Friday, November 30, 2007

Check out what I have read

I don't have to time to mess with blogging and learn how these AWESOME bloggers get pictures of their books and put them in the sidebar!!

I just finished Twilight and loved it!! I am so upset that I am 38th in line for the next book "the New Moon" I didn't want it to end!!!!! I may just have to cut the grocery list and go buy it myself!!

I added just a few of the books I have read recently to the side bar under favorite authors.
I love to read and never have enough time.

Trina and I are reading "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes. She is a very reluctant reader, so that is one reason I reread with her. To get her excited about it. Of course I love to read anyways and love the books I try to get her to read.

We are off to the park and am trying to beat the rain.
Till later,
Laugh, love and hug each other!!
Love ya

Thursday, November 29, 2007

No time

Hi everyone,
I just haven't found the time to blog. Not much happening to blog about anyways.
School is going okay, we have a good day, then a bad day, etc.
Today is a bad day. I overslept and have felt horrible all day. Just no energy, low grade headache that won't go away. Just plain yucky :(

So because of me....not much is getting done. We are trying, but with the fights and yelling I am ready to give up!!!

I hope your day is going better than mine!! :)

Hoping to have a better day tomorrow!!!
Till then,
Grumpy Bunny

Monday, November 26, 2007

Spelling Lists

This is a great website for spelling lists. While I am not using it yet, I am going to as soon as I am done with the curriculum that I am using.

It goes by grades and looks good.

Our spelling is improving so much!!!

Here is what we are doing:

Each day he has a worksheet that came with the curriculum. So he does one each day.

Day 1

I go over the spelling hints with him. Then give him a pretest.

Then he writes the words on his spelling paper. He decorates it with stickers and uses this list all week long.

I then make a fun sheet with the alphabet on it and he must put the words into ABC order.

Do worksheet.

Day 2

I pick 5 words and we concentrate on these. Dylan has trouble with the vowels and phonics of words. I give him the vowel tiles and then I hand him the consonants tiles and have him spell the word. We then split the word into syllables.

He also makes up a wordfind with his words. He also has to write the words again so I know what words to find!

I make him a word find and he finds the words.

Do worksheet.

Day 3

We study the next 5 words. We again do the tiles for the 5 new words, and the 5 words we practiced yesterday.

Do worksheet.

Day 4

We study the next 5 words. Today we go over all 15 words. We play a spelling game. He uses the dictionary for my spelling words. (He sometimes doesn't pronounce them correctly and I spell the "wrong" word.)

Do worksheet.

Day 5

Spelling test with a bonus word usually from History.

He has been getting 100's!!! It sure does work.

I am going to try to upload some photos.

If anyone wants a copy of this stuff, send me your email and I will email them to you.

Of course, I ask him the words everyday. While in public, at home, on our walk. He gets mad at me for asking in public, but tough luck!!!

I also have a binder that has 3 sections: Rules, Trouble Words, and All about Words.

I have him write the rules down ex: short o is spelled with o dog, log,

long 0 an be spelled

o oa ow

ago coat low

Under trouble words, we write the words that he misses on his final spelling tests.

We go over the words once a week. I try for daily, but it never happens.

Under all about words, he writes about the grammar part of a adjective describes a noun.

Root words are.....etc.

I hope this can help someone else out.

New Look

My daughter is the one who told me about this great new look.
go to my space layouts. Click on the one you want.
Make sure you add html to your template and you get a new look.
I just don't like that I can't enlarge the text font size. I hate small fonts. It's cause I'm so old!!!
Have a great day!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Virtual School

I have had many people ask me about the Virtual School my daughter does.
If you live in Florida, the one we use is free. I don't know what it costs for out of state, but here is the website

You might try to google your state and Virtual School.

My daughter is a struggle with school work. I like the courses, she doesn't like the work load. I know that it is much more simpler than public school. I like that you are in contact with the teacher, and they are VERY helpful. I like being able to check her work, and work with her.
She hated Algebra on line, it was very hard to type up the equations and we spent more time looking for the keys to use than it took to do the work.
You do follow a pace and must do so many assignments per week. It works for us, but not for some.
I hope this helps everyone out!!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are enjoying our time with Mom and Dad. Mom is doing well and is very upbeat. My aunt put on a wonderful dinner and we are all tired and full.
School has been doing okay. I had to push Katrina, but she is almost finished with her 1st semester in Earth Space Science online course. She has one more assignment and then she is going to take the month of December off. She will start it up again January 7th. Her teacher is thrilled with her work.
We took most of the week off, just did little odds and ends.
I think Dave and I are going to brave doing some shopping tomorrow without the children. I need to Christmas shop with out them around!!!
I hope the holidays are wonderful for you all.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A Great Children's Online Dictionary

Today's Word with Joel and Victoria Osteen

You can sign up and get messages directly to your email. I find them greatly uplifting!!

