Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What kind of Reader are you?

I was randomly reading posts and saw this graphic that describes different types of readers.  It made me smile because of all the different categories that she came up with.  I just had to share it.  I am a definite book lover.  I could not fit myself into one box of book lovers…. Compulsive, situational, definitely free-range.  Where did you find yourself on this list??

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What Species of Reader Are You?--Infographic
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Happy Fourth of July

I hope that you had a very happy 4th of July with your family.  We took a few days and had some fun over here.  We like to spend time being together as a family. 

Mickey went out with her daddy to see the big city firework show.  It was good time for them to hang out and just be with each other.  Fireworks is just a little loud for her so we were very proud of her for trying it out.  She enjoyed the sparklers at home far much more. 

Mickey at fireworks

Mickey and her sparkler

Mickey dancing sparkler

Monday, July 8, 2013

Weekly Student Planner

I have been on the look out for a planner that would be suitable for my daughter as we look to starting the new year.  I have been having problems finding ones that I thought would work for where she is now.  She needs a visual reminder of what we are going to do that particular day.  She is a goal oriented person so I thought if she could see the schedule for the day it would help make the day go by a little bit easier. 

So I sat down with my computer and started to create.  I came up with something that I liked and I thought I would share it with you.  Once I figure out how to make the sections editable I will upload that.  Right now it is just for her to write down her schedule for the day.  Download Weekly Planner here

Weekly planner Mon Tues Wed

Weekly planner Thurs Fri Reading Log

I also made a August Calendar.  I will continue to make more monthly calendars but this is all I have done so far.  So check back for the monthly calendar. The days and the month are printed with a dotted print so early elementary can practice their writing skills.  Download August Calendar

 

August 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

Gearing Up for School 2013-2014

I know that we are still in the summer months but we will probably be starting the last week of July or the first week of August.  I like to get a jump on school while it is still pretty hot and we don’t want to be outside.  By then the swim lessons will be done and we are itching to get back to doing something.  We will start slow but we will start. 

Lesson Planner

I will continue to use the lesson planner from Homeschool Creations.  I love this planner for many reasons.  I like that it is a PDF and I can use it year after year.  I don’t have to print it out because I can use it on my tablet. I can back it up to my computer and have a reference back to it year after year.  I do not plan the whole year out in advance.  That would make one crazy mom.  I plan week by week however, in the back of planner I can plan out the books that I want to use. 

I am also toying with the idea of getting a planner for my daughter.  She likes knowing the plan and I like the idea of giving her the plan for the week so that she knows that she has to get done.  She thrives when she is working to meet a goal.

Tot School
PosterNate is 3.  He is not ready for a full on preschool but I think that he is ready to start doing a few things this year.  We will take our cues from him on how much we will do.  Mother Goose Time is a monthly curriculum in a box. It has all the supplies included in the box.  I like it that it takes some of the work out of it for me.  You don’t have to be committed to buy a whole year at once you can just buy month to month.  Because I don’t think that Nate is ready for a full preschool we are buying a couple of boxes and use it at our pace.  In July we bought the A to Zoo Animals.  Instead of doing a animal a day we are doing one a week.  I think that we can also include big sister and get more in-depth animal study so that they are doing the same thing.  I will be updating to let you know how this works. 

Breaks

We will plan on taking some Friday’s off and hopefully meet up with the local homeschool group.  I think that the kids will enjoy having some kid time.  I also am looking forward to taking a longer break in December and reduce this mom’s Holiday stress.  We will focus on some different unit studies so we won’t stop school all together but change the focus a bit. 

2nd Grade

I will be writing a full post on what we our 2nd grade curriculum will look like.  I am looking forward to starting the new year.