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August 1, 2012

Avery went to school today, and saw “reptile man.”  Here is his Freely. He also either does puzzles or colors with markers when he is waiting for me to come get him (while the other kids get ready for naps.) He has gotten more into showing me his pictures, so I scanned the one from today. I’ll scan them every once in a while and see how they change. Already it is a great improvement from a few months ago when he didn’t seem to know what to do with crayons or markers and would just bang them around or put them in his mouth.

This morning before school, Aaron and Avery were so cute together. Aaron was singing “Witch Doctor” and rocking and Avery crawled in the chair to join him, and brought two pairs of glasses, which they both put on.

For the big kids, I don’t know, I caught something at Oral Hull. Not a cold exactly, just constant coughing, tiredness, and something that feels a bit like a UTI. Maybe it is a mold allergy or something. But I have not been able to stay awake the past few days. Today I forced myself to do school, which we didn’t get all the way through. Then when I went to pick Avery up, I had to sit down in the lobby at Goddard and let him play with trains for a bit because I was so dizzy and tired. I took a three hour nap this afternoon and am still tired. I hope this resolves soon. I felt myself getting sick at Oral Hull, but just had to keep going, and then I crashed at home. Irritating. So for Big Kids:

  • Naim watched Lesson 8 of DER
  • Aaron did word bank and read Book 14 in Usborne “Knight Fight.”
  • Both did 2 pp. of their respective Syvan books.
  • Naim did Bonus book and reread story in HOP Lesson 15. -ill words.
  • Aaron did the DVD and read Lesson 1 in Level 2 of HOP. words that end in -ch or -tch.
  • We did Calvert Math Chapter 7.1, which is about graphing and probability. We were going to do 7.2 which was about collecting data and tally marks, but I could tell they weren’t getting it and I was losing the energy to teach them, so try again next time. Did finish the practice book, though.
  • Watched “Lewis and Clark” in BrainPop.
  • For the library summer reading program, Naim read two Bob Books, “Mac” and “Dot.” Aaron read a scholastic book “Apple Picking,” and a book my sister got them called “A Home for Brooks.” They have till Aug. 15 and have 8 more books to read, so we are in good shape there.

So we did not do sentence school, handwriting or any type of science or extra thing. But I was glad to get that done. Friday I have to go to the dentist, so we are going to have to do some stuff during Avery’s naps the next couple of days, I have missed too much the last two weeks.

We had a meeting about classes at Village Home for next year since I just got my financial aid award and registration starts next Tues. I think we have decided to go Tuesday all day, and after the first day where I will help them find classes, they will go on their own (I will drop off and pick up.) Then I can have some time to get Avery to speech and that kind of thing.

Naim has chosen:

  • Math Playground
  • Drama
  • Hip Hop/Jazz
  • Theater (I’m letting him do two drama classes because this one is through Bad Wolf Press and is really a sneaky academic program. Plays set to history, grammar, literature and science themes.)
  • Fun Sports

Aaron has chosen:

  • Engineering Exploration
  • Magic Treehouse (This will be his first class that requires homework. They have to read one MTH book a week at home.)
  • Junior Lego Building Club
  • Music and Me
  • Creepy, Crawly Bugs

Also, they both want to go back to OMSI labs once a month, which will be much easier now that we will not be going on Thursday. So OMSI will just be our field trip for those days and will end with the lab.  Before, I could not get from VH to OMSI fast enough and we were dead tired when we did make it.

So many good classes, such a hard choice. We will be losing Discoverers this year, and Aaron really wanted to do Messy Garage. I compromised with him (he wanted to go Wednesday and Naim and I wanted Tuesday) by saying that I would buy him a glue gun and he could do Messy Garage at home. When Avery is older and out of the Goddard ECSPED stage of things, I can give them a lot more freedom to pick and choose what they want, but now it is limited by scheduling. And will always be somewhat limited by money. With all these classes, it will be costing me about $360 per term with my financial aid award, which isn’t too bad. When Avery starts, we will loose Goddard expenses, but will gain expenses there. Still, by FAR and AWAY cheaper than private school.

Sunday Catch Down?

Is Catch Down the opposite of catch up? Since tomorrow is Halloween and we will be at the PCM for a party and trick or treating at night, I don’t expect to get much done. Then field trip day on Wednesday is going to be a scope out trip and picnic to Stubb Stewart State Park (unless the weather is awful) to see if hiking and cabin camping is a doable for us. Wednesday will be a recon mission as well as some outdoor time for the kids. We may do the Thames and Kosmos Nature box while there. So today was some schoolwork that we will miss Monday.

