Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dear Mema...



October 2016

Dear Mema,
   You probably saw from up above that we just spent 2 weeks at the cabin in Lake George, Co.  Wow!  What a magical place.  So many memories were made there and are continuing.


Every time we stop in at a local store or even at Santa's Workshop in Colorado Springs...I proudly say "My great-grandfather built an amazing cabin at Lake George.  And now my kids are spending some time there!"  We are so blessed to have this place to laugh, love and remember.

Did you see that deck!?  I can't believe how much we enjoyed the new deck.



We laughed:

We learned:

We remembered:


Wish you could see how happiness happens here.  But I bet you really can hear it.



Every time we are at this cabin, we feel happy.  We feel your presences.  We feel at peace.

August 2017
Dear Mema,
Remember those trips we would take as GIRLS-ONLY!  No boys, no men...just these ladies and a maybe a few more!  I remember the laughter you all shared and the stories yall would tell.





Well, guess what!!!?
I continued that tradition this year and headed up with 2 of my dearest friends.
We laughed:

 We learned and discovered new places:

 AND
We remembered:

Every time we are at this cabin, we feel happy.  We feel your presences.  We felt at peace.


October 2017

Dear Mema,
We wanted one last family vacation before we set sail to New Zealand for a few years.  So guess what the unanimous decision was?  That special place...that heavenly place that your daddy had built for you and for his great-great-grandchildren to enjoy.

Every time we are there, we feel happy.  We feel your presences.  We feel at peace.

Everyone was a year older.  But some things remained the same:

We laughed...


We explored...





We learned...

I wish you were still here on earth to see and experience the excitement that this cabin brings to your great-grandchildren.  I wish we were able to hug you and hear your laughter.  

This cabin was only the beginning to our homeschooling "edventures".  Because of this cozy cabin, Jeremy and I were able to extend our vacations into learning opportunities for our kiddos.  Because of this cabin, we were able to have a "home away from home" for many weeks at a time.  Because of this cabin, my family and friends got to experience what you had always wanted for this special place...LOVE and LIFE!

I miss you every day!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

#MathMonday



I love having names for our homeschool days that we can remember.
Over the years, we have added these fun acronyms for days of the week.

We have:
#MathMonday
#TechTuesday
#WordWednesday
and
#FunwithFood Friday

It just seems to click with us!  When we wake up, we know what to expect for that day.

And I recently had a mom tell me how she LOVES our ideas for #techtuesday and started implementing the idea...so this series of blog posts are for those of you that might wanna give this idea a try in your upcoming homeschooling year.

#MathMonday

Yep!  The hashtag explains it very well.  

And to clarify, we don't just do Math on Monday.  I just implement a bit more Math on Mondays that's FUN!


We've taken trips to the pet store with clip boards and calculators.  I ask the kids to pick a pet that they would love to have.  Their job is to add up how much it would cost to bring that pet home.
And of course, the hardest part is saying "NO!" to the pet's they want.  LOL . Sorry kiddos, it was just your Math Lesson!



Most of the time, I incorporate Math into our read aloud time on Mondays.  This is an easy way to begin incorporating #MathMonday.  I simply browse and grab 2-3 Math books from our local library for that month.  

That Monday, I may read aloud the whole book or just a selected page.  

One day, we made acute and obtuse angles out of carrots after reading page in a cool geometry book.  Another day, we talked about how long it would take to get to the moon from the earth.  I just borrowed this book from my 6-year-old astronaut.


 We've made maps!  We've even play putt-putt golf and gone bowling.

 

Another easy and fun way to start simple with #MathMonday is to play a game.
Many homeschoolers have discovered the power in playing games to help teach math and reasoning skills.  If you check social media under #gameschooling, you'll find so many cool ideas!
Here are a few we've used.




And my last go-to resource for #MathMonday is Khan Academy.  
When nothing is planned for this day, we are always happy to count our 15 minutes of Khan Academy for our MathMonday.


So are you ready to start your #MathMondays?  I hope this post helps you get started with some ideas.  

Be sure and check back in a few weeks.  I'll be posting some ideas for #TechTuesdays!  

Happy Learning with your Little (and BIG) Ones!





