Have you ever wondered where did the five stars hotels get their ceramic sinks and faucets? Yes, I wonder about it too and hoping to come across a ware house that sells them. I always wanted to have the same thing of what I saw, and I know it will look great with everything I have. However, it is nice to know that I can find some stylish ceramic sink at Mr. Direct. They sell their sinks and faucets so low because they are stored in a warehouse and their supplier uses precise automation to make them.
I am in the mood to learn about making my own soaps. I found a website that gives a free soup recipe, and all of their ingredients are naturals and easy to pronounce. However, I wanted to make something that is organic. The oils that I wanted to use does not comes cheap. I know in the long run, my children will grow up healthy, but is it really worth the money? How long is a bar of home made soaps last? Is it cheaper to buy it from people who care about health like me, using organic oils and natural ingredients? However, in the other side of the coin, I wanted to learn how to do it, just in case I can't buy anything. DH said, "for that amount of soap oils, that better last a long time."
We have the same style porcelain sink in our bathroom. My husband helped out one of our friends installing a new one on their bathroom. And since the one they removed was still better than ours, my husband brought it home for us to use. You can find these porcelain sinks at Mr. Direct Sinks and Faucets. They offer same day delivery when your order is received before 2 in the afternoon Eastern Standard Time. They are also a member of Better Business Bureau if you are having doubts.
Remember the Bentonite I was talking about below? That red desert edible clay can absorb toxins from the vaccine that my 10 year old got, when DH and I didn't know any better. Yes, he got some bad vaccine (well most vaccine are bad, unless you don't know any better) because his old pediatrician force it to us. Not anymore, we are knowledgeable about all of these now.
So, we will all try this and maybe my 7 year old daughter will not be allergic to peanuts anymore. We just have to wait and see.
Yes, I am talking about the top mount sinks. All you have to do is turn the sink upside down on the counter, and make sure it is far away enough from the overhang. Trace the outline, then measure 3/8 of an inch towards the inside of the outline, and cut to make the hole. I think I can put a top mount sink with the right tools. What do you think? Sound easy enough.
Since we distill our water, we will be buying some dirt to mix with it. This not your backyard dirt, but a very expensive bentonite clay or red desert edible clay. You should read what this clay does for our body. I wish I can make some from my backyard. We found two sites that sell them, but there are big differences in price.
One is selling it very cheap. The other one is expensive. Now, I am thinking the other is over price, because it is really good? And the other one is selling it cheap because it does not work? Five pounds on the other are for $6.00 and four pounds on the other is selling for $72.00 with free shipping. See what I mean, is the cheap one as good as the expensive ones? Ugh, can anyone teach me how to make this. Then both will not money of my family...bleh.
Durable, easy to clean and the best part is it will match my counter top. I love the brown color granite sink. These kinds of sink have plenty of advantages than any regular sinks. Please check the links I provided to see another granite sinks design available. It's time to update your old sinks, don't you think? I can use a few of this, gift giving is not too late.
I don't post much about any holidays these days. Why, because the more I talk about it, all these corporation made money out of me plugging it here. Yeah, I know...he he he. My friends back home are wide awake waiting for midnight to struck. Too much firecrackers making noise, I bet lots of drinking too and food. Jumping up and down, making noise with coins in their pockets and making sure they have rounded fruits on the tables. The good old superstitious, but that is a load of fun.
On the budget, get some free samples deliver online or in your mail box. I used to get a nice amount of freebies, and I also share them with common interest people in one of the forums I belong at. Getting one free load detergent can add up and saves me a bundle too.
Even free beauty product samples come at your door or get a coupon for a free product. I'm not really into them as long as they are all natural, and I know they are good for my health, count me in. Especially those ingredients that I can pronounce without even trying.
Nothing is cheap nowadays and freebies come in really handy. If you like name brand product just visit the links and sign up. You will need to give them an address to get your freebies. This is nice to have when you live within the city limits. I am saying that because when I moved outside the city, these freebies are having hard time reaching my mailbox. I am not sure why, but it did. If you have a mail box in town that will work in your favor. You will get free samples without surveys. I cannot tell you how many times I get suck into filling up survey after surveys. I also notice that there are freebies for home schools. That I can really sink my teeth into. Where do I sign in?...he he he
I'm not sure what is causing my headache lately. Ever since Christmas I am having a really bad headache when I wake up in the morning. It might have something to do when inhaling cold air while sleeping, or maybe not enough salt and minerals in my diet. I do drink a lot of distilled water, and I have been craving for dried fish, which are salty.
My DD had a doctor's appointment yesterday, and we went to grocery shopping afterward. She eyed some muscles and bought a bag. Two hours after eating them, I felt a little better, even the pain in my neck subsides. I have been drinking well water since yesterday, hoping I feel better soon. I am just too achy every where. By the way, I still cook with well water. I don't use distilled water to cook. I hate feeling this way...too tired all the time.
That was my husband exact words, when his sister told him that her daughter bought a wedding dress because she found a really great deal with Wedding Dresses online. We both know that she has a boyfriend, but we didn't know that she got engage. Well, actually she is not engaged yet. I can see the logic and practical thinking she did, however, her Uncle (my husband) doesn't see it the way we female do. My husband is looking at it that she bought it and have someone in mind that she will marry. And that dress is meant for that someone but no on one else. I can also see his logic there.
However, if the bride doesn't have much money, she really needs to look for a hefty discount on her wedding day. When she found the design she likes, why not. Have you browsed through Light in the box wholesale wedding dresses? I found the above image there. The dresses there are up to 70 percent off and with a free shipping. This is a really great site for those who are in the budget. Actually, my niece was talking about starting a family early. I should forward this link to her now. She will have a lot of fun looking at these stylish dresses and saving a bundle.
