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Living life…checking in!

I have just recently started visiting my own blogs again! It’s hard to believe how long it has been since I have posted anything significant! Our lives have been very busy the past couple of years and I just haven’t found time to post and share all the wonderful things we have done for school and in our lives! I’m working to simplify and reduce my various commitments so I can focus more on my family, learning and hopefully some of the other things I’d like to do….like posting the many pictures I’ve taken in various ways, recording what we are doing as we learn together, etc.

We have continued our our homeschool journey this year still using a unit study way of learning but a different base curriculum than in the past. It has worked okay, but my goal for next  year is to get the kids excited again about learning and having the time to do the fun things we can’t always get to right now because we are just too busy! 🙂

Well, I should really get some sleep. I hope to be able to post some of what we are doing through the rest of this year at least and over the summer and then keep up with it as much as possible! Blogging what we are doing gives me a great record of our “work” and reminders of the fun we’ve had and the memories we have made together. With my oldest being a senior next year…this is really important to me..to make this coming year productive but also enjoyable with lots of memories built in to what we are doing!

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Time to say hi!

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I posted! Rest assured that we have been very busy with summer time, hosting a French student over the summer and then getting our school year going!

I have been posting most of my pictures, etc. to my Facebook account, but plan to get back to posting what we are doing with school here in more detail! We have started our school year with the  younger 3 focusing on history for the first semester (along with math, reading, writing, etc.) and my oldest starting American History…an intense study along with Biology, prep for Algebra, band practice, soccer, etc.! We are way busy already!!

I will work on going back to post what we have covered in most weeks with pictures over the coming days..hoping to get caught up and stay caught up!

We had a busy week this past week with participating in a local county fair for the first time ever! The girls and I entered photographs and all 4 kids entered baked goods. I actually won a first place ribbon for my photograph..pretty good for a first try! The kids all received 2nd or 3rd place ribbons for their entries. I will do a separate post with photos of our entries/ribbons! We now have ideas of what to do for next year!!

We are getting together about every other week with another family for a KONOS Ko-op this year. Both families wanted to do this to help us stay on track through the year..and we are all working hard to do so! The high school girls are working through the KONOS HOW IV- American History Beta and the younger group, 7th grade down to 2 years old, is currently working through Vol. 1-Attentiveness-Frontiersmen/Tracking/Trapping/Predator/Prey. We will have 2 more co-op days with Frontiersmen and then move onto the Native American Indians study..which will lead us up to Thanksgiving and then a study of Christmas related units.

We are having a lot of fun ko-oping together and the kids are all learning a lot while having fun and building lasting friendships!

I will work on separate posts of all the fun stuff we have been doing and put them up in order, so go back to see what we have been doing! 🙂

Have a blessed day!

First Day of School!

We started school this year a bit later than I normally do, but right on track with the local public schools! We had a more relaxed day of getting our supplies organized and set up, watching school related movies, making moccasins and sharing yummy frozen coffee drinks!!! Can you think of a better way to start the year?

Here are a few pictures of our day! 🙂

Visits to the Opera!

In the past 2 months, the girls and I have attended two operas (the boys weren’t interested…). I organized these trips to the opera for our local homeschool group after being contacted by one of the organizers for the San Antonio Opera Guild. They have been wonderful opportunities to learn about and experience an opera for a wonderful price…FREE!

The first opera we saw was all in English. It was the Mikado presented at the Lila Cockerell Theatre in downtown San Antonio. Today we saw Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte at the Buena Vista Theatre on the downtown campus of UTSA. This second theatre was much smaller and they gave an interesting rendition of this opera… Their presentation was mostly in English but had some parts in Italian. They did have a small screen the showed what they were saying/singing throughout..which was helpful!

We were not able to take pictures of the opera itself, but here are a few pictures of our first group and a few of the kids from today.

Cooperation: States and Regions – New England

Here is our plans/activities for Week 2! We are just finishing this up this week.

