Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Take it away Tuesday

School went great!  My pc crashed.  Praying my dear husband can fix it. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday Madness

Today is Day 2 of school at Hill Learning Academy.  The troops were funny today with looks of oh yeah we can't just run and play today?

Our little people played Math games and worked on reading and writing this morning.  It's crazy how a couple of weeks of no school will ruin handwriting skills practiced daily.  This is the first time we have not done any writing during the summer and boy did I see some horrible examples of penmanship today.  Whew!  Anyway we got off to a late start (word to the wise.. start early!) and that seemed to throw our entire day off.  We spent a little while talking about cells today and explored quite a few websites on the subject.  Some of the kids favorites were:

They watched Magic School Bus goes Cellular

and found a cellular rap
I loved how they all were gathered around learning together, even the high-schooler.  Of course I don't have one picture to show for it though.  

little P and P had fun rolling down the hill while the older ones were having their piano lessons.  They forced me to take pictures so I might as well post them,  right?

The rest of the afternoon was a blur.  Full of running around like a chicken with my head cut off.  What's new?  Oh for dinner, we had jerk chicken and rice in recognition for our study on Jamaica.  They loved it!
Looking forward to what tomorrow brings... sort of

Sunday, September 9, 2012

First Day of School yay!

Yay!  It's the first day of school at the Hill Learning Academy.  Yes, it's Sunday.  We have figured out that we will have to do school on Sunday in order for our life to work.  Good thing is homeschooling makes that a possibility.  I am so happy that I am able to spend this time with my children.  A plus for us now is that Dad is home on Sunday and can add to our school activities on those days.  This is going to be an interesting year with the way we are doing our school schedule but, I think it will work out good since I now have to work a full day at WIC.

Like most homeschool parents know, this time of year brings with interesting thoughts like - what am I doing?  Why am I doing this?  Will I be able to do it another year?  Are my children learning what they should? blah blah blah blah!!!!

For me the answers don't come as quickly as they may for others but, they do come.  Obviously they must all be positive ones since I am sitting here blogging about Day one of our 2012-2013 school year.

The run down for grades for all of you people who keep up with that sort of thing is 10th, 6th, 3rd kind of, and 1st.

So day 1 was full of fun.  Of course we started it off at church.  Daddy had a council meeting so we stayed a little later and I hung out for some adult conversation.

Once home, we had some chili dogs and fries for lunch and headed out to the Northeast Mississippi Aviation show at the airport here in Tupelo, MS.  The kids loved it and were so excited to be able to see some of the very planes that they had touched and seen the insides of take off.  The only downside of the event was that our new puppy, Captain Dodger, decided that he no longer wanted to be a arm dog and wanted to be able to walk around.  He continued to yelp and yelp until we put him down.  He will be getting a leash tomorrow for sure.

Just figured out my phone has this solarrize setting on the camera because of how these pictures came out.  Not sure why I would need it but, it did make this picture come out pretty cool!

After we got home the boys finished some yard work with Dad and headed in for cool drinks and to get started with school.  I have to say this is going to take some getting used to -beginning school when the rest of the world is winding down.  It was a light day, getting notebooks together, preparing planners for the upcoming week's worth of work and discussing possible field trips this term.

Our nation of study is Jamaica.  We have a book about Jamaica that we began to read and discussed the climate, geography, and habitat for Jamaica.  We love you tube so of course we began to learn the Jamaican National Anthem from there.

After that we explored some of the animals that are found in Jamaica.  We learned about the hutia, Swallowtail butterfly, and the Streamertail hummingbird.  I was excited to find worksheets on the enchanted learning site regarding Swallowtail butterflies.  We will be working on those later this week.  While the younger children watched in fascination to videos about the natural shoreline of Jamaica with dad, our high schooler started on a math lesson and began researching for her first paper for the semester. I'm so glad she's a writer and she enjoys that part of school.   Our 6th grader was supposed to start his first lesson with teaching textbooks 6 but, there was some kind of hang-up with the set we bought second hand from a fellow homeschooler.  Dad seems to think it's an operating system thing so he got out of doing his lesson.  lucky him.  He was very excited to be sent to work independently on his busy work for his language arts though.  This week our high schooler is reading Jubilee by Margaret Walker and our younger kids are reading From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs.  Basil E. Frankweiler and enjoying it.  Until I post again... Toni

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sunday Moment

Today was an okay Sunday.  Lots of stormy weather tonight including a awesome lightening storm I got to drive in.  Yay!  What could have been better?  We missed church because I was working on homework last night and got up way too late!  We ended up at mama's house and then to KFC because they have a $6 buffet special down in Amory.  After eating we toured the Amory Museum because we hadn't been that way for a long time.  Followed the day up with a visit to see Jimmy's grandmother who we haven't been able to see since she got out of the hospital because we have all had the worst upper respiratory/cold/sinus infections.  (no one ever got a diagnosis. so I'm not sure what we had) Lots of Jewish Penicillin took care of it though.  Tomorrow is Labor Day and hopefully this storm will let up enough for us to have a good turn out for the Improving Birth National Rally right here in Tupelo.
 Until the next time, Toni


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