Homeschool Week 6

This week we learned all about farm animals. We talked about what animals belong on a farm and which ones belong in a zoo. Grace says there’s always room for a unicorn on a zoo.

I’m really impressed with their cutting skills and the fact that that grace hasn’t tried to cut her hair.

Timmy had to match the animal word to its corresponding picture. I was so proud watching him sound out the words and complete this worksheet by himself.

We learned what each animal provides for us. We were not thrilled to find out how bacon is made.

Then these lucky kids took a tour of a real farm. We chased the chickens around, visited with a pig and got up close & personal with a mama cow and her calf.

It was so awesome because we had just read the part in Charlottes Web describing what Wilbur was eating and this pig was eating some of the same.

The kids were able to feed the cows, learn how to milk a cow and then they gave them baths.

Grandma bought them Mexican jumping beans and boy are these things noisy.

For math Grace had to roll a dice and cross off the numbers as she went. 

Timmy’s lessons are focusing on first, middle, last and graphing.

For art they drew cows with chalk and then I gave Timmy a sight work spelling test. Gracie’s cow has a huge head and Timmy’s has an itty bitty head.

We went to the museum with our homeschool group. Grace was really into the microscope. The boys loved the shadow room and the life size pin art.

I’m so excited about all the friends we are making. Here’s some of our homeschool group. 

At coop Timmy kitchen class took a group photo and the learned how to make a salad.

I snuck some pictures of Grace at yoga.

Timmy sculpted wedding cups for Victoria  & Brandons wedding…

Then we had a really nice day at the beach fountains with our new friends.

We are half way through Charlottes Web but it will lead right into our next unit of Creepy Crawlers since Charlotte is a spider and Templeton is a rat. It’s the small things that excite me.

Homeschool Week 5

Our next unit study is combined Farm & Apples because Hurricane Irma messed up our plans.

Every year I have a Johnny Appleseed party. This year I had it with our Busy Hive Club homeschool group.

Here are our 10 mini Johnny’s with their tin pot hats and apple seed satchels. 

I stayed up all night making apple pie scented playdoh. I wonder if these kiddos will ever remember these small details that I worry about.

When all our little guests arrived I had them make apples with the green and red dough. While they molded little apples I shared with them some facts about Johnny.

Then we taste tested red delicious, Granny Smith, applesauce & apple juice to see which was the class favorite.

After that the kids took their seed bags and went outside to plant their pretend orchards.

We even learned how to bob for apples. Look at Grace with her foot in the air like a little princess.

It was a pretty successful day.

When everyone left we did our math lessons. We are really enjoying Horizons math. It’s very simple to use. Grace learns a new number and shape every other day for review and we have started beginner addition.

That night was the first night of religion class. This is Gracie’s very first year. She was very nervous being in the class alone. They learned about how God is the creator of all things and that everything is a gift from Him.

On Tuesday we had our Marine Biology coop with Loggerhead. We met at Dubois beach park to learn about ecosystems. The teacher gave the kids little field notes workbooks to draw the habitats they saw.

Then the teacher took them into the water to talk about the importance of mangroves.

The kids spotted a hermit crab and it was all they could talk about. They all wanted to take it home.

Then we went out onto a dock to take water samples and look at plankton under magnify glasses. We even saw a baby puffer fish. It was so adorable.

That night we had ballet & acrobatics.

Wednesday was our first day of Coops. Timmy is taking a cooking class, PE and reading. Grace is in a storytime craft class, Gods Little Explorers class and yoga. It was great to see them have their freedom and get a good report about how sweet and polite they both were.

It’s also a great time for me to be with just Lydia. She made a little friend in the nursery room. She loved him so much and he wasn’t having any of it.

After, I took them to Chikfila for lunch and they played for 2 hours in the play area while Lydia napped. I got so much planning done.

Thursday was a wash. Grace came down with the flu and I ended up cleaning all day. Later in the afternoon Timmy did an apple word search and sight word coloring page. He knows 15 sight words. Every week we learn three new words.

Grace stayed sleeping for the rest of the night so I started reading with Timmy his easy readers. He’s so smart. He picked it up right away.

I was a little disappointed in myself that I didn’t plan anything special for the first day of fall and then I woke up Friday and learned that the first day of Fall was Friday not Thursday sooooo crisis averted.

We had a full day of fall themed learning. We read a book about why leaves turn colors. We went on a hunt for our own fall leaves. Surprisingly we did have some fallen brown leaves and some yellow. But of course Florida does not offer these kids the real feel of fall so we have to make our own. We picked some green leaves and painted them red, yellow and orange. We talked about chlorophyll and how the days begin to get shorter in fall. I really wish I could drive them into some pretty fall views.

