The Caskey Family

Pictures of our Life at Home
May 8, 2008, 1:03 am
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Ethan Davis with Elijah and Merry

Beautiful Girl

Riding the bus to the airshow


Black Hawk Down (grounded really)

Tomorrow’s Pilot

At the beach

“Aunt Tammy’s” new passenger

Elijah and “Aunt Tammy” go for a ride

Aunt Tammy gets Merry a new bike

Elijah and his bud Charlie

Wannamaker Park

Charlie and Caroline Von Rosenburg

Hugs from Caroline

Videos Playing Outside and Inside
May 5, 2008, 5:19 pm
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Playing outside – My plants and temporary shade awning

Playing with our Babies Inside


Elijah Teaching Merry

Homeschooling Ideas. . . A Brainstorming Letter to Jeremy
May 5, 2008, 4:53 pm
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I’ve been looking at different preschool curriculum things for Elijah (and Merry soon enough – she will be two before we know it!) . I still plan to go to the curriculum fair/conference in Columbia in June, but here are some resources I have put on our school list on Amazon.

What I’m thinking about doing (encouraged by Naomi and Joy Folken) is to set up a morning routine/circle time that is about 10 minutes that would include a song we learn to get started (changed weekly or monthly, probably), a bible verse and/or catechism (using ABC bible verses – this author is recommended on Monergism), shapes and colors review, a manners or other activity (the same one for the whole week maybe also) then one story that is about our theme or letter that week (read all week) Then we could get into whatever we are working on in phonics and math after that. The cool thing about this is that once you set a routine into order, they LOVE it and require each component from you and learn very well whatever is included in that 10 minutes. Even if you have a fun day planned like a day out at the Children’s museum, or strawberry picking, or whatever, you can still do your 10-minute thing and have “school” to review what you know and at least they are still learning a song, a bible verse, shapes and colors and getting one story. Also, you could do the routine with him on days you are home (after the baby is born even) maybe even between the gym and when you return to work – if it is only 10 minutes long.

Anyway, I’m going to look into a few different curriculums, I don’t know if I showed you these. . .
Of course the hooked on phonics or sing, spell, read and write which I’ve already liked the looks of and have on my Amazon list. . .here are some others also:
Sonlight (the preschool stuff is first) I am going to take a hard look at this at the curriculum fair – I would say I don’t like Abeka, but Kristin said that they ruined their reputation (in some people’s eyes) as a good curriculum by going past K3-5 – that their preschool is the best stuff she’s seen. . . I’ve never seen it, so I think I need to give it a fair shake.

The last thing I may do because all the ones I want to look at may not be at the curriculum fair, is put a message on the homeschool board to see if I can look at someone’s Hooked on Phonics or Sing, Spell, Read and Write to see how they compare.

Videos From Our Fun Day
May 4, 2008, 12:42 am
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Letter Excerpts from Jeremy
May 3, 2008, 12:20 am
Filed under: family news

We are surviving, by the grace and faithfulness of our God, here at home. Jeremy is doing very well at his deployment location. Things have gone more smoothly than we could ever imagine! I am at my 12-week mark in the pregnancy, so we are almost 1/3 the way done with the pregnancy. . .and hopefully 100% done with morning sickness! Elijah thinks he is also pregnant and asks me to pray for his baby at night.

So you all can get a feel for how Jeremy is doing, I am posting some excerpts from a letter he wrote several days back.

The chow hall here, for a lack of a better term is “off the chain.”
Offerings include a meat carving station, gyro bar, stir fry station,
pasta bar, potato bar, salad bar, pastry corner, Baskin Robbins ice
cream station, sandwich station, smoothie station, short order line
(hamburgers, hot dogs, etc.), main order line, and drinks galore
(including bottled Gatorade, sodas, coffee, sweet tea, juice, and near
beer since alcohol is prohibited so that those who can’t do without can
at least have a taste, I guess). It would be quicker for me to tell you
what they don’t have at the chow hall. It’s the equivalent of eating at
Golden Corral for every meal. Don’t even get me started on what they
have for breakfast. I’ve used this joke before, but it’s too good to
only use once: If I were a postmillennialist I would have thought I was
already in some kind of heaven on earth – from a gut perspective…my
gut. It’s sad that my paragraph on food is bigger than any other –
perhaps I should check my priorities. Give me grace here, because I
probably won’t write about food again.

The work here is work, not much to write about, even if I could tell you
– someone would have to kill you…and me. Just kidding, it’s not that
important. I sit for 12 hours a day and look through photo and video
imagery here…yawn. I yawned writing that. No, it’s pretty neat
actually. There was a dust storm here today, severely decreasing the
visibility. The dust here is about the consistency of flour, neatly
settling on everything. I blew dirt out of my nose, washed it off of my
face, and cleaned it out of my ears.