~Tot School~

The big kids are gone this week and I am left with my 2 little sweeties at home! We are missing them terribly. But decided to get busy getting our homeschool ready. One new fabulous issue we are dealing with this year is a little preschooler, so we must have things ready to keep her busy and I don’t allow the TV on during school ours, so that is an out. I have made some fabulous new friends through this adoption process that have fantastic ideas. Something I have learned from them is Tot School. Basically, not just providing them with learning toys but being INTENTIONAL with them doing it. How many learning toys do we have at the bottom of our toy boxes that never get played with? Well we are intentionally playing with these toys. I have come up with about 15 different activities that we will alternate throughout the weeks and intentionally put them on a ‘Tot Tray’ during school hours for her to do.:)

Here is one of the activities that she had to get started on immediatly. And of course my little social butterfly is always ready for a picture!!! She is matching little foam shapes to the coordinating colored page. Here is my little ‘tot’….sorting her little colored bears into colored cups. Her hair is pulled up….not cut!;) Couldnt cut those curls!:)

Tot Trays Blog to follow…onto to older homeschool planning.:)


We traveled about 30 hours to get home. Mia did great! She slept all the way from Korea to San Francisco and slept some from San Fran to Pittsburgh. She loved running around the airport!!! So we let her burn some of that typical 2 year old energy off. I love all the playgrounds at the airports. This was one that was in Seoul, she loves playing with other kids.

I wasnt sure she would know how to play with other kids or all these balls. She jumped right in!!!

We were nervous with her and the stairs because all of her updates said she couldnt go up or down steps. She flies up and down steps.

She loves to have her hair brushed and fixed. She just sits there and lets you do it! Her hair reminds me of Chloe’s , the front half is curly and the back is straighter, so I am a pro at it.:)

The kids were waiting for her to come home!! They were so excited!! We didnt get home until 3am and we didnt get to bed until 5am.

She just loved them!!!:)

She is doing absolutley wonderful. We learn so much about her every day. Like she loves oragami, she sings the ABC song, she loves to sing EIEIO and she is incredibly smart!!! She is tinier than I could have ever imagined. She wore a 12 month bottoms yesterday with a 18 month shirt. Today she has on a 12-18month and the bottoms are a little loose. We love her so much already!!!

My School Plan 2009-2010

This will be my 9th year of homeschooling. Seems like I just started yesterday!!! And I have finally been bitten by the Back to School bug….I was getting a little worried as it is almost starting time again and I hadn’t really felt like getting organized. Even though I already had all my curriculum, I hadn’t written out my plan.

So here it is…

Chloe—8th Grade

Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra
Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science
Writing Strands Level 3 and 4
Living Books from Queens Homeschool ( Streams to the River to the Sea and Mr Revere and I)
Wordly Wise
Spelling Power
MFW History, Geography, Science
From co-op:
Literature (reads 6 classics), Art Appreciation, Us Government, Medieval Times, Gym, Science

Blake— 5th Grade

Math U See Delta
Apologia Botany (1st Semester) and Apologia Astronomy (2nd semester)
Writing Stands Level 2
Spelling Power
Explode the Code Level 4
Easy Grammar
Language Lessons for the Elementary Child 2 by Queens
Universal Cursive Writing
MFW History, Geography, Science
From co-op:
Medieval Times, PA history, Gym, Space Program, People and Places, Intro to Physics

Camye —-3rd grade
Math U See Gamma
Apologia Botany and Apologia Astronomy
Explode the Code
Spelling Power
Language Lessons for the Elementary Child 1 by Queens
Universal Cursive
MFW Science, History and Geography
From co-op:
Gym, MFW Geography, Intro to Writing, History (Christian Heros), Art, Magic School Bus


I dont usually push my kids do to do “school” until Kindergarten. BUT Paul says he must get ready for kindergarten….so here is what he will be doing.

Kumon Cutting and Pasting

Kumon Alphabet Games

Kumon Mazes (crazy for mazes)

Kumon Uppercase Letters

Rod and Staff’s preschool curriculum
That all may seem like alot!! But it really will all fit just perfectly… so now to get all my school supplies and prepared for my Medieval Times class I am to teach at our I will be ready to go. Oh and the dreaded scheduling of classes..ballet, soccer and music…