Friday, September 26, 2008

Fun School and Random Photos

I promised the boys some "fun school" today if they did their basics first and without complaint. Here is a look at our table. I took this shot because J was telling me he did not have enough space to be able to color. ::grin:: We're a little short on space around here.

Miss H joined us for quite a bit of time while we were finishing up some things. Have I mentioned her giggle? It's awesome.

B is working on his new science book. We opted to go with Christian Kids Explore Chemistry this year. We've been using Jeannie Fulbright's Exploring Science series since the beginning but I gave him the option of chemistry or zoology 3 & he chose chemistry. Since Jeannie hasn't written one yet, we're trying this. We've just finished the first chapter but I feel it's a good fit for us. Enough hands-on stuff (and easy hands-on stuff!) along with enough reading to make a good mix.

B was comparing the ingredients (chemicals) in three different products - cereal, cleaning solution, & shampoo.

J decided to join us for most of the day today. This year each boy was given a box with markers, colored pencils or crayons, glue stick, scissors, and pencils. It's saved us oodles of time looking for these items in are large school drawer. I wish I had thought of it sooner.

N is working on copying his AWANA verses. He doesn't really care to do this but I find it helps him learn his verses better to write them out once in a while during the course of the week.

Later on in the afternoon we pulled out the chess set & N & I played. He's a pretty good player for only being 7 years old. He does well.

After we were done with chess, we pulled out this Spelling Bee Bingo game. This was given to N earlier this summer by a family friend. It's a fun game & the best part is that J can play with us since he knows his letters. There are two versions of the game. We played the easier version.

In the middle of the table is a large plastic bee tray. On it are letter tiles turned upside down. Each player is given a card - N is holding his up - with two words on it. You start with the youngest player who picks a tile at random & turns it over for all to see. If you have that letter, you put a yellow marker on it. Play continues with each person taking a turn picking tiles. The first person to cover all their letters shouts out "buzz" and wins. We had so much fun we played the game three times. The harder version includes spelling words but we haven't tried that yet.

The boys ended the day playing Hyper Dash. I have to say this is the best $20 I have ever spent at Wal-Mart. ::grin:: I bought it last week when we had everyone come over to help work on the shed. I thought a fun game for the kids to play would be welcomed in the afternoon. If you click on the link above, it explains in detail how the game works. I have to say that I even enjoy playing this. It has four different types games you can play. You can pick the level and the number of players. There is even a "team dash" game so you can play it like a relay race. My favorite one is "micro dash" where you set it up on a table & play it like a memory game. So fun and it could be so addicting!

Overall it was a great "Fun School" day.


  1. Looks like you had a very fun day! :)

  2. I had forgotten that you're watching a little one. What a cutie.

  3. What a fun way to end a school week! I'll have to remember hyper dash for Christmas. LOL

    I love all that you are doing with your tots. You inspire me.

  4. Oh my! I can't imagine being together enough, dedicated enough to home school. And 3 boys! See, if that was my table trying to home school 3 boys, it would be total chaos. It all looks so calm. Even with a little toddler thrown in the mix! You are awesome!

  5. Hi, I just found you and am loving your blog! I'm also a homeschooling mom, add in Army wife, living in Germany and love Melaleuca! LOL

    I'm enjoying your blog and will definately be back and will be adding yours as one to read often!

    God Bless


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