Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Learning Log of July 2014

We played school this past July . Yeah, DS8 decided to use his mathematical skills to teach DD6 multiplication. Of course, she is not there yet. But he tried! :)

July was crazy busy and as I type this to publish this post I am worn out. I need a vacation. :)

We did lots of outings, play dates, reading and activities at home. We haven't started "school" yet. We are just doing our normal summer routines: Bible, math and reading everyday. I think I might skip school this year.

A Bible study on obedience was key this month. Out of my mind was an amazing book. Opportunities to be with friends were priceless. I hope you find some useful links below. :)

Read aloud Books

* This month, DD11 and DS8 are reading the Proverb of the day on their own. I asked them to highlight one verse that spoke the most to them. DD11 is writing them down on a PostIT and posting it on her bedroom wall. DS8 is just sharing the verse with me and telling me why he liked or thought it important.
* Together we did this Bible Study on Obedience. We read passages throughout the Bible and completed the study. It was very illuminating and even I found out things I didn't know. I highly recommend this Bible study on Obedience created by Kim Sorgius. I bought the combo pack and I used them at the same time with my children ages 4 to 11 y.o. The little ones listened and drew or colored on their individual worksheets and the bigger ones listened and wrote/ completed their worksheets. We had great discussions, prayer times and breakthroughs. Praise the Lord! :)


* Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology - We took a break and didn't do any of this book this month. We still did science though. :) Check out the rest of the post.

* Caleb's Story by Patricia MacLachlan - the 3rd book from the Sarah Plain and Tall Saga.
* Stupendous Sound - Science Rocks! by Nadia Higgins 
 * Hospital - That's Gross! A Look at Science by Julie Murray
* Paradise Island - The Little Mermaid's Treasure Chest
* Skippyjon Jones Lost in Spice by Judy Schachner
* The Watcher - Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter - DD11 read aloud to DD4 and DD6.
* Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper - This is one of those books that the kids ask you to NOT stop reading. We finished it in August because we were so busy going places.
Castles in the Sand - The Little Mermaid's Treasure Chest
* Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan
* The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese - a book about spanking, listening and obeying.
* Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett and Kevin Cornell - Some books are just not worth writing. :/

A day's harvest from our garden!

Audio Books

* My kids, one time or another have the files below in their mp5s to which they listen to every night at their choosing: Fairy tales and classic stories , worship music, Story Hour files, The Piano Guys, Jonathan Park and The Brinkman Adventures, The Chronicles of Narnia and Story Nory (lots and lots of FREE audio goodness: Bible stories, Classics, educational stories even ones for non-English speakers wanting to improve their English. We love this website!).


* DD11 listened to Rush Revere at night.

Not much listening to audiobooks this month. Instead lots of reading.


DD6 independent reading list: 

Continuing this month, DD6 is reading by leaps and bounds. With ease she is reading through her phonics books stories as well as keeping on reading her 100 books. This month we discovered compound words and homophones while reading the books. As well as contractions.
Talking to DD6 one day in March,  I asked her if she was happy to be reading now. She said she was. Then I asked her if she wanted to read Calvin and Hobbes. Her answer: "you can only read Calvin and Hobbes after you read 100 books." So we came up with a plan to list all of her 100 books, because according to her once she reads 100 books then she will be able to read any book. :) How smart is she?

48) The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems
49) Surprise! by Mercer Mayer
50) All by Myself by Mercer Mayer
51) Grandma, Grandpa and Me by Mercer Mayer
52) Our Friend Sam by Mercer Mayer
53) Norma Jean, Jumping Bean by Joanna Cole
54) Planets Around the Sun by Seymour Simon
55) Little Critter's These are My Pets by Mercer Mayer
56) Just For You by Mercer Mayer
57)  Johnny Appleseed - My Story by David L. Harrison
58) How Do Dinosaurs Say Good NIght? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
59) Too Many Dinosaurs by Mercer Mayer
60) Annie and the Wild Animals by Jan Brett
61) Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom
62) You Read to Me, I'll Read to You - very short stories to read together by Mary Ann Hoberman - This book is filled with short stories to be read together. We read it in a span of a week.
63) Animals in the Great Outdoors by Delores Shimmin - 1st grade reader from A Beka Reading Program - this also is a book with short stories. Great vocabulary and stories portraying strong values and morals. DD6 is really enjoying these books. I will be buying the 2nd grade readers too.
64) Open Windows - 1st grade reader from A Beka Reading Program - Stories portraying strong family values. Another great reader that DD6 is enjoying.
65) I Just Forgot by Mercer Mayer
66) A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems




DS8 independent reading list:  

* Reading a chapter of Proverbs everyday and highlighting and copying the verse that spoke the most to him. He is practicing narrating what he has read.

* Calvin and Hobbes - We have now a collection of Calvin and Hobbes books. DD8 routine before drifting off to sleep is to read a few comic strips. The books are also in the car, so when we go places he reads some more. Although Calvin is a little devil, DS8 is learning new vocabulary, World History, current issues as well as what not do or what not to say.