Well, I send it to her, and she got back to me right away on which one she likes. I was very surprised on how quickly she responded. I think she is ready. She picks one that is very simple yet looks sophisticated, there are no laces but some beads by the chest area, and it shows the shape of her body. The original price was less than $1200, but mark down to $499. She thinks the way I do. I have to wait and see what she will do. I hope she'll find the right man who wanted the same thing she does.
Oh yea, we got my DS materials today. I was cleaning by the front door when the UPS man knock on our door. I was like, "what the heck," open the door and there he was. He just turned away from our door. Most of the time he walks very fast and by the time I get to the door, he was half way to his truck. I usually yell out, "THANK YOU." Our UPS man is very nice.
Ok, let's get back to my 4th grader LA curriculum. He is now again put into regular 4th grade LA. I hated the last one he was using, and I complaint enough and they decided to switch him. The regular fourth grade LA comes with Spelling, Languages Skills, and Literature.
I guess we can start reading some of the books, should I say some of the stories tonight. It will save us time reading during learning hours, which will start on Monday. I wish we still have one more week of vacation to go...bleh. I'm not ready.
I fell in love with this kitchen sink, I found online. The cute little compartment in the middle is useful for my dish soap, scrubber, and sponge. Furthermore, it has its own drain too. When ever my husband gets to change our sink, I will definitely buy this one. It may not be the same size, but I love the style. To see more kitchen sinks design, just click the links I have here.
Yes, finally my needed rest is here. However, I doubt I can get some rest with four children waiting for their presents to open. We only have 12 days off from our lessons. I think longer than that, they will have hard a time going back with our schedule.
I'm not looking forward to any force testing next year. I pay the school district for my children to go to school, however, the children are getting burden with testing so that the school can keep open. We all know where I stand with public schools.
Anyway, I will try to get enough sleep during our off from learning.
For the first time this school year, my children work very well with me. No stress and all of them just kept on working when I say so. Well, actually a game system had a big impact on them.
DH friend gave us his old Xbox 360, because he said it wasn't working anymore. DH told him if ever it starts working in my house you can have it back. And it did. It started with no problem, but his friend doesn't want it back because he already got a new one.
He even let us borrow one game and wireless controller for it. Now, let's get back on why my children are very cooperative today. I hid the controller so that no one can play it until they are done with their list of lessons today. My first grader wanted to do everything in one sitting, which I did with him. He was finished with his list before lunch time.
The other 2 who are older followed after and both were done around 1:30pm. I am so happy. I got plenty of time to cook food for everyone. I know they will get tired of it eventually. However, I might do the same thing with their game computers. They are not allowed to play anything on it, unless they are done with their lessons.
I can't believe how fast they did five lessons today. I should have done it a long time ago...whew! Thank you my dear children...you made this mother happy today. I'll take it as early Christmas present. Yes, I know. I don't want much for this season.
Second DS is in 4th grade this year and part of his IEP he uses the Mark 12 curriculum. There was a part where the words dictated was never been said before. I was baffled on what it was. Thank goodness DH is home for the winter and I can asked him about it.
At first DS told me it sounded like "valid." "In pingpong I asked?" It sound more like "valiad" to me. It turns out the recording was saying "VOLLEYED." DH told me "volley" like in volleyball. My question was, "why does it sound like "valiad?" He said, "well that is what you get with computerized recording." DS would have less than perfect score today if DH wasn't home...whew!
They have such a great program, if only they spend a little more time making the recording clearer, I would rate the curriculum 10, with the highest point is 10.
Ha! I learned something new today. Though, I have a question on how will I know where (beginning or end) to put the accented syllables in words? I was given an example with the words "offer (awf´er)," "anger (ang´ger)," and "gather (gaTH´er)." These ones have the stress or accent at the beginning syllables. Whew, this one just flew by me...ha ha ha. I have my own accent, and figuring out where to sound out the accent in English language will take a long time. Maybe DH can teach me how, he is great when talking.
More example: Stress at the end syllables.
rebel defer prefer
The end syllables should be stress longer than the beginning syllables. Ha ha ha, like I will remember them when talking.
The Department of Education is making the children more unintelligent these days. Take for example the Math that my children are suppose to learn from. They are teaching them to think of a number that is easier to add or subtract.
For example 15 is closer to 20 and 13 is closer to 10. Now, 20+10=30, yes there will be 30 in the answer choices. Then, they will ask you to subtract 5 and 3 since the number is not actually 20 and 10.
They are putting more work to the children on how things are actually done. Just add the numbers the correct way, count up to see the difference or the sum. And always start with the bigger number with addition and start with the smaller number with subtraction to count up.
Anyway, I don't follow the direction if I know how to teach them how to add and subtract. It makes our day go faster when I teach them the old fashion way to do it.
When my kids do a lesson that they grasp right away, that is a good. When it takes more than an hour to explain things too them, that is a bad day. However, I like it better because they are learning something than the things they pick up right away. It seems effortless when all they have to do is take the assessment and move on to the next lesson or units.
I can say I like both, but it's not easy when you are educating three grade levels. The day goes pretty fast, but it takes us the whole day to finish the day lessons. I enjoy it the most when we are done before three, because I have plenty of time preparing and cooking dinner. In the other hand, when they aren't done before 3 o'clock they have to make or get their own dinner from the fridge and I will end up cooking five dinners.
Yes, the good and the bad of educating your children at home. Furthermore, I will never put them in public school.
My days will be dragging again because of all the holiday coming our way. My kids get very hard to motivate with so many days off. However, I needed some rest during this time too, and I cannot just continue educating them without some rest. I get very tired especially when DH goes away to meetings. I feel insecure when he is not home and most of the time we tag along.
The cold weather is not much help either. Having less day light makes me blue this time of year. I wish we can move somewhere warm when winter comes, but that is another story.
I also realize that I need to start gift shopping for Christmas. Yes, I wanted to skip Christmas too, instead teach my kids how Christmas came about and what it really means. Again, that is another story, they already know about it and cannot be undone. Corporation will be making a lot of money from us again this year...ugh.
