Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Money Chore Chart




I decided it was time to start this.  It was fairly easy to do and I used what I had on hand. 

What I used:

Foam board
**Library pockets
Card stock
Laminator
Glue


http://www.mathworksheets4kids.com/counting-money/chart-coins-bills.pdf

I printed this on card stock and then laminated it.  I cut it apart and glued it to the front of the library pockets.  (Click on it to download it).




I then downloaded this chore stick printable and then laminated it and just cut them out with my paper cutter (into rectangles and not just the sticks that would take way too much for me).  She has a slightly different tutorial for how she did it.


Basically I cut the foam board to fit the side of my shelving unit.  I hung it by rings and Command hooks.  I glued on the title at the top.  It was from here.

I measured it so that the sticks could fit in the library pockets and not be too tall.  I glued them on with Elmer's glue.  I kept three pockets at the top and put the kids name on it.

I then printed the sticks and laminated them and cut them apart.  I gave each one a value and wrote that on the back.

I then glued on the money values that I printed earlier to the other pockets.  I just did $0.25, $0.50, $1.00, $2.00, $5.00, $10.00 - to make it easier.

Then I put the corresponding job in its value pocket.  I have one reader and two non-readers but the non-readers just grab one and ask me what it says and I tell them.  If they don't like that one they put it back and grab another one.

I also put a couple freebies in there - if they pick those they get money for no work (just for fun).  If I think of something that isn't on the printable I just grabbed those bigger Popsicle sticks and wrote it on there.

When they complete a chore, they put it in their name pocket and at the end of the week or end of every two weeks - we count up the money and pay them.  I usually do every two weeks.

That is how it works.  So far so good.

There are chores they do that they don't get paid for - things that just help the household run  - like make their bed or empty the dishwasher.  These chores are just a little above the daily chores.  I pay bigger money for things I hate to do like clean out the vehicles or scrub the shower.

**You can find library pockets on Amazon or at a school supply store.

Do you do money chores?  How do you make it work?


 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Our Homeschool Year in Review: What Worked and What Didn't {Homeschooling and dyslexia}

This was our first full year of just homeschooling our oldest son.  I thought I should do a wrap up of what worked and what didn't so hang on.

Oh the plans we make. 

I started out telling you about the curriculum we planned to use.



Then did an update towards the middle of the year.  If I could say one thing about homeschool is that you will change things - a lot.  Because you don't know what works with your child until you try it.  Never be afraid to change.  If a curriculum isn't working, find one that does.  I sell and buy on Ebay and Amazon so I never really lose much and sometimes I even make a gain!

Here is what did not work:

Konos - A newbie homeschooler should not use this curriculum.  It requires a lot of planning and I was not prepared for it. 

Math - Math U See.  We finished one level and got about half way through another level but there were just too many tears and frustrations and I knew we had to make a switch. 





Handwriting - Handwriting Without Tears - he finished it but did not retain it.  His handwriting was still pretty horrible the first half of this year.

Spelling - All About Spelling Level 1 - he went through this and did not retain most of it.  But I think it is an excellent program and we will go through the last half of it and go slower.  He probably could start level 2 but I want to be sure he has it first.

 Science - Supercharged Science - he was just too young for this but I'm keeping it to use later.

You are probably wondering what in the world worked.

Here is what worked:



History - Story of the World curriculum - We love this curriculum.  Absolutely love it!  He enjoys the stories as do I.  We did do it along with Mystery of History but I felt that that curriculum's stories weren't as in depth as Story of the World but we do use some of the biblical ones to use along with Story of the World. 

Phonics - Toe By Toe - We just recently started Orton Gillingham tutoring so I do Toe By Toe on our non-tutoring days.  He has improved one reading level and we aren't half way done with this book.  I can't recommend it highly enough for dyslexics.