* The Mystical Pencil - A Medieval Mess by Dustin Evans
* The Mystical Pencil -  Costume Craziness by Dustin Evans
* The Mystical Pencil - Dinosaur Drama by Dustin Evans
* The Mystical Pencil - Raging Robots by Dustin Evans

* Hospital - That's Gross! A Look at Science by Julie Murray
* Crazy Concoctions - A Mad Scientist's Guide to Messy Mixtures by Jordan D. Brown
* Space Exploration - Eyewitness Books
* Ten Boys Who Used Their Talents by Irene Howat - finished it this month.
* Ten Boys Who Made History by Irene Howat -
* Robots and Rovers by S.L. Hamilton
* Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales - One Dead Spy - A Revolutionary War Tale
* Blueffton by Matt Phelan



DD11 independent reading list

* Reading a chapter of Proverbs everyday and highlighting and copying the verse that spoke the most to her. She has now a wall covered in post it notes.

* The 39 clues - Cahills vs Vespers book #6 - Day of Doom by David Baldacci
* The 39 clues - Unstoppable - Book #1 - Nowhere to Run by Jude Watson
* The 39 clues - Unstoppable - Book #2 - Breakaway by Jeff Hirsch
* The 39 clues - The Black Book of Buried Secrets - Introduction by Rick Riordan

* The Mystical Pencil - A Medieval Mess by Dustin Evans
* The Mystical Pencil -  Costume Craziness by Dustin Evans

* The Mystical Pencil - Dinosaur Drama by Dustin Evans
* The Mystical Pencil - Raging Robots by Dustin Evans


* Rascal by Sterling North
* The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald
* The Samurai's Tale by Erik Christian Haugaard
* The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
* The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr
* Belle The Mysterious Message

* The Time Garden by Edward Eager
* A to Z Mysteries - The Quicksand Question by Ron Roy

* Hospital - That's Gross! A Look at Science by Julie Murray

* Great American Artists for Kids - Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters by Mary Ann F. Kohl and Kim Solga

*  The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland  - Wings of Fire series - Book #1
* The Lost Heir by Tui T. Sutherland - Wings of Fire series - Book #2
* The Hidden Kingdom by Tui T. Sutherland -  - Wings of Fire series - Book #3
* The Dark Secret by Tui T. Sutherland  - Wings of Fire series - Book #4
* The Brightest Night by Tui T. Sutherland - Wings of Fire series - Book #5

* Trainee Handbook - Spy University by Jim Wiese with H.Keith Melton (spy expert)
* Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales - One Dead Spy - A Revolutionary War Tale


* Rump - The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
* Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
* Blueffton by Matt Phelan

* Blue Bay Mystery - The Boxcar Children #6 - by Gertrude Chandler Warner
* The Mystery at the Alamo - The Boxcar Children series y Gertrude Chandler Warner

* The Canary Caper - A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy

* Ten Girls Who Made a Difference by Irene Howat -
* Ten Girls Who Changed the World by Irene Howat -


** Take one or two or three (i.e. reading these yet again!)

*A New Friend for Eddie Eagle - part II of the Adventures of Eddie Eagle by Margaret Ann Smith
* Bartleby of the Big Bad Bayou by Phyllis Shalant
 * Judy Moody Girl Detective by Megan McDonald



Activities at Home

* Swimming, swimming, swimming.
* Pool Playdates at our house. More swimming playdates. Did I say swimming playdates yet? :)
* Gardening; harvesting okra, cucumbers, yellow squash, greens, herbs, green beans, tomatoes and more.
* Making kimchi for the first time.
* Making cards for OWH.
* Cleaning, decluttering, and selling our stuff on Ebay.  
* Making videos for YouTube
* A girly birthday party for DD6 who is now DD7. DD11 got to help decorate and plan the party. We made a chocolate cake with crooked neck squash and pink icing. 
* All the girls are wanting to help more with cooking, cleaning and just taking charge. I need to let go and let them do it all. :) 
* I have become the official hairdresser at home. I am trimming the guys' hair and dying the girls' hair pink. :) 


 Field Trips/ Activities Outside Home

* Lego Club
* Summer dance classes for DD4 and DD6 - they are enjoying tap, ballet and tumbling together. So sweet to watch!
* Summer Reading Program at our local Public Library - It's all about science this summer. Animal Tales came to visit. WE always enjoy the presentations. The kids learn so much. The Coosa River Science School came too and again the animals were the stars. And McWane Science Center could not be left out during a program where it was all about science. They talked chemical and physical reactions. The kids had a blast!
* Birthday party at our local Water Park. It was so much fun.
* A Nerf gun birthday party.
* ARt classes at the library.


 Websites/ Links we found and used/ Apps

* Neok12 - I found this website reading Generation Cedar's blog and what a find! The website is filled with videos and other resources sorted out by subjects. A great learning tool! Following on my kids' interest on space, we watched Colonizing the Moon,

* MathTV.com - Videos explaining how to resolve problems on different subjects. Mr McKeague has published many books on Mathematics and you can sign up for a yearly membership and have access to books online, as well as worksheets, videos and more. Really interesting and affordable. Great resource for higher grades and college wannabes.

