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How to spell without writing

Hunter, our second grader, is not the biggest fan of writing.  He is reading well and will be working on handwriting this year, but I wanted him to move forward with spelling even if he isn’t totally confident with writing.

Enter Scrabble tiles.

For his first spelling test this year, he used the tiles and a rack from the board game to spell each of his ten spelling words…and then surprised me by knocking out the five bonus words perfectly (which he didn’t study at all during the week).

100% on his first ever spelling test?  I call that a success!

We started!  Homeschool 2017

Holiday weekend

Power goes out.

Kids recovering from fever & flu.

38 weeks pregnant.

Spontaneous trip to the car repair shop.

That’s how we started our 2017 school year!

All things considered, they did awesome.  Like, really awesome.  I was a bit concerned about the transition from the go-with-the-flow summer days to the structured-and-directed homeschool mornings (or afternoons, as this day happened to play out), but they did great.

Hunter is starting second grade.  He will have a lot more “directed” work this year than in past years, but still with a healthy dose of discovery, adventure, and exploration.

Madison is our kindergartner this year.  To say she is excited is an understatement.  Except for the moments when she is undeniably tormented at the fact she made a mistake or can’t do something perfect.  What can I say – she’s pretty amazing.

With Baby #4’s arrival just around the corner, we are taking it slow.  Hopefully we can build some sort of momentum and rhythm so the kids can keep moving forward with school while we all adjust to Baby’s arrival.  No matter what happens, we are embracing this season and all that we will learn.

Thanks to this website and this one for loads of inspiration for this year’s homeschool plan and approach.

Reading Corner

We rearranged our living room to make space for this rocking recliner, and unintentionally created a reading corner for the family.  My heart swells when I see this happening during the day, and it’s occurring more and more as the kiddos realize the cozy factor of a good book and a comfy chair. 

Practicing

The girls asked to wear “Ergos” on our morning walk today. We used scarves that my husband brought back from Cambodia to make slings to carry their babies (doll and rabbit, respectively).  The slings held up through the entire 45 minute walk and they wanted to keep wearing them once they got home.  Big sister practice is well underway!


Madison’s face…it makes me giggle. Also, most likely the girls will not be babywearing their new sibling anytime soon.  Safety first, after all. It is sweet to see them embrace something they’ve seen us do as parents and make it their own.

Countdown to September – Baby #4!

Be prepared for the most anticlimactic announcement in the history of announcements:

We’re pregnant.

Yay!

Now, of course we are brimming with excitement and looking forward to Baby #4 joining the family sometime in September or October (and planning for another home birth in Mexico).  We are grateful to have another life to welcome to the world and into our home.  The kids already know how to talk to the baby and Leah is particular about making sure my shirt is pulled up and my belly is exposed when it’s her turn, especially if she’s ‘reading’ a book to the baby.  Oh, and the name suggestions are out of this world.  Possibly blog-post worthy all in their own right.

The reason for the wah-wah nature of the announcement is that I wanted to start writing about how I’m processing becoming a mom of FOUR KIDS.  My heart and mind are already picking up habit loops based on what I think life will be like, trying to grasp onto some sort of plan to help us survive those first few months.  Let’s face it – newborns are the most unpredictable creatures on the face of this earth.  And for an INTJ mother whose StrengthsFinder score is all DisciplineStrengthsFinder score is all Discipline and whose DISC score is a soaring S, a tiny, wailing, inconsistent, irrational human is so hard to deal with.

I love them.  Yes.  But there’s a lot to process and I want to use this space to help do just that.  Here’s to new life and more diapers!

Sidewalk Homeschool

We were just settling down to start homeschool this morning when the doorbell rang. The fumigator was here (cockroaches keep wanting to make our kitchen their home) and ready to spray. Which meant we were ousted to the sidewalk for 15 minutes while he did his business.

Enter sidewalk homeschool. 



We did tic-tac-toe, a connect the dot game, and hangman.  Hunter found a pile of sight word cards and used them to help spell his “word.”  We may not finish all our planned work today but we still found a way to learn.