Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas workshop with 4-H

For the first time in 8 years my husband and I spent the day together without our boys.  It was fun we got to shop for our guys, while they got to spend the day with their 4-H team making gifts and projects they will be able to use next year for fair.
They made candy covered nuts along with hot chocolate with chocolate chips, really yummy and rich, and I am not a chocolate person.

My youngest got to paint and decorate this guy. 
Then both our guys made these beautiful ornaments with our favorite hymns hodgepodged on.  
Look who also showed up.  My sweetie pie hanging out with Santa, our boys know that he was a Saint and love the stories, but don't believe in him bringing gifts at Christmastime.  We focus on Christ and giving to others for the month of December instead of getting gifts, but telling Santa what he wants is still fun.
Our eldest made this plaque with chalk paint and his decorative accents.  He was very proud of his paint job and said he had a blast doing this one the most.

Not only did the girls take care of them all day, filling them with yummy candy, fruit and pizza, they also gave all the young ones a wonderful memory of what 4-H is all about.  Being together, enjoying new things and learning how to work together

Friday, December 19, 2014

Spielgaben Version 4.0 giveaway at Confession of a Homeschooler

Please friends go and sign up for this amazing offer from our friends at Confessions of a Homeschooler for Spielgaben 4.0 giveaway.  We are so excited because our Spielgaben is on it's way and hubbie and I can't wait to see what our boyos  create when it gets here.  We found out about them through our friends at 1plus1plus1equals1 and took about a month of back and forth to decide we really wanted to make the investment for our guys.  I will post about it way more once ours gets here, but for now go to Confessions of a Homeschooler and see if you can win it for free.
God Bless
Gretchen

 


Merry Christmas

Unfortunately, it has been a seriously long time since I have been blogging.  My New Year's plan it to reinstate some habits that I and the family have been letting slide.  For me my blog fits into that category so I am resurrecting it.  We have lots to be thankful from this last year and as we go forward in the new year I will share things from last year too.  As we look forward to Christmas I hope you and your family have a wonderful time enjoying Christ's Blessings and family time.
God Bless and Merry Christmas from our family to yours.
Gretchen

Friday, September 6, 2013

Edgerton Science Center

We had a blast yesterday going to the first homeschool event of the year at Edgerton Science Center, in Aurora, NE. My boys had a blast for an hour, before classes started, playing with all the hands-on fun. 
Mine traveled around and looked at most of the stuff, Bobo stayed at the train tables and Buggie tried out eveything he could get his hands on, but loved being at the spinning table the best. He also got to play a Kinect Wipeout game with an older girl and Bobo, life sized Operation game, waterway play, and lots of other fun things.
Then the class began about Monarch Migration. The class went over lots of information on Monarchs life cycle and migration patterns. Then we all split into 2 groups:  catching and tagging was group 1 and cutting and gathering seeds for butterfly habitats was group 2. Lots of fun had by all.
Buggie said his favorite things were "being with his family, making giant bubbles and seeing the butterflies".

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

2013-2014 School Curriculum

Well since in NE you have to be registered by July 15 I had to have everything picked out and ready to go so here is our list for the year.

2013-2014 school year plan

For Bobo we will be using the 2 year old plans at:
 
and
 
 
For Buggie we will be entering the phase of 2nd grade and this is the first year for us to register since you have to be 6 before NE recognizes a student.
  
The Climbing Rock Academy  Curriculum List
 Spelling-          Spelling Workout Level A & B 
Writing-           A Reason for Handwriting:  Manuscript A & B   Author: Carol Ann Retzer 
Grammer-        First and Second Language Lessons by Jessie Wise  
History-           THE STORY OF THE WORLD Volume I: Ancient Times From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor  and The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child:
  The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance By Susan Wise Bauer       
Math-               Saxon Grade 2 
Geography-      Road Trip USA by confessionsofahomeschooler.com
Science-           Elementary Life Science by Scott McQuerry
                         Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology
Health-             http://allinonehomeschool.com/individual-courses-of-study/pehealth-odds/
Art-                  Sister Wendy’s The Story of Painting  Publisher: doring kinderling


Good luck with all your plans and take it slow.  May God Bless you in everything you do.
Gretchen


 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Summer time


Lots of inside time due to allergies but we just had to get out. So here we are in the evil humidity. The boys are running and playing under our awesome tree canopy. We are hot sweaty and happy.
The boys have been doing so well this summer with changes.  We were at church last Sabbath evening for close of Sabbath and my babies both knelt down and did prayer with Pastor without being told it was Prayer time.  I was so proud of them both and daddy got to witness it also.  We both had tears as they both came up with their own Amens.  So thankful to God for giving us two wonderfully little boys who surprise us daily.
God Bless you and hope you are having a great summer
Gretchen
           

Our new family member

Our oldest, Thunder, has diabetes and renal failure so in order to prepare the family. We want to make sure Galic has a friend and the boys, we, have another kitty to help when the time comes for our baby girl.  So hubbie found a Calico kitty when he picked our two up from the kitty hotel after our excursion to MN for the weekend. We checked it out and were ready to adopt her until the Humane Society said oh no she was adopted last night. So after about 30 mins of babies crying and nashing of teeth we asked to look at the kitties that were adoptable. Very quickly Buggie, Bobo and I fell in love with our new baby, Stardust or Dusty as the boys have nicknamed her.
Unfortunately she has an upper respritory problem right now and is healing from being fixed but she is on the uphill and we are so happy to have her.
Hope all is well and God Bless
Gretchen