Lately in Our Life ~ Homeschool, Gymnastics, Chickens

Lately in our Life Oct 2018

Homeschool Update

This year we have a 4th grader, 7th grader and 11th grader. It is a very different year for me as a teacher – for many reasons.

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First, the oldest kid is taking all but one class at the community college. He is dually enrolled through an awesome program in our state called Career and College Promise. He gets to take these classes for free. He is currently taking Sociology, Music Appreciation, Math {Pre Cal}, and English. The one subject he is doing at home is US History – we are using Notgrass.

It has been an adjustment, for sure, but the timing is right for him. It blows my mind how a 14 year old seems so young and a 16 year old seems so old, yet there’s only 2 years between. He is working at Chick-fil-A also, which is awesome, but he’s gone a lot. We LOVE that he gets to figure out the trials of a busy college-student life while still living with us. It’s not exactly how I envisioned his junior year, but it working out better than I planned!

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Our 7th grader is using almost all new curriculum making his year different for both of us. We stuck with Teaching Textbooks for math and IEW for writing but switched the rest to Lifepac. You can see details here in his 7th grade curriculum choices post. I love Lifepac for him, it’s a great fit. He is using Science and History/Geography – which are going great. We are also using Lifepac Language Arts, but I am not completely sold so far. It is just laid out so differently than what we have used {for grammar, spelling, reading comprehension, etc.} and I am not certain it jives with us. I am not giving up, but not sure about it.

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We switched up the routine for our daughter, which is working VERY well. Not huge curriculum changes for her, but some additions have really made our year more fun so far. See all of her 4th grade curriculum choices here.

Adding in art time together has been great. I haven’t been 100% consistent, but much better than ever before! The biggest change is her independent “homework” time. With a goal of teaching her to become more independent, I now teach her lessons, go over the work that needs to be done and then she actually completes the work on the following day during her morning independent “homework” time. This helps her retain information, since she isn’t completing the work from the lesson immediately afterward. It has been a great change, and also frees me up to focus on her brother more individually.

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Gymnastics

Our son is staying busier and busier with gymnastics. Most recently, he qualified for Future Stars Nationals! This is a big deal and something he missed by just a tiny bit last year when he had a wrist injury. This year he was well for the regional evaluation and he is thrilled. We will head to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in November where he will compete with boys from the entire nation.

Ky has a new Instagram account for which you are welcome to follow if you’d like to.

I also share much of his journey on my account using the hashtag: #krashthegymnast.

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Our daughter is beginning her competitive gymnastics journey in a much more laid-back style – which is awesome. She joined the AAU Bronze team and is loving it. She is currently learning her routines and will have her first competition in January. Follow her journey on my Instagram using the hashtag: #LFHgymnastics

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Chickens

We are blessed with MAY eggs daily thanks to our girls. They are a delight and we love having them. Now that they are bigger, it is more work for sure {keeping their coop and run clean} but it is still fun and we LOVE the eggs!

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Chickens for the Hinsons ~ Weeks 10-12

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Catching up on our chick adventures? You can see week 1 here and week 2 here, week 3 here, week 4/5 here, week 6 here, week 7 here and weeks 8/9 here.

We have 2 Rhode Island Reds, 3 Barred Rocks and 7 Black Sex Links {a hybrid of the Barred Rock & Rhode Island Red}. The Barred Rocks and Rhode Island Reds are 9/10/11 weeks old in these photos and the BSLs are 10/11/12 weeks old.

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The girls LOVE watermelon! We have really had fun bringing them a watermelon treat almost daily this summer!

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We have started letting them out to roam while we are able to supervise them. We have too many hawks and fox for them to free range as much as I would like. So we settle for supervised free ranging. We LOVE watching them explore!

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Our daughter continues to be the biggest fan of the chickens, especially her favorite – Freckles.

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Our dog, Baxter loves to visit the chickens too. He’s a bit too rambunctious to be able to play with them in the yard, but he visits them through the gate!

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Chickens 4 the Hinsons ~ Week 8/9

Chickens 4 the Hinsons Week 8 and 9

Catching up on our chick adventures? You can see week 1 here and week 2 here, week 3 here, week 4/5 here, week 6 here!  and week 7 here!

We have 2 Rhode Island Reds, 3 Barred Rocks and 7 Black Sex Links {a hybrid of the Barred Rock & Rhode Island Red}. The Barred Rocks and Rhode Island Reds are 7/8 weeks old in these photos and the BSLs are 8/9 weeks old.

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I absolutely love seeing the chickens rest outside in their run. Seeing them snuggle up together is my favorite!

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We spend a LOT of time with our chickens. My daughter continues to be their biggest fan.

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I heard that certain chickens would just hop right up and that has begun! I sat down one day and bam – two chickens up on me!

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Chickens 4 the Hinsons ~ Week 7

Chickens 4 the Hinsons Week 7

Catching up on our chick adventures? You can see week 1 here and week 2 here, week 3 here, week 4/5 here and week 6 here

We have 2 Rhode Island Reds, 3 Barred Rocks and 7 Black Sex Links {a hybrid of the Barred Rock & Rhode Island Red}. The Barred Rocks and Rhode Island Reds are 6 weeks old in these photos and the BSLs are 7 weeks old.

Watching these girls play in the run is one of our most favorite things to do! They are really funny!

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Watching them grow into lady birds is fun too, they seem to get bigger every day!

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We love loving on the girls, and a few of them seem to really like us too! 

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This is Mabel, one of our sweeties, she always come up to us when we come in and lets us hold her.

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She absolutely loves being surrounded by chickens!

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See the chickens here #chickens4thehinsons

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Chickens 4 the Hinsons ~ Week 6

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The girls have moved into the coop!

Catching up on our chick adventures? You can see week 1 here and week 2 here, week 3 here and week 4/5 here

The day the coop got finished enough for the girls to move out was a HAPPY day for all! It isn’t entirely done, we still have to build their nesting boxes and have a few more additions. But it is safe, warm and there’s plenty of room for them all!

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I must admit, I was a bit nervous the first few nights not having them in the safety of my garage. But it’s been over a week and all is well! We have done all we can afford to protect them!     

When we designed the run, we wanted it to be people-friendly so we could easily go in with them. We are not planning to free range at this point due to dangers in our area and also our own dog {the Dachshund} is the biggest threat to them. So we wanted a nice run area where we could hang out with them!

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My favorite part is begin able to see my girls enjoying their run. When we let them out in the morning, it’s a mad rush to the ground! They flap all around and go nuts, it’s hilarious!

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Coop Progress…   

The coop and run is currently still in progress but the safety features are complete. You can see the netting covering the entire run, which is to protect them from flying predators during the day. They are locked into the coop at night, which is hardwired and fully secure.

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We still have some work to do on the door and around the bottom edges of the fencing to protect them even more.

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Here’s a peek at the inside, which isn’t entirely done yet. Nesting boxes are coming!

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