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Friday, October 17, 2014

First 6 Weeks Complete!!

I can't believe that our first 6 weeks is complete! If your visiting you may not understand, see we homeschool year round with a schedule of 6 weeks schooling and 2 weeks off all year! We love it this way.

I can't begin to brag enough on how I am pleased with the first 6 weeks! We stayed on track for the most part, had great attitudes and worked together pretty well. 

Kyle completed All About Spelling Level 4!! However he slacked pretty badly on his reading plan. He missed his goal by 3 books, so those books will carry over to next 6 weeks. I honestly haven't figured out how to punish that yet, or if I will. I do believe he will get a punishment for not trying to reach his goal because there were many days he didn't even try to read. I know he doesn't like to I have posted on that many times BUT I did have requirements that he did not reach. Otherwise great...

Alexis read all of her reading list for the 6 weeks and extras! She is getting an extra treat for going above and beyond for her reading (new horses). I actually just bought her 2 new books! I can't stand buying new books lol I like the cheap used ones but sometimes you just have to do it. The only place I see her struggling is her Grammar, but I do have to remember I skipped her a grade there. She was so scared of her Math but she is doing awesome and really likes it, Division isn't her enemy yet!

If your wondering what our reading plan was for the first 6 weeks please read here.

Zachary finished All About Spelling Level 1! He also completed the first workbook in Dyslexia Games! He loves his Explode the Code and is actually over half way complete in book 2. He just isn't liking his writing so I am going to try something different with that next 6 weeks. I can't begin to brag enough on his reading skills really taking off! He is so proud of himself! He has read 12 first readers so of which has had chapters and took him a few days to complete. I am so happy for his hard work paying off. 

We are loving Nancy Larson Science 2. I need to be more intentional at this!

Some of our favorite times have been our art lessons that we started doing at least once a week! 
Check some of them out here.

This 6 weeks we have been on more field trips than all of last year probably! 

NC Zoo
Looking Glass Falls
Brown Mtn Lights
Fishing at our local hatchery
Eliada Corn Maze 
Youth Trip
Renaissance Festival

Our homeschool coop started last week so 6 weeks of learning about the Civil War!

My favorite Schoolhouse Review this 6 weeks is a toss up between Fit it Grammar and My Student Logbook.

Overall I am so pleased with all our progress for the start to our school year. The only thing I want to change or add is some copywork to all the children. I need to really press cursive writing skills on Kyle and Lexi this next 6 weeks and start teaching Zachary.

I hope your school year is going great!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Apologia iWitness Book { Review }

If you are in the homeschool world you totally already know about Apologia Educational Ministries.  Today I get the privilege of introducing you to a new item they have released.

iWitness Books!!

We received 3 books to review:

All 3 books are written and designed by Doug Powell. Each book is $14.00. The books are for ages 11 and up. My son Kyle is 14 and I am not telling my age but I enjoyed them too!

Here is information about each book:

iWitness Biblical Archaeology:

(Kyle's Favorite)

This book is about the history of the discoveries that have actually proven the Bible true. Throughout the book you will find lots of different topics such as; Looking for Noah's Ark, Dead Sea Scrolls and Jesus' Judges. There is a huge supply of information but broken down so that it does not overwhelm. I love the way the book is broken up on the page because it feels easier to read. Each topic has wonderful pictures to share so that you can see what real archaeologists would be seeing while working on the topic. 

Old Testament iWitness: 
 This book truly held a lot of needed information. True Jewish history and tradition is all throughout the book which I personally found interesting. I loved learning through this book. Some things Kyle and I have just never known and we talked a lot about the writing within the book. Again the way these pages and books are placed together is awesome, I was worried with the information Kyle may get overwhelmed but he did not. The pictures are awesome within; it helps you get an idea of every topic better.

Some of our favorite facts or findings were;

Kyle loved that Alexander the Great was within this book (one of his favorite people in history) when he conquered lands and brought more Greek culture within the new lands there was a need for the Hebrew Bible to be translated. Over 72 scholars were asked to help in this translation task.

Personally one of my favorite parts of this book was learning about the Dead Sea Scrolls. I loved all the information about it and how it was broken down to where I could understand. It did just cover basics but that is all I cared about right now anyway. 

New Testament iWitness:
This book is about going through evidence within to realize that the New Testament was valid. One of my favorite parts of this book was when it breaks down the criteria for what was added to the Canon. Another interesting fact we found was that the there are differences in the copies of the scriptures because the books where copied by hand.  A lot of time mistakes were made in 3 categories: spelling errors, homophone errors or orthographic errors!

What did we think? 

As a parent I am proud that I have great Christian history books to provide to my children to further their knowledge of our Christian walk.

There was nothing within these books that I found unhelpful, not needed or inappropriate.

The books are filled full of great history! 

Both Kyle and I loved the pictures included. I believe that helped bring the books to life.

We both learned a lot and talked to each other about the topics we had read about.

I personally can't wait for the next books to come out in the iWitness Series. Two more books are coming in 2015, iWitness World Religions and iWitness Heresies & Cults.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Civil War Oatmeal Pie

This 6 weeks at Coop we are learning about the Civil War and I am helping the teacher of Lexi's class with some extras. So a few 
weeks ago I started searching for some snack ideas and I ran across this one. I was very unsure if this would be any good to be honest but there was some history behind the reason this pie was created.

