Monday, December 31, 2012

December Daily: Look Back 2

 July: Found out our sweet Ziggy is on her way!
And we celebrated being married 10 years
And we bought a house
{all in the same week}
 September: Kate turned 6!

Friday, December 28, 2012

December Daily: School Update

 This post is really for my records please don't torture yourself by reading it!

I think the motive behind this post is that I woke up at 2:00a wondering what my girls had learned over the last 5 months. I had a brief moment of panic and needed to figure out just where we've come.
We are still enjoying our Classical Conversation classes. Jeremy and I are making plans for next fall and Classical Conversations will be a part of that plan {although we will hopefully be moving to a different campus}
What the girls have learned in CC this fall semester:
History: The 10 commandments, names of the Greek & Roman gods, the 7 wonders of the ancient world, they can explain the split of the Roman empire and the fall of Rome. They can briefly explain Hinduism, the Age of Imperialism, Confucius and the Heian Empire.They have also learned basic facts about the Byzantine and Muslim Empire.
Geography: They can identify 5-7 locations within the following Empires/locations from memory {this has also been a good tool for us to use for our phonics because we talk about the starting sounds}  Fertile Crescent, Assyrian Empire, Hebrew Empire, Hittite Empire, Egyptian Empire, Roman Empire, Indus River Valley, China, Eastern Asia, Japan, Byzantine Empire & Muslim Empire. They have also learned how to identify all 7 continents.
English Grammar: They have learned what a preposition is and have also learned all of the prepositions...about, above, across, after, against ... etc.
Math: They have learned their multiplication tables through skip counting with numbers 1x1 through 12x12
Latin: They have learned the parts of Latin grammar as well as all 5 Latin declensions both singular and plural.
Science: They can list and are learning how to explain...
Classifications of living things and what the five kingdoms of living things are. They can tell you parts of a plant and animal cell. They can list the major groups of invertebrates and vertebrates. They can tell you about the three ways that animals reproduce and the different types of seed plants. They have learned what some of the parts of plants are and the different kinds of leaves and leaf parts. They have also learned the parts of a flower and currently they are learning the plant systems.
In addition to CC we also do daily work at home. We have hit phonics extremely hard this semester. They have pretty much mastered every sound of every letter. Now that we know those really well reading is becoming much easier! The girls are using two different programs, Hooked on Phonics & All about Spelling in order to be successful readers. Jeremy is also currently reading to them the Chronicles of Narnia and I still try to read them at least 5 kid books a day. Lots of exposure to words is our goal right now.
In our "at home math" we switched to Math-U-See and that has made a HUGE difference! We are working on simple addition problems, writing numbers and basic math concepts.
Jeremy is also still doing science Saturday...usually on Sunday and the girls LOVED being a part of the science fair.
What's coming up:
We will be adding in more writing practice this winter/spring semester. I'm still working on how to do that.
My gift for Christmas is a PIANO!!!! So piano lessons are heading our way.
And besides a baby that is all we're adding.

This list makes me feel better ... there is knowledge being shoved into their tiny little heads plus we have found a really good balance of learning and play.We are finding our homeschooling groove and it feels really, really good!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

December Daily: Looking back

January 2012

 March: Reed turns 3!
 May: Emma turns 5

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

December Daily: Our Christmas

 Christmas Eve crafts

 Games and fun time together
 Preparing for Santa's visit!
It only took them 2 hours to fall asleep & then Jeremy drank the milk that had been left for Santa :) He blamed the straw but I just don't understand what made him grab a cup of milk that had been left out for HOURS!!!
 Christmas morning!!

 We received a trace amount of snow and these girls were not going to let it go to waste! You can't see it in the pictures but they even have snow pants on :)

 This year we started the tradition of the pickle present {an old German tradition} The pickle is hidden in the tree and when they find it a gift is received! We decided to make this gift a family gift and so this year the kids received Yahtzee!

Christmas dinner: turkey, stuffing, carrots, applesauce, rolls, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie & birthday cake for Jesus!

So thankful for sweet family time and for the gift of Jesus!
2012 was a magical Christmas season in the Martin house and I so thankful for all of the extra special things that we have been able to do. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

December Daily: Christmas Cookies

Merry Christmas!
We hope your day is full of tiny sweet moments with those you love most.
And that you cherish the real meaning and the true gift of Jesus this season!

Monday, December 24, 2012

December Daily: The Christmas Pageant

We have a church near Bixby, OK that we attend even though we have moved about 45 minutes away. At that church, our kids were a part of a fabulous Christmas Pageant! Our Reed was the cutest cow and the girls put lots of time into learning the songs and the dance!
As Jeremy and I sat there watching I couldn't help but think of how strange it was that we have kids old enough to be a part of such a program.
I'm just hoping we have many, MANY more pageants ahead of us!!
Enjoy the videos...sorry for the bad quality I tried to get as close to the stage as possible. I was that annoying mom with a video camera and 2 still cameras running up and down the aisle. :)


Friday, December 21, 2012

December Daily: The Christmas Train

 We had a magical night at the Christmas Train! It was our second year attending and I'm pretty sure the kids had more fun this time.
I told Jeremy as we were walking through the park that it is nice to do things 2 years in a row again! I'm loving the feeling of putting down's time!

 An old time village with hundreds of Christmas lights!

 One young man who wanted to eat the ENTIRE time we were there was VERY excited to ride the Christmas Train.
The train tells the Bible story from Creation to Jesus' rising from the dead. The scene of the cross is powerful and brought up good questions from the girls, like why? Tender moments that I'm thankful, so thankful to have!

We went on a wagon ride and a narrator read us the story of 'Twas the Night before Christmas!

It's beautiful and was a lovely, lovely night!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

December Daily: Stockings

 We had planned to go on a Bethlehem walk this day but instead ended up fighting an asthma attack with Kate...
So what are parents to go??!! Well, we let our kiddos open their stockings that Grandpa Bob & Grandma Connie sent. It was a little early but no one under the age of 6 seemed to mind!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December Daily: The 1st Christmas Program

 Our 2012 CBS Christmas Program
We have been so blessed by our CBS Community. We spend from 8:30a until 3:00p every Wednesday with this amazing group of ladies & their kiddos.
They supply my kiddos with surrogate grandma's and me with amazing women that take care of me & literally yell at me if I lift something :)
God blessed us with this fabulous group & I'm so, SO thankful! 
 This is Kate's reaction when she saw that her Daddy showed up to see her sing :)

Singing LOUD for all to hear!

A fabulous Christmas performance!