Monday, July 6, 2009

Miss Greenthumbs

Passion flower vine growing from our neighbor's yard onto our backyard gate.

Zoe's sunflower plant.

Zoe and the itty bitty baby strawberries.

Zoe has been really interested in growing fruits and veggies this year. My mother started a garden on our side yard, and it is flourishing. Zoe loves to go out there and water all of the plants.
I am hoping that helping to grow all of these items will encourage her to eat it all when harvest time comes.

Our laid back weekend

Nothing too grand happened around here on the fourth. We barbecued with my family and walked up to a church down the street to watch a fireworks show.
Zoe decided to show us her talents with sidewalk chalk...
She drew fireworks and wrote a little Fourth of July greeting.
So cute!
After we watched the fireworks, we came home and Zoe worked on her new hobby...

Grandma bought her the first "hard" puzzle. We wanted to encourage her, so we took her to Toys r Us, and bought her two more, these ones were even more difficult.

This week will hopefully find us relaxing a little. I do have to reorganize her room, and start collecting unwanted items for a yard sale. I want to get everything done before August, because I know then it will be a mad dash to get everything for homeschooling ready.

What are you all doing this week?

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy Fourth to you all!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful and memorable holiday weekend with your loved ones!

This week found me super, super frazzled and busy. I have been trying to keep Zoe occupied with lessons and reading, and that has taken up a lot of time. I am finding so many future projects that I want to do with her, and I am looking forward to getting this show on the road.

On Monday, we basically relaxed and recovered from having my stepson visit for a week. I love that boy. You get the two kids together, though, and it is an endless stream of Zoe whining that Zech is annoying her, and Zech complaining that Zoe is annoying him. It is enough to drive me up a wall!

On Tuesday, Zoe attended a birthday party at a skating rink. The party was for a little girl that she had been in first and second grade in the same class with. Zoe had fun, and got to reconnect with her school friends, so that was nice.

Wednesday was pretty uneventful, nothing exciting going on. I managed to save time by putting some chicken breasts in the crock pot with salsa to make chicken tacos later.

On Thursday, Zoe's uncle took her to the library to meet friends for a play date, but the other people did not show. I did make up a list of books for Zoe to check out. That list corresponded to books on the Book Adventure list. Once she reads these books, she can take quizzes on what she learned, and earn prizes.

Today, we ran around like chickens with our heads cut off cleaning in preparation for Zech's weekend visit. We had planned on spending the Fourth of July holiday together, but after I called him to inquire what time he would be arriving, he informed me he wasn't coming. He didn't have a good reason, just felt like hanging out with his friends instead.


So, now I am giving up on the house cleaning, for now, and leaning towards a nap. Zoe is going to a local college baseball game with her grandparents, and I will get a couple of hours of "me" time.

Please be sure to head over to Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers to read other Weekly Wrap Up's!!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Keeping busy...

I have been trying to keep Zoe busy with worksheets and reading during our Summer break. So far, so good. She seems to enjoy learning at home with me as her teacher.

I obtained worksheets from Zoe's second grade teacher. She was cleaning her cupboards out, and gave the children all of her old curriculum workbooks. She was very careful to not make any marks in her books, only copying the pages for the students to use. This was a God send for me.

I do not have the means at this point to purchase much of anything. I did happen to find some really good deals at Target, of all places! Their dollar spot had many workbooks, lesson planners, and misc. supplies like reward stickers and stamps. I hit the mother load there! I was able to get some really good quality items all for around fifteen dollars total. I was like a kid in a candy store.

Zoe is really into reading, and we want to foster that love as much as possible. In speaking with our education specialist, she turned me onto a website called Book Adventure , which is a FREE reading incentive program offered through Sylvan Learning Centers. Your child reads a book, takes a short quiz and earns points towards prizes like books, candy bars from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (yummy!), and much more. Or, you can even set up a custom prize pack of your own.

Our e.s. told me that I should expect to receive a boatload of emails from her with ideas and links. She said I will probably get sick of hearing from her, but I actually welcome it. Having someone doing the footwork for a change is pretty exciting for me!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hello there! (waving)

Being new to this whole homeschooling deal, I thought it might be a good idea to chronicle our journey through the first year and beyond of this new venture for us.

Many people have questioned why we decided to homeschool Zoe. There is an easy answer; because of her health issues.

But there were many reasons why we came to this conclusion. I was not happy with the public school system in our city. The administration at her school had the bedside manner of a bed bug, and did not want to deal with Zoe's issues. I was also not happy with what she was being taught, not by the teachers, but by the other students.

So many people tried to talk us out of homeschooling Zoe, saying she would end up being one of those weird withdrawn un-socialized kids that no one wants to hang out with. I have heard every excuse in the book.

But after much thought and prayer, we decided as a family that this was our best option.

We will be homeschooling Zoe under the guidance of a local charter school, which has provided us with an education specialist that will help me in regards to ordering the appropriate curriculum, and keeping tabs on how Zoe is adjusting.

I am looking forward to this new journey. I am excited.