Archive for the ‘homeschooling’ Category


November 2, 2009

A rainy and blah Monday but not all bad :-). We got a lot done and still had plenty of time for play. With his play time Alex usually chooses to read, build with legos, or make a complete messdo a science experiment. He likes to make up his own to see what will happen. The problem is, he is using kitchen supplies. Vinegar, baking soda, baking powder,vegetable oil, cornstarch, all in various quantities. *sigh* He does other stuff but those are his favorite free time activities I think.

Math Monday: Candy sort of course! And graph. And then a tricky little logic problem related to Halloween. This is a cool candy experiment site. We might try to do some of these next week. This week our focus is the Guess Science Fair. Lucky for me he wants to do a pretty simple experiment. I asked him where he got it and he said Jake Drake (by Andrew Clements) but he could not remember the result….LOL. He read it a while ago too. Funny the things they remember.

Ian amazes me with the skills he is picking up. He knows a lot, if not all, of his letters! He can count pretty well. He loves to paint and draw and is always looking for his “work”. Shapes and colors are old news. He gets out our Winnie- the- Pooh books and “reads” them to me; it is just too cute! Not to be outdone by his brother or left behind in any way, he also enjoys doing experiments. Today he wanted to play the volcano game and spent quite a while making it explode. He is very active and into everything and it can be a challenge especially when, like today, he did not nap.


This is so cool!

October 28, 2009


First draw a table like the one above. Then in each of the squares put whatever number you want.

Add the top row (A+B) Then the bottom row (C+D) then the sum of both
(A+B) + (C+D).

Then go down so A+C and B+D then the sum of those two. (A+C)+(B+D). Notice anything?

That is not all! Now do the diagonals! A+D and B+C. Add the sums. Yep, the same number!!

This was in Alex’s math book today and we tried several different combinations and every time we ended up with each of the sums matching!

Math Monday

October 26, 2009

I wanted to have a ‘Math Monday’ every so often-really every Monday but I am not sure that is reasonable. Last week we went to a friend’s and did puddle math and discussed different ways you could measure a puddle. This week we did magic squares courtesy of Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares. I saw it at the library and grabbed it thinking it would be perfect. We did our “regular” math first-1 Alex had already read the book (b/c it took me that long to get to it *roll eyes*) and he thought this was a magic square. He was very excited! We noted the patterns and I broke the news that it was an addition table but that we were going to do magic squares. He insisted on doing the entire page even though that was not what I planned. I am not a fool-would never plan to have him actually write THAT MUCH :p. Anyway, here is a magic square : -2 Cool, huh? Each row, column, even diagonal adds up to the same number! 15 in this case but you can do harder ones with more squares.

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Our Week

October 25, 2009

This week has been busy. On Monday I Learned a Very Important Lesson. The Lesson I Learned was that Routine is Sacred; Always Follow the Routine. I threw Alex for a loop by doing writing after piano instead of after his break. This threw him off for the whole day and that is never a pretty sight. So I wrote myself a nice, neat schedule.

Tuesday went well. I remembered the lesson ;-). We went to co-op in the morning and then got 2 science kits done plus art! He is really enjoying art and later in the week even asked if he could do some drawing.

On Wednesday we had a field trip in the morning to a bird and flower sanctuary with Alex’s co-op class. It was fun! We got to see a corpse flower, hearts a bustin’, and money trees. There were more but those were my favorite.

On Thursday we went to a corn maze and Friday we made ghosts at Grandmama’s and shot off a rocket at Grandaddy’s (we nearly scrapped the whole thing though b/c we could not get it together but finally just went with our own model which worked just fine). Alex also took a spin on his go cart and gave me quite a start as he was whizzing around. I am not sure I like him not being afraid of that thing.

Saturday we went to a play at a children’s theater in Newport News. I generally like these plays a lot but this one was a little boring. The children were introduced to a few major characters in American History so that was good and after there was a little fair going on so we walked around.

