Sunday, December 6, 2009

Resources, Resources Everywhere!!!

It's amazing all the free resources and giveaways out there...I came across this one today....I would love to win this giveaway...It's the entire set of The Chronicles of Narnia on CD....

Here's the info in case you are interested too!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Rewards for Behavior or School Work???

So, I was reading an email thread today in one of the many online groups I belong to and a comment was made about rewarding children for something they should be doing anyway without reward.  Now I get that train of thought and at times I even support it....but, on the other hand, what's wrong with a little positive reinforcement if the work/chore gets done?  I struggle with this all of the time....so anyone out there have any words of wisdom, either way?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wow, time sure gets away from you!

Wow, I cannot believe how long it has been since I last posted.  We sure have been busy....I'd like to say it was all bookwork, but it hasn't been.  We've been learning about equally important things though...things like teamwork, being a member of a community (family), and some history & science too.  A few weeks ago we watched a special on the History channel about "The History of Thanksgiving" and we've been watching videos on the Bible...learned about where Jesus walked...places he had visited and we've gotten up to his crucifixion and resurrection.  Last night we watched a video about An Arctic Tale...all about the survival of polar bears and walruses in the Artctic regions and how each year their spring/summer season gets longer and longer.  They say if the the trend continues, there will be no ice for either species by the year 2040! 

Our teamwork and community learning has revolved around what it takes to be a member of a family....taking responsibility to help maintain our home - TOGETHER!  That's been really nice.  It was very impressive to see the initiative each of my kids took to help with our Thanksgiving dinner...everyone had a part in the preparation and that had a good time doing it too!  It felt really wonderful to not be slaving all day in the kitchen to have the meal consumed in 5 minutes or less.  We had the opportunity to share in the meal together.  It was also wonderful to hear, as we rounded our island (dining room full of papers!), what each member of our family was thankful for, and none of it was material! 

I hope to do a better job of keeping up on the blog in the days that lie ahead....but for today we work a little more on that home maintenance in preparation to bring out the Christmas decorations (which the children are EAGERLY awaiting!)....and then perhaps we'll start working on some lapbooks....I found a great site at http://www.ajourneythroughlearning.com/.  We've signed up for their newsletter which gave us access to a Free Lapbook: An Overview of the 17th Century.  I think that I'll download the one on the Polar Express and am sure that there will be other great ones that we'll be adding to our collection as well.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Where is the motivation????

Have you ever had one of those days where you just didn't want to do ANYTHING?!  It was a rainy and very windy day here in Massachusetts and really seemed to affect the mood of everyone in the house.  It was one of those days where you just wish you could crawl back into bed.  Hopefully this mood is not longstanding.  After all there's so much to learn about this world we live in!  If you've had these days of no motivation, I'd love to hear how you handle them.

Have you ever had one of those days where you just didn't want to do ANYTHING?!  It was a rainy and very windy day here in Massachusetts and really seemed to affect the mood of everyone in the house.  It was one of those days where you just wish you could crawl back into bed.  Hopefully this mood is not longstanding.  After all there's so much to learn about this world we live in!  If you've had these days of no motivation, I'd love to hear how you handle them.

Elijah did help with breakfast this morning and that made him feel extremely important (not that he isn't already, of course).  We even stuck a math problem in there to solve....bacon in the microwave....count the slices....they need to be in for 5 seconds per slice...On the spot, what does 5 10's equal....he didn't answer, he proceeded to walk to the microwave and punch in five-zero!  He's such a smartie :-)

Sierra and Rhiannon also worked on some math worksheets and some spelling stuff too.

Joshua continues to be a challenge....how will we approach getting him to focus on learning.  He's a very smart boy, just VERY hard to keep down and in one spot.  I do have some computer software I've purchased that I'd like to install, but I'm not sure our current desktop will be able to handle that.  I'd really like to have a computer dedicated to the school stuff.  Perhaps we'll work on that this weekend....and see where it takes us.  Until then, we perservere...what else can we do?

Despite lack of motivation, I did manage to accomplish a few things...sending out much needed emails, finding this new blogging host and working all the details out, distributing the last of sale materials for the Girl Scout Fall Product Sale and sending out important info to the Troop Managers and Leaders.

The girls also have GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) Club tonight.  They've been very excited for it to start back up and I'm sure we'll hear plenty about the goings on tonight when they get home.

Praying tomorrow brings back the motivation and energy to complete the tasks the Lord wishes us to.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Feelings of Accomplishment

I'm posting this late so please note that this is our post for October 6th...

Today brought a few accomplishments and mishaps....nothing new for our family :-).  We started our day in the van....each morning we drive my husband to work (we only have one vehicle).  It's so nice to be able to hold "school" on the run!  Especially for our family who always seems to be heading this way or that!  This will definitely come in handy on those days we travel into Boston for E's medical appointments.  I always felt guilty about pulling him and/or his siblings out of school to accommodate doctor schedules.  For anyone who has ever needed to see a specialist at Children's...if you have an appointment available, you take it whenever you can get no matter what the hour of the day!  Anyways, the girls did some Bible reading while the boys worked on Math lessons.  E seems to be whipping through those pages faster than I can get them printed!  What a feeling of accomplishment that must be for him! 

At home, we decided it was time to start using up some of the apples (count them...three 1/2 bushel bags of them!) we picked a couple of weeks ago.  The consensus was apple pancakes for breakfast...R chopped apples, sliced apples and cut the pancakes into "apple" shapes with our Creative cutters...  Of course, I made up the batter, added the chopped apples and had it sitting on the counter by the sink...can you guess what happened next???  Yup, that's right....3/4 of the bowl of batter into the sink and down the drain (well the batter part anyway...not the tiny little pieces of chopped up apples!.  So a lesson in careful attention in the kitchen was taught...patience, no need to fight for a stool, no need to fight for the spatula to turn the pancakes which was S's job today.  It was wonderful to see her excitement in helping to cook breakfast...teaching her the patience of waiting for the right amount of bubbles before turning...Each pancake came out perfectly golden!

We worked on more math after breakfast, some computer games (strategy building) and before we knew it it was time to pick up K and then head to Haven, a Christian after-school program.  Yesterday was the boys' day....learning more Bible Scripture.  A quick ride to pick up Dad at work, then off to Cub Scouts where they completed TWO achievements towards their Wolf Badge and an Elective!  WOW....

As a mom and a teacher, I can only pray that we have the blessings of many achievements this year!  And how rewarding and special it will be for not only the children, but myself to see it all unfold right before my eyes!

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Beauty & Glory of Nature

Our day was a pretty casual one today....spent alot of time out in nature...admiring and observing the falling leaves, colors, wind direction....

We researched local farms for a special project and learned about the patriotic song "America"...otherwise known as "My Country 'tis of thee"....

Saturday, October 3, 2009

New to homeschooling AND blogging

We recently made the decision (after many, many months of stressing) to homeschool 4 of 5 of our children. Starting at the beginning of September, I find each day to bring more reinforcements that we made the right decision. I also decided to start this blog to help document our days and offer information to help other families new to or considering homeschooling. I hope you enjoy reading about our challenges, accomplishments and adventures in the world of homeschooling.

Welcome to A Day in the Life of Perkins Academy for Learning :-)