The Kaylor Kids

The Kaylor Kids
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

February 2012

Ok, time to get serious about keeping records. I read the Missouri Homeschool Laws last night and boy howdy Im behind on logging hours etc. Hopefully they can tell by all the paperwork and art projects and our ridiculously long library list etc... hehe! Ok, for today....
Gospel: Reading a story from the friend then kids will write in their scripture journals about it.
Math: dylan: subtraction with regrouping ( we are going back over basic skills because he is ready to start algebra) watch video then do two worksheets to brush up on skills.
girls: subtracting whole numbers ( once again, we are just going down the line of videos for developmental math to make sure we havent missed anything!) and they each have a practice worksheet.
History: I have printed out the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution from the national archives. We will be reading over these. Discussing them. This is part of our election unit study. we have been studying how America votes and elects a new president. I want the kids to know the history of our country, and how it used to be. Kind of makes it sad ya know?
Science: video elements and atoms. We are doing chemistry right now and LOVING it. We have a bunch of chemistry experiments and kits, so we are going over the basics then we are going to go crazy with experiments...I will take pics!!
Copywork:  Family quote from LDS Copywork Yahoo group for Thursday Feb 9th.
Spelling: Review lists!!! Test tonight! :)
Writing/ language arts: The 8 parts of Speech.
We will probably also go ahead and start the new music appreciation course textbook I bought and of course they will be reading their literature books etc. :)
Off to do school!!!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

School Update January 2012

Wow, I am truly awful at keeping up with this blog. We just DO school and I never take the time to record it. Ok, so we have been working hard this month. Some of the things we've been doing is: learning about respect, love, Samuel and how he listened, preparing for the sacrament, etc and Marlee is giving a talk in primary sunday about the gift of agency. We've been doing workbook pages and multiplication flash cards for math... we are getting ready to start Khan Academy for math, super excited. For literature the kids have been reading billions of books from the library, i tried to write down each book they read, for a reading log for january, but ran out of room... theyve already read over 50 books each... and its the 25th of january. not just baby books.... we are talking chapter books folks! Marlee has been reading little house on the prairie to keith each night out loud, about a chapter and a half. then dylan and syd each are reading to him... Dylan is reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid Cabin fever and syd picks one of her library books. they've been doing their spelling tests and they like doing spelling bees, especially marlee because she can spell anything. lol. For history we have been learning alot about how america's elections work etc because this is an election year. we've been using some neat books like " how america votes" and also websites. Dylan watched a neat program about the core of the earth which he then told us about, so that was kind of a sciency thing. We've been doing chemistry in science. experiments and memorizing the periodic table of elements. theyve pretty much mastered cursive, except dylan hates it, so he still wants to just write in manuscript, but he does know how to do cursive lol. They have all three been learning typing thru this neat bbc game and seriously, they are amazing me because they do so great at it!!! copywork has been on gratitude. theyve been learning new primary songs for music. I cant even think of all the things theyve been doing just off the top of my head. I really need to get better at record keeping. We just have so much fun doing the school!! :)
love, jl

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


I have been so awful at keeping this up for records! We have been enjoying school so much, and if you ask my kids they will tell you that they don't do school! We have had so much fun and love learning so much, it doesn't seem like "school" although I am incredibly proud of my children's knowledge and accomplishments they've made this year already! We hit "school" hard in november because we generally take december off for more spiritual lessons and service projects. We still read constantly, etc... but we don't do as much history, science, math etc. So for november we work are batooties off so we can enjoy the special time of year that december is.

The kids have read hundreds of books already this year, and I really should make a list of what they've read, I'm so bad about that, we just read! We finished Around the World in 80 Day's as a family and we are still enjoying learning about the different countries they visited. Today we learned about Japan by finding it on our world map in the hallway, then we read a neat book on different Japanese arts, music, foods, customs, fashion, etc. We also learned about a typical Japanese household etc. Then we really enjoyed going on youtube and watching beautiful videos of traditional Japanese  music and art , and we loved learning about the different instruments etc. We finished off by writing different words in Japanese Kanji... the kids hung up their drawings in the hallway beside the map of japan. I loved seeing what words they chose. Sydney of course chose dog. Dylan chose man. Marlee.... oh how I love that girl, she chose soy sauce :) 

We have been really digging into the Bible this year, we are still only in Exodus because we go into such detail with gospel artwork and other neat resources. We are just now finishing the plagues and beginning to learn about Passover, which I believe will include us making a traditional Passover meal! The kids spirituality has grown so much this year also, and for that I am truly blessed. We have constantly been hit hard with trials throughout our time together as a family ( almost 11 years!!!) and thru each trial we have grown as a family and learned so much. The most important thing that my children have learned is how to take their worries and their praise to their Father in Heaven. Their prayers are beautiful, their faith is strong. I am thankful that we homeschool and I can be there to witness not only their spiritual growth but also their knowledge increasing. What a blessing!

