Monday, September 08, 2008

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I'm the mom who routinely explodes the eggs we're trying to boil for science experiments.

We are using Apologia Zoology 2 - swimming animals (see post below).

Each module has several experiments. We'll do notebook pages. Here are some lapbooks made to go along with the text. Arielle does not like Lapbooks. The text is above Zander and Nolan much of the time.....but I narrate it to them. They LOVE this series and WANT to do it.

I'm wondering if I should add in the lapbook for them or if you all think it would be overkill. Has anyone done these lapbooks?

We are also doing Hands On History kits and TOG hands on activities for science.

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Photobucket MONDAY

I made it to the gym AND we got a full day of school done (see following post). LOL

Tomorrow we begin our Precept study of Kinsman/Redeemer. I took notes with me to the gym today. I took notes with me to Speech Therapy today. I think it will be fine....but I like to "feel" much more prepared by Monday night. ::snort:: Yes, I know that God gives you words to speak....however, I take very seriously the priveledge to teach God's word and I work hard to be sure that I'm prepared and prayed up. I know some HATE Precept....but I have to tell you that I've not found material that is as good at teaching one to use the tools of the Inductive Study Method....they take you right into the bells and whistles....but WOW does God always meet me when I'm in the midst of one of these studies. BTW I don't make my ladies do all the marking or charts if they don't want to.....and I don't spend the entire class time with my back to them. ::snort:: We have FUN!

I have calls in to TOG and NARHS. The TOG issue is resloved. The NARHS issue will be tomorrow, I'm sure.

Our family way for the day is "We choose to be joyful, even when we feel like complaining." I centered our family circle this a.m. around the "way". It was timely. I gave the kids permission (as always) to quote the way to each other and to ME.....or to simply say "choose joy". LOL

The kids swam in between thunder storms.

Mike came home, changed and went out again for a dinner he needed to be at. Mike passed his LAST ACSC test today. YES, yes, YES!!!! That time stealer is gone.

After dinner the kids and I played charades.

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Mary and Jesus
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Young man that fell out the window during Paul's sermon
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Serpent tempting Eve
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Moses Parting the Water
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Mike got home as we were playing "Big Doggie". He joined us. This is a great game for eye hand coordination - which evidently is an area we need to work on. LOL
We re-worked our schedule. I had us SCHEDULED to be out of our home EVERY day of the week. That will not work. We've got it down to 2 - 3 days a week. This will be better in the long run - though we'll miss out on some great opportunities. I'll have to write about that later. It's 9:2o and I need to get up an hour earlier now that school has started so I can do the gym before school.

P.S. Yes, I DO document every movement around here.....but that's because at the heart of Choosing Joy is our grown up babies and family who live far away. They NEED to know how the kids' change every single day. ::snort::

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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.....
Zander is a hands on type of guy!
Arielle & Nolan are going to share a big ocean box (Zander will make his own).

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

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