Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Grade 7 Chloe 2017

Here's what I've got lined up for Chloe this year:

{ Bible }

She's actually still in book 6, but at some point she'll jump on over to book 7.
All good to go.  :o)

{ English }

We're running a little tardy on getting through some of these English books, which in turn has us working a little lower than were we need to be for Chloe.  I don't think she minds.  Probably likes it as it's not so demanding.  So yes, she'll be working on this until it's finished.

and I'll be toggling it with:

{ Maths }

Chloe is actually more than half way through with this text as it is, so we're just going to go ahead and continue with it until it is done.  Then we'll move into Saxon 7/6.

{ Reading }

Various reading materials.  I'm weeding out all the twaddle, so yes, the reading levels will jump considerably.  This in turn will mean less books read for the overall year, but they'll be more quality books.

{ History }

We're going to try out something entirely foreign and new for us.  Abeka History, year 7.

{ Science }

and the following book: 

{ Spelling }

She's got a few lessons left here, and then I'm hoping for her to jump to the next book in this series.

I've got a good system going at the moment.  Each day we test out 10 of the list words and then she'll work on the ones that need work.  Copy, copy, syllables.  I have found that when you really focus on the syllabification that it boosts the quality of the spelling by a long way.

{ Vocabulary }

Monday and Tuesday - Divide in half and copy out the definitions
Wednesday and Thursday - Write a sentence for each word.
Begin the workbook and follow on for a second week.

So it'll take her 2 weeks per lesson.

{ Literature }

Something new to try out as well.

{ Nature }

{ Foreign Languages }

She has Greek and French available if she wants.
Truth is I can also muster up some Latin too in a jiffy.  :o)

Thanks for visiting chookies.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Painting a Zebra Craft

Here's another little PINTEREST score that we got!

You can go HERE to see the originals.

Paint up 4 different papers like this.
You'll probably have to wait to the next day while they dry, we did.

Cut them down and paste like this:

Add your tail, eyes, and mouth and voila....... your painted zebra is done.
They are not little by any means.  Super cute if you have wall space that you want to decorate.  :o)

This one was done by Hannah { 7 }.

This one was done by Charlotte { 5 }.

This one was done by Phebe { 9 }.

This one was done by Chloe { 11 }.

Thanks for visiting chookies.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

20 Reasons to Homeschool


    Have you ever wondered why in the world people would want to homeschool?  The world is full of diversity.  Today I give you my top 20 reasons to homeschool.

1.  Because I can.  It's very nice to have the option, not all people have this option.

2.  I like my children and enjoy their company.  I want them to like me too, so we need good quality time together.

3.  I'm too lazy to run the circus hoops and jumping of doing public schooling.  

4.  I can choose their curriculum.  We can cater it to their needs, and alternatively we can challenge them when they need that too.  There is no need to dumb down children.  None at all.  There's also no need to confuse, traumatize, provoke and frustrate their learning either.  

5.  I can choose their friends and who speaks into their lives.  It is advantageous to sift out the peoples that do not want to improve themselves or live Godly principled lives. 

6.  We have the Freedom to come and go without outside restrictions or considerations.  We can take leave when it suits us as a family.

7.  There's less time required to get the job done compared to the hours spent in a classroom.

8.  We get a private education for a public school price.  That's a good way to save money.

9.  I can have them work to their individual grade levels per subject.  Nothing like being 7 years old { in Grade 2 } and doing grade 5 Math, grade 4 English, and grade 5 Spelling. 

10.  We can deal with behaviours immediately instead of not noticing them, or having restricted time in which to deal with them.

11.  Gives time for practical real life lessons like cooking, gardening, or cleaning the house.

12.  No indoctrination of values contrary to our own.  No peer pressure from rioting undisciplined children, or pagan, heathen practicing teachers.  { just so you know, I am working on the rioting children thing........ }

13.  I get to be there for ALL their successes and milestones.  I also get to be there to give them a leg up when they need any extra personalized help.

14.  It keeps the parental authority in tact.  

15.  No need to worry about what food we can eat at lunch times.  Many schools prohibit certain types of foods that children can eat at school.  ie.  anything with peanuts, junk food etc...

16.  We can focus on proper self esteem by building confidence, not narcissism.  We can protect our children from gender confusion, and protect them from sexual deviancy.

17.  Safer at home we're there are no hidden criminals that may abuse our children.  Or bullies, both children and teachers or even the system that isn't working for the good of my children.

18.  Overall, homeschooling exhibits best interest for my children wholistically - spiritually and physically.  Homeschooling is a life journey to be lived, enjoyed and experienced, not tested to death with a pencil and piece of paper to define self value or worth.

19.  No constant harassment to help raise more money for the classroom on supplies that your child is very likely to ever get to see or use.  While we're here on money and supplies:  fill your child's supply list as per teacher request only to bring it to the school where they confiscate the entire lot and share them out like it's communistic China.  No, your child's belongings are not your child's.  They are there for the good of the entire classroom at teacher discretion.  I just wish they'd been more up front with that.  

20.  God.
       a. He gave us these children
       b. He requires that we raise them
       c. He equips the parent who steps out in faith
       d. He rewards the family
           1.  by giving protection from worldly influence and wickedness
           2.  by increasing their knowledge and increase of production
           3.  by keeping the family unit together
       e.  We can read the Bible whenever we want
       f.  We can pray whenever we want
        If you send your children to Caesar to be educated, do not be shocked when they turn into little Roman soldiers and attack you as the enemy.  

If you'd prefer to see me in REAL LIFE tell you my reasons, you can watch me do so here:

Yeah, so there you go chookies.  Just some of my thoughts on that!  What about your thoughts?  What are YOUR reasons to homeschool?

Let me know in the comments below.  :o)

Additionally, I'll be linking this post up with:

I hope you will join us.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Addition Clip Cards

School holiday time always makes me a productive little bee.

Today I managed to pull this one together:

Inside you'll find 110 cards!

Every card from 1 + 0 all the way to 10 + 10.

I've popped it in the store for $3 BUT it is currently on SALE for $2.00 - Bargain.

Print on cardstock and laminate for durabiltity.

Just click either picture to jump over to TpT to check it out.

Thanks so much for visiting.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

School Update

Well my little chookies we've finished our school year commitment and now we'll be on holidays until January.  It's going to be LONG holiday.  In all truthfulness though they'll still do the odd thing, in particular they'll continue reading.  We'll just be dumping all the textbook/written work.  So I guess they'll still do some math as well - since they can do that online.

My baby is almost 2.  Almost.  He'll be 2 next week.
I am hoping to give him his first haircut the day he turns 2.
He's never had one yet.

Even though we are on holidays, I am not one to let good opportunities go, so...

Here's my next years planner all good to go:

I've also been particularly busy on YouTube.  I've got all sorts of things up there now:  

Grocery Hauls
Minimize Mondays
Meals & Cooking
School Show and Tell

I've just started a Weekly Update one as well.

So yes, do pop in and visit.

My YouTube Channel

Thanks for visiting chookies.