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My garden so far this year! 2012

Posted by Tiffany on May 15, 2013 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Last year I started my very first ever garden which did not turn out so well. Turned out the compost bin I got going was attracting rats! Then the rats started eating my poor garden, so needless to say I didn't even bother continuing it let alone go in the back yard much.

So we moved and I got to start a garden again! It is way bigger then I can even handle and it needs a ton of work but this are growing! Not everything but somethings. I even got to harvest some radishes and turnips so far.

So here is a bit of a photo montage of what has been going on so far!

Day 1: Rototillering. We didn't get a good start on the may long weekend. It was so rainy here that we had to wait and wait until everything dried up. This of course being my first year I did not have any seedlings going or anything yet but I do plan on getting a green house going for net year for sure!



Then things started to come together around the end of the month

                                                                                                  Radishes


Then month 2                                                                                                           




 So the garden is doing good then everything off my green beans and peas all got eaten and same thing with our new cherry tree's so now we are battling deer, rabbits and slugs! So we did put a make shift fence up around the garden until we figure out what to do! eek!

But things are going on in there!





Grade 1 & 2 Homeschool Curriculum

Posted by Tiffany on May 15, 2013 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

So it is going on year 2 of home-school! Last year was a learning experience and a half for sure but this year I think I am a little more prepared! This year I made my OWN curriculum since last year my other in law helped me out but did it myself this year. I wasn't as hard as I was expecting it but a lot of second guessing myself for sure!

This year I think looks like a lot but I tried to get a lot of books that would help me out this year with the boys reading. That is were we had that toughest time last year, so hopefully this year we have a bit more luck and I still plan to get more books like some Dr.Seuss books because I know the boys will like those and hopefully will actually try and read.

But here is it! My grade 1 & 2 curriculum for 2012!


Grade 1


Math

- Bob Jones Grade 1


  1. Text
  2. Materials
  3. Tests

- Bernstein Bears Dollars & Sense

- Dollars and Sense: Developing good money habits

- Unifix cubes


Language Arts

- Horizon Phonics & Reading Set grade 1

- Write about Me

- Bob and Larry

  1. ABC's
  2. How Many Veggie's
  3. Junior Color's

- words I can use to write

- Building spelling skills Grade 1

- The Hungry Caterpillar


 Geometry

- Canada Coloring book

- Canada Map Book 1

- Kids Book of Canadian History


Science

- Magic School Bus books


  1. how things grow
  2. Plants and Seeds

-My Science Journal

- World of plants -by Diah Zike 


Social Studies

- I can make a difference Series

- The 3 R's reduce, reuse and recycle 


Health

- Horizon Health Set - grade 1


Music and Art

- Veggie Tales Xylophone

- Doug and Melissa Pick up Sticks


Bible

- Enjoying god's gifts grade 1

- veggie Tales - God Loves you very much DVD


Other

- Building thinking skills Grade k/1



Grade 2


Math

- Bob Jones Grade 2

  1. texts
  2. materials
  3. tests
  4. teachers book

- Rolling in the dough Canadian addition


Language Arts

- Horizon Phonics and reading set Grade 2

- Bob and Larry (Veggie Tales)

  1. Creation Vacation
  2. the case of the missing Patience

- Words I can use to write Grade 1/2

- Building Spelling Skills Grade 2


Geometry 

- Canada Map Book 1

- Canada coloring book

- Canadaopoly

- Canadian Culture


Science

-  My Science Journal 

 - Air and Water

- Solids, Liquids and gases

- Homesteading blessings DVD set Gardening

- Homesteading blessings DVD set Herbs

- The ultimate guide to homesteading

- wood stove cooking


Social Studies 

- I can make a difference

- My guide to our community


Health

- Horizon health set Grade 2


Music & Art

- Veggie Tales Xylophone

- Complete book of arts and crafts


 Bible

- Finding God's Promise's Grade 2

- Veggie Tales Pop star DVD


Other

- Building thinking skills grade 2/3



Also for myself

- Ultimate Guide To home-school & Planner

- Doug & Melissa Responsibility Chart

How I have been organizing for our homeschool

Posted by Tiffany on May 15, 2013 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

So I have mentioned a few times in my Mothers Homeschool Journal and wrote a post about my WONDERFUL new Ultimate Homeschool Planner, so I thought I would show you a little more about how I keep organized. Since it is almost the end of the month and I have to start planning for next month, I wanted to give an update on what has been working and what is not working so far this month.

