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Making Sure We Don’t Get Lost

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In Recent preperations for our new adventures we bought a Garmin GPS. So far we have used it around town just testing it out here and there and I will say its working great! Here’s the pros and cons of our particular GPS.

Pros

Large enough screen to put it all the way at the bottom of the windshield while still being able to clearly see the maps.

Clear spoken words

Crisp Speaker

Simple design-one button and a touch screen

User friendly- I did not even need the manual to set this bugger up!

Cons

The voice prompt for your next directional moves do not come soon enough. I am finding that they announce the next move when you are nearly on top of it. Therefore not providing enough time for you to visually find it. I did however call Garmin, they advised me to connect it to our computer and do an update to the device. That it should fix that issue, they even offered to send us a free USB cord without me having to request! Now that is customer service right there! I have not had the time to do the update on this device just yet. I will update this post once I have completed that.

Overall we really like this GPS and have no intent of returning it. I am very happy we were able to purchase this product!

My husband plans to run the cord under the dash board and hooking it directly into our Chrysler’s power supply. This way the cord is not dangling around while we are driving. I am concerned that it will become tangled in the steering controls. This way it will be safely tucked away.

Update: We have moved the GPS from the Right corner, to very low in the center. I feel it is less distracting, as well as out of my line of vision here. Also the USB cord they sent (free of charge) arrived in 4 days! That was SPEEDY!

Peddle to the metal, lets go go go!

Peddle to the metal, lets go go go!

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Digging In Deep

Hey guys! Starting this Monday we will be really digging into our curriculum. Until now we have only been taking bites here and there. With all of the change going on in our life we have been very distracted. If you read my previous post Whats In The Bag, then you already know what we have picked out for the year. We have really simplified our lives and as much as its amazing, it will require a little bit of creativity on my part in order to keep things interesting. We are really getting back to basics but still want things to be fun. Rather than having an abundance of ‘stuff’ I have hopes to do more exploring. Really make some awesome memories this year with our kids!

What are some of your favorite memories from last year? Share in the comments below! If you have a blog feel free to link below this post and show off your memories!

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Whats In The Bag

As you all know we are prepping to head out on our road-school adventure! We have worked so hard to downsize all of our belongings including school supplies. So here is what we have left for our 2 homeschoolers!

I have neatly stored and organized everything we need into these two Thirty One Bags, I must say not only are they super cute totes BUT they are the perfect size for what we need!

The smaller of the tote holds The Professors Math U See Blocks, DVD, and CD.  In the front pocket is where we keep The Professors clock from Christian Light Publications. As well as two small dry erase boards.

In the front of the larger tote, I have three pencil pouches that hold all of our pencils, pens, markers, and crayons. On one side pocket we have pencil sharpeners, post it notes, and giant erasers.

The main portion of the large tote holds the good stuff right! This year The Professor is using:

Math- Math U See– The Professor is finishing up Alpha I imagine he will begin Beta around Christmas this year. He also is using, Math Prodigy.

Science- The American Education Complete Book Of Science for grades 1-3

History- Story Of The World Vol.1– We have never used these before but have heard great things! (On our Kindle)

Handwriting- Explode The Code

Reading- anything and everything we can get on our Kindle. He is already reading pretty well so no formal phonics curriculum is needed.

I would love to try Draw Write Now, so if anyone has any insight regarding this curriculum please let me know! I would enjoy hearing your opinions on this.

For ChubChub we are doing a mixture of a few things this year as she is ready and eager to learn to read, so that is our main focus!

Phonics- Explode The Code

Teach your child to read in 100 EZ Lessons (On the Kindle)

Progressive Phonics (On the Kindle)

100 Words, ABC & 1 2 3 Wipe It Clean books from School Zone Publishers

She will also be listening in while we read Story Of The World, as well as participating in science lessons and reading through her Aesop’s Fables coloring book.

Both of the kiddos also use Teach Your Monster To read. The Professor is half way through level two (I should have started him on level 3 but he is enjoying it so I’m letting him play. A little review only hurt. ChubChub is doing level 1, and loving it’s.

The Majority of our text books are all on the Kindle along with over 600 other fiction and nonfiction books. We are big readers around here so having an abundance of books on hand is a must; BUT we had to be able to do so without literally having an abundance of physical books while we travel. So having a Kindle was the best solution. Yes, yes we could have chosen to use our Kindle Fire, or Ipad2, or one of the kids SchoolZone Little Scholar tablets for our eBooks. BUT For our children we needed something that was NOT touch screen. Our kids are ‘clickers’ so having a device for strictly focused reading is a must! TheKindle E ink gives us just that! We love it!

Learning happens everywhere when you bring a Kindle!

Learning happens everywhere when you bring a Kindle!

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October 3, 2015 · 4:43 pm

Where are We Now?

If you have managed to come across this blog by some dumb luck, I would like to welcome you and hope that you will continue to join me on our homeschooling journey.

Our family is about to embark on a new adventure in the world of homeschooling. We are in our third year of homeschooling and our adventure is about to get CRAZY! Not only is this our first year schooling 2, but we are also awaiting to embark on a road-school adventure!

We have been preparing for our major downsize for the last 2 1/2 months. We are hoping the end is near as our house is nearly empty and we have started collecting the various things we will need while we travel. I cannot believe the amount of stuff we have hauled out of our home to make this new adventure happen! To give you a mental image of what our home looks like right now… picture this, matress’ on the floor, every piece of clothes packed apart from a one week stash left in the closets, two dressers, one TV, school supplies, the toys consist of a toy kitchen, play-food, wooden blocks, Duplo blocks, Legos, and School Zone Tablets for our big kids. This apart from a few random plastic dishes is all that remains in our house.

Don’t get me wrong, this downsize was hard. VERY HARD. But looking back I am so glad that we did it! I look around our empty house and honestly the only thing I miss is our couch ( it would be nice to not sit on the floor, ya know). The rest was just stuff, that is what I kept telling myself as we were purging the house! By golly did we have A LOT of stuff! When this is all said and done what is left of our entire house will fit in 3/4 of a small bedroom! It’s amazing what prospects of a new life, new adventure, new surroundings, new job, new everything, can do for motivating a family loaded down with stuff!

If you are wondering when we plan to leave, well that is a great question. We are leaving as soon as we get the call! At this point as of this moment today at 10:39 pm on a Friday night we have no idea when or where we will land. On one hand that is frightening! On the other hand its strangely euphoric almost. I am actually enjoying the empty house! My husband went to a trade school in California and is now certified to maintain the wind turbines. We are currently just waiting for a call on a very promising job. This job will have us traveling at least 50% of the time if not more. We have prepared ourselves for as much as 100% travel though. We can hardly stand the anticipation!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post about what curriculum and supplies we have saved and plan to use for the school year!

What else do you do with empty suitcases while you wait for launch day! Ride them of course!

What else do you do with empty suitcases while you wait for launch day?  Ride them of course!

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