Thursday, February 26, 2009
A Night Away
Tomorrow I'll be on my way to the Apologia Live Homeschool Moms' Conference. A few moms from my church will be joining me. This is the first one of these... the speaker line-up looks great. I'll let you know.
Want to come?
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Seeds, Fruit, and Prayer
Our fruit, like other fruit, must be borne in patience, and the fruit in others must be cultivated by us with perseverance. The work of the Lord is accomplished in wondrous ways, even as he is himself wonderful. For this very reason His work is done in complete secrecy, yet all the more surely, provided we do not relax our efforts. If God does not give you the pleasure of seeing the result of your work quickly, perhaps He intends to hide it from you, lest you become too proud of it. Seeds are there, and you may think they are unproductive, but do your part in watering them, and ears will surely sprout and in time become ripe.
In addition to continuing our work, then, let us commend the matter to our heavenly Father, pray fervently to Him, and be content with such success in our work as he may be pleased to have us see. With sincere devotion let us therefore help one another to wrestle with prayer and supplication, that here and there God may open up one door after another to his Word, that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ fruitfully, that we may do so cheerfully and speak in a befitting manner, that we may glorify His name with our teaching, our life, and our suffering.
Learning the Little (important) Things
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
This may be his favorite thing to make. Peanut Butter Balls. I love these because they provide a yummy way to sneak quite a bit of Flaxseed Meal (easier to digest than whole flaxseed) in to my kids diet. I also add Flaxseed Meal to their smoothies.
Here's Peter showing you the ingredients... Peanut Butter Balls
- Organic Peanut Butter (about 1/2 cup)
- Flaxseed Meal (about 2 Tablespoons or more)
- Raw Honey (as sweet as you like)
- Toasted Wheat Germ (in a separate bowl - to coat the outside so they don't stick together)
I don't measure anything... so, I'm guessing here. Just mix the PB, Flaxseed Meal, and Raw Honey. Form balls. Coat in wheat germ. Keep in the fridge.
Sometimes I hide one chocolate chip (365-Whole Foods brand) in the middle of each ball. Because I'm always trying to incorporate more chocolate in to my diet. : )
Peter's so proud. Much more fun than playdough...
Friday, February 20, 2009
I usually respond with a "Why don't you .... (anything but watch tv)." Which really just postpones the tv watching. The question returns. I give in. Making dinner is so much more pleasant without "help."
This is where I feel we are in a rut. We only watch about 3 different shows. I set the DVR to record the ones we like. We occasionally watch DVDs.
Hannah is not all that interested in tv, but she will sit and watch it if it's on. I recently discovered Word Girl and it's become Will and Hannah's favorite. Do you know this vocabulary super hero... from the planet Lexicon? It's pretty fun. When Will used the word tenacious correctly yesterday, I (amazed) asked where he learned it. "From Word Girl, Mom!"
Peter is a little like Hannah. He'll watch it, but he can take it or leave it. Handy Manny and Fireman Sam (puppet animation, set in Wales, firefighter adventures) are his favorites.
We have grown tired of Little Einsteins, Bob the Builder, and Clifford.
Our favorite DVDs...
Leap Frog Talking Words Factory
Jana Alayra Live in Concert, #1 and #2 (LOVE this one!)
We are the Laurie Berkner Band
Please tell me...
What are your kids' favorites? What do you like them to watch?
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The Student in The Basement
It must be because we bring him snacks.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
What does Peter do?
"What does Peter do while you do school?"
I usually answer, "He's right there with us." Sometimes happy. Sometimes not.
This is what Tot School looked like at our house this past week...
He loves these linking cubes
(they came with Hannah's Saxon Math Kit).
Above they have just taken off...
can you hear Peter's blast-off sounds?
We sort colors.
Play with magnetic shapes.Learn letters. Lace beads. (He's not a big fan of this.) More letters. Lots of puzzles.
