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Woohoo, the first 3 days of school are finished!! We started on the 15th and it has been an interesting 3 days. Overall, it has been good getting back to a routine and officially kicking off Kindergarten. Of course, the last 3 days have also revealed some necessary tweaks to the schedule as mom was a bit ambitious with her schedule and didn’t account for the split pea fog that had settled into their brains. πŸ™‚

As for curriculum:

Math – Math-U-See finishing up Primer book
Language Arts – Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading, McGuffey Eclectic Primer, copywork from these items and from History/Science
History/Science – Creation Unit Study, day 1 complete and prayerfully the weekend will allow me to post what we used/did

We read some fun books during our morning read-aloud:

1) Adele & Simon by Barbara McClintock

Adele &Β Simon

Brother and sister story of little brother losing items as they journey home.

2) The Beastly Feast by Bruce Goldstone

BeastlyΒ Feast

A delightful rhyming story with animals and foods, the kids loved it!!

Also, as a part of our unit study, we did do a volcano experiment today.

Here is our Starbuck’s volcano, named because that is my frappuccino bottle inside that paper and modeling clay. πŸ™‚

Starbuck's volcano

Here are your other supplies sans baking soda as it is already in the bottle.

other supplies

Yes, our grass is pretty dead, hubby rely’s on God’s sprinkler system and it hasn’t been working in our area this year. πŸ˜‰

The Eruption

eruption

It’s over

it's over

Next week is a full week of class, so off to tweak the schedule, secure any additional library books and review what needs to return to the library. Enjoy the weekend!!

I want to share some goodies that I have found in my travels that may help others and like I said earlier, I would do the social network/bookmark thing but I am just not there yet, so click on the links below. πŸ™‚

Amy at Are we there yet? has a delightful idea of making a blog for her kids. I think this is just great and will have to implement this in a few years. πŸ™‚

The Learning Umbrella has a wonderful idea about School in a Box. Well worth a try, possibly modified, to fit your family’s needs.

Scribbit has a fun box top maze that will have you scavenging for boxes during trash day. πŸ™‚

Enjoy and if you have some goodies, feel free to share in the comments!

Last Friday we went to the National Zoo in Washington, DC. The pics have been up on my flickr page but I hadn’t posted about it because there just aren’t enough hours in the day. πŸ™‚

My parents accompanied the kids and I and we took the Metro which the kids love because that is how “daddy goes to work.” It was hot and humid, like it is now and usually is in DC in July, but I had never been to the National Zoo and was determined to go and not waste such a national treasure.

Here are the kids at the entrance:
At the entrance

The Giant Pandas are a huge zoo attraction and all 3 were sleeping when we came through, must have been the heat and having to wear a fur coat. Here is Papa Panda – Tian Tian, I haven’t uploaded momma and baby yet, so stay tuned. I must admit that Giant Pandas are proof that there is some good in stuff that is Made in China. πŸ™‚
Papa Panda - Tian Tian

I love this photo of the Komodo dragon.
You're still here

If you click on any of the photos, it will take you to my photostream with the other pics as I haven’t placed a flickr sidebar on this site just yet…tsk tsk I know but remember there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

While in Durham, even though the pool had its moments, once clean we did have some fun swimming.

Now this was a new one for me, but I think it is a cute idea, so I will give it a whirl. πŸ™‚ Amber at Homeschooling Diva tagged/tipped me for this one and I hope I don’t flub it.

The concept is to heap praise and/or blogging tips on 3 unsuspecting folks on the first of the month. Being that it is quickly approaching midnight on the East coast, I best make it snappy.

1) Redheaded Daughter – My west coast friend that has a very sweet spirit, a love for things beautiful and simple and I must say the most adorable little redheaded daughter. I like your desire to create beauty and to become a domestic diva. πŸ™‚

2) Skip to My Lou – An incredible craft talent with a generous heart for family and friends. I love reading your blog and you inspire me to further explore my creativity.

3) Mother Crone’s Homeschool – You encourage me in my homeschooling journey by your desire to give your children the best and to follow their lead and the zest in which you delve into their suggestions and plot the course. You look for and respect their feedback and as a family you guys sound like you have a blast. I am thankful to have found your blog and to glean from your wisdom.

Being that this is my first time doing this, please do not feel that you have to blogtip others unless you want to being that we all could use some encouragement and you never know how your words might bless others. Keep blogging!

P.S. Lest any of you get confused, I separate my homeschooling blog (this one) from my other one – Southern Girl Musings. πŸ˜€

Our Scripture

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. ~Psalm 1:3

Something to think about…

"I never teach my pupils: I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn." ~ Albert Einstein
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