Orange Scented Play Dough

Orange Scented Natural Play Dough
Today V and I made Orange Scented Play Dough.We didn’t use orange zest or food dye. We did use 1 whole orange and squeeze it for the juice and smell.It actually came out pretty good and we mixed it for like 30-40 minutes. Could have stirred it longer but it came out smelling like Orange scented play dough.The recipe was used as part of My Father’s World All Aboard The Animal Train for 2s and 3s week 26,Tiger and Orange.However she wanted to eat the play dough so next we are going to try make edible play dough.

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It came, it came:My Father’s World Voyage of Discovery

It came, it came! The package that was long awaited for has arrived! Only a homeschool mom could understand the level of the excitement here!The curriculum looks really good.We have the 2016 version which is the newest version.To be honest, both of the preschool curriculums looks really great(MFW Voyage of Discovery and HOD Little Hands to Heaven) I am not sure which will be the main curriculum we will use.I did notice though that Voyage of Discovery is a bit behind in ABC’s and numbers which Vicki already knows. HOD Little Hands to Heaven actually covers that from day 1 of the first week(Letters and numbers) which is partly why I bought it. In the end though I am going to let Vicki pick which will be her main curriculum simply following her lead in her interest level.I got the 2 because they were and are about her level.Depending on her speed and how well she progresses perhaps Heart of Dakota will meet her needs better. But it’s hard to say since we’ve yet to begin the curriculum.For now, I am going through the two curriculum side by side to get an idea of what we might need to purchase to do the curriculums.Moreoften than not we don’t have majority of the items for either curriculum.Same for books.

Vicki was so excited the curriculum came(MFW Voyage of discovery) came she chose to pose for pictures with each item from the package.She really wants to start the curriculum but I told her it needs to stay in the box until we finish up the current one. When we are ready we will take it out of the box. I promise!

We have 2 more curriculums to buy(All About Reading Level 1 and Learning to read through literature Blue Book). I plan to do whatever she’s interested in and wanting to learn and whatever she wants to and is willing to learn is fine by me.We will have curriculum choices for whatever she chooses. Reading?No problem..We have tons of books…Arts and Crafts? No problem…Got that covered…Playful? Okie dokie we’ve got a lot of curriculum ideas for that too. Pegs? Got that too..Anyways she’s got 2-3 years before she officially starts school.Though we will send homeschool notice in 2019….I’m already documenting her progress and have been for some time already.She is already for All About Spelling Level 1 but she’s not writing yet which is why I chose Learning to read through Literature as the Blue Book has nothing to do with writing.I suspect by K she will be writing.

I love homeschooling V! She’s learned so much since we started almost 2 years ago.She’s even starting to recite some poems and rhymes. So fun to watch!

Look what’s coming out in September!!

Hey homeschool moms! Looking for a great creator based science curriculum for your kids? Well,Expereince Astronomy is coming out with an elementary series for kids in 1st-6th! I gave Luke the idea for it! I found out about Experience Astronomy through a homeschool newsletter. I decided to look around the site just to see if it’s creator based and what it’s about. Looked great so I viewed the high school lessons. At that time there was only High School. So,I told Luke you know my daughter loves the stars and the moon but she’s too young for the series. She’s 2(at the time) but I bet you’d get a lot of great feedback and support from homeschooling mom for a younger population of students.I see he took that and decided to make a elementary series! I just found out about it through one of the homeschool groups I am in so I am excited to try this for Vicki either in K or 1st.And that is coming up in a few years.

The Birthday Present

Today was the day Vicki’s birthday present from Mommy came. For her birthday which was this past week,I bought her the entire Life of Fred Elementary Series and the entire Life of Fred Eden Series for Beginning Readers(The last 2 sets for the Eden Series) because I know at some point we’ll likely go through the entire Elementary Series and the Eden Series. That’s how much she loves Fred and Kingie! Of course,I have fallen in love with Fred and Kingie too so if I don’t use the entire Elementary series for Vicki and somehow it doesn’t work out as the main curriculum even with supplements as needed I will use it and beyond for myself. I’ve already learned so much from Life of Fred and I am the mom not the student!