So I start by filling out my Ultimate Homeschool Planner. I fill out the weekly section a month at a time. So I plan every month but weeks and days. So each day I know exactly what pages or lessons I will be doing.


So then I found these kicking around the house. I think i put them away a while ago hoping to find a purpose for them. They are nice folders and nice and colorful. So after filling out my Ultimate Homeschool Planner, I was looking at all these books and felt the weight.

So I went and grabbed these I think the next day and came up with using them for folders for all the work pages we plan to do through the month!



So each subject is a different color and inside I put 2 folders, one for each child. So for the math folder is blue and inside each folder has pages 1 - 40something and in my planner we do one page everyday. So instead of grabbing a pile of books out. I just need to pull out my little folders. It cuts down on a lot of work and time if rummaging through each book looking for what page we are on.



This system also helps with something I was HORRIBLE at last year! A few times within the school year we need to hand in portfolio's of all the kids work. I was soo bad at that. It would be the day before and I'd be on the living room floor surrounded by books and papers trying to get everything organized to hand it. So I had this lovely organizer lying around the house and I was using last year to put school work in but is was crammed in my very unorganized school cabinet. So I manged to save it from the depth of destruction of my cabinet and I found these nice blue inserts from walmart on clearance for $1.25 each! So the boys each have a set and as soon as they are done there pages, I mark them right then and there and they get stickers and happy faces if they did a good job and it goes straight into its section. I have these also organized by subject and by child, so no confusion!

Then once portfolio time comes all I need to do it empty each folder into a big folder for each child and hand it in! Easy Peesy! No muss no fuss.



Then I put this on my little teacher stand/ bookshelf area. So it is right there in our faces and not tucked away in a cupboard where I will forget about it!


Now if only I can figure out how to keep this cabinet of doom organized! This is a before and after shot. The before was taken like 2 days before school started and the after i took just now. It is horrible! This is also what happened last year and why I would get lost in papers, which i got that figured out this year but this cabinet needs help!



So there are a few things that I do to keep organized and some ... not so much! But the folders and planning I did successfully all month and I plan on continuing because it is working! What do you guys do to keep your school organized! Even post links and share your tips and tricks!

Making Dream Catchers

Posted by Tiffany on May 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

For the last little bit my little big man was having really bad nightmares. He would wake up all hours of the night just crying and even screaming a few times. Or we would just find him in our bed in the morning. So i thought we'd make dream catchers. Being from a native back ground also I thought it would be a good time to teach them a little bit about the history and make some fun dream catchers!

Trying to find the history of the dream catcher was hard though but at the end I found that no one really has a history or everyone has there own story so I just settled at, its been around for so long n one really knows to actual true history.


They had a lot of fun and it was a neat project. I have not made one is years! The boys found it more difficult to  wrap the ring then do the middle. They had a blast and no more nightmares .. so far and now he's not so afraid though.






Start of the new garden!

Posted by Tiffany on May 14, 2013 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

So we started the start of our 2013 garden! I have tried to garden in the 2 years, this will be our 3rd year. In the last 2 years, things have not gone so well. Year one at our old place, we had a bit of a rat infestation and totally turned out back on the garden. I blogged a bit about the gardens in the past. Last year our garden got ran over by deer and rabbits. This year we have some big plans though!


We have the pieces for a green house waiting to be built. I signed up for this cool site called The Smart Gardener that will help us learn what needs to be done and sends us little weekly to do lists!  I started a facebook group for local homeschoolers who are into gardening, so we can share and help each other out and help get the kids more involved. I also joined a Seed of the Month Club, where they sends seeds monthly. I have plans for seed saving a bit to. Just so i don't have to buy them so much.

So we are getting fencing put up around the garden and new fruit tree's and we got our new puppy who will be a year old soon to hopefully keep out those pesky rabbits, deer and other critters.


So today I decided today we will get this started. We tend to be bad procrastinators around here (as you can tell by my blog lol) So yesterday we bought some soil and since we got the little email saying it was time to germinate our onion seeds, we would do just that! We got our the seeds today and started some onions! We don't anything more to do until next month but I will be starting some more onions for rotation but it is a start!




So here is to a (hopefully) successful gardening year! 


Are you a gardener and blogging about it!? Share your link or stories, please! I'd love to read them!