Thursday, August 4, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal: Summer Edition #2

In my life this week…
We started back this week to our homeschool schedule using these curriculum choices.  I like to start a few weeks before public/private schools to get into a routine without having to juggle extra activities like soccer practices/Boy Scouts.  I also don't like to start our first week of school during my birthday week which is toward the end of August.  

In our homeschool this week…
I have started teaching alot of our morning subjects, but will be gradually phasing in Writing, Science, History, and Latin. I like to ease into our school day since it's too long and overwhelming to introduce all our subjects during the first day of school.  This is definitely a benefit to homeschooling to be able to make our own schedule to avoid burnout. 

My favorite thing this week was…
getting our new pets from our friends who are moving to a smaller place and they can't bring their Australian Bearded Dragon Lizard and 5 chickens with them!  See pictures below of "Leo George Pio" the lizard and our 5 chickens that we shall name in the near future! 

Questions/thoughts I have…
I hope I will be a good mama to Leo and 5 chickens since having pets (especially these unique creatures) is so out of my comfort zone!  I also wonder if anyone else has such a unique combination of pets like us?????

I’m grateful for…
my husband who said "Sure!" when I asked him if we should take in a lizard and chickens and I'm grateful for our children who love our new family members :)

A photo, video, link, or quote to share… I have lots of photos to share this week:

My daughter is holding up her "I'm a 6th Grader" sign.  I just printed them and then laminated them so I can reuse them with my other children. 

My son is holding up his "I'm a 4th Grader" sign.

My daughter is a proud 2nd Grader!

 Our youngest likes to join in on the studies too as a Preschooler!

I found the Free printable grade signs HERE after reading Adventure's in Home Education  blog post HERE.  They are Free so go to the links to print them out!

We made and ate our cross cake that we do at the beginning of each school year.

And here's Leo.......

And here's our 5 chickens that we just got tonight!  We are now the proud owners of 5 one-year old hens.  We have two Buff Orpingtons and three smaller ones are Golden Duckwing Phoenix Bantams.  I took this quick shot of the chickens tonight.  This is where they sleep in their coop.  More pics to come later I'm sure :)   

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How fun you got chickens!!! I love watching our neighbors chickens when they go away:) A bearded dragon is fun too. My kids want to get one and we will once we return to the states so I will be back to get some advice:) Love you back to school photos:) Voted for you

WOW...can't wait until Lollipop is as big as LEO!!! How fun. We are thinking about chickens in the spring. Just playing it by ear right now.

BTW...great back to school traditions!

Carrie said...

I always tell my husband we need chickens for the fresh eggs, but it isn't allowed in our neighborhood - I'd be interested to see how you house them. Did you build your own coop? Nice to meet you! Visiting from THMJ.

Mary said...

Very cool bearded dragon! My son would love one of those, but between the 5 snakes and the rat breeding he does I just can't take another reptile coming in the house!

Looks like you had a great week :)

DSLA said...

As I was reading about your fun week I was surprised to see my blog mentioned! Thank you! Hope you have many more great weeks! :)

I love pets. You can (almost) never have too many. For a while our family raised hamsters, chinchillas and guinea pigs, along with our Old English Sheepdogs. It was the best of times . . . it was the worst of times . . .

Mom2Seven said...

You're so good, Tracy! Such a devoted mom! I would like to get chickens, but our neighborhood won't allow it. I think it would be great for the kids. Happy back to school!


Dawn said...

I love your back to school activities.

Unknown said...

Wow, I cannot believe how much your cupcakes have grown. I have to admit that I'm in awe of your ability to step out of your comfort zone. First it was a small garden this summer and now it's the lizard and chickens. What's next, Tracy? =)

I also like your back to school traditions. It is always interesting to see what others do to get their children back in the swing of the school schedule.

Thank you very much for your support and encouragement these past few weeks. You have been a wonderful friend.

noreen said...

Hi Tracy, you are so organized with the start of the school year1 I love your tradition of starting the year off with a cross cake! Where did you find that cake pan?

Leo is quite the new addition to your family. Your children seem to love him!

Kara Chupp said...

I pretty much love your family :)
Love these photos of your crew at the start of a new year...what a fun idea.

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