We are starting The Odyssey by Homer for our next read aloud as a family. Im truly excited, I love to read and I am excited for my kids to read the books that I love.

Today Aunt Sandy is coming over for lunch. We are going to work together and make homemade pizzas and she has a new recipe for macaroons that we are excited to make ! The kids love to cook and I feel it is important for them to know how, and also to get to enjoy cooking with their family and extended family. It's important!!!

Well, I will try to update this daily or at least weekly hehehehe! I'm so bad lol! :)
I will leave you with a picture of one of the beautiful Japanese artworks that we have looked at today!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fun with geography!

silly kids, they have way to much fun in school :) they love to learn though! excuse the messy house! we were to busy having fun to clean :)
love, jl the momma

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

history and the bible

We have been digging into History this week and it has been neat to compare it to places in the Bible that we read about. Today we are studying Egypt! We are also continuing Missouri government and the good ole math and english etc. It is raining buckets today which is kind of cozy. I've been awful at keeping up this blog, but be assured, the children are learning! :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday October 3, 2011

Today we are working on lots of different projects. First of all, we watched one talk from General Conference. Then we are going to work on our Around the World in 80 Days unit... Marlee snuck the book this weekend and read it lol.... but we are going to finish reading it as a group then learn about the different places he visited! I have books on each of the places and we are really going to enjoy getting in depth about the world! We will also be doing our USA Geography and doing some fun games on the computer for it and then we will continue our USA History ( Abeka grade 4 ) All three of the kids have their spelling lists for the week. They are still enjoying their assigned books and Dylan was excited to learn that the book he is reading, the author is from Missouri! Still trucking along on our Missouri Government unit and of course good ole math. Dylan has all of his multiplication facts memorized ( he's had that done for quite a while) and is working hard on timed tests etc getting his brain to work fast! The girls are still doing their second and third grade math books. Learning alot of new skills!!!
Alrighty, time to hop off of here and get started!
Love, jl the momma

Monday, September 26, 2011

croupy kids

So all three kids are sick with croup. Praying the nebulizer doesnt break down!! We are still trucking away though with school. Today we did an educational movie day and reading the books theyve been assigned. That way they could still rest and try to get their bodies healthy!!! We are planning a unit on the missouri state government this week..... trying and praying that they will be better enough to take a field trip to the capital on friday!!! we might have a ride... and if theyre better it would ROCK!

So, basically they've been doing their assigned workbooks and reading their books and doing little projects here and there, its been fun past couple of weeks. I need to get pics and stuff uploaded on here. The other night we listened to a band downtown and identified instruments and types of music ( ragtime, waltz etc) that was super fun for me, hehehe. I love music. All three kids are showing major talent with piano and it's exciting to see them play and learn. The reason theyre sick is because they have been outside playing constantly... they've learned how to play all kinds of fun games with the neighbor kids, dodgeball, kickball, red rover, the yard is always full of kids playing. They ride bikes and jump on the trampoline. The pool is down for the summer, boo, but its freezing so we wouldnt be swimming anyway!

Update on the tadpoles.... we have one adorable frog who loves his little ledge in the big tank, and two bunk tadpoles lol! They arent even growing legs! But it's been fun and all the fish are neat. Hmm... we've been keeping up with our scripture study and we are all learning sooo much, and the alpha project from school of abraham. Basically it's a good school year so far with so many more fun things to learn. Soon we will be starting a zoo unit, and really getting into learning everything we can about animals and their habitats and everything, then of course a tripto the zoo!!! The fall is a great time to go! The animals are usually out and it's less crowded and more fun!

Ok, off to go put sick kids to bed, poor babies!!!!! :(
love, jl the momma