Friday, September 20, 2013

The Most Expensive Curriculum I Didn't Buy

Coming up for air. Wow, September is busy!!!

Lessons, soccer, writing classes. Helping the boy buy a car. Watching him apply for a second job, get the job, and then work 2 jobs after giving notice at job #1. Getting him ready to head off to college.

Did you ever wonder what $594 worth of college textbooks looks like?

Well, now you know.

Thank the Lord for financial aid!

He moves in on September 25th.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Lesson Plans Complete for September

That's more like it!

September lesson plans were completed on time. I have not had time to document that until today since we have been busy DOING lessons.

I will have some posts coming up detailing what each of my students will be working on this year.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Read a Zillion Books with Jerry Pallotta

Some drafts of old posts turned up in my drafts folder. This one is from the summer of 2006! So, since I went to the trouble of writing them for my old blog, I thought I'd share it now.  

Oh wow! My kids and I were BLOWN AWAY by the presentation by author Jerry Pallotta today at the local library. 4th graders from the local elementary school and a preschool class attended, as well as at least 4 homeschool families.

My kids react:
"I thought he was funny. Everything he told us was funny! I like his books because they give you facts - a bunch of facts about the thing in the picture. I bought the Jet Alphabet book because I really like drawing jets and stuff like that. The thing that made me buy the book was a picture of a jet engine that is cut in half so you can see how it works." David, age 11

"I liked the part when he showed us all his books, especially Dory Story. I like that book because it's funny. The little boy was standing on a rock and he had his mouth open." Emily, age 9

"He put those fang things on that kid. That was funny! He put a kid in front of the screen and then the shark was going to eat him. That was
the funniest. I learned that he made all of those books!" James, age 6

Mr. Pallotta is an author of fact-filled, fun to read children's books such as Icky Bug Alphabet Book, The Dinosaur Alphabet Book and The Hershey's Kiss Addition Book. Visit his website at

If you have the opportunity to hear him speak, TAKE IT!  He is doing a "Read a Zillion Books" tour right now. (Remember that was in 2006. lol) 

In which no lesson plans have been created....

Here are my lesson plans 45 hours before we start lessons for 2013-14.
 (Yes, in case you are wondering if something is wrong with your screen, that page is blank.)

This may be the least prepared I have ever been at this point.

Check back later and see how this pans out....