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    2011 Not Back to School Blog Hop

    I missed last week, it was Ethan’s birthday and I didn’t think about posting until the end of the week. I have posted the curriculum I’m using here if you’d like to take a look. I have dropped Story of the World and Science. We just started our fourth week of school and are do most of our schooling right here. That’s our coffee table and couch. Usually Ethan pulls up a Little Tykes chair to the coffee table but today he sat/lounged/laid on the couch while doing school. On Thursdays, we doing our Children’s Music Journey program and so I set up 2 keyboards. One in my room, where…

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    Week 1 Day 1

    Monday we started school, the kids are I, I’m pretty sure were equally excited. The first half of the day went great. We did spelling and grammar first. I was surprised that Ethan already knew how to spell his words for the week. I’m not sure what I should do, if I should just stick with it or go ahead and purchase the next level up. From what I remember the curc was about $15, so no biggie if we need to move up. I’ll probably stick with this one for the next couple of weeks and if Ethan consistently knows the words will either skip through to find words…

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    First day of school

    We started our new school year today. I actually sat down and made out a schedule July 11 – 29 (3 weeks) August 8 – October 28 (12 weeks) November 7 – 21 (2 weeks) November 28 – December 16 (3 weeks) January 16 – April 6 (12 weeks) April 30 – May 25 (4 weeks) = our 36 weeks M, W, F – Spelling, math, science, grammar T, Th – Spelling, math, handwriting, meet the masters(art)/ Children’s music journey (piano)        

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    2011 – 2012 School Year

    I loved using Moving Beyond the Page this year and highly recommend it but Ethan didn’t like it very much, his main complaint being it wasn’t hard enough. So this year I sat down researched and have put together our own curriculum. I’m nervous just thinking about going it on my own. For Ethan Spelling –Soaring With Spelling Level 1 Grammar –Growing With Grammar Level 1 Handwriting –Handwriting Without Tears – haven’t decided between 1st or 2nd grade level. My friend has both so I’m going to take a look before I purchase them. Decided on 2nd grade Art –Meet the Masters Track A Year 1 Math –Teaching Textbooks Math…

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    Literally literal

    The other day during school Ethan and I were cutting out objects to finish the pattern on a worksheet. Most of the pictures had dotted line squares around them to show where to cut, the circles didn’t. So I said “Just cut the circles square” or something to that effect. Then continued on cutting out the pieces that I had. Then Ethan says “Oh, I literally cut the circle into a square” I turned and looked and yes he had in fact cut the circle into the shape of a square. I forget that I have to be careful with what I say because Ethan always goes for the literal…

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    Egg Geodes Take 2

    Ethan had been asking to make some more egg geodes for awhile. The eggs were ready to go and sitting on the counter for at least a month and in true procrastinator fashion I didn’t find time to do them until Christmas Eve Eve when I was supposed to be baking and cleaning.  I’m not sure what happened maybe it was the fact that the eggs while cleaned had been sitting around for at least a month or if it is because this time I set the eggs in wax paper but it was almost a complete flop. Bummer, so that means that there will be an egg geodes take…

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    Marathon Kids

    Marathon Kids is a really cool program that is offered to kids in kindergarten – 5th grade for completely FREE!! Ethan’s favorite thing to do in this world is run. He wants to run long and fast and forever. I love that about him! The goal is for each child to run the length of a marathon, 26.2 miles over a period of about 6 months. Many schools from the surrounding school districts and homeschool children participate. One of the emails said that they expected 50.000 children to show up. Thankfully there was only a fraction of that or we never would have made it in and out of the…

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    Homeschool – Week 5 and 6 in Review

    We didn’t do much last week. Ethan wasn’t feeling too well and his attention span was in the negative range. We did lessons 9 and 10 and started the Final Project for MBTP and did lessons 10 and 11 in RSM. Week 6 was much more productive Monday – We finished up Concept 1 Unit 1 Final Project in MBTP and completed RSM lesson 12 and 13. I can’t wait to be done with part/wholes I feel like it’s just making everything harder then it has to be. We did a little bit of work with money and Ethan was very excited. One of his favorite things to do is…

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