Happy Homeschooler Life at our house

Monday, June 24, 2002 :::
Diapers and the missing "W"

So, our last child is completely out of diapers, including nightime. I'm glad (although, I'm changing plenty of diapers anyway with my daycare babies). It's cute to see him announce his need and intention "I have to go use the potty" and watch him prepare on the way. It's still new enough that he needs us to "check it out" several times a week.

So, the diapers would be one thing, but it's really the missing "W" that gets me.

He was the last child to "wuv" us and to talk to his sister "Yarsen". He like yoyyipops for candy and he was so......um.....yittle. No more! Cameron has found his "L"s and while I'm glad he gained his "L"s - I'm going to miss the "y"s and "w"s. :(

::: posted by Joanne at 10:26 PM YACCS

Wednesday, June 19, 2002 :::
Today Larsen was making a paper birthday cake for her dad. She is going to suprise him with it tomorrow morning (no, it's not his birthday). She wanted to cut out numbers for his age. Well, his age has been a family joke for a few years and he has "taught" her to say he's 49. The rest of us quickly offer the correct age and we pretend fight.

So, she was telling me about the paper cake with the paper "49". I told her that he is NOT 49 - she had a look like she was the oldest sage in the world and patiently said to me: "Yes, well, It's daddy's cake and he thinks he is 49, so I'm doing it his way."

I hope he makes a great wish. :-)

::: posted by Joanne at 10:49 PM YACCS

My dear friend Crystal Lutton, author of Biblical Parenting, has offered to take my kids to her church's vacation bible school this week.

Here is Crystal's site:

::: posted by Joanne at 10:44 PM YACCS

Thursday, June 13, 2002 :::
Andrew's reading material tonight before bed is "A Child's History of the World". His choice.

Tonight he told me he was on page 39, chapter "iv". I mean he actually sounded out "iv". LOL! I can just imagine what he was thinking to himself in reading the first 3 chapters! "What does this chapter have to do with "I"? What *is* "II"?

I guess it's time to teach Roman numerals!

::: posted by Joanne at 6:18 PM YACCS

Wednesday, June 12, 2002 :::
The IQ people just emailed me. Did you know that Charles Dickens was an insightful linguist, too? ;)


::: posted by Joanne at 5:40 PM YACCS

So, I've been dealing with sick daycare babies and a sick preschool child.......and spent *way* too much time online today.

I found this IQ test.


My score was 120 (which, IMO, is too high to be accurate)

Here is my text:

This number is the result of a formula based on how many questions you answered correctly on Emode's Ultimate IQ test.

The even better news is that at Emode, we've taken your IQ test one step further. During the test, you answered four different types of questions — mathematical, visual-spatial, linguistic and logical. We were able to analyze how you did on each set of those questions, which allows us to shed light on the way your brain uniquely functions.

At the same time, we compared your answers with others who have taken the test, and according to the sorts of questions you got correct, we can tell your Intellectual Type is an Insightful Linguist.

The first thing we can tell you about that is you have the natural fluency of a writer and the visual and spatial strengths of an artist. Those skills contribute to your creative and expressive mind. But that's just scratching the surface.

INSIGHTFUL LINGUIST. Maybe I'll change my blog name........

::: posted by Joanne at 5:34 PM YACCS

Andrew started English For A Thoughtful Child yesterday. It's such a gentle approach to beginning grammar. I understand that Susan Wise Bauer (The Well Trained Mind author) is writing a more contemporary version. I'll likely use that for Larsen.

::: posted by Joanne at 4:42 PM YACCS

Woohoo! I'm going to do a "co-op" for science!

A dear friend is bringing her soon to be second grader *back* home for school. She wanted to know if they could come over once a week to do some school together. I immediately said yes! (our boys do well together and she and I do, too).

After thinking about it, I called her and asked if we could do science on the days she is here. I have science resources, but never *get* to them. I know if another person is coming, I will actually *do* the plans. :)

::: posted by Joanne at 4:40 PM YACCS

Tuesday, June 11, 2002 :::
Thought I'd let readers know I've created a private spiritually inclusive homeschool forum board. Conservative Christian boards have good information, but make my blood presssure rise. The myopic, and often mistaken thinking frustrates me.

Secular boards are fine, but so much of my life and decisions are affected by my deep faith, spirituality and prayer life.

