Monday, November 26, 2012

Lazy Eye Therapy

We went for another check up for Little J's eyes. Unfortunately there wasn't much improvement this time. We have to start patching his eyes Mon - Friday for a minimum of two hours a day.

He is being a a real trooper about it (with a little bribery) every Wednesday if he wears his patch with no arguments for the week then I take him to choose a treat. This week he chose a $1.00 pair of binoculars from the dollar store!

We also have to continue our eye therapy exercises.   

Here is a picture of him completing a sheet where he has to match up the upper case and lower case letters.

He loves using his dry erase markers.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Boo's birthday is today and we started a new tradition of  NO-SCHOOL on birthdays. They are so excited.

Anyway I decided to let kids have the rest of the week off for Thanksgiving.

However I was trying to think of some things we could still learn and do. Then I checked my emails this morning and I found a blog post from one of my FAVORITE blogs.

Teach Beside Me

She has a post you can read here with some excellent Thanksgiving resources that I am planning to use this week.

Here are pictures of a previous trip we had to Plymouth quite a few years ago.

This is Jam and Boo on board the replica of the Mayflower.

Of course on our trip to Plymouth we had to play by the beach. The kids loved the sand dunes.

Happy Birthday!

Today is Boo's 10th Birthday. I can hardly believe it. She commented last night that she thought it was fun that the year she made double digits (10) her Great Nana B made triple digits (YEP 100)!!

I have to add a cute picture of her on her first birthday... She is still just as cute today. However she probably wouldn't like to pose around wooden numbers anymore.

This is Boo showing us a bird feeder she made just a few days ago.

She is quite the little lady if I do say so myself (of course I am VERY biased)

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

I have just spent the last couple of evenings reading The Old Schoolhouse Magazine - November Issue.

The The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is a free monthly publication written for Homeschool families.
I feel I am a novice when it comes to homeschooling. Jam had finished fourth grade and Boo second before we made the jump. So after only one and a half years I still love to glean information from others I consider 'experts' in my chosen field - to be a homeschooling parent.

When I clicked on the link for the magazine I was impressed to see a menu bar down the left hand side of my screen. It was an easy way to skim the titles of the articles and find those that caught my attention from the front cover.

There are so many excellent articles in the November issue that I can't comment on them all. However I will mention those that I found the most relevant to me.

Lately we have been working on adding more poetry to our day. Jam and Boo are both reading works of assigned poets and then once a week they copy out their favorite one in their poetry book. I was delighted to see a few articles related to the importance of poetry in education. The article Pursuing Poetry added an insight of a veteran home-school parent she has some excellent ideas of how we can give our youngest child a love of poetry.

I love the Amish - I always have. I have read so many novels I feel that I know a little about there way of life. It was interesting to read the 'A Day in the life of  a Young Amish Mother' article on page 114. I think we are all interested in how other people live, and how they do things.

I feel a lot of the articles in the magazine are written for the enrichment of parents. However some of the articles would be of interest to children. I know Boo is very interested in the Amish and would enjoy reading about their lives. There is also a very handy section on page 110 to help you use the information to complete mapping activities and handy questions for various ages. 

Another bonus that I found is that this magazine is available as an app that you can download on to your phone or ipad for Android and Apple. I did this straight away as I normally have more time to read when I am away from my computer! However like most my phone is ALWAYS with me. Here is the link I have already downloaded the app and I will be keeping

The only negative thing I have to say about the magazine is the number of advertisements. However saying that there is just as many advertisements in a magazine that you have to pay considering it's a free magazine I can live with them.

Remember the magazine and app are free, so go check them out.

Go check out the The Schoolhouse review crew to read more cool reviews. 

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Guy Fawkes - November 5th

When I look out of my window today it makes me remember all of the Guy Fawkes night I spent in England.
It's grey, rainy, and cold.

So while I am remembering all of those November's where I stood around a bonfire, straining to see the fireworks in the misty darkness here's a poem to help me... 

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
the Gunpowder Treason and Plot,

I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent to blow up King and Parliament.

Three score barrels were laid below to prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s mercy he was catch’d with a dark lantern and lighted match.

Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

Hip hip hoorah!

I am very proud to say that Jam and Boo recognized the story from our readings of 'Our Island Story'. 

We watched a very cool video about Guy Fawkes here it is an eight part series but very worth watching.  Jam loved it - spoiler - lots of explosions!

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