I been wanting to make a homemade toothpaste but I never actually look on how to mix it. I wanted to use food grade peroxide and baking soda. I finally did some research and found how to do it. Off course, you need to mix the food grade peroxide with distilled water safe enough to use at home. Then take enough baking soda to last at least a week. Gradually add the peroxide mixture like make a paste like mixture and a drop of peppermint oil. Not only it makes your teeth white, it help prevent cavities too.
I don't have any store bought toothpaste for a week now. I am a coffee drinker and my teeth are already starting to look stained. This toothpaste will bring back the white in my smile. By the way, I have to keep the toothpaste in the fridge, because I'm not sure how long this last in room temperature. It's a little cold the first time it touches my teeth, but the outcome is phenomenal.
I looked for toothpaste tube to put them in, but all I can find are aluminum plastic. As you all know, aluminum is not good for human consumption. I stick them in a small jar, I will keep looking but until then, my toothpaste will have to stay in the jar inside the fridge.
The children are off from their lessons since yesterday. Tomorrow they will be back to learning again. I wanted to get some lessons ahead of schedule but I am just too tired from DH meetings and gathering we attended on the weekend. They are not like 30 minutes drive away either.
I did not tell them they are off. I just didn't teach them and no one even asked, why they are not doing their lessons. Last year, I was always ahead but they did not finish early. There are too much unit to cover that the 180 school days is not enough to cover all of it.
My 4th grader government class is annoying me to the bone. I hate it when they say that America is democracy. It was never been one and it was a republic until the mass media start talking about it. I wish I can skip the whole unit, but there are assessment and they are counted towards his grades. I never known when this country change from republic to democracy. Another things that the politicians do without the consent of the citizens.
My second grader was giving me a hard since Monday. She refuses to do her lessons, and complain every time I wanted her to something. I bet other parents will send their DD in public school when they start misbehaving just like mine.
She loves to socialize with other people, but DH and I hate socializing. I think she got it from her grandmother. She asked me a few times if she can go back to take a bus to her old school. I don't think so. With everything going on with the government, and possible lock down...no way.
She can rebel as much as she want, but she will not get her way. Next Friday they have this ice cream social (i hate the word social) in our local library, but I am a little hesitate to let them go because of the permission slip. I hated the wording they use in it.
Can you believe she is only 7 years old with the attitude. I told DH about it, I said "she is only 7" and I don't like her attitude. His answer was "just wait when she is old enough, it will get worst." My jaw drop, because I realize this is only the beginning.
So they think that they have more authority over a human being. I am talking about the school district or the school that my children are using. They are home learning and every time they have to join other children from the same school, I have to go through so much crap with the permission slip.
Other people never had any problem with what is said in this permission slip, but I do and DH feel the same. This what it comes to, when the public ask of them too much. They ask them to be responsible for their children while under their care. I don't like it. I am there with them during the event and I don't need to sign a stupid permission slip. They are my responsibility because I am there with them.
How many more parental right will be loss before the public will realize that what they are doing is wrong and not lawful. No, they are not following the law! The so called law that they are talking about are only rules, regulations and statutes. Look it up in a dictionary because they all have different meaning. The older the dictionary is, the better explanation you will get...NO ONE HAS AUTHORITY OVER ANOTHER HUMAN BEING...PERIOD.
A few days ago I missed putting my DD (2nd grader) attendance on the computer and the very next day her teacher sent me a threatening letter that if she miss 2 more times that the district court will be contacting me about the matter and a proper punishment will be given.
I flipped out on both attendance monitor and the teacher. What are they robots? If they checked my DD work for the day before they will see that she did her lessons. I think only robot will never notice it if they are only allowed to notice missing attendance. This school is getting out of hand and it is getting easier and easier for me to leave cyber schools.
Mind you I also have other 2 students that did lessons the day before and their attendance was put in. Just because the stupid automated back to school events phone calls that got me distracted. I was doing it and all of a sudden the phone rang. After listening to the message, I totally forgotten I haven't put DD attendance and did not look at her computer until the next day. Sure enough the attendance page was still open and blinking with red...ugh!!!
All three children of mine are enrolled in cyber school. You would think they have a phone system that will call one phone number if the events going on with the school is for everyone. Nope, they need to call every child listed. That means I get three phone calls about the same thing.
I don't mind if every grade will call, and tell me that their grade is doing something. But come on, where is the organization of these people. It is the same with email. If you need to say one thing to every student enroll, please send only one. I hate going through email about the same thing, 3 times...most annoying if you ask me.
And let's get back about the phone call, I should have gotten 3 phone call since I have three kids, but I got five...that is messed up in opinion. Get a better phone system or actually pay someone to do the job the correct way.
I can't wait to hide in the boonies and not let the government run their schooling...ugh!
In doing his school work that is. You would think that he can finally do the work by himself at this grade level, but a big fat NO. He can do it much better without me telling him how to do it, but he refuses to do his work himself. I fell like strangling him a few times already. I need a cigarette just thinking about it...ugh.
My 1st grader is the one who needed a lot of help because he can't read most of the directions. I can't wait to do one lesson plan and teach them the same thing next year, of course different level. I can just type the plan on my computer and use it for all of them. Thank goodness for word, in my days they have to write it (private school) down on a notebook. Maybe they still do it, but since I will be teaching my kids at home, my computer is easily accessible.
Yes, we started yesterday even-though we are not supposed to start tomorrow. We are getting a head start just in case we need some un-expected off in coming days. I am pretty sure now that we are not going back to this kind of learning next year.
The home visit that from the homeroom teacher will be next Tuesday. I don't want to start a stir at our last year of cyber school, so I opt to do it. Since I have all three children in one cyber school, we will be attending all the days out now. I'll just have to make sure they take Vitamin C and silver before we go to this type of gathering. I don't want them to catch something from other kids and ruin our ahead time of learning.
