Monday, October 31, 2011

3 Little Pumpkins

 David the Robot, Angeline the Skunk and Samara the Butterfly

The kids had a great time tick or treating with their neighbourhood friends. I didn't manage to get a group picture of everyone but here we are before we started off from Joel & Nathan's. I had my hands full with 3 so it was really great having the extra hands around to help out. Thanks everyone!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sneak Peak

It has been 1 1/2 weeks since our old kitchen got demolished to make way for our new kitchen. Last week we stayed at Mom & Dad's for a few night while the dust settled (so to speak). On the weekend Mom and Al were here to help and this week we have been settling in to life as we know it.
I am pretty much living in our basement with a makeshift kitchen set up on our folding table. It hasn't been too bad cooking in a microwave and toaster oven. Throw in the pancake grill, rice cooker and slow cooker along with a little imagination and it is amazing what you can come up with. I DO miss my oven but once the cupboards are installed that will get hooked up again. My back does get a little sore doing dished in the tub but I keep saying that I have nothing to complain about because i have an endless supply of clean, running water. Mostly I am just looking forward to everything getting put away, cleaned up and to having my husband back again. Jonathan continues to work around the clock giving 110% at work and at home. He IS amazing. Just thought I would share this sneak peak photo of our floor, cupboard, paint and counter samples... the picture gives you an idea anyway... the blue looks a bit different in person... will probably look a bit different on the wall too. Don't tell me if you don't like it... we've already bought everything! I look forward to blogging the finished project hopefully mid November.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Field Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

It was a beautiful day for a field trip to the pumpkin patch. Grammy joined us for our adventure at Steveston Farm. We enjoyed a hay ride, live entertainment, farm animals, corn maze, fresh apples and chosing our own pumpkins straight from the patch. It was a really fun day. I didn't actually get a picture of David's pumpkin (in the picture I have he is holding up Samara's) but he is going to be measuring and weighing the pumpkins this week so I will try to get a picture of that. Now the countdown to Halloween is on... and then the countdown to Christmas begins.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

October 10-13

 From our SSRW "All Aboard" Language Arts book we covered letters B, C & D p.23-46
 This week for Math we covered Unit 7 (Number Recognition and Writing Numerals) and Unit 8 (Geometric Shapes:Triangles)
This is a picture of our classroom bulletin board. We talk about the months, days of the week, letter of the day, weather and it is also home to our Hundred Number Chart.

This week I introduced French to our weekly school time activities using a "Little Pim" DVD. "French In My Home" is number 4 of the series... introducing french words around the house... bed, toys, kitchen, couch, dog, cat, brother, sister... etc.

This week we read a LOT of library books. I am off to the library now to return some and borrow some more. I feel like each week we are more organized and settled into our routine. We haven't had much of a social life since School started but we are keeping really busy. Only 5 more weeks until 1st term is complete. If anyone has wanted to homeschool their children but felt overwhelmed at the thought I can say this... you can do kindergarten! I know I can do kindergarten (I should hope so) and we are taking it one year at a time.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October 2-6

When I left off we were about to start our Sing, Spell, Read Write curriculum. I LOVE IT! But more importantly David LOVES IT! (Angeline and Samara love the phonics song and I had to make Angeline a copy of the mat so that she can follow along). In the picture below you can see David's train which moves along the track as he progresses through the SSRW "All Aboard" book. David was enjoying school before we started SSRW... now he can't wait to get started in the morning.
 "All Aboard" has them write their name on each page, starts off with a variety of lessons... visual discrimination, following directions, alike and different, classification, complete the pattern, trace shapes, colouring, cutting, pasting.... everything! Then begins the alphabet. We had to start back at the letter A but I love the extensive instruction in the teacher video. David is learning everything from phonics to how to write each letter correctly... even simple things like holding his pencil the right way.

 Math is continuing to go well. We completes units 5 and 6. Unit 6 involved counting how many circles match the pictured circle, circle and say the correct number. Each unit finishes up with a review.
We actually had a short week last week because there was no resource centre on Friday and my Dad was here for a visit. We did start school yesterday again when everyone was enjoying Thanksgiving but we did have our holiday last week.