Archives for 2008


It happens often, little moments when I just sit back and smile, thanking God for the opportunity to homeschool. I thank Him for guiding me on this path, as it is one I never even saw myself on just a few years ago. One of those moments occurred today…

There’s nothing like reading a story about a cat, to YOUR cat!

In the Works ~ Penguin Lapbook

We are REALLY enjoying our penguin lapbook, he’s falling in love with penguins about as much as he did with pandas! Today he worked on his drawing form his Draw Write Now, Book 4: The Polar Regions, Arctic, Antarctic (Draw-Write-Now).

We also read the book, Penguins!, and I had him waddle like an Emporer penguin with an egg. He learned very quickly how hard this is!

It’s Here, It’s Here!

For those of you who don’t know, we use Calvert as our grade level curriculum. We use them because we get all of the materials for free since we are with a public cyber charter school. I really like Calvert so far, we used PreK and K with them too and our 1st grade box arrived today! P has been SOOOOO motivated to get this box and begin 1st grade. I love that about homeschool…moving at your child’s pace. If he were in “going school” (as he calls it) he would be in K through the end of this school year. Being at home allows him to move at HIS pace. We unloaded the box this morning and both of us got all excited with what was inside.Then I began browsing through the lesson manual and realized quickly that we’re going to have to buckle down, it’s much different than K! We’re ready for it though, and very excited. Now my goal is to go through the entire Science, and Social Studies books and figure out where our lapbooks are going to fit!!! My planning hours are going to get much longer I can see!

Ordinal Numbers

We are very math-heavy around here lately! Along with money, we’ve been learning ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd…). P loved our game of, “on the bus.” Here he is lining his friends up…
Then we took turns selecting who could get on the bus, practicing our ordinal words. We quizzed each other too…”What place is the kitty?” “Who is 5th in line?” etc.

Money ~ Lapbook

We finished our money lapbook today! Tonight for homework, P will be reviewing it all with Daddy, it will be great practice to reinforce the skills we learned! Here are photos of the completed lapbook…Here he is doing the coin spelling…
Here’s what we did for the inside of the “Give, Save, Spend” triangle fold…I had him tell me about each topic and I recorded what he said. On the back I had him dictate a story to me and illustrate it. I only told him that his story had to include money somehow. He’s quite the creative story writer, always bringing me a good giggle :). This one was no exception! Here is the link to the pdf’s I created.
Here is the link to the “Play Store” cards.

Edited to add… P’s story,
“The Boy That Had No Bibles”
Once there was a little boy and he didn’t have any Bibles so he asked his mom if he could go to the store and buy a Bible. His family said yes so he took some money out of his bank and he just bought a bible. He put it up on the checking counter and they said you may have to come back here because you don’t have enough to buy this. So he went home and he got some more money, and he went off with 25 dollars and he could hardly stand it. He just walked and walked to the store. When he got there the man said, “Oh I’m sorry I just sold the last bible but I did save something for you.” He pulled something out of a little bin , he said, “Here you go it’s your own bible!” The little boy said, “Hey you teased me, how can that be?” But he said, “Well, that isn’t a problem.” The boy said, “Well, I see a page, what story is this?” And he said, “I could tell you that story. It is the story about Adam and Eve.” He told him the story and he walked away to home. His family read his Bible to him all day.

**Can you tell he is a missionary kid? 🙂