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Friday, September 7, 2018

Our School Week :: Week Six :: September 3-7

Books We Read This Week for School: 
Seasonal Reading :: Twilight Comes Twice
Nature Study :: Down Comes the Rain
Science/Creation :: Day Two of Creation

(It has been super rainy recently - a perfect compliment to all of the weather and water cycle reading we have been doing during school the past several weeks!)

Native American Studies :: Southwest Native Americans
History Overview :: History for Little Pilgrims Chapter 2
Geography :: Continent Identification

Literature :: Uncle Wiggly & Winnie the Pooh
Library Books :: see our Goodreads Page for what we've read!


(While she was helping plant our fall garden, Meghan just kept saying, "I love gardening!")

Books We are Reading About the Faith:
Bible Reading :: Jesus Storybook Bible
Devotional Book :: Everything a Child Should Know About God & Reformation ABC
New City Catechism

(Katie was introduced to dice last weekend - she had a wide open mouth every time she shook them in her hands. It was so incredibly cute!)

What's In Our "Beauty" Rotation:
September Hymn :: It Is Well With My Soul
Poetry Memorization :: The Swing
Art Study :: The Boating Party by Cassatt
Music Study :: Peter and the Wolf


What Is On Katie's Shelves:
  1. Shape sorting peg puzzle 
  2. Stringing wooden beads 
  3. Matching identical images
  4. Montessori circle inset puzzle
  5. Plan toys cone stacker (middle part)
  6. Beginner pattern blocks 
  7. Animal peg puzzle 

Katie and I are working through Abeka Nursery Arts and Crafts together during homeschool this year! She and I also work on "homework" assigned to her as a part of her therapy.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Our Master Bedroom :: Simple & Relaxing


Can I just say, I LOVE our master bedroom! One thing my mom told me before we were married was to keep the master bedroom a place for the marriage. Not a work station. Not a place for the children to play. Not a place where messes get stored. And that is a piece of advice I took to heart. 

Our master bedroom is very simple. There are minimal decor items - making it easy to clean and maintain! Also making it a very restful place to end the day. 

Please feel free to come in and see what makes this room special to us!


When we moved to this house, we invested in furniture for our master bedroom. I love the set we picked out. We come nowhere close to filling all of our storage space - but it was so nice back when we shared this room with our babies and could store extra baby things in the open drawer space.


The "theme" of our room is rustic cabin. For our one year anniversary/belated honeymoon we went to Colorado for a week and holed away in a cabin. Most of our decor comes from that trip. In the above picture you can see lanterns hanging from hooks made of rustic branches.

We keep our bedside tables mostly empty aside from charging cords for our phones, simple lamps, and a few books. Above them we have pictures of each of us holding Meghan when she was a baby - we seriously need to get some new family pictures taken!


Yes, we have a tv in our room - we use it a few times a year when Cole finishes watching a sports game while I fall asleep :) As you look out the doors of our room, you can see across the hall to our "nursery" - it was such a convenient place to have our little babies sleeping. 

You can see our bathroom in this picture, the closet is off of the bathroom. 


We have a quilt stand next to the dresser - on it hang a quilt that I made for Cole in blacks and reds and the quilt that my mom made for us when we were married. We had a queen bed at that point and now have a king. We add both of those quilts to the top of our bed in the winter to keep us warm and toasty!

Next to the window hangs a cross stitch sampler that my grandmother made us for our wedding.

I love having so many homemade things in our home. I come from a heritage of women who worked hard and learned to make beautiful things. It's my delight to see these things around our home and they encourage me to continue learning and practicing skills and working hard at homemaking as the Proverbs 31 woman did. In fact, my hope is to make our new quilt when our current one (not a super high quality quilt) gives out. It'll be a big task, but I am so excited to complete this project in the future!


The top of our dresser has these few things - a wedding picture and candle holders that we purchase on our one year anniversary/honeymoon trip. So simple and yet meaningful. Much like our room.

This room is sparsely decorated, but we believe it to be beautiful. It's a wonderful place to relax and the end of the day and a special place in the house that is just for us.

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(I've been asked to share some about the areas of our house - and slowly but surely, I plan to make my way through them. Please know I do not share because I think this is how all houses should be run or that my method of decorating and maintaining my house are correct. I am just sharing what works for us, in this home, in this city, at this time in our lives. I hope you can take some piece of inspiration from what I share.)

Friday, August 31, 2018

Our School Week :: Week Five :: August 27-31

(Meghan started using Learn to Draw Books independently this week!)

Books We Read This Week for School: 
Seasonal Reading :: Twilight Comes Twice
Nature Study :: Down Comes the Rain
Science/Creation :: Creation Day Two


Native American Studies :: Northeast Native American Tribes
History Overview :: The Fall of Mankind
Geography :: The Seven Continents

Literature :: Uncle Wiggly's Storybook & Winnie the Pooh
Library Books :: see our Goodreads Page for what we've read!

Books We are Reading About the Faith:
Bible Reading :: Illustrated Bible Stories
Devotional Book :: Everything a Child Should Know About God & Reformation ABC
New City Catechism

What's In Our "Beauty" Rotation:
August Hymn :: I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
Poetry Memorization :: The Swing
Art Study :: The Boating Party by Cassatt
Music Study :: Peter and the Wolf



Katie Grace started back to "school" this week. Her therapy program started back up and she was so excited to be back to work with her therapists after a one month break! We start working on her "homeschool curriculum" next week :) 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Our School Week :: Week Four :: August 20-24


Books We Read This Week for School: 
Seasonal Reading :: Fall Walk
Nature Study :: Weather Words & What They Mean
Science/Creation :: Day Two


Native American Studies :: Midwest Native American Tribes
History Overview :: Creation & The Fall
Geography :: Continuing to Work On Continent Identification


Literature :: Uncle Wiggly's Adventures & Winnie the Pooh
Library Books :: Not many of these this week, Mama had very little voice...