Sunday, June 11, 2017

That's a Wrap - Another Homeschooling Year at a Glance


Really?
It felt just like yesterday that I was snapping these pictures of J & N...
my Kinder and 2nd-grade kiddo!

And before I knew it, this homeschooling year has gone by in a blink of an eye!

Even though we homeschool year 'round, I like to take "school pictures" at the beginning and end of our school year.
(which reminds me...I need to take those end of the year pics!)

Just a fun way to reflect and see how much these sweet boys have changed.

Writing up a quick blog, about our year, makes me look back on all that we've done and accomplished.  This year was FULL of firsts!  This year was FULL of excitement!  This year was FULL of sweet moments we shared together as a homeschooling family.

August



We started off the new school year in a fresh space!  I converted our dining area into our Learning Room.

Be sure and check some of my older posts on how I repurposed this space.





With the Summer Olympics in full swing, we took advantage of learning all about the Olympic sports as well as the history behind the games.  



September

We enjoyed making a cherry pie while learning ALL about the different places around the world our ingredients come from.

Such a great read aloud and activity!  Here's the link for the book:
How to Make a Cherry Pie and see the USA
We spent so many days at The Thinkery, our local children's museum, with friends.  
AND
my little learners and I PACKED the house with Moms and their little learners during our 
Kitchen Chemistry class.

October 


Awe...sweet October!  This was the month we road-schooled up through Colorado.
Check out our posts on this amazing adventure:
Using the World as our Classroom Part 1
Using the World as our Classroom - Part 2

November 

 We joined a class at the Tech Shop and enjoyed building and tinkering with tools.

 This was the day we ALL needed to get out of the house...so we headed to IKEA and found it fun and refreshing to learn here.
Gobble! Gobble!  We sent our annual "Turkey Texts" to friends and family.

December

This month...we slowed things W-A-Y D-O-W-N!  We enjoyed our slow and sacred Advent season to prepare our hearts and minds for the Christmas holiday.

 We did LOTS of cooking and baking.

 We shared the Christmas spirit with our elderly friends by
making Lego Christmas tree ornaments.
This year, we hosted a "Jingle Bell Jog" for local homeschoolers.  This idea was completely inspired by my 8-year-old.  First, we tied jingle bells to everyone's shoes, then we jog around our neighborhood's pond and ended with me reading aloud "The Polar Express".

January - Happy New YEAR!

J had his 2nd piano recital while N had his very 1st.

 We learned ALL about how sweet it is to make honey at a local honey factory.


We launched a new series in our homeschool we called... Our Study of Successful Individuals.  We started with studying the amazing Albert Einstein.

 
Then we wrapped up a busy month by hosting a "Pop UP Tech Shop" for Moms and their learners to join in on some tinkering fun!  We made wobble bolts and drawing droids on this sunny, winter day.

February

 What an epic field trip this one was!  We enjoyed our time with friends learning all about defying gravity at IFLY!
 These 3 boys began earning their badges using The Wild Explorers Club assignments.

March

 Once again, we invited local homeschoolers to join in on some Dr. Seuss fun!  We enjoyed a sunny day at the park performing "Reader's Theater" scripts based on Dr. Seuss' books.

April

After running a Family Fun Run...
 We hit the road again...
our first stop was The Houston Space Center.
 And we slowly road-schooled our way down to the beaches of Florida.
Be sure and click here to check out more about our trip...
According to the 3-year-old


May

When you have a house full of Star Wars lovers, you find a way to incorporate "May the 4th" into your homeschool.  So we did just that!
 And to slowly ease into our summer schooling...we added a Poetry Tea Time into our weekly schedule.

WOW!  That was our year at a glance.  These posts are alway so hard because I really have a hard time picking and choosing what memories to share.  

This process makes my heart flutter with joy as I look back at where we've gone and what we've accomplished.  It also makes me sad to think that another year has passed by so quickly.

Hope you stay tuned because I have a feeling this next year is going to be EPIC!  
Happy Learning with your little ones.


Dear Mema...

October 2016 Dear Mema,    You probably saw from up above that we just spent 2 weeks at the cabin in Lake George, Co.  Wow!  What a mag...