Sunday, August 17, 2014

First week of school

Last week was our first week of school and it went great. I wasn't sure how we would do homeschooling with a newborn, but A did great keeping her focus, even those times when I was in the other room with a fussy little guy.

Here's my sweet girl. She's 7 now and would be going into second grade in school, but the wonderful thing about homeschooling is that she can work on her level, for example her math is grade 5 right now.
 We are using Teaching Textbooks again for math and she loves it!
It's wonderful living where the weather is nice and it's not rainy or cold 90 percent of the time.
We have been spending a lot of time outside.
Hanging out reading...
...and headed down the road to the National Historic Park in the afternoon for some fun.
Look at that...
"Caution: Rattlesnakes"
Not something you would see in Alaska! Luckily we have't seen any yet!

 It's so beautiful here. Definitely different than the windswept island I am used to, but still breathtaking!

A worked on practicing getting faster at her multiplication facts using playing cards and then we played Multiplication War while little guy was asleep.
 A also started gymnastics on Thursday and she is loving it!
 Our school schedual is 4 days a week giving us one day to do field trips and other fun things. We were still doing school on Friday since dad took off of work Wednesday and took A to the zoo and aquarium in Albuquerque. 
This week in BookShark's language arts curriculum, A learned about personification. She was then asked to write a story about the gold rush, but from a gold nugget's perspective using what she learned in the personification lesson.
Thursday it had her do a pre-writing activity and on Friday she wrote her 3 paragraph story.
 She loved this assignment, and I was thrilled at how independent she was able to be and the descriptions in her writing.
Overall it was a great week and I think we are both really excited about the rest of this year!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Curriculium Time

We started our first week of school Monday. I think A and I were both super excited to find ourselves back into a routine and some semblance of normal, well our old normal with a new little guy thrown into the mix. 
This year I really needed things a little more laid out for me. Having a newborn, being a sleep deprived mom again, and all that comes with it, I figured I could use all the help I could get. I can't spend hours planning and searching out resources right now, but I still wanted to give A the rich, literature based education that she has been used to. Enter BookShark!

 I have always been fascinated by Sonlight, but although we are Christian, I didn't want our entire curriculum to be based around that. In fact, I like my curriculum secular, with our bible time separate. Well BookShark is brand new onto the homeschooling scene but is everything I have been looking for. A secular Sonlight! We are using Core 4- the second half of American History. Perfect for us, since we managed to cover up to the Civil War last year. We are using their History Core and Language Arts. The assigned reading is great and it all ties into the period of history we are learning.

I could have ordered their science too, but this year I decided to try a set I picked up on Ebay. It's a middle school science year from Calvert. It comes complete with books and guides for each one with assignments and extra reading. A decided to start with astronomy. We will also be doing individual project based units on other topics that interest her throughout the year. The first being butterflies as we have a trip planned down to the Butterfly Garden in Albuquerque.

We had such a good year using Teaching Textbooks last year for math that we are at it again. This year with 5th grade, although we have already skipped the first 14 lessons and just took the quizzes for those. She scored a 98% on the first and 100% on the second. If she finishes it up before the end of the year, then we will just continue onto grade 6th. 
We will also be throwing in some living math books and projects to add some fun into our days.

 A has been asking to learn cursive for some time now, so this year we will be transitioning to it using a couple of different resources.

 I wanted to cover Bible and Typing this year as some extracurriculars. For Bible I found a great course. "God's Great Covenant". We will be covering the Old Testament from Genesis thru Ruth.

For typing we are trying out Type to Learn 4.

 For spelling we are going with Sequential Spelling. I decided to start with level 1, even though some of the words are easy, the build so quickly to larger words that I thought we would go ahead and see how it works for us. We have done the first 5 lessons and so far A is liking it.

 So here's to a good year!
Good luck everyone.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

More New Mexico...and help with a new name for the blog

Hi all. Thanks for the warm welcome back. 
Mr. W is growing like a weed. I think he is up to about 7 and 1/2 lbs now and will be 6 weeks old this Monday! Time if flying by. A and I are getting ready to start back to homeschool this coming Monday as well. I will post more on that later, but for now I thought I would share a little more about where we moved too. Plus I could use yalls help. I need a new blog name and addy, not really feeling Beringseaadventures, now that we are in New Mexico LOL. So throw some suggestions my way.

Anyway, we live in a rural part of Northern New Mexico. It is classified as high desert and is absolutely gorgeous. Our house is about 5 minutes from Pecos National Historic Park and we have an annual pass. We have been taking full advantage of it, already going 3 times, all before I got put on bedrest LOL.

 The views around my house are spectacular. So different from Alaska, but just as breathtaking in their own way.

 An original wall in the National Park built by the Pueblo Indians who once inhabited this area.

 A ladder leading into a Kiva (underground ceremonial building) set against the New Mexican sky. Amazing.
 ...and we have cacti yall! LOL
 My beautiful girl is growing so fast. See the scars on her face (luckily they have faded a lot now), those are from a mountain biking accident where she crashed into barb wire. Injured her risk pretty badly as well.
 The incredible mesas that line out valley.
 The national park not only contains remnants of the pueblos but also the Spanish mission that was built when the Spanish explored and settled this area.


 I'll leave you with this beautiful moment. 
A shaft of light filters in through the opening of a Kiva.
Have a blessed night.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I'm back! Say hi to our new addition!!!

Hello World! It's been a long time. Oh my goodness, I think it has been close to 5 months since I posted. A lot has happened in our family.
Well, we moved across country, to Northern New Mexico, so we are no longer living on the edge of the world.

Shortly after moving and unpacking, and tying to get settled in, my bp started to rise. I was 25 weeks and diagnosed with Pregnancy Induced Hypertension. With a history of severe pre-e and an early delivery with my first pregnancy, well that was not what I wanted to here. At 32 weeks I was officially diagnosed with Preeclampsia again. It fairly quickly progressed to severe and after lots of appointments, bedrest, and worry, I had a C-section at 35 weeks 0 days due to severe pre-e.

Wynston Thomas was born at 3:55 on Monday June 30th!
He was 6lbs even and 18 inches long.
He needed some help breathing and was on oxygen for 12 hours. I did not get to see him for 24 hours since I was on Magnesium Sulfate agin for the pre-e. 
He stayed in the special care nursery for 3 days and then he and I were able to room together on the pediatric floor. We both stayed in the hospital for 5 days. He dropped down to 5lbs 5oz, and had gained back to 5lbs 7oz when we were released.
Today he is one month old!
We are all just so in love. 
Here are pics from his first month of life.