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Monday, November 29, 2010

Menu Plan Week of November 28, 2010

We are back from our Thanksgiving trip to Virginia.  We all had a good time; however, all of the boys either went sick or came home sick.  I’m the only healthy one right now; however, I can slowly feel the throat starting to get sore.  I think it’s only a matter of time before I catch the “bug,” too.
Here’s what’s cooking at our house this week:
Sunday – YOYO
Monday – Baked Spaghetti, Yeast Rolls, Steamed Broccoli
Tuesday – Homemade Pepperoni and Hamburger Pizza
Wednesday – Fried Noodles and Eggs
Thursday – YOYO
Friday – Beef Tenderloin, Jasmine Rice, and Steamed Veggies (we didn’t have this the other week)
Saturday – Parmesan Chicken Tenders, Corn, and Steamed Veggies
What’s cooking at YOUR house this week?  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Now, it’s time for Christmas decorating, baking, and shopping!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Menu Plan Week of November 21, 2010

We are off to Virginia today for the holidays!  So, I have no clue what’s on the menu for this week.  I’ll be back with my regular menu posting next Sunday!  Until then, HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all of you!  May you remember how blessed you truly are!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Second Grade Week 21 in Review

Well, we still aren’t caught up, but I’ve decided to just not worry about it right now.  We will either catch up, or we’ll just toss some of the non-essential lessons out.  Either way, it’ll all work out!  Here’s how week 21 went for us:
Bible – This week our Bible story was on “The Sin of Achan.”  We read Joshua 7:1-26, and our memory work was Isaiah 13:11a.
Health – This week we discussed being polite.  This is again one of those practical lessons in life, and we could all benefit from it.
Science – This week we continued to study bees.  We learned how they stay cool in the summer, and how they stay warm in the winter.  Caleb has enjoyed learning all about bees.
English – We’re still working on our book report chapter.
Social Studies – In Geography, we learned about the sections of the United States…northeast, southeast, northwest, southwest, and central.  We also reviewed Canada, Mexico, and the Gulf of Mexico.  In Social Studies, we are continuing to discuss the Native Americans.  We learned how the Indians taught the Pilgrims and how they helped each other.  We also touched on how the Pilgrims then mistreated and killed some of the Indians.
Reading – This week we read the following books:
”Kenny’s Story” from Evan-Moor Publishing
Iggy Pig’s Silly Day by Vivian French
Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
Math – This week we are working on subtraction by making “10.”  Caleb is slowly picking up the subtraction methods.  I’ll admit, it is a lot to remember, but it’s easier because Mr. Steve (Math U See) focuses on addition rather than subtraction.  By using addition, you can subtract much more efficiently.
Thanks for following our home school studies.  We’re heading up to Virginia to spend the Thanksgiving break with Brian’s parents.  So, if I don’t get around to it before then, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!  May we all remember how much we have to be THANKFUL for! 

Monday, November 15, 2010

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for a way to save money, save time, improve your health, and protect the environment all while CLEANING your home?  Yes, I know…it sounds almost ridiculous!  However, with Norwex, it is possible.  I signed up as a Norwex consultant this month, and I’m so excited about the company. 
Ever since we found out that Caleb has some sort of tic disorder (whether it be Tourette’s or just transient tics), we’ve been working to improve our eating habits and change our cleaning products.  A friend of mine introduced me to Norwex, and I’ll admit…I was skeptical at first.  Norwex claims that I can clean my house using their antibacterial microfiber cloth and water.  Yes, that’s right…their cloth and water will clean my ENTIRE home!
I had my first show yesterday, and it was a huge success.  Several of my friends who were leery and skeptical, walked away amazed and believers.  I, too, am now a believer!  And while I do not LOVE cleaning, I can see myself enjoying it more because it is so much faster.  I don’t have to spray some nasty-smelling chemical, wait for it to work, and then wipe the yuck away.  Now I can just wet my antibac cloth with water and get to cleaning!  It’s that easy…
Norwex customers can save approximately $600 a year by reducing the use of chemicals in their home.  They can also cut their cleaning time in half.  So, if this sounds like something that you may be interested in learning more about, please send me an email to childresshousehold@gmail.com  I’d LOVE to share more about Norwex with you!  If you’re local and would like to host a party and receive lots of FREE goodies, then please contact me.  Norwex has one of THE BEST hostess programs in the home-party world.  We also have a WONDERFUL consultant program.  If this sounds like something you would enjoy doing to earn extra cash, then please contact me.  You can improve people’s quality of life one antibacterial cloth at a time.  So, what are you waiting for?  Email me today for more information!
***Yes, I know this is a shameless plug to help kick-start my new home-party business!  However, being that most of you are not local, it’s also a way for me to introduce you to Norwex!  I know I had never heard of it, and believe it or not…there are NOT that many consultants in our area.  So, the market is waiting for something like this***

