Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Dancing Pictures

Mickey danced 4 dances total.  Two were tap dances and two were ballet.  My girl likes the ballet dances better, I think because she sees them as princess dances. 
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Tap Dancing "Best Present"
This video isn’t allow me to post.  So click on the link.  I am also so bummed that this was a little blurry. I am not sure what happened.  User error…. Mine. 
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Tap Dance "Kangaroo Hop"


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Ballet dance "Little Black Rain Cloud"
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Ballet "Winnie the Pooh"


Friday, May 25, 2012

Learning on Summer break

We are “officially” on summer break.  However, that does not mean that the fun of learning stops.  Actually we continued on learning and exploring, just in a less structured way. 
We had our butterfly experiment to continue on with.  This was a lot of fun for both of my kiddos.  We ordered our larva (caterpillars) and watched as they ate and formed their chrysalis.  Then the really fun part of watching them emerge and become a butterfly.  My kids were very happy with the butterflies and would spend lots of time looking at them and just enjoying the wonder of God’s creation.  We then released them and it was fun and little sad to watch them fly away. 
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Mickey has also enjoyed some computer time to play some educational games on the computer from starfall.com.  This has been a nice review and she is having lots of fun.  We have also been in the process of ending the various activities that Mickey has been involved in.  Last weekend, Mickey had her Awana award ceremony that I will tell you all about.  She finished both her regular book and the extra credit book. Tonight will be her dance recital.  She loves being on stage so she has been looking forward to it all year long.  Then next week we have a week of rest.  No planned activities.  But this is only for a week then we start back up with the summer activities of dance camp and swim lessons. 
Just because it is summer “Break” does not mean that we are not busy with fun stuff and learning.  What are your summer plans? 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Completed Kindergarten

My girl finished kindergarten yesterday.  Finishing and meeting a goal feels so good to both my daughter and I.  I remember back to the day when homeschooling crept into my mind and I tried to push it out with a list of reasons that just didn’t hold water.  I had a list of reasons why “I” shouldn’t homeschool her.  But as I stand her on the other side of a year completed I see that the Lord really did change my heart and how I am so thankful to be able to be able to teach her all sorts of things. 
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Mickey accomplished so much this year. 

  • She started the year with not a lot of skill in writing.  She has grown so  much in writing more than just her name.  I remember when she set her goal and reached the goal of writing her name well enough so she could get her library card. 
  • Her reading skills have greatly improved.  She is reading small books and now we are working on the confidence that she can really read.  Sometimes the mind plays dirty tricks on her and tells her that she really can’t read.  I love seeing her read her readers and start of struggling and then find her groove and really read it. 
  • I have learned that she loves math and science.  I always knew she loved science but this year we got to see that she really likes math. 
    • This year she learned how to count money in the form of a penny, nickel and a dime. 
    • She has learned to add and subtract and categorize things that are similar.  She can tell me which group is less than or if the groups are equal. 
    • In science we have spent the year learning about animals.  She can learn about animals all day long and never tire of of it.  This week we are waiting for our butterflies to come out of their chrysalis. 
    • She loves science experiments where she can really get hands on learning. 
I have learned a lot also. 
  • I have learned that I can indeed teach my child how to read.  This was my biggest fear when I started on this adventure. 
  • I have also learned that even though I am not the most creative gal on the block I can use my research skills and find just about any craft we want to make and find the instructions on how to do so. 
  • I have also learned that I need to take the time to plan out our days because life just goes better when I plan. 
  • I have also learned that the Lord is with me every step of the way.  I know without a doubt that HE is the one that changed my heart and then gave me the skills daily to do what HE called me to do. 
Wow!  It feels good to write down what we have accomplished this year.  What have you learned this year?  I would love to hear about it.  Post a comment below or link your post sharing what you have learned this year.