Books We are Reading About the Faith:
Bible Reading :: Illustrated Bible Stories
Devotional Book :: Everything a Child Should Know About God & Reformation ABC
New City Catechism


What's In Our "Beauty" Rotation:
August Hymn :: I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
Poetry Memorization :: The Swing
Art Study :: Girl in a Blue Armchair - Cassatt
Music Study :: Peter and the Wolf

Friday, August 17, 2018

Our School Week :: Week Three :: August 13-17

Books We Read This Week for School: 
Seasonal Reading :: Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
Nature Identification :: Fun with Nature
Nature Study :: Weather Words & What They Mean by Gail Gibbons
Science/Creation :: The World God Made - Finished Day 1




Native American Studies :: North American Indians
History Overview :: History for Little Pilgrims - Finished Chapter 1
Geography :: Working on Memorizing the Continents

(playing the Uncle Wiggly Board Game from Great-Grandma's house - so fun!)

Literature :: Uncle Wiggly Storybook & Winnie the pooh
Poetry :: A Child's Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa
Read Aloud & Library Books :: So many!


Books We are Reading About the Faith:
Bible Reading :: Illustrated Bible Stories
Devotional Book :: Everything a Child Should Know About God & Reformation ABC
New City Catechism
Seeds Family Worship


What's In Our "Beauty" Rotation:
August Hymn :: I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
Poetry Memorization :: The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson
Art Study :: Mary Cassatt - Little Girl in a Blue Armchair
Music Study :: Peter and the Wolf

(She asked to listen to the Timeline Song on the music phone!)

What Was on Katie's Shelves:
  1. Two Piece Jigsaw Puzzle 
  2. Lacing Block 
  3. Wood Lacing Beads 
  4. Primary Pattern Blocks 
  5. Wood Peg "Tetris" Puzzle 
  6. Melissa and Doug Sound Puzzle 
  7. With Mommy: Biggie Perler Bead Lacing & Boards, Coloring, Stickers

(she made a basket and tree! so creative...)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Our School Week :: Week Two :: August 6-10


Books We Read This Week for School: 
Seasonal Reading :: Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe
Nature Identification :: Fun With Nature - Willow Tree
Nature Study :: Farming by Gail Gibbons
Science/Creation :: The World God Made Chapter 1

Native American Studies :: Corn is Maize by Aliki
History Overview :: History for Little Pilgrims Chapter 1
Geography :: Working on Memorizing the Continents

Literature :: Uncle Wiggly's Storybook & Winnie the Pooh
Poetry :: A Child's Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa
Read Aloud & Library Books :: I don't know if I'll ever be able to keep track of all of these.... 😀


Books We are Reading About the Faith:
Bible Reading :: Illustrated Bible Stories
Devotional Book :: Everything a Child Should Know About God & Reformation ABC
New City Catechism
Seeds Family Worship


What's In Our "Beauty" Rotation:
August Hymn :: I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
Poetry Memorization :: The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson
Art Study :: Mary Cassatt - The Crochet Lesson
Music Study :: Peter and the Wolf


What Was on Katie's Shelves This Week: 
  1. Two piece jigsaw puzzle 
  2. Wood Lacing Beads - this week she moved from stringing them on aquarium tubing to using the wooden needle and thread. She also learned to string Biggie Perler Beads on lacing cord. 
  3. Melissa and Doug Sound Puzzle (sweet friends are loaning us some puzzles for her to practice with!)

Friday, August 3, 2018

Our School Week :: Week One :: July 30-August 3


Bible Reading :: We read about the promise to Abraham, the birth of Ishmael & Isaac, and Abraham's trust when asked to sacrifice Isaac.
Devotional Book :: Everything A Child Should Know About God, Reformation ABC
Catechism Questions :: New City Catechism - Working on the First Three Commandments
Hymn :: I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

Poetry Memorization :: The Swing by Robert Louis Stevensen
Poetry Reading :: A Child's Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa

Seasonal Reading :: We read about the month of August as well as poems for the month of August in Long Night Moon and A Child's Calendar.
Math :: We did work on addition fact memorization with Preschool Prep and 1st Grade Daily Math Practice. She also really enjoyed building shapes on the geoboard.


Reading Lessons :: Working on phonics skills & reading CVC words. She has also been enjoying reading Dick and Jane readers.
Handwriting :: This week she practiced writing her name & journaled about the animals we saw at the fair.

Spanish Vocabulary :: Green, Brown


Nature Identification :: Aspen Tree
Nature Study :: Farming by Gail Gibbons
Science/Creation :: Day One

Native American Studies :: Corn is Maize
History Overview ::  History for Little Pilgrims Chapter 1
Geography :: Continent Identification
Timeline :: Currently singing the Timeline song through Patriarchs of Israel.


Literature :: Uncle Wiggly Chapter 1
Read Aloud :: Winnie the Pooh Chapter 1

Library Books :: We read a stack of these and I forgot to keep track of them!


Art Study :: The Crochet Lesson by Mary Cassatt
Music Study :: Peter and the Wolf
Handwork :: She worked on sewing on plastic canvas.
Games :: Bird Bingo


This week was the county fair. The girls LOVED seeing the farm animals!




Katie is on "summer break" from her therapy/school for most of the month of August.


This week she had three activities on her "school" shelf - beginner pattern blocks, a few matches from a nature based memory game, and threading large wooden beads on aquarium tubing. That last one was a FAVORITE - completed every day!



She also has been very busy (VERY BUSY) reading books this week!