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Friday, August 28, 2009
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We went to the waterpark twice, but I didn't bring my camera either time.
We read lots and lots of books, as usual. She loves to be read too. Mackenzie is really good about reading to her as well.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Although I missed the first two assignments because I was "late for school", I'm excited to learn more about photgraphy and my camera. The current "homework" assignment is to take a window light portrait. Kayleigh made this assignment easy for me, as she likes to stand and look out the window a lot.
Friday, August 14, 2009
In math Mackenzie started multiplication. This weeks focus was 1's and 0's. Mackenzie declared it "easy." Just as I thought. LOL
Here she is with her "math teacher", Mr. Demme.
We are studying animals in science. We covered elephants earlier in the week. Mackenzie pretendedo be an elephant. She was eager to squash the "bugs off her backside" like the elephants do.
We also studying kangaroos. We consider ourselves kanga experts, having spent a lot of time with the creatures when we were in Australia a few years ago. On this day we made Kenzie a mama-Roo and gave her a pouch and a "baby Roo". Then we took a walk down memory lane and looked at some of our old photos from Australia.
Do you see the resemblance?
Notebooking what she thought Columbus saw when he discovered land, again courtesy of Winter Promise.
Mapping the route Columbus traveled, courtesy of Knowledge Quest Maps. I don't know why it's sideways. That's not how I saved it. LOL
We also had time for some fun in the sun. We went to the water park with friends and invaded our friend's community pool.
Next we're off to North Carolina to visit Grandpa and Grandma.
ETA: I forgot to post about Kayleigh's week.
Baby Gym went well. She had fun playing and learned a few new skills. She ever shared a ball with a friend. Usually she snatches them.
Art, however, isn't going as smoothly. LOL
Sunday, August 9, 2009
It's time for another edition of Darcy's Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop.
This week were are supposed to blog about our school rooms, so here's mine.
We are very blessed to have a room just for school in this house. That being said, we aren't in it that much. We do most of our school in the living/dining room.
The number one reason is that the wee babe, for whatever reason, is very disagreeable in this room. We have toys and activities that are just for this room and yet she's fussy.
I guess it's alright for now. The couch is better for snuggling with a good book anyway.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Mackenzie went to a day camp at a local church. She had a BLAST! And my wonderful friend did all of the driving so I wouldn't have to disrupt Wee Babe's napping.
Mackenzie did some hiking, canoeing, swimming, crafts, and learned a lot about missionary work. So we're counting this week as PE, religion, and world cultures for school. And she doesn't know it yet, but, she's doing a math test when she gets home. LOL
Kayleigh and I had a relatively peaceful week. We went grocery shopping, to baby gym, and I learned something new. I now know what to do when your lawn mower starts spitting out tons of white smoke. That is knowledge that I never wanted to have and I hope to never use again. =o)
Next week it will be back to school. I can't wait!
My subject is my beautiful daughter, Mackenzie. I was torturing her with her first day of 3rd grade photos. This is the least squinty of the batch. The instant she sees a camera her eyes start squinting and closing, no matter where the light is.
On this particular day, the light was behind her. Yes, I know that's the wrong thing to do but I wanted a shot with her eyes open. But, alas, she squinted for every shot as if the sun was shining directly in her face. Sigh...
Join in the photo fun over at Everything Except the Grill.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Today's Challenge...Something that you're proud of. That was easy! My incrediably brave husband and daughters, of course.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
The purpose of this photo challenge project is to encourage you to pick up your camera and start capturing details of your life. This project should also serve as a way to look at what others are finding to shoot and will hopefully keep you inspired to look for more moments in your life you wouldn't always think to capture with your camera.
Our first My Life. In Pictures. challenge will start on August 3rd- 7th. The assignments will be:
Monday- Summer Fun
Tuesday- A Favorite
Wednesday- Out and About (anywhere but home)
Thursday- Something You Are Proud Of
Friday- Something (or someone) in Black & White
Since I just discovered this challenge, I'm going to use one photo to cover the first 3 days. Here's Kayleigh out enjoying some summer fun at one of our favorite places, Ocean Breeze Waterpark. Floating down the lazy river is one of my favorite waterpark activities. Sadly, this waterpark doesn't have a lazy river for us "Big Kids."
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I have never regretted that decision. There are so many reasons to love it!
The books are fantastic. We laugh, we cry, we reread. What could be better than cuddling on the couch with a great book and calling that school?
I can't think of anything either! =o) And we've been learning tons! And I do mean WE. I've learned tons, as well. And I have a minor in history.
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"Box Day", the day your HUGE box/es of Sonlight books arrive via UPS/FEDEX, is a much celebrated day in the home of any Sonlighter. It's as anticipated as Christmas morning around here. We even get a geography lesson out of it as we track our beloved boxes. And the joy of opening those boxes full of books...words just can't describe. But maybe pictures can.
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I decided to participate in a blog hop put together by Darcy. The topics look really interesting and I can't wait to see other people's post.
I posted Mackenzie's curriculum in my last blog post. She is 8.5 (today!) and is going in to 3rd grade. You can read all about it here.
And now on to Kayleigh's school year. Kayleigh is almost 18 months. Here is her tentative schedule and goals...
Weaning 101: Milk from a cow in a cup is good too.
Art 101: Drawing utentsils are not for eating.
Reading 201: Books! Books! Books! She's fairly advanced in this area so I moved her up a level. :grin:
Signing 201: Continue learning signs so mommy will know what you're screaming about. She probably knows a good 20 signs now.
Baby Gym: Good times at The Little Gym.
And that is our year in a nutshell. Now I'm off to read what everyone else is doing!