Thursday, November 10, 2011

My Kindergartener

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This is my girl.  I love her.  Since she is a homeschooler, I am counting this shot as her official School photo this year.  Hers and Sparky’s.  Sparky is her dog that she has had with her since she was 9 months.  He comes to school with us everyday. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have had these cookies on my brain for awhile now. So today I decided to make them.  Probably not the best decision as I was home by myself with 2 active children.   My girl loves to help cook in the kitchen.  My son wants to be included.  So by myself with two children who may or may not be good helpers made this momma a little crazy.  But the cookies were soooooo good.  At least I have a good cookie when going nuts. 
Here is the recipe that I got from the Food Network. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

Directions

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray or line them with parchment paper.
Using a mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Beat in the white and brown sugars, a little at a time, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time, then mix in the vanilla and pumpkin puree. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Slowly beat the flour mixture into the batter in thirds. Stir in the chips. Scoop the cookie dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cookies are browned around the edges. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and let them rest for 2 minutes. Take the cookies off with a spatula and cool them on wire racks.
I had to bake them the full 20 minutes as to get them more firm.  Yummy!  I know what I am having once these kiddos go to bed. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A few things I am struggling with

I like doing arts and crafts. However, I need a game plan and I am struggling in getting in into the day.  I am hoping that after a book I bought at the Renaissance Fair this weekend will help me find crafts that my girl is interested in and be able to put into our day. 
The other area is Spanish.  I bought the Little Pim Spanish.  I love these DVDs.  I think that my girl finds them not in  her learning style.  She is a girl that is hands on.  I am a mom that has always struggled with the language.  So I am trying to brainstorm how to use the videos but also make it a little more “fun” for my girl.  In hopes that we both learn. 
What areas are you struggling with?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Daddy and homeschool

As a stay at home mom I am the primary teacher.  There are some days that I have an appointment that takes me away from home from what would otherwise be a homeschool day.  I leave the house and leave my hubby to hold down the home front. 
What I love is that even though I don’t leave him a list of what he should cover he gets in his kind of homeschool and both father and child thrive.  Today, the two decided to conquer a couple of books that were not on the to do list.  It was fun coming home and to hear that my girl sounded out words that she has not learned yet and her daddy helped her to do it. 
I learn that daddy taught her science terms and principals like photosynthesis.  I am not sure what they were talking about that lead to this discussion.  But I am glad that they do.  This is not the type of discussion that I would probably have during the day. 

I am thankful for a husband that encourages me and helps me to do the best as the primary teacher.  I am also thankful for a husband that has no problem jumping in with two feet and seeing where the day takes him.  I would say I am pretty blessed to have him in my life as my partner and father of my children. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Renaissance Fair

Today we went back to another time.  We learned about birds, saw a jugglers and and saw the sun threw a telescope. All in all it was a good day.    

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Reading Progress

Mickey is doing well with her reading ability.  We have been focused on short a and i sounds.  This week we focused on changing words from a short a sound to a short i sound. An example of this was taking the word “bat” and changing it to “bit”.  She is getting better at her writing her words.  I really enjoy seeing her sound out words to be able to write them down. I am thrilled to have moved to McRuffy curriculum.  It has been a good fit for both her and I. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Cornstarch and Water

So we did venture into the kitchen and did the cornstarch and water experiment.  I have to tell you that it was messy!  But this momma thought it was pretty cool.  It was fascinating that the cornstarch felt like a ball then when we tried to pour it, it poured just like it was a liquid. 
My girl hates to be dirty!  So getting her hands dirty was a little rough for her.  But she thought it was fun to do.  However, I don’t think that she wants to do that everyday.  I think that if my toddler got his hands in it he would have loved it.  I just did not want to make a bigger mess than I already had.  The mess was not hard to clean up at all! 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Water Experiments

I found two experiments that I want to try with my little scientist aka my kindergartener.  I found this page with water experiments, from homeschool-ideas.com.  I have a feeling I am going to visiting this site some more in the future.
Idea #1
Surface Tension -  Starting with putting water on top of penny.  They had this very neat video on the site that just makes me think that this could be FUN.  (I think that this is #2 on the list)

Idea #2
Mix together cornstarch and water.  Is it a solid or a liquid.  Again there was this neat video on the site that they shared.  Here is a guy that can walk on custard.  Now I am probably going to post this and go see if I can make a mess with this in my kitchen.  If we survive, I will post and let you know how the experiment went. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Biscuits and Honey

What can be better than biscuits and honey?  A good book. 
Last week while we were doing our insect unit we read the book “The Bee Tree” by Patricia Palacco.  This is a story about a Grandpa and granddaughter and their adventure finding the bee tree.  Soon they get all sorts of neighbors to join them as the chase 3 bees to the bee tree.  The Grandpa wants to teach his granddaughter that there is such sweetness inside of books, just like the taste of sweet honey from the bee tree.  At the end of the book everyone comes back to the house and they make Baking powder biscuits and eat them with honey from the tree. 
I had wanted to make the baking powder biscuits last week but we didn’t get to it until today.  It was super easy and fun!  And of course we put honey on our biscuits. 
Here is the recipe I used, in case you want to make them.
Baking Powder Biscuits
Ingredients
3/4 cup milk
2 cups of all purpose flour
4 tbsps of shortening, lard or vegetable oil
4 tsps baking powder
1 tsp salt

Directions
Sift flour once; measure; add baking powder, salt and sift again.  Cut in shortening.  Stir in milk.  Drop biscuits onto cookie sheet and bake.  bake in a 475 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.  Makes about 12 biscuits. 
Hope you enjoy. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Celebrating Reading

On Friday, we had a day that was all about celebrating Mickey’s accomplishments in school with reading. 
First we headed off to the library.  This was a big day.  A day where she would be able to get her library card.  At our library a child can get their library card if they are able to write their first and name on the back of the card.  Mickey worked really hard on her name and had the goal of getting her library card.  She filled in her name like she has been writing her name for a long time. We searched for some library books and checked them out all by herself.  This was such a big day!
After the library we headed off to Pizza Hut.  They have the Book It program and I learned in August that this program was also offered to homeschool students too!  So I got our homeschool registered and they sent me all their information and supplies in September.  October was the first official month.  Every time Mickey read a book (one of the short ones that she is working on) we put a sticker on her chart.  Once she filled her chart she earned her first personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut. 
Mickey ordered her favorite pizza, a cheese pizza.  The amazing thing for this momma is that she ate the Whole thing.  My girl does not eat the whole thing of anything willingly.  But this pizza she ate every last bite.  I am not sure if she just liked that pizza more than any other pizza or if the fact that she worked hard to earn this pizza made it taste that much better.  Either way, this momma is not complaining! 
It was fun to take time and celebrate the accomplishments that she has made in so short amount of time in school.  It was a fun day! One that I will remember for a long, long time.