Saturday, February 28, 2009

Most Romantic Husband Update

This is a nice way to start the day! I'm excited to be included in the group of winners for the Most Romantic Husband contest. Click the link to read all the winning entries, or just see my entry in my post from February 20th, 2009!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Review of Headsprout Early Reading Program

My younger son, now six, started this program with a free trial about a year ago and literally begged me to let him continue. Now with 80 episode lessons complete he has come to the end of the Headsprout program. He started reading Headsprout character names like San and Vee. By the end he was reading Henry and Mudge books to me. This program has been one of the best investments we have made as homeschoolers and provided stimulating, interactive reading lessons that my math loving son absolutely adored. He loved the characters and cut scenes. I loved the "speak out loud" activities and hearing his reading fluency and confidence develop. During the year we also provided consistent and numerous opportunities for my son to read, write, spell, create stories, visit the library and practice what he'd learned. We read to him from a variety of books. Notable favorites were The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne, the Geronimo Stilton books and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The choice to sit at the computer and do the episodes was my son's. He self- regulated the experience, sometimes moving quickly, sometimes taking time off. The self paced nature of the program was perfect for us. For incentives and practice there are booklets that come with the program, access to printable stories and a colorful progress chart and stickers to track progress. There is even a certificate when an episode set of 40 or 80 is complete. After each episode there is an opportunity for the parent to give feedback. Feedback I gave always resulted in a prompt, friendly response. Availability of Headsprout character based products like t shirts and clocks from Cafe Press is icing on the cake with this terrific reading program. One more thing. My son chose to work on a Mac with no mouse but I believe most kids would want a mouse to use this program.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Most Romantic Husband in 100 Words or Less

It has been a long time since I have had to write anything with a word limit! Here's to surprised nominee for Most Romantic Husband. He didn't think the following was romantic at all! It just goes to show you that romantic means different things to different people. The contest ends on February 24th...there is still time to enter!

The sweetest thing my husband has ever done for me was to renovate a decrepit chicken coop on our property so the kids and I could raise chicks and have our own free range eggs. My husband is a city boy who would never have hatched a plan for a flock on his own. He would much rather build from scratch than rehabilitate. Yet he spent hours shoveling stone and nailing shingles to use a structure we already had because it was important to me. That act of service is worth much more than a dozen roses!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Stressed Chickens

Our poor hens endured the loss of one of their flock yesterday. Today, this is what one of the eggs looked like!
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