I am looking to smooth school year. At least this year, I don't have to do other things. Unlike last year, I have my youngest learning how to use the bathroom/oldest getting picked from his extra curricular and the year before my 4th son going to a private school. This year, everyone are at home and no other things going on, only dentist and doctors appointment to go to.
And next year it will be much easier, one lesson plan for all of them. They can finally all go to music lesson, karate or soccer together. I can't wait!
Yes, I have finished everything last week. Thanks to my little me (DD) who kept on bothering me about it. A new printer and monitor for my new K12 student, we used Calvert for him on his kindergarten year. I will be using those old one for my kindergarten student (YDS) next year, under "home taught".
I just found out last night with K12 that they will be visiting my students here at home. Not good, I don't want them coming to my house to snoop around. I already hated it when the speech teacher comes here. This is good for me to really teach at home the traditional way. My other students will get the benefit from my older students lessons until 4th grade. After that I don't know what curriculum I will be using. More money will be use from our pockets, but that is the way it should be. We need to tighten the budget more next year. Moreover, we will have more time doing projects and outings. I know this is for the best. Less government services coming to our house and no more medical, dental, and testing for my poor students. Yes, life is good.
They maybe looking the same as what I posted a long time ago, but this is definitely new. My 2nd grader already read some of her book already. She is checking every books she got and trying to get ahead on reading. My little learner...
This one is for my 4th grader this year. Not much books, I think he will do a lot of hands on activities just looking at what he got. I like the science materials, there are a lot of things to learn. He will be learning about the constitution and I glance the book about it and they make me vomit. Federal Government is another name for US government...but please they are both corporation and has nothing to do with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA'S GOVERNMENT. When you say US, that also is not United States Of America. You are talking about a corporation, a business not the country. Is that CLEAR?
And no, he is not my 4th grader, he is my YDS. He still have 1 more year before he start (if I ever start teaching him) kindergarten.
Yes, my students are anxiously awaiting when I open all of it. I told them that I will open them around August, because I don't want them messing it all up. They might end up losing pieces that we needed the most during the year.
The 4 boxes on the right belongs to my 1st grader, 1 box on the front to my 4th grader and the 2 on left side (back) belongs to my 2nd grader. We decided not to register my youngest DS to any school until I really have to. I have to make a regular lesson plan for him, taken from the old books my 3 oldest accumulated during the years. Now, I have to think of a reasonable explanation on why he can't join the other 3 in cyber school. That would be fun to explain to a kindergarten student.
I got 4 boxes of school materials today. It's time to get started setting up my children cubicles. There are 3 more boxes coming on Monday according to UPS. I got an email again today reminding/telling me about it.
We (DH and I) still don't know what to do concerning on what to teach them. A friend of ours recommended a bible base home schooling but we are into it. I rather teach them about golden rule and Jesus in general than following a bible. But the good part about it is, we don't need to report anyone to the Department of Education. Especially our youngest child.
I told DH to report that his wife and children moved out of the country. However, will they check the passport and see where we actually are? They may end up taking our children away from us when they found out that we are home seating pretty and teaching our children what we want them to learn. Too much thinking, my head hurts.
There are so many out there. Today I will only cover the basic from my 1st grader (DD finished 1st grade). We have /sh/ like in ship and fish. /ch/ like chin, chat and much. /th/ like in thin and math. /wh/ like wham and what. /ck/ like duck and buck. You can see see two digraphs in the word whack and there are others. When you see the above examples they contains only one sounds. The word wish is counted with 3 sounds when doing the finger stretching.
Yes, you better believe it. I have 2 boxes going out today. Returning the books we used from the previous school year. I bet the new ones will come a few weeks. K12 is fast when sending new curriculum to their students.
We finally decided to put my K (going on 1st grade) to the same school where the other two belong to. My youngest still have 1 more year. I was thinking he will be my traditional home school kid. I don't need to report anything until he is 8 years old. Since the other three are already registered, I can't do anything about it now. I can't cry over spilled milk.
I don't need to return any consumable items. I already return the other school stuffs last week. They told me to keep the printer and headphones. Now we have extra printer that takes a very expensive ink :( and more headphones...my kids go through headphones like no tomorrow. I only have one good left, and everything are just headphones. They can't use them to chat to their teacher.
Anyway, that's it for today. I will try to enjoy to my summer vacation and relax. Happy summer everyone!
Last week I woke up with in my left wrist area. I can't remember what happened to it. I am not left handed, so it's not the pain for using the mouse. I tried putting my wrist band with magnet for about a day, nothing had change. I cannot use it to open anything, nor I can't crush garlic with it.
On the third day, the part that was hurting turned red and a little swelled. The fourth day was on Sunday, and we went to a freedom picnic. I did not do anything all day but watch our kids and making sure they are not getting into trouble. Now my wrist had about an inch square redness and not hurting as bad. Yesterday, I woke up with no pain at all but still a little red.
For the life of me, I cannot figure out what happened. However, I am glad that it's not hurting anymore.
School days that is. I can finish my kinder's lesson in a week or even a few days if I wanted. However, his teacher told to spread out his lessons up to June 4th. The kid only does one lesson a day now.
My DD (1st grader) is still catching up with 5 of her lessons. She is doing 5 lessons a day. She finished History and Art at the end of April. Now she is doing Science, Music, Phonics, Language Arts, and Math for 5 days. We are near the end of Math also.
DS who is in 3rd grade will be done in June 11th. His last day of school for both 1st and 3rd graders. He still has to finish a book report before the end of May. ODS is graduating on June 11th at 7PM. After that I don't even know if I will see him again. Last year he told me that he will spend his summer with us, but right now it doesn't look promising. He has an orientation on July 21st at the University he picked. More like, his father picked for him.
Anyway, counting the days here. I wanted to spend more time outside soaking in the sun. I think my vitamin D is almost gone or already gone because I have already gotten sick. I need to tan my skin again, I hate it when I can see the veins through my skin. Not to mention my dark hair are also showing.
I can't wait for my kids to be done with all the requirements, and I can relax for a while. I need a very long vacation.
