Friday, July 11, 2014

Homeschool this week: FIAR Very Last First Time

This week we "rowed" Very Last First Time - the story of Eva, an Inuit girl who goes under the ice on the sea bed to collect muscles for the first time by herself.  We spent time learning about the Inuit, Canada (and had french toast with real maple syrup for dinner - it was in our book!), a salt water science experiment, some story problems to go with the book, fear and some Bible copywork, and sea creatures.

We went to the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco on Thursday to get an up close look at some of the creatures we were studying.  We loved the under sea tunnels and touching the rays, skates, sea stars, and annenomies.  The aquarium had a scavenger hunt that I printed off at home which was really neat, and helped us learn even more.

We strolled down Pier 39 (that's the famous one) as ways and stopped for lunch where we had crab and calamari!  And super yummy cupcakes for dessert.

In other news:  The most awesome thing in the world got installed on Monday - my dishwasher!!!!!  Praise the Lord, I was going to lose my mind!

Zac's work is going super well and they ran a bunch of experiments this week that had great results.  I am meeting with the local pregnancy center (Real Options) to talk about teaching childbirth classes there soon, and also have a meeting set to meet the Young Lives group in San Jose to see about becoming a mentor mom.

We were accepted into two different homeschool groups this week - the Explorer's (support, field trips, park days...) and The Kings Academy Private School Provider (PSP) program.  The laws for California are set up so that homeschoolers become their own "private schools", or you can join a PSP program where they take care of filing all the paperwork and keeping track of everything for the state.  We decided that this would be the way to go for us, at least this year, being new to the state.  We still homeschool as normal at home, just turn in some papers to The King's Academy.  Keanan also gets to have real school pictures and get an ID card through King's!  We have also decided to start Kindergarten with Kyla in the fall.  She is more than ready and very excited about it.  I kept all the My Father's World K materials and had already ordered another set of student sheets, so the prep will be easy.

No school for us for the next two week because Nana and Grandpa (Zac's parents) come next week, and then Auntie Jess and Uncle Casey come the week after that!!  We are super excited!!

Have a great weekend!

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