Menu Plan Week of November 14, 2010

I know…I totally forgot to post this yesterday!  However, here’s what’s cooking at our house this week:
Sunday – YOYO
Monday – YOYO
Tuesday – Homemade Pizza with Pepperoni and Pineapple
Wednesday – Hamburger Stuffed Shells, Crescent Rolls, Salad
Thursday – Flounder, Raw Veggies, Corn
Friday – YOYO
Saturday – Beef Tenderloin, Jasmine Rice, Steamed Veggies
So, what’s on YOUR menu this week?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Second Grade Week 20 in Review

We are done with another week of second grade here at Childress Academy.  Here’s how the week went for us:
Bible – Our Bible story was on “The Bible is God’s Word.”  Our memory work was First Catechism Q&A 15.  We read Exodus 20 and Romans 10:17.
Health – This week we started a new unit, and we began by discussing manners.  I’m really hoping pays close attention to this unit!
Science – This week we continued to discuss insects by focusing on bees.  We learned all about the worker bees and queen bee.
English – We started another writing chapter, and this time we’re working on writing a book report.
Social Studies – In Geography, we added 5 more states to our state study…Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Nebraska.  In Social Studies, we began discussing America’s Indians.  We talked about the indians of the Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and Northwest.  We learned about their homes and their lifestyle.  We also discussed Squanto.
Reading – This week we read the following books:
Amber Brown is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger
”Curious Benjamin” by Evan-Moor Publishing
Charlie the Caterpillar by Dom DeLuise
Math – This week we worked on subtraction of doubles.  I think that it’s all starting to sink in, and I pray that Caleb will remember all of his strategies. 
We’re still busy with Co-Op, but we only have two more weeks left for the fall session.  Both boys are still loving every minute of it.  They have great classes, great friends, and great teachers.  This new Co-Op has been a huge blessing, and it’s been a wonderful experience.  We’re looking forward to gearing up for the Spring session soon!
Thanks for following our journey!  I’ll be posting about our Mountain Getaway soon!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Menu Plan Week of November 7, 2010

Another week is upon us, and it’s time to make those menus!  Here’s what’s cooking at our house this week:
Sunday – YOYO
Monday – Homemade Chili
Tuesday – Homemade Pizza with Pepperoni, Hamburger, and Mushrooms
Wednesday – Chicken & Vegetable Saute’, Noodles, and Gravy
Thursday – Homemade Pizza with Pepperoni and Pineapple
Friday – Steak Fajitas (we ended up not having these last Saturday)
Saturday – Hamburgers and Chips
So, I’m sure it’s obvious that I am repeating myself some weeks.  However, with Tuesdays and Thursdays being crazy days, I need something fast and easy.  So, do you have any fast and easy supper ideas?  I’d love to offer something other than pizza.  Keep in mind, we’re trying to stay away from a lot of frozen meals/dinners. 
I’d also love to see some of your favorite family recipes.  So, please share your ideas!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Second Grade Week 19 in Review

Well, my hopes for staying on top of schooling this year have finally become a disappointment.  Granted, we’re not that far behind, but nonetheless, we are behind now.  Our mini-vacation, field trips, Co-Op, and sickness have put a kink in our schooling.  However, I have faith that we will get caught up in due time.  With that said, here’s how week 19 went for us (we finished it a few days ago…I’m just now posting):
Bible – This week our Bible story was on “Joshua and Jericho.”  Our memory work was Ephesians 6:10.  We read Joshua 6:1-27.
Health – This week we continued to review Unit 1, and Caleb finished up with the Unit 1 Test.  He scored 100% on his tests, so that made us all happy!
Science – This week we continued to discuss insects by talking about baby insects.  We learned about butterflies and moths and their differences/similarities.
English – We discussed how to use the telephone directory and tips for taking a message.  We continued to work on dictionary skills, too.
Social Studies – In Geography, we continued to review the states we’ve learned thus far.  In social studies, we finished up our discussion on The Separatists.  Next week we’ll start learning about The Indians.
Reading – We read the following books this week:
Davy Crockett – Bold Pioneer by Laurence Sentry & Joann Early Macken
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Love is All You Need by Catherine Daly
Math – This week we discussed subtraction “-8”.  Caleb is really trying to grasp the subtraction, but it’s not coming as easily as the addition.  So, we’ll have to put in some extra practice to make sure he gets those facts down.
As always, we appreciate you all following our 2nd grade home schooling adventures.  We’ve got lots of fun field trips and seasonal activities planned, so be sure to check the blog for that.  I’ll also be sharing pictures from our mini-vacation soon…

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