08-25-2015

2015-2016 Curriculum List

Yesterday marked the first day of our 5th year of homeschooling. And this year is Audrey’s first day of Kindergarten. Every single year I wonder how I got here, how is it that my kids are even old enough to be in school?

But here we are, and here is the list of curriculum that we will be using this year!

Sydney is in the THIRD GRADE. Like Whoa.

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Math: Math-U-See Gamma

Science: Sonlight Science D (Biology, Taxonomy and Human Anatomy)

English: Writing With Ease Level 3, First Language Lessons Level 3, All About Spelling Level 3+

Reading: Ginger Pye, School Story, B is for Betsy, Enyclopedia Brown, Betsy & Tacy, Along Came a Dog, The Lightning Thief, James and the Giant Peach, Ramona Forever

Handwriting: A Reason For Handwriting Transition

Art: Home Art Studio 3rd Grade

Read Alouds: Little House in the Big Woods, Stuart Little, The Cricket in Time Square, Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing, Prince Caspian

History: Story of the World Volume 3 (Early Modern)

Biographies: This year we are focusing on some biographies and she will read one each month from the Whoe Was…? Series.
Clara Barton, Helen Keller, Mark Twain, Sally Ride, Louis Braille, Claude Monet, Queen Elizabeth, Franklin Roosevelt, Daniel Boone, Babe Ruth.

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Math: Math-U-See Primer

Science: Sonlight Science A (Biology, Biotoany, Physics)

Reading: Bob Books Box 1+

Handwriting: A Reason For Handwriting K

Art: Home Art Studio Kindergarten

Read Alouds: Sonlight A

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Together they will be reading Old Testament Stories and doing Expedition Earth: Europe!

07-17-2015

8 Years Old! | Sydney Capri

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Sydney Capri is now 8 years old!!! How is that possible?

My first born baby is amazing. She is brilliant, sassy, and loves to read.

She woke me up on her birthday asking me, “Where’s the first Harry Potter book?!” (I’ve told her since she was small that she can’t read the books until she turns 8.)

This year she has suddenly turned shy when she’s around anyone but immediate family.

She also developed this highly over exaggerated (and loud!) laugh that she swears is her real laugh.

She stays up most nights later than I do reading all night, so now she tries to sleep in.

She is 3’10” tall.

She decided this year that she would just take tap, instead of the years previous in which she took tap and ballet.

During her first tap focus class of the school year she came home crying because someone told her she was short. Apparently she didn’t know she was short, seeings as we homeschool and she’s the 3rd tallest in our family 😉

She still takes piano lessons.

She loves to swim!

She was able to get a pumpkin in the bucket at BIZI Farm’s pumpkin launch!

We bought Hocus Pocus and watched it with the kids, I mentioned that I’ve never seen the movie all the way through I’d always fall asleep. When the movie was over Sydney asked me why I fell asleep, because it’s such a great movie. I told her the commercials would come on and I’d be out. “What’s a commercial?”

We had a few snow flakes fall from the sky and Sydney sat next to the window singing, “Let it snow!”

Mama: Who won the battle between Alfred the Great and the Vikings?
Sydney: Aslan the Great.

We walked the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving (5k) and on the way home Sydney was falling asleep in the car. When we tried to keep her awake she said, “Just let me blink!” They were very long blinks.

Sydney: 15-8 is hard!
Me: It’s 7, it was one of the ones I just had to memorize.
Sydney: Are you sure it’s 7?
Me: Yes.
Sydney: How can you be sure?
Me: I passed the 2nd grade.

She questions everything and everyone, which is a great trait to have…in 10 years.

She held an alligator.

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She lost 4 teeth this year, including her front two teeth.

As always I am in awe of this beautiful girl I’ve been blessed with. She is brilliant, gorgeous, caring and sweet. She is the best big sister I’ve ever met, and her younger siblings are lucky to have her as their ring leader.

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07-05-2015

Dear Sydney | The End of Second Grade

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Dear Sydney,

My girl we have finished the 2nd grade, can you believe it? What a crazy year this has been for our family! We moved during the second week of school, and had to adjust to our new lives at Grandma and Papa’s house. Your relationship with your grandparents has grown by leaps and bounds and I love the bond you have with them. To add to the crazy we also added our gorgeous crazy Audrey to our school and we’ve all had to learn how to adjust to that.

