Monday, May 31, 2010

Neat things to make using Robinson Curriculum easier

-Amazon Kindle, you can download so many of the Robinson books right from Amazon for kindle for free, and also have access to Baldwin project books and Gutenberg books, where most if not all of the Robinson Curriculum books are available to read.

-Kindle for Iphone, Ipad or Itouch (free). I've experimented with this app and have purchased the entire Bobbsey Twins set for a mere 99 cents.

-Stanza for Iphone, Ipad, Itouch, free download, gives access to many book sources, Gutenberg among them (other free sources listed). Works much like the Kindle App.

Friday, May 28, 2010

I found the neatest App today and have to share it

I use Motivated Moms but I wanted something more compact and something on my Iphone. And I found this neat app today for Iphone, Ipad, Itouch users. It's called Home Routines. It uses Zones a bit like Flylady but not exactly like her system.
I input my weekly set up from Motivated Moms into the app which was super fast.
Also it allows you to set timer if you wish to only spend a certain amount of time on a task.
Here's to getting back on task!

Robinson Robinson Robinson : )

Last night I spent lots of time fine tuning our book list. I made it up to 7th grade at which point I figured it was a good time to stop since I don't really have any add ons to the Robinson list for that level on up at this time. I need to go in and do more tweaking. I am adding in lots of books available from Dover and from Yesterdays classics.
If it's possible to be a relaxed Charlotte Mason, Robinson user then that is how I would describe how it's been for us this past year and I'm thinking that it will stay quite that way, since it's going well.


Today was our first day using a more pure Robinson schedule, in that the requirement for math was a bit more strict  (I am just going to continue on with math as we have been as far as not putting time requirements, when they are done they are done. All total our school days will not be long, if it isn't broke I'm not fixing that : )
I printed all Dr. Robinson's Math flash cards but I'm really not sure how to go about presenting them so I have set them aside for now. I was reading over the Robinson yahoo group about how other users cover math facts and I think I came up with my own spin based on what others have mentioned.

My 8 year old doesn't want to drop Climbing to English, and she is only doing one page, so we'll keep on with that for now.
I have implemented the two hour reading time window today (an hour for my 6 year old). My 8 year old is loving this addition since the other kids usually give her a spot of grief when she wants to read and they want her to play.
I've opted to just enforce an hour per day and then they do free reading at night. 

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Info on GMO in our foods

I was just reading about GMO foods. I had no idea how much of our food supply has ingredients in it that can cause serious harm to my kids in their futures.
Here is some info for any who would like to read about it:
http://www.salem-news.com/articles/march012010/monsanto_as.php

You can become a member of this site free, so I thought I'd pass it on.
Become a Member - Institute for Responsible Technology

My last shopping trip I was pleased with my purchases and the prices were just a fraction more than the other food I had been buying.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Father's day project

The girls and I are working on these free Father's day notebooking pages from currclick. Should make a nice keepsake and I think Bry will be surprised with how much thought each of them puts into their projects. Not his only present for Father's day but I'm sure it will be the most heartfelt. Decklin will be doing the "a picture of the two of us" page and also the award.

The book lists I use for our homeschooling

I've said this before, but this year has really been one of our best. I do think it's in large part to us moving to a more self directed learning style.
To pull books for my kids to read for history, science and literature I use a few sources. I pick and choose based on what books are easy to obtain. I prefer in hand books verses reading on the computer, so that factors in for me as well.
The book lists I use are:
-Ambleside
-Old Fashioned Education
-Sonlight
-Robinson curriculum
-Robinson curriculum list 1
-Robinson curriculum list 2
-Robinson curriculum list 3

There are also some premade schedules on the Robinson yahoo loop for grades K-12.
And this blog has great info.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Decklin and I making Eggplant Parm

Decklin and I had such a fun time cooking. He is my partner in crime in the kitchen. He loves to cook.



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New pictures of school room

I had to make some modifications as our little one is now enjoying pulling numbers off workboxes and items off desks. So as the kids joked and called it a desk fortress, that's pretty much how I arranged things to keep her from being able to do too much damage.

I also put the MUS blocks on a lazy susan in between the girls, for ease of use, since they always seem to need them at exactly the same time, regardless of where I place their math in their workboxes. : )




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