Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fitness, Fun and Fellowship

At the end of the last school year our original homeschool group decided to close down. We were very sad about this and started looking for a new group. I couldn't find a group in our area that I liked and could afford. So, I had to start my own.
First, I had to figure out where to have the group. That was a pretty easy one. I decided to have it at my church. Then came the process of getting the approval of the church. I was very excited when we got our approval! I had already planned our first two events and I was ready to let other homeschoolers know about our group.
 I have decided to meet once a month and keep this group very casual. We do extra curricular activities. I want the events to be educational and structured but more on the fun side. We have one hour of educational time and then an hour for lunch. The hour for lunch is a nice time for the moms to talk and the kids to spend free time together.

Our first event was a fitness day. It was basically an hour long gym class. We played a lot of different games. The first game I had them play was Duck, Duck...Goose!. It was very easy to tell them the rules of our group while they were in a circle. We also played:
Follow the Leader
What Time is it, Mr. and Mrs. Fox?
Who Has the Button?
Hurry Server.

We played with balls, bean bags and hula hoops. When we started to get sweaty, we took a walk around the church to cool off.
One of the favorites of the day was Hurry Server! In this game you have to pretend you are a server and race with a tray of items. Plastic, of course! They worked as teams and whoever finished first, won the game!

If you would like to see some more games we have enjoyed in the past check out this post.
I'm sorry I don't have more pictures! It's hard to take pictures and lead a bunch of kids in games!
We finished off our fitness day with a couple of races!

Next time we're heading to the farm.
Cross your fingers that it doesn't rain!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Drop That Egg!

Every year at AWANA the girls get to participate in an egg drop. (If you don't know what AWANA is check out this post.) It's Daddy's job to help them get their egg drops all ready. This is Pie Pie's fifth year participating. Since they don't like to do the same thing, every year they have gotten a bit more creative. This year it was parachutes!

The girls and their Daddy worked very hard on this project. They hot glued and drilled. I also heard there was a lighter involved! Nobody got hurt making this project because I wasn't helping.
The egg went into the box and the parachute helped slow down the decent from the high window. We also surrounded the egg with packing foam. I heard someone else used marshmallows. Pie Pie wants to try that next year.

Both of their eggs made it to the ground in one piece!

 All of the kids love this event!
 It's even fun to hear and see the eggs crack and splatter all over the ground!
 Science and Bible in one night, it's a dream come true for this homeschool Mom!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Our Little Ballerina

Pants finally got her turn to take ballet!
She loved watching Pie Pie dance and anxiously waited for when she was old enough. This week was her first class. She was a little nervous, but we saw a familiar face. She has a student teacher that Pie Pie had when she took dance. She had a great time and was very energized when the class was over. I was hoping for the opposite effect!
Luckily for me her class is before dinner, so we took a nice long walk after dinner. She was pretty tired by the time bedtime rolled around.
Now we just have to get her some ballet slippers and she is ready for her next class!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

A Month Into the School Year

I was counting how many days we have done for school recently and was happy to notice that we have 25 days finished already! Pie Pie and I like to know how much we have accomplished! I am also pleased with the progress we have made and would like to share some here.
Pie Pie and Pants have done a lot of reading. I love reading and will do anything to encourage them to read. They each read enough books for about 36 tickets (5 books per ticket) in the Library Reading Program this Summer. I'm not sure the actual total because I lost track, but that is a lot of books. We have particularly enjoyed reading Carolyn Haywood books.

We are currently reading
These are some of my favorites from when I was little and I am so glad Pie Pie can enjoy them now. Pants and I are reading through the selections in Before Five in a Row. We have, so far, liked all of their choices.
We are currently in our third chapter in Math which should be finished up tomorrow. We are just getting started with some new lessons, but Pie Pie is sailing right through. Pants is still working on counting and writing her numbers. They both like to build with our Math blocks.
For History we are currently in the 1800s of American History. We just finished up the Constitution and learned about the Bill of Rights. We are looking forward to the War of 1812  and then we are going to read about the American Girl from that time period, Josephina.
We started off with a couple of different topics. We learned a little about the Ocean and Butterflies. Now we are currently on The Human Body. We are learning a little more about what our body parts do and how to take care of ourselves. Our next topic will be all of the animals that are in Animal Jam. This is their favorite Internet game. Pants is learning about different animals and the Five Senses.
We just finished up our second Which Way U.S.A. book. This is Pie Pie's favorite subject right now. Whenever I ask her what subject she wants to do, she always says Geography!
Language Arts
We just started our Grammar book this week. We have also been working on Handwriting. I am also hoping to start a Spelling Program very soon! We are going to be starting a Literature unit all about the Roman and Greek gods and goddess.
We are doing daily devotions and just started AWANA, which  is a Bible Club for kids. Both of the girls participate and it is at our church. They learn about the Bible, play games and get prizes. This is where they recite their Bible Memory Verse for the week.
Pants has been very fiesty lately so we have been going really easy with Pre-K. We are reading and I have been trying to get her to focus for longer periods of time on a task. She is going to be starting Ballet next week and I think that will be a good physical outlet for her. She loves to draw, color and play.
There's lots of other things going on for us too. We have been busy! I just wanted to give a little update to anyone who likes to read about us!
More to Come!
P.S. I am linkink up with iHomeschool Network's Mother's Journal.