* AdaptedMind.com - another website offering lessons, videos, worksheets all done online. Very affordable too. Free Trial available.

* HomeschoolMath.Net - fantastic website from reviews of Math curriculum to articles on how to teach MAth, lists of online math games and more. Great resource.

* What kind of praise you should give to your kid when he is learning ? - Now I know why I like to do hard things! Ha!

* More on Growth Mind Set and Math -

* Book Worm Adventures - A fun spelling game


Our new Math curriculum: review coming soon!

TV shows/ Videos/ Movies/ YouTube

* My kids really enjoyed VBS last month, and many of the songs were still in their heads so we found some of the songs like Yes to VBS, More Than Just a Good Man and others on YouTube and my kids rocked on! :)

* Frozen - about a 100 times! :)

* Magic School Bus episodes

* Why Pluto is No Longer a Planet?
* How Long Does It Take to Get to Mars? -

* The Power of Belief - Mindset and Success -

* The Truth about the Vietnam War - a Prager University video
What matters most in life? - another Prager University video - this video was a great topic for an enjoyable conversation.
* The War on Work - another Prager University video

 * The Decomposition Of McDonald's Burgers And Fries - What happens when you set McDonald's sandwiches, fries and other burgers and fries out on the counter? Real food decomposes after a couple of days. What about this junk food? See it for yourself.

* The Inn of Sixth Happiness - a movie about Gladys Aylward. Of course, as a Hollywood movie they added romantic situation that did not happen in Glady's life.



Kimchi made with Yellow Squash
Books, blogs and other things I am reading...

* Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers - Martha's Legacy Part I 
* Her Daughter's Dream by Francine Rivers - Martha's Legacy Part II - another great read from Francine Rivers. I love the depth of her characters. These two books were so eye opening to me.

* Stepping Heavenward by Elisabeth Prentiss - Audiobook for FREE on Books Should Be Free Website.

* Faithfully Frugal: Spend Less, Give More, Live More (Sacred Mundane) by Kari Patterson - What does it mean to live frugally to a Christian? Where are your treasures? Where is your heart? This book was very short but very inspiring. I am enjoying reading Kari Patterson' blog too.

* Damaged by Cathy Glass - The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child - Inside look at how foster care works in UK. Very sad story.

* A Lineage of Grace - Five Stories of Unlikely Women who changed eternity by Francine Rivers - Last month, I read Unveiled - the story of Tamar. This month, I am reading Unspoken - the story of Bathsheba. I love the way Francine Rivers writes. I love how well she develops her characters thru the story timeline. I would love to review each one of these stories in a blog post.I also read the story of Ruth in this same series. There are two more to go: the "lady" in Jerico and Mary.

* The Waiting by Cathy LaGrow with Cindy Coloma - The true story of a lost child, a lifetimes of longing, and a miracle for a mother who never gave up. I love biographies. Love true stories with triumphant endings. This is one of them. The book tells the lives of the biological mother and the child put up for adoption. Years later, both over 70 years of age, God orchestrates their encounter and the realization of a dream. If you can get your hands on this book, it will bless your heart!


How was your July? What new things did you learn?

Blessings,
Tereza

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Learning Log of June 2014

 The Garden is growing. Flowers are blooming and we are busy. We have been going to the our Public Summer Reading Program. The kids are busy with playdates and school in the mornings. I don't think I will see my parents this summer. They decided to stay in Brazil and watch the World Cup over there. I am definitely missing them and only God knows how I will get any respite this year. I am thankful though because God has been working on some issues and I am drawing near to Him. It's better and safer that way. :) I hope you can find some inspiration below.
 




Read Aloud Books

* Reading Bible everyday: Continuing on reading the Proverb of the day right after breakfast. While the kids are still at the table, each one with their own Bible we read a chapter of Proverbs that match the day and talk about it. I don't know why I took so long to do this. It has changed everything in our day. We set the mood for the whole day. The kids are listening more, obeying more, are more pleasant in general. I am more pleasant to be around. :) I can control my temper better and my tone of voice is more pleasant too. It's a miracle from God! Putting Him first has made all the difference. We completed a whole month reading Proverbs and in July we will be doing a Bible study together. The kids will still read Proverbs everyday but on their own.

* In June, we began reading the Gospel of Luke after dinner. Again with everyone and their Bibles, we gather in the living room and read a chapter or part of one. Talk about it and pray. It's been a blessing! We were amiss. We weren't able to establish a routine here due to lots of activities going on in the evenings. Reading Bible/ doing devotionals in the morning works better for us.

* Also reading The Jesus STorybook Bible - DD6 takes it all in since she gets to pick the stories. She sits on my lap and follows along. Good reading practice too. :) Of course, DD4 can't stay behind. So she gets to pick a story too and enjoys being read too.


* Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology - working on the Cardiovascular unit.

* Mama built a little Nest by Jennifer Ward 
* Spring by Stephanie HEdlund
* Red Scarf Girl - A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-Li Jiang - I began reading this book to the kids, but we didn't finish. We should finish it in July. The book gives you great insight on what life was like in China during the Cultural Revolution.