And then we had Ruby half way through! Talk about a year of change! As usual you’ve handled it so well and I couldn’t be more proud of you. Except that I know I will be even more proud to be your mama tomorrow. You make me prouder every day, I love you so much!

This year you read some fascinating books, you fell in love with Beverly Cleary’s books, Socks being your favorite. You passed off All About Spelling Level 2, and we started a new handwriting program this year. Math presented a new challenge this year but as usual you have proven that you are up to the task. Your art work is amazing and it’s incredible how well you do at art, and how much you love it!

 This year you have made my heart swell with pride as I’ve watched you care and love on your siblings. The way you’ve noticed when Audrey has been upset and how you reminded her of how smart and wonderful she is. The way you are my big helper by helping me get everyone safely into the car, I think you know better than most adults what proper car seat safety is, and best of all you speak up when it’s done wrong! You’re help has been incredibly welcomed as we brought Ruby into our family this year. It’s been nice to know that I can hand you the baby while I go pee and that you will keep her safe.

As usual, I am in awe of you, and I have loved watching you grow and learn this year. There is no one better to teach me how to be a mama, or how to be a homeschool mama. Thank you for everything you’ve taught me, and thank you for giving me the privilege of getting to watch you become an amazing person. You are thoughtful and kind, you are brilliant and beautiful, and you will set the world on fire with that amazing combination. I love you to the moon and back, my sweet girl.

Can’t wait for next year.

Love, Mama.

First Grade | Kindergarten

For those keeping track Sydney read a total of 3,291 pages to herself as part of school. This total does not include all the books she checked out from the library for fun, or the books we read to her.

09-16-2014

2014-2015 Students

Something we have always done is school pictures! This year I decided to do something a little more fun, and a lot less formal. I let the girls choose whatever they wanted to wear (which is a rare thing, I’m pretty picky about picture clothes.) Then we set up a desk and some of Papa’s smart looking books and went about being silly, telling jokes and just having a great time.

I’m pretty much in love with these pictures.

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08-25-2014

First Day of School!

Today was our first day of school for the 2014-2015 year!

And what a year it will be, not only is Sydney now in the 2nd grade but AUDREY is joining us at the table for preschool!

Lets take a moment to reminiscence about my babies, shell we?

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Aren’t they cute? Well, they grew up into these beautiful young ladies!First DayToday went extremely well! I’ve always had great luck when it comes to the first day of school, they leave me feeling excited and ready for the new school year! Unfortunately, there are days which make me doubt my decisions, my abilities, and my sanity. So it’s good to blog about those days that are awesome, and try to forget about the bad 😉

I’ve been worried, nervous, excited, and very anxious about how school was going to work this year. Not only this Audrey’s first year in “official” school, but in February I’ll be nursing a baby while I teach math (and other subjects, of course!) While this was a breeze with master-champion-nurser Zachary, I was only teaching Sydney and preschool only took 30 minutes.

Oh, and Sydney is very good at sitting still. She’s extremely patient.

I love it when I pass down traits that I do not actually posses. It’s a great thing.

This year we have preschool with the girl who shares more than just my nose and my name. She also shares my lack of patience, and my inability to sit still. Maybe not inability, but she and I share a mutual disinterest when it comes to sitting still.

But much to my surprise and delight the first day went really smoothly! Audrey sat still (mostly), she was thrilled to do her Letter of the Week curriculum, she even sat still during the prayer and scripture study. When her school time was over, she played nicely by herself until Sydney was ready to join her. What a blessing!

Zachary on the other hand….well let’s just say he got banished to naptime when he decided to draw on the wall.

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08-06-2014

2014-2015 Curriculum

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This year is going to shake things up a bit in the Sherman household. This year I’ll be adding a new student, AND adding a new baby! This is something that I’ve spent a good deal of time and energy worrying about. How am I going to juggle both girls’ educations and the demands of a newborn? Will one of them not get enough attention or time? Of course these emotions, worries, and thoughts are very similar to the ones I had when I was pregnant with Audrey. So I’m hoping the answer will be exactly the same. Everything will be great, nothing will be the same, find the new normal.

sydneyI still can’t believe that Sydney is already in 2nd Grade! What?

