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Sunday, April 28, 2002 :::
Why Do They Call Them SLEEPovers?

A friend of mine moved into her first house this weekend. I offered to help by having her older kids over for Saturday night. The kids (mine and hers) were GREAT - but they sure don't SLEEP. ;-)

::: posted by Joanne at 6:23 PM YACCS

Thursday, April 25, 2002 :::
The kids went in the pool today!

I told them it would be cold. Andrew thought he understood, but *jumped* right in! The look on his face was priceless!

They had a great, cold time. :-)

::: posted by Joanne at 3:14 PM YACCS

Tuesday, April 23, 2002 :::
Andrew learned "carrying" today. It's called "re-grouping" now instead. :/

We played games with pennies (ones) and dimes (tens) to understand how it worked -- but that seemed to confuse rather than help him.

So, I just sat down with him, walked him though adding the ones, "carrying" the ten to the tens and adding. He got them all right. :-)

::: posted by Joanne at 2:08 PM YACCS

Larsen has read 3 books! :-)

::: posted by Joanne at 2:06 PM YACCS

Today we read about "the first writing" for history. We learned that the Egyptians wrote in hierglyphics and the Sumerians in cuneoform.

Here are the narrations:

Story of the World; the first writing

The first writing they made writing out of pictures. They baked it until it was hard. They used bricks for it. They guy wrote to tell us about it.

Story of the World; the first writing

The first writing was made out from stone. Then, they knew how to make paper. But the paper broke. Hippopotamus means "river" and "horse". Mesopotamia means between two rivers.

::: posted by Joanne at 2:06 PM YACCS

Monday, April 22, 2002 :::
Saturday Andrew had a double header baseball game. I started him a game and practice late (budget constraints). His team is the Tigers and they wear slate blue shirts. It's still T-ball, but the pitch to the player 3X before they get the "T". That will make the transition to pitch ball easier next year.

::: posted by Joanne at 6:00 PM YACCS

Andrew finished Hooked On Phonics Today!

I called the company to see what reading level that means and they said 3rd grade! :-)

::: posted by Joanne at 5:58 PM YACCS

Thursday, April 18, 2002 :::

Here is the text:

Page 1: Cat
Page 2: Rat
Page 3: Cat can tap Rat
Page 4: Cat ran.
Page 5: Rat ran. Cat ran.
Page 6: WAP! (note - they ran into a tree, hence the WAP!)
Page 7: Rat sat on Cat.


::: posted by Joanne at 10:04 AM YACCS

We are studying Egypt, and here is the Egyptian myth we read today. The version we read was a bit simpler, from the Story of the World.


Andrew's Narration: This God sunk the King of the Gods in the water. Then he came back alive. Then, after he came back alive the water of the Nile overflowed. When the guy came back alive, the sea remembered it so each year it overflowed.

Larsen's narration: The guy falled in the Nile and when he came back alive the Nile remembered him and flowed again.

Cameron's Narration: River flowed with water.

::: posted by Joanne at 9:56 AM YACCS

Tuesday, April 16, 2002 :::
Here is the letter I wrote for the mother of my new 2 year old daycare guy, Andre:

Dear Mom,

Dad left me at Miss Joanne's today again. He left after giving me bunches of kisses. She held me while I cried for about a minute and then we sat on the couch like yesterday and read books.

After that, the other kids ate sandwiches but I didn't want the peanut butter and jelly sandwich Miss Joanne made for me. She said I could have it later if I wanted.

I wrestled with Andrew, I liked that.

Today was the day the Davidsons clean their family room. Andrew cleaned the laundry room, Larsen cleaned the bathroom. Cameron helped Miss Joanne with the family room. Everyone had something called "baseboards" to clean.

I sat on the couch and played with cars. The vacuume noises scared me.

After that, we played puzzles while Miss Joanne did some homeschool reading out loud. She read some Egyptian myths. I played a fun game of moving foam shapes from one container to another.

Miss Joanne changed my diaper (wet only) and played a fun game of "up feet and down feet". I liked it so much she did it many times.

I ate some fruit leather and a cereal bar.

We went outside where I played with pretend guns, cars and water balloons - only they were filled with air instead of water.

::: posted by Joanne at 6:19 PM YACCS

Wednesday, April 10, 2002 :::
Another interesting homeschooling article:


::: posted by Joanne at 8:04 PM YACCS

I forgot to add: Thank you, Gail! It was your flyer, hung at the gym, that made the mom call me.

