Our No School Adventure

Homeschooling our children in Ontario


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The past week

We have not been sitting down at the table to do much work lately…..but that doesnt mean we have not been doing work!

Tessa has created a restaurant in her bedroom as i posted last. She has been busy creating new menus and sounding out the words for the items she makes.

Today she decided she wanted to write out numbers. She didnt even tell me this is what she was doing.

This is the first time Tessa has written out her numbers and made it higher than 29! She got all the way to 112. Yes some numbers are backwards and yes the rows are not straight but she did this all by herself with no help from me.

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And here are some more pictures of random things she has done
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Our Halloween pumpkins

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Checking things out while we got an oil change. They were both fascinated

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Nurse Quinn playing guitar at playgroup

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Writing and sounding out words

Wow has Tessa been busy lately. We have not really sat down and done much table work so there are no more words up on the word wall yet.  But she has almost been obsessed with the restaurant she created in her room 3 weeks ago.  “The Krusty Krab” (yes she watches to much sponge Bob)
She created signs for menu items like the krabby burger and kelp juice but i didn’t get pictures of those. 
Now she is moving away from the sponge Bob items and making more common foods.

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She also decided she was a hair dresser and made an appointment page.  She wrote most of this all out by herself

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This morning she was playing with daddy’s guitar while addie was laying on the bed.  She decided she was gOing to write out a song.  I had her sound out all the words and write them.  She didn’t finish writing out her whole song because we need to leave for gymnastics soon.

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I’m not sure if i can post videos from my phone but I’m gOing to try.  i guess i can’t do it from my phone.  I’ll try to figure it out later but if your on my Facebook i will post the video there just in case i can’t figure this out

She has written and sounded out so many words in the last the weeks that our house seems to always have random papers laying around every where.  I’m a little bummed i didn’t get more pictures of what all she’s done before throwing them out.

Also this week Tessa lost another tooth.  That’s 7 teeth now.  We decided to ask the tooth fairy if we can keep the tooth and i think tomorrow I’m gOing to bring out the new mini microscopes so we can get a close look at her tooth.


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Baking and drawing

Yesterday’s baking adventure was quite fun.  The kids measured all the ingredients and took turns mixing up the dough.  I had to knead it and roll out the dough for them though.  This recipe had a lot of “cool off in the fridge”time though which was quite boring for the kids.  I didn’t get pictures while we made the dough because i forgot and we were having to much fun for me to stop and think about it. 
Although we followed the recipe exactly and made 24 cookies after we cooked them we only had 9 that were not burnt.  Either our oven cooks better than most or we rolled the dough too thin. We made icing to decorate the cookies with but have not had time to do that yet and mysteriously some of our cookies have disappeared. …. The Kids say they are yummy!

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Cars and princess crown cookies

So far today has been all about drawing. Tessa doesn’t want to sit at the table and do work today because she is drawing pictures of things around the house.

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A cat playing with a ball of yarn and 2 mice going to eat some cheese.

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Tessa is a cat and Quinn and addie are Mice

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This is our kitten eating some food and meowing

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Tessa is saying hello from the top bunk of her bunk beds

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Quinn saying hello from his bed in his Spider-Man room (note the 3 Spider-Man pictures on the wall.  Lol)

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Our tv stand

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Mommy saying hello from the toilet.
I wasn’t going to post this picture. Lol but she worked hard drawing it. 

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Our house complete with flower boxes.  She also wishes we had a flag on our roof


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Fun with math

So far this week has been all about math. 
The kids have been doing a lot of counting.  Tessa can count to 100 with some help on the 10’s. Quinn can count to 15 (when he wants to lol)
We have also been teaching Quinn how to play go fish

Our big adventure this week was shopping for ingredients to bake some cookies (which we are doing this afternoon)
Tessa helped me write out a shopping list which she had to carry to the store and read to me while we looked for our items.  While shopping Tessa kept track of how much we were spending on the calculator.  She loved adding big numbers she said.  Lol she is also learning how to read out the value of money. 

We bought a few extra ingredients for purge cooking projects in the near future but here is a picture of the items we purchased.

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It’s been a slow week due to appointments and shopping

Due to the cooler weather we have had to go shopping for some warmer clothes this week for Addie. Tessa and Quinn had fun talking with people while we were shopping.  Most people do not realize that homeschoolers exist around here and ate quite interested in why my kids are not at school. 

Monday the Kids had playgroup while miss Addie and i did our first infant massage class.

Here are a few pictures from this week.

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These are the paint bags i made for practicing writing.
Tessa had been working on “the,  to,  a, and”
Quinn has been working on “a, u, i”

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He did a few i’s but was more interested in drawing.

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This is a classification by colours file folder game i made.

Yesterday we read chapter 2 and 3 of our magic tree house book.

This afternoon we have more math games to play and we will read another chapter from our book.


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Did I mention I’m horrible at blogging?

And so starts another year!  I barely posted last year because I couldn’t figure out how to from my phone.  I realize now there is an app for word press. The posts will mainly be pictures with a brief description but I’m sure you will get the point!

A lot has happened since my last post.  We bought a house and moved back to sarnia with all our friends and most of our family.  We also added a new member to our family. 

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This is little miss Addie (aka tiny Tim or sugar bug) she is 5 Months old now and threatens to ruin school time so far every day because we don’t pay enough attention to her.  I really wish she would have long naps during the day! 

Our focus this year for Tessa, who is in grade 1 this year,  will be sight words, addition and subtraction. 

One new word a day.  Today’s word is “the”

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We have flash cards for each word that she can say then spell and then trace with her finger.  Next she writes out the word on a paint bag then writes it out on her writing folder and finally creates the word with play dough.  I then add the word to our word wall and she will review all the words added at the end of the week and play a few review games I’ve created. 

For math we will be doing measuring and baking as well as playing lots of games. Topics for the games are addition up to double digits (30 for now but might go higher as she learns more),   subtraction up to 10 (might go to double digits later in the year but as of now she is just starting subtraction) odd/even numbers and a couple more that I can’t think of right now.
Today we played shake and share and we also made play dough.

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For reading we will be doing a chapter a day from our collection of magic tree house books. Tessa will also count out how many of that days word she can find on each page.

We are signed up for homeschool gymnastics again and I anticipate after taking the last 2 sessions off that she will participate more and cooperate.  We will also continue to go to our playgroup once a week as this is the last year Tessa can attend.

Now Quinn. ….. he technically shouldn’t start school until next year but I’ve decided to start him out slowly and see how he does with kindergarten. I’ve planned to teach him 1 letter a day (in random order) he will use the same tools as Tessa for her sight words and we have created a letter wall for him. He knows all his shapes and colors already but to keep him busy I have some file folder games for him to do while Tessa does her math ones. 

Quinn’s letter today was “a”. He wasn’t that thrilled to write it out but did draw on the paint bag and attempted to create it with play dough.  He will be involved in all the cooking and baking and will listen while we read our chapter for the day. 
This was from the weekend but it was the first time he actually write his name out successfully

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And I tried him out with one of Tessa’s math games from last year (shape fill in). He understood what to do but want interested after the first turn. 

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Ok that was a long post but that’s not going to happen very often. After all I’m a busy mama with 3 kiddos now!