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Friday, June 29, 2012

Woot! Curriculum is ordered!

That's right. I'm committed. I ordered Little Bears curriculum. I can't wait to get it in and look through it. We'll start in August...just not sure when. Public school starts on the 20th so we'll start sometime around then.

Today was an off day for us. Just goofed off most of the day. Now Little Bear and Papa Bear are out for some father/son time.

I have a few things planned for tomorrow that I think LB will like. Maybe we'll learn a thing or two as well.

Oh and I found this picture on FaceBook and I LOVE it. I think it's so true.

Have a great day people. And a happy weekend!

Happy Learning- Mama Bear

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fun Day

Today is just a fun day for us. And the fun has already started. First, we played a game that I found yesterday at junk store. It's called "Word Racer". Object of game is easy. Each player picks a race car. Then you take turns drawing a card. Each card has a simple sentence on it with a word missing. Layer has to pick the correct word from the two given. If player is right the move the number of spaces on back. You have to avoid oil slicks and track work which will send you back. And some spaces will make you lose a turn and some send you forward. It's a tad below Little Bears reading level, but it's working great as a review AND to get him reading out loud.

Next, I made him up a box last night. I filled it with some simple stamps and a few washable ink pads. He spent about 20 minutes stamping pictures for people. I also included letter stamps so he could do his name.

Now it on to cleaning....ok, so not ALL fun today but we are going swimming in just a bit AND he has Hip Hop dance class tonight. So all that IS fun.

Have a wonderful day and I hope that no matter what you and your children do today, that you both learn something new.

Napping learning-

Mama Bear


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Curriculum is being ordered!

Well, it'll be ordered on Friday. Hopefully I won't change my mind....yet again. I'm driving my hubby crazy. Lol.

Today was unexpectedly cool today. About 80-something with a breeze. We spent a lot of time outside. Did some water play. And Little Bear loved it. I have a few ideas for a few projects for the rest of the week. Hopefully we'll get to go swimming on Thursday.

Speaking on swimming- I'm hoping to it LB in swimming lessons in July. I think he'll have a lot of fun.

Anyhow- it was a great day.

Happy Learning!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Bath time + glow sticks = AWESOME

So we didn't do much today. A few worksheets, and Little Bear played some games on the computer. Me, I did laundry. Lol.

Little Bear DID get a surprise tonight for bath. I added some glow sticks to his bath tonight. He had a BLAST! He stayed in the bath for about 35 to 40 minutes! SCORE! Lol.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

What a day....

Who knew that picking a curriculum would be so hard....but I think we have chosen! I think. I might change my mind back tomorrow. And Hubby isn't much help. He agrees with everything I say. Lol. He just tells me that I'm the one at home with Little Bear. No help there. Oh well. I'm pretty sure we have it though.

Sticking with a teaching theme- I agreed to take over the 4/5 year old Sunday School class at my church. It's a small church, so not many kids but I'm still a little nervous. I enjoy teaching though and I was honored when they asked me to take over. And I already have BIG ideas. I can't wait to get the key next week and start rearranging MY classroom. I start teaching in two weeks. How exciting!!

It seems like I'm just not gonna get away from teaching.

Happy learning!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Planning the new year

Hubby and I are planning to start a formal curriculum with Little Bear this fall. He's more then ready. We plan on using SonLight. I'm really impressed with what I'm reading about it. Not to say we'll use it forever, but I think for the first year I feel more comfortable using something planned. Even though he's only 4.5 years old, he'll be starting kindergarten. In my state he doesn't have to start school until he's five which means if I "wanted" to put him in public school, he could only do pre-k and he's beyond that. So we thought upping him one year would be good to keep him interested. And he's already learning most of it anyhow.

I gave him a reading readiness assessment today to see what Language Arts to possible purchase for him, and he assessed on a SECOND GRADE reading level. My goodness! The boy does like to read. Which is good. Very good. I don't think I'll start him on a 2nd grade level though. I'm thinking 1st grade. This is one reason I like. SonLight is because children CAN work on their own level not their age level.

