Yesterday was J2’s first day of school.  I use Homeschool Tracker and have been totally prepared for weeks … lesson plans printed, schedule created and everything!  But there is nothing like actually doing the work to show you what you need to do!

We started with Bible – we are reading the Proverbs along with the Miller Family.   And, then Grammy came over and we did PE.  We stretched out and walked for about 35 minutes…well, J2 rollerbladed.  I admit – this is 80% for me (though J2 does have a bit of a belly – his brothers are slim to skinny) – but J2 seemed to really enjoy it!  Last night he asked me a few times “Is Grammy coming tomorrow?  Are we going to walk again?”  So, I’m thinking he enjoyed it!

When we got back – we took a bit of a break and then started re-reading our Pathway Readers.   I’m glad we are reviewing as J2 really struggled. 🙁  But what else is to be expected with taking such a long break?  This year we also bought the workbooks that he can do on his own – working on building independence and also giving him more practice with the words.  This time in the readers also showed me that jumping right into the spelling book I bought him was not going to work. So I put it aside and we’ll use the new words in his readers…or ones he struggles with.  I’m glad I haven’t sent our course of study into AVCS yet – I can change it!

The rest of our school work sent great!  Daily Grams 2-3Miquon Math and History (self-created) rounded out our morning.  Oh! And, computer time! 🙂  We found this great program online called Study Dog! Check it out!! All three of my boys enjoy it!

Oh yes – the other thing I realized is that we need handwriting practice again.  So I ordered some cheap D’Nealian workbooks that I love!

All in all – a great day!  He whizzed through his work and only got a bit frustrated at his reading skills.  I pray I can encourage him today!!  Off to get busy!

As seen on Sara’s Blog:

1) ONE HOMESCHOOLING BOOK YOU HAVE ENJOYED

Just one?? Currently it’s “Home Schooling Children with Special Needs: Turning Challenges into opportunities!” by Sharon C. Hensley, M.A.

2) ONE RESOURCE YOU WOULDN’T BE WITHOUT

My Computer! lol

3) ONE RESOURCE YOU WISH YOU HAD NEVER BOUGHT

Considering God’s Creation – a great science curriculum for some – just frustration for me!

4) ONE RESOURCE YOU ENJOYED LAST YEAR

We both enjoyed Saxon last year – taking a break this year – looking forward to it again next year.

5) ONE RESOURCE YOU WILL BE USING NEXT YEAR

Study Dog – it’s a downloadable program (free to lower income families) from the Literacy council (I can find the link if anyone wants it).

6) ONE RESOURCE YOU WOULD LIKE TO BUY

I’m pretty satisfied with our resources onhand. I just bought Handwriting materials though.

7) ONE RESOURCE YOU WISH EXISTED

A local Christian support group for homeschooling parents of special learners

8 ) ONE HOMESCHOOLING CATALOGUE YOU ENJOY READING

I get a lot of information (products, styles, etc) from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine – however, that is not a catalog. Favorite catalog would have to be Timberdoodle.

9) ONE HOMESCHOOLING WEBSITE YOU USE REGULARLY

http://www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com it’s pretty much the ONLY HSing website I use.

Appetizer
What color is your car?

White and white

Soup
If you could wake up tomorrow with full training in another occupation and a job in that field, what would it be?

You know…there are times when I wish I could be someone else…but I’m basically happy being wife, mommy, homeschool educator and working at home for TOS.

Salad
How many times in your life have you had the flu (or something similar)?

Almost every year.  I don’t have a very strong immune system.

Main Course
What is something that has happened to you this week that you didn’t expect?

DH bought me a new computer.  I sure wasn’t prepared for that!  I’ve been busy transferring documents and photos and trying to remember all my passwords. lol

Dessert
How old were you when you had your first kiss?

I was 5 – but that was the first non-family kiss I received.  The first one that I was ‘involved’ in was when I was 13.  Neither of us knew what we were doing, but he was the sweetest boy I’d even known.

Yesterday was the first day of school. Eric is teaching fourth grade again 😉 , J1 is in 5th grade and J3 is starting kindergarten. Here are our first day of school pics:

After taking pics, J3 waited outside with the neighborhood cat. He was so excited!

As soon as they left, J2 and I headed out for our traditional “not-back-to-school” breakfast. We will start school next Monday morning.

Here are pics from our vacation at the beach and my “birthday of significance” – significant not just due to the age (old!) but also to the fact that it was 20 years ago that Dh and I had our first date. Hope you enjoy the pics!

First day there we drove back inland to a small town called Tomales and we hit the general store for candy for the kids and the bakery for treats for the adults! And, then we sat down and snacked and people-watched.

J2, J3, J1 (with a humongous jawbreaker!lol) and Dh having a snack

Grammy snacking

J2 and J3 snacking

Back at the beach, J3 enjoyed the sand


Another favorite activity at the beach is watching the sunset

Here, my sister, Beth, and my brother, Brett, are watching it!

On my birthday there was good food – DH took me into Bodega Bay for breakfast at The Tides – yummy! And there were presents:

Amongst alot of great gifts, I got some fun purple slippers and some treasure chests

But the greatest gift was getting to spend time with family!!


We got J1 his first board. It’s a skim board and he’s really good! Sorry, didn’t get any action shots!