Thursday, December 11, 2014

Zander Turned 4

Zander Paul turned FOUR on November 23 

We celebrated his birthday at our house. It was a Monster Truck them because he loves to watch Blaze and The Monster Machines. He got lots of fun toys at his party. 

I made a chocolate, dairy free cake with homemade marshmallow fondant. I had never used fondant of any kind before so that was a learning experience! But it was fun & Matt surprised me by helping out. He cut out the letters for his name & rolled out the fondant. Matt knows how to cook 2 things. Brats on the grill & smoked sausage in the skillet, lol. So it was fun to create the cake together. Funny story, I had a bag of food coloring gels that I borrowed from Jaley. I grabbed the navy blue & dumped it into the white fondant. It turned Magenta! The lids had been swapped. I almost cried and I pretty much threw a big, toddler fit. Then Matt added blue and we got purple. 

Zander loved his cake! He kept asking to peek in the fridge at it. There's something special about a homemade birthday cake. :)

Zander got a little shy while we sang "Happy Birthday". 
He had a great time being with his friends & family. It was a great day! 

I took him to the park for pictures a few days before his party. He got a fresh haircut too! Gosh, he looks so much bigger. He's very energetic & always making us laugh. A few nights ago, he was laying down with me and he cupped my check and said, "Mommy, I wub you & I fink I should take this off." Um, he was talking about a pimple. 

He loves counting and is very good at making patterns. I don't ever force him to do school work but sometimes he wants to join in with big sister. He surprised us & wrote "A B C D" all on his own. 

Oh, and his C's sound like "T". So, it's chocolate chip tookies, Santa Taus & Merry Tristmas! He's amazing and we love him very much.

Happy 4th, Zander!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Second Grade Curriculum 2014

We chose an all-in-one curriculum from Timberdoodle this year. Violet is in second grade and is 7 years old. Timberdoodle has chosen their favorite books for each subject from all different companies to make a ready to use kit for each grade. You should visit their site, so many awesome educational toys! 

We had to add in our own Science and History. I chose Story of the World: Ancient Times. We have the chapter book and workbook. 

For History we are using Apologia: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day. There is a workbook that can go with this but Violet is journaling along with the chapters for now. 

I ordered Story of the World and the Apologia book through Rainbow Resource. They have a nice selection of learning material. That is also where I found that nifty MagnaTab for Zander. (He loves it!) 

We are a month into the new school year. I like how Timberdoodle encourages your child to learn independently. Violet's favorites are A Reason For Handwriting (lessons include Bible verses), Daily Geography and Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day. The boys also love to browse her Science book. Story of the World is a nice textbook as well. We read one chapter at a time and it keeps her attention. She also enjoys the coloring worksheets and maps in the workbook. Some cons for Timberdoodle. I'm not crazy about having 3 math related books to teach from. Some days we only choose worksheets from one book. The books are Building Thinking Skills, Jump At Home and Mathematical Reasoning C.  

I think I'll do an update on her curriculum close to Christmas. 

Back To School Pictures

It's that time again!

We started our third year of homeschool a month ago.Violet is a second grader. Zander is doing preschool activities when he is up for it. He'd much rather be playing with Hot Wheels or outside. And Asher spends a lot of time exploring and climbing. 

We took school pics in front of our chalkboard wall in the hallway. The kiddos had fun telling me their favorite things. 

We are excited for the new school year! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Goodbye First Grade

First Grade Was Fantastic!

We are preparing for our third year of homeschooling. Violet will be a Second Grader! I have a few more supplies to buy & things to organize before we start. We are excited!

We used My Father's World for our first grade curriculum. This was our second year to use this company. I first discovered them at a homeschool book fair back when I was researching what to do for kindergarten. Their easy to follow lesson plans & biblical approach was appealing to me. I also liked that it's an all-in-one curriculum. 

Violet also went to a christian co-op once a week. I would drop her off at 9 and pick up at 2:20. That was a lot of fun for her. Her favorite part was lunch & recess! They also had a lot of holiday parties & themed dress up days. 

First Grade was a little more challenging since our youngest learned to walk this year. That brings up another thing I need to get ready.....busy bags. I've been looking up ideas on Pinterest to keep Asher & Zander entertained during school. I picked up a few workbooks for Zander this year. He's starting to be interested in schoolwork. Some days Zander would join in & listen while Violet did her work. That was nice! 

I'm proud of our girl! Homeschool brings a lot of joy to our family.

Violet, Fall 2013

Violet, May 2014

End Of The Year Questions for Violet

  1. I love learning about....Butterflies, Plants & Turtles.
  2. What's your favorite lunch? Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich.
  3. What was your favorite book you read? A Perfect Time For Pandas (Magic Treehouse)
  4. What are you good at? Drawing and Singing.
  5. What's your favorite show? My Little Pony.
  6. What do you want to be when you grow up? A Kid Doctor.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mama, Let's Snuggle

Zander is our wild child. 
Most days in our home you will hear a lot of this...

"stop pulling Asher's ears" 
"get off the kitchen counters" 
"Bring back Daddy's keys" 
"stop scratching Violet"
"where are your clothes?!" 
"Don't color the walls"

But then he has these moments where he just melts me. Today he smiled big & said, "let's snuggle Mama." So, we laid down for a few minutes together. I told him he's such a good boy & I liked seeing him act so kind. Then he kissed both of my cheeks like he usually does. 

I'll never say no to snuggle time with my cute babies!