Thursday, November 10, 2016

Weekly Wrap-Up With "Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?"

We are finally in full swing for school, and the kiddos and I are having a blast together. I did some more tweaking to our schedule this week. There will be probably be more as the months go on. My goal is to make learning fun for them! 

I would like to share with you our weekly wrap-up!
This week the littles 'rowed' "Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?" by Nancy White Carlstom.

This is such a cute book full of learning opportunities! 

On Monday we focused on Language Arts. Popper started Learning Language Arts Through Literature Yellow Book while the littles worked on learning to rhyme! As a group we are working on memorizing "After the Party" by William Wise from IEW's poetry memorization. 

Popper is excited about learning to read and write in cursive! I think he did pretty great on his first attempt!

I found these free rhyming clip cards on The Measured Mom. We used Forebrain on Sister so that she can better hear herself. It has been very successful in helping her correct speech problems! They both enjoyed the clip cards. I loved watching them starting to learn independently! 

On Tuesday, we worked on math and started learning about Bach. 
We read the first chapter of Bach from Zeezok's Music Appreciation. I printed off a Bach coloring sheet from Year Round Homeschooling. I have found that giving them something to do while I am reading helps them sit still and focus.

Popper is learning multiplication. At first, he was not interested at all, but after seeing how it worked, he was excited that it was faster then adding multiple times!

The littles worked on learning numbers and sorting with our colored bears and number cards. 

Wednesday was Social Studies. We talked about Jesse Bear's family and who our family is. The littles drew a picture of Jesse Bear's family and our family using printable worksheets from Homeschool Share.

I found this cute puzzle by Melissa and Doug that let the kiddos dress Jesse Bear and his mom and dad. Even though the puzzle isn't actually Jesse Bear, the kiddos loved it! I think it fit great in our week.

Thursday was Science. As a group we learned about the sun with Apologia Astronomy. The kiddos each made a picture of the sun, complete with sun spots using chalks. 

The littles also learned about eating healthy. We used this printable worksheet from Homeschool Share. They colored, Brother Bear cut his own out, and they glued them on the plate!

We also worked on Dyslexia Games everyday. I am still so impressed with how well this has helped with Popper writing and reading. I think it is great for any kid really. My kiddos love it!

So, that's our wrap-up! Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you enjoyed! Up next week:
 "We're Going On A Bear Hunt"

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Fall Family Fun!

Fall is a favorite at the Crunchy House! We love the cooler weather, the leaves changing into beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow, and of course, the smells! I love all the holidays that happen this time of year and the family memories waiting to be made! I thought that I would share with you some of our fun from this past few weeks and an amazing moment that God used to remind me why I do do what I do!

One of Daddy T's favorite things is the pumpkin patch. He has very found memories of going with his family as a child. We decided that we would keep this tradition with our kiddos and make a day of it!

Of course, no family trip is complete without me making them all pose for a picture!  I love seeing them together. They are growing up so fast that I want to catch every moment of togetherness that I can. Especially since B will be heading to college in just a couple of short years.

We are a family of animal lovers! Daddy T and I joke that our acre and a half is only about 19 acres short of the farm that we dream about! The pumpkin patch that we visit has a petting zoo and they allow you to feed the llamas, goats, chickens, and pigs!

This was a huge delight for us! We spent over an hour just petting and feeding the animals! One of my favorite moments was captured during this time:

One year ago, this picture would not have happened. One year ago, I was pleading with God to bring our oldest home! This picture is an answer to prayer, a reminder that God hears my prayers, that He protects my kiddos, and that when satan tries to destroy, God can turn it around for HIS glory! 
This picture represents the most important people to me! This is my family. They are interacting and just enjoying life together....they have no idea that I have stepped back to capture this moment, they simply were enjoying each other! THIS is what it's all about! Making memories together! These precious moments make my job worth it! These are the moments I sit back and thank my Heavenly Father for giving me the privilege to be their mom and wife!