The Grandparents Become the Teachers

Since Sylvia is sick and in the hospital with pneumonia, Sabrina’s parents taught the school today. The kids did additional math work sheets. Luke is working on counting by 5s and measuring in inches. He had review worksheets on addition and subtraction to do as well. Isabel is working on shapes, specifically circles and triangles. She also had some review worksheets.

Sabrina’s mom, Carol, helped them with their spelling and came up with sentences that had all their spelling words in it. She helped Luke learn how to spell “pneumonia.”

The kids made drawings for Sylvia and went with their grandparents to the hospital to visit her. She is doing much better and hopefully will be home tomorrow.

Isabel had dance class tonight.

Luke helped Carol plan out the day for tomorrow. They are planning on doing a popcorn craft, working on math,  Carol is going to teach them adjectives, there will be some kind of “card game”, they are going to write poems and read.


Dad Day at Home

I stayed home from work because Sylvia was sick and Sabrina was out getting her tested to see what was wrong with her. Turns out she has pneumonia and had to get checked into the hospital. She’ll be there at least another day. 😦

Anyway, so I was in charge of school. I had Isabel do two math worksheets and Luke do three. We use the Math-U-See curriculum. It is organized very well and we have found it to be very good so far. Luke is on lesson 15 in the Beta book and Isabel is on Lesson 11 in the Alpha book. There are DVDs that come with the books that have instruction from a teacher, who is very clear and succinct in teaching concepts.

I made spelling lists for Luke and Isabel for this week and had them write the words on our whiteboard. Luke got all his right on the first try. Isabel struggled with some words and needs some additional practice.

For reading time, I read them some books out loud.

For P.E., they played outside with Ryan.

Sabrina’s parents came up to help with the kids since Sylvia is in the hospital and will be doing school with them tomorrow.

Cleanliness vs. Godliness

Yesterday for FHE I gave Luke and Isabel chore charts. Everyday they need to clean their rooms and feed the cats, after that they can ask me for a chore that they can get paid for. The charts are on the fridge and they are in charge of putting the stickers on etc. Today they were happy to do it and I hope it doesn’t wear off. Next FHE lesson will have to be on tithing.

In MOPS today the kids had a story teller come and tell them Thanksgiving stories. We had a speaker, Marshall Allen, a writer for the Las Vegas Sun, come and teach us how to write a good Christmas letter. Very informative. Afterward we wrote Christmas cards to boys in Juvenile detention. But my favorite was a poem shared in the opening of our MOPS meeting.  The author is Laurie Lovejoy Hilliard and Sharon Lovejoy Autry from the book, Mom…and Loving It!


If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place,

But have not love, I am a housekeeper-not a homemaker.

If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements,

But have not love, my children learn cleanliness-not godliness.

Love leaves the dust in search of a child’s laugh.

Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window.

Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.

Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.

Love is present through the trials.

Love reprimands, reproves, and is responsive.

Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, runs with the child,

then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood.

Love is the key that opens salvation’s message to a child’s heart.

Before I became a mother I took glory in my house of perfection,

Now I glory in God’s perfection of my child.

As a mother, there is much I must teach my child,

But the greatest of all is love.

I know, I know, it is a little cheesy, but so true in my life right now. Yesterday everything was SUCH a mess from coming home from vacation and leaving Joey home alone for a while (kidding Joey…but not really.) Laundry everywhere, crumbs on the floor, goo on the counters, GROSS. Luke and Isabel wanted to play the card game Old Maid with me. I am not nor ever was a perfectionist or a neat freak, but it was so difficult to just let everything sit while I played that game with them. It is always especially difficult to just sit and read a book to Sylvia when I always have a million things to do, but I need to.

School on Track Break

Even though we are on “track break” we’ve still been doing pretty much what we always do…school.  On our drive to California the kids drew pictures, wrote stories and I read them a book.  When we got to grandma and grandpa’s house they played in the backyard catching worms, Luke was disecting plants and we pressed some leaves and flowers.  In the evening they watched a couple of Magic School Bus cartoons and then read books until they fell asleep. 

The Student Becomes the Teacher

A couple of friends I hadn’t seen in a while were going to come over with bagels this morning so I put Luke in charge. I told Luke and Isabel that he was going to be the teacher and gave him a list of things they needed to get done. Math, Journals, Spelling, etc. Luke also volunteered to teach an aiming class. Because let’s face it, who doesn’t need a class in aiming?

It was great! They got all of their work done while I enjoyed bagels and girl talk with my friends. In the afternoon when Sylvia was sleeping and Ryan was here, I got out the paints and paper and let them paint in the backyard. Luke then watched Man vs. Wild, I think Bear Grills is Luke’s new hero (MINE TOO! kidding Joey.) Isabel played her computer Math game for a while. Then they all played outside for a long time while I read my book.

Next week we will be with my parents in California for most of the week and the next week we will be in Saint George, Utah with Joey’s parents for the Thanksgiving weekend, so I told the kids that we will be on “Track Break” for two weeks. For the next two weeks my blog wont be so “daily” but I will be recording anything educational or interesting that we do or see for the next two weeks. What the kids don’t know is that even though we wont be doing our Journals and Math workbooks everyday, we will still be doing school because let’s face it, when AREN’T we all doing school?!

Outside School

This morning I was very busy with cleaning up throw up (don’t ask) cleaning up yesterday’s birthday cake mess (don’t ask again) getting the kids breakfast, exercising, getting Ryan off to school, and finally, SHOWERING.  After my shower, the kids were so quiet and peaceful mindlessly watching cartoons I decided to use the “It’s my birthday” excuse and get in bed and read my book.

After cleaning up from lunch I knew it was time to get SOME school in.  I still didn’t have much motivation, so I said, “Outside school today!”  I spread a blanket on the lawn in the shade and brought their journals, books, etc. out for them to do.  It was a nice change of scenery and while the kids worked on their writing and played, I kept reading my book.  I then read to them, an Amelia Bedelia book and some Where the Sidewalk Ends.  We then did Math.  Isabel started a new lesson today.  Addition + 8.

A Cowboy and The Silent Scream

This morning Ryan’s bus didn’t come so I took all four kids with me to MOPS.  For the mom’s speaker, we had a financial planner.  It was very informative.  He told us that our goal should NOT be to pay off our homes.  He went into detail about why, but I was so elated with this new concept that I didn’t hear or understand much else.  The kids had some Cowboy with his lasso come in and talk with them and do a few tricks.

When we got home, my visiting teachers were there so we visited for a while while ALL of our kids played in the backyard (lot premium TOTALLY worth it) and afterward, my friend Krysti dropped off her daughter Kyleigh that is 6.  I took the five kids to McDonald’s and me with “my” five kids attracted a lot of attention.  People were very friendly joking with me.  “ARE ALL THESE YOURS!?”  A friendly construction worker that we sat near taught all the kids the “Silent Scream.”  Fists in the air, mouth open no sound.  The kids loved it.

Now, after playing outside for a while, they are watching Night at the Museum and eating popcorn.  Luke has piano at 4 and I may have them do either writing or math tonight, but not much else since Joey is going to take me out for sushi for my birthday that is tomorrow.  So I guess no real hard core school time, but it certainly has been a day full of fun experiences.