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Rock Hunting

Rock Hunting

We were blessed with an “Indian Summer” this fall when temperatures went back into the 70’s after being in the 50’s. The sunshine was beautiful, but I’m such a fall/cold weather person that I would have been happy just staying in the 50’s. Oh well! Since we had beautiful weather, we played outside a lot and did a homeschool hike that turned into a Halloween-rock-hiding-hike. So much fun! Did I ever tell you about the time I gave painted rocks…

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Costco Workbooks and Muddy Puddles

Costco Workbooks and Muddy Puddles

Sunday, I spent about 3 hours working on Eli’s school lesson plan for the week, so I knew exactly how Monday was going to unfold….and it was spot on! Up until this point, school work took roughly 2 hours total each day and when I say school work, I really mean school review what I already know. Well, after talking with a couple other moms of first graders at different schools, I realized just how little Eli was doing with…

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I Love Boxes Today!

I Love Boxes Today!

We are one week away from moving and my house looks like a warehouse of boxes and smells like cardboard, but today, I am grateful for boxes – the perfect medium for building a wall! My children love each other, and most of the time even like each other, but today it seems they can’t look at each other, be within 5 feet of each other, or hear each other without feeling the need to report it to me. Ava:…

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Writing the Room

Writing the Room

With the amount of protesting Eli does every time I ask him to write a sentence, one would think I was asking him to walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope while blindfolded with a monkey on his head – no way! Nope! Can’t do that! Kryptonite is to Superman what a pencil is to Eli, but since his letter formation is atrocious, his sentence structure is atrocious, and his spelling is atrocious, writing is the one thing he…

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Baking with Math

Baking with Math

I decided that every week needs to have something fun in it that also relates to school because I don’t want Eli and Ava to think school is all about doing worksheets and computer programs. Being with friends is an equally crucial part of school, but since that isn’t happening right now, I decided to bring a little socialization to our homeschool room! Introducing Baking with Math…Colleen’s Cooking Classroom….Kitchen Math….something like that. Haven’t settled on the name just yet, but…

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Here we go again!

Here we go again!

I woke up this morning with an attitude of gratitude ~ thankful for cool weather moving in, our house move coming along, and the ability to snuggle in bed with my two little sidekicks tucked under each arm. Then, I remembered it was Monday. School day. Ahhhhh!!! But, today I was armed with a new schedule and worksheets that I had prepped over the weekend, and Sam had the incentive of all incentives for Eli to finish his work quickly…

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Science Experiments

Science Experiments

I am so thankful for the “mom tribe” in my life and the ladies who are in the virtual learning trenches with me right now! These are the ladies who feel my pain when Eli and Ava are spinning in their desk chairs…because their kids are doing the same thing! Well, one of these fabulous ladies hosted us for a science afternoon at her house. Woohoo! Away from the computer screens and enjoying the outdoors doing actual experiments. There were…

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And We’re Done!

And We’re Done!

After 3 days of virtual academy, the school district pulled the plug on it and cancelled the program. Done. Finito. No mas. Jesus take the wheel and pour me a sangria! Whew! What just happened?!?! It’s been a very rocky start to the virtual academy, and not just because Eli prefers to lay on the floor and scream he will not learn to eat rice. The Calvert curriculum our school system chose is completely bogus for what they expect out…

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The Rice Meltdown

The Rice Meltdown

I woke up this morning with a new attitude and a new plan for schooling. Yesterday taught me that the kids need a tangible motivator…something they love….something that we already had in the house and I didn’t have to run out and buy…..something that wouldn’t hype them up on sugar….BINGO! Screens! The answer to so many things with kids! Ha! They both just got new iPads (I’ll let you in on a little secret – they are NOT actually iPads…

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Homeschool Adventures 101

Homeschool Adventures 101

It has been waaaaay too long since my last post, but this whole pandemic really threw a wrench in my initial blog plans. I started this with the intention of giving accounts of our adventures exploring new parks around Columbus, new activities to do with kids, etc. Well, none of that is happening, as we continue to stay away from crowds and public places – no new parks (just sticking to our small neighborhood one), no new activities (swimming at…

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