* The Wisdom of Solomon  - A Solomon Lapp and friends Amish Storybook by Wand E. Brunstetter
* The Great Balloon Hullaballoo by Peter Bently and Mei Matsuoka 

* Eye to Eye - How Animals see the World by Steve Jenkins 
* Gravity by Jason Chin
* History Makers - Neil Armstrong by Anita Yasuda  
* Light is all around us by Wendy Pfeffer


DD4's creation decoration the library.
Audio Books

* My kids, one time or another have the files below in their mp5s to which they listen to every night at their choosing: Fairy tales and classic stories , worship music, Story Hour files, The Piano Guys, Jonathan Park and The Brinkman Adventures, The Chronicles of Narnia.

* DD11 - listened to Pollyanna by Eleanor H Porter - for Easy Peasy curriculum.
* DD8 - listened to Five Little Peppers and how they Grew by MArgaret Sidney for EAsy Peasy curriculum.
* DD6 is listening to Story Nory at bedtime.



DD6 independent reading list: 

Continuing this month, DD6 is reading by leaps and bounds. With ease she is reading through her phonics books stories as well as keeping on reading her 100 books. This month we discovered compound words and homophones while reading the books. As well as contractions.
Talking to DD6 one day in March,  I asked her if she was happy to be reading now. She said she was. Then I asked her if she wanted to read Calvin and Hobbes. Her answer: "you can only read Calvin and Hobbes after you read 100 books." So we came up with a plan to list all of her 100 books, because according to her once she reads 100 books then she will be able to read any book. :) How smart is she?

DD6's creation decorating the library.
29) I am Invited to a Party! by Mo Willems
30) If you Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff
31) Bunnies by Alex Kuskowski
32) Calves by Alex Kuskowski
33) There is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems
34) Watch Me Throw the Ball! by Mo Willems
35) My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems
36) We are in a Book! by Mo Willems
37) I am Going! by Mo Willems
38) I Love My New Toy! by Mo Willems
39) Today I will Fly! by MO Willems
40) I Will Surprise My Friend! by MO Willems
41) Let's Go for a Drive! by Mo Williems
42) Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
43) Amanda and Her Alligator! by Mo Willems
44) Martha Doesn't Say Sorry! by Samantha Berger
45) When I Get Bigger by Mercer Mayer
46) Grandma, Grandpa and Me by Mercer Mayer
47) Our Friend Sam by Mercer Mayer





DS8 independent reading list:  


NASA is DS8's latest interest.
* Calvin and Hobbes - DD8 routine before drifting off to sleep is to read a few comic strips. He has now a collection of books on Calvin. Although the guy is a little devil, my son is learning what behavior not to use; as well as vocabulary, current events and school issues like bullying, disrespect, grades, tests. As a homeschooler, he only knows about these things from hear say, never first hand experience.
* Five Little Peppers and how they Grew by MArgaret Sidney - audiobook for EAsy Peasy curriculum.
* Chili Cook Off by Dave and Pat Sargent and Family - A Character Development Book
* Chima Heroes Quest by Heather Seabrook

* Discussions books (books that were read in parts or excerpts of and then discussed):
- The Pacific 1941-1954 - World War II Day by Day by Charlie Samuels;
- The Third Reich 1923-1945 - World War II Day by Day by Charlie Samuels

* Ten Boys Who Changed the World by Irene Howat - DS8 is reading one story a day. At first he would read and then he would narrate or answer questions that I had prepared for me. After a while, we decided that he could just read it out loud to me. It's been good for him to practice his intonation, usage of punctuation and pronunciation of words.

 * Ten Boys Who Used Their Talents by Irene Howat
On to book #3... we are learning about many interesting people, not only missionaries, preachers, but everyday people that made a difference with their talents and stance on Christian faith.

* Read aloud to his sisters:
* The Wisdom of Solomon  - A Solomon Lapp and friends Amish Storybook by Wand E. Brunstetter - Really cute book. The book of  Proverbs in action!

One of the last play dates before our friends went back home up north.

DD11 independent reading list

*WRight on Time book #4 - South Dakota - we borrowed it on Kindle and read it for FREE.
* Finished Pollyana for Easy Peasy homeschooling curriculum.
* The Mad Scientists' Club by Bertrand R. Brinley
* It's Catching - the Infectious World of Germs and Microbes by Jennifer Gardy, PhD
* Bugged - How Insects Changed History by Sarah Albee
* Crazy Concoctions - A Mad Scientist's Guide to Messy Mixtures by Dr Jordan D. Brown
* The Chronicles of Egg book#1 - Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey
* Avalanche in the Alps by Betsy Loredo
* Storm at the Shore by Betsy Loredo
* Mystery on the Mississippi by Betsy Lored
* Cleopatra in Space - Book One - Target Practice by Mike Maihack -
Beets from our garden.
* Mad Scientists - The Not-so-crazy work of amazing scientists by Sally Lee
* Hack Attack - A Trip to Wonderland by Jan Fields - book 1
* The Calm Before the Storm - A Night in Sleepy Hollow by Jan Fields - book 2
* Trapped in Stormy Seas - Sailing to Treasure by Jan Fields - book 3
* Lightning Strikes Twice - Escaping Great Expectations by Jan Fields - book 4
* Big City Blues - Back to Wonderland by Jan Fields - book 5
* A Novel Nightmare - A Purloined Story by Jan Fields - book 6

