Saturday, November 2, 2013

We're still here!

We had been keeping all of our pictures on a computer that Eric built when he was in high school. Which was a long time ago. As it started to slow down and not like to work anymore and we were starting to talk about what to do, we got an email from our curriculum company with a discount on the homeschool version of Rosetta Stone language learning programs. Jeb says he wants to be a missionary when he grows up, so we got the Spanish program, figuring that would open a lot of doors to countries for him to visit if he wants to someday.

We ended up replacing the giant desktop computer with a laptop to make it easier to move around to better suit our homeschool needs, and we each have our own profile on the Spanish program, as well as our own accounts on the computer. We were able to customize the kids' accounts so that they can't get to the internet. Jeb's account has a shortcut to an educational game website, and when he clicks it, it takes him right there and he can find his own games.

Anyway, changing computers meant having to change how we upload and share pictures and it took awhile to find the time to figure it all out and get it up and running. But we're back and have lots to share again!

We all had the fall cold that went around, and Vivi and I had fall allergies that wiped us out for a couple of weeks, but other than that everything is going really well. We just have a few more weeks left of our enrichment hub classes, everyone has been really enjoying their classes. The girls are loving their dance classes, Jeb just started a gymnastics class for homeschooled kids that he loves, and Eric is enjoying teaching his college classes. Homeschooling is going great-Jeb has discovered the joy of reading for pure pleasure, which has been great to see. He is blowing through the books he is supposed to read for his 1st grade curriculum and can't wait to get to the next books. We also read a chapter book aloud to him every night, and he has really started getting into them and gets so excited when it's time to start a new one.

Here are just a couple of pictures from my tablet of what we have been up to in the last couple of weeks:

Vivi loves to cook, and we've started watching cooking shows together once in awhile. We watched an episode of the Pioneer Woman where she makes an ice cream pie, so we made one together as one of her educational activities for the day. It was delicious!


Our church passed out the Operation Christmas Child boxes, which has become an exciting tradition in our house! We each pick a box, and so far the kids want to make a box for a child of the same age and gender, and Eric and I do the teenagers. It is so fun to see how much fun stuff we can cram into each box!
 Journey went to a different office for a hearing test where we were told that her hearing test was fine and that there's no reason she can't hear every spoken sound. We know that is totally untrue because when her hearing aids are out, her speech changes, and she has a harder time understanding us. So we called my favorite audiologist and went in for a second opinion. The test on the left is her test without hearing aids. On the right is the same test, but with her hearing aids in. Amazing difference, right?? The audiologist wrote up a nice report for us to send to the insurance agency along with this proof of how well the hearing aids work for her in the hopes that they'll cover them.
 We got a new 'pet' with this fun ant farm, Jeb has been enthralled with them and watching them build their tunnels.
 A picture of Jeb reading yet another book. He only has a couple of books left in his first grade curriculum. He prefers to read books that look like 'big kid' books, mini chapter books or other paperbacks with lots of words on each page.
 Jeb has a creative expression 'journal' where he writes or draws about different topics. Sometimes it's about a place we've been, or observations, or an imaginative story. Last week one of his assignments was to make a candy graph of all the candy he got at the enrichment hub Halloween party. He is his father's son, he loves graphs and math facts :)
Our next science experiment, will it sink or will it float?

I'll be working on catching up on the last few weeks, stay tuned!

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