I have been reading a book online about successful homeschooling and it encourages a relaxed “schooling” claiming that all math, for instance, can be learned in 2 years once a child is ready. They acknowledge that one should not (in their opinion of course) let their child go willy-nilly and do whatever he (or she) wants, but instead require plenty of help around the house as well as helping others, small amounts of school, and lots of play time. We are doing a lot more “school-y” stuff this year and I wonder if I am keeping a good balance between making time for free play and school work. For the most part he is enjoying it I think. Some he tolerates.

This week we are definitely going to have to carve out some time to finish his costume.


October 14, 2009

Every Tuesday, ALex takes Road Trip and Environmental Connections at HSoBX (that was a lot of links!). I love that he leaves there energized and excited. They do so many cool projects.

The plan WAS to spend the afternoon doing Science and Art but somehow that is not working out as well as I had hoped :-). We did, however, do one experiment yesterday before it was time to head out to Book Club. Our book this time was The Toothpaste Millionaire-very interesting and fun! It is amazing to me how much the children enjoy book club, although in truth I suspect it has to do with the knowledge that if they just talk about the book for a few minutes they can head outside to play. Book Club is a new addition this year and so far I think it is going very well.

Back In Business

October 12, 2009

Truthfully we never *really* stopped but I have not been updating b/c I was being lazy. My excuse was “summer break” but the truth was I was being lazy 🙂

We are getting into a groove with school work and activities. We added a little more work to our schedule this year and there was quite a bit of rebellion at first. Lately though Alex has been doing really well and has had a very good attitude. I hope that did not jinx it!

Short and sweet to say that we are back up and will try to do a better job of updating more regularly. I really want to post what we did with the 9 point circle; that was fun!

Play With Me

June 1, 2009

Play With Me

I tried to teach my child from books;
He gave me only puzzled looks.
I tried to teach my child with words;
They passed him by, oft unheard,
Despairingly I turned aside;
“How shall I teach this child!” I cried.
Into my hand he put the key;
“Come” he said,”play with me.”

Author Unknown

I helped Alex build a mountain out of dirt in the backyard today and then he made a river go down it. It was a suggestion he read in a book. He was introduced to vocabulary words such as delta and valley. The book suggested he float sticks as boats but he thought it would be more fun to have a car drown…LOL. Either way. So there you go- learning through play.

We went to the Virginia Living Museum this morning. What a nice place! It has been a while since we went so we had a wonderful time. It was not crowded and the children were encouraged to touch things! Yay Ian!

Alex’s social skills have been amazing me lately. At the VLM, he was talking a volunteer up, asking her all sorts of questions. Good ones too! I think she was a little taken aback :). And then today, a little boy came over and Alex just went out to play down the street. That is huge for him! It used to be that he would want to play but I needed to be outside with him.

Before we left he talked me through making a heart….LOL. We need to try again though because our straws are not long enough. I meant to buy more today but I forgot. Hopefully, we will make it tomorrow as it seemed cool.


May 27, 2009


The clubhouse is finished!!!! Isn’t it beautiful!? And HUGE! It was made by my dad aka Granddaddy or Dee. It has screens so the kids can get a nice breeze minus the mosquitoes and bees. The many windows were a request from Alex. Granddaddy had to make the door special because it is an odd size. It even has a lock which Alex is especially fond of.


Alex’s favorite thing to do thus far is to sit and read in his clubhouse. Note the pictures hanging on the wall. Mee-maw and Grandaddy came over on Sunday and hung those up. My mom made the table you see out of sea glass she collected. Alex appropriated the table but he will need to give it back as soon as I get him a replacement.


May 17, 2009

Food for thought

I have been trying to decide what to do about history next year. I like what she has to say (except for the whole bible bit).

May 15, 2009

What a nice day we had. We went to the beach with my mom and collected an entire bucket full of things to look up, compare, and contrast. I hope I can go by the library this weekend to get a few reference books. It was so much fun to watch the boys. Alex was yelling and laughing and having a grand time! No one was there either. Always a good thing when you have young kids 🙂

After the beach, we ate lunch and headed over to my dad’s where we went out on the boat. I believe that was Ian’s first trip out ever!