Thursday, July 24, 2014

The upcoming year

This year our school lineup is changing significantly.  It will be our 15th year of homeschooling, and two of our children will be in public school, 13yo "princess" one "the engineer"will be attending a prestigious private university (provided the remaining funds avail themselves!)

The remaining children are:
15yo Boy "Godzilla"
10yo Girl "Turkey"
8yo Boy "Einstein"
5yo Boy "monkey"

A couple  children are delayed. So developmentally i'll be doing Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 4th grade and 9th grade.

This year is interesting because princess wanted to try public school, so there's a wide gap between my 9th gradeGodzilla and 4th grade turkey and the youngers. This means he'll have to work by himself on a lot of things that he normally worked with his sister on. (they have always been close, like our non-twin twins)  So my strategy is to have him work with us through some parts of the day gleaning what he can and then do his extra work independently when possible.  So what are we using this year?

For the youngers, our main curriculum we are planning to use is, Build your Library grade 2, supplemented with Sonlight B level read alouds and 3rd grade readers for Turkey. The cool thing about literature based curriculum is that multiple ages can benefit from it with some tweaking.

For Godzilla, We'll be using Sonlight G for the first half of the year, and Build your library 7 for the second half. 

So for the youngers and older, we will be studying medieval history for the year for the youngers and half a year for older.  His other half year will be spent starting Build your curric. 7 which studies geography, cultures and religions

Science for the youngers will be astronomy and earth science.  (build your library) 
Science for older will be either zoology or anatomy, he's not yet decided, and chemistry for the second half. 

For language arts:

Monkey will be starting his first year of kindergarten and will be using McRuffy Kindergarten LA

Turkey and Einstein will be using the Language Smarts series from the critical thinking company

Sequential spelling
 And Six trait writing

Godzilla will be using lightning Literature grade 8

And MAYBE One year adventure novel.  We have it and he was once really excited about it, but isn't now, so i'll encourage him but not MAKE him do it.

Also considering adding Life of fred Australia


Monkey will be doing McRuffy Kindergarten Color math

Einstein and Turkey will be doing Teaching textbooks math 3

And Life of fred when time allows

Godzilla will be using a combination of Teaching Textbooks 7 and hopefully moving on to prealgebra

And Life of fred Decimals and percents and perhaps prealgebra

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Our Family: an update.

So i haven't blogged in a long time.  Having had the realization of the effect of blogging, the nature of being exposed to the public, those who know you, or don't or wish you well or wish you ill.  All of these elements exist.  Its taken me a while to get past that so i've not been posting all the fun things we've been doing this year!

But so much has changed that I thought i'd post an update.

Asher-  Asher went back to preschool in November.  We just reached that point where we needed him to be in school if we were to get anything accomplished.  We are now struggling with his placement for next year.  Its so difficult sometimes.  But he's my special dude and i am so glad to have him.

Elliott- is a completely crazy smart, motivated dude.  He's writing his name with ease, he's practicing making words with writing and magnets and can draw absolutely adorable pictures.  He'll be homeschooled for K-4 next year.

Leif-Anna-Chloe-Nik-  are all doing well and will be homeschooled next year

Alex- Alex will be starting his first year at Seattle University!  a small (prestigious!) private university in Capitol Hill.  It will be his 3rd year toward his Computer engineering degree, having completed his AA next month.  Graduation will be June 12th from the CC, which i'm so excited about!

Its so weird having an adult child.  Its fun- but weird.

That's all for now, i'll start sharing pics and stuff again soon

Monday, September 9, 2013

The FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL pictures!!

This is my favorite part of the first day!  And i LOVE the first day! its a wonderful celebration of the amazing freedom we all experience getting to learn together and spend the days together and bond and all that stuff...  Gosh, i love my kiddos and love being a mom!  

Anyway, this year, I decided to copy everyone else in the blogosphere and use a slate, which we have 3 of, so we took turns writing them.  I wrote the twins and Leif's and mine of course.   Here's the results!  

So, click on the pictures for a closer view, and please excuse the wonky order.  i'm simply DONE wrestling with Blogger and its format. 

Twinnies!!! age 4

Chloe- 12, my beautiful daughter that refuses to smile! 

Alex, 18, 3rd yr of comm. college.  Had to use his own tablet :)

Annabeth- 9 barely smiling.  upset with me for making her brush her teeth. 

Nik-14 his retake after he accidentally wrote "8th grade"  LOL. 

Elliott- 4
Asher- 4

And me! defying my hatred of the camera to capture the moment.  

