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

Saturday, July 6, 2013

On our way

We headed to MN for my moms graduation from the Catholic churches Catechism classes, which she spent the last four years in classes, writing papers and spending weekends in Winona.  We are very proud of her and decided to go and be part of it.
Buggie had been throwing up and had a fever since the end of VBS. We were hoping all would be done a week later, but 20 mins into the trip the great green bowl was pulled out and used. Then again about 2 hours later. We figured worse case Mayo Clinic was 20 mins from moms so wed be in good hands.
Well we got to moms and Buggies sickness went away, we think he was just so excited about seeing family that his body was in overload.
After we passed that worry we had good times with family. We got to have a grill out w mom and her boyfriend and hung out with my sister and her family and our cousins and auntie. It was a grand time celebrating.
The next day we checked out my cousins new house and had a fabulous ride to Winona with my aunt. When we got there we had a good family time there along with the ceremony and wonderful dinner put on by the church. Afterwards we went to a little dive that had fabulous homemade rootbeer and the boys played.
After the whirlwind day and a half we turned South and headed home. A lot of craziness but worth it for such a special event for my mommy.
Hope you are all well and having fun. God Bless
Gretchen

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

In the planning groove

Welcome to our Angry Bird obssesed summer. Both boys want to make new Piggie block designs to knock down with their Angry Bird stuffies, daddy went a little overboard and crazy, he loves getting fun stuff for his boys. I will do another poat soon on what kind of Angry Bird stuff we do.
We are trying to get 1st grade math done here in the next month so we can start Aug as a 2nd grader math class along with 2nd grade reading and writing programs. Starting spelling and grammer curriculum this year and continuing social studies, geography and science.  I will do a whole curriculum list for 2013-2014 school year later this month when I finish planning. For now we will enjoy the many summer programs and lots of outside fun along with some trips to see family and a good week of Christian music.
Hope you all have a Blessed day as we pray you and your family enjoy God`s glorious abundance that He has given to us to share with and explore with our children.
Gretchen

Monday, June 17, 2013

VBS

So VBS started last Sunday and ran through Thursday.  Lots of fun for all, not a lot of pics though.  Kingdom Rock was awesome and the catch phrase was "Being brave helps us stay strong!"  Even Bobo loved saying it.  We missed Monday because we didn't get back from the zoo till almost 7 and then Thursday too cause Buggie had a fever of 103.  Buggie says he had the most fun during craft time.  Daddy even got some one-on-one time with Bobo since Buggie did not want to be at church without mom so no errand running for me, but I did get some much needed adult time with some friends, without having to chase down Bobo.  Praise God we have so many volunteers that made VBS great and a special time for all. 
Hope you are all enjoying your summer so far.
God Bless from our home to yours.
Gretchen