We got a little Xerox laminator from Staples several years ago. I think Ani was 3 or 4 when we got it. I love that thing. It is so much fun to laminate stuff.

The last few times we went to Staples to get the laminating sleeves they didn’t have any in the size and type we needed. So I had not been able to laminate anything properly in quite some time and had settled for the type that is more like contact paper than the heat seal laminating sleeves.

I had to laminate some stuff for Cameron’s next level of language arts since we’ll be starting that soon so I decided I’d just order the laminating sleeves from Staples and have them delivered. It occurred to me to check Costco on-line and sure enough they had them (and just about half price with free shipping for the same brand, size, and number as they had on-line at Staples).

I ordered the laminating sleeves and about 36 hours later UPS delivered them. And then I got to work laminating everything I needed to. Now everything is nice and pretty and ready for Cameron to use. Plus I got to have lots of fun using my little machine to laminate things again!

She gets kinda antsy

We are just about done with Core C. We have one more week and then on to Core 1. Every time we approach the end of something – workbook, reading book, whatever – Ani gets kind of antsy and wants to finish it.

So yesterday she decided to do lots of school and finish everything she could. She completed Explode the Code 6, Wordly Wise A, her last Illustrated Book of Mormon, and her readers. She still has to do copywork and write a story next week and one more set of spelling words, and of course math (which she doesn’t exactly have a schedule for) and the stuff we do all together, but other than that she is done with Core C a week ahead of time.

Poor little guy

It’s spring and that means things are blooming. It’s very pretty, but blooming things also mean pollen. And my poor little Fritz is allergic to several of those pollens. The poor little guy now has a constantly red and runny nose. He takes Benadryl and luckily it makes him neither wired nor tired but instead just helps his congestion. I still feel really bad for him. Allergies stink.

It’s testing time again

In Virginia we have to prove progress each year. We have a couple options for how to do that including administering a standardized test. That’s what we choose to do since it’s very easy.

I ordered the grade 2 CAT-E Survey (we’re only required to test on math and language arts since that’s all the state apparently cares about when it comes to home education) from Seton on Friday. It arrived Tuesday. Ani loves taking those tests and within an hour including breaks she was completely done. She got all the answers right so it’ll be interesting to see what her percentiles are. Seton’s pretty fast so we should have the results in a few days.

Next year we’ll have to test Cameron as well since he’ll be a first grader. He’s pretty glad he didn’t have to take a test this year. He does not see the excitement in standardized testing that Ani sees.

More on Cameron’s Reading

Things are clicking! He has now learned all the letters except Q (he’ll get that one next week). He’s remembering the sounds the letters make most of the time and has even started remembering F. I’ve never understood why the first letter he learned was the hardest for him to remember. He’s getting pretty good at sounding out simple CVC words. He may end up a reader yet!

Growing Perfectly

We had the follow-up ultrasound yesterday to make sure the baby is still growing properly. The results are clear. He’s got a big head (measuring several weeks ahead) like all my other kids and he’s growing right on target. All his measurements (except his head) ran in the 29 to 30 week range (I was 29 weeks 2 days so that’s just perfect). Plus we are 100% sure that we are definitely having our third little boy. That fact was also quite clear.