  • Word Time was WEAR and DECORATE which goes well with Halloween. Also discussed the difference between WEAR and WHERE.
  • Math was Lesson 131, making clocks and looking at the hour hand. Discussing AM/PM and what time what happens in our day.
  • Together Reading, we read “Cows in the Kitchen” and “Ice Cream from Cows to Kids”, reviewed CVC words with short a and short i using letter cards. Read Zig Pig and the Tan Van. (Naim didn’t read this, he needs to do this next time.)
  • Naim reading: Finished up all of the HOP ABC/Sounds workbooks (FINALLY!). We did about 10 pp. because I think we were both ready for that to end. The Sylvan workbook (K Reading Readiness)  he will start is perfect for him. He is SOOO Close to knowing all of his letters and sounds, One more round on the spiral should do it. He improved slowly but steadily. I can’t imagine the mess he would be in if he were pushed through in PS. We have been doing letter names/sounds now for going on three years. And HE IS LEARNING TO READ, if we do a slow, shallow spiral up. I do think the Sylvan book will be the last letter name/sounds workbook we do. It is his fourth book (or set of books) on the topic .
  • Aaron did Lesson 3 and the review in his Sylvan Workbook and read the Box 2, Number 3 Bob book review words and book “Pip and Pog.”
  • Both did Handwriting Review page. I shall quit procrastinating opening up the new Handwriting books and start on that next time. They are starting capital letter review at the beginning anyway.
Avery, pointed to the mirror while I was holding him and said “mama” twice. First time for that. He also seems to have his “bye bye” back that has been gone for months. He painted his pumpkin with finger paints that did not stick, but he didn’t seem to care and had fun anyway, next time I will let him paint with tempera paints, finger paints suck.

Then, of course, big kids wanted to paint their pumpkins.

And because Naim finished his HOP letter/sounds workbook (which I hadn’t expected him to do today.) he wanted to make a celebratory cake (hmmm…right before the Halloween Candy comes…) so we made an orange cake with black blood (cake batter mixed with cocoa and swirled in.) Which then had to be topped with, of course, funfetti!

It's blood and guts cake, can't you tell?




Wednesday Homeschool

While it’s fresh in my mind.


  • Read (attempt) “This is Not my Polar Bear” with Naim
  • Did apple poem on flannel board (taking apples off a tree and putting them in a basket, set to poem.) He did get the fact that you can stick shapes on and off the flannel board. Satisfied for first attempt.
  • He is working hard on the Lighthouse toy. Its his current thing.
  • Colored with crayons.
  • Went outside and helped add grass clippings to compost pile. Played in playhouse a bit.
A and N:
  • Played outside with bikes this am.
  • Word Time (YOUNG SENIOR)
  • Handwriting alphabet review page (wrote out alphabet), Both have trouble with B for some reason. Aaron’s is otherwise fine except for a backwards Z. Naim’s continues to be very shaky and uncontrolled.
  •  Read Mat Man on the Go, Made Mat Man figures on white board. This was my attempt to get them to do better on the “draw a picture of yourself” test, which they blew off when they had to do it at the end of the last handwriting book. They did much better today.
  • Math, Lesson 127 and 128 in Calvert. Months of year, days of week, seasons, today, tomorrow, yesterday. (Prep for clock lessons).
  • Together reading. Read “The Adventures of the Half-Chicken” and answered questions. Introduced Alphafriend Oo (Ozzie Octopus) and song with it. Reviewed CVC words with “i”. Read “TAN VAN” from Phonics Library (which dispite the name, was mostly short i words.)
  • Aaron did -ag word lessons in Sylvan (2 pp.) and read Bob Book #2 in second box, “Up, Pup.”
  • Naim (and Aaron) both watched Lesson 28 in ZigZat. Naim answered questions and did Lesson 28 workbook pages. Also did Ee pages in HOP Letters and Sounds workbook.
All went well. Talked a lot about how every word has vowels and what words would sound like with no vowels. Naim needs work on short i. He has short a CVC words fairly well. Tends to put in the short a for i in many words.

Aaron's Alphabet Practice Page

Naim's Alphabet Practice Page

Working on making detailed "mat people."

Aaron's Mat Person

Naim didn't wait for me to take a picture of his first one, this is his second. He tends to forget a body, but he didn't on the first.

Aaron's Tiger, I was requested to put this on the blog.