Welcome to my blog! It's a place to write about my life. It includes everyday things, but mostly it's a place to share our homeschooling journey.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Pom poms and homemade tweezers

When I first set this up for Little Bear (who I guess is really Big Kid now) I though he was a bit too old. After all he IS 5.5 years. Lol. But he really seemed to enjoy himself. I had him do all kinds of things. Take Pom poms from a plate to a cup. From a cup to a plate on his head. Behind his back. Separate different color pompoms. All with homemade tweezers. Okok, two craft sticks glued to a clothes pin. It entertained him for sometime with and without me. So in my book it was a win win!


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Setting up the new schoolroom

After months of thinking what to do with our bonus room in the new house, I have decided to create a craft room (for me) combine with a schoolroom for the kids. So the idea has been planted so I've been skipping through the Internet and Pinterest searching for ways to organize and set up a multi-purpose room. 

And it was while going through one of many websites it dawned on me- Little Bear and Baby Bear are 5 YEARS APART!  Which doesn't freak me out except for homeschooling.  So while Little Bear is doing sit down work in between bouts of play, Baby Bear is just learning to play (she's only 2 months old). 

I have to set up a room to work as a craft room for me, a school room for a first grader AND create an area that will be fun and safe for Baby Bear.  Of course I'm still trying to settle into having a baby again. I'm trying to settle into the new house (been here 6 months now!). Trying to settle into homeschooling ago. 

So that's what is going on right now. Check back as I start to post pictures of the bonus room transfer. 

Happing learning

Mama Bear

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Thinking about next year

Wow!  Homeschooling with two ia a lot harder than I thought. Of course, Baby Bear is only 6 weeks old so we are still trying to work out our day to day life. Little Bear seems to be settling into being a big brother. Which is good. 

But we are thinking about what to do next year. I've been turned on to something called classicalConversations (http://www.classicalconversations.com/). It's an interesting thought. I like the idea of belonging to a group.

It's a bit of money. Less then doing Sonlight for a year. And about the same as public school. 

The campus will be close to where we live- so that's good. And we might make some friends. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Life throws a curve ball

Little Bear was 15 days early. Baby Bear is now 2 days late. Guess that guess to show ya that even in the womb kids have different personalities. I was sure I would never make it this far. Was sure she would be here at least by her due date. But alas- she's calling the shots. Little Bear keeps asking when when his sister is coming. Daddy Bear keeps talking to my belly telling her its time to come out. I just want to be able to bend over again. Lol.

But I have made somewhat good use of the time. I bought a large lot of used cloth diapers and spent about 1.5 days washing and stripping them. Now today I've got to figure out how to store them. Ummmmmmm......

Little Bear has also been sick, so I've been taking care of him. I'm so lucky that my mom is in from my home state to help out. Although she's got to head back soon. And I know my daddy is getting ready for her to be home. It sure does make it easier to grab a nap having Mama here. And even though I don't let her do a lot around the house, she has been helping with dishes and laundry. But mostly just keeping Little Bear entertained when I just can't keep going. And I know Daddy Bear feels better knowing I have someone with me since we are kinda far in the country and don't really know our neighbors yet.

Anyhow- that's today's post

Friday, April 19, 2013

National Infertility Awareness Week April 21-27 2013

Infertility is something very close to my heart. My husband and I were diagnosed with unexplained infertility when I was only 22 and he was 24. 8 long years we endured tests, shots and tons of heartbreak. Heartbreak from miscarriage, not being able to conceive, and from very rude people AND their very rude comments.

After 4 failed rounds of Clomid and then later 4 failed rounds of IUIs (3 with injectables), 2 years off to pay bills, relax and regroup, my husband and I went through IVF in 2007 and our son was born in 2008. We regret nothing! Even the rude people made us stronger.

Now Little Bear is 5 and we are due any day with our second (conceived naturally- which proves God works in odd ways). My husband and I are stronger people thanks to what we have gone through. We are closer to each other and to God. We both are quick to speak about the path we've walked. We both believe that we should teach people more about their bodies & how they work. We believe that rude people need to be educated (or slapped).

And we believe Awareness SHOULD be raised about this disease. Because THAT is what infertility is. A disease. And it's not your fault. It's not a punishment from God or any other higher being. It's a disease. It should be treated as such.

Please take time to join the movement. You don't have to wait until next week. Check out http://www.resolve.org/national-infertility-awareness-week/home-page.html for more information and how you can help.

Blessings!
Mama Bear

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Slow week but still

It's been a slow week. But we have still managed to get some school in. Yesterday we went to story time at the library. Little Bear got to see 4 of his friends there. In fact they were the only kids there so it was a room full of homeschoolers :) He seemed to enjoy it. Then we had a play date with two of the friends....that is until hunger won out (aka the boys started fighting). Then he had a ton of daddy time in the evening.

Today hours be slow. As this mama didn't sleep well. But we bought play money yesterday and Little Bear really enjoys playing store, so I'm thinking that's gonna be school today. That & taking back library books (to a different place than story time was). And he's got AWANA tonight.

Might try to throw in some writing and/or art today as well. Just not sure yet.

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Math, Math and more what to do next year

We did a lot of math today. Mainly cause its just one of those lazy days. Little Bear enjoyed a Measuring Scavenger Hunt. We also used Playdoh to make 2D and 3D shapes.

Ok, so that's pretty much been our day. Lots of math. Although I have been thinking about what we will be doing next year. I'm looking into Math U See for math. And using Sonlight for Science (since I already have it). So that leaves English (Writing, spelling, reading), History, Bible, and extra (such as art and PE).

The new baby will be 4 or 5 months old once we get back into daily school once we hit summer. Although we school through summer it's SUPER laid back.

That's it for the day.....

Mama Bear

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I love meeting people....

