My 1st Homeschool Conference!!!

I went to my very first homeschool conference, SEARCH, yesterday and I loved it! It was so awesome to be surrounded by Christian homeschooling families and children. I felt right at home, it was wonderful. I was able to hear Todd Wilson and Ginger Plowman speak and both were inspiring, especially Todd, he is SO funny! I wish I had remembered to pick up Wise Words for Moms, I am going to have to order that. She used it in her presentation and it is a great reference tool for us Christian moms!

But I have to say the BEST part was this….

Our used book sale treasures!!!

In case you can’t tell all of the GOODIES in there, let me highlight a few of my favorites, with the links you will see them at full price and be amazed, as I only paid about $50 for everything in the picture! The books alone are worth way over $50 at retail price!! I had brought $100 to spend and got everything I wanted for $50 :) I am SO happy, can you tell?

I also picked up MANY great books for our ocean theme this summer, paying about 50 cents each for them!!! I also stocked up on many other books, mainly non-fiction animal books for P since he really enjoys them!

I did pay full price for a new book-Instructing a Child’s Heart, written by the author of my favorite parenting book-Shepherding a Child’s Heart. I already started reading it and love it!!! It was a great day, and a bonus-I got to spend it with a great friend and fellow homeschooling mom!

Summer Challenge…

This happened yesterday…

He is completing his lesson 80 (1/2 way done) assessments. That was our goal for this spring and now it is time for a break!!! Last summer we filled our summer with Lapbooking since it was brand new to us. This summer we will be completing a few lapbooks, all based around Sea World since we will be traveling to FL in September.
 
In addition to our summer lapbooking fun, I have created a Summer Challenge for P! The idea came to me while driving yesterday and I immediately got to work and implemented it today. I presented it to him today and he was thrilled.
 
Imagine how thrilled I was when I walked downstairs and saw this…He is busy drawing (with no prompting from me) :)
 

And here he is recording a book he read on his reading list…

I created a little station for him, so it’s easier for him to find the items he might need for his challenges (worksheets, drawing books, writing paper, etc.)We are recording his points in each category on a spreadsheet, and here is what has him motivated…the prize sheet! I am not into bribery but I do believe in working hard to earn something you’d like to have. Not all of the things are material, but some are. He gets to choose a prize from the list for each 25 points he earns.
Here’s how he earns his points (the sheet on the left):

Reading
For each book you read, you get 2 points.
You must write the name of the book on the form.

Worksheets
For each review worksheet you complete you will get 1 point

Writing
For each complete story you write (brainstorm, rough draft, final copy), you get 10 points.

Math
For each math review worksheet you do, you get 1 point (per side)

Magazine
For each Your Big Backyard article you READ, you get 1 point.
You must tell Mom what it was about, so I will know you actually read it.

Bible
For each Bible story on your Bible bookmarks (these are from his Bible lapbook) that you find and learn about (by reading and watching your DVD), you get 3 points.
You have to tell me about it to get your points and sticker.

Spanish
You need to study using your dvd and cd. (you can see the dvd and cd here)
Body Parts and other new categories-1 point for each word correct on a weekly test.
Colors, numbers-you get 1 point if you spell it correctly on the weekly test.

Lapbook Review
For each lapbook you review, the WHOLE thing, you get 1 point.
You must answer my questions to get your point!

Letter Writing
You get 2 points for every letter you write to family/friends in NC.

Chores
1 point every time you make your bed nicely.
2 points when you clean the playroom entirely by YOURSELF.
2 points when you clean up the backyard entirely by YOURSELF.

Drawing
For each drawing you complete from your drawing books (Draw Write Now, Book 1-8 (Draw Write Now)) you get 2 points.

Journaling
For each journal entry you complete, you get 1 point.

I will let you know how it goes! Today he has 7 points so far. He made his bed (beautifully), cleaned the backyard, read a book, and drew a picture). He has balanced that with much play, a bit of tv, computer, XBox, and outside time. The great news…I am getting started on MY summer challenge…the basement!!

World Map Puzzle

At a shopping trip to Lowe’s (of all places) my husband and I found this wonderful,World Map Foam Puzzle It is listed on Amazon for 29.99 but at Lowe’s it was only 19.99! I LOVE this puzzle, and had been looking for something like this for awhile, who knew I would find it at Lowe’s! It has the countries then listed again at the bottom. And from the picture you can see how big it is. This is wonderful and I just wanted to share in case anyone was looking for something like this and wouldn’t ever know to check Lowe’s! And, as you can see, P thinks it’s great!

Tot School

Tot School began this week with an idea I got from Valerie. I poked holes in a Cheerios box of all different sizes and gave him different types of pasta to push through the holes. He really got into it and it was fun to watch him!We got out the colored mats from our Candy Land DVD Game and used them for a variety of games with K to work on colors….
His favorite was playing “head, shoulders, knees and toes” with them…
And finally, we enjoyed the wonderful weather we had late in the week, in the morning the boys sat by the back door and drew what they saw…
This was not something planned, it just sort of happened, and I LOVED it!
Then we made it outside and had a blast “water painting”
K got a little wet, and then figured out that he was wet…
And spent the rest of the day playing like this…
It was a very spontaneous week, with lots of fun, not a lot of planning. I think the warm weather does that to us! I only hope this week will be as much fun!
If you’d like to see more Tot School posts, click here. And, be sure to check out the Tot School webpage for more ideas and links. And if you have a tot at home, join in the fun and share what you’re doing with your tot! Here’s how to get started if you’re new…

What are you doing for Tot School lately? Let’s define a “tot” as an 1-3 year old. I would say anything before a formal Pre-K curriculum. You know, the stuff we do with our little ones to provide opportunities to develop their love of learning and maybe teach them a few things. If you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to Mr Linky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email). Provide a link back somewhere in your post to this post so your readers can see other ideas too!

Tot School ~ Busy week!

It was a great week for tot school at our house! I am so excited about the many things K got to experience this week!

We began our week with Spinmaster Aquadoodle Draw N’ Doodle Mat, which I really thought K would love…Although, he was much more interested in sucking the water out of the pen.So, I got out his Melissa & Doug Pets Sound Puzzle, which he really liked a lot.And, then I caught him reading his current favorite book, Hermie: A Common Caterpillar (A Just Like Jesus Story).It was warm again so we went back outside this week and played with the sidewalk chalk, which he loves…
And, the next day we took out the Do-A-Dot Rainbow Art Set (Set of 6)! I was nervous about this one, but it went really well! K absolutely LOVED it! This is probably one of the best Tot School activities we have done! He was SO into it!He doesn’t really like getting messy but this didn’t seem to phase him, as he counted them!

This week K cooked again, this time helping Kirsten make his very favorite peanut butter balls! He did really well waiting to eat them!Then he finally just dove right in!And the finale of the week was a special art project…painting a birdhouse! I wasn’t so sure he would even be interested, but man he was! He did such a great job and I know it is a treasure I will keep for many years to come!

If you’d like to see more Tot School posts, click here. And, be sure to check out the Tot School webpage for more ideas and links. And if you have a tot at home, join in the fun and share what you’re doing with your tot! Here’s how to get started if you’re new…

What are you doing for Tot School lately? Let’s define a “tot” as an 1-3 year old. I would say anything before a formal Pre-K curriculum. You know, the stuff we do with our little ones to provide opportunities to develop their love of learning and maybe teach them a few things. If you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to Mr Linky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email). Provide a link back somewhere in your post to this post so your readers can see other ideas too!