Gospel: Studying the Doctrine and Covenants and Baptism Prep (more about this later.)
Art: Home Art Studio 2nd Grade
Math: Math-U-See Beta
Spelling: All About Spelling Level 2 and up
Handwriting: A Reason for Handwriting Level B*
History: Story of the World Volume 2: Medieval
Writing: Writing With Ease Level 2
Grammar: First Language Lessons Level 2
Science: Sonlight Science C (Geology, Meteorology, and Mechanical Technology)*
Read Alouds: See here. *
Readers: Sonlight Readers Level 4/5

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Audrey will be doing preschool this year! She will be doing Letter of the Week curriculum by Confessions of a Homeschooler. She will also be doing bits and pieces of Handwriting Without Tears Kindergarten and All About Reading Level 1 and up.

*Personally when I’m reading someone’s blog and they’ve switched curriculums I always wonder why. So here are the answers to the whys:

From Handwriting Without Tears to A Reason For Handwriting: Sydney really enjoyed HWT and had no problems with it. It’s a great handwriting curriculum. My only problem with it is simply that they teach writing on a different set of lines, this didn’t confuse Sydney at all but Audrey was VERY confused by the paper. How tall do you make that letter A? I had also noticed that when Sydney was doing her copywork or narrative exercises for Writing With Ease she didn’t know how to form her letters because WWE uses traditional lines, which differ from HWT. So to help keep things all uniform, we are switching.

From Apologia BACK to Sonlight Science: We used Sonlight’s science curriculum for Kindergarten and we really enjoyed it. I planned on using it with Audrey when she was in Kindergarten. My reason for switching last year was because I wanted a curriculum I could easily do with all the children at once. Apologia fulfilled that. However, there were many theories they discuss that I don’t agree with, some paragraphs that I wondered why they were included those were things I could ignore, and censor out. However, what I couldn’t ignore was when Apologia came out with an anti-Mormon statement. It was uncalled for and I refuse to support such a company. I was really sad about this because I did love Apologia, I loved the rich pictures it provided and the easy experiments. But I feel like going back to Sonlight is a good fit for us!

From Sonlight Read Alouds to my own choices: This is simply because there are SO many good books! I poured over a few lists (including Sonlight’s) when choosing our readers, and added a few childhood favorites!

nbts-blog-hop-calendar-2014I’m participating in the Not Back to School Blog Hop!

07-31-2014

Sydney’s Birthday!

As usual we threw two parties for Sydney, one with friends and one with family. Because of our church’s Pioneer Picnic being on the 19th we didn’t have both parties on the same day, so she got TWO birthday weekends!

My friend, Chelsee, made her a gorgeous cake (Chelsee has been making my kiddos’s cakes this year, aren’t they darling?!)

And then we had a Little Mermaid themed party!

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DSC_9998 In our family we have this rule about kids not chewing gum until age 5, it’s a special treat for them. Well, when Sydney turned 5 I gave her gum, and she got it in her hair about ten seconds later. So no more gum until she was 6. Well, when she was 6 she spit it on and I stepped in it. I’m thrilled to announce that at age 7 Sydney’s gum ban was lifted and she enjoyed Zebra gum, and no gum ended up in hair on on the bottom of mama’s shoes. Yey!

Happy Birthday, my darling girl! I love you! <3

07-29-2014

Dear Sydney | The End of First Grade

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Dear Sydney,

This year was tough. But you overcame some incredibly obstacles. Sometimes I feel that your biggest obstacle is having me as a mother. I tend to push you too hard at times, over schedule and under prepare. That was very much the case with this school year. Add into that being tired, unmotivated and then ending the school year with being exhausted because of pregnancy.

But you overcame them all. You are such an incredible person, and as always I am humbled that Heavenly Father sent you to me. You are the sweetest girl I know, and you are so smart! You are flexible, and you put up with me. Usually with a smile on your face. I spend hours planning and working on your curriculum, and you make it totally worth every second.

