Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Market in Vienna


Lippizaner Visit in Vienna

Quite a Treat to See and Hear at the Spanish School

G2 in Budapest Christmas Market

Love this form of cinnamon roll!

Kids in front of St. Stephen's in Vienna


GI so excited to create something edible!

Changes in the Kitchen

There used to be a wall directly in front of me which separated the kitchen and dining room.  I found a link to the view from the other side of the wall when the kids were younger working on a science experiment (  The project took some time to engineer, but IKEA and prayer that we could make the changes were essential.  So glad to enjoy it for a while before ever having to move again.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Busy, Good

We've been absent from the blog for a couple of months because of travel and activity.  I'm constantly stunned when asked about socializing my 3Gs.  It really isn't a problem.  Travel to Turkiye in late September found us near the border of Syria on a non-warring evening, then to Cappadokia and a non-muezzin neighborhood of Istanbul.  Then in November, we traveled through Frankfurt to Vienna and Budapest. So, you'd think I had more to write about, which is quite true, but I'm dealing with grading math papers instead. Oh, and I didn't mention that the kitchen here is quite re-done since Labor Day when the Daddy gave us permission to take down a wall, replace the drywall, hire an electrician, hire a carpenter and helped us install cabinets in order to enjoy for the unknown time we get to live here. 

Pictures are available, but those math papers are calling my attention.


Today, G3 began Saxon 6/5. He is not even flinching as I move him to lesson 25 because seasoned, face-to-face, homeschool moms advised me that the materials prior are review.  Well, I remarked that most of each new lesson is review, so it wasn't such a tough idea to grasp.  Factoring numbers... not a problem for G3, but the review questions aren't really bumps in his path either.  {So glad that we moved his math day to later in the week, as Mondays were painful for EVERYONE}

I was reading in blog, homeschool moms' articles recently and found this piece about math curriculum choices for my kids,  I've used the first and second products exclusively with my Gs and been satisfied with that move.  Actually, the kindergarten teacher that G1 had years ago began us in Saxon Math.  She was trained in the method, but I didn't quite understand and thus I used the first choice mentioned in the above article for four years.  We are transitioning back into Saxon Math, and I'm reassured of this choice by the enthusiasm of classroom teachers I know and love. 

Wow, I never would have imagined teaching elementary math as a homeschool mom (science or history is more probable), but here we are in year six of this journey.