Monday, September 1, 2008

Planning menus and lessons

This has been a fun weekend getting everything ready for the next school year. Pencils are sharpened, notebooks ready, books checked out. I AM READY, I hope the kids are!

We went to the library last week and I checked out Gooseberry Patch A Taste of Autumn (check out their website for a free recipe each week.) I copied lots of fun new recipes like Hot Chicken Sandwiches, Schoolhouse Cookie Bars, and Potato Quiche. I hope to try these when the weather cools off a bit more.

This week is easy to plan for with three meals I don't have to cook!

Monday: Labor Day BBQ @ the in-laws
Tuesday: Either Tacos or Taco Soup depending on weather
Wednesday: Church dinner
Thursday: Church Block Party (hot dogs)
Friday: Fajitas

I am really excited to start the school year this week. We are starting some new things that I hope will be fun and educational for all the kids. First we are trying Total Language Plus. The kids will do spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing all pulled from a piece of quality literature that they are reading. Emma (14) is reading Pride and Prejudice, Eli (12) A Cricket in Times Square, and Eden (10) The Courage of Sarah Noble. they will also be decoding scripture for grammar. Emma will have a 5 page research paper to write as well as a paper on character study, and an analysis paper of the book. Evie (7) is doing a literature unit on Ezra Jack Keats. This unit study is new to me also so we will see how it goes.

We are also going to start notebooking for history and geography. I think this is a great way for the kids to have a hands on approach and hopefully take a couple subjects they are not so crazy about and make them more interesting.

Have a great Labor Day Holiday with your family!


Tricia said...

Looks like great books. I think I shall copy and have my kids read those too!

Rachel said...

Jill - If your Taste of Autumn cookbook is the brand new one for Fall 2008, you might check and see if there's a scone recipe in there from Robyn Goodman. She's my niece and she said she submitted a recipe that got printed, but I haven't officially seen it yet!

Anyhow, thanks for stopping by my blog as well. It's been such a blast keeping up with everyone.

Lori said...

I love unit studies!!!!
when the kids were younger we LOVED doing those....
you will love them, too, I know.


Anonymous said...

Happy New Homeschool Year!

I finally wandered over, reading thru your blog makes me realize how much I miss our chats, hope to have some soon ;o)

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

Let us know how some of those new recipes turn out. I'm always looking for new recipes...I need something to inspire me, otherwise cooking is just a chore for me.

Looks like you've got a great year planned out.


Hi Jill,
Hope you are having a GREAT first week of school. I love the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, the recipes you mentioned sound Yummy!!! We should do some type of recipe sharing with some other bloggers. I love trying new ones!!
Have a great day!!