At the beginning of this school year you tested at a 4th grade reading level. For being six and only reading for the past year and a half it just blew me away, as you always do! By the end you tested at a 6th grade level. I enjoy watching you devour books. Especially books that I enjoyed when I was younger. This year you read so many Magic Tree House books there’s no way for me to count them. You ended the year by starting The Chronicles of Narnia, The Magician’s Nephew. You learned about space, and loved hearing about planets. You took the debate about Pluto being a planet seriously, and still sided with your mama. Hearing you spout off addition and subtraction facts brings a smile to my face, you do it faster than Daddy! We did something different this year for history, and you made the transition well. Just recently we watched The Prince of Egypt and I was thrilled to hear that you still remember about the two kingdoms of Egypt. You were brave and tried a bunch of new foods this year from China, Japan, South Korea and India.

You never cease to amaze me, darling girl. You are so brave! This year you lost your first two teeth, but you did so in an unconventional way. Both teeth needed to be pulled because your permanent teeth popped through but didn’t make the baby teeth wiggly. The second tooth the dentist removed, which included getting laughing gas, which you did all by yourself! I think I was more nervous than you were.

I love and adore you, my Sydney Capri, and I look forward to next year with you. Second grade, are you ready?!

Love, Mama

[Here are some page stats for you! During school this year Sydney and I read a total of 2,762 pages together. And by herself Sydney read 3,381 pages!]

Dear Sydney, Kindergarten Edition

07-17-2014

Happy 7th Birthday, Sydney!

My sweet girl turned 7 today! How in the world did that happen?

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At her 7-year-old check up Dr. E asked the exact same question. We’ve been blessed with a truly amazing pedatrician who bends over backwards to make sure my kids are healthy, and she humored me during my paranoid-first-time-really-young-mama phase. She’s such a blessing to our family and I am glad we’ve gotten to work with her for the last seven years.

Anyway, enough with the ode to Dr. E (who totally deserves and ode.)

I started to make videos of my kiddos for each yearly birthday when Zachary turned one. It was easy to backtrack and make a few videos for Audrey but I hadn’t done many for Sydney. She requested some of her younger years. I didn’t get them all done but I hope you enjoy the ones I did complete! The fun thing about her being older is she picked the songs.

Sydney’s First Year:

Sydney As a One Year Old!

And now for some “Sydney As a 6 Year Old” Moments! <3

-Sydney lost TWO teeth as a six-year-old. Unfortunately both had to be pulled because her permenant tooth popped through, but her baby teeth were still firmly in place.

-Favorite TV shows include My Little Pony, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and Pokemon. Don’t ask.

-She is an incredible reader! She finished 1st grade with a 6th grade reading level. She blows me away!

-Last July, when she had just turned 6, she got to travel with Audrey and her Grandma and Papa Sherman to Utah for a week. We missed her like crazy but she had a blast! This was the longest we’ve ever been away from her.

-When Audrey refused to get out of the car Sydney told her, “Audrey, just don’t. If you stay in the car you’ll burn up and die.”

-After we studied China we ordered Chinese take out (’cause it’s really authentic that way!) Sydney asked, “How do we get Chinese food? Does someone go get it for use from China?”

-Jordan: Are you having fun playing with the heater?
Sydney: Are you speaking Spanish?

-Whenever you write “Syd” on something she goes over with her own pen and adds, “NEY.” Apparently she wants to be called Sydney.

-Jupiter is her favorite planet. She also agrees that Pluto IS a planet.

-When Aunt Roo came to visit with her fiance we went over to my in-laws house and the whole house was quiet, Sydney wandered upstairs to see what was going on. She came down a few minutes later to report, “Aunt Roo is taking  a bath, and everyone is helping her.” Now, my in-laws have played some pretty weird made up family games, but this would have to be the WEIRDEST thing I’ve ever heard of. Turns out that Aunt Roo was having her hair dyed, but sitting on the edge of the bathtub. Everyone was watching her 😉

-She LOVED the song Hey, Jude. It was replaced a few months later with What Does the Fox Say. Clearly we are failing as parents.

Happy Birthday to the sweet girl who made me a mama. I love you, Sydney Capri! <3

Sydney

06-08-2014

Dance Recital

Yesterday was the girls’ dance recital, both girls took Ballet/Tap this year. They did awesome!

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