I laughed so hard I peed in my pants.

How are you different from Sugar?  She sings weird at nighttime and I can read and she can’t. She can’t swim as fast as me.

What does Sugar do that makes you mad?  Interrupting me when I am reading.

What does Speedy do that makes you mad?  Yells at me, “Ya Ya!”

What do you want to do when you grow up?  I want to be an engineer and build secret tunnels from one island to another for cars to drive in and go see football games and basketball games on the other island.

If you had a lot of money, what do you think you would buy?  Pokemon cards and a sky scraper (Grandparents:  DO NOT buy him any Pokemon cards, please!!!)

What is the best thing about your mom?  That she takes naps with me and snuggles me

What is the best thing about your dad?  That he scares me and tells the funniest jokes

Tell me something that is really funny.  What’s black and white and red all over? The newspaper!

What is your favorite thing to wear?  My green Batman shirt and Superman shirt with blue plaid shorts and tennis shoes.

What makes you cry?  People coming up to me and being mean and punching me. And an elephant stepping on me.

What does love mean?  I think it means that you are friends and you should love people by being nice and not being mean and sharing.

What does it mean to be a good friend?  Being nice

What makes you worried?  Going on the bungee cord at gymnastics

What does it feel like to be 7?  That I’m really old and it feels good.

What is your favorite song?  Trouble by Taylor Swift

What were some of the best things you did this past year?  Playing with my friends

What is your favorite book?  Super and Powerless by Matthew Cody and the Third Grade Detective books

Homeschool Year in Review

June 22nd, 2013 by Rachel

For my records (and if anyone else is curious), I am doing a review of our homeschool year. Bud just finished his first grade year, and Sugar did Pre-K. We participated in our Classical Conversations community for the third year, and I tutored Bud’s class of 6-7 year olds.

Making a binder for each child with dividers for each subject was one of the best ways I organized the kids’ schoolwork this year. I roughly followed these suggestions. Next year, I will use 3-inch binders.

We also put a large whiteboard on the wall in the kitchen near the table where we do school. This was a tremendous help for reviewing memory work at home since Bud could read it, and Thomas and I could review more often. Thomas hung some showerboard with some little mirror hangers, and I think it cost less than $20. It has helped so much this year.

I made a simple schedule that I think helped us stay on top of the memory work and helped Bud and me with Memory Master review. Each day, we reviewed the current week’s memory work. On Mondays, we reviewed every week’s worth of Latin and Grammar. On Tuesday, we reviewed all of Geography and Science, Wednesday was CC, Thursday was all of Timeline, and Fridays we reviewed all of History and Math.

History – We read through Story of the World, Level 1 this year, much of which coincided with our timeline and history sentences in CC. We did activities from the activity book, but that slowed down a lot in the spring.

Geography – To augment our memory work for CC, we would read about one of the countries in Window on the World and pray for missionaries we knew in that part of the world.

Spelling – We completed All About Spelling Level 2 and most of Level 3 with Bud. I think this is a great curriculum, and I highly recommend it. I found that it worked best for us by introducing the new lesson on Mondays and then dictating 8-10 spelling words and at least two sentences every day as a review.

Reading – Sugar finished All About Reading, pre-reading, and we have been slowly working through Level 1 this spring. She is picking it up so quickly, but it was hard to find one-on-one time to work with her while Speedy isn’t in our laps. I really like this reading curriculum. With Bud, I used The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading, and I think it is a great approach, but it was painfully dry for Bud. All About Reading is very multi-sensory, and it does a great job of keeping Sugar engaged in the lessons. Bud has been devouring books this year. He finished all the A t0 Z Mysteries, all the Magic Tree House books, and all the Geronimo Stilton books. We haven’t found as many books that he wants to sit and read for an hour like before, so he has some mandatory reading time for 30 minutes while Speedy naps and Sugar has a rest/nap time.

Grammar/Language Arts – We finished level one of First Language Lessons by Susan Wise, and this was a nice, easy integration of much of our grammar memory work with CC.

Math – Bud has been trucking through Saxon Math level 3. We have also found that spreading the lessons out over two days was the best for us. I introduce the lesson and then Bud does one of the worksheets. The next day, he completes the remaining worksheet. The lessons seem so long and take over an hour if we do it all in one day. We are most likely going to do Level 3.5 next year to help solidify concepts since he is a little young to move up to level 4/5.

Scripture Memory – We completed ABC Bible Verses. This was really great for both the kids, and we combined the scripture verses with handwriting practice. We also memorized Exodus 20 with our CC campus.

Bud also participated in a weekly art class and both kids took part in a local PE co-op.

May in Our Home

June 22nd, 2013 by Rachel

May was a nice, slow-paced month for us. Our homeschooling commitments came to a close for the school year, and we enjoyed doing just a tiny bit of schoolwork each day, while spending lots more time playing and hanging out with friends.

It was that time again, we had to clean the pool. Unfortunately it was late actually, and it turned into a job I couldn’t do on my own. I called the pros at The Florida Pools to clean it for me and they did a marvelous job. They always do. It’s like you just had a brand new pool installed, it makes that much of a difference. Even if I’m giving my pool the proper care and maintenance myself I like calling them every so often because of how well they do it. I’m glad I don’t have to worry about that for another while.

I finished up a Bradley class series with 10 wonderful couples. They were such an awesome group, and I really enjoyed teaching them. They keep hanging out without class going on, and that makes me so happy. I also got to help a friend at her hospital birth. I was so honored to be there and to serve her and her husband as she labored so beautifully. Thomas traveled twice in May for work, once to San Francisco (I was really jealous about that one).

The kids continued with their soccer season, and I was surprised that we got sunburned at 9:30 a.m. games! Bud played very hard, and scored goals at many of his games. Sugar enjoyed running around the pack of girls with the ball, digging in the dirt, and getting “bird baths” during her turn on the bench. The Lady Owls coach would sprinkle their heads with water when it was their turn to sit out. It was one of her favorite parts of her games.

With our new-found free time, we visited the splash pad and pool a few times, and I rejoined the gym that I have been missing since Micah was born. It has been so much fun going to the women’s only class and working out with such amazing ladies. I really missed the camaraderie, healthy competition that pushes you a little harder, and coaching that the gym provides.

Speedy and I both came down with a nasty cold right around the time of Sugar’s birthday celebration. I was in a bit of a fog that weekend, so after her small family-only celebration (with a special visit from her three year old cousin), Thomas took the big kids to Houston for the day for a friend’s wedding. They had a blast visiting the Water Wall and the Natural History Museum’s planetarium and new exhibit on ancient Egypt. Speedy and I hung out all day and did a lot of nothing. I rented a grown up movie and enjoyed laying around all day long. And that’s about it for May!

The air-conditioning in the van went out, so we had one car for the week, and successfully managed to squeeze all three carseats in the backseat. Bud and some of his pals caught five tadpoles which we raised into toads/frogs on the back porch in a little tadpole habitat. Somehow, all five disappeared after becoming frogs/toads. They were tiny little guys, and I’m not sure if they hopped away or were eaten by birds, but they disappeared after about a week or two.