The pictures of this activity are so blog worthy. Look how the book and paints are perfectly placed. I’m laughing at myself right now. I hope I’m not screwing these kids up too bad with my picture taking obsession. The more I try to quit the more I snap. But mmm they are so cute!

It’s the beginning of the best time of the year and I’m so excited for it all.

Sweet Memories

Timmy: Mommy how divstars stay in space and not fall. I tell him that sometimes they do fall we call them shooting stars. And he says ohhhh yes they are then starfish. 

Then I had to tell him the shooting stars are actually not stars. Oops.

My kids got married. Like invitations, a ceremony, cake, rings, dancing, even a white dress. No expense was spared on this pretend wedding. These two are too cute and they will probably go nuts when they see these videos in the future. 


We were at the intracoastal and the water was smelly. Grace says you know why it smells Mommy, because alligators have bad breath. They must be all in this water.

Lydia’s new word is Denver. She crawls around the house screaming it over and over again. Poor dog, always in trouble.

Lydia also has figured out how fun toilet paper and she couldn’t be more proud.

Lydia learned to eat with a fork and if she likes what she’s eating she says mmmmm with every bite.​

​These three. 

Homeschool Week 4 & Hurricane Irma

We started off strong with our routine of singing and dancing and playing with our new instruments. 

We did lots of art paintings.

We had a lesson on telling time. 

& then this happened.

So for the rest of the week we obsessed over whether or not to escape this storm, prepared all our supplies and panicked some. We ultimsteky decided to stay home and ride it out. We got through it with very little damage and only 5 hours of no power. No formal school got done but there was learning.

We met up with our friends at the park before the storm hit.

I let the kids help bring in all the the outside toys and furniture. They love working.

Daddy read to them four chapters of Charlottes Web by flashlight.

We played every board game me own. I taught Timmy how to play chess and checkers. We talked a lot about about being a good winner and a good loser.

We were builders.

We talked about how during an emergency like a hurricane it’s important to make sure your neighbors are safe and to help who you can.

I surprised them with 2 furry hurricane evacuees. Chilly and Chipper are originally from Texas. They traveled to Florida to escape the flood waters of Hurricane Harvey only to be met by Hurricane Irma. They are staying with us until their foster mom gets back settled in her house because she lives in an evacuation zone.

They were so excited to help take care of these puppies. And it is a good lead into our next them about farm life. Animal care is fun and exciting in the beginning but it is also work. We can’t have chickens here but between our 2 dogs, these 2 puppies, the bunny, the lizard, the turtle and the fish these kids are getting a little taste of animal responsibility. And we might be getting some kittens too!

Me and Timmy had some serious games of old school Mario.

And we snuggled ALOT! 

We went to Hoffman’s Chocolate Factory for a field trip. Such a yummy trip. We made chocolate pizzas, then we watched a video about how chocolate is made and got a tour of the factory. Then ice cream! 

Sweet Memories: Lydia’s first steps + Timmy’s new haircut & my ballerina

Yayyy Lydia! I am so happy for this. You’d think it was my very first baby to learn to walk. 

Timmy had his yearly hair cut. He’s so handsome either way but Every time it’s like I go in with one boy and come home with a new kid.

Look at the smile on his face.

And Gracie’s first day of he second year of ballet. 

I have an obsession clearly. I could photograph these children all day. This is the difference from one year.

I love these babies so much. I refuse to call them kids. Babies for life.

Homeschool Week 3

This princess is learning her phone number and address.

Every week we are writing in our scripture  journal. I need to work on word spacing for Timmy.

Timmy is breezing through this Horizon math. It’s a little easy for him right now but it gets harder soon. 

Gracie is working on her math worksheets to from Confessions of a Homeschooler’s K4 curriculum.

The kids made emoji paper plate faces to play the feelings gane. They both have great scissor skills. 

Turns out the only thing that makes these kids sad is when I make them eat things they don’t like lol it’s a hard life over here.

I want to take them to see the emoji movie soon since it sort of goes with what we are learning.

We are addicted to this book. We’ve read it everyday during storytime. They can’t get enough. I’m surprised that we are almost finished with it.

We also finished the book Because of Winn Dixie. My kids are real book worms. Now we are starting Charlottes Web to go with our Farm theme.

For our cooking class the kids made quesadillas. I was really hoping if they helped make things it would encourage them to eat it but total fail. Me and Kydua enjoyed them though.

We did some building with toothpicks and marshmallows.

At the library storytime we read We Are Going on a Bear Hunt, then they acted out the story and made bear ear headbands.

On Friday we went back to Sailfish Waterpark with our Homeschool coop group one last time before it closes for the season.