Writing - Writing With Ease - I love this curriculum.  Also, my son's handwriting has improved with the copywork he has done while using this curriculum.  And he loves all of the condensed version of the classic stories.  Most of the time he begs me to finish the stories because they are usually started on Day 2 and finished on Day 4 so we often do those days together.

Grammar - First Language Lessons - I love this curriculum as well.  The lessons are short.  There is so much repetition which is so good for my son's short term memory.  Dyslexics usually have a bad short term memory.  It is not my son's favorite subject but I allow him to answer questions standing up or walking around and he is getting really good at remembering the poems.

Science - Science in the Beginning - I am really blessed in this area because I actually share history and science with my friend.  I teach history to my kids and her's and she teaches science to mine (and her's) and I love her choice of curriculum.  My kids are learning and applying so much.  I love this science.  Each lesson is short and almost every one has a hands on activity!  Perfect my kids.  And my kids love it too.

Math - Right Start Math - I cannot say enough good things about this curriculum too.  It has been wonderful for my son.  He not only gets the math problems right he can articulate the reasoning behind them and he often does it without me asking.  I am blown away at his progress!  And no more tears and he seems to enjoy it and I never thought I would say that about math.

Handwriting - Cursive First - this is great for really teaching cursive.  It shows you the movements of the letters by using a clock as a guide which is also good for my dyslexic.  We also write in salt first and then on paper.

Notebooking and dictation - these two things I use in almost every subject.  We notebook almost everything.  He retains it better and I can look back on it.   And since he is dyslexic and it is a little tougher for him to write, I write a lot of things for him.  There are times I have him write but I don't make him write over two sentences.  He will get better and write more but we are just going slow.  I don't want him to hate it.

We do other things too that are working well like Song School Latin and a typing book.  But I don't feel I have used them long enough to give a complete thumbs up.  I came to them later in the year.  Although we are continuing to homeschool in the summer.

Isn't it funny that it is technically the end of the school year I finally feel like we are in a good rhythm so I'm not stopping now! 

I also wanted to add that just because some of the above curriculum did not work for us does not mean it won't work for you.  Of course, each child is different. 

Tell me what worked for you and what didn't?

Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers
 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A review of the show - Signed, Sealed, Delivered



I have seen this show advertised quite a bit but never sat down to watch it until now.  I am so glad I did.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered 
The new original series "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" is a wonderful combination of romance, comedy and drama that follows the lives of four postal detectives who transform themselves into a team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of the office where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but somehow always on time. The team includes charming Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius), the group's leader is a man of faith who prayerfully approaches his work with the goal of making a difference in people's lives; new team member, Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), a technophile who brings 21st century sensibility to the group; free-spirited, “girl next door” Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe) who has a photographic memory; and lovable Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson), a master in conventional research methods.
The show aires SUNDAYS, 8/7c on Hallmark
 
 
My Review:
 
The episode that I watched was about a letter that was delivered to a girl with down syndrome and the things that happened because of that letter.  It was such a heart warming story.   It kept me engaged the whole time.  I kept pausing it when I had to leave the room because I did not want to miss a moment of it.  It is a show you can watch with your family and not be worried about what they will see.  I believe that is very important.  I am so glad they made this show!
 
The characters were encouraging and even used Scripture in the show.  The music was also great - the song at the end was one that I had heard before and loved.  

Please go to the website to watch past episodes and find out when new ones are airing.  You won't be sorry.  I am so excited that a show like this is on! 
 
 
**This incredible series even incorporates scripture in its themes and in the conversations between characters.  In FACT, The American Bible Society has built a bible study to go with the series, 
Isn't that great? A seven-day Bible reading experience to dig deeper into the meaningful biblical themes revealed in each episode of Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
The Bible Reading Experience is free and currently available for one week only. We hope to see the American Bible Society reading series continue and value your support. Please share this with your readers and urge them to sign up!




What about you, have you watched this show yet???