::: posted by Joanne at 5:00 PM YACCS

Woohoo! I have another daycare child. He's almost 2, his name is Andre. He starts here Monday. He's part-time from about 12 until around 3:30. Monday thru Friday. It should give me just enough money to not have to go and get employed somewhere.

And, since he's coming in the afternoon, school won't have to be changed.

::: posted by Joanne at 4:32 PM YACCS

Tuesday, April 09, 2002 :::
Hey! Cool!


::: posted by Joanne at 12:06 PM YACCS

Here is an old "homeschool" joke that is only a "slight" exaggeration of what really happens:

Q: How does a home schooler change a light bulb?

A: First, mom checks three books on electricity out of the library, then the kids make models of light bulbs, read a biography of Thomas Edison and do a skit based on his life. Next, everyone studies the history of lighting methods, wrapping up with dipping their own candles. Next, everyone takes a trip to the store where they compare types of light bulbs as well as prices and figure out how much change they'll get if they buy two bulbs for $1.99 and pay with a five dollar bill.

On the way home, a discussion develops over the history of money and also Abraham Lincoln, as his picture is on the five dollar bill.

Finally, after building a homemade ladder out of branches dragged from the woods, the light bulb is installed. And there is light.

::: posted by Joanne at 11:30 AM YACCS

Today's history was about "the first people" who were nomads. It's from The Story of the World and the author included a fictional story as an example of nomads. Here are the narrations:

Larsen, Story of the World


The guy found 3 lizards and couldn't wait to find the mom's lizard stew.

They move when there is no more stuff to eat.

Larsen illustrated hers with a girl holding a bag with 3 lizards.

Andrew, Story of the World, Nomads

The girl found 3 lizards and the boy found a bee's hive. And the lizards didn't have so much meat on it. The mother got all the meat off of it. Boiled them in hot water.

They move when there aren't any animals.

Andrew illustrated his with the girl sleeping under the stars and the girl moving the log to get the lizards.

::: posted by Joanne at 11:11 AM YACCS

We have "Hooked on Math" as a supplemental resource for Andrew's math. It comes in booklet form and has a clear plastic sheet to put over the worksheets to write the answers on (so, it's reusable). For some reason I can't fathom, Andrew has never been able to get his math facts right on it. He can do them on regular worksheets, or in his Singapore Math book. I thought about abandoning it -- but it comes with posters and stickers for completing the sheets and Andrew loves that kind of stuff. So, I've decided to do it orally with him. He likes when I do his work *with* him anyway (craves interaction and mommy time). He gets a sticker if he gets them right orally.

Larsen has now read the words Les, Dan, Pen, him, tin, and fun. :-)

Cameron has been asking to do school, too. I think he likes the piggy backs that go with having completed something.

I give piggy backs to each kid after they finish something with me. :-)

::: posted by Joanne at 10:57 AM YACCS

The Big, Big Garbage Truck

Our garbage truck comes on Tuesday and the recycling truck comes on Thursday. We call them both "the big, big garbage truck". Cameron has been fascinated with them since he could walk. He can hear them enter the neighborhood.

We drop whatever we are doing to see the big, big garbage truck.

The last few weeks, the driver of the garbage truck has stopped and let each kid pull the chain to make the whistle sound. A very kind act.

I want to call and make a positive comment about him, but I don't want him to get in trouble for being kind if it's not something he should be doing.

The neat thing is that it's probably not just us. He has a smiling Winnie the Pooh hanging from the chain. :-)

::: posted by Joanne at 10:52 AM YACCS

Saturday, April 06, 2002 :::
It's Saturday. We have the next door neighbor's youngest for the weekend. Their other children have weekend sleepovers, so her mom asked I would. She's hopefully enjoying her weekend at their cabin with her husband.

Last night, they ate junk food and watched a movie with Mike while I went to a meeting. Tonight, Andrew is at a friend's for the night.

We are watching Fern Gully 2 while eating cookies. It's strange not having Andrew here!

::: posted by Joanne at 6:09 PM YACCS

Today for school, we had a reptile clinic!

We went to Lisa's house where her Dad and brother had gathered their, um, collection of pets. 3 different snakes, a *huge* tortoise that was in a bad mood and a rat for lunch for one of the snakes.

The kids got to touch and hold the snakes. EW! They got to see a whole piece of shedding.

They fed the vegetarian tortoise kale.

And, for the finale, watched a snake squeeze the life out of a rat and swallow it whole.

::: posted by Joanne at 6:06 PM YACCS

Andrew's Birthday! I can't believe my first baby is 7!