Here is the URL, but you won't know much by going there. You'll get a message that it's a spiritually inclusive board and you'll need to apply to me at milk4three@cox.net. :-)


::: posted by Joanne at 8:44 AM YACCS

Monday, June 10, 2002 :::
Gotta share a wonderful happening this afternoon. Cameron asked Andrew to "do animal cards". Cameron and I "do animal cards" several times a week. He tries to name the animal and we talk a little about what it eats, the kind of place it lives. So, Andrew "did animal cards with him" (good reading practice for Andrew).

The best part was when they were done, Andrew gave Cameron a piggy back chanting: Cameron did animal cards and got 33 right! *~*~*~*just like I do for the kids when they work hard~*~*~*~* It was wonderful.

::: posted by Joanne at 6:07 PM YACCS

Andrew finished reading one of the chapter books from Hooked on Phonics. He finished the program a while back, but we were behind in the chapter books that go with it. 2 more chapter books. I think when he's done with that, I'll have him read from the children's books we have here. He can read to me and the other kids. He's also able to read well enough that I may have him read our Bible Stories and devotionals sometimes.

Larsen read stories from the first Hooked on Phonics book. She read about a rat and a cat that sat....and got fat. She thought it was very funny. She was quite proud.

Cameron and I practiced counting things. We also did more of his sticker animal book. We are on the "creepy crawly" pages. He is both delighted and scared by the bugs.

::: posted by Joanne at 9:42 AM YACCS

Today we read about How the Jewish people started. Andrew's and Larsen's narrations were great!

Story of the World

Abraham had a baby. They named it laughter. Sarah was happy that she had a baby. Abraham talked to God about where to live. And God said he was going to give them a baby.

Larsen's illustration was wonderful! She drew Sarah and Abraham's house. Down to every detail, including doorknobs. :-) There were decorations on the wall. Including a picture of the baby Isaac and a rainbow painting. Sarah and Abraham were both holding the baby.

Story of the World

Abraham talked to God because he was scared that he wanted to go to another land but he was scared that he was going to get kicked out or something like that. Abraham was 90 when they had a baby. They were surprised that they had a baby. But, before that, God spoke to Abraham and said "you are going to have a baby" and Sarah giggled because she thought she was too old. God said "nothing is impossible for the only God". Then God said to Abraham, "go to a different city" called Canaan. Abraham's relatives became the Jewish people. There were 12 tribes.

For his illustration, Andrew drew a ziggurat and Abraham praying.

::: posted by Joanne at 9:33 AM YACCS

I also started a new routine. I put the "independent" work in folders (color coded, of course) on the school table. I also opened math and workbooks to the correct pages, and circled the pages I wanted done. The kids, after getting themselves a snack, started the work that doesn't involve my direct interaction. They did great! Larsen did some maze and ordering worksheets and simple addition. She also did "C"s for handwriting, although she got the free form "C"s backwards. Andrew did math (grouping tens) and spelling lession from Spelling Workout.

::: posted by Joanne at 9:32 AM YACCS

We started grades 2 and "K" today! :-)

I created a school room. I didn't see the need until we started daycare. But now, I have kids of all ages all over and doing school work on the table which also constantly has snacks, drinks and reaching toddlers.....well, I needed another solution.

I borrowed a banquet table with the folding legs and put it in the dining room with the school and craft supplies. This is where we will do school and crafts. There are many advantages, one being we won't have to move all the work everytime we eat. And, I won't worry about spilling stuff on our books.

I also started a new school planning tool. I am using one of those desk calenders, thumbtacked to the school wall (which I created this weekend. On it, I have (color coded of course, according to child or whether we do it together). On each day, using the right color, I wrote down the curriculum item I want to use each day for each child. In another color, I wrote the items we do together, such as devotional, history and read aloud.

I think I am going to keep brief written notes of each day. At the end of each month, I want to jot down those notes on the back of the wall calender. It will be both school documentation and a family journal.

::: posted by Joanne at 9:30 AM YACCS

Well, I've been keeping up with reading and math. Other than that, I've been trying to get used to our days as a family daycare provider. We now have 2 full time kids (one 2 year old and one 6 month old) and our part time baby (1 year).

I *think* I've found something that will work for us. It will involve early school and no tv. I'm loathe to admit how much we've been watching!

It's been a challenge to change our approach to our days and school. It's been especially hard for me to get used to the increased mess, noise and chaos. Nonetheless, I feel blessed to be able to stay home, homeschool and continue to parent the way I feel best.

::: posted by Joanne at 9:27 AM YACCS

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