2012-13 Homeschool Plans

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Family, Homeschool | Posted on 25-09-2012

Due to the addition to our family we are getting a late start on school this year. My plan is to start next week, and we’re going to begin slowly. Math and grammar will be our initial focus for the oldest child (second grade), and then we’ll slowly add in other subjects as I feel we can handle them.

Second Grader

We are still using Saxon Math 2, and are on Lesson 61. There are 132 lessons in the book so that means that we have 71 lessons left which is a little over 14 weeks of lessons. That will take us to around the end of January. Then we will start Saxon 3.

For grammar we are using Shurley English level 1, and we’ll be starting back-up with chapter 12 lesson 1. There are 28 chapters, each with 5 lessons. So with 16 chapters left that will take us to the beginning of February, and then we will start Shurley level 2.

Our bible studies will include all 5 children. We will be using the Veritas bible cards for Genesis through Joshua; The Westminster Shorter Catechism Songs (some of the children will still be working on the Children’s Catechism); Greenleaf Guide to OT History; Journey Through the Bible; & the Student Bible Atlas.

We will be using the Veritas Press Old Testament and Ancient Egypt History Series at home for History. This will include the flashcards and all that comes with them, The Ancient Egyptians, A Child’s History of the World, & The Kingfisher Atlas of the Ancient World. I’m not very familiar with this series but I understand that the bible flash cards go along with the history flash cards to teach the children (& myself) the chronological order of biblical & historical events. I will have all of the children participate in this as well.

For Latin we will be continuing in the Song School Latin book and adding in Prima Latina.

Literature will include all of the second level 2 & 3 books out of the Veritas catalogue. Some of them will be read by my son, & some I will use for our read aloud time. We’re going to start out with the Adventures of the Northwoods Series. I’m hoping that most of these books will be available at our local library.

We will be using Excellence in Spelling: The Phonetic Zoo for Linguistics. The price tag is kind of steep on this so I’m hoping that it’s worth it.

If the children are interested in Art we do own the Drawing with Children book. For Music I will try to keep a steady stream of classical music CDs from the library in the house to expose the children to the classical composers. I might also get a few books from the library about various composers. We are also considering teaching our kindergartener piano. I have some piano knowledge but I would like to find someone to teach her.

Kindergartener

We own the Rod & Staff kindergarten workbooks so she will continue with those. We’ll also be working on her alphabet recognition, maybe some phonics, and some memorization (scripture, catechism, poems, etc.).

Preschooler

We also own the Rod & Staff 3-4 year old preschool workbooks so the preschooler will be working on those. I think that he’s also ready for alphabet recognition, phonics, and memorization as well. We are thinking about schooling the “kindergartener” and “preschooler” together.  I’ll assess how things go over the next few months before making that determination.

Toddler & Baby

These guys will just be present for some of the lessons & will pick up on things that are interesting to them. I plan on doing lots of read alouds (we’ll be making frequent trips to the library) and we have plenty of educational toys around for them to occupy themselves.

I would like to work on basic skills with all of the children. Things like laundry and cooking skills.

Our diet changes

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Family, Food | Posted on 21-05-2012

I decided that on May 8 we would transition to a Paleo diet cold turkey. It went okay for about a week, and then we started going downhill. We are still eating fairly well, but we’ve cheated several times. I think that for us it will be easier to make the change slowly. For now I’m going to concentrate on cutting out the gluten. We will still have plenty to choose from, although I won’t be buying any of those gluten-free  baking mixes or treats. I will still try to make treats from scratch. So that’s the plan for now. I figure that by getting all stressed out about our diet I’m doing myself more harm than good. I’m responsible for feeding 6 people and I need to take their needs and wants into consideration when I make these huge changes to our diet. I’m still reading a lot of paleo blogs and books,  just trying to understand more about the diet and keep myself motivated. Now, if I can just find an exercise plan that would work for me…

Spring Days

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Chickens, Family, Farming, Garden, Spring | Posted on 15-05-2012

We have stayed pretty busy around here. There were some trips that happened. Most notably we enjoyed a weekend at Patoka Lake to celebrate Alex’s birthday with some of the family. We stayed in a cozy little cabin for 2 nights,  rode a train on the scenic railway in French Lick, and went for a tour of Marengo Cave. The kids got to enjoy some quality time with their cousins, and everyone had fun!

The chickens are growing like weeds. It’s amazing how quickly they change. I keep trying to discern who’s a rooster and who’s a hen. I’ve determined that we have at least 1 rooster (out of 50). Unfortunately we’ve lost a few older chickens to the neighborhood fox. The chickens will fly over the fence very early in the morning, when the sun is still rising, and the little vixen will grab them. It’s been frustrating to keep finding random piles of feathers. When we catch her out in the yard we quickly run out there to chase her off.

We finally got our garden started over the weekend. Twenty-three tomato plants. That’s quite a few for a family that doesn’t much care for tomatoes. Lord willing, there will be lots of sauces and salsas. Around 10 pepper plants of various varieties, 4 yellow squash plants,  4 melon plants, 2 rows of sweet corn, and 1 row of popcorn. I still want to get in green beans, cucumbers, and more melons. I have so many seeds to plant , but I’ve reached the point in my pregnancy when I do have some limitations, mostly exhaustion, and I know it will only get worse in the upcoming months. Andy has actually done most of the work, and I’m so grateful for that!

That’s about it. On Thurs. I will post a pregnancy update, and I plan on posting an update on our switch to a lacto-paleo diet in the upcoming week. Hopefully I will also get better at photographing happenings around here and getting those posted on the blog. Lots of goals as I figure out how to juggle everything, and learn how to use WordPress.

21 Weeks

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Baby, Family | Posted on 19-04-2012

Wow! Is that correct?? It’s hard to believe that I’m already over halfway there. Or if this pregnancy goes like my others I’m probably not even halfway (sigh).

I’m feeling pretty great. I think that my diet change has helped with fatigue. I’m trying to take my daily supplements, eat healthy, and get around 7-8 hours of sleep per night. I do still get a little exhausted, but that’s to be expected with 4 little ones running around. I’ve still been doing a lot of research on the Paleo diet and pregnancy. There’s not a whole lot of information out there, but what I’ve found makes it sound safe. Robb Wolf (The Paleo Solution) recommends adding in extra carbs and fat during pregnancy. So I haven’t been stressing about eating extra fruit.

My exercise has definitely been lacking. I’m hoping to get back on track with walking and squats this week (along with the dreaded Kegel’s, I don’t know why I hat those things so much!). The lack of exercise might be why I’ve already gained 16 pounds. Ugh. Oh well, I tend to really pack on the weight but luckily it comes off fairly easily after the birth.

Baby’s really starting to move around a lot now too. I think that has to be the most exciting sensation ever… feeling life inside of you. I had my drink glass resting on my tummy this morning & got a kick hard enough to move the glass. Wow!

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Saturday Pictures

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Chickens, Family, Farming | Posted on 14-04-2012

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Egg Laying

 

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5-week old chicks

 

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Rock Wall climbing

 

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It’s been awhile

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Family | Posted on 26-07-2011

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 2 months since I posted. A lot has happened in those 2 months… Some good, some not so good. Lord willing I intend to make a real effort at this blogging thing this time around. Stay tuned for updates on our family, our farm, & the changes that we’ve gone through. Come back tomorrow for a pig update!

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Sunflower in our garden.

Taking Our Christmas Card Photo

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Posted by Andrew J. Moad | Posted in Family | Posted on 22-11-2009

We cannot wait to get into our house