Flooding, Friends Visiting, Big Changes, and This Week at the Crosland Homeschool

This has been a fun and eventful week!  It started out Sunday with major flooding here at camp!  We were stuck for about 36 hours.  No one could come in or go out.  Here are a few pictures of the water!

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Our friends were supposed to come Sunday but obviously they couldn’t.  So, they came Monday instead and stayed through Wednesday.  We had a BLAST!  Tuesday we went on a long hike and I was able to show them around camp.  Then we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant for Taco Tuesday!  Yum!  Wednesday we carved pumpkins, then Robert took them on a tour of main camp.  They left yesterday, and I was sad to see them go!  I can’t wait until they can visit again!

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Last week I decided I wanted to make a change to our set up here.  We had a school room but it was mostly only used to play Minecraft on the computers and to house books, etc.  I felt that it was a wasted room, so I asked Levi if he would want it to be his room.  Initially he told me no because he would be scared.  Then, he changed his mind and said “I won’t be scared because God is always with me.  And, monsters aren’t real.”  So, yesterday we made the big change!  Now all three of our kids have their own room complete with a table or desk and their own laptops.  They are all thrilled!

Here’s Levi’s new room!

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Ethan’s new room!

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Both boys have some of their artwork on their walls because I had nothing else :-).

And Karis’ room with the desk.  It’s pretty crammed, but she’s happy with it!

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Our school area has been reduced to the kitchen/living area.  I have a corner of my room with shelves and books.  I reduced our books to about half of what we had!  Many of them I gave away, and the rest I’ll be giving to Goodwill.

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This is curriculum as well as seasonal picture books and chapter books.  Also some educational/homeschooling books for me to read.  There is some future curriculum in here as well (I’ve been purchasing things used a little here, a little there).

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This week has been so fun with school!  Today was amazing!  Since putting the boys in their own rooms, they did their independent work in their rooms.  They completed it all very quickly and efficiently.  They didn’t have each other to distract one another.  It was a dream!

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Today we read our first picture book with the Learning Language Arts through Literature.  The boys each read a book or chapter to me as well.

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Levi likes the new reading nook.

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History with the boys has been going so well since we went back to Story of the World!  I have found that it works best for me to read to the boys instead of them listening to the audio book.

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We did art for the first time today!  The kids loved it!  I love this curriculum!  I read about the artist, type of art, and era, and then they do some art.  Today they painted something about where they live.

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Levi painted our house.

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Ethan painted a map of the camp.

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Karis painted the ditch next to our house.

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Tonight we are taking a break from Boxcar Children and we will be reading this book!

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Evening time is so great!  Karis reads out of her Bible, we read out of a novel, and last night we did art appreciation.  So fun!

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I found out about this new music curriculum today!  It’s $14!  We will start by studying the Baroque period!

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The kids did nature study today.  I was REALLY impressed with Levi’s spelling of the different insects and spiders!  He’s only 6, and I didn’t help him at all!

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This week has been full and amazing!

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