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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Nature Journal {Praying Mantis}

This little guy was just hanging out on the table on our back porch. He was quite interested in the boys and bravely sat on each of their hands as they checked him out. He seemed to be checking them out just as much.

When we lived in town we didn't see many critters around the yard except for squirrels and stray cats. Out here in the country we are surprised every day with a new and exciting friend.

The seemingly large bee population is freaking my middle son out, since he has bad memories of being stung before. But otherwise the boys are all finding their new discoveries to be fun.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Curriculum Fair: Time for School!

I've been getting our curriculum organized for school to start--hopefully we will be ready before the end of this week.

This year, each of the boys will be doing a different level for language arts, math, and handwriting, but we will all be doing a combination of two levels for science and history.

We are using World Cultures and Eastern Hemisphere from Sonlight, two levels of Sonlight biology, three different levels of Sonlight language arts, Handwriting Without Tears, and Shiller Math for everyone. This will be our first year with Shiller Math, and I ordered both Kit I and Kit II. The boys are all taking placement tests to see where to start. I'm hoping it will be a good transition from the Miquon and Keys to... that we've been doing.

It's going to be a challenge to fit it all in, but we are all eager to jump in. Other than curriculum and books, the only other school supplies we've had to purchase are new markers to replace the dried out ones, a couple of notebooks, a pack of white paper, and a pack of card stock. We have enjoyed browsing through all the cool new supplies at Target, though.

The boys found some Harry Potter composition books and folders they just had to have, and they have all been making up stories and writing them down, along with lots of drawings.

They are playing "newspaper office" almost everyday, where they all sit down at their desks and create newspapers on newsprint paper and then try to sell them to each other -- all with a Harry Potter theme, of course. They have come up with some really creative and funny results.