Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Homeschool Weekly Buzz - August 29, 2015

Join me, Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers,  The Homeschool Mother's Journal, and
Hip Homeschool Hop as we recap our week.

Hey y'all! How was your week?  My week felt very overwhelming.  My printer is giving me fits.  It doesn't copy or print reliably and it burns through ink like nobody's business.  It decided to run out of ink late Wednesday.  This caused me huge problems when I was trying to print off quizzes and tests.  I'm so over this printer and would love to find a new one that's a good deal. 

Just because our life wasn't exciting enough we have had both car trouble and house trouble.  I went to open the passenger side sliding door on the van and the handle fell off.  I wasn't pulling hard on it, but it happened as if I had hulked out. I found and ordered the part off of Amazon, but once it arrives I will probably have to find a mechanic to put it on for me. Thank goodness it wasn't an expensive part, like $20, so I hope it won't cost too much to get it put on. 

Our house trouble has arrived in the form of a mouse.  Mr. Daddy and I were watch TV at night when we saw the mouse out of the corner of our eye.  So we called the landlord, bought mouse traps and the plug in mouse deterrents.  We think it came in through the dryer vent that goes outside. We replaced it and got spray foam to fill in around it. The mouse seemed to be laughing at us and avoided the traps. Here's hoping we get rid of it soon.

Our homeschool schedule has me feeling like I'm constantly on the go.  In the morning I'm keeping Bug and Mr. Mister busy.  During naptime I'm doing preschool with Bug and answering any of Bee's questions. It used to be I would have some time to myself during naptime, but now I just feel exhausted by the end of the day. 

Despite this I have been feeling lead to start a youtube channel.  I have no idea what God is planning or how it will happen.  I started this blog as an outlet for myself, but it has never really been popular or read by many.  It is my guess that if God wants me to start a youtube channel, he will make it happen.  I have no idea what the channel would be about or who would even watch it.  Please pray for me.

Bee is doing well.  She just took her first Spanish test and scored a 100%.  She is also enjoying being able to type up her composition final drafts, instead of having to write them by hand.
Bee doing composition.
I'm lucky that she can do a decent amount of her work by herself. Memoria Press isn't really set up to do multiple grades at the same time. 
Figuring out how to do preschool with Bug is making me crazy.  She really wants to be sitting at the table with Bee, "doing school" constantly.  The Memoria Press' Junior Kindergarten curriculum is only for two days a week.  The two crafts a week is a bit much for me to do, for only one child. 
I guess I'm just not the "little kid" crafts sort of person.  I may have to cut it down to just one craft a week.  I bought some dollar tree preschool books to give her some extra alphabet and number practice.
Mr. Mister is doing well with how our homeschool days are currently set up.  He enjoys watching a kids program in the mornings or spend time playing with Mr. Daddy. 
After naptime and a snack he will play in his highchair while Bug finishes any school work not finished during naptime. I'm hoping to get him to the point of being able to sit in his highchair in the morning so I can have quiet time back for a mommy break.

Well, that was our week.  If you have any suggestions or ideas please leave a comment.
Until next time,
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Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Homeschool Weekly Buzz - August 22, 2015

Hip Homeschool Hop as we recap our week.