My mama is visiting with us until after our baby is born. So that we'll have some one here to watch Little Bear. 2 years ago we both started Weight Watchers and are both down about 40 pounds (Okok....I WAS down before getting pregnant). My mom is in maintain mode so she walks for her workout. So today we were heading down to a local little park for her to walk around the track (we have WAY too many dogs running around for her comfort to walk the block). At the very last minute I decided to go a little further to a different park with a better track AND a better playground for Little Bear.

And that's when it happened. I was talking to one mama there when another lady showed up with her two kids. The first mama left and me and the second started talking. Not to mention Little Bear and her oldest (also 5) were playing together. Turns out she's a homeschooling mama too! And we are due with 2 weeks of each other.

Little Bear was super happy cause even when Grandmama was done (with 3 miles!) he still got to play. Cause me and the other mama talked for over an hour.

It's nice to meet a mama who home schools and has kids the same age as Little Bear. I can't wait to set up another play date with her and her daughters.

We've been in our new home since January....it's really nice that we are starting to meet new people. It really made my day!

Happy Wednesday!

Mama Bear

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

iPad really??

We (my husband and I) both have iPads. We love them. I use mine for homeschool as well. But it really blows my mind that I can not have different logins to the same iPad. Ya know- the same iTunes account but different iPad accounts. So one login would be mine, the master. Where I can do everything! A one for my son where he could only get to his games and stay out of mine. And one for school. That would be sooooooo awesome. I have no idea why Apple doesn't do that. Except they want more money. Want be to buy more than one. Well, know what? I'm not buying a third anytime soon. But I AM thinking about getting a KindleFire with free time on it. Separate accounts and I can control what my kid has access too. (Plus he's a HUGE reader). So I'm thinking thats a win win for me.

So yes I love my iPad. But I really wish it was a little more family friendly.

If you have thoughts or ideas plus leave a comment.

Thanks - Mama Bear

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Not big on labels....

But my son is gifted. No I haven't had him tested for gifted ness, but I know it's there. At 2, when he went in for his speech testing, he tested at a 5 year old understanding. He taught himself to read between 18 months and 2 years old. It's there.

I don't use the word much, I prefer "accelerated learner" at this point to explain why he's a little different to people. And yes, they do notice. Within the first meeting most of the time.

It's a challenge too. He's so far above his 5 years in so many thing people forget that is IS just 5. Yes he reads. Yes he writes. Yes he does math. But know what? He can throw a fit with the best 5 year olds around. And his body moves as fast (and as much) as his mind. Both ALWAYS in motion.

People tend to think parenting an accelerated learner is easy. But I'm here to say NOT! I'm STILL dealing with a 5 year old boy....just one that is smarter then his mama most of the time. One who can argue with logic using all the things he reads and NEVER forgets.

Yeah, he's gifted. Yes, he's a gift. Yes, he's the Energizer Bunny somebody rewired to NEVER EVER STOP! Lol

"Nothing is as unequal as equal treatment of unequal people." - Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Do boys ever run down?

I know it personality. I know that it's the age. I know a lot of things, but what I don't know is do 5 year old boys ever run out of energy? My days are a blur of running, jumping, cartwheels, handstands and forward rolls. Bouncing on his trampoline. Riding his bike. Running after one dog while apt he other dog chases him. And don't forget the dance parties. Is there a way to bottle this energy? Can I store in for days when I don't feel like keeping up? One day I'm sure ill have to yell at him to get up and do something. But for now I totally agree with the saying

"Mamas of little boys work from Son up to Son down!"

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

School slowdown

School days are moving a little (ok a lot) more slowly these days. Between getting settled in at our new house (in a whole new state!) I'm nearing the end of my pregnancy (37 weeks today!) I just don't have the energy to do much. So Little Bear has been really directing what he wants to learn. We've been doing a lot of math. I bought the full version of Splash Math 1st Grade (http://studypadinc.com/) for the iPad a month or so ago. According to their chart my 5 year old is doing work that a 1st grader would be doing half way through their year. But he REALLY loves math. I've been impressed with Splash Math so far. I gives me a good view of his strengths and weaknesses. So we can work on them in school.

He's also been wanting to do extra Bible study. We even bought him his first Bible for Easter (his first real Bible and not a story book one). It's called The Hands on Bible http://www.newlivingtranslation.com/05discoverthenlt/hands_on_bible.asp) and so far he LOVES it. It has a ton of actives for us to do. Plus he just started going to AWANA so he's learning a lot of things from all different directions.

We've been working on his handwriting some. He's an awesome reader and a great speller, but his handwriting is lacking. But then, he IS only 5.

I'm looking at working more science into our school day but I think that's gonna have to wait until after we all get settled with the new baby. Although I have a feeling he'll be learning a lot of health facts in the coming months. Lol.

He's also trying to improve his chess game. He's getting pretty good at it. And he's back in gymnastics. He's come such a long way on just the few months he's been at his new school.

Hoping to remember to write here more often. Maybe I can even get somebody to read my blog from time to time. :)

Happy Spring everybody!

Mama Bear

Friday, January 25, 2013

Totally let this drop

It's been forever since I've posted. But that's the way with life. Best laid plans and all of that...

We have recently moved, so that's taking up a lot of time for us. Boxes are EVERYWHERE! But I'm hoping to really get back to things soon. Right now schooling is bare. Math, Bible study and play. But at least we are doing something right?

Our Learning Room (that's what we are calling the new play/school room) is very messy. Boxes. Boxes. Boxes. But since we've only been in the new house 2 weeks, I'm not too worried.

I'll try to remember to post pictures of the progress. Plus get back to blogging our school. Although I'm thinking about moving it all to FaceBook. But I'm not sure yet.

Anyhow- happy learning!