Friday, March 30, 2018

Friday Funny

Ellie: I need crackers because I'm sick

Me: No, you're not sick.

Ellie: Well, my leg was burning for a minute earlier.

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Justin: You need to sleep.

Ellie: I close my eyes and they pop back open.

Monday, March 26, 2018

12 1/2

Our Katie is at her half birthday.  She's often busy with big plans and even bigger dreams these days.



1. What is your favorite color? red & gold
2. What is your favorite toy? uh?  Harry Potter figurines
3. What is your favorite fruit? grapes
4. What is your favorite tv show? When Calls the Heart & Little House on the Prarie
5. What is your favorite movie? Deathly Hollows II: Battle of Hogwarts
6. What is your favorite thing to wear? my blue yoga pants
7. What is your favorite animal? guinea pigs and lions
8. What is your favorite song? Joy
9. What is your favorite book? Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire & Keeper of Lost Cities
10. Who is your best friend? Hope & Sianna
11. What is your favorite snack? brownies
12. What is your favorite drink? cream soda
13. What is your favorite breakfast? peanut butter & jelly toast and chocolate chip pancakes
14. What is your favorite lunch? cheese burger and fries
15. What is your favorite dinner? Papa John's pizza with pepperoni
16. What is your favorite game? Clue, Monopoly, & Sleeping Queens
17. What is your favorite thing to play outside? bike
18. What is your favorite holiday?Easter & April Fools Day (same day this year)
19. What do you sleep with at night? all my stuffed animals
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? a computer programmer or animation or work at Belle Meade or work with horses...

Sunday, March 25, 2018

4 1/2

Elliana is 4 1/2 today!  She's funny and smart.  She loves to sit with us and be carried still, but she can be brave too.



1. What is your favorite color? pink
2. What is your favorite toy?Miinie Mouse
3. What is your favorite fruit? oranges
4. What is your favorite tv show? Strawberry Shortcake
5. What is your favorite movie? Elsa (Frozen)
6. What is your favorite thing to wear? flowers
7. What is your favorite animal? kitty cats
8. What is your favorite song? "Peace that Passes Understanding"
9. What is your favorite book? Laura (Little House)
10. Who is your best friend?Ellis
11. What is your favorite snack? chocolate bars
12. What is your favorite drink? lemonade
13. What is your favorite breakfast? cinnamon toasters
14. What is your favorite lunch? peanut butter sandwiches
15. What is your favorite dinner? chicken meat with chips
16. What is your favorite game? Skeleton in the Closet
17. What is your favorite thing to play outside? tag
18. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween, 'cause they give out candy and it's 'smookey' and scary
19. What do you sleep with at night? owl
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to get braces an chew gum.  I want to be home with children.

-Kristy

Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday Funny

Ellie, aboutThe Chronicles of Narnia:

This is a Aslan the lion, which is nice.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Funny

Ellie: God is in my heart.  Enoch is with God.  How is there room in my heart for both of them?!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

School Days

We're making our way through our year here.  We started late and we were a bit interrupted this fall with family circumstances, so we've been working hard to catch back up--starting early in January and going ahead with school when the local schools were out for snow and ice.

We are finishing our second year in Tapestry of Grace (for history, writing, and literature)--starting the final unit on the American Revolution.  Katie is in the Dialectic level, Gabby in Upper Grammar, and Nate in Lowe Grammar.  We've already purchased year 3, so we can start the introduction before we break for summer.  I plan to assign a couple of books for summer reading this year.  I don't usually do that, but with Katie moving in to 8th grade, we may mix in some of the high school books, if they look more interesting or they are easier to get.  I've already started Gabby reading a few of the novels that are at the next level up.

We found a great YouTube channel (Kristina Edgar) for introducing the era.  The kids have enjoyed her sense of humor.  And I liked that we could start it with all the kids together before we split up to do their individual readings.

Our science this year has been a History of Science experiment kit from Thames & Kosmos.  We will be switching over some this unit though, with a book about Ben Franklin (set at Gabby's level) that has experiments and activities in it.

Nate and Gabby are both in Singapore's Primary Mathematics, but as Gabby is nearly finished with the last of Singapore, we are supplementing her with a book called Balance Math (which is a pre-pre-algebra book that teaches balancing equations).  Katie is using Teaching Textbooks for Pre-Algebra.  We have the older version that doesn't self grade, so we just do it the old fashioned way, and I grade as she goes.  Since math is not her favorite way to spend her time, I have her read out each answer as she goes through it to help her get immediate feedback and prevent practicing a skill incorrectly.

Nate and Gabby are both in what we call The Orange Book for spelling, Spelling Power.  Gabby has a head for Latin and enjoys it, so she is using the Once Upon a Time, In Latin series to keep up on her Latin.  Nate is in Song School Latin I.  Katie is taking a break from languages for the next two years before we pick a high school language.  Instead, she has more focus on English grammar.  We have an ancient workbook I picked up at a curriculum sale and we use Khan Academy too.

Katie is doing part of Teaching Our Daughters to be Keepers at Home for Home Ec.  She made a dress--which she found not to be enjoyable.  She does, however, love making dinner for the family once a week.  Gabby is also working on a visual arts class (Artistic Pursuits), which she has enjoyed.

That's school here these days!

Kristy

Friday, January 26, 2018

Friday Funny

Ellie (as we drive past a Panda Express): Look!  Pandas to eat!

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One of my earliest posts was about Katie talking about this place (in a different state), but for her it was a preschool.