2012-2013 Curriculum!

Last week we started school…2nd grade….WHAT 2ND GRADE already!?!?!? I cannot believe how fast my little man is growing up!

Smile on his face for the 1st day of school {last monday} This boy loves to learn!!!

Here is a small over view of SOME of this years curriculum! There will be a larger more in-depth post with my thoughts of each book and why we selected what we selected coming soon! 🙂 Until then here are some of the books and the links to where you can find out more and order!!

Explode the Code’s child-drawn illustrations and easy, repetitive exercises provide a friendly learning experience. Progressively building up a store of phonics recognition, pronunciation and reading skills, your students will soon be on their way to acquiring beginning to intermediate reading skills. Explode the Code’s phonics workbooks contain exercises that guide students through matching, reading, spelling, writing, copying, and more. Easy, fun and proven, Explode the Code is a favorite with moms and kids!

The Story of the World is an award-winning resource for families looking for a history curriculum they can fall in love with. Told in the straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer’s trademark, this four-volume set covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas — find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This read-aloud series is designed for parents and teachers to share with elementary school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the the world’s civilizations.

Who is Fred?
Answer #1
In one of the Life of Fred books, Fred Gauss was born on the western slopes of the Siberian mountains. By the end of the final book, he is six years old.
In his everyday life he first encounters the need for each new part of mathematics, and then comes the mathematics.
Never again will students have to ask their perennial question: “When are we ever gonna use this stuff?”
Answer #2
Stan Schmidt, the author of the Life of Fred series, became a full-time high school teacher the month he turned 22.
In his first semester of teaching, Stan drew Fred on the blackboard.
It was just a brief appearance: Fred was going fishing.
Then Fred appeared in other examples, and soon became a regular part of the classroom experience. One student in metal shop made a Fred Gauss belt buckle and gave it to Stan.
When Stan switched to college teaching, Fred came along with him. Fred’s biography continued to develop.
After eleven years of college teaching, Stan “retired himself” to an A-frame on six acres in the woods outside of Santa Rosa, California—waiting to find out what God wanted him to do next.
Eighteen years later, now living in Reno, he began writing the Life of Fred series. Two hours each day, starting at 4 a.m., Stan and Fred work on the next book. To be more accurate it should be pointed out that technically, Stan is a co-author since Fred is very much involved. It takes a rambunctious, full of energy at four o’clock in the morning child to get the day rolling that early!

The reason we study math is so we can apply what we learn in everyday situations. The students learn their math facts, rules, and formulas, and are able to use this knowledge in real life applications. The study of math is much more than committing a list of facts to memory. It includes memorization, but it also encompasses learning the concepts that are critical to problem solving.

 Patterns of Nature consists of 30 lessons bound in an illustrated workbook. Science, at this level, mainly involves identification. Such subjects as seasons, seeds, wildflowers, weeds, trees, mammals, insects, songbirds, and the celestial bodies are introduced on the child’s level.

In addition we will also be involved in Soccer, Martial Arts, & Music Lessons…Plus there are some awesome field trips in the works!!


Abraham & Britni Photography!

SO, what’s been going on lately…I know have been totally MIA! Well there is a good reason for that! When my husband and I married over a decade ago, I knew his passion was photography, but we weren’t sure if it was the Lord’s will for us to start a business…so we prayed…and prayed…and prayed…for 8 years. Then in the fall of 2009 my husband was hired {totally out of the blue…not looking for it} to shoot a beautiful garden wedding. After the family received the photos they were so pleased that they really pushed of us to start a business. In January of 2010 “Wood Photography” was born. From Jan. 2010 – Jan. 2012 – Wood Photography consisted of Abe as the Photographer and me as the office manager.

Sometime toward the end of 2011 Abe said just in chatting “Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could shoot together?” I loved that idea and told him that I had been dreaming of that for YEARS…so we prayed. In Feb. of this year the Lord opened the doors!! We were so excited! There was a time when we thought ” Ok Lord, do you want us to go into business?” and now we can barely keep with the demand of Weddings, Maternity, Families, and Seniors! We have given this business 100% to God and we have been totally blessed. We have met the greatest people!

In June we shot our VERY first wedding together…IT WAS AMAZING! It was so cool to see my husband is a totally different way! He told me that that was probably the most relaxed that he has ever been at a wedding! From that one wedding we have been scheduling weddings well into 2013! Last week we did a Senior session almost ever day!

I am so proud to announced that we are now Abraham and Britni Photography {New web address soon}

Why am I sharing this? Because I want everyone to know that if you have a dream fight for it, but also bring it before the Lord! If it is God’s will it WILL happen…maybe not in a week or in 5 years or in a decade..but it will!

Please visit our Website {Still being worked on} Abraham & Britni
Pssst. A little side note, the start up song {I don’t want this night to end} Basically tells the story of a date we had very early on in our relationship! We got very VERY lost and I was singing every single song!

Please visit us on Facebook too! Abraham & Britni

Free e-Cookbooks!!

FREE e-Cookbook: Dessert Done Quick {40 Easy Recipes}

Right now Amazon is offering “Deserts Done Quick”  e-cookbook for FREE!

Get the app for FREE on Amazon!
(Read it on your Kindle, Blackberry, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 7, or your PC & Mac)

Prices change often, so if it’s still Free… the price will still be listed as $0.00.

FREE e-Cookbook: Weight Watcher Whiz Luscious Chocolate Points Plus Recipes
Right now Amazon is offering “Weight Watcher Whiz Luscious Chocolate Points Plus Recipes Cookbook”  e-cookbook for FREE!

Get the app for FREE on Amazon!
(Read it on your Kindle, Blackberry, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 7, or your PC & Mac)

Prices change often, so if it’s still Free… the price will still be listed as $0.00.

FREE e-Cookbook: Healthy Soup Recipes

Right now Amazon is offering “Healthy Soup Recipes”  e-cookbook for FREE!

Get the app for FREE on Amazon!
(Read it on your Kindle, Blackberry, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 7, or your PC & Mac)

Prices change often, so if it’s still Free… the price will still be listed as $0.00.