Proverbs and Idioms

Today we had fun learning some proverbs and idioms, which seem to be nearly the same, except that proverbs are longer. I wrote the beginning of some common sayings and let them think about how to finish them. They came pretty close with a bunch of them. I made sure they didn’t discuss their answers or…

Who What When Where Why How?

Wrestling with Mom Blogger Identity and Obstacles Hello. I’m having a blog identity crisis. Posts are few and far between. I want to fix that, but I feel stuck. The deeper I think about it, the messier it seems. I feel like I need to make a list. Here’s what’s on my mind: 1) Material. I…

On Your Mark, Get Self-Start

The boys were great self-starters today. When I was getting ready to walk Orbit, Elijah reminded everyone they needed to do the next 2 states in their workbooks. The boys sat and did most of their Government unit study while I was out. They wrote a Washington quote in their journals, looked up definitions, watched…

School of Hard Walks

I am SO bored of walking this dog. Yet I’m bound (by choice) to it by two chains. One, it keeps Orbit sane, and two, if I want any chance of beating back the scale, I have to get my 10,000 steps in. I am desperate to make it bearable. I’ve burned through all the…

First Day of the Same

If I can’t manage to do regular blog posts, the least I can do is document the first day of the new school year. With the way we home school, it feels like an artificial deadline, but we try to keep it simple and follow our local church school schedule since they do Home School…

Pie Are Not Square. Pie Are Round.

I have to credit my brother-in-law Adam for the quote in the title. Today we messed with Math, and I desperately need to blog these things, or my progress reports will be a struggle. I was awakened this morning to a parade of three pairs of eyes, no, make that four – can’t forget the dog –…

Month Two of Orbit

We are now 7 weeks into dog ownership. Orbit is a good dog, and a big 77 lb doof. He’s progressing well in his knowledge of Fetch and has decided he does, in fact, like to vacuum.  He mostly prefers dried, wadded tissues, chalk, pencils, flour dust, stickers and cereal. He’s a carb junkie. But…

Launching into Orbit: Vol. 1

After some weeks or months of consideration, triggered by my first actual bout of puppy fever, we decided to get a dog. I took the boys to the library, and we got a fat stack of dog books. While I devoured some Cesar Millan, the boys huddled around breed books and learned about favorable characteristics….

Science-ing Around

Today we cracked open one of our science experiment books and found some cool things to try. In our first experiment, we made mixed food colors “magically” separate. You can see it looks like the two colors on the coffee filter are being pulled apart. I’ll explain what’s going on here. We mixed two food…

Clinic Tour and Tortillas

Today our friend Donna gave the boys a tour of the urgent care center where she works. It was a slow day, so there weren’t really any patients around. The boys got to see how vitals are taken, and got their height and weight and vision checked. They got to see treatment rooms and the…