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Welcome! I am using this blog to share our family's homeschooling thoughts and experiences.

THIS SCHOOL YEAR (2016-2017): We will be using a variety of different curriculum this year, with Notgrass' Uncle Sam and You as our main History, Bible and Literature focus. Our oldest, EL, is in 12th grade this year, but has special learning needs due to autism. JJ is our youngest, an active boy with Tourette Syndrome. He is in the 8th grade.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Summer Fun

On Mondays, Road Runner is joining a bunch of other homeschool girls for a class based on the American Girl doll, Molly. The class is called "Molly Mondays" and the girls are learning about the time frame that Molly lived in, which was during World War II. Road Runner is not a huge fan of dolls (dogs are her thing), but it is a good experience for her to sit and listen with the other girls, while taking part in the crafts and activities. This past Monday, they made Boston Brown Bread in tin cans and made fleece blankets to give away.

Coyote has had several baseball games so far. He seems to be improving a bit on his swings. I'm hoping he can at least hit the ball once or twice before the end of the season. :-)


Last week was Vacation Bible School at our church. It was a fun time, however, we were only able to take part in the first 3 days. On Thursday and Friday, we had doctor appointments to attend (Neurologist checkup for Coyote, and Endocrinologist checkup for me). They were 2 1/2 hours away, one on Thursday and one on Friday, so we spent the night in a hotel on Thursday night.


My husband was not able to come along, so this was a new experience for me and the kids, sleeping in a hotel without him. We were a bit disappointed that he couldn't join us, but we made the best of it and it all turned out well. In between appointments, we swam in the hotel pool and visited with Grandma (Great-Grandma to the kids)...


... And, we also met some friends at a nearby park. While there, we saw several sets of mother ducks with their ducklings. Grandma loves ducks, so this was a treat for her! And, the kids and I thought it was pretty neat, too.





Sunday, June 5, 2011

Finished ECC! Let the Summer Begin!

Last week was our last week of Exploring Countries and Cultures!

First, we finished up our study of Antarctica. The kids made paper plate penguins one day...


Then, we mostly finished the week out by doing some review of all the things we learned in ECC. It was fun to look through the kids notebooks full of all the worksheets, Science experiments, and drawings.

We are in gear now for a busy Summer schedule filled with Vacation Bible School, Library Summer Reading Program, swimming lessons, baseball, playdates with friends, and various other activities. In between our activities, we will continue to work on Math, Reading and Spelling so the kids will not lose what they have already learned this year.

We are looking forward to starting the next level of My Father's World curriculum in the Fall. We will be going through Creation to the Greeks. I'll try to continue updating this blog throughout the Summer with some of our activities, but it probably won't be on a weekly basis.

By the way, this is Coyote's first year playing team baseball. He isn't too thrilled with it all yet, due to some difficulties with catching and hitting the ball. But, I'm hoping he can work through it and still enjoy the season. He was definitely thrilled to be on the same team as his good friend, Ben!