Tuesday, September 2, 2014

All About Reading Level 4 (COMING SOON)


All About Learning Press is one of my favorite publishers and we have used All About Spelling & All About Reading in our homeschool and only have great things to say about them.

This week (September 4th) they release Level 4 of All About Reading

This is the final level of the series. 

All About Reading Level 4 Materials

The All About Reading series starts with Pre - Reading Level (which my family used and went on to level 1)  and works up to Level 4.

From September 4- 15 you will receive $20 off your purchase of materials for All About Reading Level 4.

Here are a few goodies to look forward too!

A free download of "Eagles Learn to Fly" which helps review the Level 3 words to prepare for Level 4.

All About Learning Press will host a giveaway soon, so sign up for their newsletters to be in the know!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Game Fun

Our house may be a little different and that is totally fine by me but I have to say I love my life. Our homeschooling craziness is awesome followed by a wonderfully crazy life that is inter-twined. 

My family doesn't do much screen time so we have other ways to enjoy our time whether it be outside walking, playing or just hanging out alone for a few quite moments. One of our favorite things to do together is to play board games. I believe this stems from their right brain learning ability! 

It seems that this summer the kids have really played one daily. I love the laughter that fills my home when they are playing and having fun. The picture above is my rocking chair in our living room, it stays full of board games until I ask that they be put away in the proper place!

We have over 50 board/card games in our home. Some we have bought new but the majority we have gotten second hand. 

I posted here earlier in the year about Teaching Money The Fun Way (with games of course) you can read that after you finish here!

So I asked them what was their favorite games and this was their response:

She picked Checkers because she said it is fun and she is good at it. Great reason.

He said Blokus is fun because it is a fast game.

Kyle loves Risk, He plays it often, he even bought the game for his friends birthday gift. He said he loves it because it is a strategy game and it is true to how wars start and happen.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Foster Care { Update }


We are completely finished with everything on our end to become Foster Parents! I can't tell you how relieved I am to have all the paperwork, class time and interviews complete!

My family has prayed for this for months and months and to be so close is so exciting and honestly a little scary. The Lord has lead us up to this point and I know he will continue, we just have to let him. 

I can't wait for that little one to bless my family and for us to hopefully do the same for its life. 

Over the last several months these verses of scripture has helped me to prepare for our new journey:

James 1:27  
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Psalms 82: 3 
 Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

Mark 16:15 
 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation...

Proverbs 31: 8  
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.

So with all that I urge you to prayerfully consider what God would have you offer to a child that is in need. 

Please consider watching these very short videos on foster care and the effects it has.  

And last but not least please pray for my family as we adventure into this new chapter of our life. It should be about a month before we have an addition or two to welcome in and try to help them heal from what they have witnessed. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Our Reading Plan {1st - 8 Weeks }

This year we are really going to stress reading time. I have been a total slacker before on this issue but mainly because I didn't want to push Kyle because he hated reading however my thoughts have changed a little about this as I have watched him become more interested with certain books.

Now don't get me wrong we have always read tons of books as read alouds or with unit studies and honestly I have never had to ask Lexi to go read because she wakes up with a book in her hand and goes to sleep about the same way. She is a natural reader who enjoys the task and loves it.

This school year with my olders being well OLDER, as in a high schooler!! { YIKES } I believe it is time to make him do things that have to be done whether he likes it or not. I want him to enjoy this and by introducing him to the Can You Survive Series has helped tons with his enjoyment with reading! You can read about that here. Since that post we have now collected 14 of those books and he reads some of them almost daily. I love that! 

Lexi on the other hand is total opposite so she has never had one bad experience with reading.

Here are the choices I made for our first 8 weeks schooling. We start school September 2nd and this will be what they are expected to read within the first 8 weeks. 

Moby Dick
Mr. Lincoln's Drummer
The Family Under The Bridge
Around the World in 80 Days
Harry Houdini

Tabby in the Tub
Mare in the Meadow
Little Woman
The Frog
The Giraffe
The Sea Lion

I will be requiring 3 book reports throughout this period. I honestly don't care how long the report is but I do want some basic information such as: a rating on the book, tell me about some new words they learned, setting, characters, how did they feel about the main character, what was the climax, favorite part, did they learn a lesson from the story, like or dislike the book. 

Zachary isn't included in this simply because of his struggle with reading. While the older two are reading Zachary and I will continue our alone reading together. He will read however I will not make a reading list for him at this time. 

This is just a little peek into some of our plans for our years reading. Start out slow and steady and I hope to finish well with my children enjoying what they are reading.

Do you make reading plans?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday { Last Break }

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy National Dog Day!

Today we celebrate Rover. We got him over 6 months ago and have loved him so much. Watching him grow has been so fun, teaching him tricks and commands and just loving him. We chose Rover for our son Kyle, who had wanted a German Shepherd for several years but it was just bad timing. When my husband and I went to pick him we prayed that the Lord would allow us to pick the right dog for Kyle's personality. We looked and narrowed it down to two babies but Rover won simply because he wanted to be loved on without whining or wanting down. He was a playful little man and so we thought it would be awesome to get him. Bringing him home to Kyle was a day I will not forget - The joy and love he had for Rover was huge and I am glad to say after all this time Rover and Kyle are still best friends. 

Today Rover is 8 months old and he loves his play time with anyone but he wants it from Kyle. He loves his morning walk with us as a family (we walk 2 miles in the mornings) and if he misses it for some reason he pouts! 

He loves balls, I personally believe he has an obsession with any kind of ball! He popped our Volleyball, Soccer ball and Basketball! So when the boys play basketball Rover has to be placed in our back yard but it isn't without anger from him, he will pace the fence and bark the entire time the boys play.

Today is your day Rover, we love you! 
Monday, August 25, 2014

Not Back To School 2014/2015

Today our county schools started back to school. I have my precious nieces that are in Kindergarten and First grade along with my nephew in 9th grade! I pray that they have an awesome day today but today has a different meaning for my family.

Today celebrates my freedom to homeschool my 3 kids - FREEDOM that took a lot of work from early parents that had the same believes as me. Thank you to all of those that fought for me to be able to keep my children at home and teach them as I see fit. 

Normally we do something to celebrate but today we had a different circumstance. I had to take both boys to the Dr. this morning, Kyle has had a sore throat since Saturday night and last night Zachary started complaining about his ears. They both have strep throat so nothing exciting for them today. After the Dr. they did feel like a milkshake so I got them that to enjoy on our Not Back To School day. 

Now we are at home crashing and being lazy before I have to go to work. They are getting a special treat with being allowed to play the PlayStations and Wii because it is a celebration day and they can't celebrate any other way with the way they feel.

Are you celebrating a NOT back to school day ??


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