I am so relieved that my 3rd don't have to stress out about this testing anymore. I am so proud of him sticking to our routine during the testing. I have to reward all of them with McDonald food. I know, but they all deserve it. This food is not eaten too often in my house. We will be lucky if we go there 3 times a year.
Anyway, this is standard testing for the school to keep their license. This is not for the student to test what they have learned. The board of education is testing the kids to make sure the teacher or school is teaching them something. Weird, in my opinion, and I am 100% against it. I do love my children, and we have to abide with the nonsense regulation to keep my kids with me.
You know what will happen if I refuse, they will give my kids away to someone they think is the suitable parent and brainwash my kids. You don't agree, you better dig deeper of what you know about the so called government organizations.
Our testing was from the previous Tuesday to Thursday.
It can be spelled with "o", "oe", "oa", "ow", and "o-e". However, why we don't pronounce "love" as "o-e" sound? I know everything has exceptions. This is one of those "heart words".
Here are example for "o", post, most, molt, cold, bold and so on. For the "oe" examples are toe, doe, hoe, oboe...Here are for "oa"; toast, soap, croak, throat...For the "ow"; row, snow, flow, shadow...and lastly for the "o consonant e"; home, scope, alone, phone, and more. Furthermore, there are exemption I mean exception to the rule.
What is this, politicians who are exempt on every rule and regulations that they put out there? Yes, you think that.
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Here is another sound that is spelled two ways. The two /ch/ sound can be spelled with /ch/ and /tch/, both have the same sound. Again with my 3rd grader, I have to tell him how many letters are being use in a word. An example for the 3 letters is "match" and for the 2 letters is "chop".
Here are a few more sounds that drives my 3rd grader on the wall. I have to mention every time that it is a 2 letters sound /j/ or it is a 3 letters sound /j/. And do not forget the /j/ sound in gem, gym and gentle. Why did they made this very hard for those who are not very fond of spelling words?
My 1st grader is learning them now. I can't wait for my K now to learn this. I may have to smoke a puff before or after the lesson.
This what DH loves the most about the English language. Saying a word and spelling it the way we say it is not always the best way to go. He got a vast vocabulary but when it comes to spelling, he will spell it the way it sounds.
Both my 1st grader and 3rd grader are learning about the words with the sound of /ul/ and spelled le. I don't really mind with my 1st grader because this is her first year with this sound. My 3rd grader in the other hand still mixed up on how to spell some words.
Heck, don't even get me started with these, because I don't have any idea that they have the /ul/ sound. I surpass DH when it comes to spelling but my pronunciation is horrible. He always makes fun of me when I tried saying some new words. He thinks its too cute...:(
Today was the end of my 3rd grader PSSA practice and had to attend the end prep rally to see where he needs to take the exam. I think the point of the whole prep rally is to tell the parents that the testing is very important for the school. I already said my side about the whole thing and it is commonly illegal.
Anyway, DH brought our son to the said location and it seems that only one person won most of the giveaway. It made us think that they bought the whole roll of tickets to win most of the prizes. When one person was the only one kept on going forward to claim the prizes, it turned into a very boring event for everyone else, in my opinion.
Anyway, next week we have the schedule spring break. I still don't know if I am taking off teaching. My 3rd grader have a orthodontics appointment because he gifted just like me with mostly croaked teeth...wonderful isn't it. We have to drive for an hour just for this on Thursday. Maybe we will only take off on Thursday instead of the whole week, who knows, my laziness might kick in and just rest for the whole week.
My 3rd grader is in his second week of PSSA practice. I do not agree with it but if (as they say) the school does not make the AYP, the PA department of education can close the school. That I like because, if they can do that we are more likely be allowed to traditionally home school my kids with no government attach. (Maybe, if there are not enough schools to go around, the government cannot force us to take all this crap) Of course this is only my theory, because I don't want them to meddle in my family's life.
Now, my 3rd grader is one week behind on some of his lessons. Next week is their spring break from school and their PSSA is not until the 3rd week of April. What are they going to accomplish with 2 weeks practice and 3 weeks rest before the testing? I hope this thing works, because I am sure my DS does not like taking test. Their spring break is only for a week, then two weeks of regular school and then testing.
I don't think we are going to do traditional home school. The government still asked for so many things. At least for now, I can however skip anything that I don't like them to learn and substitute with what we believe. We don't have to spend our non-tax dollar for materials and text books, the school provided them for us. We have not seen everything about the health care bill yet, so our decisions are still up in the air. If, for some reason, we find anything that is against our favor, we have to act fast and go another route about the education of our children. We might have to move to another state or live in the boondocks somewhere, just to educate our kids the way we want them to learn...
My hands had been bothering (carpal tunnel) me since my blogs joined the top ten in each category. This dropping thing is too much for me. I think being in top ten for 3 months is way too much for my body to handle. I have to slow down again and give someone else blog be on the top.
I have been wearing my magnetize wrist band for about a month now, and it doesn't seem that it will get better anytime soon. I think the only thing to do is slow down for a few months. I will try to drop back, but I will not drop 300 a day anymore. I need to get ready for my children transition to traditional home school. We (DH and I) don't know what we are going to teach them yet, but I am sure we can come up with something. It would be nice to teach them about the words of Yeshua, but we don't want to belong with any religion. We are spiritual family and we don't want to be associated with any of them.
The best bet is the internet, we can gather all the information out there and teach them from that. I am open for any suggestions, as long as your suggestions do not lean to any religion/organization out there.
I have learned a new sound today along with my DD. This pertains to the vowels. Schwa a toneless unstressed neutral vowel sound in some languages like American English.
An example is wagon. The word has two syllables and the accented syllable is wag. The unaccented syllable is on, and becomes short /un/ instead of short /on/ because we say it softly.
Now with the word garden. First syllable gar has the accented sound, and den has the schwa sound. It is pronounced with short /dun/ instead of short /den/.