* Greatest Warriors - Greek Soldiers by Alex Stewart
* Greatest Warriors - Roman Soldiers by Peter Hepplewhite
* Greatest Warriors - Vikings by Philip Steele

* The Boxcar Children - Benny Uncovers a Mystery #19  by Gertrude Chandler Warner

* The 39 Clues - Cahills vs Vespers #1 - The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman
* The 39 Clues - Cahills vs Vespers #2 - A King's Ransom by Jude Watson
* The 39 Clues - Cahills vs Vespers #3 - The Dead of Night by Peter Lerangis
* The 39 Clues - Cahills vc Vespers #4 - The Shatteproof by Roland Smith
* The 39 Clues - Cahills vc Vespers #5 - Trust No One by Linda Sue Park


 * Discussions books (books that were read in parts or excerpts of and then discussed):
-  The Pacific 1941-1954 - World War II Day by Day by Charlie Samuels;
- The Third Reich 1923-1945 - World War II Day by Day by Charlie Samuels

* Ten Girls Who didn't Give In by Irene Howat
* Ten Girls Who Made History by Irene Howat

** Take one or two or three (i.e. reading these yet again!)

*Didn't write these down.

DD11's art work


Activities at Home

* Swimming, swimming, swimming.
* Pool Playdates at our house. More swimming playdates. Did I say swimming playdates yet? :)
* Gardening; harvesting English peas shoots, cucumbers, yellow squash, greens, herbs, green beans
* DD11 zinnias are blooming. So much fun to see them grow, bloom and now be able to cut them and use them inside to decorate our tables. Check out the first cuttings at the top of my blog.
* Teaching the kids how to fix breakfast. Trying new recipes like Coconut milk peanut butter fruit salad delight, or Healthy and EAsy Apple Crumble, Soaked oats apple cinnamon cake.
* Cleaning, decluttering, and selling our stuff on Ebay.  
 
Coconut milk peanut butter fruit salad delight


 Field Trips/ Activities Outside Home

* Lego Club
* Summer dance classes for DD4 and DD6 - they are enjoying tap, ballet and tumbling together. So sweet to watch!
* Summer Reading Program at our local Public Library - It's all about science this summer. The first program was with the Sock Rocketz - lots of music, dancing and fun. The second program was about NASA and that lead to so much learning and new discoveries. The kids watched many YouTube videos on how the astronauts live in the Space... and read books, books and more books. The third program was Professor Zounds - a clown who specializes in weird and amazing sounds. The kids had a fantastic time!

* VBS at a friend's church. This is our 3rd year and the kids enjoy it so very much.
* Nerf guns and a birthday boy, what do you get? A NERf gun birthday party! It was a lot of fun and we had some wounded kids! Hahahahha




 Websites/ Links we found and used/ Apps

* Cool-math games - DD11 and DS8 like to play games while they listen to their books on Easy Peasy curriculum.
* Prager University - Here's their motto: "We teach what isn't taught." Some great short loaded videos.
* Sheppard Software website - DD6 and DD4 are using this site to learn science, LA and play.
* BrainPopJr - DD6 learned about contractions



Pool play dates and more pool play dates.

TV shows/ Videos/ Movies/ YouTube
* Bill Nye the Science Guy: Episode on Blood and Cardiovascular System on YouTube

* Magic School bus episodes - All four children are watching these intensely and learning a lot of science.

* Types of Government Explained - a great YouTube video that explains the differences between government and how the USA is a republic and not a democracy. We are stydying about Communism and the Korea War and the foundational information was necessary.
* My Escape from North Korea - riveting true story of a young lady who escaped from North Korea and what her country was really like.
* A video on what life is like in North Korea - I used the story of Brother Andrew to show how governments can use propaganda to brainwash their citizens and hide the truth from the outside world.

* Walt Disney the Story of Menstruation - interesting take on a natural event of life. Unfortunately, the video attributes the beauty of life to Mother Nature instead of the Creator.

* How to EAt a Steak Burrito in Space - You Tube video on how astronauts live in live.

* How do  you use the toilet in space - another YouTube video on astronaut life.

* Opening a Soda on the Ocean Floor - super cool! Physics in motion.

* The Letter Writer - from Netflix - Great family movie. Very inspiring and touching. Everyone in my family loved this movie, even the little kids. :)

* Me Again - from Netflix

* Good Mythical Mornings on YouTube -

* How it's made - Natural Rubber -

* How it's made - Erasers -

* The Lego Movie

* Apollo 13 - I got this from Netflix to complement our NASA Summer reading program. It was exciting and scary at the same time. THe kids loved it! (The movie is PG for bad/ rude language and scary dangerous scenes)


Another DD11 creation.


Books, blogs and other things I am reading...

