Rosie's Ramblings

Pre-K Resources I'm Using to Homeschool

I'm in the middle of cleaning my house and I still have a pile of work to do, HOWEVER Adri Rose is having Quiet Time and the baby is sleeping so I thought instead I'd take this moment to quickly write out a little list of what I'm using with Adri for Pre-K this year, since I've been getting some questions.

Keep in mind, I have a VERY laid-back, Unschooling approach and this is more for getting her used to a routine and doing workbooks, not so much for learning since she already knows most of the stuff anyway #firstchild.

Okay, so, what do I use? I'm using this workbook that I got. I found it on Amazon and it basically just covers shapes, letter, numbers, and colors. So far she really likes it and we're doing a few pages a day.

For Bible, I'm having Adri watch these Moody Science films. There are six (I think?) different ones. (yes, we're old school and have a DVD and VHS player as well as the Roku and PlayStation lol).

For science, we are watching The Newton's Workshop (there's a whole bunch of them but that's the link to one). My mom used them with four youngest kids when they were little and they are SO good. I enjoy watching them too, so there's that ;)

For learning to read I am using Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons, and I also have this, but I'm still not sure when I'm going to start using either. Not really in a big rush over here.

We are also big fans of all the LeapFrog stuff as well. The Letter Factory one is the best for having kids learn the Alphabet while watching something.

I love these Five Senses books, Hearing, Touch, Taste, Sight, and Smell.

A few other things that we love for school are, Ferby colored pencils, this alphabet train puzzle, paints, the Colin and Jacqui Hawkins books, and (always!) Play-Doh. We do lots of play, keep things fun, spend time outdoors, and Adri helps with lots of cooking, and cleaning and such.

I think that covers everything! If I think of more I'll be sure to add it. Feel free to ask any questions!

"home again, home again, jiggity, jig"

We are finally home again! We got back Saturday afternoon and I've spent the better part of two days cleaning, unpacking, and settling in. The girls are so happy to be back and have been pulling all their toys out and spreading them (oh, joy!) all around the living room.
Adam was gone on his hunting trip when we got home but arrived back yesterday afternoon. We were SO happy to see him! I think that's the longest Adam and I have been apart since we started dating. 

This week is a busy one. Adri is officially getting started with school (just preschool stuff) and I have all her books planned out and ready to go (we're homeschooling). So, we'll see how that goes.

Piper seems to have had another growth spurt and is talking more now. She's getting big SO fast. She and Adri Rose are still best of friends and now that they really play together with toys it's the sweetest. 

So, the photos below: the first batch are from going out to dinner at this super neat place that James and Mandi (his girlfriend) took us too. It's called The Dog Watch, and has the best b.b.q. We sat outside, enjoyed the breeze, and feasted. It was such a fun evening!
The second batch of photos are from my dad's new place. They are finally all settled in and things are looking cozy. 
The last photos are from a walk we took at Haley Farm. It's a nature preserve that my dad took us to all the time when we were growing up. I hadn't been there in probably 12+ years! Wesely, Claire and Co. went with my dad, the three youngest girls, Julia and me.

We had a really really wonderful time and I feel like we fit SO much into our visit. No trip to the beach though-it was too cold. Next year, I guess...

Now, I'm off to drink more coffee and tackle work.

Have a fantastic Monday! 

still here

We are still here in Connecticut. I decided to stay with the girls until Saturday and then drive back because then Adam is going to be going on a hunting/fishing trip with a friend for the weekend.
We've been having so much fun! Tuesday we went for tacos at this fantastic little Mexican restaurant and then we took a walk by the ocean later.

Yesterday Sophia and I took the wee ones for a walk in the park of the library that I grew up going to.
It's a pretty nice little park and we had a lot of fun wandering around, watching the ducks and chasing squirrels.

My little doll. A grumpy little doll, but still, a doll ;)

Morning coffee out on the porch (one of the few nice, not-rainy mornings that we've had).

Best bud.

So far this week we've taken two trips to the playground and plan on taking a third trip today at some point. 
Adri's been in heaven, to say the least.

Off to church Sunday morning.

Sunset stroll on the beach. Collecting crabs, and making sand castles.

That view! The one thing I miss the most about living in New York is the ocean. Rolling fields just don't compare.

Piper with Auntie Claire. This is so sweet. Piper didn't like Claire for the longest time, and now they are best of pals.

Have a lovely Thursday!