And here is the symbol for the schwa sound /ə/, an upside down e. DD was asking me what it was the first time we got the letter tiles, and I could not answer her. Today we found out what it is for. What have you learned today?
I have a question, how do you make the sign for short vowel sound? I can do the long vowel sound but I can't find what to use for the short vowel sounds. Anyone can tell me which one to use.
Tangram is a geometric puzzle that originated in China over 4000 years ago. It starts out as a square and then is cut into seven pieces. Tangrams are traditionally used to tell stories. There are a few puzzle you can find at pbs.org or you can buy book in your local book stores.
I enjoyed playing this when I was little, not even in grades school. I just copy the shape within the book. Now, my DS who is in 3rd grade just learn this today. I have to buy a book myself to make some shape and teach all of my kids about this. Below is a pattern that you can print and trace it over a construction papers or different color banner boards. You can make it as big as you want, all you have to do is start with square and cut the pieces from there.
I am sure that my kids will like playing with this. There are so many puzzles online that you can find. Just type "tangram" in the search box.
This was part of my 3rd grader lesson in his art class. Rembrandt's "Lion at Rest" showing a variation of only one paint. This one is done with my help because he is not very artsy, the way he put it. I drew the tiger and he paint it. And I may say that he understood the variation of tints with his painting.
This is what DD made when we learn about the painting of Claude Monet "Water Lilies Nympheas". The border is made with shades and tints along the center. Instead of painting the lilies, she cuts some rounded heart shape from green construction paper. And for the flower she cuts some "V" shapes from a pink paper.
I know this way far from Monet but she capture the "tints and shades" beautifully. She is in 1st grade.
We are still doing great, my Kinder will be done at the end of May. My 3rd grader will be done on the first week of June, and since my 6 year old switched school, she will not get done until the beginning of July. She is one month behind in most of her lessons except for Math. We did almost one month worth of Math while waiting for her materials to come. We had the first grade math textbook since last year. Someone sent me the wrong box, and they told me that the pre-paid mailing label will be dismissed soon. However, our second year is almost over and there is no mailing label received.
I am also glad that they did not send me anything. At least one lesson will be finished on time. We still have one week of vacation coming for the spring break, and I already removed that week of vacation on everyone schedule. Hopefully, my 6 year old can catch up before the end of the year.
I'm not sure if I can do a traditional home school this coming year. They're so much hoopla with the PDE, the statutes say that I need to documents hours, I have to give them medical records, and I have to prove that I am qualified to teach my own children. What is the point of traditional home schooling if the darn government will be all over it?
I will not report my youngest son to these organizations. I will teach him on my own lessons, and what we believe. I am not reporting any hours, medical records, and what books we are using. If they want that information they'd better pay for it. Information about my family does not come free to those who is not part of this family, unless I provide it freely of course. However, that is not highly unlikely. Getting off the system is very hard, and it comes with so many consequences. Learn from mistakes and do it better next time, I always say.
While we are talking about lessons, I think DH found a cheap upright wood piano; hopefully. He is waiting for the listing individual to get back to him. I am hoping to start this music lesson before the end of this school year while we still have cash coming in. When the economy belly up we can't do this anymore.
I feel bad for my husband because all three eyeglasses that he owned, lasted him a good 5 year while our kids are little. Now that they are growing, they get into everything and nothing in our house is untouched. They are very curious on how everything is put together, and their little brain can't understand that they are not allowed to touch a certain stuff. Yes, he in the market for a new pair again. I told him to check out Zenni Optical (url above) to get some extra pair. For $8 a pair he can easily get three, one for work, one for special occasion, and one while at play.
He uses them more in the winter months because he stays home 95 percent of the time. When he is working, he hardly put it on, unless he needs to read something. He thinks when he uses it often, his eyes get worst. What I think is, his eyes are getting use to the glasses and does not function very well without them. Nevertheless, I have never worn eyeglasses in my life, and I am hoping not have not one until I have grandchildren. What can I tell you, my parents fed me well when I was little.
How can they sell eyeglasses in such low prices, you ask? Very easy, they don't have a middle man. Have you read what Eric has to say about Zenni Optical? Please type ZenniOptical and find out.
I made this early this morning. I used all the light in classroom to brighten the room but it is still look pretty dark. Anyway, all you need is a rectangular paper and just follow along to what I am doing in the video. My children loves to play with paper airplanes. I will embed a new one and change this for better quality as soon as I can.
My 3rd grader is learning about the age of exploration in his History lesson. He learned how these explorers claimed anything by force for Spain. What a bunch of greedy people, especially the royalties. It is very clear where they got their wealth from. Robbing innocent people left and right.
Nothing really changed for hundreds of years. The blood lines are just doing the same thing right now. They may not rob people face to face, but they just go through the process of taxation's, regulations, legislation's, and so on. Isn't it great living under the rules of the royalties, only in your point of view may be? However, this planet is very corrupt. I don't really care what you think is happening right now. I am telling you that corruption, over controlling, and over anything, is happening right now. They are over the top, they are past evil, in my opinion.
Again this is a part of my K activities for school. I can't even remember how many times I made one of this. I taught DD how to make it, and she already master how (she is only 6). And I have been doing this since I was little. The only way I can entertain myself at young age, the old fashion way.
This is me, by the way, making a paper hat from a regular white paper. Of course you can use bigger papers, newspapers, or Manila papers. Please excuse the humming at the background. That is my 3 year old DS singing while playing a game. You should hear him drowning his character in one of our games.
I did not say anything while making this because my accent comes out when I am nervous. And doing this on video makes me nervous. Next I will teach you how to make a sail boat and airplane. Until then...
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My DD have a live lesson today, and they cover the events tomorrow here in PA. Groundhog Day is celebrated across the country to predict (from what they call it) if we are going to have six more weeks of winter or Spring will Sprang soon. I am not against tradition but "why do they need to alter anything"? I bet you when this thing started it is not the way it is. I wanted to type the same words on her chat box but I don't want her to be labeled something that she's not. I was grinding my teeth the whole time the presenter was talking about the occasion.
