2014-2015 Curriculum...(a little late, but i'm cute)

we interrupt this "home tour" to bring you our curriculum decisions...the good, the bad, and the oh my cow it's actually working!!!

gavman is in first grade this year...oh em gee...he's loving the bigger work load, although this week, with the amazing weather, he's had a rough time staying focused on education and more focused on becoming a ninja warrior!!!

1st grade -
*calendar - 100 days and continuing on with his joy journal
*bible - lifekids.tv through our church...we LOVE it!!! about twice a week we also do JESUS calling
*history/earth science/english - easy peasy all in one homeschool....this is the bomb dot com homeschool mama's. if you're looking for an amazing homeschool curriculum, it's been working wonderfully for us...and it's FREE!!!
*phonics - we're continuing with k12 (not online, but the books we purchased on craigslist)
*math - math u see (alpha)
*sight words - sight word notebook word of the day...i found it on pinterest...i'll try and pin it soon for all to see. he was really struggling with sight words last year, and this has been a HUGE blessing.

Pri Pri is in 3rd grade and she's shooting up like a weed...a beautiful weed, of course. she's, so far, loving school (with the exception of math...it's gonna be the death of me...but we keep on keepin' on)

3rd grade -
*calendar - joy journal
*bible - lifekids.tv and JESUS calling (lifekids.tv is TOTALLY free also...and SUPER fun)
*history/earth science/english/reading - easy peasy all in one homeschool
*spelling - i found a master spelling list online and each week she writes the words in her notebook, spells them with magnetic letters, writes them on the chalkboard, spells them while jumping on the trampoline, pretty much ANYTHING to get her to spell, we're doing!!!
*vocabulary - i found another list online of words a 3rd grader should know...she writes them daily and then we test at the end of the week...free and easy people...that's the motto!
*copy work - each week she has a main point and verse of the week from church. she practices writing in her notebook and then we go over the different punctuation that may be involved.
*math - math u see (beta) - this is by far the greatest math program out there. we love it (although capri is NOT a fan at the moment)...she is OBSESSED with Steve Demme...i don't know why, he seems nice and all, but, i mean, REALLY!?! she was having an absolute MELTDOWN yesterday because she didn't pass the test and will have to wait another day before seeing steve again...it wasn't pretty people...snot was flying...mama was doing A LOT of praying...but, HIS mercies are new every morning and today we are back on track to see the oh so entertaining steve tomorrow!

we're 27 days in...alive...and kickin'...i think we are gonna survive another year of homeschoolin'!!!


Livin' it up in the Living Room

when we walked into the new house, we both fell in love...the living room is super small, but it opens up to the dining and kitchen (both small also) and makes for a great flow on the main floor of the house. coming from OLD Blue, which wasn't an open floor plan at all, we've loved having the openness and that it's super easy to keep tidied.

i wanted to have a happy and blessed theme throughout the living area. i think it's important to have reminders around that we're blessed. we live in such an entitled, bigger and better world, that it's nice to sit back, and surround yourself with things that make you happy and remind you of how truly blessed you are. enjoy the living room tour
please excuse the pictures...i've had to use my cellphone lately since my camera has decided to be 40 kinds of wonky!
cute little sitting area. gaven helped me recover these two chairs before the move...one was free and the other was a whopping $5! the suitcase belonged to BIG daddy's grandpa and the two boxes below house some of my scrapbook supplies.
this picture (from Hobby Lobby) says it all!!!
One of my favorite corners of the house! My globe and new locker just make me smile!!! i found the locker at a local thrift store...inside is NASTY, but i'm hoping with a little elbow grease and a whole lotta LOVE it will be just as cute inside as it is on the outside!
another view of the living area...yep, it's tiny...but it suits our needs
windows and shutters from OLD Blue
i painted this last month...has the lyrics to Blessed By Your Name and #5 for our family of 5
saw this saying on Junk Gypsy and had to put it on my chalkboard
the hub...tried to have it be cute, but no matter what, a hub is a hub. this houses Gracelin's toys to keep her occupied while i cook dinner. 
shutters from OLD Blue
school house painting by my mama, relish the remarkable ride...by me...it's my favorite saying!!!
by the front door i have a thrift store mirror, and favorite pics of the family...and my niece
also by the front door, pictures of the kiddos, and gaven's "family portrait" he drew when he was three
thanks for stopping by! have a BLESSED day!!!