Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sink Bath...

Thanks GramDaddy for replacing our yucky sink
with one that is worthy of a baby bath!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Laughing Sisters...

Back to School

Kayley went back to PreK today. I had no idea that it would mean so much to her. We pulled up out front and she shouted, "the car line! we are here!!!" And then she asked to climb up front where she immediately put down the window and started waving to the kids in front and behind in their cars. When it was our turn to unload, Kayley squealed to see Ms. Carey and was jumping up and down and hugging on Mrs. Jackson. She really, truly, missed her teachers and her school. She had a great day. And, sorry, I forgot to take a picture.

I'm a little dissapointed that I couldn't convince Kayley that homeschooling was fun. I guess I am just not nearly as fun as art projects, storytimes and the playground. I tried though. And I am still torturing her with homeschooling, even though she went to preK today. Truly, she enjoys the homeschooling as well. But, she was so happy to be back to Kids Korner today.
I felt sorry for myself for a while, then went shopping and felt much better. I am grateful for our homeschooling summer and we will just take it one day/one year at a time.


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Knowing limitations...

We've had fun this summer, Kayley and I, homeschooling. We've worked through a lot of phonics, Kayley learned to sound out words and is pre-reading! We've worked through Math, she is really rocking at patterns and we had to skip over colors and shapes cause she knew them backwards and forwards. We've worked through Five In a Row learning about the geography of China and had a blast with science learning about butterflies.

But-through it all- Kayley keeps questioning when she gets to go back to preschool. And, why she can't ride the yellow bus. Mind you, she is only 4 and it is not time for her to get on that yellow bus anyway...even if she were 5 and starting K for real, she will sadly not find herself on that yellow bus... No way - no bus...

I keep second guessing my decision to homeschool with Kayley. She likes it, but if I were going to homeschool, I should've never let her go to preschool. She loves preK, she misses it. And honestly in several ways, so do I.
I love choosing curriculum, I love studying and learning with Kayley. I love all the benefits of homeschooling.
I think part of the reason I keep feeling so insecure is that fact that I have very little support. My husband supports me, our parents support me, a sis-in-law supports me, and 2 good friends support me. But, that's about it. I have gotten a lot of anti-homeschool comments on my blog. This is MY blog people!-the one that I really NEED to keep public for the sake of my daughters birthfamilies otherwise I would've went private ages ago and not invited those who don't support me. I know, I've gotten some nasty people telling me that if I didn't want the worlds opinion I should go private. Trust me, I really WANT to. But I won't. At least not soon.
Either way-
I could probably plow through homeschooling with a lack of support, but it wouldn't be very easy.
Then, to add to the problem, we didn't get into a homeschool co-op because of our religion. Now I can truly say I know what if feels like to be discrimminated against. I'm not sure what that homeschool co-op is afraid of? Maybe they were worried that Kayley would be proselyting to the other Kindergartners? I was really counting on that co-op to help Kayley get the sense of 'school' that she was craving and a chance for me to meet other Moms who were also homeschooling...
It would be very hard to go it alone, homeschooling, without support. Of friends, family and a co-op. Not that I couldn't do it...but I know my limitations. And I need support.
But when we add on top of that...the fact that Kayley just really wants to go to school...well, maybe we need to re-evaluate the whole situation.
So, we did some hard and fast re-evaluating and here is what we decided.

No-
Kayley (or Maggie) will not be starting public school (hooray that we are still 1 year too young to even really need to worry about it). But, Kayley will be going back to her private preschool program tomorrow.
I have thrilled her beyond all reason to take her back.
She is so excited.
I am grateful that it is not all day, every day, for 7 hours a day kind of program.

Yes-
we will continue homeschooling this year even though Kayley will be going to a preK program. I will give updates on what kinds of things we are working on. We will continue with BJU phonics and Math, and FIAR geography and unit studies. It is pretty likely Kayley will be beyond Kindergarden by the end of the year, but...we'll worry about that when we get there.
We are bouncing around plenty of ideas.
(Sorry-public school is still not an option for now.)
Most likely it will be the hybrid school.
2 days on - 3 days off a week.
The schooling that Kayley wants-the homeschooling that I want...
But, we'll see.
We are playing it one day and one prayer at a time.

We have Tooth!


Hard to believe how fast time is flying by.
Maggie cut her first tooth today...
and I predict:
Crawling by the end of the week!
(I hope not, but she is up and rocking and really wanting to go go go!)



