Friday, November 3, 2017

Homeschool Highlights

Narrative Writing: We've started working on bigger writing pieces.  Our first type was narrative writing using an organizer.  It broke everything down into manageable steps.  I was so impressed with the outcome and the kids were so proud of themselves!  As a final touch, I had them each present their story to the family one night.  

Read Alouds: The kids and I still really enjoy read aloud time.  I read different chapter books to them and we wait until after school time to include Lilah.  I often introduce them to different styles of books and series.  It's increased the kids' reading because they will look for other books in that series or by that author at the library.  It also teaches great listening, comprehension, and vocabulary skills, as well as, helps them make connections.  I love our read aloud time and don't plan to give it up anytime soon!
Informative Writing: Our next type of writing we tackled was informative writing using an organizer.  Gavin picked pandas to write about and Macie picked dolphins.  They each checked a book out at the library and we followed the steps.  Once again, I was very impressed with the finished product.  They are also so proud of themselves and could't wait to share their writing with Daddy and Lilah at dinner!

Mystery Reader: Macie was able to be the "Mystery Reader" in Lilah's class this week.  She picked a book (Who Will Carve the Turkey this Thanksgiving?), practiced, and read it to the class.  We worked on projecting, expression, holding the book up so everyone could see, and slowing down.  I could tell she was nervous, but she did AWESOME!  Mrs. Weatherholt was so impressed by her and the kids were in awe.  Lilah was very excited to have her big sister as the special mystery reader.  It was such a great speaking experience for Macie with so many life skills built in and also a great memory with Lilah!  Who knows...maybe Gavin will be next!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dear Macie

Dear Macie,
Wow!  You are 9 years old.  This will be your last year ever in single digits.  I always get so emotional around your birthday.  I can't believe how much you are growing up!  You are maturing all of the time and can be such an amazing helper.  You are so good with little kids and they love you toting them around on your hip.  I remember when I used to do the same thing when I was your age.  You love art and creating and have made some beautiful masterpieces.  Our relationship is so much closer and I love spending time with you.  I'm glad that I get to be your teacher and spend my days with you.  You are becoming quite the chef.  It is so much fun to watch you grow, but you can slow down a little bit.  You will be taller than me before we know it!  I love you so much and you will always hold a special place in my heart for making me a mom.  Thank you for working so hard to be the best you that you can be!  I'm so proud of you.  I love you to the moon and back,


Happy Halloween!

Another Halloween has come and gone!  I loved the kids costumes this year and they cost me a total of $3 plus tax!  Macie was a chef, Gavin was Pickachu and Lilah was a fairy.  We spent two days trick or treating.  On Sunday, we went to Cecily's birthday party which was a costume party.  Then we went to see the Gaissers, Franks, Wolfs, Pap, Aunt Susie and Barbara, Aunt Allie, Wendy, and Grandma and Grandpa.  On actual Halloween, we went to Sturgis to see Grammie and Pops and do the church Trunk or Treat.  The kids were spoiled rotten and have two overflowing buckets of treats.  Thank you to everyone!  We are surely blessed!

Happy Birthday, Macie!

Macie turned 9 on Friday the is that even possible?  The last year of single digits...sigh.  She had an awesome day, month really!  For her birthday, we got her two art kits.  She was so excited and couldn't wait to start creating.  We are actually going to set up an art corner for her in the school room.
On her birthday, we went shopping to spend more birthday money, to lunch at GD Ritzy's, to Chuck E Cheese and to dinner at Boston's.  We ended the night with ice cream Sonic.  What a day!