August 22, 2016

Curriculum Picks for our 2016-2017 School Year

I actually had all of our curriculum picks for this year chosen early in the Summer, so I've felt prepared for quite some time! This will be my first year to officially have two students, since Dede is starting Kindergarten, and Mollie is in 2nd. I'm very excited about what this year will bring!

The girls will be doing history/literature/geography/Bible/and science together using Sonlight: Core A. Sonlight is a literature based program, so we have a HUGE box of books ready to dig into. I think the girls will be excited to be doing a "real" science program with experiments this year :) It helps that all of the materials came with the curriculum, so there will be no running to the store to get things we don't have.

Mollie will be using Sonlight's 2nd grade reading and language arts curriculum, Teaching Textbooks 3 for math (a computer based math curriculum. Mollie's done all of the sample lessons available on the websites and loves it!), and Handwriting Without Tears 2 (I'm predicting she will want to rush through this so that she can move onto cursive!).

Dede will be using Saxon Math K, and a combo of Bob Books and Hooked on Phonics K once she has her letter sounds totally down. I'm planning on checking out new alphabet books from the library every week, and using the LeapFrog Letter Factory dvd to help her with this. Lincoln has a lot of interest in letters, so I can see him picking up some of what Dede is learning!

We'll be participating in our library's homeschool group again, where we'll continue to work through Road Trip USA. 

Both girls will be taking classes at our co-op. Mollie will be taking musical theatre/dance, scouting club, and Lego club, and Dede will be in Jazz (dance).

So many exciting things to look forward to!

A Wrap-up of Our Homeschool Year: 2015-2016

With the new school year about to begin, I thought I'd do a recap of our 2015-2016 homeschool year. Here is a bullet list of some of the things we did:

- We used Five In A Row to learn about different cultures and time periods using unit studies based on classic children's books.

- We learned memory verses, and Dede started learning her letters using Raising Rockstars preschool curriculum.

- Mollie finished the 1st and 2nd grade Hooked on Phonics curriculum, and became very fluent in reading. She also finished Singapore math's 1st grade curriculum, and Handwriting Without Tears 1st grade workbook.

- We participated in a weekly homeschool group at our library, where we learned about the United States. Mollie got to organize a presentation and present to our group about Massachusetts in the Fall, and West Virginia in the Spring.


- The girls took classes at our homeschool co-op. Mollie took Jazz, Ballet, Guitar Lessons, and American Girl History/Literature (her favorite!).

- We did a unit study on poetry during national poetry month, and Mollie won our library's poetry contest for her age group!

- The girls both learned to sew and are now capable of using my sewing machine independently! They've made countless creations of their own, and a few projects I've lead them in.

Everything is all planned and ready for another year together! I'll share what we'll be using this year soon :)

March 29, 2016

Our Easter

We had a wonderful Easter, despite Stu being away again this year. I snapped a few pictures of Evie in her Easter outfit and Easter basket goodies before church.

I had so much fun planning and sewing Evie's Easter dress. I used the Clara dress and bloomer pattern from one of my favorite pattern companies, Violette Field Threads. I got her beautiful headband from this Etsy shop.

Evie's shoes were made with this free pattern from The Cottage Mama.

After church we headed to my parents' house for our usual Sunday lunch together. Since we had our egg hunt and Easter celebration the day before, our actual Easter was more laid back.

I love how Lincoln's outfit turned out. In keeping with tradition, I used a vintage pattern for part of his outfit. This year it was this adorable blazer. I used a Butterick pattern from 1958 that I bought on Etsy. It wasn't for the faint of heart, but I love the outcome and am glad I pushed through the confusion :D The bowtie and suspenders he's wearing are from my Etsy shop. The rest of his outfit is store bought.

I used Violette Field Threads patterns for both of the girls' dresses as well. Dede is wearing Cosette, and Mollie's wearing Genevieve.

Dede's flower headband is from the same shop as Evie's. Mollie got a new headband too, but she exchanged it for a dried flower she took off of a tree :D

Lincoln was not feeling the picture-taking I had planned. Oh well, I still love these images.

So serious..

I don't know how I managed to get him to look into the camera for this one.

I attempted to get a picture with me and the kids :)

When we got home, I got managed to snap a few of the kids all together. It was a great day.

Peter Rabbit Easter Party

We recently settled into a new house and I had been wanting to have all of my family over to visit. I thought Easter would be the perfect opportunity, so I planned a spring lunch around the Peter Rabbit theme. The main course was Lemony Chicken and Spring Veggie Soup, but I never managed to get a picture of it. I was happy to find a recipe that my sister-in-law could eat on the cancer fighting diet she follows. We also had lots of fresh veggies, bunny shaped rolls, dirt cups with chocolate dipped "carrots", and Oreo truffle "cabbages". It was a lot of fun to put together!



I found the adorable Peter Rabbit plates here on Etsy, and the beautiful quilted place mats at my sister-in-law Jazmin's Etsy shop.


After lunch we had an egg hunt in the yard. Here are Dede and Shannon peeking at my dad and brother hiding the eggs.

All of the kids' baskets were made by Jazmin.

Cualli sat down here to check out her eggs and one my one the other kids joined her.