Friday, October 24, 2014

The Arboretum...again!

It's taken me a while to get around to blogging this, obviously. A couple of weeks ago we went back to Pumpkin Village at the Arboretum. But this time we took our friends! Never mind that it was 90 degrees out, we had a blast.
 



 



 



 




Today my little Hayden turns 3 and we are celebrating with who else but her two besties! Stay tuned next week to see how we partied :)


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Abi's 13th birthday!

Obviously I am way behind getting this post up considering Abi's birthday was in September. Oh well! This year I thought it would be fun to throw a surprise party for Abi. She thought we were going away for a mother/daughter weekend but I invited some of her best friends to spend the night with us at Great Wolf Lodge. A great time was had by all!
 
These girls have been Abi's friends since the 1st grade!
 
I didn't take any pics at the water park but it was so much fun! We came back to the room for pizza and cake and then the girls headed back out to ride water slides until they closed them for the night.
 
Opening presents!



 



 



 
So thankful for all of these sweet girls in Abi's life!


My baby is a teenager!!
 


Monday, October 6, 2014

Getting crafty

This month we are taking some time off from learning about letter of the week and spending time learning about fall and doing crafts. It has really been a lot of fun!

 

Since Hayden is only inviting her two best friends to her birthday party this year, I decided it would be fun to make the invites myself instead of buying them. She wants to have a donut party!


I volunteered to be one of the spirit reps for Abi's cheer team this year. Basically we help get the parents to make a lot of noise when our gym performs at competitons. That includes providing signs and noise makers. I'm still working on getting them all done but I've got a good start. Some of them will be filled with dyed pasta, some with bells and some with beads.

 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Welcome to our learning space!

We finally have an entire space devoted to school! Almost nothing makes me happier. At our old house, there wasn't any 'extra' room for school supplies so we kind of had it all over the place. It was very unorganized. I like this system much better!
 
On our alphabet wall is where we keep all of Hayden's toy bins and her play kitchen. A lot of preschool is learning through play and pretend, so we do a ton of make believe! (To the left are stairs; to the right the girls' rooms and bathroom.)
 
This is the cabinet where we keep our school supplies, curricula and more toys.
 
Top shelves: Craft supplies, markers, crayons, colored pencils Hayden's math bears.
 
3rd shelf: Abi's school books. This year we are using Apologia-Exploring Creation with Physical Science, Teaching Textbooks-pre Algebra, Easy Grammar 8-Daily Grams, French Essentials-level 1, and Time 4 Learning-World History. I create the rest of Abi's LA curriculum myself.
 
This shelf is where both of the girls put their completed work and where I put graded papers. I also keep Hayden's writing practice papers and her workbook here as well.
 
The bottom 2 shelves hold Abi's literature and more supplies. This year she is reading The Yearling, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe, and Lord of the Flies. The bottom shelf is where all the paints are. Hayden likes to paint, glue and cut paper regularly so I like these things to be readily available for her to use on her own.
 
The opposite side of the cabinet holds more toys!
 
Across from the ABC wall is a sitting area. Lots of reading goes on here :)
 
And right next to the couch is our desk nook.

 
That's it! This is where we do a lot of our learning and playing!!
Happy homeschooling!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Autumn has arrived!

It's been fall in my house and my heart for weeks now. But I know it's officially the autumn season when Pumpkin Village is back at the Arboretum. We got up early and got there right at opening to beat the crowds. Love this fun and beautiful tradition. We will of course go back several more times once the weather realizes it's fall too :)
 

 

 

 
Hayden was leading us through the hay bale maze!

 


 
We finished our morning with brunch at a yummy diner in Dallas. Already looking forward to our next trip out to the Arboretum.