Monday, August 29, 2011

Back to School Edition

Somehow, without really planning it, I took a blogging break after we got back from our vacation and through the whole first week of school (and then some). I'm enjoying it a bit, so I don't know when I'll be back regularly blogging.

We've been busy and working hard. I thought I'd share a few bullet points on the beginning of school.
  • The timed math fact sheets are awesome. First Son used to take thirty minutes or more to answer all those silly math problems. Now, I set the timer for a minute and off he goes. He likes it if I set the timer for another minute for the ones he has left. Less than two minutes and he's done!
  • First Son has improved tremendously in his handwriting. It doesn't look amazingly better, but he can write so much more without struggling and complaining. It's amazing!
  • So far, First Son's favorite subject is spelling. Surprising and funny.
  • We took a big back to school field trip to the Science Museum in Oklahoma City last week. I like this idea of going to a far away museum or other big day trip with Kansas Dad to celebrate the beginning of school. The museum was awesome. 
  • Schooling with Second Son at a year is so much better than when he was four weeks old (and four months and six months and eight months...you get the picture).
  • Choir started and it's going to be wonderful again.
  • Our parish is starting an atrium (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd). Somehow, in addition to enrolling my children, I decided to be trained. So I've been helping a little in getting it set up. I am incredibly excited for this opportunity for our children, and for my own development. We're about two weeks away from classes!
  • I really like my new lesson plan worksheet system.
  • I decided to make a timeline using Brandy's system. I am having a great time finding pictures online to use for our cards. It'll be a couple of weeks before I have them all ready, but I think it's going to be great.
  • In honor of the new school year, we took a family photo.
I should have cropped it a little, but I'm just glad to get any photo on the blog.

Now, the fall weather should be arriving any time, right? Right.

2 comments:

  1. Love the family pic! Very cute. And a nice tradition to start or continue!

    Yes, more than ready for Fall temperatures!

    I have heard such wonderful things about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Wishing there was a parish close to me that offered this.

    Blesings,
    Valerie

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  2. Great picture! A good family picture is a substantial accomplishment.

    I've heard of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, too. The chaplain at the children's home where I used to work used it with the children there, and I remember them really liking it. He was an Episcopal priest, and he was very excited about sharing it with the children. I hope it's a great undertaking for you, too!

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