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Homeschool Checkup: 2012-2013


Our first Homeschool Checkup of the new school year!!

School has been going well. I feel a little more relaxed this year, having a better idea for what to expect with regard to moods, lessons, and scheduling. πŸ™‚ I have not been quite as punctual with my lesson planning and have been feeling rushed when it’s time to get it done and get the library books we need for the following week. BUT, I’m working on it. Iris’ lessons are more involved this year, and she has a few more subjects (penmanship, phonics, spelling/vocabulary, and reading all having separate lessons!). This makes the lesson planning time longer than last year’s easy 45 minute planning!

We worked in some fun activities already as well. Not much outside the house except our weekly library trips, but we FINALLY made our The Very Hungry Caterpillar snacks. I tore this recipe out of a magazine last winter and just got around to making it. πŸ™‚ And (even more exciting!) I remembered to take some pictures of the fun! Haha!

They are very yummy snacks! Layers of crushed graham crackers, then yogurt (greek style yogurt mixed with maple syrup and orange zest), then chopped apples, nectarines, kiwi, and strawberries. Topping it off was some homemade granola! Super healthy and tasty. The girls got to make their own layers and were very excited to design it. πŸ™‚

In the middle of the table are pink mice we made. I found a fun book at the library in the teaching section (which was surprisingly big for such a small library!) that had follow-the-instruction art projects. The pink mouse had them practice tracing and cutting out hearts, gluing, and focused on symmetry.

Addy and I made her mouse together. There were a lot of fine motor skills involved after cutting out the hearts; it was more for Kindergarten and up. She still liked making it, though.

The girls have also been doing well with maintaining their chores. This spur-of-the-moment chart has really worked out for us! Their “daily” category changes Monday through Friday (clean, garbage, food prep/help, table setting), but they have been cheerful most days to complete their tasks. And that’s all I ask. πŸ™‚

And, of course, we can’t forget Buddy. He has been hard at work…driving me bananas. πŸ™‚ He is mastering all kinds of new things, like this picture. We keep this stool under the lip of the kitchen island for the girls when they help with dinner. He just figured out he could scoot it over to the table and stand on it, to reach the food and dishes that are up there! He also likes to dump out the dog’s food, splash in the dog’s water, follow the girls into the bathroom to explore, throw toys when he’s mad, climb up the stairs (when he can’t climb down!), lie on the dog’s blanket and irritate him, and screech at the top of his lungs in public. πŸ™‚ What a joy! Most days I am frustrated with his antics, but I do realize he is one and just discovering all these new things and activities. I mean, who wouldn’t want to scream at the top of their lungs at the store?! He is the most snuggly and smiley baby/toddler of any of my kids, and I love holding him still at night before bed. He sucks his thumb and it’s adorable! He still wants mama first thing in the morning and when he’s hurt, so I am not complaining about the frustrating things. πŸ™‚ I am a little worried about having 2 boys in the house! Once this new baby boy discovers he can move around…watch out!




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