Thursday, January 19, 2017

Redstone Academy: End of the Semester

We are wrapping up the first semester of the school year this week, and we will begin the second half of the year next week.  It's almost a total non-event, since there aren't report cards or parent-teacher conferences or big final exams, but there is this blog post, so that's something.  Also, I can tell that we are at the semester mark because we are switching up curriculum.

For instance, this week we finished up our zoology textbook, and next week we are beginning our anatomy text.  Stay tuned for that.  The kids really liked this living textbook, so we are excited to do the next one.

Redstone Academy end of semester update

Connor finished Life of Fred: Liver.  The next book is Mineshaft, which is the final middle grade math book.  I have to run to the store to pick it up before Monday.

Redstone Academy end of semester update

Lex completed his math textbook, too.  He finished Life of Fred: Farming and moved on to Life of Fred: Goldfish.  Here he is, with his new book and a mouthful of whipped cream straight from the can. Because that's how you do homeschool math.

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Tomorrow we will finish our Writing and Rhetoric book for the semester.  I also need to buy the next text book in that series before Monday.  So, if you need me this weekend, I'll be at shopping at Mardel.  

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

More of the Same

Whenever the kids get money or gift cards for Christmases or Birthdays or other things, they seem (to me, at least) to buy the same things.  They always want more Pokemon or more NERF guns.

And I just think, don't we already have that?

Don't we already have 56 NERF guns?  Approximately 33,256 Pokemon cards?  467 Pokemon figurines?  How is this Pokemon video game any different than the 5 that we already have?

But they are different.  Vastly different.  Even if I can't understand why.

And so, they buy the different but same things.

And look at the joy:

More Nerf

Also, they clearly know exactly which one of them is the owner of each and every one of the aforementioned things, down to the very last NERF scope attachment and Pokemon card.  That Pikachu?  It's mine!

Mom, he's using my (insert some technical sounding NERF gun attachment)!

Monday, January 16, 2017

In which we build a snowman

When we woke up this morning, there was about four inches of snow on the ground.  I had no idea it was coming, but it wasn't going to stay long.  We went out to play before breakfast, and it was already 36 degrees.

Do you wanna build a snowman?

First we had a snow ball fight.

Then we decided to build a snowman.

Do you wanna build a snowman?

Selfie with a snowman.

Do you wanna build a snowman?

Whole family selfie.

Do you wanna build a snowman?

Do you wanna build a snowman?

As it was about 50 degrees this afternoon, all the snow melted before dinner.  All except our snowman.  Even he was in shambles by that time, though.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Another Day at Redstone Academy

The boys designed robots.

Here is Lex's:

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He wrote:  "It needed titanium so it went to a cave [and] found none so it called the other one [which had] none so it made its own."  Or something to that effect.

Here is Connor's robot:

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He wrote:  "This robot makes food for free.  Just type in what you want and bam! It's there."

For art, we drew the grumpiest cat ever:

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Grumpy Cat by Connor

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Grumpy Cat with OP Sunglasses by Lex

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grumpy cat by Mommy

The kids like this series of books.  They refer to them as the "little kids with the big heads" books.

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The chapter that we are working on in Latin this week is all about kings and queens:

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rex and corona by Connor

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rex by Lex

I think it may be a self-portrait.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

What's Going on at Redstone Academy

We are ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Fire Rooster.

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Fire (Breathing) Rooster by Lex

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Fire (Breathing) Rooster on Fire by Connor

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(Understated) Fire Rooster by Mommy

In a coincidentally related story time, we read The Dead Bird.  Maybe because Fire Breathing Roosters would be bad news, if they were real.

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Lex, hard at work on geography.  He actually finished his 3rd grade geography course this week.

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He wants the next book.  4th Grade Geography, here he comes!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: You Are Here Edition

You Are Here


Photo by Me.  Gifted by My Friend Chloe.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

Sunday afternoon, when I informed the kids that the snow was going to be melting away, they promptly went outside to build a snowman with their friend.

Hilarity and hi-jinks ensued.

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

They did finally manage to scavenge enough snow to build a snowman of sorts:

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

Lex said, "Now we just need a carrot and some buttons and some sticks."

Monday, January 9, 2017

It's Snow Fun

On Saturday Morning, the entire family ventured outside to play in the snow.




Obviously, playing in the snow is code for having a snow ball fight.




Even Tik joined us.  He really loves the snow, even if he gets too cold too quickly.

Stay warm, puppies!

We all had a nice hot chocolate when we got back in the house.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

NFL Playoffs

Today is the beginning of the NFL Playoffs, and we have completed our bracket picks for the championship.

Kevin's Choices

Connor's Picks

I have boldly foreseen an all Texas match up to be held in Houston this February.

Here is a live action shot of Connor completing his bracket:


Lex opted out this year.  He was too busy having NERF gun fights with his friends to do the bracket thing.  Totally valid excused absence.