Monday, August 30, 2010

Today's Amazon Order

I must say, I LOVE Amazon! Or maybe a better word would be....addicted? I usually keep a cart of the things I want to buy and watch them as the prices fluctuate.  When they go down enough to a price I am willing to pay, then I buy them.

Today, my order consisted of one find which was mentioned on the WTM boards. I love this book.  Leanna has been browsing the pages since It came in the mail and hasn't stopped asking questions.  Of course, she had a few giggles at the naked pictures of which I explained to her were works of art by famous artists and should be respected, not giggled at.
Lives of the Great Artists
I also picked up a couple resources to use with Galloping the Globe as we take our "virtual trip around the world".  I found the suggestions on this blog: Homeschool Creations - Geography. I love this blog! It has so many printables, resource suggestions, lesson plans, etc. to use alongside Galloping the Globe. Although, perusing it, has cost me some money (money well spent though since it was on books). We can NEVER have too many books! I find I am constantly adding to my children's library. These are the two books that came today as well.
Ten Girls Who Changed The World (Lightkeepers)Ten Girls Who Made History (Lightkeepers)
I received both of these books on the 4-for-3-promotion.  If you purchase 4 books, you end up receiving one for FREE.  I love Amazon deals! I have made the mistake a couple of times of adding books in this particular promotion to my cart and not buying enough, thus, not receiving the free book.  I always check now and do separate orders to make sure it checks out correctly. 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Finished Binders

Well, I just got done making Leanna's weekly binder. I will start on Devin's next.  I used scrapbooking paper to decorate the binder and put her picture on the front.  I found the idea online when I searched for "decorating binders".  I might do a bit more later, but I think it's fine for now. Here is a picture.
Inside, they will both have a pencil case which they will carry their pencils, erasers, glue, or whatever else they may need for a school day. There are dividers for Monday through Friday so they know exactly what is expected of them each day. I figure doing things this way will make things extremely easy if we need to leave the house and take school with us. Everything will be all in one folder! 

I also completed Devin's binder. It is organized the same way as Leanna's, but his is decorated with Optimus Prime since he loves Transformers.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

My Homeschool Filing Method

So, I have this what? Seriously though, I only made this blog after finding so many others that I have become interested in and have actually been following on a weekly basis.  They are usually blogs on homeschooling.  I have found so many great ideas, resources, etc. Some of which I have actually utilized in my own homeschooling (or will in the Fall).

We took an extra long break this Summer because I (as well as the kids) really needed it.  We stopped schooling in May and will continue our new year on September 13, 2010.  We will most likely end up schooling further into the Summer in 2011, but thats okay since the long summer was greatly needed.

I have spent the last few weeks organizing our school room, decorating, making sure our curriculum was all sorted, etc.  Here are a couple pictures of the bulletin boards I have just finished working on in the last couple of weeks.
You probably can't get a good view of the school desk because I took this with my iPhone camera and was trying to get the whole bulletin board in the photo.  It's covers the whole wall and is HUGE.  Notice each child has their own bulletin board behind their chair to post artwork, schoolwork, or anything else they are proud of. 

This year, I have implemented a filing box system I found here: I just finished cutting apart and filing the last of the workbooks.  I do still have Science and Geography to finish though which will probably be the most difficult, time consuming bit of it. Here is a photo of what I have finished thus far.  I have labeled 36 hanging folders for each week of the school year. Inside each hanging folder, I have a manilla folder for each child with that week's work. On Sunday night, I will remove the current week's work and file it in a binder by day.  I will post pictures of the binders when they are completed which is the next thing on my list of "To Do's".
I also have another crate just for my teacher's manuals, resources I need throughout the year such as weekly book logs, lesson plans, weekly schedule, etc. 

Well, I wanted to get a start on this blog. I can't wait to add to it.  I still have a few things left to file so I am off to get that done now and make their binders.  I will post more pictures when it is all complete.