Monthly Archives: August 2011

30 Minutes for Mommy

In our home, the mornings are busy and the afternoons are hectic.  We have chores and school; meal prep and snack time; piano and dance; play time and family time.  In between those times, nestled into a very tight 30 minute block is my time.  It is a beautiful thing that I anticipate everyday and it usually requires coffee and maybe a piece of chocolate.  This is the time when I can think and the only time that I can really do something for me.  This time is not to be misused for selfish reasons, but having a set Mommy Time allows a mother to regroup, refresh, and relax. Continue reading



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Lesson Plan week of 8/28

Last week we spent quite a bit of time with Grandpa who may not be with us much longer, milking an alpaca whose cria wouldn’t,(and still won’t), nurse, and we were in a parade on Saturday.  In spite of all this, we still learned every day and reached most of our goals for the week.  Because of this, Monday will be a catchup day and hopefully this week will be calmer than last week.  Any hangovers from last week will be in red.  Click here to see last weeks plan.  As a matter of giving credit where credit is due, most of the plan I follow was put together by the fabulous women at Ableside Online.  Their site is the most comprehensive and helpful CM site that I have found.  If you are interested in implementing her ideas into your school, I suggest you start with this site. Continue reading

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Meal Plan 8/28

This is my plan for meals this week.  I don’t have things pinned down on specific days because I never know what that day will bring.  This way of planning allows me to fix meals quickly according to the events of the day and I am certain to have everything on hand because I planned for it.  Last minute grocery trips are a luxury I no longer enjoy.

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Poudre River Walk

I took advantage of our being in Fort Collins this and made time to walk along the Poudre River because I knew the time would blossom into so many learning opportunities and it would fit beautifully with the weeks FIAR book, Play With Me, by Marie Hall Ets.  Following is our walk and what we discovered in pictures:


After a bit of splashing, we enjoyed reading and eating on the bank of the river.  We began our checklist of animals that were in the book that we found on our walk.   Grasshoppers. Check.   Mosquitos.  Check.

Frog, no.  But Toad.  Check.

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Phonics Worksheets

If you are using SWR, you might find these particularly helpful.  I have modeled this set of worksheets after Wanda Sanseri’s word lists and enrichment ideas.  They are not meant to replace hands on teaching time, but when you are teaching many,  it can be very helpful to have a worksheet or two ready. Spelling list A


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Week of 8/21

Following is our schedule that we will be using over the next week.  Our lives are so hectic that I have to have built in flexibility in the schedule.  I have a basic schedule, but can easily rearrange subjects throughout the day/week.  I create a weekly list that I can check off at the end of each day to make sure I’m getting everything in for that week.  I follow Spell to Write and Read for phonics, MEP for math, Your Story Hour for Bible, and AO for everything else.  I have a host of other sites I frequent to enhance all of the basics and I will include them in the post as necessary.

For Everyone:


  • YSH lesson 4 (I stretch this over a three day period)
  • Daniel and the Lions Den (spend two days)
  • Memory verse Luke 2:52 (practice daily and then weekly once it is mastered)
  • Hymns by Fanny Crosby (we sing 3 every morning and I try to have a theme)
  • Our Island Story ch. 1
  • Fifty Famous Stories Retold:  “The Sword of Damocles”
  • Parables from Nature: “A Lesson of Faith”
  • Paddle to the Sea ch. 1
  • Aesop’s Fables:  “The Wolf and the Kid”
  • Aesop’s Fables:  “The Tortoise and the Ducks”
  • Just So Stories:  “How the Whale Got His Throat
  • Winnie the Pooh (two chapters every week)
  • A Child’s Garden of Verses (a poem or two every day)
Copy Work
  • Luke 2:52
  • Whole Duty of Children by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Aesop’s morals
SWR (each are on a different list, but the same work is done)
  • Spelling words introduced
  • Spelling enrichments (one or two every day)
  • Phonograms reviewed
  • Spelling list quizzed and hopefully mastered


  • Four lessons every week
  • Quiz math facts
  • Hands on math (we do this with cooking, sewing, crafting, etc.)
For the little ones
FIAR (this is geared for the little ones, but the older ones enjoy it too)
  • “Will You Play With Me?”  Marie Hall Ets (read every day)
  • Cut out pictures of each animal and glue them on a page where you or your child has drawn the little girls being very still.
  • Notice the pictures.
  • Go on a nature walk and try to find the animals in the story.
  • Discuss the value in sitting quietly and put it into practice.
Busy Hands
  • pattern blocks
  • lacing beads
  • can games
Weekly Theme
  • Red
  • Square
  • Aa
  • Whales, Goats, Wolves

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