Hey y'all! How was your week? It was the first week of school for us, so it was crazy here.  The craziness this time of year brings makes me seriously consider homeschooling year round.
First day of school pictures.
 The first couple of weeks after being off for the summer are always full of struggling to figure out what will work for us.  This year was extra difficult with two homeschooling and a very active little running around.  Mr. Daddy had Monday and Tuesday off so I did have a little bit of a safety those days.  He watched Mr. Mister While I worked with Bug. We had thought we would be joining a co-op this year, but after this week Mr. Daddy and I realized it just wouldn't be productive or a good idea for any of us. 
Bee is a fifth grader this year.  We are using Memoria Press' curriculum, again, for her.  The first couple of days were very rough for us this week.  Reviewing the math from last year was not exciting and it took us a while to figure out how we will have to run our days. 
Bee excited for the new year.
The first book she's reading in literature this year is, "Adam of the Road," and Bee seems to be struggling with it.  I'm not sure if it's the time in history or the style of writing.  I'm hoping it's just a beginning of the year thing. By the end of the week things are running smoother. 
Bug is a Preschooler this year. We are using Memoria Press' Junior Kindergarten curriculum for her.  This is a new curriculum for us to try.  It's set up for only 2 days a week, so I had to come up with a curriculum to cover the other days. 
Bug eating her green eggs and ham.
This week wasn't too bad for her, but I did feel like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get things printed and copied.  It should be better next week, now that I have a better idea on how it will go.

Mr. Mister was our unknown this year.  I wasn't sure how I would manage to work with the girls and keep him out of trouble.  I think we have figured out how our days will look.  All the kids say the pledge of allegiance together and a morning prayer. Then Bee does independent work while I play or watch an educational show with Mr. Mister and Bug.
Bug and Mr. Mister snuggling.
We all eat lunch together and then Mr. Mister goes down for a nap.  I work with Bug and help Bee with any questions or lessons she needs.  Bug is usually done before then end of nap time.  Bee is usually done shortly after nap time.  

I hope your week went smoothly for you.  If you have any suggestions or helpful thought please share and comment below. If you want to see more about the curriculum we are using check out my Pinterest page here
Until next time,
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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Preperation for the start of school

Hey y'all! How has your week been? I have been running around like a chicken with it's head cut off this week.  I'm trying to get everything ready for the start of our school year.  I thought I would change up how I do the Homeschool Weekly Buzz.  This is the first year I will be officially homeschooling more than one child at a time.  With both Bee and Bug homeschooling I also have the problem of keeping Mr. Mister busy while the girls are trying to do their work. So, here is the run down of what we are doing this year.
We are using Memoria Press' Fifth grade curriculum for Bee, but we are not using it all.  We are not doing Latin this year, instead we are doing Rosetta Stones Spanish. 
We are also adding Typing Instructor for Kids for typing. 
She will be taking swimming lessons and Tae Kwon Do lessons for P.E. She has shown interest in starting her piano lessons back up.  I can't tell you how happy this makes me.  She has such a gift when it comes to music. We are also leaning towards joining a local co-op so their will be more classes added. To see my Fifth Grade Pinterest board check here.

We are using Memoria Press' Junior Kindergarten curriculum for Bug.  It's only set up for two days a week, but we are adding Star Wars Preschool ABC Fun and Star Wars Preschool Number Fun to stretch it into a full week. 
I'm also trying to piece together some Spanish curriculum for her.  She will be taking gymnastics and Tae Kwon Do lessons for P.E.  Since she doesn't meet the age requirement to do Kindergarten classes for the co-op, I'm sure she will enjoy spending time with other kids.  To see my Preschool Pinterest board check  here.
For Mr. Mister I'm trying to come up activities that will keep him relatively quiet and busy. I have been doing plenty of research on Pinterest to keep him busy.  I'm really unsure how I will manage to keep him busy while we are doing school.  To see my Littles Pinterest board check here.

If you have any ideas or recommendations to make the year run smoother please leave a comment.
Until next time,
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Saturday, August 8, 2015

The End of Summer

Join me, Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers , and The Homeschool Mother's Journal  as we recap our week
Hey y'all! How was your week? My week has been busy, that's why my post is so late.  We have been trying to mark a few more things off our summer bucket list and get ready for the start of our school year.  We took a road trip for Mr. Daddy's class reunion.  We spent Monday and Tuesday getting ready for our road trip and finalizing our plans.  Since we both went to the same high school in St. Joseph, MO, it wasn't too difficult to plan.

We left Wednesday morning, even though the reunion events didn't start until Friday night, so Mr. Daddy could play poker with some of his old friends that night.  He had a good time and even came in second place.

