Saturday, September 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Isabelle!

I'm only posting these 2 months late, but whose counting??  A Fancy Nancy party, lots of pink, purple, and sparkles.  Donuts and cheesecake requested by the birthday girl.  Boas, pom-poms, crowns, sunglasses, and wands.  How this girls gets most of her family to dress up for her party, amazing.  She just has this fire for life that is contagious!  We enjoyed this day celbrating our now 5 year old girl and didn't want to miss the opportunity to share it with you.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy Birthday

Just wanting to wish my dad a Happy Birthday today!  Thanks for inspiring me throughout my life!  Love you!


Here are the books we are using this year.  I'm really loving them, I'm sure I'll share more throughout the year, but thought I would give you an overview today.  Many of these books are just amazing books to have, if your homeschooling or not, so I thought I would share.  I tried to link these but I couldn't get it to work!  Maybe I'll re-post it with link if I can figure it out!

(Karter and Isabelle)
MathArts: Exploring Math Through Art for 3 to 6 Year Olds
MaryAnn Kohl, Cindy Gainer
My First Math Book
David Clemson


Language Arts (Reading, Spelling, Grammar, Handwriting, Writing)
Museum ABC
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading
Jessie Wise, Sara Buffington
The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading: Audio Companion to Lessons 1-26 (Audio CD)
Jessie Wise, Sara Buffington
Phonics Pathways: Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling
Dolores G. Hiskes

Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing
Karen Benke
Spelling Workout Level C Pupil Edition
Phil Trocki
The Complete Writer: Writing with Ease
Susan Wise Bauer
The Complete Writer: Level 1 Workbook for Writing with Ease
Susan Wise Bauer, Peter Buffington

Science (Chemistry)
Adventures With Atoms and Molecules: Chemistry Experiments for Young People
Robert C. Mebane, Thomas R. Rybolt
The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia, 3rd edition
Charles Taylor, Editors of Kingfisher

History (Late Renaissance-1850)
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance
Susan Wise Bauer
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 3: Early Modern Times
Susan Wise Bauer
The Usborne Book of World History
Anne Millard
The Usborne Encyclopedia of World Religions
Susan Meredith
Stories from Around the World
Heather Amery
Another Trip Around the World, Grades K - 3
Leland Graham Ph.D., Traci Brandon M.Ed.
Peoples of the World (World Cultures)
Anna Claybourne

Maps - The World and United States
Karen Sevaly

Coloring Book of Great Composers: Bach to Berlioz
David Brownell, Nancy Conkle

Doing Art Together: The Remarkable Parent-Child Workshop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
M. Silberstein-Sorfer
Drawing with Children
Mona Brookes
Start Exploring: Masterpieces: A Fact-Filled Coloring
Steven Zorn

Slow and Steady Get Me Ready
June Oberlander

General Reference Books
What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Get Ready for Kindergarten
Core Knowledge Foundation
What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know: Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning
E.D. Hirsch Jr.
What Your First Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good First-Grade Education
E.D. Hirsch Jr.
What Your Second Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Second Grade Education Revised
E.D. Hirsch Jr.
What Your 3rd Grader Needs To Know
E. D. Hirsch Jr.
What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of A Good Fourth-Grade Education
E.D. Hirsch Jr.
The New First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Your Child Needs to Know
E. D. Hirsch Professor of English

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Baptism Display

This is the display I did for Jakob's baptism.  I have each of his professional photos for each year of his life.  I forgot to take a photo of it the day of his baptism, so there is sat for the last few months.  I finally got a photo and took these down yesterday.  We won't think of it as procrastination, we'll just focus on the fact that we were just able to enjoy it longer, right?  I also enlarged and framed the photo of him below and had it on the shelf below this display.  My mom did this for my baptism.  I remember loving it, really feeling like my life up to that point was being celebrated, and I have always wanted to do it for my little ones. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mere Christianity

Thought I would share. 

"Enemy-occupied territory-that is what this world is.  Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage."

CS Lewis

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Homeschooling Week 1

This last week of homeschool has been an adventure!  I love being home with the kids all day, I love having a direct role in what they are learning and how they are developing, I feel much more connected with them. 

Yes, it is a bit overwhelming, knowing that I'm responsible for so much.  It takes a lot of evaluation.  What really is important, what do we really need to me doing.  I'm convinced that ALL in our home must be happy, that we have to try to find a way for this to work for ALL of us, I remind myself often that that includes me. 

So, thought I would share with you a couple books that have inspired us in this journey.  These both focus on a classical education.  The first one by Bauer is a set program with a curriculum to follow, with references to many books to read and gather.  She has done so much of the work for you!   I love that it sets out the curriculum in such an organized fashion.  It makes it clear and concise.  The second, A Thomas Jefferson Education is a philosophy of how to educate your children.  This one really makes you analyze how we learn, how did we learn growing up, how are our kids learning?  Is the way our children are learning today damaging their desire to learn?   

Both are great resources to have if you homeschool or not.  I've had many friends ask me what I'm using, if I'm following a set curriculum.  That is what I'm trying to get away from.  I'm picking and choosing what we are learning.  I'm planning a curriculum post on what we have gathered for our curriculum this year and why, but I thought I would share these two books if any are interested. 

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home
by Susan Wise Bauer

A Thomas Jefferson Education
by Oliver Demille

2011 Book List Update

Mere Christianity C. S. Lewis
The Great Divorce C. S. Lewis
Thomas Jefferson Education Oliver Demille
So You Want to Raise a Boy? Cleon Skousen
Orthodoxy Gilbert Keith Chesterson
The Autobiography of Ben Franklin
A Philosophy of Education Charlotte Mason
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Barbara KingsloverPilgrim’s Progress Bunyan
Finish Tale of Two Cities DickensFinish Les Miserables Hugo
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Covey

Ella Enchanted Levine
Agatha Christie BookMarch Geraldine Brooks
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Wiggin
Little Women AlcottLittle Men Alcott
Jo’s Boys Alcott
The Help Kathryn Stockett
Bloodroot Amy Greene
Mansfield Park Jane Austen
Madeleine L’engle Book

So, here it is.  The orange books I have read, the blue books I am reading (or have started reading), and the others are what I have left.   Can you tell I gravitate towards fiction versus nonfiction.  Actually, I think I have been reading a lot of nonfiction books related to homeschooling as of late (that are not on the list) and so I reach for the fiction to balance me out.  

I'm posting this to help inspire me to jump in and start reading a bit more.  I naturally tend to do that in the cooler months but this just helps me see where I am at and what I have left to finish this year.  I, of course, have read a few titles  this year that were not on the list as you can see in the sidebar under books I've read.  I just have to remind myself that this list is just for fun, a motivational tool, to get me reading a variety of different things, not something to stress me out.  If I feel something is more important, I can read that instead, and have some of these spill over into this next year.  That is perfectlly okay.    

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Back To (Home) School Photos

Jakob 3rd Grade

 Isabelle Kindergarden

 Karter Preschool

 They wanted to do scary photos..... 

When I took the photos they kept saying "homeschool."  I thought that was funny.  Today is day 2 and it seems to be going well.  

Back To School Dinner 2011

Flowers + Apples + Yummy Food + Father's Blessings = A Lovely Evening Together
Happy Back to School to You!!