Saturday, August 22, 2009

1st Field Trip of the Year Part 2

After the zoo, we went to the beach. The kids had a blast at the beach (minus Carden's jelly fish sting). Ryan was a daredevil in the water!

1st Field Trip of the Year...Part 1

We went on an adventure to the beach with our friends last week. On our way, we stopped by this little zoo. They had many exotic animals and though it was neat to see so many different animals, it was also sad because the animals seemed distressed. Ryan's favorite animal at the zoo was the zebra and Arianna's was the "curly horned goat" (aka Ram). I liked the Momma duck and her ducklings because they were free to roam. Some interested facts that we learned are that giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their neck as we do and turtles and alligators can live in harmony.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

1st Day of School

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Ari looking at her new school supplies…


We did our morning devotional first…


Ryan creating animals


Ari earned computer time (after they complete a workbox, they take off the velcro number (called a ticket), after they have 2 tickets, they can choose an activity from an upcoming workbox).  Every third box is a fun activity such as computer, painting, etc. 


Ryan working on small, medium and big with his dinosaurs.   DSC_0296

Ari doing her Math


Ari drawing a picture of what the poem about Trees made her feel.DSC_0300 DSC_0302


Ari doing a paint by number, she prefers to do creative painting…


Our new school room

We moved the school room from the dining room to the former playroom.  Here are a few pics of the new school room…I want to get some children’s chairs..DSC_0274

Ari’s filled workboxes for her first day of school…DSC_0279

Ryan’s filled workboxes for his first day of school…DSC_0280

This is where I organize all of the stuff for the workboxes…I have them organized by type of activity for each child…I have another bookshelf across the room with my curriculum planning books.  Last year, I found that I frequently forgot about activities that I wanted to do.  Now they are easy to find.

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This shelf is an old office mailbox center that my Mom bought me from Goodwill.  I use the backside for the pocket chart and the front is pushed next to the table and is used to organize the different types of paper for school.The bins on top are for Ari and Ryan’s finished work. 


The rest of the room is set up in center’s similar to preschool. 

Weekend Adventures

We had a fun and busy weekend…

Mommy went to a Charlotte Mason Discussion Group…

We celebrated Andrew’s 1st Birthday…

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We celebrated the birth of Jesse Wayne Stephenson…DSC_0184 DSC_0198 DSC_0204 DSC_0236

Daddy worked on the shelves in the garage…

Ryan goofed off with Daddy…DSC_0245 DSC_0251 DSC_0255 DSC_0265

Ari riding the scooter…


Mommy finished planning for the first day of school…