Friday, March 28, 2008
I started dd4 with it the other day and we are now working on step 3. She already knew her phonograms A-Z so we were able to bypass step one. Today she was segmenting 3-sound words and learning to alphabetize. I wasn't sure how the segmenting was going to go, but she did well. I can't wait to see how this affects her learning to read.
So if you want a phonics-based spelling program or have a struggling speller, definitely check out All About Spelling. I have heard reports from many happy remedial users.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I think the following is a good litmus test. If the activity drains me so that I don't have as much to give to my husband and children, it is not the right time for me to be involved. If the activity enriches my life so I have more to give my family, that is a worthwhile use of my time.
So what extracurricular activities do we have that enrich us? And which ones do we have that drain us?
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Place your spotted item over a bowl and pour boiling water over the stains until they disappear.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Rosetta Stone has been the #1 foreign language curriculum among homeschoolers for a while -- next week they are unleashing a brand new curriculum, and you can WIN the *all new* Rosetta Stone Homeschool Version 3… FOR FREE!
This is a $219 program (and believe me it's worth every penny!) and the winner gets to pick from any of these 14 languages: Spanish (Spain or Latin America), English (American or British), Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Irish, Hebrew, or Russian.
This will also include a headset with microphone, and students will participate in lifelike conversations and actually produce language to advance through the program. Rosetta Stone still incorporates listening, reading and writing as well, in addition to speaking. Many homeschoolers requested grammar and vocabulary exercises, and with Rosetta Stone Homeschool Version 3, they're included! For parents, the new Parent Administrative Tools are integrated into the program and allow parents to easily enroll students in any of 12 predetermined lesson plans, monitor student progress, and view and print reports.
To win this most excellent program -- in the language of your choice -- copy these (blue) paragraphs and post it in (or as) your next blog post -- then to enter the contest, go to the original contest page HERE: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/JenIG/501132/ and leave a comment with the link showing where you blogged about it. And please make sure the link works to get back to the original contest page when you post it. And good luck! The winner will be picked randomly on March 26, and will be notified thru the link they left to their blog pg. And if you have more than one blog, you can post them and enter those separately for more chances to win. Yay for free stuff!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Dan's job is going well. They have restructured his position. It now includes being the database administrator for the company. This is a role he enjoys so it is a positive change.
I am staying busy with homeschooling and just keeping the household afloat. School is going well. We have about 11 weeks left. (We usually run from Jul-Mar but the move this year extended that.) I have most of next year planned out and am starting to purchase material. The girls are enjoying spending a lot of time playing outside. They have made some friends in the neighborhood.
We are slowly getting the house put together. We are still on the look out for another couch, some kitchen chairs, bar stools, and a bunk bed. I found a couple area rugs but haven't heard back from the sellers. But spring and summer are coming and we will hit the garage sales for what we still don't have.
That's about it for right now.