He's working on his laptop. I'm not sure what these are called, but he loves them. Toothpicks and little balls of model magic... a big hit. Cutting and pasting. We are learning about the five senses with Hannah and Will. And he helps in the kitchen all. the. time. Here he is teaching Hannah how to make Granola. Grin.And we spend a lot of time reading together... our favorite.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Happy Valentine's Day
Thursday, February 12, 2009
First Grade : Books
Hannah, first grade, 2008-2009
Saxon Math 2
Primary Mathematics Workbook 1A-1B, Singapore Math
First Language Lessons
Explode the Code, Books 2-5
Spelling Workout A
The Harp and the Laurel Wreath (poetry)
Copywork for Young Ones, Pleasant Verses and Rhymes
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 2
History / Geography
Story of the World, Volume I - Ancient Times
Story of the World Activity Guide
The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
Usborne Book of World History
Numerous library books
Online Geography games
Online Election Maps and tutorials
The Kingfisher First Animal Encyclopedia
Christian Liberty Nature Reader, Book 1
Ranger Rick Magazine
My Body, Carratello
Head to Toe Science, Weise
The Burgess Animal Book for Children
How it Works: The Human Body, Barnes and Weston
Handbook of Nature Study, Comstock
What Your First Grader Needs to Know, Hirsch
Numerous library books
Discovering Great Artists, Kohl and Solga
The Story of Painting, Beckett
Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists (series)
Drawing with Children, Brookes
The Story of the Orchestra, Levine
Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers (series)
Classical Kids CD’s (series)
Classical Music CD's – various composers
Chocolate Fever, Smith
Homer Price, McCloskey
Ramona, Age 8, Cleary
The Adventures of Reddy Fox, Burgess
Emily’s Runaway Imagination, Cleary
The Child’s Story Bible, Vos
Independent Reading - in date completed order
(these are usually picked by Hannah at the library)
Ruby the Red Fairy, Meadows
Amber the Orange Fairy, Meadows
Sunny the Yellow Fairy, Meadows
Fern the Green Fairy, Meadows
Sky the Blue Fairy, Meadows
Inky, the Indigo Fairy, Meadows
Heather, the Violet Fairy
In Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen, Rylant
A Little Shopping, Rylant
Crystal the Snow Fairy, Meadows
Soccer Sam, Marzollo
Dinosaurs Before Dark, Osborne
Abigail the Breeze Fairy, Meadows
Special Gifts, Rylant
Mummies in the Morning, Osborne
Stella the Star Fairy, Meadows
Busybody Nora, Hurwitz
Some Good News, Rylant
Elisa Michaels, Bigger and Better, Hurwitz
The Knight at Dawn, Osborne
Pirates Past Noon, Osborne
Hannah of Fairfield, VanLeeuwen
B is for Betsy, Haywood
Betsy and Billy, Haywood
Afternoon in the Amazon, Osborne
Betsy and the Boys, Haywood
Pony Pals: Too Many Ponies, Betancourt
Blizzard of the Blue Moon, Osborne
Betsy, Tacy and Tib, Lovelace
The Littles, Peterson
Summer Party, Rylant
Ramona the Brave, Cleary
Little House on the Prairie, Wilder
Farmer Boy, Wilder
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
A Winter Wednesday...
packed a lunch... and got outside as fast as we could. Our favorite park.
See those cute little heads up there? Will and Peter are pretty well matched. Hannah and me... not so much.Beautiful Day!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Loving One Another
Each child has a "mailbox" (microwave popcorn boxes). All this week, the kids will be secretly writing each other sweet notes on the heart cards and dropping them in the right box. (I'll write out Peter and Will's messages for them.)
Thanks for playing with me so much.
Thanks for playing trucks with me.
Thanks for playing trucks with me.
(let's hope the boys have more to say to each other tomorrow. Grin.)
You are pretty.
I peeked at Hannah's messages...
You sang really well this morning.
I love to play with you.
I'll be adding a few goodies, too. They will open their "mail" on Valentine's Day.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
He traces my letters with layers of colors.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Carisa (from 1+1+1=1) has started a new blog dedicated to parenting little ones, ages 1-3. Totally Tots is ALL about tots, written by Christian moms of tots (or who have kids who were recently tots). It's sure to be a fabulous resource to all of us with a tot at home.
Get Real with God... inspirations for moms of tots
Bible Bites...teaching tots the Bible one bite at a time
Did You Know?... health/nutrition for tots
Simply Made... tools to make for your tot
Crafty Corner... simple crafts for tots
TOTally Working for Me... tips from real moms for real moms
Giggle Time...funny stories to give us a smile
Cute Tots... weekly featured tots
I want more hours in my day to read picture books to him. Spend hours at the playground. Make homemade playdough. Sit and color. I want Peter to have the same early years that Hannah had. More of me.
If Hannah and Will were in school, he would have that.
I was cleaning up the kitchen after lunch today when I noticed the quiet... too much of it. Where are they? Upstairs... no sign of them. Then I see the power cord tucked under the closet door,
and I find this sweet moment...
I needed that. To be reminded... Peter has Hannah and Will and me. All the time.