* Unveliling - Tamar - Francine Rivers - Francine Rivers has won my heart. Her stories are compelling and you just can't put them down. She makes the Bible come alive. I want to read the whole series of the Lineage of Grace women. I highly recommend you pick up any of her books and be encouraged today in your Christian walk.

* The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers - Another beautiful book, this time about abortion. I really liked how she explored the sides of different people impacted by the issue of abortion. People are hurt and wounded people will hurt other people. Fantastic read! Be advised though, very hard to put the book down. :)

* Other stuff I didn't write down. :(

So how was the month of June for you? Anything new happening at your home?

Blessings,
Tereza

Friday, June 20, 2014

Learning Log of May 2014

 The Learning Log for May is finally here. Summer has been full of activities and fun. As some of you may know, I "school" my kids year around but we do change things around quite often. We are now doing structured learning from Mon-Wed. We spend time reading, writing and doing math. Thursdays and Fridays are spent doing art, learning science through hands-on activities and documentaries, we learn history by reading books and watching movies. I have also incorporated cooking lessons and we are fine tuning home and gardening skills. It's working better for us. The kids' stamina is still in full swing by Wednesday and when they are beginning to tire we do the more fun subjects.


Read aloud Books

* Reading Bible everyday: On May 22nd, I began to read the Proverb of the day right after breakfast. While the kids are still at the table, each one with their own Bible we read a chapter of Proverbs that matches the day and talk about it. I don't know why I took so long to do this. It has changed everything in our day. We set the mood for the whole day. The kids are listening more, obeying more, are more pleasant. I am more pleasant to be around. :) I can control my temper better and my tone of voice is more pleasant too. It's a miracle from God! Putting Him first has made all the difference.

* Also reading The Jesus STorybook Bible - DD6 takes it all in since she gets to pick the stories. She sits on my lap and follows along. Good reading practice too. :) Of course, DD4 can't stay behind. So she gets to pick a story too and enjoys being read too.
* We are also reading daily books with character lessons in it. This month we read A Hive of Busy Bees by Effie M. Williams - from Rod and Staff Publishers, Inc.
* Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology - working on the Cardiovascular unit.
* The Rise and Fall of Hitler by  William L. Shirer - we didn't finish it. We took too many breaks in the reading and the evilness of the man just wore us out.

* The Twelve Dancing Princesses from the story of the Brothers Grimm
* ARe you ready to play outside? by Mo Willems
* Amelia Bedelia, Rocket Scientist? by Herman Parish
* Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer by Carol Brendler - I would say Winnie Finn is a homeschooler. :)
* Penny Loves Pink by Cori Doerrfeld
* But Excuse Me That is my Book by Lauren Child
* Goblin Walk by Tony Johnson
* Before You Were Mine by Maribeth Boelts
* Charlie and the Christmas Kitty by Ree Drummond
* The Smallest Turtle by Lyrley Dodd
* Show Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie by Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland
* Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie 


Audio Books

* My kids, one time or another have the files below in their mp5s to which they listen to every night at their choosing: Fairy tales and classic stories , worship music, Story Hour files, The Piano Guys, Jonathan Park and The Brinkman Adventures, The Chronicles of Narnia.


* DD11 is listened to Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims again; Animal Farm; Pollyana,
* DD8 is listened to The Hobbit and Animal Farm on YouTube.
* DD6 has been listening to Story Nory.




DD6 independent reading list: 

Continuing this month, DD6 is reading by leaps and bounds. With ease she is reading through her phonics books stories as well as keeping on reading her 100 books.
Talking to DD6 one day in March,  I asked her if she was happy to be reading now. She said she was. Then I asked her if she wanted to read Calvin and Hobbes. Her answer: "you can only read Calvin and Hobbes after you read 100 books." So we came up with a plan to list all of her 100 books, because according to her once she reads 100 books then she will be able to read any book. :) How smart is she?

9) Eloise and the Big Parade by Kay Thompson
10) Cat the Cat Who is That? by Mo Willems
11) Pete the Cat  - Pete at the Beach by James Dean
12) Ollie the Stomper by Olivier Dunrea
13) Pete's Big Lunch - Pete the Cat book by James Dean
14) I Love My White Shoes - Pete the Cat book story by Eric Litwin
15) Valentine's Day is Cool - Pete the Cat book by Kimberly and James Dean
16) Too Cool for School - Pete the Cat book by Kimberly and James Dean
17) If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff
18) Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly and James Dean
19) Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems
20) Pigs Make Me Sneeze! by Mo Willems
21) Elephants Cannot Dance! by Mo Willems
22) If You Give A Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
23) Piglets by Alex Kuskowski
24) If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
25) Kittens by Alex Kuskowski
26) Eloise's Summer Vacation by Kay Thompson
27) Foals by Alex Kuskowski
28) Puppies by Alex Kuskowski



DS8 independent reading list:  


* More books on Calvin and Hobbes - DD8 routine before drifting off to sleep is to read a few comic strips of his collection of Calvin and Hobbes.
* Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer by Carol Brendler
* Five Little Peppers and how they Grew by Margaret Sidney
* Ten Boys Who Didn't Give In: Inspiring Stories of Martyrs by Irene Howat -


* Read aloud to his sisters:
* The Little Little Girl with the Big Big Voice by Kristen Balouch
*Calvin and Hobbes books.