Thursday, August 26, 2010

Yakov Smirnoff - Moscow Circus




I'm always a sucker for doing something fun, so I convinced everybody that we needed to go down to Branson and see Yakov's Moscow Circus. It was a lot of fun. They even served food! "Yak in the Box!" We saw the World Champion unicyclist and an amazing lady who was flinging and twirling fireballs. We didn't get to meet Yakov (darn) but we did get to see a giant caricature of his head...which was kind of cool. (Although Kayley thought it was spooky).

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The First Day of School...

I know it has been a while since I posted. I have a lot to say, but just no time to sit down and get it all on the computer. Both my girls keep me pretty busy! I was blog hopping over the last few days and saw many of my friends posting the 'first day of school' pictures. I felt a little pang of jealousy since we are homeschooling. Then, I realized that we did indeed have a 'first day of school' as well, it just didn't involve lunchboxes or school buses. Couple that with the fact that Kayley is just-turned 4 and is not 'technically' school age.... Either way. We DID, in fact, start school last week and here is Kayley on her First day of Kindergarten! Yes! We are homeschooling Kindergarten this year even though Kayley is only 4. She is beyond ready.

It is going really well so far. Of course, this is only our second week so its all subject to come crashing down. Since a few people might be curious to know we are using a combination of BJU Press K5 curriculum for Phonics and Math. We are using Lapbooking and Magic School Bus (whee!) for Science and we are using Five in a Row for Reading/Literature & Geography. I know, it sounds like a lot, but trust me...it boils down to less than 3 hours of school a day. The rest of the time I get to spend just hanging out and loving my girls, going on play dates and field trips, and whatever else strikes our fancy.

I can't believe we are getting so close to school age! I get choked up thinking about taking my Kayley and putting her on that yellow bus. 7 hours at school! That is a LONG day. Why are they there so long? What are they doing all day? What are they learning? I am so glad she is still 4 and I don't have to make that decision this year. If this year goes well, and we enjoy homeschooling, we'll keep at it another year and maybe another year. If it doesn't work...if Kayley is not happy...if I am not happy...if Daddy is not happy...we will re-evaluate the situation. One year at a time. So far we are really pleased. We miss preschool a little but not too much. We are joining a co-op that starts in September and we also signed up for the Zoo pre-K classes as well. Kayley is likely to take a dance class and an art class at the YMCA as well. We will not lack social activities that is for sure!

I have already heard from several of my girlfriends who's children started K this year. One of them told me that she cried all day knowing that her child was going to be gone from home for over 7 hours of the day. One of them said that their child cried and cried at drop off time. One of them said their daughter came home today asking, "What is crack?"
Really? Why are kids talking about crack in K?
And, why....why would I want to put my daughter there?
I know, I know...they have to learn about the world sometime--
But, do they have to make all of these awful, childhood-robbing
discoveries at the tender age of 5?
I don't remember hearing about that stuff when I was in Elementary school.
I think things are a LOT different now than they were when we were kids...

So glad I get to keep my kids close to my heart for another year...and maybe another after that...and maybe another after that....
One year at a time.
So far--so good!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Kayleys 2nd Dance Camp Recital...

Branson Landing and Noah




We headed down to Branson to the Sight & Sound Theater to see Noah. It was really neat! Lots of animatronic animals and wrap around stage! I'd really recommend the show, it was a lot of fun. Afterward, we puttered around Branson Landing where Kayley played in the bubble machine and got a cool ladybug balloon bracelet!

Lettuce tell you about Kayley...


I'm sure by now you are wondering why I snapped this picture of Kayley posing with Romain lettuce. And I just wanted to let you know, that I have NO idea why Kayley wanted her picture taken with Romain, but it just so happened...that I had the camera in my purse that day. So, I took her pic... Isn't she cute? That is some pretty good looking Romain too.

Peas...are....

YUCKY!



ZZZZZZ.....

That jumperoo really takes a lot out of you...

Monday, August 2, 2010

Jumperoo



The new jumperoo is a big hit!!

10 minutes later....


I know one baby who is going to sleep really well tonight!


Sunday, August 1, 2010

My new sink!

I really, really, really have to thank my father-in-law Jim for installing a new sink in my kitchen! I am NO good at fixer-upper projects and I am so grateful that he was excited to help us with this one! I have to admit I was a little worried when I wandered back to the computer and saw this:


But, things l0oked like they were going pretty well.
Maybe because he had Kayley as a big helper?
My old gross sink on the deck. Isn't it nasty? It is made out of acrylic/plastic and was stained and scratched and just plain yucky!
The empty counter top~
The end result. A brand new, gorgeous stainless steel sink complete with a new disposal!

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