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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fun with paint

So today has been a super-duper lazy day for me and Little Bear. Just one of those days where we haven't wanted to do much of anything. Although I have learned that challenging a 3.5 year old to a dance contest is a big mistake...LOL.

Anyhow, this morning LB asked to paint. Sure...why not. And since it wasn't too hot yet, we took it outside. Pulled his little picnic table to the shade and went at it.



At first we started with simply a paint brush. Then I made him a potato stamp:



Then we got creative! We painted with flowers (ok, weeds but still), blades of grass, leaves and clovers (no 4 leaf ones).



We had a blast seeing what each thing was different then the next and how each object could be used to make a different pattern. We had a total blast!

Keep on learning!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Free Your Mind Monday

Every day I try to ask a question in the local homeschooling group I created. I decided that Mondays shall be "Free Your Mind Monday" and the questions are meant to get you thinking. Today's question is:

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

This is a very important question for me, as I haven't 'done' much. I'm the youngest of 4 kids, so we didn't really go on vacation. I'm very free spirited (I AM Sagittarius after all)...but I was raised a lot by my dad (my parents are still married, but my mom worked night shift just about my whole life- which is 4pm til midnight). I spent A LOT of time with my dad....a Capricorn all the way! So I have a lot of Capricorn traits- such as being VERY cautious. (My husband & son are also Capricorns!!) Anyhow, I have this thing I do where I talk myself out of anything BIG! Or anything that I'm afraid I'll fail at. Or really anything I'm not 100% sure about. And we all know it's not all about being sure, it's about taking risks.

I've gotten better since my son has been born. I want my little Goat to be cautious but free. To think things through, but not be "too" careful. I want him to live. And I know that the best way to teach that is to live that.

Our family motto (and I think every family should have one) is- Savor Every Adventure (and everything is an adventure!).

If something happened to me right now, I would have TALKED much more than done. I don't want that to be the case. I want to try new things. Go different places. I want to teach my son to live life to it's fullest. To enjoy the time we have, because we just never know.

In the end, I want to have DONE much more than I've talked (and I TALK a lot!!)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Not only kids learn (Just a blog about my life)

"They" say that you should never stop learning. I totally agree. That's why I'm considering taking a Hip Hop Dance class starting next week. I always wanted to take dance when I was younger, but it just never worked out. So the thought of taking one now, as an adult, I'm a little nervous. I love to dance, and it would be a great workout. And speaking of workouts, I've been working my butt off (I hope). My goal is 2 pounds a week with a total of 6 pounds for the month of July. I want to be down 20 more pounds by the New Year. That's my goal. That would put me oh, so close to my goal weight, which I want to be at BEFORE I go back to my RE (reproductive endocrinologist).

Some of you know that my beautiful son is an IVF miracle. We are thinking about trying to do another IVF cycle next year. 2 things really play into this...(1) I want to be at my goal weight. I wasn't when I went through it the first time, but I'm older now and REALLY want to be at goal. (2) Money. It all comes down to money. It's not a cheap thing. But that's next year.

With July being about half over (WOW) I'm really starting to think about our school year for the fall and spring. We are schooling over the summer, but Fall starts P4 and I really want to treat this like I am being help accountable. I have some fun things planned including lots of fun field trips.

Not much else at the moment.

Happy Learning!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Dance Class & Planning Sessions

So today, my Little Bear had his first dance class. It's a Pre-Dance class for kids 3 to 5 years, both boys and girls, which is beginning tap and ballet. He didn't seem to mind leaving me to go into the dance class, although he did say he cried once back, but it didn't last long once the fun began. The teacher said he did good, and he said that it was "ok"...LOL. Of course, I don't think they did much, just tired to get and keep the kids interested. I know that 3 of the 6 kids in his class were brand new to dance. He's signed up to go Tuesdays and Thursdays for the rest of July...their Summer Classes. After that, I'll let him decide if he wants to stick with dance or go back to gymnastics (which he's been in for about a year and a half). I'm not sure which he'll choose, but they are about the same price so either one will work, just so he has some interaction with other children and with other adults.

Right now, while I should be cleaning or something, I'm trying to work on my planner for this coming fall. I don't really have to keep notes or anything for homeschool right now, and I won't until my son is 6 (kindergarden here starts at 5 but my son misses the cut off day), but I want to go ahead and get in the habit, so I won't be totally loss when I need to keep records and such for the state.

Guess that's about it for the moment.

Happy Learning!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Reading, Writing & Video Games (week in review)

Whew, what a week. A niece and nephew from out of town were in town visiting family for a week, and wow, did they keep us busy! But we got a lot of learning done.

Including Little Bear learning to make S'mores. Yummy!!


We also practice writing a lot. I love his dry erase notebook. We get in a lot of time with those. He did A through Z (which is two pages)...here's a picture of him tracing the second half. Sorry about the flash, but its the best picture I've got.



I've also gotten into writing a short paragraph, only about 4 or 5 lines. And having him read it to me. The first time I did, out of 5 lines, he asked for help with 3 words! He knew all the rest. I think this will be a steady practice from now on.

Little Bear has played video games on and off for a while now. He spends most of him game play on the computer about twice a week, maybe 3 if he's been REALLY good. Video games come into play on weekends (Friday - Sunday) when his daddy and I are more able to play with him. He only plays the Wii right now, and we found the cutest little Wii controller for him!



And to tell you the truth, I like it a lot better to. Fits in my hand perfect, so we have been "fighting" over who's controller it is. LOL.

My niece spent a few nights with me and man did she ever teach Little Bear! She's amazing with him, and in just a few nights, he went from wild scribble when coloring (albeit, he would color different objects different colors, but it was still wild scribble) to this:

Which is LESS wild scribble...LOL...I think it's pretty good for a 3.5 year old.

Oh, and even though I prefer Crayola crayons (and I've always have), LB likes markers (for some odd reason). Well, this week I bought him Crayola Pip-squeaks and wow, can I see a different in his coloring! The above picture was colored with pip squeaks. They are a lot smaller than regular markers, about the size of a crayon. I highly recommend them if you're little one prefers markers.

Okay, I think that's all the high lights of our week. Now to start the new week, and hopefully keep everybody updated and little better!

Happy Learning!