Friday, July 22, 2016

Skylers New Hobby!

Skyler has taught herself a new little hobby!! She is making Littlest Pet Shop videos! Everything she has done has been completely on her own I wouldn't even know where to start. She took a broken phone started making videos, learned to post them on you tube, even how to edit pics and such all on her own! I am just a bit proud. She makes these elaborate little scenes for them. She has given them whole life stories for their backgrounds and everything!

She calls her channel LPS TOO MUCH CANDY! It is so adorable. She has even made banners for it and everything. She will also sub anyone who subs her so if your kiddos are looking for subscribers feel free!!


That is just one of her little videos, some are pretty long!

She has even taught herself editing and such all on her own.

I think it is awesome she took it upon herself to learn how to do things without anyone helping. I am not the techy mom so it is always good to have kiddos who are!!!

Friday, July 8, 2016

We Got To Learn All About Allergy Testing Today!!

Skyler has had allergies her whole life. They set off her asthma and are all around very UN fun. We decided to do testing since they have been worse this year. It was pretty neat to see. They put little scratches like on her back all by different numbers. Then whatever bubbles up is her allergies. She was such a trooper!! They also had to use her arm. 

She laughed like a lunatic while the nice lady wrote on her!!

It itched like crazy! She only got a bit upset when they did the arm. That hurt she said she even bled a bit. Shockingly we learned she is allergic to horses. That was a shocker. She is also has allergies to cat/dog dander, pollen, grasses and other outside stuff! So we have decided to start allergy shots in August. This seems a better plan than medicine her whole life long. 

As usual she has some kind of ears on!! 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Jurassic Quest

On Fathers Day the girl had a fun day at Jurassic Quest in Orlando. IT WAS AWESOME!!!!! We have all always loved dinosaurs. Even my college girl had a blast seeing the larger than life dinos! The park travels so I suggest you check out when they will be near by to go. 

Both girl loved the animatronics the best. They loved seeing them move. The biggest complaint was the heat. The heat has been terrible this year. They were little troopers though getting to see the dinosaurs, fossils,  learn about stuff, and even do some crafts! Yes even my college girl does crafts!!! She lets her guard down when it is family outings like this. She don't have to be the tough older kid she can just be  kid!!

All in all it was an awesome girl versus dinosaur day!!!!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

How Our Summer Is Starting Off!!!!

So shocker when we woke up to this today!!!

They look like baby cows!!!! Our very old dogs decided to have puppies together. There is a total of five and my kiddos are in love!!!

Hopefully it won't be too much trouble finding them homes when the time comes!!! For now the kiddos can get puppy care 101. classes!!!!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Thinking Tree Review!!!!

In the Spring when I was buying the stuff for next year I got Skyler a fun-schooling spelling journal. It is of course by The Thinking Tree!! It is adorably cute as well! They hunt down different numbered words and there is of course coloring and doodling involved. That is right up Skylers alley so I was sold on it! A while after buying a new spelling book came out, Spelling Time. Well I was torn because I loved them both lol. Spelling Time is just amazing. It has geography music instruments and loads of animals! Again right up Skylers alley. We went ahead and started using the fun-schooling spelling journal and tucked away spelling time for the new school year. 

She is having a blast!!

Sometimes she walks around the house for her spelling word hunt other times she uses a spelling type dictionary we got. The book starts out having the child read simple little stories, coloring pictures and letters then fill in the blanks type pages. The artwork is just as cute as can be!! After some of that they get to coloring pages and hunting don words with so many letters. They also get to draw their own pictures. As you see Skyler went a bit further!!

I got to hear all about this carrot! He is so strong and happy! He also loves riding unicorns apparently! She ate carrots twice this week! The Thinking tree books have for sure opened up a creative side for my kids and I am so glad I started using them!!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Peek At Our Week!!!

The weather is getting so very hot lately!! We have been sleeping late and not wanting to do anything. Skyler and Fox both started new lessons in their math u see books! YAY!!! Skyler was not too thrilled with finding areas of parallelograms. Once she remembered the two steps though it went much easier. Of course the cat helped. I mean really don't every little girl need a cat to do math with? Stella Luna hasn't grown as much as I thought she would. She was a tiny kitten when we found her. We were at Big Lots and there she was by the door crying her eyes out. She ran right to Skyler and best friends were born. The cashier inside said she had been coming in early that day when a van pulled up and she saw a mans boot kick the poor thing out the side door. Sometimes I hate going to town we always see this. 