 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

First Language Lessons Level 1 - activites to use with each lesson

I wanted to put together a list of activities I could do alongside First Language Lessons Level 1.  I might not do it all the time but I wanted something in case.  Here is a list I am putting together.  I started on Lesson 34 because that is where we are although I have listed some noun things for you below because the first 33 lessons are still on nouns.

I will be adding to this list so I'm going to put it as one of my "pages" on my blog.  Feel free to leave a comment and let me know about more things.




Common and Proper noun card games

Common and Proper nouns printable with names

Noun Sorting cards

Common and Proper noun sorting

Person Place Thing Printable

Noun Book

Capitalization Activity


Lesson 34 - Proper nouns (Days of the week)

Lesson 35 -  Poem memorization

Lesson 36 - narration (Coloring page while narrating)

Lesson 37 - Nouns (Noun notebooking page)

Lessons 38 - Proper nouns (Days of the week)

Lesson 39 - Address printable

Lesson 40 - Months of the year printable

Lesson 41 - Months of the year printable

Lesson 42 - Notebooking page - do that page

Lesson 43 -  Poem printables

Lesson 44 - Notebooking page

Lesson 45 - Noun listing (First page)

Lesson 46 - Pronouns

Pronoun song (We LOVE THIS GIRL!)

Lesson 47 - Pronouns List 1 

Lesson 48 - Pronouns list 2

Lesson 48 - Prounouns

Lesson 49 - Pronouns list 3 - Matching game

Lesson 50 - Pronouns again - Pronoun pockets

Lesson 51 - Grammar notebooking pages

Lesson 52 - Action Verbs

Lesson 53 - Action Verb video and

Lesson 54 - telephone number



DIY Grammar Farm from Living Montessori Now


 Poem printables

Grammar notebooking pages



 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Week In Review - School, Life and Paleo

School Stuff

School is going well.  We have a rhythm and I hope to continue it over summer although on the lighter side.


This is how I sometimes set up my son's afternoon.  Each book around the table and then we work on one at a time as he moves to each book. 



My daughter finished her map of South America at her Montessori school.  I love them.


Our history lesson - we listen to the audio and color and do map work.


This guy loves this kinetic sand.  It is pretty cool


We played Senet after our History lesson - an ancient Egyptian game.


She was proud of her creation:)


I love the timeline.  I love it so much that I actually color it instead of the kids because its just so pretty.


My friend and I switch kids - she teaches my kids science (and her kids) and I teach my kids (and her kids) history.  It works out great!  Here the kiddos are doing a project on light.



 Life stuff

The kids were able to read to dogs at the library.  They loved it!  And I loved it!




We went to our friend's soccer game.  The boys (my friend's son and mine) hid under here and used there electronics.  Seriously boys.


 Cute little selfie

Love these two - my youngest and my oldest.


She was doing a puzzle.


We visited a new library and they had so much fun in the wooden tractor with all the stuffed animals.



My son has found like 10 4-leaf clovers this week!


My friend and I went to a homeschool convention and I had to take pictures.  Just a few.





 Paleo Stuff

Here are some pictures of my paleo meals and snacks.  I love what Paleo is doing for me.  I can't believe it really. 

Beef and cabbage stir fry

"Taco" salad

Kabobs

Sweet potatoes and sausage

"Paleo" chocolate chip bars

 Hope you have a great week!


 

Monday, April 28, 2014

{Homeschooling} Its the end of the year and I am finally getting it together




Isn't that always the way?  It is coming down to the last five weeks of the school year and I finally feel like I have things figured out but guess what?  We don't go by a school calendar.  I choose to school year round with breaks here and there when needed and obviously we go lighter in the summer because this girl likes to enjoy sunshine!

This year I'm only homeschooling (mainly) one kid but next year it will be three plus this little two year old tornado that we have in the house.



 I feel like we finally are enjoying what we are doing.  Yay!!!








Hands on, classical, Charlotte Mason, eclectic mix - this is what we are doing.  I hope to catch up some posts with what we are using.  We will see if I can.

How is your schooling going?  Home or away.