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Monday, August 31, 2015

Homeschool Orientation 2015

Today was our annual Homeschool Orientation session.  What's Homeschool Orientation, you ask??

It's just my way of introducing everything "new" to the kids, and discussing our agenda and schedule for the year.

One of the new things we'll be doing this year, is getting our bodies moving every morning.  If the weather is nice, we'll go outside for a quick walk or bike ride, or play tennis or basketball.  For orientation, we took a walk up to the capital and circled the grounds a couple times.  While we were walking, we discussed my expectations of them (getting their morning book work promptly in the morning so we can have our afternoons free for other things).

I also introduced them to notebooking. We did an art project from Artistic Pursuits, and later notebooked about the artist, Peiter Du Hooch.  It went really well!

The one part that I didn't get around to, is going over our Thursday Governess plan (more on that later!).  I guess I'll have to save that for another day ;)

I love that school starts in one week and one day.  I'm super ready to get back into our fun routine!!

Friday, August 28, 2015

What's New For 2015-16?

As with every year, the new school year brings about a lot of changes here at Two Cowgirls Homeschool Academy.  The changes are exciting, and I'm really excited to implement them.

Here's what's new:


 She's entering middle school (sixth grade)!  This year she'll be attending a co-op for her first time, where she'll take cooking and creative writing.  I'm so excited to see the results from both!  Most of her learning will be done independently.  Math, spelling, and typing are all done on the computer.  The only thing I'll teach her is sewing, architecture, science, and ancient history.  She's going to love her new independence!


Second grade, for this little one!  A lot will remain the same, except that we'll be adding a special class all her own this year.  While big sister is away at co-op, Elise will get to hang out with a group of kids her own age, and participate in Jr. First Lego League.  She love robotics and she loves Legos.  It's a perfect fit!


I'm going to school (14 credits), working 15 hour per week at night, mentoring Millie's SciGirls class and Elise's Jr. First Lego League group, running a field trip club, and somehow trying to teach the kids, all at the same time.  Thank goodness I have my trusty calendar that keeps me organized!

T-11 days until the first day of school!  Woo hoo!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Our Summer So Far...

I've been a lazy blogger this summer, which is exactly how I like it.  I like to take as much off my plate as possible.  Even so, I've been busy running kids around, planning, working on projects, and trying to soak up as much sun as possible.  It's been pretty fantastic, so far!  With over a month left before school starts, I'm sure there's a lot more fun to be had!  Here's some of what we've been up to:  

Millie turned 11!  She's turning into such a nice little lady.

Cake in the fairy garden

When life hands you cushions, build a fort

4-H Daycamp - worm composters.  Ewwww.

Getting ready to climb.  Nervous at first...

...but that didn't stop her!

My new motto

Elise and her bestie

Millie celebrated her birthday with a few friends!

We went on a search for our ancestors graves.  We found them.

Beach day

Building forts and forts at Farm Camp

She loves talking to the staff at the Science Museum


Cooling off.  It's been a HOT summer!

Hanging out with Grandpa, learning about old wood mills.

Root beer at the saloon with me, while dad and Grandpa watched a never ending tractor parade

And of course, ice cream!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Camp Week!

An overnight camp.

Zoo camp.

Aunt Leslie's Daycamp.

It was camp week!  Everyone had a lot of fun :)  Now, when I finish posting this, I have to get ready for Monarch Camp for...me!!!  Stay tuned for details.

Off to 4-H overnight camp!

Splashy fun at a homeschool picnic

Say Cheee-tah!

Lake Superior

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Aunt Leslie's Day Camp, Bowling, and a Beach Day

 Aunt Leslie's Day Camp has officially resumed for summer '15!

I'll be entertaining the nephews 2-3 days per week for most of the summer.  I have a lot of fun activities planned.

We started by paying a visit to the farm, where the kids played...something.  See Ben tied up with a chain?  Yep.  They're a pretty wild crew ;)  They also played with the baby kitties.  It was really fun.

On day 2 of Aunt Leslie's Day Camp, we went bowling!  The kids bowled a bit, had bar food for lunch, and played video games.  I signed them up for the "kids bowl free" program.  

We had a couple of lazy days at home before Friday, which should have been day 3 with the nephews, but it was cancelled.  The girls REALLY wanted to go to the beach, so we did.  I forgot to put on sunscreen, and managed to get a really bad burn.  Booo!

The beach made me feel like summer has officially started!  

Find out what other homeschoolers have done this week, here.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A Birthday Party, a Deer Farm, and a (Final) SciGirls Class

Our week in pictures:

Happy birthday to Millie & Elise's friend, Bria!
Our playgroup took a road trip out to Fawn-Doe-Rosa instead of our normal playground playdate!  It's such a cool place!  Millie went there with her daycare when she was a tot, and I've been wanting to go ever since.  The place had so many baby animals that we got to pet, deer wandering around freely begging for food, and pony rides.  The ground were immaculate, and the animals were sooooo loved by the crew working there.  Our tour guide was so passionate about her work.  I loved it!!!

Wednesday was our final SciGirls class for the year!  It was so emotional for me.  I'm so sad to see the class come to an end, it was a great group of kids.  We had so much fun together!!  For our final class, the girls made solar ovens to cook their lunch, and worked on scrapbooks full of memories from their Scigirls year.  

My one and only picture from Friday didn't turn out (waaa!), but I'll mention it anyways.  We had our first "It's Field Trip Friday" meet and greet!  Only one other family came (summer is a hard time to gather), but the kids had a great time.  I asked Millie if she had anything in common with the other girls, and she said, "Yes, we're great friends now!"  He he.  I love how fast kids can make friends!

To see what other homeschoolers were up to this week, click here.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Our First Week of Summer Vacation

This was a pretty lazy week.  It was a fantastic way to start the summer.  

Here's what we did:

Millie started a little purse making business

Elise was busy crafting, too
The girls spent the night at the farm while Bud and I went to a parent meeting at the homeschool/charter school thing we are signing the kids up for, next year.  Millie spent a lot of time looking for the missing baby kitties.  Elise looked for fossils.  They had so much fun, they didn't want to come home :)

We had a day of errands, and Elise decided to take her babies with on our walk to Walgreens.  

Summer means concerts in the park!  Sun Country was giving away sunglasses at their booth.  The girls took some, and instantly became spies.  It was pretty cute.  Elise said, "Mom, anytime you see me posing, take my picture."  

We walked to the library to return some (very overdue) library books, sign up for the summer reading program, and check out some books.  On the way back we stopped at Rice Park to admire the fountain and to sketch a pigeon.  Millie never leaves home without her sketchpad!  Further along our walk, the girls hopped into a fountain to get their feet wet.  

4-H Carnival night!  One of the families brought a petting zoo :)  Fun!!  We brought in a game in which the kids had to knock down a pyramid of cups with a ping pong ball.  We'll think of something more creative for next year.  Ha!

We're monitoring a bluebird trail this summer.  Another family is volunteering with us, so we took them out to "show them the ropes."  It's a big relief to know that we'll only have to do this every other week instead of every week!

That was our first week of summer!  It was pretty great.  Only one more big event before I can turn my brain off for the summer.  

Find out what other homeschoolers did this week, here!