I bet that the Native Americans (no, they are not Indians, that was Columbus assumed) base it when they see the groundhog out of it's burrow and scavenging for food, that means spring is here. There is no shadow to look for, no one is taking the groundhog out of the hole, and most certainly that no one can see them at the same date every year.
DH hated what this country became. His ancestor rode the boat just like everyone else, but he hated what his ancestors have done to change everything, or what they did not do to preserve it. Laws, regulations and rules are the main reason this country is turning into a communist. You may not notice it now, but we are heading there.
Cut some colorful tissue papers into desire shapes. Glue edges and form a 9x12 rectangle or any shape and size you like. With construction paper make a frame that goes with your shape. Glue the tissue paper mosaic into the frame, make sure you cut the extra pieces outside the frame. Now you are ready to hang it on your window to catch my sun.
The above images is what my children made.Let me warn you that the tissue paper is very delicate. If they rub the glue stick too hard they rip. Enjoy making it.
My 3rd grader is having hard time the concept of elapsed time, how many hours/minutes before, and how many hours/minutes after in his Math lesson. Thank goodness DH is home to re-leave myself when I get prostrated. He can understand the way our 3rd grader thinking because he said the more I explain it, the more they will both get lost somewhere. The best way to deal with it is with fewer explanations and let him do it himself.
DH continued that he was the same way when he was little. Oh boy, I am in for this one. DH and I are glad that we decided to do this for our kids. At least when I get prostrated I know the reason, and I don't have to speak to anyone about it. Unlike with public school, I have to make a deal with the teacher on how to work with the problem and that means more money put into the school system pockets.
We barely got through it but when I asked him to tell me how many minutes/hours from here to there he can easily tell me with no problem. He gets mix up when there are so many words in between. The poor kid, the school system expects too much from a 9 years old these days. He can tell time but when you add other things to it, then he gets confused. I am so proud of him.
This is a very simple activity. Gather plenty of seeds. Make a drawing on a piece of paper and use liquid glue to stick all the seeds into it, instead of coloring it. I have a lot of seeds around the house but when I needed them, I can't seem to find all of them. And this is what we end up today. My Kindergartner enjoyed dropping the seeds into the glue. I made the outline on this one and squeeze the glue on the paper. It took a while for the flue to dry up because I made sure there are plenty for the seeds to stay in place.
We used popping corns, red kidney beans, mung beans, split peas, and chick peas. I'm pretty sure I have extra gourd seeds but at the time we needed it I could find it. However, I found it after everyone was done making this.
Here is what we have done today. Make sure you wash the egg shells first, before gluing in an oval shape constructions paper. DD colored and made all the design in the background and all three kids sticks the egg shells. You can also paint the egg shells after gluing them. I did not let them do it here because we already have a very colorful mix (white, brown & light brown). I used to do this when I was in grade school too. I made a drawing of anything and glue egg shells on everything before painting them. Enjoy.
Why do children need to reach the floor with their feet when writing? I read some things about it, but it did not mention anything as to why it is needed. Does anyone know? Is it for good posture or something else.
I have my kids desks set up quite high, and I am wondering if there is something about it connected to learning. Let me know.
To learn about the 7 seven continent, we made a passport and luggage to travel virtually. Learn a little about the continents and pictures are included in the luggage. This particular one is a luggage for North America and what North America is famous for. We also made South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Antarctica.
My little DD kept asking when we can visit my birth country. She is very curious how people lives in another part of the world. If money is not an object, each of this continent can visited once we are learning about it. It would be very nice, but people like me can not afford it. This is part of their History lesson.
Like I promised yesterday here is the finish product. This is my Kindergartner DS holding his dried up sculpted yarn. Please excuse the mess behind him, that is his artwork. There is so much paper available, but he still wanted to write on his cubicle walls.
With two live lessons on our schedule today we still finish early. Thanks to all three of them cooperating nicely and wanted to get done as soon as possible. No complaint that they are tired or can she do it or can he do it first.
I like it when everything goes into place. I always wake up in the morning expecting the worst, and sometimes it just works out fine. DD did not have any problem with blending sounds today. DS who is in 3rd grade had plenty of optional lessons and we only read through it because I don't want him to miss anything. DS in K had four lessons that comes pretty easy to him.
Here is where he spent most of his time today, yarn sculpting. I only let him do a little of it. The image below is what he did and that took quite a long time. Plus, his hands are getting very sticky already. He caught up fast on how to make it, so I told him he doesn't need to finish it. We are supposed to let it dry over night. I will post the dry finish product tomorrow.
glue water yarn newspaper tape pencil paper wax paper scissors
First, cover the work area with newspaper. Draw a 9 × 9 inch square on paper. Now help the student draw a design inside the square using straight lines (house outline, triangle, diamond, etc.) with the design lines touching the edges of the square. This will be the pattern. When the yarn sculpture is completed, it will have a “spider web” appearance that he can see through.
Here’s what you do:
1.Place wax paper over the drawing and tape the two together. 2.Place the drawing on top of the newspaper. 3.In a bowl make a thin paste solution by adding 2/3 white glue to 1/3 water. 4.Cut a six-foot piece of yarn and dip it in the paste. Remove extra paste by squeezing two fingers and moving down the length of yarn. 5.Place the yarn twice around the outside edge of the square. This is the frame for the yarn sculpture. 6.Continue to cut, dip, and place more yarn (using different colors, if possible) on the lines of the design. Be sure each piece overlaps another piece so the sculpture will stick together. 7.Allow the sculpture to dry overnight. 8.Gently remove it from the wax paper and hang it up with a string.
Variation: Cover a balloon with yarn the same way. After it dries, pop the balloon and hang the decoration.
At our classroom today. DD gave me a hard time about consonant beginning blending sounds today. Somehow she forgot the sound /c/ and kept on telling me /k//r/. I lost it, and I yelled at her. I was trying to break up the word scalp and making her say the sound /sc/ but it comes out of her mouth /scr/ instead.
