All Girls School

November 3, 2008, 4:36 pm
Filed under: baby, Bubba, fall, girlies, halloween, holiday, math, mimi, party

We had a light school week last week as we were busy preparing for Halloween and our costume party. The girls had a blast trick-or-treating in the neighborhood and all of them wore their costumes to school or Brownie parties earlier in the week. On Saturday we had our costume party at the house. It was a very full weekend, but we had a great time with all of our friends and family. Today it was back to the grind and Bubba and I began working on graphing (x,y) coordinates.


Leif Ericson Day
October 9, 2008, 2:15 pm
Filed under: holiday

In honor of the holiday, we have taken the day off of school. Enjoy the holiday, everyone, and we’ll be back to school again on Monday.

Camera Found – 4th of July
July 9, 2008, 12:16 pm
Filed under: baby, Bubba, holiday, mimi, summer

These are the things we learned over the holiday weekend:

We should always keep a swimsuit or at least a change of clothes in the car. (I know, I know, Mom 101, right? I think I was absent that day.)

hot dogs + sand + water + trampoline + juice + sprinklers =

It is easier to put clothes on the dog than to take them off.

Fireworks. Are. Awesome.

Three days of non-stop celebrating with friends and family =

Prep and Art Class
July 8, 2008, 10:49 pm
Filed under: art, Bubba, holiday, mimi, reading, summer

I had some great photos of our extended holiday weekend, but our camera has been misplaced. Suffice it to say, we had a great time with friends and family, ate tons of good food and blew up our entire arsenal.

In other news, I realized that summer is hitting the half-way point, so I need to start organizing for the upcoming year. I’ve been going through a bunch of the items I’d like to use this year and making notes about other resources that correlate. I think this will help our days flow better, instead of searching through the bookshelves and online for the items I need that day, I will be able to get them all ready for the week and have them at our fingertips. I wasn’t very excited about the work involved with this project, but as I’m going through different books, I found myself getting excited about the different things we get to learn about this year.

Bubba has started a book exchange with her friend that lives around the corner. What I love about it is that she is even more driven to read because she has a weekly “deadline” to exchange the books. Also, the girls came up with this on their own out of their love of certain books and their desire to share them with each other.

Bubba and Mimi started summer art classes today. They worked with clay. Bubba made a few different items while Mimi made a really big… thing. I wish so much that I had my camera. Next week is painting, so hopefully it will surface before then.

Spring Break
March 6, 2008, 5:03 pm
Filed under: art, Bubba, field trip, garden, holiday, party

As of tomorrow afternoon, we will be on Spring Break! It doesn’t coincide with public school’s break, but since our schooling only takes a couple of hours per day, it doesn’t matter – Bubba will still have lots of time to play with all of her friends when they’re out. It does, however, coincide with the week that her Dad is taking off of work, so our whole family will be home for the whole week. We are very excited about this. We will be attacking the basement and purging out everything that is unnecessary so that we can sell it at our garage sale and/or donate it to one of the local organizations that takes second hand goods. We will also be cleaning up the back yard, filling the garden bed, and setting up the secret garden area. It’s still too early to plant anything outside, but we’ll be starting our peppers inside on Monday. Bubba’s art project for tomorrow is to make toothpick flags for all of the different starts so we can tell them apart. We’re doing a bunch of other little home improvement things, like touching up paint, over the week. We’ll also be doing a big Spring Clean, getting the baseboards and vents and ceiling fans and windows and all of the other areas that don’t get weekly attention. The week will culminate with a big St. Patrick’s Day party with friends and family coming from out of town. Dad is pushing for a day trip somewhere, too, but we haven’t been able to figure out a good place to go at this time of year, so that may or may not happen. I have big hopes for this coming week, which likely means we will accomplish about half of what we’ve planned and end the week a little let down, but the intentions are there.

Valentine Party
February 13, 2008, 9:57 pm
Filed under: Bubba, holiday, party, Valentines

Partly due to the issues that Bubba and I have been having as teacher/student, and partly because I needed to clean the house before this afternoon’s event, we did no schooling today. Instead, we prepped for the little neighborhood Valentine party that we were having. The party itself was madness, 17 children, 1 infant and 7 adults. (I’ll just say that our house is not huge and we were well past capacity.) There were sugary snacks, a messy craft, many spilled cups of punch and some fun games that, thankfully, didn’t get too rowdy or crazy. The kids had a lot of fun and all went home with some simple goody bags and Valentines signed by my girls. It was an exhausting couple of hours, but well worth all of the effort and prep that we went through.

Mmmmmmm… cupcakes. Unfortunately, there are a few of these left on the counter, calling my name.

New Year
January 2, 2008, 4:08 pm
Filed under: Bubba, holiday

We had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and Bubba has been enjoying her winter break from school. (honestly, so am I.) We have had lots of time to visit with family and friends and get things accomplished around the house. But, starting next week we’ll be back to the old grind. I thought I should make some homeschool resolutions for us.

1. Integrate more science into our daily school life. This will be much easier once Spring makes its appearance, but I have plenty of resources for engaging indoor activities since Bubba is not all that keen on reading about scientific topics in general.

2. Plan a garden with the girls. (This is an overlap to one of my personal resolutions.) The garden will be small this first year so that we don’t overwhelm ourselves, but I want the two oldest to pick one thing to plan that will be theirs to care for (with help from me, of course). It will be a learning experience for us all and I just hope things grow because I have a notoriously un-green thumb.

3. Start a photography unit with Bubba. We have an old digital camera that takes decent photos. I want to start talking about photography as an art form and give shooting assignments. Then, at the end of the school year, I want to have an open house for family and friends that showcases her work. I think we will make it informal because while she loves being the center of attention, it has to happen on her terms, not because I put her on the spot and make her talk about her work to everyone.

4. Play more games. We have so many games that will encourage lots of different skills, yet it rarely occurs to any of us to pull one out. I don’t know why that is, but I want to start doing it more and including the younger girls, too. Playing Go Fish and Crazy 8s is how Bubba learned her numbers when she was younger, but I haven’t done that with the little two.

I don’t think those goals are too difficult, just stuff that I wanted to consciously put out there so that I can refer back to it when I forget what my focus is.