Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Fun School!


The past couple of weeks have been history weeks in our house.  I do have science-crazy kids, but the history-crazy kids overrule!  Funny how that works out since I have always been more of a science-minded person myself... 


My boys love, love, love history. 


I have a war nut.  He loves anything about the World Wars and the Civil War.  His favorite right now is WW2.  He's older so he mostly reads good  historical novels with some great nonfiction titles, including a good illustrated encyclopedia with a timeline if we can find one for the time period of interest.


I also have an Ancient History buff.  His favorite is Ancient Egypt.  He's deep into the pyramids and making his own paper right now.  A little more about that later...


Then I have the American History buff.  He is young, so he is really loving the basic stories from our nation's history.  This week we are concentrating on the Native Americans. 


We use a lot of real, living books from the library and any books we can find in the Five In A Row lineup, along with anything from Homeschool Share. 


In addition, we are really utilizing the information on Time4Learning.  The Social Studies lessons are indepth, informative and downright interesting!  We have used these lessons to kick off discussions, websearches and online video viewing (think YouTube). 


We've also found lessons to go along with the social studies lessons in the Language Arts lessons on T4L.  These are great animated lessons that ask questions and really add that little extra you sometimes need to get a child's attention.


We have seen images of totem poles and beautiful handmade jewelry, videos of Native American powwows,  and even found go-along books we can read-fiction and nonfiction.


Right in the T4L lessons on Ancient Egypt, we found a recipe for making paper.  How cool is that?!?!

 And all of those tough-to-prounounce words that turn kids away from reading?  They are clickable in T4L.  When you click on the word, a sound file pops up and gives you the correct pronunciation.  In some cases you also get the definition.  (You can check out demo lessons here.)


History is exciting in our house this spring!  Just what we needed to take the dull out of the last few weeks of the year.



Sunday, April 27, 2008

L-TGA Part 2

On Wednesday, I posted a picture of a congenital heart defect called L-TGA, or Levo-Transposition of the Great Arteries.

This is part of the CHD that my 2 year old has.

When L-TGA stands alone, as pictured, it is called Simple L-TGA. Usually, it is accompanied by other defects and is then called Complex L-TGA.

In our case, Complex L-TGA includes: L-TGA as pictured; a ventricular septal defect; an atrial septal defect, pulmonary stenosis, subpulmonary stenosis, slightly hypoplastic right ventricle; possible mitral stenosis and WPW-a supraventricular tachycardia controlled by medication.

The ventricular septal defect closed on its own during infancy, overgrowing and creating a blockage in the pulmonary artery, hence the subpulmonary stenosis.

Amazingly complicated.

On a similar note, my older son also had Complex CHD. His consisted of D-TGA; a ventricular septal defect; an atrial septal defect, Coarctation of the Aorta; Tricuspid Atresia; complete heart block (w/pacemaker at 3 weeks of age).

Both boys' CHD fall into the Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome spectrum.

Here is a link to a website that gives more information on each individual defect:

It's That Time Of The Year....


You see it everywhere in the homeschool world...

Planning for next year! 

I can barely concentrate on finishing up this school year!  And I am not the only one.  You can go to any active homeschooling forum and see posts about next year.

Ladies are posting about curriculum fairs, conventions, recommendations and reviews.  Everybody gets caught up in it. 

Every year I tell myself that I will finish this year before I start planning for next year.  Well, you guessed it.  I'm already thinking about it.  However, my notebook remains empty.  I am trying my best not to write anything down until the end of May. 


I sure hope I can remember all of these good ideas that are flying around inside my head!

Don't be surprised if I post "notes to self" as a cheatsheet...



Saturday, April 19, 2008

Birthday Celebration!

This past Monday, my next to the youngest child celebrated his 7th birthday. He specifically asked for chocolate cake with white icing and Spiderman cupcakes. At the last minute, as in the day before, I might add.

I bought the ingredients and supplies to make the chocolate cupcakes, all the while planning on Spiderman bakery cupcakes. Of course, there were no Spiderman cupcakes at the bakery and it was too late to order. I picked out a box of Spongebob cupcakes instead....with fluorescent pink and green icing.

I stashed the homemade cupcake ingredients for a later day and set the Spongebob cupcakes on the kitchen counter. I knew he was going to love those cupcakes!

The next morning, the birthday 'day', I was tidying my bedroom when the 2 year old ran in giggling. He was covered in pink and green goo. I gasped. He giggled. His face was pink and green from nose to chin. His hands, clothes, even his feet(?!?!) were loaded with globs of icing.

I took him to the tub and settled him in, dreading the trip to the kitchen. I walked slowly, slowly, ever so slowly into the dining room and around the corner.....

The entire box of 16 cupcakes.....on the floor. The stepping stool was pulled up to the counter. It, too was covered with pink and green globs.

How did he do it so quickly? And where were his siblings when he did it?!?!

In my shock, I cleaned it all up, thankful that several of the cupcakes were just upside down in the top of the box. At least the kids would be able to eat them.

Looking back, it was one time that I totally forgot to take pictures. However, I can still see it all in my mind. Giggle.... It is funny now....

I pulled out the stash of ingredients and made the chocolate cupcakes with white icing. The party went on. Thank goodness!

The next day, I was cleaning up the kitchen and looked at the box of upside down cupcakes. Hmmm..... "I'm sure they taste just as good-just a little messy," I thought. I grabbed one and turned it over. There were tiny hunks missing. The 2 year old had eaten as much as he could with the cupcake liner intact! I frantically turned each cupcake over and, yep....all of them had little 2 year old bites missing! That little stinker! I threw the box and all in the trash, but I did get pictures.

Here are a few shots from the birthday:

The Birthday Boy! Happy 7th birthday, Cade! You little sweetie..... I love you with all my heart!

The demolished cupcakes! All sixteen were destroyed. These are the ones that were still in the box...

The guilty party-enjoying his second round of cupcakes!

Never, ever a dull moment! :o)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Prom Night!


Last night was the night for our local homeschoolers' Prom-Shadow of the Day.

My daughter went with a friend from church and fellow homeschooler.  Her best friend went with his best friend.  They had the ultimate night, complete with limo ride. 

They looked wonderful!  Here are a few pictures.  Sydni's date was picked up last, so I didn't get any pictures of him.   They all got pictures made at the dance, though.

This is Sam (my dd).

And best friend, Sydni.

The two of them posing together:


This is Blake and Sam. 

And one more....

I think they all had a pretty great time, even though they do not exactly run in the same circle of friends.  They all had a variety of friends present and enjoyed the night without much dancing, I heard. 


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Cat And The Hat

This is the cat. He is wearing a hat. Weird, I know...

Here are two boys who wanted the hat that the cat was wearing.

This is the older brother who snuck in and stole the hat from the cat.

This is the young one who tackled big brother and stole the hat that the cat wore.

And this is the baby who cried for the hat while it was on the cat that the big brother took and the young one stole.

All better now.....

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


My 13 year old son took this picture at sunset yesterday. Great shot, Jack!

All He Wants.....


For his birthday are his two front teeth!  

He'll have a while to wait; they just came out over the past week.  It sure makes learning to read a little bit more of a struggle....  LOL


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