Thursday we did some clothes and shoe shopping in the morning.  Mr. Daddy stayed at the hotel with Bug and Mr. Mister for nap time while Bee and I ran some errands.  We ran to an office supply store and got the Spanish workbook printed and bound without any drama. (If you want to know the story about the last time I tried to get it printed you can read it here.)  We rant to a local teacher  supply store and picked out special pencils for her and Bug to use this year.  My mom did this with me and my siblings, when we were young, and then with her grandkids every year. We decided to keep this tradition alive.  Then, after much prompting from Mr. Daddy, I got a pedicure. It was 45 minutes of pure bliss.  If you have never had a pedicure I highly recommend it.  I use to think a pedicure was a waist of money, I could paint my own toenails for free.  After a couple of pedicures I realized it's not just the painted toenails, it's the rest of the process.  Having your feet soak in war bubbly water, having your feet scrubbed and massaged, having your calves massaged, all while sitting in a massage chair.  Bliss! I believe it's a must try. 

Grandma and Uncle Cody came to the hotel to visit.  Then we went out for dinner at Chick-fil-a.  The kids loved playing in the play area and the grown ups enjoyed being able to talk.  Later that night we took the kids swimming at the pool in the hotel.  We were pleasantly surprised to find the water warmer this time. 

Friday morning we did some school supply shopping.  Missouri's tax free weekend started on Friday.  We got erasers, crayons, pencils, notebook paper, glue and glue sticks.  We got pretty much the basics.  The girls got to go to grandma's house and spend the night. Mr. Daddy, Mr. Mister and I got to go out to dinner with one of Mr. Daddy's oldest friends and his girlfriend. It was so much fine to spend time with them.  Then Mr. Mister and I went back to the hotel while Mr. Daddy went to a casual mixer for his reunion. 

Saturday morning we picked the girls up and took them to tour our old high school.  It seems so strange to be back at our old school. 
The girls really got a kick out the old payphones at school.  We explained that when we went to school we didn't have cell phones, we had to use payphones. Their was a family picnic in the afternoon, but the kids didn't last too long at since it  was right at their nap/quiet time.   Mr. Daddy and I decided to skip the fancy dinner that evening and just go see a movie.  We were blessed to have grandma watching the kids at the hotel for us. 

Until next time,
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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Out of Rush Hour

Join me, Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers , and The Homeschool Mother's Journal  as we recap our week.

Hey y'all! How was your week? My week has been busy. We started out of week on the road. Sunday we drove from Kansas City to St. Louis to visit my sister and her family.  The kids loved playing with their cousins. 
Bee and Bug smelling the flowers at the zoo.

Mr. Mister 10 minutes after sitting in the AC and still not happy.
Monday I took the kids to the zoo.  The St. Louis zoo is amazing and free! You have to pay for parking, but that really isn't a bad deal.  It was so hot and humid the kids only lasted an hour before they asked to leave.  I took them to Chick-fil-a for lunch and some play time at their indoor play area. 
The Original Imo's Pizza Location!
I did manage a little bit of geek out when we drove by the original Imo's Pizza.  We love Imo's St. Louis style pizza and we very sad to move away from the Kansas City location.  It's a definite try.
The kids at the St. Louis Magic House. Can you tell who's grumpy?
Tuesday morning everyone woke up feeling rough. The kids were acting grumpy but we decided to try and do the St. Louis Magic House.  The kids lasted about 2 hours before the crabbiness took over.  At this point I figured it was for the best if cut our trip short and headed home.  I figured we would get a hotel in Kansas City and drive the rest of the way home Wednesday.  Little did I know all the hotels were booked due to a concert so we had to drive to Lawrence to get a room.

When we finally got home we have spent the rest of the week trying to recover from being sick.  This is not the way I pictured our road trip.  Hopefully we will be rested for our trip next week.

Until next time,
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