She loves Fred and Kingie. In her words “I love Fred Books.” Anytime I try to take away Fred and Kingie for misbehavior she straightens up really fast because she wants me to read Fred and Kingie to her. She also has been trying to take the entire Elementary and Eden Series out of her room because she loves every single Life of Fred book.Honestly,the girl can’t make up her mind which Life of Fred book to bring out because there’s so many of them! But,already she has learned so much. Very recently I have gotten her just by reading Life of Fred to her she is now able to kind of start to count to 20! Yes,20 and she’s just turned 3! But Life of Fred they teach so much in the series it’s hard to imagine why a mom could not see how Life of Fred could be used as a homeschool curriculum on its own. In fact, my mom asked me if I was just going to use Life of Fred as a supplement curriculum…I said “No,I plan to use it as the main curriculum and supplement only as needed” I explained “Just by going through the books there’s so much information, knowledge and wisdom in these books about life in general..Why not use it as a core? I start reading the Life of Fred Books and I’m hooked and just dissolve information.”

An example from Life of Fred Eden Series -It talks about how Fred needs electricity to get the stove,and refrigerator to work. But,it also takes on math such as it’s one mile from their house to Harry’s Hardware,it discusses money, how a child should not play with electricity…That’s some of what is talked about in one of the books.

But yes, so much valuable information is in these books and we’ll probably use the entire Life of Fred curriculum including Language Arts,Financial and so on up until college material.I have heard lots of moms who have used Life of Fred as their main core who supplement as needed and their children have scored really high on SAT,ACT and CLEP exams/tests. I hope for the same and that we will be able to continue that long but ultimately unless Vicki says she doesn’t want to read Life of Fred anymore for whatever reason we’ll keep on. It also discusses many life topics such as choosing a spouse, teaching some about character things like that. I love it! I have no intention in selling Life of Fred in the next 20 years.This being with my daughter likely to be my only living child on Earth.

Addition Math facts that equal to 7

We have been just zipping through LOF Apples. When we first started my daughter only knew 5+2=7 and 4+3=7.Tonight we read a chapter of LOF Apples and asked her all the math facts that equal 7 including
1+6=7
6+1=7
2+5=7
5+2=7
3+4=7
4+3=7
0+7=7
7+0=7
and to every single one she answered 7 without hesitation. I truly can’t believe how much she comprehends and the girl is only turning 3 years old. I am in complete disbelief.Obviously we’re going to go through the elementary books several times to be sure she understands but from a 3 year old? that’s just amazing.We also read the Eden series before she sleeps. So far her favorite Eden Series book is Blue but she will soon have more to choose from and carry around as I’ve ordered the entire elementary series and Eden series sets 2 and 3 for her birthday.I can’t wait for her reaction since she loves Fred and Kingie so much!

Common Core

I am very against Common Core standards that the former president has put in place for schools to follow and this is one of the reasons I homeschool my daughter.Recently,I have received a homeschool catalog from CBD. I personally believe that every child should learn at his or her own pace not by standards set by the Board of Education. Just recently well looking at the Homeschool Resource Roadmap
I have found that MFW(My Father’s World) and by going through each grade level on their website as well that they use some CC(Common Core books) by Usborne to name one. I didn’t know this so as long as the curriculum for whatever grade level my daughter will be in at that time does not contain any common core books of any sort we will stick with them. If I see a common core book I’ll likely look for another curriculum unless I can find a relatively to practically no common core related content alternative to replace that specific common core book/subject. I am going through the entire roadmap and all my curriculum choices I have to date because I want my daughter to be free of common core curriculum as much as possible.I truly hope Common Core will be overturned in the near future. I don’t think it’s doing anyone any good at all.

Do you allow your kids to do common core curriculum and readings?I’d love to hear other homeschool parents’ thoughts on the matter!

Life of Fred Beginner Readers,Eden Series

This morning Vicki received her Life Of Fred Beginner Readers also known as the Eden Series by Dr. Stanley Schmidt. As soon as it came,Vicki is like “Mom box.Mom box” so we opened it and I showed her that it was more “Fred” books and she was so excited. She said “Mom,Fred,Fred book.”You can see her reaction here:Flickr Homeschooling
She is truly a Fred girl because she brings these books all around the house and is always reading them.