Friday, May 26, 2017

Last Day of School

Today was the last day of the school year, so I took the boys for their traditional end-of-the-year photos by the redstone sign.

Last Day of School 2017

Connor wanted to have his picture taken first thing in the morning, nevermind that the sun was right in his eyes.

Last Day of School 2017

Lex waited until later on in the afternoon for his photo.

If you want to see how much they have grown in the past year, check out this post from the first day of school in September, and this post from the last day of school a year ago.

Happy Summer Y'all!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Life of Fred


We use the Life of Fred series for math here at our Redstone Academy.  We have been ever since the beginning.  Here is our collection:

Math

Yes, that's a college-level Statistics course.  No, we haven't used it yet.  Kevin ordered it for Connor, just because it seemed like he might be interested in it sooner rather than later.  If you have ever watched a football game with Connor, you understand why.

But we have used all the other books.  Apples through Jelly Beans are to be used from Kindergarten through 4th grade.  Then come the three intermediate books:  Kidneys, Liver and Mineshaft.  Those are supposed to be for 4th to 6th grade.  Afterwards begin the topic-specific books, like Fractions, which Connor just finished.  He will begin with Decimals and Percents next year.  Those are both part of the five-book Pre-Algebra series.  Those five books are middle school math.  So, Connor is really kind of ahead of his grade level in math, and he is doing great.

Math

Lex is also above his grade level in the Fred books.  He finished both Honey and Ice Cream this year, and those two, along with the last book in the elementary series, are the ones that really get into multiplication and division.  Since there are only three books that really deal with multiplication and division, I'm going to re-do Honey and Ice Cream with him again next year before moving on to Jelly Beans and then the intermediate series.  That sounds just perfect for the beginning of 3rd grade.

I'm looking forward to many more years with Fred.  He's a funny little guy.  There is even a high school level language arts course that we will probably investigate in the years to come.

  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Don Harrington Discovery Center

This afternoon we visited the local science center with some friends, and we were pleased to find some new things, like this giant version of soccer billiards:

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In keeping with the giant theme, Connor spent a long time playing this giant xylophone.



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This dog skeleton was not giant.  
In fact, it was about the same size as Tik, maybe a little smaller.

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Giant Blocks

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Giant Letters

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It was a big, big day!

Monday, May 22, 2017

After Lex stubs his toe, again, for the 42nd time:

Lex

Me:  "I'm going to have to put you in a protective bubble."

Lex:  "Oh, good.  I've always wanted to be in a bubble."

Lex

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Redstone Academy - Planning for Next Year


I already have a pretty good idea of all the curriculum that the boys will be using next year, because most of it is a continuation of the curriculum that we used this year.  We have gotten into some really good series for most of our subjects.  So, when our local homeschool co-op had a used curriculum sale today, I was hoping to find certain things.  Of course, I didn't find any of what I was looking for.

I did, however, find some other things that were interesting enough to buy.

Redstone Academy - Planning for next year

It's time for Lex to learn cursive, so I was happy to spend $1 on these cursive formation flash cards (which are huge) and some lined paper that matches.

Redstone Academy - Planning for next year

I also plunked down another dollar for these totally blank calendars for the kids to customize.

Redstone Academy - Planning for next year

These will be great to go along with our history studies.  There is a set of flash cards with all the information about each person, and then movable paper dolls to be cut out and assembled using brads.  I was particularly pleased that there are two copies of each person, one full color and one black and white, which goes perfectly with the number of students in our school.  I wonder if they will want to take turns with the color/black and white figures, or if they will choose one or the other and stick with it.

Redstone Academy - Planning for next year

The most expensive thing I purchased were these chess guides.  But at $10, it was a fraction of the original price.  Connor is getting really good at chess, and I kind of need the help if I'm going to be able to keep beating him.  Of course, I'm going to teach him and Lex all the stuff in the books too, so my chances of winning aren't great.  Especially since what I really need help with is my endgame, and that book wasn't at the sale.  I might go ahead and order it, though, to complete the set.

Redstone Academy - Planning for next year


This last book is a collection of Native American myths from a tribe in Arizona.  We've been studying all sorts of mythology this year, so I couldn't pass this up.  In fact, we will probably end up reading it sooner, rather than later.

In other news, I have decided to spend another year with the Spanish curriculum that we used this year.  We will finish it up here soon, and then in the fall, we will just start it all over again.  Even though it is a Spanish for Children elementary package, it covers all the same topics as a high school Spanish 1 level class.  Since it was the first time the boys were ever exposed to many of these Spanish words, and the whole Spanish conjugation concept, I think it would be good to do it again.  I know that I repeated Spanish 1 a few times in different schools as a kid, and that's probably what made it so easy for me.  I think I took it once each in elementary, middle and high school.  In any event, it's one less thing that I have to order, because I already have it.  I think I will focus on trying to find some Spanish readers at their level to supplement what we already have, instead of moving on to the next level in the curriculum package.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

How Big is Lex?

How big is Lex?

Lex got measured today.  He is 70 lbs and 4 feet 5 inches tall.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Coffee, Anyone?

The designs don't have to be perfect, because I'm going to drink them anyways, but they remind me of flowers.

Coffee

Coffee

Coffee

Coffee

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!



Mother's Day 2017

When the kids first handed me my card, I didn't notice that the two little boys on the front of it were actually my own kids.  I guess I was just expecting some stock photo.  But it is them!  And that makes it extra wonderful.

Mother's Day 2017

I also love that Connor signed for himself and Tik, and that he signed in both English and Greek.  And I like that Lex went ahead and signed for everyone, even for Connor a second time.

Mother's Day 2017

Kevin took new photos of the boys for me to replace the old ones on our walls.  They turned out wonderfully.  I even heard a story later that they climbed over a barbed wire fence into a field during their photo shoot!

Mother's Day 2017

Mother's Day 2017


Connor spent some time reading and relaxing on Mother's day.


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Lex playing with a machine gun that he built out of K'Nex.

Mother's Day 2017

The boys also brought me some flowers for my patio pots.  Lex helped me plant them.

Mother's Day 2017

Happy Mother's Day!