So I'm very excited! As soon as I hear back from SonLight with a few answers to my last few questions, we'll be ordering. I'm super excited about this up coming school year!!

Happy Learning!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Have a Water Gun Fight....check

Marked off the first thing on the Summer Bucket List today. We had a family water gun fight. And the best thing was that it was a complete surprise to Daddy. I think me and Little Bear won!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Trying to make normal

The biggest word in my house right now is normal. I'm not sure what it means, or how to get back there, but normal is where I'm shooting for. Since losing the baby I just feel- anything but normal. But I'm trying. Trying to make life normal again for my son. Who knew I was pregnant. He's a super smart boy who knew something was 'wrong' after 3 days of throwing up. Losing the baby was hard, trying to explain it to Little Bear was harder. But I think we are doing it. Getting back to normal that is. Yes- I'm still hurting but I know in my heart God has a plan. And even though I don't know what that is- I have Faith. I trust in Him. Not to give me what I want. But to be by my side.

So slowly, normal appears. Hubby went back to work yesterday. Laundry got washed. We played outside. Although pulling the covers over my head and ignoring the world. MY WORLD wakes me up at 7:30 to watch cartoons. MY WORLD wants to have a pillow fight. MY WORLD is only 4 and he wants (and NEEDS) his mama.

So yes, I'm hurting. Yes, I'm confused, and scared and even depressed. But denying my child here on earth my time and attention because I'm too focused on the one I've lost isn't fair to him. And I know that's not what God wants.

I have two angels in Heaven watching down over us. And I know one day we'll meet up in Heaven. But for now, I mourn silently when I'm by myself. I know that others mourn with us. I know that we have prayers being sent up for us. And I know my WORLD is in the next room waiting for mama to come play.

So onward to normal.....

Friday, June 15, 2012

So sad news

Heartbroken. That's about all I'm up to saying right now. I found out Wednesday that I lost the baby. Yesterday was my D&C. This was a huge shock since I was already 11 weeks along. My husband and I are heartbroken and very sad.

Please if you happen on this blog, keep my family in your prayers.

Thanks.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

2012 Summer Bucket List

I know that a lot of people are doing this this year. And I know they tend to have 40 to 100 items on them. I love the concept, but lets face it, that's a lot of stuff! So here's our Family Bucket List. I'm sure I'll add to it- but here goes.

(1) Participate in the Great America Backyard Campout (June 23)

(2) Have a family water gun fight

(3) Plant & Harvest our garden

(4) Watch fireworks

(5) Have a star gazing picnic

(6) Go to the beach

(7) Catch lighting bugs

(8) Volunteer as a family

(9) Make a fort & play board games

(10) Go camping at a state park.

(11) Go fishing

(12) Search my state for the BEST hamburger

(13) Go to the Train Museum

(14) Go hiking

(15) Make homemade ice cream

(16) Go canoeing

Monday, June 11, 2012

So it's been a while....

A long while. But I have been thinking hard about blogging again. So much is going on in my life right now.

Little Bear is growing up so fast. Everyday he amazes me more and more.

And I'm growing too. As a family, we have started going to church. We finally found one that felt right. I love the people there and I always feel better when I leave. I'm enjoying learning.

And God has truly blessed us. With a baby! I'm pregnant with our second and wow was that a HUGE surprise. But we are all super excited. Little Bear is excited about being a big brother and he's been asking a ton of questions.

As for homeschool- well, for the past 5 weeks or so, we haven't done much of anything. I've been so sick during this pregnancy I haven't done much other than lay about. But I started feeling somewhat better last week, so we have started doing a few worksheets (which yes, he's excited about). I'm hoping to start our Summer Bucket List soon. But that'll be talked about in other post.

I guess that's about it for now. Have a happy day!