Alrighty, I am back and have a better outlook on our homeschooling days. I have reorganized a little and thought about how we are going to do things from now on. This is always a work in progress but I am feeling better about our learning. Hope everyone enjoys reading about our adventure!
This morning between randomly playing with things that have been left around D watched Sonic X and P played the new Easter coarse on Angry Bird Friends. On Angry Bird Friends P plays to to beat his dad and a friend. He is pretty good at the game, some of those levels can be quite difficult. During this time I was cleaning up the kitchen that has been neglected with the nice weather and busy long weekend. D even helped me rinse some of the dishes, until I got to the ones that were too large for her. While D was playing around the living room again and both kids were watching Sonic X on Hulu Plus P was playing on his 3DS. The different games P played today were Mario Golf, Sonic Classic Collection, and Donkey Kong vs Mario. Eventually D went and played Barbies in her room.
At lunch time the kids chose to watch Wild Kratts. Today we ended up watching 3 episodes: Where the Buffalos Roam, Ker-honk, and Bat in the Brownies. When D was done eating she played with the Glow Dome in the bathroom.
In our M is for Mitten unit I have decided to skip around the alphabet a little, mostly because we have a dessert that goes with a letter that is starring us in the face whenever we open the fridge. We were beginning to work on this but as soon as I sat down with the book the kids gave me attitudes and were saying they were too tired. I am definitely sick of their attitudes and disrespect towards me. We had a chat, after my yelling at them, and there will be no more video games or as much TV until they can respect me and follow my directions. This ought to be a real fun journey. I told them if they are going to keep up their attitudes and disrespect me then I will have to send them to school. Neither of us really wants that but we will have to see where life leads us. After our chat they played up in P's room while every calmed down.
When everyone was ready to start school again we sat down to read and no one was paying attention to me so we had another little chat and started on their other work, with some moaning and groaning.
Today P started with his math, Easy Peasy Math 2 Day 140. He practiced fractions with a matching game. He had to match the written fraction with fraction picture. He has never really been good at matching games and just goes all over the place instead of having a plan, but he seemed to do well. For English, Easy Peasy English 1 Day 48 english, he learned more about inferences. He finished before D so he went and played with his Beyblades for a little while.
D started with her reading today. I have printed off some free pages from different sites that worked together to make packets for Bob Books. I borrowed the first book from the library and she seems to love it. She can actually read the first two books. She started by reading the fist two books. She then did some word paths that we got from 3dinosaurs.com. Following the word paths she found a word match from rockabyebutterfly.com that she worked on. She would find words that she knew and match those first then P and I would help her read the other words. I have all of these worksheets in sheet protectors and then put into a binder. This way she can use dry erase markers and reuse all of the worksheets. In math today D worked on some puzzles then counted the pictures on the puzzles with Easy Peasy Getting Ready 2 Days 34 & 39 math. In Easy Peasy Getting Ready 2 Days 35, 36, & 37 she watched videos that counted to 20. These lessons are so short and simple she just wants to keep doing them!
We finally got to M is for Mitten without the kids ignoring me and complaining. U is for Upper Peninsula so they traced their hand and turned it sideways and glued it on their paper above the Lower Peninsula that they had already done before. V is for Vernors! We talked about how Vernors came to be and i told them we had a dessert for them after dinner.
The kids then started playing some file folder activities. I have spring, Easter, and Earth Day sets easy to get to in the school room. They also have folder activities that are always in the school room like Float/sink, hot/cold, shapes, numbers, and alphabet. The kids can pull these out whenever they want and practice. After working on these for a little while the kids went off and started playing BeyBlade.
Then even though it was real windy and cold the kids went out to play. None of their friends could play so they just played together. P had a bright idea to make a pine needle salad, he must have seen it on a show or something. So I looked up to see if they were really edible to humans. Turns out they are a great source of Vitamin C and people make tea out of them. Now I know if I get stuck in the woods pine needles will help me out. He liked the flavor, but he made me try one and I didn't care for it much. I am not sure if D tried it or not.
After dinner we made Vernors floats (aka Boston Cooler). First I had the kids try straight Vernors, they liked it a little. It has been a very long time since I have had Vernors. D enjoyed her float but P didn't really care for it. We had some grape pop so I made P a Purple Cow (grape float), he liked this one better.
Take a step into the life of Auer (pronounced like our) homeschool. We are a family that likes to learn through life experiences, you can call us unschoolers. We would like to share our experiences so maybe we can make a difference in the lives of others.
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