Damian is still chugging right along in his journal and math book. He is my kid who hates pics so I gotta sneak those in when I can!!

Damian always gets confused with area and perimeter so he drew some in his journal on the math page to do himself!

Skyler is still set on using the journal for two alongside her funschool spelling book. 

Fox is learning to change mixed fractions into improper fractions and improper into mixed. He said this was one of the easiest things he had done for fractions so far! He is not liking fractions at all. 

As usual he does his school anywhere at all! For pottery this week Skyler got to pick up the bowl she had finished and start making a candle holder. As usual I love how her projects have turned out!!

She also decided that all the dollhouse furniture she already owns is not enough and she needed to make more. This week the house has become a craft space everywhere. Cardboard, sequins, colored tape and felt have taken residence all over the place. And beads a lot of beads too!! 

Happy Week Everyone!!!!!!!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Thinking Tree Review!!!!!

This review is actually not for Skyler!! Change of pace there! Damian received the Asperger's Syndrome Do It yourself Journal to use for no charge in exchange for our review.  I will be honest this is the third journal Damian has had. At first we tried the 12 subject portfolio. As soon as I handed him that big book I could see the fear in his eyes. He was totally clueless. The book is amazing by the way but, it just simply overwhelmed Damian. I did buy the pdf though and will be using it in the future! I then bought the pdf of the Do It Yourself Handbook for Eclectic Learners  thinking I could just print little by little. Well he got upset because he didn't have a real book like the other kids did. 

When Sarah offered us the Asperger's journal I was way willing to try that out!!

Damian is not the photographic picture kid like my others. He does pretty well when it is for a holiday or a special occasion but just for school not so much! So he braved through all my photography attempts. Thanks Buddy!!!!

This journal is a ten page a day journal. They have reading and a movie every day. At first this overwhelmed him so we slacked on the movie until the second week. Now he does pretty well. He happily picked out biography type movies at the library of various musicians. Damian loves music as long as it is after the 50's. He is not my classical kid. You will notice in many pictures of Damian he has his headphones. I allow this because it shuts out the noise. This is what he tells me so we go with it. 

There will come a point in his life God willing he will grow up and he will work and do everything else but when we are at home I believe this should be his safe place. My other kids are loud, they talk too much in all honesty. While I love it, Damian sees it as a distraction. Using these journals I have found many things that have distracted Damian. 

Working with the other kids was always hard for him. It is no longer hard because he does his own thing now. 

He happily reads books at his speed. Books he wants to read.

He was very happy this day, his siblings were outside watering the fairy gardens so no headphones! He got to listen to his music loud LOL. His phone is his most prized possession. He worked all summer last year for grandpa to buy that phone. We don't do service because I am not yet ready for unrestricted access to the internet but he gets to go to the library and download music and games until his heart is content!

He enjoys the object pages. Most of the time he has no idea what the pictures are, neither do I for that matter. He loves writing what he can understand from the picture though. It makes him think and there has actually been a few times he has even imagined what the object was used for. That is a BIG deal for him. So right there WIN WIN in my opinion!!!

Here he is looking up current events. He is doing this on his own with no help from me. 

Not quite sure why but he writes the multiplication table often on the math pages. I have been wondering lately if I should try to get him to do something different. But then again maybe he feels this needs repeated. He does often forget his facts. 

For his nature pages he uses drawing books. He doesn't want to go outside to draw because things move and it frustrates him. I personally do not care as long as he is trying his best.

He enjoys looking up quotes he likes himself. he does not like using any I suggest LOL.

So things that have changed since using this book. He wonders about things now. How they work, where they came from. He tells me things he read in his books. That is again  a HUGE deal. The other day he actually asked out of the clear blue, Where do cats come from and how did they get domesticated? He spent a long time on google looking up all kinds of history of cats that he shared with me. Damian never shared his day when he went to school. He never told me things, he was never interested in anything. 

I asked Damian what he liked about his book. He told me he likes it because it is his book, He can do whatever order he likes on his pages. He reads a book, does another page, reads a book, does a different page and so on and so on. This helps him to be overwhelmed or feel like he has to read for an hour straight. I asked Damian if he wanted to keep doing journal school as we call it and he said sure. That is his stamp of approval. Anything that gets a sure out of Damian is a win! So once more GREAT JOB for the Thinking Tree!! 

Miss Sarah and her ideas for school has caused many wonderful changes in our homeschool. I will forever be grateful for the kindness she has shared with my kiddos and her wonderful books. They have truly helped all three of my children in some pretty big ways!!

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