Ft. Worden

Fort Worden is one of the most beautifully exquisite places on the face of the earth, i'm convinced!  We first went there when i was 9 months pregnant with Annabeth, For one of my husband's friend's wedding.  It was gorgeous, and amazing.  The most stunning wedding we'd been to by far, although i still think it was way wrong to have a song in their service that included the lyrics "I may not always love you"  But that is neither here nor there.  What's important is, it was lovely, and a great memory for us, we were so blessed to be a part of it. And i'd been trying to convince Andrew to go back, but our vehicles are all old and its a long drive.  So when i got the MOST brilliant idea of making a road trip weekend, and further, of taking one day out of each weekend that we have our rental car to take a partial family road trip.  (from the nasty hit and run incident that hit our BRAND new to us van... sigh...  Which, thankfully i'm super anal retentive about having an obscene amount of auto insurance at all times, we get to rent a vehicle for about $3 a day, which i'm certain is less than we'd be spending in gas ALONE, were andy to be driving the suburban to work instead of our new commuter car- the minivan-  LOL.  Anyway, so the first road trip was on Saturday, Mount Rainier, which i might post pictures of later, but i wasn't there so its harder to blog about it, so i'll just skip to Sunday.

So anyway, we went, the lucky attendees being MOI, and Andrew, since he's the safe driver.  Annabeth, Leif, and Elliott.  Leif is OBSESSED with "army" ANYTHING, so visiting a cool abandoned Fort was RIGHT up his alley. Annabeth is very laid back and likes to go anywhere, as does Elliott, so i knew they'd be a good fit for this road trip.    We took some time to recreate pictures from the first trip, almost exactly ONE DECADE ago! (wow!) except with different children entirely.   The first picture occurred when we only had 3 children on the outside and this time we had the NEXT 3 successive children, not counting Asher, but he is the 2nd born twin anyway, so its all good.

Here's some comparisons i posted on facebook earlier.

ok, so i was QUITE preggers with Annabeth in the right side, and the left is she and I.  Bummed that i missed the water bottle though... 

This is the comparison mentioned above.  Striking how similar the children look. 

I was taking time to actively practice mindfulness- something i'm working on, being fully present in the moment, absorbing all the sounds, sights, smells, touches, tastes.. (less of that sense)  And i got some time to sketch which was so nice :)  ok, enough talk, on to pictures.

This is the lighthouse i drew below, from a different angle. 

Ok, so i really really enjoyed the graffiti! i opted not to share my favorites because they were obscene, but i just HAD to get a selfie next to the smiley face! 

I find this picture to be hilarious... its the "please don't take my picture" look :)

Adorable Belly-bean. 

Turkey looking beautiful as always. 

Wow, do I look like my dad!  this is an excercise in taking a good selfie, a rare creature that i'm afraid was not caught today, but i thought this one was cool anyway, captured my freckles and desperate lack of EYES.

I found a pretty rock.  Yes, i get excited very easily!  That is all. 

This is the finished product of my drawing and narration.   i was pleased.  I have to say, having good supplies is over half the battle and using pen without the ability to erase is so freeing. 

And that is ALL! i'm off to commence the FIRST day of school! and will come back later to blog the pics we took this am which were off the charts hilarious! 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Bill's Fishin' hole in Orting Wa. (My friend Leiloni's sons' birthday party)

So, we've attempted fishing before...  and it didn't end all that well, other than seeing some cool specimen that other's caught.  So when Leiloni invited us to her sons' Asher and Judah's birthday party at Bill's fishin' hole, we were all SUPER excited to go!  

As always, going anywhere with Ash is a challenge.  Our amount and diversity of outings has decreased greatly since Ash Got older and more difficult to manage.  Right now at over 56 lbs (of pure bones muscles etc!) and not quite 4, he's quite a handful to manage.   Alex had opted to stay home for some peace and quiet and to do some programming, and so it was just Dad, Nik and I that could wrestle him, so we took turns with him.   It went fairly well.  

The drive to Orting was SPECTACULAR.  I've said it before and i'll say it again- we live in PARADISE! i totally want to move down to the rural area around here or buckley, or enumclaw... i do realize we'd be directly in Mt. Rainier's lahar flow, but I don't care.  Its amazing.  Going to the country is like entering a different world.  As we got close to Orting, i started taking pictures... 

We got to the farm and were immediately greeted by a chicken and 2 peacocks.  Leif is obsessed with chickens- he has been since he was a baby. So i got his picture with the chicken. 

Then we found Leiloni and the rest of the party, being fashionably late, as always :)  She had her hands very very full and i was sorry that most of my pictures ended up crappy and backlit, as i'm sure she didn't have a chance to get many... 

After presents and snacks, it was fishing time, so i took ash off, Andy, Elliott and Leif followed and we went to visit the sheep.  Ash kept saying 'sheep'  it was so cute 

Then it was my turn with ash, and we went off to hang out with the peacocks and do some bubbles.  I got a good selfie with me and my boy-mini-me. 

Then I passed off Ash to Nik and got to help with the fishing.  Let me say one thing- I am NOT a fisherman. my efforts were more effective in feeding the fish bait.  But thankfully Andy can pull it off, so all together we got 6 little ones.    

Leif, i made sure was able to catch his own, with both of us holding his rod.  He said to me tearfully, "i just want to catch some fish for my family!" so Leif caught 2 :) 

Chloe had a GREAT time, she's been wanting to go fishing for ages.  

I love this one! it was Andy catching "Anna's" fish... she is doing the happy dance over there on the right side of the picture :)

There's lots more good pictures, but if i ever expect to succeed at getting blogging done, i need to learn to keep it brief.  NOT my forte!  So i'll stop here.