Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First Day of our 11'th Homeschool year!

Can it be?  11 years?  I am astound.  How can this be our 11'th year of homeschooling?  It goes by so fast.  

It's been a while since I have blogged but I have good reason.  We moved about 12 miles away, my oldest flew the nest, but I'll keep that for another post, and it's canning season.  Shall I say more?  So I am homeschooling just the two now.  B is in 6'th grade.  He is 11 and I must say doing very well in math.  He will be starting 7'th grade (Pre-Algebra) math this year.  D is starting his senior year. Can that be?  Goodness.  He is 15 (will be 16 in Nov.).  We are excited for him to be almost finished and onto college.  Again, that could be another post in itself.  ;)

Our Daily Routine-

So our daily routine has changed a bit this year with some of those changes in mention above.  

Here is a guideline of what a homeschool day in our house looks like.

I wake up first, have coffee and read my Bible.  (This is a must for my sanity as a homeschool mother.  I'm sure most would agree.)
My youngest, B, wakes up and eats breakfast while watching a cartoon.  I allow him to watch one 20 min. cartoon, eat, and wake up.  In the pic below he has his little purple frog on the end of his pencil.  Sometimes it's the tiniest things that make a homeschool day thrive.  

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After the cartoon and breakfast, he brushes his teeth, gets dressed and gets his school work out.  We started out today, being the first day of school, going over our curriculum and setting our goals in order of priority.  First, we set a few spiritual (Godly) goals. Second, we set some family goals.  Last, our third priority was our world goals.  Then we moved on to 'what mom expects of me this year', which are basic ground rules.  For example- no TV, video games, or computer until school work is completed and chores are done.  I have a chore chart on the refrigerator (that is color coded.....I'm so proud) for the boys.

Sometimes I let B decide what subject to do first.  But today we did Language first.  His least favorite subject, but with his little purple frog, he managed.  LOL.

We didn't cover all our subjects, but we completed math, language and reading.  This was one of the changes in our schedule I did this year.  In the past years, we just jumped right in and did a regular school day.  I noticed that with us easing into the day, not all subjects, it went more smooth.  The other change was that we discussed all curriculum - subject by subject.  We went through every book and discussed how we were going to use it.  That seemed to go over well.  It gave the boys questions and answer time (and some input of course) that was needed that may not have been answered at the time of them starting that subject straight on, full force.

D's first day, went pretty much the same other than the cartoons and breakfast.  He enjoyed a good cup of Chai Latte to start his day while I went over all his curriculum with him.  Starting his senior year, he needed some well deserved explanation of what he will need to get accomplished and what wasn't a concern in order to graduate next spring.  He honestly has enough credits to graduate now, but he doesn't know that and I plan to keep it that way.  ;)   I took a look at the pubic school credit examples.  They require 20 credits for basic and technical career path and 26 credits for college career path.  D has earned 22.5 as of now (before starting this senior year).  But for his best interest, we are going to do another 5 or 6 credits this senior year to bring him to a place where he will be ready to enter college. After all, he has plenty of time due to his age.

I was impressed how his attitude was good due to the change of explaining everything and 'discussing' things with him today while not giving him the FULL work load right off the bat.  Here he is taking his books to his room to start.

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His face in this picture is priceless.  This look he gave me after saying "I need a dolly to get these books downstairs".  He's a ham for sure.

So this was our first day of homeschooling this year.  It went great! I hope yours goes great too!  

HAPPY HOMESCHOOLING!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2014-2015 Curriculum Choices

I post my curriculum list every year to share with others who are still searching.  I hope this gives you some ideas and new choices.  

 
Drum roll please ........................................


Here are my 2014-2015 curriculum choices:




For B (6'th grade)



Math - Math U See - Pre-Algebra (7'th grade math)


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English & Reading - aBeka - Language C


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& EPS - Explode The Code


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Science - Apologia - Exploring Creation with Astronomy



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Writing - IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) - Student Writing Intensive



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History - Notgrass - America the Beautiful



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 For D (12'th grade)


Math - MUS - Pre-Calculus


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English - EIW (Essentials in Writing) - Essays & Research Papers

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Science - Apologia - Exploring Creation with Chemistry

(Note:  He has already taken the following: Biology, Marine Biology & Integrated Physics & Chemistry.)


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History - Notgrass - Exploring Government 



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& Understanding the Constitution / online from Hillsdale College


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And finally..... some mission work (which God hasn't lead us to what kind and where yet), and both boys will be playing soccer and basketball.