Real Long Egg from our favorite Hen: Fluffly!

DD11 independent reading list

*Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson - book 1
* Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson - book 2
* Peter and the Secret of Rundoon by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson - book 3
* Peter and the Sword of Mercy by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

* Tesla's Attic by Neal Shuterman and Eric Elfman
* Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague
* Ten Girls Who used Their Talents by Irene Howat

*The Calvin and Hobbes - The tenth anniversary book by Bill Watterson
* Jeremy - The Tale of an Honest Bunny by Jan Karon
* The Butterfly Effect - How Your Life Matters by Andy Andrews

* Pollyana - listening to it as part of Easy Peasy curriculum. It's helping her to write her own book.

** Take one or two or three (i.e. reading these yet again!)

* We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes by Patrick Jennings and more from her bookshelf.

Our First Grilling of the Season! Yumm-O!


Activities at Home

* Swimming, swimming, swimming.
* Pool Playdates at our house. More swimming playdates. Did I say swimming playdates yet? :)
* Gardening; harvesting English peas, strawberries, greens and spinach. Planting flowers, tomatoes, beans, sunflowers, okra and squash.
* Cleaning, decluttering, and selling our stuff on Ebay
* Making Stop Motion Videos
* Painting Canvases
* DD4 is drawing up a storm of dragons, mermaids and ponies. She does an amazing job for a 4 y.o.
* Mom got to cut Dad's and DS8's hair for the first time. :) 
* Getting to know the new neighbors and exchanging food, plants and recipes.  
* Teaching DD11 how to cook meals using the crock pot - so far we covered chicken and roast.


 Field Trips/ Activities Outside Home

* Mechatronics - we finished the class and the robot the students put together was presented to the parents on the last day. Pizza party to finish it all off! See the robot and how it works HERE.
* We held our last co-op in the first week of May. We studied blood and for this co-op I purchased a couple of Eldon cards to test blood types. We had two brave volunteers and we were able to find out what their blood type was. You can see here how it is done. You can purchase the blood test kit HERE, or HERE.
* Story Hour for the DD6 and DD4. I am making a point of spending more time with the 2 younger ones: taking them on errands with me, providing them with special activities and just playing or reading with them. They created robots and rockets out of boxes and craft supplies to decorate the library during the summer reading program.
* Birthday party at a friend's house.


Comparing DD6 copy work the first time and second time around. :) Improvement!

 Websites/ Links we found and used/ Apps

*Building Big - Website from PBS . This is review for my kids as they learned most of these concepts during the sessions of Mechatronics.
* GEt your Verb ON - learn about verbs the visual way.






TV shows/ Videos/ Movies/ YouTube
* Dogfights - Episode 12 - Kamikaze - The History Channel documentary on WWII Japanese fighters on YouTube. Really good!

* Dogfights - The Tuskegee Airmen - The History Channel documentary on the African American men that risked their lives to guard the US bomber flights. Great episode! - on YouTube.

* Episodes of Dirty Jobs, Tanked,  19 kids and counting, Shark Tank

* Animal Farm - animated movie on YouTube

* World Wars from History Channel - If you go to History.com the episodes are available to be watched there now, as well as web specials like mini biographies of the leaders of the countries involved. We watched all 3 episodes with the 3 oldest and we learned many new things about both World Wars as well as reviewed some information.

* Magic School bus episodes - I am using it to get DD6 and DD4 interested in Science more.

* Epic- Disney movie
* Brave - another Disney movie


Books, blogs and other things I am reading...

* The Kellog Family website : A family of 14 with a radical life. Love how the Mom is a bold speaker, speaking what she believes and not apologizing for it. I am also reading her book on Kindle. While I love some of the content and agree heartily with it, I don't appreciate the language she uses. Sometimes a bit crude for my liking.

* Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers - I haven't read a romantic novel since I became a Christian in 1993. This one is not your typical novel though. This one is based on the book of Hosea written by a Christian writer . This book is beautiful. I highly recommend it if you need to be reminded of how the Lord loves you.

Fantastic Family Fridays by the Dennings on YouTube - great tips and advice on how to grow a strong family.

* The Teenage Liberation handbook - How to quit school and get a real life and education by Grace Llewellyn - interesting book. You have a young adult that doesn't have a goal in life or lacks direction, this book could revolutionize their life.

* The Money Answer Book by Dave Ramsey - you got debt? Don't know where to invest? or the beginnings and ends of money? Read this book and anything else of Dave Ramsey.

* The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko - The real millionaires will surprise you. Is not who you think it is? Want to become one? Read this book. 

And just because they are just beautiful, here they are again. :)

How is your summer going?





