Flowers, flowers, and more flowers!

We took a day trip to the Colorado mountain foothills to explore, and we found a Nature Center that had many wildflowers. They were even labeled. We learned that the State Columbineflower columbineflowersignflower is the Columbine, a beautiful pale blue to white, 3 inches long and bell shaped composed of 5 petals. We saw some blooming at the nature center. The name comes from the Latin word colum, for “dove”. The flower pedals resemble a group of birds in flight! How lovely is that? The columbine is important as a nectar source for hummingbirds and is a protected flower, so no picking them! :)

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Minecraft party theme

cookiecake2013christopher Christopher9thbirthdayToday was my son’s 9th birthday. He wanted to have a Minecraft theme birthday party! So, here is how we did it!
I ordered the “grass” and the castle theme door cover(I used it as a table covering) from Amazon. I covered some styrofoam cubes with brown paper. We crumpled up some aluminum foil for the “coal”. I printed out some TNT signs and filled some favor boxes from Michael’s with red twizzlers. Each place setting had pop rocks, a ring pop and some glow in the dark spiders. My nine year old helped me decorate the blue background with clouds that he cut out himself. We also used some crepe paper in green and black for decoration with some green balloons. I think he had a great time! I know I did with planning this party for him! Minecraftparty

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Spring is here!

It is Spring, but the last few days have been cool. Rain makes it even cooler. But I am thankful for the rain. Our school year is going pretty well. We are getting ready for our oldest child to graduate in May! Time really flies by!IMAG2074

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Life of Fred

We have discovered this math series…and we like it a lot!  :)

http://lifeoffredmath.com/

Life of Fred Apples teaches beginning addition

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If you want the best seat in the house, move the cat!

Peter got my little one’s chair…guess he is ready for his lessons too!  :)

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What parents need…

We can sum up very quickly what people need to teach their own children. First of all, they have to like them, enjoy their company, their physical presence, their energy, foolishness, and passion. They have to enjoy all their talk and questions, and enjoy equally trying to answer those questions. They have to think of their children as friends, indeed very close friends, have to feel happier when they are near and miss them when they are away. They have to trust them as people, respect their fragile dignity, treat them with courtesy, take them seriously. They have to feel in their own hearts some of their children’s wonder, curiosity, and excitement about the world. But that is about all that parents need.  John Holt

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Acorns are falling!

Charlie is curious!

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Just call her Sandra Dee!

Homeschool sock hop!

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Mums, asters, impatients, bumblebees, butterflies! Oh, my! :)

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Curriculum choices

  • Curriculum Choices for this year!
  • J: Grade 12
  • “Spanish I” via internet course  Livemocha
  • “British Literature Excellence in Literature Reading and Writing through the Classics”
  • “Exploring Government”  Notgrass
  • “Exploring Economics”     Notgrass
  • “Exploring the Religions of our World”   Ave Maria Press
  • “Intro. to Computer Science” via  internet course  Stanford University
  • “Music theory”

A: Grade 7

  • Religion The Life of Grace 7  Catholic Heritage Curricula
  • Spelling My Catholic Speller Level F  Catholic Heritage Curricula
  • English Language of God Level F  Catholic Heritage Curricula
  • Science Behold and See 6  Catholic Heritage Curricula
  • “American History America the Beautiful”  Notgrass
  • Math Saxon 65  Saxon
  • Music   weekly piano lessons and ballroom dancing

C: Grade 3

  • Math “Mathematics 3 for Young Catholics”   Seton
  • Reading “Teach your child to read in 100 Easy Lessons”
  • “Spelling Level A”  Catholic Heritage Curricula
  • “Science Behold and See 3″  Catholic Heritage Curricula
  • Religion Catholic Heritage Curricula
  • Handwriting   Handwriting without Tears

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