Starry Nights (by Boots)

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Hi, everyone! Look at what I made!

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It’s Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” I loved drawing with chalk and punching so many holes.

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And I even did the back! I cut and glued all those houses by myself.

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Oh, oh! And my big brother made one, too!

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Check out all those swirls and stars! We had a great time watching his art lesson and making our masterpieces at the counter.

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Ha, ha! Isn’t he funny?

We hung them in our rooms to remind us of night time when we go to bed. Isn’t that perfect? :)

Official Home School for Brother

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We started official home school with Brother this last fall and it’s been such a joy. He’s enrolled in kindergarten for an online public school in our state and it couldn’t be more suited to our needs. They offer a variety of excellent curricula for each subject, so we have plenty of options but not everything under the sun that would completely overwhelm me.

We decided to sign up for every subject, so each week we do literature, reading, writing, vocabulary, math, science, social studies, fine arts, Mandarin Chinese and PE with him. The school ships all the curricula to us and we feel like kids in a candy store opening package after package of workbooks, textbooks, teachers guides, CD’s, DVD’s, art kits, science kits, math manipulative kits, etc., etc., etc. Every week we call to check-in with a teacher and if something isn’t working for us or he finishes something, she orders us more and voila! Another package on the porch!

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Here you see Brother displaying the Water Cycle diagram he made last week as a conclusion to our most recent science unit on exploring the water cycle. He says science lessons are his favorite because he enjoys making things like a wind meter, weather vane and water-cycle-in-a-bowl. Math and art are at the top of his list, too, which are also very hands-on.

It’s been a special treat to be able to educate our son like this in our home. He is an eager, diligent student who learns instantly and cheerfully. We couldn’t be happier with how it’s going and how much Brother loves it. What a blessing. Thank you, dear state!

Brother’s Quiet Work Time

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Recently, I implemented a new “Quiet Work Time” for Brother.

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He wakes up from his afternoon nap earlier than his younger brothers, so I tried to think of something independent, productive and quiet that he could do until his brothers woke up.

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This is one of the activities he does during “Quiet Work Time”.

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I found the abacus at the thrift store (didn’t even notice the missing rod until Charming pointed it out!), the number chart on Amazon and the arithmetic workbook at the dollar store.

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Then I taught Brother how to “read” addition problems in his workbook.

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And how to transfer the problems onto the beads of the abacus to find the solutions.  After that, he wrote the answers in his workbook (using the number chart to remind him how to write any numbers he’d forgotten).  Finally, I asked him to “read” each completed problem to me outloud to check his work.

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Since teaching math to a preschooler is brand new to me, I was relieved when he took to it right away and loved rotating through all the rods of different colored beads.  :)

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And I loved watching him work.

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I am always amazed at what a dedicated worker and student he is.

Great job, Brother!