Blessings,
Tereza

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Learning Log for April 2014

 April did not warm up fast enough. The kids had to play in the sprinklers or wash container/ toys outside. They just couldn't wait until it was pool season. We finally were able to "break water" on the last week of April. Although not warm enough for many, they swam everyday for at least an hour. 
We were busy with sales, caring for baby chicks, doing work outside. We did lots of school work and not much reading. It felt like we did a lot, but looking back on my log I don't have much to show for it. :( 
Maybe because I didn't take as many photos as the kids were still using my camera for stop motion videos and for just taking photos of nature.
DD11 is also sewing again. To the left you can see one of her stuffed animals that she is selling on my Etsy shop. Please stop by and take a look at her handiwork. :)


  Read aloud Books

* Bible
* Sklylark - the second book of the Sarah, Plain and Tall series.  
* Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney
* Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse by Rebecca Janni

* The Rise and Fall of Hitler by  William L. Shirer



Audio Books

* My kids, one time or another have the files below in their mp5s to which they listen to every night at their choosing: Fairy tales and classic stories , worship music, Story Hour files, The Piano Guys, Jonathan Park and The Brinkman Adventures, The Chronicles of Narnia.

* DS8 is listening to Greek Tales from Story Nory website before bedtime. D11 is listening Jonathan Park and Rush Revere.



DD6 independent reading list: 

Continuing this month, DD6 is reading by leaps and bounds. With ease she is reading through her phonics books stories as well as keeping on reading her 100 books.
Talking to DD6 one day in March,  I asked her if she was happy to be reading now. She said she was. Then I asked her if she wanted to read Calvin and Hobbes. Her answer: "you can only read Calvin and Hobbes after you read 100 books." So we came up with a plan to list all of her 100 books, because according to her once she reads 100 books then she will be able to read any book. :) How smart is she?

9) Eloise and the Big Parade by Kay Thompson
10) Cat the Cat Who is That? by Mo Willems


DS8 independent reading list:  


* More books on Calvin and Hobbes - DD8 routine before drifting off to sleep is to read a few comic strips of his collection of Calvin and Hobbes
* Finished The Bears of the Blue River.


DD10 independent reading list

* Voices of the Faithful - Inspiring Stories of Courage from Christians serving around the World compiled by Kim P. Davis - devotional book with Beth Moore
* Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
* The Lego Ideas book

** Take one or two or three (i.e. reading these yet again!)

* Many books from all around the house and her favorites in her room. I failed to record what else she read this month.


Activities at Home

* April found us going back to a more structured time of learning and media usage. We are now spending the morning learning using "some" of the resources on Easy Peasy website. DS8 and DD11 are reading the books on the LA program and we are covering History and Science together, mainly reading books on the subjects and watching videos. For Math, DD11 is doing Logical Thinking games and exercises and DS8 is doing a 3rd grade workbook I had at home. In Science we covered Physics and forces, electricity and some chemistry review. For History we covered China History during the first part of the 20th century and we are still studying WWII.

* We began gardening. The pool is finally open. The kids got to swim, play in the sprinklers. We got baby chicks and we have been taking care of them. 

* DD11 is sewing stuffed animals again. Her idea to put them for sale on my Etsy shop. She is also planning on accessories for her animals. 

* DD6 and DD4 created necklaces with pendants made of yarn.  Lots of Lego playing, bead work, dancing and playing. More rainbowloom. Minecrafting and survival crafting on the touchpads and computers.
* Baking cookies with me. Helping in the kitchen with breakfast and dinner.
* playdates at our home. 

* The kids have spent a lot of time on Minecraft this past month. They are building great structures, worlds and learning a lot of things. I am finding that DS8 is a go getter. He knows how to find information online and solve his problems he encounters as he plays minecraft. He is learning a lot about computers and internet.  

 Field Trips/ Activities Outside Home

* The kids helped me with a consignment sale: sorting, tagging and moving items around.
* For Resurrection Sunday, the children participated in the children's choir at our church. We had lots of practice and the final presentation went well.


* Mechatronics -We had 3 more sessions of this hands-on mechanics/ electrical class. The kids are preparing to build a robot.
* Lego Club - minifigure theme.
* 4H -The kids did an activity with rhythm and music.
* Our monthly co-op: we covered blood and the kids got to test their blood test using a Eldoncard test kit.
* We also participated in a Yard Sale and DD11 and her friend got to sell cookies and lemonade. Good experience to work out making change, setting price, calculating profit etc. They both loved and wished they could do this every weekend. :)


 Websites/ Links we found and used/ Apps


*Lots of YOuTube videos on MIneCrafting.
* MInecraft servers.





TV shows/ Videos/ Movies/ YouTube

* Horrible Histories - Season 4 episodes 1 - 4 on YouTube.
* Stamping Cat videos all about Minecraft.
* The Dust Bowl - PBS documentary available on Netflix
* China Documentary on YouTube - 1919-1949.

Mom's Eclectic Reading List

* How to Behave so Your Preschooler will, too! by Sal Severe - I wished I had read this book 10 years ago. Then again, it probably wouldn't have done much for me since I didn't have any real struggles with toddlers then. 
* Parenthood by Proxy - Don't Have Them if you won't raise them by Dr Laura Schlessinger - in your face honest truth.


Blessings,
Tereza