Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Our First Week of our 4th Year of Homeschooling ;-)

So the girlz and I just started our first week of our 4th year of homeschooling! We're already having so much fun & we really enjoying learning together. The past 2 years, we've used a curriculum called My Father's World and have really loved it. But this year we are taking a break and are doing Prairie Primer which is based on the Little House on the Prairie books. My girlz looove Little House on the Prairie so I thought this would be a great time to try the Prairie Primer curriculum. We will read one Little House on the Prairie book a month and all of our history, science, art, Bible study and writing will be based around topics from the books.

There are a few things we'll be skipping over that are in the curriculum like blowing up a pig's bladder like a balloon, eating venison and baking cracklings in cornbread! But there's lots of other fun things we'll be doing and we're so excited to get started! Here's a few pics from our first week...

The girlz looove getting new school supplies...
"A" working on handwriting...
Snack time...
We store school work that we want to save in pizza boxes. (They stack easily and are a great size for keeping things! We buy our pizza boxes at Arris' Pizza. I like them because they are white with just a little bit of writing on the top that we can cover with paper. They sell them to me for $3.50 for 6 boxes.) The girlz decorate a new box every year and we put their favorite things in their boxes. Here's "M" decorating her box...

And here's "A's" box. I love the strategically placed stickers...
Painting log cabins (containers that held blackberries we picked earlier this summer)...
Putting together miniature teepees...

While making our teepees, I found some pretty neat Indian music to listen to at pandora.com. You'll be able to find it if you do a search for "Indian flute radio". It's really peaceful and calming to listen to. Fortunately, the girlz stayed awake while it was playing but it almost put me to sleep! ;-)




Our Native American and Prairie villages...
I found these miniature characters at Owasso's Classroom Corner. It's called "Wild West Toob" and can also be found at amazon.com here.
Not real sure why some are on the roofs ;-)
We look forward to everything we'll be learning this school year based on the Little House books!

6 comments:

Melanie said...

Ok, you girls are having too much fun! I love your crafts!

Where did you get your pizza boxes? Did you just ask at a pizza place? I want to do that with my kiddos, but my greasy ones won't work too well, LOL!

How long does your school day typically last?

mommyof3andlovin'it said...

Christy!?!?!?!? Seeing those pics pains me. I'm still on again, off again, on again, off again. AHHHHHH!! I wanna be in your "class"!!! Ha!

kenziekylanmom said...

Oh my kids are so excited about the Prairie Primer that I think I'm going to start earlier then we had anticipated! LOL!! Glad you are enjoying it!

4 Lettre Words said...

Bless you for this and I know the girls are thriving!

We are in our first week of public school. Sam is doing great, but mom...well...we'll see!

Duncan Clan said...

Fourth year. Wow. Seems like only yesterday you were concerned with starting and now you are a pro. The girls are thriving. Great job with God.

Shabbee Chick said...

Christy I just love you! You are a gal after my own heart! Can I come to school with you?