Weekly Photo Collage :: 2/22/2013 Reading & Vermont

We graduated to All About Reading Level 1 this week!  I’m using it with Anna, Leah and Levi.  I have written before about how well Pre-Level 1 worked for us, we were excited to start Level 1.  I like that the kids can feel success right away with reading 3-letter words.  It makes them that much more excited about reading.  

I do think the program will move a bit too quickly for Leah and Levi, so I will have to make a few adjustments.

I plan to do a more thorough review after we have had a chance to really use the program.

If you are interested in learning more about Pre-Level 1, you can download a free activity book by following this link:

Jonah tried a new resource this week, Beginning Drawing.  Jonah enjoyed working along with the DVD.  He did get a bit frustrated at times, mostly because he wants everything to be perfect right from the get-go.  I think he can learn a great deal from the video, he certainly loves to draw.

We started a new read aloud this week, My Side of the Mountain.  A GREAT read so far.  Right up the boy’s alley and engaging for the girls too.  Very easy to find many rabbit trails from this book.  Jacob has been doing copy work from the book, and I’ll share more activities as we go along.

I have been reading some Jan Brett books to the younger kids.  The Hat and The Mitten are such cute stories.  I wish I could knit like Baba :) We read them all week.  Then we visited the Jan Brett website.  She has tons of coloring pages and all sorts of activities. I think one could create an entire curriculum from her books alone!

On Thursday morning the boys left to visit my sister and her family in Vermont, they traveled with my Dad.  Jonah was nervously excited, Leah was disappointed that she wasn’t going too, and Jacob was just ready to go.  I’m glad that they have the opportunity to spend some time with their cousins. 

We have been quite the traveling family lately!

Around the House:

I worked on our Lenten clutter project for the weekend.  The hall closet actually wasn’t as bad as I thought, and doesn’t look like a huge difference, but it is.  I got rid of one garbage bag full of stuff and dispersed some other items to different spots in the house.  We had a bit of a discussion on my Facebook page about bath towels, go like the page and join in on the fun :)

Fit & Healthy:

Yesterday I Googled “how many more days until summer” – it’s less than 120!  Shorts and tank-top weather is finally in sight again.  Each month I host a 10 Day Challenge, an new one is starting up on March 4th.  On March 8th my husband and I are doing The Ultimate Reset for the second time.  We had great results the first time and thought it would be a good program to do again during Lent.

Please contact me if you are interested in finding out more!

Blog Happenings:  

Earlier in the week I posted my thoughts about Finding Your Own Homeschooling Path, then I posted my thoughts on a favorite quote of mine from Blessed Mother Teresa, and finally, I posted my thoughts on a great parenting book – and a giveaway!  I guess that’s what you get here at my blog, my thoughts!

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to stop by Mary’s and visit some of the other great blogs that are linked up!

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