Monday, September 08, 2008

Photobucket A FULL DAY OF SCHOOL

We did it! We got a full Monday of school in.

Arielle is doing great with her new-found freedom. She's already read a whole week of lit for her level. THEN she looked at the alternate resources and read a book that they had listed to take 3 weeks - The Lantern Bearers. I gave her new more options that are each to take 3 weeks....maybe it will keep her busy this week.

Jared is zipping away as a Freshman. He's got a FULL schedule, but I think its doable. He is still working on it - but Mondays are always his long day. He plans it that way so that Thursday is easy (House of Faith, Civil Air Patrol) and Friday is off so he can help me with Produce.

Jamin has been busy researching CLEP tests, signing up for courses at Taylor University, and researching the ACT/SAT dates etc. He's currently working 30 hours a week. I'm not sure we're going to allow that to continue. He HAS the credits he needs to graduate and he's saving up for college and a car....that's all good.....but we want him home to spend time with us too. LOL

Nolan had speech today. I laughed when they told me he can do all the things I TOLD THEM HE COULD DO LAST YEAR but they said he needed to learn. Near as I can tell he has to work on R in the final position and sometimes the TH sound..... I am certainly thinking this will be the LAST year of speech. We had been told he'd been in a group. They have doing one on one with the therapist. I'm not sure why this was so needed. LOL

Zander sat with us for all our school. He even did his own phonics and math. I planned to use Sing, Spell, Read & Write with Zander. At this point my standby curriculum suppliers don't sell just the workbooks....and I don't plan on spending $375 for a kit that I've owned for 11 years. LOL

The younger 3 are all doing Apologia's "Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day". Arielle is doing the reading on her own. I'm reading/narrating the material to Nolan and Zander. We'll do the experiments together. My kids love this series. I need to go get the extra notebook pages etc....maybe we'll do a lapbook....maybe just the experiments. ::snort::

Today they worked on the start of a year-long project - their ocean boxes. For the life of me I could NOT find paint brushes. They used sponges - which seemed appropriate.....
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Zander is a hands on type of guy!
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Arielle & Nolan are going to share a big ocean box (Zander will make his own).
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We finished school at 4:50. NOW we need to tackle the rest of that calendar, but I believe God is giving me some ideas to reach our goals without spending the year on the road. LOL

©2008 D.R.G.

11 comments:

Kelly said...

De'Etta, did you know that Jeannie Fulbright has notebook pages for each elementary science book on her site. You can print them out. They are nice. We've used them for Zoology I and Flying Creatures.

http://www.jeanniefulbright.com/notebookpages.html

Southern Belle said...

Okay rats. I was about to post that link, lol. I printed them and bound them. We are using the same thing this year too...

We got most of our school in, even with nursing furbabies and piano...

Beth in GA

De'Etta @ Choosing Joy said...

LOL I go to apologia...and then book extras and she has notebook pages there too. I printed those out....but I could swear there is a lapbook somewhere too.....though maybe doing the experiements, ocean box and pretty notebooks will be enough hands on?

De'Etta @ Choosing Joy said...

Kelly - thanks. I did go and download the set for "non-writers" those were not at the apologia site. They'll be much better for the boys.

Debbie said...

Way to go! We are still trying to get that "full day" in, but we are making progress. It looks like you are all having a great time and getting a lot done.

Jodi @ SNAPPED said...

WOW!
You are AWESOME!! What an inspiration you are.

Wanted to let you know that I LOVE Sing, Spell, Read and Write and I have been able to order JUST the workbooks off the internet for the kit I have had for 6 years now.

Have a wonderful week!
~Blesings!
Jodi

Anonymous said...

Sis: Way to go! Proud of you and the kids..... they are so good at trying hard. Proud of Alexander for getting started etc.

love/prayers Mom T

Dorothy said...

Those Apologia books do sound good!

Jodi said...

hmmm I want to make an ocean box!

I just put a picture of messy hands in the name of science on my blog too.

Cynthia said...

If you're still looking for the SSRW workbooks let me know. Does the place Jodi mentioned above still have them? I think I saw some of the older workbooks at our local bookstore. If you can't find them anywhere let me know because I still have one set that goes with the old kit. I've always kept 1 set to use with my kit...

De'Etta @ Choosing Joy said...

Cindy - still looking for the workbooks....and using the one that Nolan is using for Zander at this point. He's only learning the songs and doing the echoes....no work yet....but I need to track those books down.....I thought of doing ETC instead of the Off we go books.....

Well - the same science....certainly not the same history. LOL AND since you are doing your science in co-op you are sure to do more of the fun things than we do. LOL