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

Funny Kids

January 3rd, 2013 by Rachel

I drafted this post a few weeks ago, but forgot about it.
The kids had us in stitches last weekend with all the hilarious things they were saying. The bigger two participated in their first race. While they have attended several races to cheer on Mom and Dad, this was their first to run in. They surprised me with how well they did on the 1.2 mile course. I hoped and prayed that they would finish it without giving up halfway, and they did!

Sugar refused to let Thomas run with her, and opted to run with a friend of hers and his daddy. Afterward, she boasted about not needing a daddy to run with like her friend did, but I pointed out that she just used her friend’s daddy instead of her own. Her friend’s daddy relayed some of their conversation along the run:

Sugar: I just had to wear my hair in a ponytail this morning or else I would have hair all in my face. You can’t run with hair all in your face! You can’t see where you are going!

Later, Sugar: I am going to need a bath after this! Running makes you sweaty and stinky like a hamster. Hamsters stink and I am going to smell like a hamster! (I have no idea where this came from!)

While explaining to Bud about Johnny Manziel winning the Heisman Trophy, Bud failed to see the significance of the event. Finally he said, “If the trophy isn’t made of solid gold, I don’t see what the big deal is.”

Thomas and I got all dressed up to go to his company’s Christmas party. I bent down to tell Sugar good-bye while she patted my hair, dress and jewelry.
Me: I love you, Sugar.
Sugar: I love your earrings.

October Field Trips

October 27th, 2012 by Rachel

We were able to go on two field trips this month. I’m not sure if that is what you call them if you are homeschooling, but you understand.

Our first trip was to Washington on the Brazos for one of their homeschool days. It was a wonderful trip, and I highly recommend it. Speedy stayed home with Thomas which made the experience much more enjoyable.

First, one of the ladies that works in the museum talked to the kids about life for pioneer children who were early settlers in Texas. They were able to see different tools, chores, clothes and toys from that era. We made a few simple toys together, and then we toured the museum before enjoying a picnic lunch outside.

In the afternoon  and during their outback adventure , the kids got a tour of the Barrington Farms portion of the museum. First, there was the tour of the pioneer house and time to do some of the chores–feeding chickens, carrying water, and washing rags in a bucket with a washboard and then hanging them on the clothesline. Sugar loved the “laundry”.

Afterward, we got to see the farm side with pigs, turkeys, cotton plants and lots of dried corn.

We got to see the slave quarters and compare them to the house. They were exhausted by the time we were done, and Sugar was out of smiles.

Last week, we went on a tour of the air traffic control tower at our local airport with our PE co-op. We also got to sit in a little airplane and look at other planes in the hangar. The kids enjoyed it, and Speedy learned the sign for airplane after watching a plane takeoff on the runway nearby.

This was my favorite picture of the trip.

A New Year of Homeschooling

August 28th, 2012 by Rachel

Bud is starting first grade, and Sugar is doing a little more school this year than the last two years where she basically played and colored. This is what is on our plates for this year:

Reading/Phonics – All About Reading Pre-Level 1 – We have been working in this for a few weeks now, and it is very appropriate for her reading level. We are working on letter recognition, sounds and handwriting.

Handwriting – Handwriting Without Tears and various activities (stickers, playdough, gluing)

Math – We are working on skip counting songs, counting, number recognition and writing numbers. So far, this has been through a few workbooks, but I plan to start doing Saxon 1 with her once or twice a week starting later this winter.

Geography, Grammar, History, Timeline, Latin, Science – She will be participating in a Classical Conversations class this year and will be working on memorizing her weekly memory work through CC and at home. In addition, she will completing many activities with Bud to supplement our weekly history and science.

Reading – We are working through Explode the Code Level 5, a few sheets a week. He also reads chapter books to himself and some aloud to me (A to Z Mysteries, Magic Tree House).

Spelling – Bud just finished All About Spelling Level 1 and will be starting Level 2 next week. I love this curriculum!

Math – Bud is already almost a third of the way through with Saxon Math 3. He made some great progress over the summer with speed and consistency with math facts. Math is one of his favorite subjects.

Language Arts – First Language Lessons by Susan Wise Bauer. We have been doing a few of these lessons a week with both Sugar and Bud. He is memorizing poetry, practicing narration and learning more grammar.

Geography, Timeline, Grammar, Latin, Math, History, Science – memory work through Classical Conversations

History – we will supplement our CC weekly history sentence with readings from Story of the World and various activities to go along with them. I have lots of fun activities on Pinterest.

Science – For the fall semester, we will be supplementing our CC science memory work with lessons and activities from Evan Moore Science books for grades 1-3 on Vertebrates, Invertebrates and Plants. We are also planning to raise some tadpoles into frogs and caterpillars into butterflies. We have completed most of our vertebrate unit already as the kids have been begging for more science.

Geography – we will supplement our CC memory work with learning a bit more about the countries we are locating (each week they will work on finding different countries and physical features on their maps and practice tracing them–we are doing Africa and Asia this year). We will also read biographies of missionaries to those countries, and use Window on the World to pray for those countries. We will also eat food from those areas and perhaps watch a travel guide show about some of them. This is not applicable for every week, but several of them.

Fine Arts – through CC we will be working on drawing for the first six weeks and supplementing at home with various activities and lots of time with Ed Emberley’s drawing books. Then we will do music and practice playing tin whistle and reading music (perhaps we will get a keyboard do more with this?), then in the spring we will work on art history and painting along with orchestra and classical music.

Physical Education – we are part of a PE co-op that meets weekly. The kids will also continue with gymnastics for the fall semester.

