Saturday, July 17, 2010

First Week of Homeschool

It's official the paperwork is back and we are formally known as a private school. We completed our first week of school this Thursday and things are going quite well. When I ask Isabelle what subjects she likes best she responds, "all of it."
On Tuesday we had our first out of the classroom adventure. In science Isabelle is learning about classifying animals so we packed up our bikes, camera and dog and went to the bike trail in the 100 degree heat and humidity. We found creatures of all categories except for the dry and scaly category, which I personally was happy about. After we got home and cooled off, we put together a book and labeled each picture with the correct category name.

Wednesday we used sidewalk paint to practice Isabelle's spelling words out on the driveway. The kids enjoyed it. The only problem was that Isabelle is a bit of a perfectionist and was not pleased that she could not make the lines of her letters uniform. Ethan practiced drawing circles and 1's and when he tired of that he began to paint the ants crawling on the driveway.
For the sidewalk paint I found a recipe on The Idea Room blog:
1/4 c of cornstarch
1/4 c of cold water
a few drops of food coloring

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Weekly Update

Another busy summer week for the Douma family. We spent the first half of the week recovering from the busy long weekend. This week Isabelle and Ethan both received t-shirts from the library for each reading 300 books since June 1st. We have read a variety of stories and have many favorites but deep sea exploration seems to be a hot topic with both kids right now. I'm so happy they share my love for books, my only complaint is that the library doesn't offer prizes to us moms for all of our reading!
On Friday we had our first day of school per Isabelle's request. She is really excited about it and both kids did really well. Ethan joined in for some parts and quietly did his own activities when he got bored. We are keeping a really loose schedule since it is only July. The early start will definitely give us quite a bit of flexibility.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Ethan kept busy this week playing play-doh. We were running low so I Googled a recipe and ended up with a large batch of green play-doh. Tha bt should keep them busy for a while.

Ryan is keeping busy at work as usual but is hopefully done traveling for awhile. His next project will be redoing his pond which seems to have a leak in it

We had a great weekend with our good friends the McLemore's. They came down to experiece The Fourth of July City for the first time and are already planning on coming back for next year's celebration.

Had an eventful week this week. I was diagnosed with pneumonia on Wednesday but am already feeling better than I have in the last two months. Hopefully, my unhealthy journey is over. I'm off to an allergist in a few weeks to see if there is some underlying cause.

Isabelle had a visit to the ER on Thursday. She was swimming in the pool and smacked her forehead on the pool bottom. We iced it right away and didn't think too much of it until she woke up vomiting continually a few hours later, so off to the hospital we went. They did a CT scan which she thought was really cool, like being in a spaceship. She seems to be fully recovered and ready to be her busy self again.