Sunday, September 29, 2013

American Heritage Girls Week #4

This was technically the 4th Tuesday of the month which means the girls don't have a meeting. However, Carly's leader decided they needed more time to finish their fair projects. Since Carly's birthday was the day before the meeting, we carried cupcakes for the girls' to eat. Carly worked on her project as well as began a String Art craft.

Tina went to the church to help her friend clean the nursery toys. She earns service hours for doing it. The rest of the girls stayed with me and Chris until it was time to pick the other two up.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

American Heritage Girls Week #3

The girls just finished up Week #3 of American Heritage Girls. Their Tuesday meeting was held at the park so that the girls could practice for the Groundbreaking Ceremony they are participating in. There was also a drawing held for a prize of all the girls who attended the meeting. Tina won the drawing and received a notebook inscribed by the worship leader.

On Friday, the girls participated in the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Carolina Field of Honor. They sang America, The Beautiful and God Bless America at the beginning of the ceremony. The girls then helped clean up after the veterans at the picnic attending before they ate. The girls all did a wonderful job and represented the organization well.

5 of my girls (Tina is also in the picture in the red shirt; the blonde girl is not my child).
L to R: Chey, Court, Carly, Caitie, Charlee

The girls lining up to walk onto the field. 

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Members of the Patriot Guard (holding the flags).

The girls getting ready to sing.

Connor at the ceremony. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Lowe's Build & Grow Clinic #1: Classic Fire Truck

We went to Lowe's on Saturday morning to participate in the monthly Build & Grow clinic. This month the project was building a classic firetruck. All of the kids except Tina participated. So, 6 kids were building and it was me, Chris, and Tina helping them. They even got a cute little patch. They wore their basic AHG uniform since they had an event to go to immediately after.

The patch

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The finished project (this was Chey's).
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From left to right: Court, Chey, Carly, Charlee, and Caitie
CJ (and part of Court; he didn't want to be in the pic with them)

American Heritage Girls Weeks #1 & 2

Last spring I began debating about putting the girls in American Heritage Girls. After much debate, we decided to register them. We took them to the Ice Cream Social hosted by the troop and did the registration. The girls also earned their first badge:

At their first meeting, they put together hygiene bags to pass out to kids at a Fest the following week. They also began to learn about AHG and the badges they would be working on. Chey and Court are at the lowest level and their primary focus is the Eliza Shirley Badge. They are learning the basics about AHG. The others are working on their Joining Award. They are learning the Oath and Creed. Tina's group is working on the Cake Decorating Badge. She is excited for this one. Carly's group is working on the Creative Crafts Badge. As a part of this, she is entering a necklace into a local fair for judging. Caitie and Charlee's group are working on the Social Skills and Etiquette Badge. 

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Court and Chey (far right in the pale blue shirts) putting together the hygiene bags.

At their second meeting, they worked more on their badges. They have also been rehearsing for the War Memorial Ceremony they are participating in. Chey and Court made tambourines. Carly is making duct tape jewelry as part of her job (her fair entry is beaded jewelry. Picture will be posted when we attend the fair). On Saturday, they attended the Festival at a local elementary school. They played as well as handed out the bags to the kids who attended. 
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From left to right: Caitie, Charlee, Court, Chey, Tina, and Carly

Meanwhile, all CJ did was run and play.
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Thursday, June 13, 2013

2013 - 2014 Curriculum

We are going to spend the summer reviewing basic concepts and doing other fun activities. In July, I will be homeschooling a 9th grader, 6th grader, two 3rd graders, two 1st graders, and a preschooler. Normally I create our entire curriculum myself. However, due to homeschooling seven kids as well as being in college myself I no longer have the time to create it all. This year I will be using some online classes as well as pre-made curriculum.


Crystina will be my 9th grader. We are beginning to work on the high school transcript this year. For her courses she will be taking:

All of these except for the Driver's Education are free. 


Carolyn will be my 6th grader. I could not find a math curriculum that I liked so for now, her math will be created by me. I will be using Easy Peasy for everything else. The Easy Peasy Math used Khan Academy which is Common Core aligned. I am against Common Core, so there's that. Otherwise, the rest will be from Easy Peasy.

Math (Designed by me)

Caitlyn and Charlotte

Caitlyn and Charlotte are my twin 3rd graders. Their curriculum will also be from Easy Peasy. 

Cheyenne and Courtney

Cheyenne and Courtney are my twin 1st graders. Honestly, they lucked out. They learn so much just by watching and listening to the older ones. All of their curriculum will also be from Easy Peasy.


Connor is my 3 year old. I will be working on the Getting Ready 1 curriculum from Easy Peasy with him. This is actually for a 4 year old so I don't know how it's going to turn out. 

I will be combining some of the younger kids for classes. For example, Ancient Art. Five of the kids are taking it, so it will all be done together. However, each child will do the assignments for their grade level. We are also doing smaller units on U.S. Geography and the U.S. Presidents.

I was skeptical when I first heard about Easy Peasy months ago. I never desired a "boxed curriculum". Hopefully I will be pleased with it because it sure is a time saver!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Well, hello....

I am HORRIBLE at blogging. I have learned this. For some reason, I never have any time to blog on any of my blogs. I thought about combining my blogs but quickly shot the idea down. I love that each blog has a different audience and that readers do not have to sort through posts to find the genre they are interested in. So, I am going to attempt {please don't hold me to it} to blog more frequently.

We recently {well 2 months ago} took a trip back home to Louisiana. I will be sharing some pictures from that as well as projects and activities the kids did in relation to the trip. We did a lot of fun activities on vacation! We saw Monster Jam truck show, met Darren Sproles from the New Orleans Saints, went to a New Orleans Hornets game, visited the zoo and aquarium, walked the French Quarter and more. Of course, we lived in Louisiana for awhile, but visiting New Orleans never gets old or boring!

Here's to hoping to seeing you much more frequently!

Friday, September 14, 2012

All About Mammals

For the past week and a half, Caitie and Charlee have been studying mammals. They learned the basic characteristics of mammals such as they have fur and they give live birth to their young versus eggs. They were each given the chance to select one mammal and prepare a poster about that mammal. Caitie chose cats and Charlee chose giraffes.

It's hard to see the posters in the picture. Each girl found a real picture of their animal online. They also were able to find a blank picture and color it to their liking. For each animal, they researched the animal's physical description, habitat, enemies, protection methods, where it would be located in the world, the name for male, female and baby, other animal relatives, diet and interesting facts. Caitie learned that the domestic cat was the most popular pet in the world and that there were over 500 million of them. Charlee was shocked to learn that the giraffe had 4 stomachs. Charlee was also lucky enough that she could find a map labeling the places giraffes could be found. 

The girls will be using this project idea for each of the animal classes.