I see they are coming to Orlando.....I might have to have my son miss Religious Education and have the family go. It does kinda bug me that I have to pay for the kids!!! Oh well, when money is tight you tend to be "cheap"!!! LOL!!!!


Fellow Bloggers

I want to know when you find the time to blog. I must be horrible at managing my time...because I have no time to blog!! Oh no, wait a minute, what's that I hear????
Oh it's my kids fighting, calling me, bugging the dog, not doing their school work, the phone is ringing, the wash is done, the dishwasher must be loaded, bed sheets changed, I must look up the Milky Way, Dylan needs the computer to do his Math Blaster Mastering the Basics, must print out SOTW test, must see if the library has all the books for the next two lessons in SOTW, Trina get doing your school work, Patches need to go out and do her business, what now!!! It's lunch time!!!
I swear that my kids are way tooooooooo needy!!! They need me for everything and even though I am trying to get them to be more independent...IT"S NOT WORKING!!!!

I hope everyone is doing fine.
I will try to blog more later.
P.S. Sign up for Scholastics letters from History which are from the Mayflower and the Tribe. They are great and the website to visit is good also.

Enjoy your fall's warm again in Florida. RATS!!!!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Calling my fellow blogger "Daisy"

Daisy, Daisy, Daisy,
I can't get to your blog!! It has this message:

Page Not FoundThe requested URL was not found on this server. Please visit the Blogger homepage or the Blogger Knowledge Base for further assistance.

How can I find you again????

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Discovery Landing

Yesterday when were eating lunch and we heard a huge "BOOM". I still jump everytime I hear it and think the worst. But yesterday, I knew it was the shuttle landing.
We have a friend who works at the NASA and he gets the most amazing photos.
Here are some awesome photos.

Where does time fly to?

Here is a picture of the pumpkin Dylan and his Dad carved. I thought it came out great. The only problem with living in Florida, the very next day the pumpkin had a ton of mold in it. YUCK!!!!!

Here Dylan is learning about fractions. We took a bag of M & M's and a worksheet that showed him how to make a fraction. He, of course, had fun with this!!

Here is my sweet, sweet daughter doing her work on her computer. She still hates History, but is doing her time!

I have tried to start teaching about artist, composers, etc. While I am not very good at it yet, I found some books I had on Vincent Van Gogh. I had a worksheet that had the artist do a picture like Van Gogh. First, you color with bright colors on a heavy piece of white cardstock. Then you take India Ink and cover the whole picture. Finally you take a sharp object, (they suggested a penny..didn't work) and scrap out a picture. I think Dylan did a great job!! Then I found some great notebook pages to go with artist and A&E had a show on Van Gogh!! I love it when it all falls into place. So tomorrow we will watch the show and fill out the notebook pages!!

Fridays is our lazy school day. It's always test day, then fun things. Here is Florida Wednesday is a half day for most kids, but we prefer Friday to take it easy.

I am going to try to finish up our little mini unit on Florida. I was "planning" to do a state a week, but it never goes as planned!! I purchase from Highlights the "Which Way" books. Dylan loves puzzles and is enjoying it. I then bought the state notebook pages from "Homeschool EStore" and we are using some of the sheets. I also downloaded from the US Mint, the booklets on each state. He colors the state quarter, and we do the fun activities with the booklet. I try to give him coloring pages to do when I have to help Trina. This way it is all in a folder for him, and he can color what he wants and it's okay not to finish it!! It seems to be working. (Knock on wood.)

I am also doing a Character Counts with the kids. Here is the web address:

I downloaded the quotes and have dry erase boards for each of the kids. We have a theme for a month. I put up a new quote (almost) every day. It is so funny how the quotes fit my children perfectly!!! They have a quote for Elementary School and High School. You can download a list of books that go with each theme. We read the books and discuss how it goes with the theme. I love it and feel it helps them also!! This month we have chosen "Responsibility". Today's quote for Katrina is " Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life." Unknown Dylan's quote is "There's only one way you can fail and that's to quit." Brian Hayes Dave even comes home from work and reads them!! Katrina, of course, will always say that she hates me. That's because it is describing her!!!!

Weather is finally cooler. I even put on the heat. Only because Katrina wouldn't leave me alone about it being so "cold". Me....I would prefer to just put on a sweatshirt and not have the heat on. But my kids are wimpy, wimpy, wimpy!!!

Mom starts her whole head radiation today. She is hanging in there tough!! She has whole head radiation for 4 weeks 5 days a week. They did tell her she would lose her hair, but she hasn't lost any throught this whole thing, I don't think she will!!

I just finished reading:

I loved the book. I am now adding her to my favorite author list.

Well, I must go and get the kids up.

Have a wonderful day.

Love ya and God Bless,