Christopher in Poetry

So this week, bringing up the end of our school year, we are learning about Christopher Columbus. 2nd grade was learning about communities, holidays, goods, services, towns, ect. In 3rd grade we plan to make a step toward American History. I have chosen to start with Christopher Columbus. This week I have had her writing the famous poem about Christopher Columbus, just as a writing assignment. My goal was simply to spark her interest. She has written a small section every day this week, and sat there for about an hour to do it. I let her work at her own pace. I firmly believe in letting your children talk to you. Don’t get frustrated when they ask questions! So anyway, yesterday, she was able to recite (YES RECITE!) most of the poem. I love this! Now she was not required to do this, and I believe she was as shocked as me! Thank God for the little things 🙂

The Poem: In 1492

 

In fourteen ninety-two

Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

 

He had three ships and left from Spain;

He sailed through sunshine, wind, and rain.

 

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;

He used the stars to find his way.

 

A compass also helped him know

How to find the way to go.

 

Ninety sailors were on board;

Some men worked while others snored.

 

Then the workers went to sleep;

And others watched the ocean deep.

 

 

Day after day they looked for land;

They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

 

October 12 their dream came true,

You never saw a happier crew!

 

“Indians! Indians!” Columbus cried;

His heart was filled with joyful pride.

 

But “India” the land was not;

It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

 

The Arakawa natives were very nice;

They gave the sailors food and spice.

 

Columbus sailed on to find some gold

To bring back home, as he’d been told.

 

He made the trip again and again,

Trading gold to bring to Spain.

 

The first American? No, not quite.

But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.

Getting Real

So I don’t want to be one of those blogger moms who always strive to make everything sound perfect. So here is a glimpse into life with Buddy.

Buddy is my 3 year old, and he is a typical three-nage boy! Right now, his nose has a scab from an accident with tee ball, his knees are sore, and his elbow is heeling nicely! He’s ALL BOY!

When he was smaller, I would try to teach him words, and would say, Look! Tractor! Or Look! Choo Choo train! Now, he insists I repeat them after him EVERY TIME he sees one. And we live by a track. Lol. Look horse! Yep. You guessed it. A quarter mile up the road.

Tonight, we got home from church, ate our Taco Bell, and went to bed. Well, it’s Arkansas, spring, which means bugs are coming out. He saw a mosquito in his room. THE TERROR! He tripped for 30 minutes until I got him to settle in bed. Just about the time his sobs were fading away, ANOTHER ONE! I swear I threw a shoe 10 feet across the room and hit that rascal! So tired. Buddy didn’t catch that part. You guessed it. Another 30 minutes, and he’s finally quiet.

Like I said, I’m not one of those TOTALLY TOGETHER moms, but I’m a proud mosquito killing mom!

Life with Buddy is always a trip! I may share more later, just to have a record of the insanity I call, Life with Buddy!

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Diverse as Sisters

I find it so strange how to sister can be so alike yet so different. My two girls are as different as night and day and and yet they are absolutely the same! This is the first year we have ever participated in softball or t-ball. So my 8 year old and my five-year-old are basically starting out in the same place, yet on different teams.

My oldest is sleek, tall, slender, and as poised as a ballerina. We have always called her the princess, and she loves it. She has always excelled in gymnastics, loving the beams.

My 5 year old is more of a tomboy, running and sliding and playing in the dirt. So it was no surprise that she has excelled in tee ball.

I am very proud of them both, and love to see them doing what they enjoy!

If only we could all just find what we are good at, what we love, and do it. How much frustration would we save ourselves, if we would just stop trying to be like her? Quit trying to do it as well as him? Stop comparing ourselves to others, and be who you are!

Movie Night

Every Thursday we do movie night. We all put pj’s on, make pallets in the floor, and cook up big bowls of popcorn. Some nights we watch new movies that have just come out, and sometimes, like tonight, we dive into the past. We chose The Little Mermaid tonight. My girls are infatuated with mermaids in general, and it is a special movie for me as well! I remember watching this as a child with my best friend. I love kicking back with my fam!

New beginnings

We have always used curriculum set forth by others. A bought program to guide us in teaching. But today we toyed around with a new idea. We bought a laser printer, which means not running out of ink every single week, and started our search on the Web for free ideas and resources. And I must say, the options are many! We worked on cursive thanks to educents Incredibles printables, read a story of Joey the Superhero, read poetry, and much more. You can find information quickly, print it out, and be out of that rut in no time.

My 8 year old is getting involved in adult coloring, which serves as great art! Her cursive is getting very fancy, and I could not be prouder.

I highly suggest this printer. It’s a lbp 6030 w. I paid approximately $80, and it is awesome. Please comment below your ideas for mixing it up.

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A look at my kindergarten

My Sweet Annie turned 5 in February, so we are beginning a solid homeschool plan. I just wanted to give you a glimpse of the path I chose, since I spent MANY MANY hours researching. I wanted her to learn to read first and foremost, for a reader is a learner! I chose Treasures as a reader/workbook combo.

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This is the reading textbook, full of short stories with great illustration. She has already mastered the first two lessons and can read (I know right??) Confidently.

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This is more of a teacher help. It has many reproducible pages. Actually, I also use this for my 3 year old to learn pictures, letters, and words. He loves it. Quick note. . . This is a black and white soft cover book.

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I am using Sylvan for math, and I must say, for this price, you can’t beat the quality of Sylvan! She is learning numbers right now. How to count objects, how to recognize and write numbers, ect.

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Again, I must sing the praises of Sylvan! This is 3 books in one, teaching letters, words, pictures, and rhyming. This is a great resource. A very thick, good quality book.

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I found this with my first child, and fell in love! The children love it, it’s not too long, and very educational. They watch it on repeat many days. The songs from each letter will stick in their minds, which tells what sound each letter says. This is a bargain!

Readers are learners, and learners are leaders!

Movie Night Review

This week for movie, we chose Peanuts. We had went to the movie theater earlier in the school year to see it, but they wanted it again.

There are two basic plots that are occuring:

-Charlie Brown has fallen for the new girl, and tries to win her affection throughout the movie.

-Snoopy is writing a book in which he is a War War One fighter pilot. He falls in love with another pilot.

This is a cute movie, and the children enjoyed it enough to ask for it sgain.

Readers are learners, and learners are leaders!