Home School – Favorite Product


This is just a quickie post to let everyone know that I’m still here, and that we are surviving home school and packing for the move simultaneously. I took this photo on a whim the other day, and I’ve decided to share it. These magnetic foam letters are hands-down my favorite product for having school at home. They came from my local School Aids store. I have found about a bazillion uses for them in just a month’s time. Sometimes, I spell things on the chalkboard with them. Sometimes, we play letter Bingo with them. Sometimes, Aidan practices building his spelling words with them – which is really much more effective than having him copy them over and over and over, because these little boogers are just more fun. Neely likes to play with them, too. She lines them up all in a row on the chalkboard. I ask her what each letter is as she pulls them out of the jar, so she’s practicing her letters without really intending to. They are awesome! Does anyone else out there have ideas for more ways to use them?


Home School – Week 1

Last week was our first week of home school, so our “first day of school” pictures look a little different this year. The week definitely had its ups and downs, but we all survived and plan on carrying on this week.





What kinds of things do we do at school? We fish for letters.


We make letters out of our snacks.


We paint with water on the patio. The only downside? In Louisiana’s August heat, your art disappears way too quickly.



And the dog tries to drink your “paint.”





On other days, we spell words with our snack. These Scrabble Cheese-Its are super fun! I just wish they came in a bigger box. They only last about two days at our house.






Since Neely was working on learning the letter A this week, we made apple print paintings.




*gasp* My poor table! Next time, I will be smarter and cover it up.



We read lots of books. We were A-heavy for Neely’s sake. It isn’t in the picture, but we kicked off the week with all the letters and read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Great book!



And on Friday, to celebrate our progress, our success in learning the letter A, and surviving the week, we made an apple crumb pie.





The best part about it for me? I get to take pictures of all the fun stuff my kids are doing at school. 🙂


Home School?

Here we are, only eight days away from the start of public school here in Louisiana, and I am preparing to…home school. For anyone who knows me, I’m sure you never expected those words to come out of my mouth. In fact, you might expect me to be struck by a bolt of lightning, because I am fairly certain that on more than one occasion I have sworn I would never, every home school my children.

Before I make anyone angry, I have nothing against home schooling. I’m just fairly certain that I don’t have the knowledge or the patience for it long-term. But with a move coming up in just two short months, it seemed senseless to start my first-grader here, let him make friends and become attached to a new teacher, only to move him.

In the interim, we will be having school at home. Of course, I love school supplies and books and such, so I have probably gone a little crazy for just two months’ worth of home learning. Better safe than sorry, though. Right?

We may be handling Neely’s preschool lessons for the entire year at home, though. I am not entirely confident that I’ll be able to find a preschool class with an opening for her once we arrive in North Dakota. Pray for me.