Monday, January 19, 2009

Mile markers

I am not sure when you started school, but we started in late August. We are starting our 22nd week of school. I can hardly believe it!?!?! More than half way done! I like tracking our progress. I like knowing where I am and where I am going. It feels good to see what we have done and it feels even better knowing the goal is almost accomplished! We tried a new history curriculum this year and LOVE it, especially our projects. Our piano curriculum is also new. All girls are having success with that...even the 6 year old with a cast! She just showed me last week that she, in fact, CAN do her piano lessons with a cast on her arm! I haven't done as much science as I had wanted, but can focus on that in the spring and early summer...when bugs and birds are actually moving! Math is going smoothly and art has actually been getting done (well, most of the time!). So, here is to 18 more weeks of diligence and fun while we make our way through another year of homeschooling together!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Inauguration Day

Inauguration Day is Tuesday, January 20th. Your children will more than likely be asking lots of questions as they watch the news. These links are great for both the young and old!

Inauguration Day:

Great fact sheet:

History and events:

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Our field trip today will be postponed! It is just too cold! Stay home and stay warm!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Joslyn Art Museum Field Trip

Joslyn Art Museum Field Trip

January 15th 10am - Noon

We will have 3 tours for this field trip. Everyone will have a one hour tour and then have one hour on their own. The Prek-2nd group will do an art activity for their time. The older groups will do an art pack with an adult (back pack with activities).

Animal hide and seek, artmaking and a guided tour of the museum. Look for and encounter wild beasts, small insects, animal helpers, and household pets in Museum paintings and sculptures. Learn basic concepts such as sculpture and painting, materials artists use, textures and colors in animals and in art.

Parts of art. Discover the visual language of art - color, line, shape, texture and light. Engage in simple gallery activities designed to learn how artists use these basics of visual art language to convey.

6th grade and older
Leadership - making a difference. Visit portraits of people from diverse times and cultures who represent different types of leadership. Discuss positive and negative models of leadership; study leadership roles and qualities.

Adults $5.50
Prek-2nd $4
3rd-5th $3

Everyone is welcome to stay at the end of the field trip and enjoy their sack lunches in the museum.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Back to school after the Christmas break

It is back to school for the Baker family. Two weeks of vacation and enjoying lazy days are soon over. While I had a lot of fun on vacation, I am excited to get back to our normal routines. Let's just hope the girls like it as much!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

New Year Presents

Last year the girls were able to get their ears pierced on New Year's Day. This year, I wanted to do something special as well. So, Jason and I decided to give them dates throughout the year. I don't know if you are like us, but our intentions are always better than our application!

This year, however, I have a plan AND stickers for my calendar! I am excited about it and it is very do-able! We have three girls and two parents, so we have a rotation schedule.....just follow along and you'll get it, don't worry! January is Jason's date with #1, February is my date with #2, March is Jason's date with #3, April is my date with #1, May is Jason's date with #2 and June is my date with #3.....July through December just repeats! In 12 months, each girl gets 2 dates with each parent! No one has hard feelings because Dad took so and so out and not me...when will it be my turn, etc., etc.! After giving the present to the girls, they were very excited and anxious about when we would be putting their sticker on the calendar!

Have a Happy New Year!