Monday, May 13, 2013
Next semester we will attend a co-op, all the kids classes will be through the co-op. So the only curriculum I will be buying is for Lexi for Math. I am really excited about it, and I know it will give the kids a good opportunity to being learning how to do work for others, instead of just mom.
Peyton will be taking:
Apologia General Science
Language Arts/Creative Writing
He will attend 1 hour classes in each subject, be given homework by the teacher, return to class with it completed, have quizzes and also get as grade for each class.
Lexi will be taking these classes:
Hands On Science
Our grandson Kylan, and his parents, Jessica and Kyle will be coming out for a visit in June, we are looking forward to it.
We recently thought Peyton was going to be allowed to play football with the local school district, but the district informed us they were not going to allow it. From what I understand the law changes on July 3, but I still don't see the political climate being good. He was heartbroken to learn he wasn't going to get the opportunity.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
In March we took a little time off from schooling. The first week I had just returned from Missouri, then we did school for 2 weeks then took off a week for Spring Break.
But I am happy to report that we have finished up our 2nd unit and only have about 9 weeks left before our summer break. Unless I can somehow get it condensed into 8 weeks.
We just finished up Pearl Harbor and we are reading aloud Journey To America. (WWII).
She loved it, I am so glad that we got to go, and that Brittany got to spend the day with us. It has been years since I have really been able to spend time with Brittany.
We looked around. Lexi shopped for outfits. We ate at the Bistro. It was a sweet girls day out that I will never forget.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Last week in Science we learned about Food Webs, we also reviewed Unit 1.
In History we learned about the History of the Automobile. The kids finished their books-living history books. Peyton read "Rascal", and Lexi read "All of a Kind of Family"
Peyton is working on his research report on Earthquakes. Last week he finished up taking notes on his source cards.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
I also have a link to the right to get there from this page.
1. It is hard to keep up with all the different types of crafts by adding to this page. You can add pages, but I ended up having one page on crochet that just went on and on.
2. Having it organized will help me find projects I have done, as well as the resources I used when I did them.
3. I hope to have links to resources for free patterns and craft tutorials, etc. available for me and for others.I spend hours each week searching for free crochet patterns so I want others to be able to benefit from that time I spent looking.
4. I hope to encourage and inspire others that want to do crafts.
Monday, February 4, 2013
The snow that followed the 4 days of rain, came hard and heavy. We also experienced lightning and thunder while it was snowing. Pretty wild.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
I am 46 years old and over the past several months I have taught myself to crochet. My mother has always crocheted beautiful baby blankets and afghans and also some outfits in the past. But I never really picked it up. I guess I just wasn't determined enough, or didn't have reason enough to do it.
I learned how to knit a few years ago during a Homeschool Co-Op class. A couple moms volunteered to teach a class to teach people how to knit. So there I learned to do basic knit and pearl, I also learned how to make a basic loom hat from some round looms. I did knit up a few ponchos for my daughter, but found that I really had problems when I dropped a stitch. I couldn't seem to fix my work, and would end up pulling the whole thing out. I also tried knitting up some decorative dishcloths, but seemed to not keep count well so doing designs didn't really work out for me
Here is one of my first knitting projects.
So over the past few months I decided it was time to get serious on crocheting. I began with making some doll hats and ponchos for my daughters AG doll. I also met a lady at Walmart who had on a spiral scarf. (I had heard about them, but never done them.) I asked her if she knitted it up and she said no she purchased it. So I decided that I would try knitting up a few for our Church's Christmas Bazaar. I was really surprised that my items sold as well as they did. I sold out of all my scarves, and all my AG doll items, and even had some custom orders that I took.
Since then I decided to give some other things a go, Most recently character hats, and other crocheted hats.
Here are some of the links I have used in my journey to learn how to crochet. I wanted to include these and also hope to update this page often, in order to help those looking. (Because I have spent hours upon hours searching for ways to learn to do things, and some ways are easier than others, and some people teach better than others.)
Mostly I use youtube videos. Another source I use is Etsy.com I have never purchased a pattern yet. But if you visit Etsy you can get inspiration. Then it is just a matter of making the 'Hat you want,": by finding the techniques. Most recently I wanted to add a band to a newsboy hat and after searching finally found a baby hat that had the pattern for the band. I just adjusted it to the size I needed.
Basic Learn to crochet stitches, etc.
I have heard good things about this site, but only used the site once. But it is a great resource. http://www.craftyminx.com/crochet-school/
Sock Monkey Hat
This is the first Sock Monkey Hat video I used I like the ears on this one best.
This is the snout I like to use. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPJaOfHFHxo&list=UU8rkdn5yhH3tNPZTztuUFtQ
Again this is after trying different patterns, styles, I find what I like and just take portions of each that I prefer.
Here is my first attempt at a sock monkey hat using the first video listed under Sock Monkey hats.
Using the 2nd video I started using the filled Snout which I like much better.
But I kept the ears from the first video because I liked them better than the ones in the 2nd video.
I also sewed in the pom pom on this hat. Each yarn is individually sewn in. (So they are not falling out.) Something I should have figured out when I made my grandson's hat below. Because it is just a matter of time before a toddler destroys that one. So I imagine I will be re-doing that pom at some time.
After learning how to make a basic beanie. I began learning how to add this cute visor. It took a few tries to get it right, but now I can pretty much tell when I am making the hat, how many stitches to add to the hat and how long to go out. This was my first one and the brim was really short.
Here are the pictures of the completed project. I chose very soft, slightly varigated yarn. I also wanted some colors that would work well for Easter.
Friday, January 25, 2013
This is an update on Week 3 of January and the 3rd week of the year. Since I start over my weekly count each semester.
The kids began their own history reading this week. (So mom gets a little break.) I am reading bits and pieces of different things in the time period. Early 1900’s and WW1.
Peyton is reading Rascal, and is enjoying it.
Lexi is reading.
I am reading Prophet by Peretti.
I am almost done with it.
For science we learned about Creation vs Evolution, and the thoughts in how the world came to be.
We also studied plant and animal cells. One assignment I gave the kids was to make a model of a cell.
They did a great job, and explained what the parts where and what they did. I gave them an A+.
Today we focused a little on test prep and art.
Here is our art project. I got the idea from a blog I read today.Here is the tutorial. http://www.theunlikelyhomeschool.com/2013/01/optical-illusion-art-tutorial.html
The kids did well following her directions. But I had a hard time. So I had to color one circle at a time.
Optical Illusion Art
As does Lexi.
I colored the circles one at a time, and just switched colors when I got to the hand parts.
Lexi’s finished art below.
Peyton’s in progress.
His finished masterpiece.
In my spare time this week I made another sock monkey hat.
I call this one Valentine Eyes