Tuesday, May 24, 2011

3 more days of school...

In three more days we will complete our second full year of homeschooling.  Grace is finishing second grade, and Lydia is finishing kindergarten.  While it isn't always easy, I can say without a doubt that I love homeschooling and wouldn't trade it for anything.  Of course, that may change in a year or two, but for now I am completely committed to teaching my children at home.

I thought I'd touch on some of the highlights of our year:

  • Reading The Wizard of Oz with the girls.  I had seen the movie several times, but never read the book.  We also read together The House on Pooh Corner, My Father's Dragon, and The Story of Dr. Dolittle among others.  I love snuggling on the couch with the girls for our read alouds!
  • Grace's perfect record in spelling - she made 100's on every spelling test this year.
  • Memorizing Psalm 23 as a family.
  • Watching Lydia read The Boxcar Children all on her own, the lightbulb finally turning on as she understood that she CAN read.
  • Art Fridays - We used Art with a Purpose by Rod and Staff publishers.  The lessons were simple and able to be done with common household items, and the girls looked forward eagerly to Fridays, not for the end of the week, but for their art lessons.
These are just a few that come to mind.  I'll spare you the not-so-great moments for now, but the positives have far outweighed the negatives, and I continue to love taking this journey with my kiddos!

A few more Project365 layouts...

Here are a few more Project365 layouts.  I am starting to feel more confident in my digi-scrapping, and I'm learning so much as I go along.

Week 3:
Paper and elements from New Beginnings - a Scrap That Idea collab

Week 4:

A Day in My Life by Jen C Designs
P365 Calendar Collection by A Work in Progress

Week 5:

P365 Calendar Collection by A Work in Progress
Template by Scrapmuss Designs

Thanks for looking!

Project 365 - My first digital layouts

I started 2011 with a fun project.  Every day I take a picture, and each week I create a layout with my pictures for the week.  At the end of the year I'll have 52 layouts and a snapshot of our entire year.  It's May, and I've been keeping up with my photos.  I love that I have photos of big events, photos of my kids as they change throughout the year, photos of some of my favorite foods, and photos that just show our everyday life.  I'm not up-to-date with my layouts, but I'm working on them.

Here area  few of them:

Title Page:

Elements from P365 Calendar Collection by A Work in Progress

Week 1:

Elements from A Day in My Life by Jen C Designs
P365 Calendar Collection by A Work in Progress

Week 2:

A Day in My Life by Jen C Designs
Get Happy - a Scrap That Idea collab (NLA)

More to come soon!