In the South pecans where in very short supply. More than likely because all the trees had to be supplied for other things (forts). Because of the pecan shortage this pie was created to be a foe pecan pie. 

The recipe is super easy and Lexi and I made 4 of them in less than 10 minutes (besides cooking time). 

1 - 9 inch pie crust
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tbs flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup quick cook oatmeal

Preheat your oven to 350

Beat eggs until you have bubbles and combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt into the bowl and mix well. 

Add the corn syrup, butter and vanilla and mix well. 

Finally add the oatmeal. 

Now you may pour into the pie shell and cook for 45 - 50 minutes.

This pie is excellent. I actually plan to make these again for Thanksgiving. This was a great new favorite for my family because I actually love Pecan Pie but Kyle can't have nuts and Kevin just doesn't like them so I never make Pecan Pie. What a great recipe to have that is similar in taste! This is a great fall recipe. I actually think I will play around with this recipe and add apples oh and my husband said next time we needed some vanilla ice cream on the side too!

Totally a great pie! The kids enjoyed it at coop and my family wants more so total win!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up 6 (Break Week 1)

Change of plans! Hubby was on vacation this week so that means we had a break. We changed up our schedule because next week is suppose to be our first break but with Kevin having his vacation we took a break this week then we will school next week and then the week of the 20th we will have break again and that will take up our first 2 week break for our new year. 

So flexibility is key in homeschooling and that is exactly what we practiced this week.

This week we had a lot of fun but it was full of activity. 

Sunday through Wednesday we had revival and man was it great!

We took a long drive to look at Looking Glass Falls and enjoyed the beautiful scenery that the Lord has provided. Fall is my favorite time of year and the leaves were beautiful to see. 

 We took 2 nights (full moon) and went to see the Brown Mountain Lights which is a mysterious light that we have took trips to see before. Crazy maybe but here in my area it is a huge site to see. I had never saw it before and we have took family trips to try many times however this time we went to a different spot and we actually saw the lights both nights! Loved it and it was great weather and absolutely beautiful to be on the top of the mountain with a full moon and see all of God's beauty. I have had so much relaxation from taking in all this beauty I am only needing the ocean air once more and soon!

Kevin took Kyle golfing this week which always makes Kyle happy. His love language is alone time and it just totally makes a difference in his actions. 

Thursday I spent time with my Daddy taking him to a procedure he needed done and thankfully everything seems to be alright. 

Friday our homeschool group had a fishing day at our local wildlife center. Alexis was the only one that caught anything within our family and man did Zac not like that. He was the very one that had  been begging to go fishing and he tried so hard and didn't get nothing! Maybe next time!

Saturday (today) has been so busy. We started out our day by taking the kiddos on a surprise trip to Eliada Corn Maze which is the largest maze in WNC. It's over 12 acres and supports a great cause. We had never been to a corn maze and I wasn't going to let another year fly by without doing that with them. Remember my word for 2014 was intentional, so off we went. We had the most fun. It took us on a wild adventure and we laughed so much. We got lost but we laughed! We enjoyed some fun games they had and a hay ride. Fall can not be complete without a hay ride. They shot corn and played in a spider web! 

Then tonight we had a Church Youth Trip at Bo's Entertainment and we played until I just about couldn't play anymore. I tell you people really don't understand that you can love God and still have so much fun. We are not stiffs! The kids loved playing with each other. A great time together! 

Next week is going to be busy because our Homeschool Coop begins! 6 weeks of Civil War learning! We also have an awesome field trip Tuesday, I am so excited!

Hope you all had a great week we sure did.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wordless Wednesday 6 { Field Trip }

Daddy's on vacation this week so that means we play! Looking Glass Falls was beautiful and so was the ride.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fun Autumn Art Projects

We have had a blast with drawing and art projects so far this year. 

With the first few weeks of Autumn (screaming with excitement) I wanted to share some of the fun projects that we have done! They are easy and you can do them easily too! 

All credit is not my own because I found everything on Pinterest!

Leaf Art:
You don't need much do do this awesome project! Just a leaf to trace and some awesome Crayola markers, crayons or color sticks like we used. Also paper and a black marker. 

Trace your leaf, outline in black and then start decorating inside with circles or anything that you want. We decided on circles and love the odd look it gave them!

I will be honest my smallest got a little frustrated because this is not a FAST project!

I just printed off the step by step drawing instructions and we started sketching on cardstock. After everyone sketched we outlined everything with a black sharpie and then started decorating our sketches. Kyle wanted his scary and I think he got that portrayed. Lexi wanted her's to look sweet and helpful and Zachary and I just wanted him to look like a Scarecrow!


Chalk Pastel Leaves: 

We took black cardstock and traced some of our favorite leaves that we collected on our morning walk and simply traced them lightly with pencil. Then we took colored chalk and decorated the leaves with bright colorful patterns.

All three of these activities take very little supplies and very little time to complete however you get a really awesome peace of Autumn Art to keep for the best season around! 

Hope you enjoy our art we sure have had fun!


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