Wednesday, February 7, 2018

2018 Homeschool Curriculum

Well it's a new year, and that means a new school year here are homestead. This year Little Miss will be in 2nd grade. Boy howti  time flies! Its hard to believe this will be our 3rd year homeschooling! I thought it would be fsuch un to document our curriculum choices from here on out to see what worked for us and what didn't. I plan to do an end of year review to give my final thoughts of the different programs we picked.

I guess you could consider us an "eclectic" Homeschool style. We do not use a "box" curriculum instead we piece together the different subjects from different providers to make what we feel as the "perfect fit" for that year. Here's how we figure out what curriculum to use; For the "core subjects" (math, english, reading, writing) I sit down and go through many different curriculums to find just the right one that fits her skill set, lets be honest, this is where the convention vendor fair comes in handy! Then for her more "elective" subjects ( such as history, science, music, etc.) I sit down with here and we go over muliitple different subject/curriculum options and we decide together what we should do. All in all it takes about a month or more for me to get a solid plan for our next school year. Now lets dive into what we are using this year!

Saxon Math 2-
We started out this year using Saxon math, and I thought it would be awesome! Alas, it is just way to repetitive, and honestly Little Miss was way bored! So we decided to switch.

I was first introduced to this program through convention but I thought it was to far advanced for my little 2nd grader. I went over to a friends house who's son is using this program and we took a look at it and decided it was just far enough advanced to challenge her but still covered a few basic math skills she needed. This set comes with a Student workbook, answer key, and instructional CD's. We did not get the CD's Little Miss thrives on book work and just zones out when she has screen time. So, I thought the CD's would be a waste of our time. 

Time for Grammar this year! One of my favorite subjects! So far we are loving this program. It has short and sweet lessons but it sticks! There is no workbook but they are required to copy answers into a blank notebook.

Teach your child to read in 20 easy lessons-
Ok, Here is where we get off course with the 2nd grade work, Little miss is a tad reading challenged. She can read basic books, but at the first sign of a hiccup in her reading ability and she loses all confidence in herself. I am hoping by adding this book in and just solidifying her phonics ability she will over come whatever obstacle she is facing with her reading confidence.

Once again we regress outside of 2nd grade material. Outside of all the writing she does with her other subjects we are doing "basic" penmanship, her handwriting isn't horrible but it could use some improvement. We plan to start cursive next year so her print handwriting needs to be on point. 

Adventures in America-
Little Miss elected to do US History this year, when I was searching for a good program I wanted one that didn't require reading straight from a text book because I knew she would be bored with that... This program has some short stories to go with the lesson and a hands on activity every week! Plus it throws in some knowledge and lessons about the states every week too! Remember to purchase the book Smart About the Fifty States, it is a book required to complete the state lessons once a week.   So far we really enjoy this program. I have high hopes for the rest of the year

Another elective by Little Miss, she wanted to learn about the stars. The Apologia Astronomy course was well adaptive for younger kids as well as for older kids so we could keep it and revisit it as the Little's get older. The book is colorful and very eye catching! What I failed to realize is all the activites you have to do require the *additional* Science kit. We have this course on a temporary hold until our kit comes in.  

Well there you have it! Our 2018 School year curriculum! We are quite excited for this year and are looking forward to all we learn this year! We will definatly be making some field trips to the Mesuem of Natural science to see the planetarium and several other fun trips as well! Thanks for reading! 


Thursday, April 27, 2017

{ Welcome to Ironclad Ranch! }

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE! Well, technically we bought a house in September of last year, but we did it!

Welcome to IRONCLAD RANCH, Our humble abode! We not live on a 3.3 acre plot of unrestricted land in a very rural area of town. We are further away from downtown than we are use to but we are adjusting. Honestly, it's nice to get away from all the hubbub and just relax and unplug.

As for the Ranch we have big plans. So far we have chickens, 9 laying hens and 1 rooster to be exact. We plan to but up a dividing fence behind the house, in order to divide the property into two sections, the front half for family recreation and the back half for our homesteading/animal pens. Eventually we plan on getting a cow (for milking and meat purposes), Turkeys, a garden with fruits/veggies/herbs and K wants a goat. I must confess I am not to keen on the goat idea but we will see where this homestead adventure takes us!

Turning the property into a homestead has been proving itself a challenge. The owners before us did nothing with this property, minimal cleaning a maintenance, so much so that the first 4 months of us living here we were non-stop cleaning the yard and updating things that were borderline "working". Luckily K was able to rock out a few chicken pens so we had safe homes for our new chicks, that are now 6 months old.
We can't wait to get this place in order and share all the progress right here!
This blog will contain a lot of different topics, the sky is the limit!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tea Time!


There are so many different teas out there. Several different base teas and hundreds of different flavors! 
I have just recently gotten in to the magical world of loose leaf teas!

I wanted to start a new "series" with you guys on Different types of teas :) I have always been a tea lover. We drink hot tea in the morning and sweet iced tea all day long! So tea has been a big factor in our lives for awhile. I never really realized the health benefits of different kinds of tea. Some of the things my husband and I found while looking up different teas we astonishing! 

In these tea blogs I'll share with you what I'm drinking and different drink combos I come up with. Plus, the benefits of the teas I'm drinking and how to steep/drink them properly! 

The opener tea of this series and base tea of pretty much my life is 

Twinings English Breakfast Tea- Bagged (Caffeinated) 
Bigelow English Breakfast- Bagged (Caffeinated)

Teavana English Breakfast(High Crown)- Loose leaf (Caffeinated) 
This tea is seriously one of my favorite teas. Here is description on the Teavana Website (Capturing posh, purity and pageantry, this hidden treasure of royal lineage raises this most beloved morning black tea to new heights. Each sip unfolds to reveal the complexity of the high grown full leaves. Feel like royalty with this elegantly time-honored classic and add a majestic nod to every cup. 

Full-bodied infusion with malty and oaky undertones)

This tea is full bodied and smooth. Even without sugar the tea has a natural sweetness which is what initially drew me in to this tea. 

I drink this tea with just a little big of sugar and nothing else. 

One of the things that I have found I love about loose leaf tea is the ability to steep it more than once. With the tea bags I could only steep once, but with the loose leaf I have pushed it to its limits! I have found that this specific tea can be steeped twice and have a great full flavor, 3 times and the third is a bit lighter but still taste great! 

I can't wait to dig deeper into the beautiful world of tea (hot and cold)!

You guys are always my inspiration for things! If there is a Tea that you think I should try please leave me a comment about it! I am open to anything and everything.

Palms 118:24

"This is the day the LORD hath made; We we rejoice and be glad in it"