She kept saying scrap and scralp. I did not work with her lessons until her brothers were almost done with theirs. DH was there the whole telling me to calm down, but I refused to do so. I just wanted to let it out and get it over with. This was her second lesson for the day (phonics around 10 am), and I got over it after lunch. Maybe I was just hungry and taking it out of my poor little girl.
Most of the time I will never get mad about things like that only when they refuse to do work. Today is very different, I blame to not eating breakfast and not getting an enough rest. Household chores and teaching three kids is very hard, while DH....ah never mind, everything has a reason. This is turning into whining Nedekcir already.
Anyway, I got a breather, and I think I will take a nap before going to bed tonight. Taking a nap before going to bed...lol, it sounds so right just about now. See all of you tomorrow.
Every Monday DD have a live lesson to interact with her cyber classmates and teacher for 30 minutes. Last week we signed in but no one was available. Last Monday she had an AIMSWEB testing in out local library courtesy of her school.
Today she signed in again but still no one was there. I've checked her teacher email but she did not say that there is no live lessons because of the testing. I guessed we missed the last 2 times she sent something.
It's not a lost for us, but I find it a little annoying that they have canceled it and I can't find the noticed about it. I look at it as more time to do real learning instead of socializing with other people.
I got a message from my Kindergartner cyber school today about PSSA. I know he is too young to take such testing, but I was surprised that they already have the testing location setup. My 3rd grader in the other hand didn't have the lists of locations as of yet.
I emailed his adviser a few months back, but she never acknowledged that I sent her an email. I sent another one today asking about it, and she told me, that as soon as she gets the information, she will relay it to me.
We actually have a location about 15 minutes from us from the other cyber school. I wonder if they are using the same place or if will be mixing with other cyber schools. I still need someone to stay home with the younger ones or someone to take my 3rd grader in the location.
Is the traditional home school gone to this testing? My 3rd grader does not do well with testing. I hope he'll pass because he will be doing lessons in the summer if he didn't. This is what we get when we pay taxes for education purposes. They turn around and give the students more things to do, and they think more testing will make them smarter. All they have done is let the student study from the test, there is no real learning with the school system anymore. Ugh!
We have a good amount of coins in the classroom for school use. Today, DC took some of it to pay their sibling to get from one room to the other. I told them it is not very nice just stand somewhere and collect money by just passing through.
I knew plenty of roads/parkway/turnpike in NJ doing it, and I knew what they are doing is unconstitutional. I am teaching them that what they are doing is not right. They told me that they are just playing. Hopefully, when they grow up, they stand up for what is right.
Did you know that most toll roads in NJ are owned by another country? I think PA is doing the same thing with the turnpike. I'm not really sure if it passed, but I'm pretty sure the only reason they are telling the public is just to let them know. They (leaders) are not asking permission, they are simply letting the public know.
My Kindergartner made this one. He just cut it the way his scissor goes...lol.
crayons in different colors pencil sharpener wax paper newspaper aluminum foil iron scissors hole puncher or pencil string or yarn
Today your child/ren will make a beautiful window ornament. Here’s what they can do and have fun:
Put a piece of wax paper on several sheets of newspaper.
Use a pencil sharpener to make a small pile of crayon shavings in several colors.
Sprinkle the shavings on the wax paper.
Now have your child/ren observe as you cover the shavings with another sheet of wax paper and use a warm iron to melt the colors together. To protect your iron, please place a piece of foil between the wax paper and iron surface. (The heat should also melt the two pieces of wax paper together.) Use a towel between the foil and the iron if the heat is too hot.
Let the sun-catcher cool.
Trim the edges to make a shape he likes.
Punch a hole at the top and hang it in a window.
The colors will catch the sunlight like a stained glass window.
We made this yesterday and they have not put it down as of yet. I should have put more color into it to make them a little brighter. However, looking in this picture seems the one drop of color I added seems enough. They all helped me mixing it while cooking in the pot. Since I have four little ones, I divided it into four. They got a handful each and pretty happy with it. Go ahead and make some for your little ones.
Materials a medium-sized pot a metal spoon wax paper
Ingredients: 1 cup of flour 1 cup of water 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1/4 cup of salt 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Put all the ingredients into the pot. Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly. The dough will eventually become hard to stir and will start to stick on the spoon. At this point, dump the dough onto wax paper, allow it to cool, and knead it until it is smooth. Store the cooled “play dough” in a plastic bag; there is no need for refrigeration.
Thank you so much everyone, you are all such a dedicated droppers. I will be doing some changes in this blog. I will turn this into cyber school/home school and health blog from now on. The cyber schooling is getting too much attention as public school (I know that cyber school is also a public school) but it wasn't that bad before. Now we have to do things that we never done before. I hate the medical aspect of it now.
I will be searching for a good curriculum for home school from now until at the end of school year. I will get myself ready for to be independently teaching maybe 3 or at least 1 of my kids at home for the next school year. I know K12 offer independent curriculum also but they are very expensive. The only good part of it, is, that I can pick the lesson I teach my kids. From two to three subject in a day. That means we have plenty of time for other things like the music and art lessons I mentioned before. I think we have to go with the different route that I can teach 3 kids with the same lessons under 3 different grade level. I bet we only have to do three hours of lesson a day for this one. However, that means I have to make lesson plans ahead of time. And more time for me to spend with the plans. It means I will teach in the morning, then I have to spend my time in the afternoon doing the lesson plans, which I don't think is that bad considering that is the only thing I have to do.
This is a big step for me and my kids. Am I brave enough to do it? I know someone is guiding me and pushing me to do this. I may call on him time to time and hopefully he is always there to help me with my new venture. Of course DH is here to help me through and Vince mother is always willing to help me. Now, let me start searching for curriculum to use. Oh, yes, Have a Safe New Year Everyone!