Welcome to the 2nd Edition of the Homeschool Diaries – it’s becoming a tradition already! Here is a peek at our adventures in homeschooling:
Paprika got a Spanish tutor all the way from Guatemala!
Oh my goodness, I have a few funny stories about that – I set up the tutoring over Skype – except I had never Skype’d before and didn’t realize I needed a webcam or a microphone…you know, so the other person could see and hear me. You would think that having a blog for a thousand years would make me a tech guru – but no, not even close. Haha.
Anyhoo – the Spanish tutoring is now set up and going great! She meets with her teacher a few times/week for half an hour and has homework/practice in between lessons. I am going to have to write a whole other post about the experience and explaining how it works – it is so cool!
Ginger and Paprika REALLY want to talk to Paprika’s teacher – they get a little jealous when she’s having her sessions – so I think we’ll probably set up something for them, too! Violet LOVES watching Paprika talk to her teacher – she sits the whole lesson watching, like this:
We had a great day with friends – they rented a bouncy castle/water slide for the day. Paprika was SO afraid to go down it at first, so Mr. M had to get in and help her. Once she got the hang of it, she could not stop sliding and jumping for 8 hours straight.
All the kids had a fantastic time. Violet (age 2) was right in the mix, and played until she was exhausted.
She came home and fell asleep in a chair as she was waiting for me to read her books. I came in with a stack of books and found this:
Speaking of books (and books and books!) – I took the girls to Storytime at the Library.
Believe it or not, this is a small fraction of the books we checked out! We actually reached our limit of 50 books on our library card! I know we could have checked out more books on the girls’ individual cards, but ummmm….no. Fifty books is enough for one week!
Paprika’s favorite library book of the week has been Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella – it has all her favorite elements: fairytale, picture book, about chickens and awesome illustrations!
When we were reading it (for the thousandth time) last night, she wondered aloud why it had never won a Caldecott Medal and how it was such an injustice because the illustrations are the BEST she has ever seen! She got so worked up about it – haha.
Ginger has been reading to us every night – she could read aloud for hours! It’s such a treat. Last night she read me Little Bear, Father Bear Comes Home and in the first chapter, Little Bear goes fishing. She got SO upset by the idea of catching fish to eat them, and was crying about it and could not go on reading.
Ginger (age 5) is vegetarian and has been since birth (her choice). I would actually say she’s 99% vegan because she has never ever allowed us to feed her dairy products except for the occasional piece of cheese at a restaurant. When we go out to eat, she orders a plain cheeseburger with no meat – which is just a bun and a piece of cheese. We get A LOT of funny looks with that order! Ha!
We had a big doctor’s appointment on Wednesday for the new baby – and of course, the girls came with me! They’ve actually come to every doctor’s appointment with me and they have been so interested in everything. The ultrasound tech took great care showing them the baby, the brain, the chambers of the heart, the fingers and toes, and if the baby is a girl or a boy! 😉
Mr. M was able to take a lunch break to come to the appointment. The doctor’s office is in Beverly Hills (about an hour from our house!) – and conveniently, is quite close to Dancing With The Stars.
Oh yes, Mr. M finished working on Bachelor In Paradise last week and started up on the new season of Dancing With The Stars! I am addicted to watching Bachelor in Paradise (on Hulu) at the moment – I wish a new episode came out every single day. Haha. And of course, I am super excited for a new season of DWTS. It’s always so much fun!
Mr. M had another spinal procedure this week – between my OB appointment and Mr. M’s back appointments, the girls are learning all about the medical field! Haha. Mr. M had to go under general anesthetic again (he has three ruptured discs in his back) – so we were his taxi, and we were glad to do it! 🙂
Afterwards, we treated the girls to lunch at Carl’s Jr. – and everyone ate except for me! This baby only wants to eat salad, fruit, and fresh things. Silly baby! 😉
Of course, we did all our usual homeschool stuff, too! Paprika continued with her Teaching Texbooks (she is doing 3 days/per day still) – and Ginger is so motivated to catch her big sister that she started Teaching Textbooks 3rd grade (that’s the lowest grade level they offer) this week. One of the great things about homeschooling is that most things I’ve bought can be reused (or sold on Ebay!) – so the risk of trying something and it not working is pretty minimal.
The girls are watching Nature documentaries on Netflix. Paprika is so hooked on learning about insects and flowers that she wants to start her own Pollination Club. She wants to get the whole neighborhood – no, the whole world – excited about helping insects pollinate flowers!
I signed Ginger up for another trial of ABC Mouse – thankfully, they offer a 30 day free trial – which for us is great because she got bored with it on Day 2 and I cancelled it. (I repeat this cycle every few months!) Haha! She is also doing Reading Eggs, which I LOVED with Paprika. With Ginger, she’s already so far past it that all she wants to do is play the games – but anyway, it’s still fun for her and I have it for another year because I didn’t do the free trial. Doh! Lesson learned: Always do the free trial for as long as humanly possible! Ha!
We went on a great date night on Saturday night. The girls went to a fun Parent’s Night Out party with some of their neighborhood friends – and they had a blast! They got to jump and run and do crafts, and play the evening away while we got to take a walk on the beach! Win- Win!
I love our date nights! It’s amazing how refreshing a short little date night can be – and the kids had a blast, too, running around with their friends!
I can’t believe it’s Labor Day weekend already! Have a wonderful weekend and see you on the flip side! 🙂