Thursday, September 24, 2015

Week 4

Well we've got a full month of the 2015/16 school year under our belt and, all things considering, it's going pretty well. Still the daily chaos of course (being in a room with 6 kids under the age of 9 is pretty much always somewhat chaotic) However, we are enjoying learning new things and getting better at what was learned before. 

We always say Elsie is our "only child" in the middle of a big family. She loves being lost in her own world with no one bothering her:

Doing bible study homework with a pirate hat on. Totally normal, right? 
"Arrrrugh!"  ;) 

Aunt Amy and baby Isaac stopped by for lunch and an afternoon visit one day. We just can't get enough of photographing these two cousins! 

Isabella practiced face painting which Elsie thoroughly enjoyed!

My babies have still been taking turns not feeling the best. One school session Samuel was being such a handful that I finally put him in the baby carrier, which is what he needed:

Silas working on a math coloring page just for fun...
Some days he's in the mood for schoolwork, some days he's not. I mostly just go with the flow...its kindergarten. There are plenty of years ahead to "buckle down and get to work!" 

Bella drawing the monarch we found. She and Leo are making insect books this year.

Another one of those kid captured photos. This is me on a normal school day...carrying a baby and trying to get kids to pay attention to me. ;-) 

One of Elsie's tea parties:

Big kids working their math word problems on the chalkboard. They seem to enjoy that more than paper sometimes. 

Leo on a schoolwork break, taking apart a table for me. We're trying to get the playroom organized so that there is actually room to play in there. Haha 

Thursday afternoon our "big sister" Allie came over for a few hours. Love her! 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Week 3

This week started out really exciting when this mama was surprised with a new washing machine. Woohoo! (thank you, thank you to all the grandparents!!) The next day we had fun at the Kreke family Wiffleball tournament. 

Things went a little downhill from there since several of the kids ended up with colds, which makes everything less fun. We did manage to still get our schoolwork in, and Bella got to visit Cahokia Mounds with her American Heritage Girls troop on Friday. On Saturday she and several of the girls from the troop stood in front of Walmart asking for donations of items to put in the bags they put together for foster care children each year. The boys also got to have fun with the Trail Life troop they are part of. Silas was still slightly under the weather, but nevertheless he had a great time with Leo and Jason at the TL Day Camp.

Other highlights this week:
We found a brand new Rummy Cube game at a thrift store for a $1.42! ;) 
Elsie found a beautiful monarch in our garden that had just fluttered it's final flight. 
After a great Sunday afternoon with friends, we finished out the week back at home making a bonfire in the backyard :) The kids had a blast. It was a good ending to a long week! 

Papa at bat! 

The Wiffleball players:

Rummy cube

It's always fun finding photos that your kids take when you are unaware! :) 
Family thrift store shopping...

Jeremiah likes to be up where the action is: 

Elsie, singing while she rides the scooter:

Our American Heritage Girl, ready to leave for Cahokia Mounds:

Teething is no fun! :(

The great ending to our week:

Friday, September 11, 2015

Week 2

After our week of school work we went to visit our friends who live in the country and do their homeschooling on the second floor of their barn (isn't that fun!?) We also visited Eckert's farm to do apple picking. The holiday made this week a shorter one but we managed to get done most of the "basics". School time continues to be pretty chaotic. We're still settling into our routine and finding ways to occupy the little ones while big kids are needing mom's help. 

Other exciting things this week included Samuel's 2nd birthday, and a big change for the Kreke kids...separate boys/girls bedrooms for the first time ever. 

Visiting our friend's house:

Heading out to pick apples: 

The big "oops" of the trip was that I told all the kids to "only pick the good apples". Everyone seemed to understand, but when I checked Elsie's bag 10 minutes into our picking I discovered it full of apples that were each missing one bite... "They're all good Mama! I checked them all!" Eek. 
Good thing she's so cute! :) 

Enjoying the new boys room (which is especially peaceful at the moment since Samuel is napping!)

Birthday boy enjoying some attention (and cake!) after dinner on Tuesday: 

Silly kids! 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Our first week of school

We were very excited to have a new classroom to work in, and last week was our first week "back at school". Doing school around the dining room table last year was just fine...but being able to have a space designated for learning is extra special. 
I have two "official" students again this year (in the state of Missouri you have to log hours starting in first grade), but Silas is also doing kindergarten work. He's learning how to read and started some math work. And he started memorizing Bible verses. 

This year Isabella and Leo are working on getting better at the basics...math, reading, geography, scripture memorization. They are also starting American History (and making their own timeline books), learning cursive, listening to lots of great books for literature, and learning about the world in our Answers In Genesis science curriculum. We are attending Community Bible Study (CBS) again this year where they are studying the book of Matthew. 
We took our first field trip of the year  to the World Bird Sanctuary, and the bigger kids could name almost all the birds they have there (thanks to faithful watching of their favorite tv show: Wild Kratts! ;) 
It was a fun first week! 

Samuel likes to get in on the action. 

Leo working on putting into correct order the words of the poem he has memorized "Butterfly Wings" 

Here's the link to watch Silas recite the memory verse he learned this week: