Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday

As I look out my window.....
I see the rustle of leaves as the wind blows gently. More and more leaves have tints of red, orange, and yellow. They look like they have been dipped into paint. Fall is definitely coming. A few of the trees are almost bare.

Right now I am....
Drinking coffee and collecting the supplies needed for another day of co-op. The kids are excited to see their friends again on a weekly basis. I'm sure in a few weeks they will be back to begging to sleep in.

Thinking and Pondering.....
I'm trying to imagine what it's like to have to say goodbye to your precious child. Right now, a wonderful lady is having to do just that. After being blessed with her beautiful daughter for 22 years, she is slowly having to say goodbye. I see so much strength in her and yet I know she is struggling. How do you say goodbye? How do just sit back and watch? How do you stay behind? My heart breaks for Mary as she has to carry this cross. Mary has shared her journey with her daughter and so many of us have been blessed by knowing Miss Courtney. Please say a prayer for Mary and her family as they travel this difficult road.

Listening to...
Gregorian Hymns from our Chant Kit Cd. I find the chants so peaceful and calming. We are also listening to classical music from the renaissance time period.

What I am Reading...
I am finishing up the book about Saint Rita of Cascia. I am now reading Trim Healthy Mama.

What's on the dinner menu...
Sunday~ Chicken Wings 
Monday~ Shredded Crock Pot Chicken and Salad
Tuesday~ Stuffed Peppers with Turkey Burger & Black Beans
Wednesday~Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops and Green Beans
Thursday~ Honey Mustard Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, and Peas
Friday~ Gluten Free Pizza
Saturday~ Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

What I am creating this week....
I'm not quite sure. I would like to get a few new skirts sewn for Princess P. Some of her skirts are a little too short now. I have to get a new iron before I can start sewing again. My iron just died while I was ironing a shirt. So I am now looking for a new one..hopefully a better one than I had. It didn't even last a year!

What I am praying for....
Mary and her family. 


Friday, October 3, 2014

Our State Study Scrapbook~ New Hampshire

Welcome to New Hampshire!

New Hampshire is a small state located in the northeast United States.
It's nickname is the "Granite State" because of all the granite formations and quarries.

I realized when we started New Hampshre that I really didn't know too much about this state. The only thing I really knew was that it was small and north of New York. I have never been there.
So we headed off to the library for some books.


We read the various books, filled in our notebooking pages, and got to work on our scrapbooks!

Some of the pages we used...

State Bird Coloring Page

Old Man in the Mountain Coloring Page

New Hampshire Stamp Coloring Page

State Flag Coloring Page

State Map Coloring Page

Our Weekly Wrap-Up

October already!! I can't believe we just finished our 7th week of school....I'm still trying to get over the fact that summer is gone.

In our life this week..
We cleaned, donated some more stuff, went shopping for a birthday party Princess P has, attended First Friday Mass (Lego Man wasn't feeling well..cold or allergies not yet sure), and decorated for Halloween and Fall!
On Thursday, I created a new wreath for our front door.

 This cost me only $10 to make!
I got the ribbon and leaf garland at Hobby Lobby. All three items were 50% off. I got the wreath, flower and berry sprigs (2 of them) at Joann's. They were 60% off and I got an additional 25% off! A lot cheaper than buying a fancy pre-made one!
On Friday, I sent out another bag to Thred Up. The last bag I sent I got over $50 for our outgrown clothes. Of course I spent the credit on more clothes for Princess P since she has grown since last year.

In our homeschool this week...
Monday we had co-op. You can head over here to see what we do at our CCM co-op.
The rest of the week was pretty uneventful. We continued on with our lessons. We finished up our New Hampshire state study and got books out for our next state...New York!

What the kids are reading.....
Lego Man is reading Mossflower by Brian Jacques for fun.

He's reading Father Marquette and the Great Rivers for our history study.

For his co-op history class, he is reading My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier.

He has to read the book and then write a book report on it. So far he is really enjoying the book.

Princess P just started reading Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild.

For our history co-op class, she is reading Squanto.

Our our little homestead....
Well, we finally lost a chicken. Oddly not to some wild predator.

