Monday, August 27, 2018

Oven Disaster

So, there was a day this summer that I preheated the oven.  When I opened the oven door to pop the food in, however, there was a white light coming from the element in the bottom of the oven.  I've never see that before, and I don't quite think that an arc welder belongs in my oven.

I closed the door and turned off the oven.  When I checked, the burning had not stop.  I called for the kids to get their shoes, grab Katie's phone, and head for our 'in case of fire' meeting spot.  Thankfully, for some reason, Justin was home early that evening and thought to pull the oven out, as I was going for the fire extinguisher.  He unplugged it, and when we looked again, the fire was out.  Whew!

We debated for a few hours whether to replace the element or the range.  It was a bit of a toss up, not being certain that there was not a problem further back, but I read quite a few stories from people who had the same problem, and it seemed that just replacing the element fixed all of their problems, so it took a few days, but we got our new part and Justin put it in easily.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

P. E.: Climbing

One advantage of home schooling is that we can do things like head to places when they are quieter (when most kids are in school).  We visited the pool one day and we headed to a local climbing gym too.  We have great PE classes!

 Little Bit loves this, though if she looks down it is over.  By the end, she would climb a few feet and then drop, so the auto belay would swing her.

Nate was the first to make it to the top of a wall.

 Gabby climbs at her own pace, but she made some great climbs!
Katie, not to be outdone, also made some summits to the top.

 Justin made his way up on a rainbow climb (using many colored 'rocks' instead of just a single colored path).

I hate heights, but even I got up pretty high, though I climbed my way back down, instead of trusting the auto belay!


Monday, August 20, 2018

Start of School Pics

So, I might be a little late posting it, but here they are!

 Kindergarten!  She is so very excited about this and all it means--AHG, kindergarten at church, and perhaps most of all this book that means she gets to use scissors.

 3rd grade: Nate says this is his favorite book, "Because it is easy."  I guess we all need that thing we just 'get.'  It makes sense this would be his, since he has good dexterity.

6th grade: Latin is still at the top of her list.  I love that she loves it.

8th grade: Of course she has to be upside down!  She picked on of her history books as a favorite.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday Funny

We've studied the Revolutionary War and are up to The War of 1812, so I think that is where this is coming from...

Ellie: First, they'll fire them.  That will kill them.  Then they will put them in jail.

* I think maybe we don't quite understand what kill means.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

New School Year

We began our year a couple of weeks ago.  Since Ellie has joined us, we have children from kindergarten up to eighth grade!  I've been staying quite busy!  Ellie thinks that she should be able to do all of her books every day (I bought books like cutting, thinking we would cover that once a week, rotating it with other books, like our reading skills, community helpers, and etiquette books).

Here are our books:

For Katie's 8th grade, we are continuing with Tapestry of Grace for literature and history.  We borrow many of the books from the library, but three of the books I purchased because of their on going use are here: Abraham Lincoln's World, From Sea to Shining Sea, and In the Days of Queen Victoria.  She is also covering Teaching Textbooks: Algebra I.  For Grammar, we are using Grammar for the Well Trained Mind, for both her and Gabby.  They find it challenging, but I do think it is a good challenge.  They are both also doing a Chemistry book.  We've not done much with textbooks in science before, usually using experimentally based or living books, but we are trying this, as we are heading into high school next year.  I also found the Just for Teen Girls: Bible Journal for the older two.  These will only last for the first semester.  I have a pile of books I'm going to choose from in the spring term, but I haven't settled on one yet.

For 6th grade, we are again using Tapestry of Grace, with a mix of the Upper Grammar and the Dialectic level.  I'm especially excited about Les Miserables (it is very abridged, but it is one of my very favorite books).  We also love Story of the World, which we are using with the Tapestry curriculum.  She is also using Christian Kids Explore: Chemistry, Just for Teen Girls: Bible Journal, and Grammar for the Well Trained Mind.  Keeping my students together whenever possible makes it much easier to keep up with everyone!  She is continuing with Spelling Power--we think she will be able to complete the entire book next year.  She is in Teaching Textbooks: Pre-Algebra.  Lastly, she loves Latin, and is going on with Once Upon a Time, in Latin.

 Nate is in 3rd grade this year.  Again we use Tapestry of Grace for literature and history.  He is in the lower grammar level, but I may choose some upper grammar assignments as the year goes on.  He is learning cursive with Handwriting Without Tears, which I used previously, since it is a simple introduction to cursive, without any extra flourishes.  He is in Singapore's Primary Mathematics 3B.  He too is using Spelling Power (though several units behind Gabby).  He has showed a great interest in astronomy, so while I intended to have him join the older two with the chemistry, we are letting him explorer his area of interest instead with Exploring Creation with Astronomy.  We used the text with Katie a number of years ago, but they have since updated it, making it hard to find the workbook.  Thankfully, someone local was selling an unused copy of the workbook.  We didn't quite finish the first Song School Latin last year, so we'll finish it this year before switching over to year two.  His Bible study is My Bible Journal.  It is much less a journal, and more a way to read through sections of the Bible and search for answers, highlighting key verses.  This seemed much more appealing to him than the coloring based journals I had been finding for his age.

Somehow our littlest is ready for kindergarten!  It is hard to believe this is our last trip through these books.  I didn't discover Five in a Row in time for Katie, but they are very much one of my favorites.  So far we have rowed The Story of Ping and Papa Piccolo.  I used the D'Nealian Handwriting with Nate, and thought it was a very good way to teach handwriting, starting with just lines and curves and moving on.  We are using Miquon: The Orange Book for the very first time, for math.  It is very hands on, which I felt would be a good way to start her.  Too bad for the others I hadn't found this one before!  So while Ellie must share me with more people, she does get a more experienced teacher!  Cutting has been one of the things she wanted to do the very most, so I got her a book just for that.  Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, is such a great way to teach reading.  She's read a few words with the set sounds she's learned.  The Bob Books are for practice a little later.  My rule for getting a library card, is that the child has to read me a book.  These are perfect for that.  We are having Ellie watch What's in the Bible for her Bible, along with reading The Storybook Bible.  The video was an effort to give her something to do while I gave the older children some undivided instruction, but they all like it too, so sometimes they come out to see it when it is on.

So that's our plan for the year!  So far so good!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Friday Funnies

As we're in the car the song “No one like you, Jesus” is playing, and I here this behind me:

Nate, its like heavy metal for has drums and guitars! -E

Chris Tomlin is most decidedly NOT heavy metal.

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When the helpful barista brought out the biggest box they had to try to help Katie and her friend who were planning a project (it was about a foot square):

I should have asked if they had a box we could fit a body in. -K

Thankful that she did not!

Happy Friday!