I declared that the day was school free. I let Andrew watch his favorite shows. We met Mike for lunch at the McDonalds near his office. (do you *know* how nice it is to say "Mike's office"???)
We opened presents. Andrew got 2 battle bots (http://battlebots.com/), money from grandma and grandpa, shorts and a shirt and a gift certificate from grandma.

Thanks! He wore the outfit the next day, played with the bots immediately, and pocketed the cash and certificate.

We sang, ate cake.

::: posted by Joanne at 6:03 PM YACCS

Tuesday, April 02, 2002 :::
I love homeschooling! It's 9:37 and if we do nothing else academically today, we've still accomplished a lot! Larsen did another page in Phonics Pathways (she read the word pen!) Andrew read another chapter of a book. They both did several pages of math. We did science, too, with Andrew who is studying bugs - on request.

My math curriculum is here:



We supplement with some worksheets, flashcards, games and Hooked on Math.

Are you familiar with the narration approach?

It's from Charlotte Mason:

I used that for history and sometimes for read-alouds and bible. Today we did it for history. We used Story of the World ( http://www.welltrainedmind.com/childsworldhistory.html), and read about archeology. It was an example of how history is discovered when there aren't written records. It talked about a father dropping a knife in a field, a mom breaking a clay pot, and a boy losing a toy. Then there is no rain, so the village moves. The text goes on to talk about how many years later, an archeologist finds the village underground and how he goes about learning about the village.

Here are the kids narrations:

Andrew: The ancient egypt people left their city because they had no water or rain. So they moved to another village and then some guy found the stuff they left behind. So, he wanted to do some more. He got some tools and brushed the dirt out.

Larsen: The little boy left the other toy. He forgot it. He left it at home when he moved to a different state. Me moved because there was no rain.

Cameron: History. Egypt.


I type their narrations into the computer, print it out and they illustrate it. I label their drawings and will put their narrations into a history notebook.

::: posted by Joanne at 9:53 AM YACCS

Monday, April 01, 2002 :::
Well, Cameron is sleeping. Which is nice for now, but not so nice when he gets up either at 9:00 tonight or 2:00 am this morning. The older kids are playing with friends out front.

Want to know more about the kind of approach to school we are taking? It's a classical approach, based loosely on this:


Peggy, Andrew just came in with his package for his birthday and is very excited! We'll open it Wednesday. I can't believe my first baby boy is 7!!

::: posted by Joanne at 3:35 PM YACCS

I'm adding a comment section so family and friends can interact with me and my ramblings.

::: posted by Joanne at 3:25 PM YACCS

Wow! My 7 year old slept until 7:02. Unheard of. :-)

Today's plans are to do school, go to the park to meet our friends, go to the gym, get Pricilla and meet with her at "Happy Star" AKA Carl's Jr. And, finally, come home.

I'll let you know if that's what happens.

NO MORE JUNK! That's my motto today. I declared last week that Sunday (Easter) would be the last day of eating junk in this house. My dear husband then sat, thinking. He soon declared that "Halloween is in 7 months!" LOL!

I'm already wavering, though, thinking about a very limited amount on movie night.

I'm just tired of the candy behavior and the "junk" talk: when are we going to have our junk for the day? He got more than me.

Plus, Larsen's teeth concern me (she's the only one with decay) and she seems to be a sugar/carbo junkie.

Besides, I really have a few pounds to take off myself.

WOOHOO! Larsen is beginning to "get" blending. She's been able to say short vowel sounds for a long time and some consonent sounds. But, she didn't get blending them. She could read "b" and "a" but couldn't read "ba" without making them distinct sounds that didn't blend. She's now blending! She knows all short vowel sounds and also the sounds "s", "m", "n", "r", "l", "f", "h", "d", and today she learned "b". We are using Phonics Pathways. Grandma and Grandpa were generous to buy our curriculum last year (thank you!) and this was one of the books. I asked her if she wanted to use the Hooked on Phonics program that Andrew is using, but she said she likes "her purple reading book". :-) So far, she's read the words: ran, Les, fun, Dan, bun

Andrew finished Level 4 of Hooked on Phonics last week. He still has the corresponding chapter books for finishing level 3 to read, so we will take this week and read those as well as the chapter books for level 4. He's reading sentences such as "Well,", said Mrs. Smith, "it had stopped ringing because Perky had picked up the phone. He hit the handset off with his beak! And then do you know what he said?" I think that's pretty good for a 7 yo male 1st grader. :-) He reads before he goes to sleep each night.

It was SO cool.

::: posted by Joanne at 3:19 PM YACCS

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