Sweet Miss Pepper is gone.

Our lovable bird dog got a hold of her and sadly she couldn't be saved. Princess P was upset since they are like pets to her but thankfully she understands that it's all part of life. Now she wants a rooster, so we can add to the flock.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

{pretty, happy, funny, real}

~Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life~

Every Thursday at Like Mother, Like Daughter


Taking a walk along the river.

Collecting seashells along the bank of the river.

Summer seems to have gone by too quickly! It still feels like it should be July, but here we are already in October.


We went for a walk last week for our nature study and to just walk the dog. She loves playing in the creek. A few weeks ago, we found crayfish in our creek. A certain young man was rather excited.

Lego Man even found a nursery for baby crayfish. Look how tiny they are!


Our gentle boy.
Mr. Toughy likes to take naps in the chicken coop. We found him asleep in the coop last week. He was sound asleep sitting on the eggs. 

Thankfully the girls don't seem to mind him. They don't like the other two cats, but I guess they have gotten used to him.
He would have made a great barn cat!


We are finishing up our our 7th week of school. We have 1 more week before we take our week off. I had planned to school for 6 weeks and then take a week off but Grandma is coming done so I decided to finish up our 4th week of CCM and then take a break. We have only missed 2 days of school so far from illness. Princess P was sick two weeks ago and Lego Man is fighting allergies. I am so thankful  I added sick days into the schedule this year! Seven weeks into school and I am already making a few changes. Lego Man is switching Spelling books. We were doing Starting a Spelling Notebook which is recommended by MODG, but it just was not working for us. So we are now using Seton. I wanted something a little more challenging than what we had used in the past. Last year, we used CHC spelling and it was too easy for him. I think Seton will work. I'll let you know what we think about it in a few weeks.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

CCM~ Gamma Year Week 1

This week, we talked about What is the Church? We recited the question and answer everyday. I dictated the answer for the kids to write down in the religion  notebooks. We talked about Baptism, the Seven Sacraments, and the Pope.

The Seven Continents

We labeled the CCM map the first day. The rest of the days, I had the kids point to the map and say what the continents were.
We did worksheets daily to reinforce the location and the spelling of the continents.

Continent Worksheets We Used
Super Worksheets
Crayola Worksheets
Worksheet Works- This site is great because you can show what you wanted included. You can have the continents labeled, oceans labeled, both or none at all. I chose to not have anything labeled and used it as a quiz for my kids!


We did various science experiments to introduce the kids to atoms and matter.

We read about Atoms in our Focus On Middle School Chemistry Student Textbook (softcover)
We watched Bill Nye the Science Guy DVD about atoms.

Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, and Ferdinand Magellan

We checked out a DVD from our library called Explorers of the World: Christopher Columbus. It's geared for grades 5th-8th grade.

A DVD geared for younger kids that would be great is Columbus: Adventures to the end of the World from CCC of America.

We filled in our explorer notebooking pages from Homeschool Share. We traced the routes of the explorers and added the maps to our history binder.
For fun, I had the kids create their own map of the New World. We used brown paper and watercolors.

Salve Regina

Everyday we listened to the Cd from CCM. We would sing along with the Chant Kit Cd after practicing the 2 lines we were learning. We bought this Cd set last year and have loved it. You get two discs and a book with the words to the prayers and hymns. It is a hit with Lego Man since it is monks singing, so no high picthed notes. It's very easy for everyone to follow along...even non singers.

I created a worksheet for the kids to put the Salve Regina in order. I also created a Hail Holy Queen worksheet, so they could match up the Latin sentences with their English meanings. I want my children to know the Latin prayers, but I also want them to understand what they are saying.

Since my kids are older and have mastered or almost mastered the multiples. We just listen to the Cd for reinforcement.

Great Words~
The kids have started working on their Christopher Columbus poem. I gave each one a copy and told them they are responsible for memorizing it. We go over it two times during the week, but I want them to take charge and learn it on their own. At the end of the poem, I will have child recite it. I offered a prize to them if they have it down pat....a trip to Sweet Frog's!

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