Cooperation: States and Regions – New England

Week 2 of 14

Day 1

  • Bible: Phillipians 1:6 (review founding of America/New England with The Light and the Glory)
  • Songs: Seafaring songs and “This Little Light of Mine”
  • Writing: Older – report on whaling process
  • Middle – report on making maple syrup
  • Younger – report on 3 whales with pictures
  • Pick/assign books for individual reading/reports
  • Add New England states pages to the 50 States Notebook
  • Family Reading (for the next 2 weeks): Carry On Mr. Bowditch by jean Lee Latham
  • #31 – discussion – what comes to mind when you think of New England…see Volume for details
  • #32 – Add landmarks to big map &/or maps in notebook
  • #33 – Look at map, answer questions on page 110
  • #34 – Business to start in New England?
  • #36 – Plan 2 week field trip to New England..see Volume for ideas
  • #37 – Visit travel agency for info on New England
  • #38 – Observe New England architecture..see Volume for more details
  • Books used:  United States Coloring Book by Rod & Staff Publishers
  • Heroes of History Maps of the United States by Emerald Books (YWAM)
  • Facts About the 50 States by Sue  Brandt
  • Carry on Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
  • The Light and the Glory for Children


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Day 2

  • Bible: review Phillipians  1:6 and history of N.E.
  • Writing: all–work on reading and outline/first draft of info
  • #64 – How is maple syrup processed?
  • #65 – Eat pancakes with maple syrup
  • #66 – Eat maple syrup snow cones
  • #43 – Puritans – Boston Baked Beans pg 111
  • #44 – Boston Brown Bread pg 112
  • #56 – How to make nets, and tie knots, pg 113
  • #67 – Lighthouses, see Volume
  • Do Massachusetts and Vermont Notebook pages
  • Books used: Kids Learn America by Patricia Gordon
  • The United States Cookbook by ‘DAmico and Drummond

Day 3

  • Bible: review Phillipians 1:6 adn history of N.E.
  • Writing: all work on proofing and re-writing info to turn in
  • #42 – make N.E Boiled dinner or similar version, see pf 111
  • #57 – Study whales, see page 114
  • #58 – Study whaling industry, see page 114
  • #59 – watch Moby Dick
  • #60 – Dramatize whaling
  • #61 – talk like they do in New England see pg 114
  • #62 – play lacrosse, see pg 114
  • #55 – sing sea-faring songs
  • Resources:  video of Moby Dick..1956 version

Cooperation: States and Regions – Overview

 Hello! I have not been able to keep everything updated this year like I wanted to! I hope to be able to keep up with posting what we are doing with our unit through the end of the year. This is a 14 week unit..so we will be working on it through the end of June!

We are having a lot of fun already!

I will do a separate post for each week’s worth of activities..with an outline of what we did/resources we used and pictures! Depending on how many pictures there are, I will probably do a slideshow….it is the easiest way to post a lot of pictures and still be able to explain what we are doing!

If you have any questions about our activities, please let me know!

We use the KONOS curriculum. The unit we are doing is from Volume 3. The numbers/pages referenced are from Volume 3: Cooperation-States and Regions

Week 1 of 14: Overview

Day 1

  • Bible: Romans 12:18
  • #1 – attempt to draw outline of US..practice throughout unit
  • #2 – attempt to label states on wordless map
  • #10 – Where would you find major natural disasters (see book)

Day 2

  • Bible: romas 14:19
  • Writing: #14 (older) – write book about USA..various options in Volume
  • #15 – Make “States” notebook– add to it as you go through the unit
  • #21 – Learn to spell states
  • #22 – Learn two-letter state abbreviations
  • #24 – learn cities and identify on map
  • #25 – learn time zones
  • (older) #13 – Plan family trip to National Parks.

Day 3

  • #21 continue
  • #22 continue

Day 4

  • Bible: 1 Timothy 2:1-2
  • Give students pages with state names and abbreviations for notebook reference
  • #26 – Learn National parks (see pg 109)
  • #27 – Do puzzles of US
  • #28 – use puzzle, find missing state
  • #30 – Use puzzle..sort by region (see Volume)
  • Mark regions on big map
  • #3 – build own big US Map or make large map (see book for details)
  • #4 – take pictures of work in #3
  • #5 – Add lakes,, rivers and mountains to map(s)

Usborne Books & More!

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Contact: Wendy Clayton
Phone: 210-599-6598
Email: wencla2007@gmail.com
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Blessings,
Wendy