All Girls School

Christmas Prep
December 14, 2008, 10:19 pm
Filed under: baby, Bubba, christmas, mimi, preschool, rocks, school, science, vacation, winter

We’ve been super busy around here with all of the holiday activities going on. There has been a ton of holiday baking as well as holiday parties and gatherings with friends and family. The girls are giddy for Christmas. Tonight was their Christmas program at church. Mimi and Baby chose to be angels. Bubba was asked to be one of the 3 Wise Women. It was a beautiful evening with the dim lights and all of the children dressed up and excited.

In school we have continued on with geology. We did some easy experiments using Bubba’s rock collection.

We’ve also started to talk about next year. She is thinking about going back to public school. She’s very divided on the issue, though. So, I’m going to work hard on the areas that I feel she’s not as strong in so that she can be ready to re-inter the school in the fall if that’s what she decides. I don’t love the idea and would be happy to keep homeschooling her forever. But, we’ve always said that this was a choice for the kids after first grade. We’ll see what she ends up deciding for certain as it changes hourly.

This coming week will be our final week before taking a holiday break. We’re all looking forward to sleeping in and spending time with our extended families and friends.


Bubba’s in Second Grade
August 20, 2008, 9:18 pm
Filed under: Bubba, math, reading, rocks, science

Bubba and I started school on Tuesday. It was supposed to be on Monday, but it just didn’t happen. So far so good. I’m always amazed how a hiatus will prompt a real spurt in her abilities. I’m always thinking that we’ll have to ease back into things after a break, but somehow things have melded in her head and she comes out of the gate stronger than before. Her reading is so quick and easy now. (Although she did read quite a bit over the summer, so she didn’t have a real break from that, just no mandatory reading.) Her adding and subtracting are coming much more easily than before.

I’m excited for this year. She’s started really delving into subjects that interest her lately. Rocks are her new passion. Ever since our trip to South Dakota, she’s been quite the rock hound. We’ve been to the library a couple of times and I think we have now checked out every book they have on rocks, crystals and gems. She’s also taken the hammer to our landscaping river rocks trying to find geodes or crystals or something. I’ve had to nix that, but am impressed with her passion. We brought her back some polished agate slices from our Utah trip. When I handed them to her Monday morning she looked at me like she’d just won the lottery. It was great. What she doesn’t know is that we also brought her home a small stash of already opened geodes but are saving those for her birthday in a couple of weeks. We’re planning on a geology unit so we can incorporate this rock love, but need to start with the human body science stuff so that we can visit the human body exhibit at the science center. It’s only here through October, so it needs to happen sooner rather than later.