Scripture Memory – both kids will be memorizing Exodus 20 (the Ten Commandments) with CC. In addition, we have been memorizing a verse a week from My ABC Bible Verses. I really like the applicable stories that go with each verse. Bud practices handwriting by doing copy work for the verse each day. We are also still plugging through some simple catechism work.

Games of the XI Supercinskiad

August 13th, 2012 by Rachel

As I mentioned before, we enjoy the Olympics. If you have been reading our blog for longer than the past two years, you might recall that nearly every summer, we compete in our Supercinskiad games. Most of our games the first five times were board games, word games, and card games, except for leg wrestling. The Supercinskiad was not held last year as I was too busy nesting for a new baby to stop and play games. This year, we decided to make it more for the big kids to enjoy, and I think it was a blast. The kids got really into it, and even made flags for themselves. Sugar’s got ripped up by Speedy, but she was a good sport about it.

It was a grueling day of competition, but the athletes handled it well. The day started off with track and field shortly after breakfast before it got too hot. The first competition was hurdles… maybe 10 meters? Bud’s longer legs helped him secure an easy gold medal.

Then we headed to the park for some more games. Long jump came first with each competitor getting three attempts. We had watched highlights from long jump the day before, but Thomas gave the kids some pointers. My husband is awesome.

Check out the height Bud got on his last attempt! Again, Bud’s longer legs secured him the gold.

Afterward, we attempted some javelin throws with an old tent pole. Hilarious. Bud triumphed once again.

Check out the “javalin” right in front of Sugar.

Then we combined discus and shot put into a ball toss. Bud won, again.

Next the kids did a short distance sprint across the basketball court. It was a very close race with Sugar right on his heels, but Bud managed to secure victory in all three heats. The last track and field event was a longer run, about 400 meters, which Bud accomplished, but Sugar chose not to finish. It was really hot.

At home, we fed and hydrated our athletes, put Speedy down for a nap, and the gymnastics competition was underway. First was floor routine (super cute), followed by balance beam. Sugar managed to secure the gold in floor, but they both tied scores in beam. It was too hard to judge.

After lunch, the games continued at the pool. We had several short swims to Mommy, which Sugar won all but one heat. (She has turned into a little fish this summer!) Sugar won all the swim races except for the back float contest, which Bud was able to float the longest.

It was a lot of fun and I hope we get to do it again next year!

Bud Funnies

July 12th, 2012 by Rachel

Last week, we introduced the big kids to Antiques Roadshow, one of the few shows that Thomas and I watch, though mostly just while folding laundry. I think it stuck around a little more than I realized. Today at gymnastics, Bud got a medal for finishing his first summer session. (They give medals for absolutely nothing these days.) He was wearing it around his neck, flipping it back and forth with his hands, and very seriously asked, “Can we stop on the way home and get this appraised?”

On the way to swim lessons this morning, the local news on the radio was talking about a robbery of $90,000 worth of rims and hubcaps in a neighboring town that was caught on surveillance footage, but there were still no leads. After it was over, Bud said, “Did you hear that? There is a unsolved mystery! I think I need to go there and crack this case!”

Swim Lessons

June 30th, 2012 by Rachel

The big kids finished two weeks of swim lessons, and I am amazed at the progress they made. They each started at different places and grew in confidence and ability. Bud is still very cautious in the water, but he came a long way. Sugar likes to show off her new skills, and since grandparents don’t often get to accompany us to the pool, here is a tidbit of her swimming.

Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

June 21st, 2012 by Rachel

I got this idea from my friend Megan’s kids’ summer bucket list of activities. I gave the big kids a mission: find something in the house that starts with each letter of the alphabet and take a picture of it. Obviously, their pictures weren’t that great, but I was blown away by their creativity. You have got to check out what they picked for X. I think Sugar has a future as an actor and Bud as a director/writer.

A – (Sugar’s real name), B – Baby, C – carrots, D – diapers, E – eggs, F – flyswatter, G – games, H – high (ceiling), I – eye, J – (Bud’s real name), K – Kaley, the penguin’s name, L – legos, M – “me”, N – November, O – octopus, P – paper, Q – cute, R – racecar, S – Cinderella, T – top hat, U – up, V – vacuum, W – water, X – execute, Y – yarn, Z – zipper

Execute? Really? Bud is holding a wooden knife from our little play kitchen and took the picture. It only took them 15 minutes, but I highly recommend it as a kid’s activity.

Interview with Bud at 6

April 20th, 2012 by Rachel

Better late than never! My friend, Megan, interviews her boys at their birthdays and half-birthdays, asking them the same questions each time. I think this is a great idea, and I have been meaning to copy it for a long time, but finally got around to it.

What is your favorite color? brown and green

What is your favorite food? Kroger chicken (rotisserie)

Favorite animal? crocodile and dinosaur

What are you really good at? building things and soccer

What are you not so good at? jump roping and basketball

Who are your favorite friends? Matthew, Langston, Grant, Levi, Tucker, Stanley, Shayne, Samuel, Luke, Celeste, Victoria, Evangeline, Afton…. (I cut him off since he was starting to name every child he knows.)

What is your favorite part of school? Reading
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The Joys of Homeschooling

April 18th, 2012 by Rachel

Getting to look back through your math activity book and see pages like this… we’ve come a long way this year, Bud! (Click on picture to enlarge.)

In case you can’t tell, it says, “POOP” all around the top and bottom. On the right is a scribbled out person with an arrow pointing to it saying, “MOM”. On the left is a person with a talking bubble saying, “HA HA HA”. That other person is Josiah.