Monday, August 23, 2010

School Room and a New Year

Hello! Today was the first day of school and we have been hard at work for the past few weeks on a school room project. This room has had a few different looks over the years...

August 2007

School room
August 2008

School room
March 2010

We moved the piano into the family room which gave us enough room for this wall unit and desk. All of the new furniture is from IKEA.

Phillip put everything together and the kids and I organized all the old and new books.


For those interested, I will list our curriculum for this coming year. Up until now, we have used Sonlight, but are adding some new things, including outside classes specifically for homeschoolers. We are also meeting with a possible grammar tutor (for the girls) tomorrow evening for some extra help.

Grace (7th grade)
At home:
Math: Math-u-see
Language Arts: Abeka
Typing: Mavis Beacon
Outside classes:
English I (they are reading 4 novels with focus on spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension)
Science: Apologia General Science
American History (includes speech, debate, and plays)

Emily (6th grade)
At home:
Math: Math-u-see
Language Arts: Abeka
Typing: Mavis Beacon
Outside classes:
Science: Apologia human body
American History (includes speech, debate, and plays)

Benjamin (4th grade)
At home:
Math: Math-u-see
Language Arts: Abeka
Science: Bob Jones
History/Geography: Abeka
Typing: Mavis Beacon
Outside classes:
"Friday School" is a fun supplement to regular at homeschool lessons. Includes reading/phonics, science experiments, art, history/geography lessons, math facts, PE, music, drama, foreign language, holiday fun, and Show and Tell.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit and taking a look at our new school room!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Vacation Pictures

Hello! I thought I would share a few of our vacation pictures. Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut are such beautiful states. I especially love all of the trees and the lakes.

Lots of swimming at the lake with Grandpa.

I hardly saw the girls and Benjamin the entire time. They were off playing with their cousins!

One of my favorite things we did was visit Plymouth Rock. Since we are learning about American History this coming year the timing was perfect.

The rock was a lot smaller than I expected, but you can read why here.

We also visited the replica of the Mayflower and Plimoth Plantation.





A birthday celebration with a pinata.

We had plenty of time to relax and are already looking forward to visiting again next year. My mom and I also went to quite a few antique stores, so I will share some of my new finds soon.