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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri

8.20.2011

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

I have finally gotten all my school stuff together.


It will be an interesting school year.  Ivy is finishing up her 2nd grade DVD school year in about 55 more lessons.  I wanted to do a lesson every day this summer, but somehow we did not manage that.  I am schooling Eva and Joy more diligently this year.  Last year it was hit and miss with the two of them.  Seth has 4 credits left, which I am hoping to fast track (a whole other post).  But for the next 11 days, this is his book of choice:

 
Then there is Jack...that could be a whole other post, but I won't do that to you.  Jack learns differently.  Last year we did the Countries and Cultures with My Fathers World.  It was excellent!  He and I enjoyed that tremendously.  Jack doesn't concentrate too well.  He needs certain things to help him along, so I bought him this putty to play with while we school:


And, since he likes gory stuff, I bought him these for his reading material.  Now, before you look..don't judge me.  You have to understand that Jack does not feel real confident in his reading skills.  So, I thought I'd buy something that really interested him, to get him motivated, thus these:


It is the Graphic Forensic Science books.  They are set up like comic books.  As much as I'd love for him to sit down with a Sir Walter Scott or an Alex Dumas book, it just is not happening with him.  But, one day...one day I'm hoping he'll love to read a classic novel.  But, for now, this is what I'm letting him devour:


Yes, it is an autopsy book.  Also included in the set are Corpses & Skeletons, Crime Scenes, Criminal Profiling, Trace Evidence, and Ballistics.  Guys like this sort of thing.  I was even enjoying a little bit of it.  To even out his reading material, I did purchase him the anatomy course from Apologia.  I thought it would fit in nicely with the gory stuff.

I have always wanted to use these to help my children learn their math facts:


I finally made the purchase of the 4 basics:  addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  I am very pleased with them.  Ivy and Eva have been playing around with them.  They will really help Eva and Joy with their motor skills, too.  Joy is still struggling, but, Eva is starting to wrap them up nicely.

And thanks to a big dog that will remain unnamed, I found the corner of Jack's American History book chewed up!


So, other than my post from a couple of days ago (which still has my head spinning a bit) this is all that is going on in our house.  Seth's soccer games start this week (he is playing in 2 leagues, keeping very busy), and Jack starts his soccer practice.  I'm not sure when we will be starting our school year.  I'm trying to savor these last couple of weeks.

6 kind words:

Vicky

I admire home schooling Mom's!

Judi

Have a great school year! As a teacher, you find what works for every student and what interests them is usually the key!

Wes
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Sarah

Have a wonderful school year!!!

Becky

Oh No!!!! Not a brand new chewed up book! Kills me! Well, I'm down in the 'school room' and am about to put the books in order! I start Leanna next week and the rest the following week! Can't wait! So excited, fresh years are always so optimistic! Sending all our love and prayers...Becky

Eva

Jack's books look awesome.

That sneaky dog....already chewed up a perfectly good book. Sheesh.

I hope your school starts off on the right foot. :)

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