  **Keep in mind, I buy a lot of my things on ebay as well as other homeschooling moms.  Also, Christian Book has a entire homeschool section!

http://www.christianbook.com/page/homeschool?navcat=Homeschool


HAPPY HOMESCHOOLING!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A reminder of that one day in Feb. - with daily pain, I will rejoice!

Feb. 18, 2010, I was in a very serious car accident.  I hit black ice and a tree kept me from flying into a very deep ditch.  I am writing about this today not to complain, grumble or whine about how I was cheated out of months of normal living during my recovery.  I am writing this because I want to tell all how blessed I am.

What I went through-

I broke 12 bones, 10 ribs (one rib in two different places) and one collar bone.  I punctured my left lung and jammed my skull (upper spine) as well.  I endured severe bruising on my right upper thigh, torn muscles in my back, side and left side of my knee.  Muscles were not just bruised, some ripped apart.  I was in severe pain.  Months of physical therapy was waiting for me.

There were times where I just cried and begged God for answers to why.  I told my husband one night that the only thing making me fight the pain was him and my family.  My three boys helped me so much while my hubby had to go back to work.  My oldest did the cooking, my middle boy was my nurse and my youngest was my entertainment since I was bed ridden.  

I refused to stay on the pain meds given to me.  After 2 weeks, pain or no pain I weaned off of them, knowing what I was in for.  I went through withdrawals:  jerking, sweats, nervousness, anxiety, etc.  I was only on these major pain meds for 2 weeks, how could my body be addicted already?  I honestly can understand why drug addicts won't give up their addiction, and I was determined NOT to be on these dangerous, addicting meds for one day longer.  

I share this with you not to get any kind of sympathy, but to let you know that the scripture in Philippians 4:13 is so true.  It says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".  By the grace and healing of God, I was able to get through this time.  

One of my friends called me an "Overcomer". The definition of an overcomer is: to get the better of in a struggle or conflict; conquer, defeat: to overcome the enemy.  I never thought of myself as an overcomer, but I am.  But only by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I do have pain EVERYDAY from these injuries.  I am reminded of this incident in my life EVERYDAY.  But I DO NOT AND WILL NOT take addicting pain meds.  I WILL REJOICE WHEN I FEEL PAIN! 

WHY?  

TO REMIND ME THAT MY BOYS WILL NEVER GO THROUGH ONE DAY WITHOUT THEIR MOTHER, 
MY HUSBAND WILL NOT HAVE TO BURY HIS WIFE, 
MY PARENTS WILL NOT GO THROUGH THE GRIEVING PROCESS OF LOSING THEIR DAUGHTER, 
MY SIBLINGS WILL NOT MORN OVER THEIR OLDEST SISTER.  

I WILL REJOICE AND THANK GOD DAILY THAT I AM HERE.  MY PAIN REMINDS ME HOW GOD PULLED ME THROUGH AND ALLOWED ME TO LIVE!  MY PAIN REMINDS ME THAT HE HAS SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR ME, EVEN IF IT IS JUST BEING A HOMESCHOOL MOM AND HOUSEWIFE, HE HAS A PLAN FOR ME.

I CHOOSE TO REJOICE.

Friday, March 28, 2014

HEDUA Magazine

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hurry! Sale ends March 31'st!




Quick, this sale ends on March 31'st!  Don't miss out on the great discounts on these planners and other great homeschool organizatin tools!

Monday, March 10, 2014

POWERFUL WORDS

I remember my mom telling me how powerful our words were.  As a child, I think of the 'sticks and stones....' talk.  But as an adult, I have a whole new outlook on what 'powerful words' really are.  

We were given the authority over satan through the power in Jesus name.  Then why do we not use that authority in our daily lives? Do we just forget?  Is it fear?  What is it?

The Bible is very clear.

Mark 16:17 says, "And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues..."

We need to apply this to our everyday lives.  It is now flu season and daily I hear of families coming down with this illness.  Every family needs to wake up saying..."I rebuke illness to my family in the name of Jesus!"  Does this mean you will never be ill?  Of course not, but in order for Jesus to heal, you need faith.  Worry is not having faith.  Doubt is not having faith.  

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In the dictionary, the word faith means: complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

Sounds easy hey?  It is not.  100% complete faith is not easy to obtain.  We are human.  We doubt.  We question ourselves due to normal line of thinking.  Well, the worldly normal is NOT in Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ is (and was here on earth) everything but normal!  He is a healer, a creator, a deliverer from sin.  We have been given this 'not so normal' love in our lives.  We have his authority of satan, we just need to apply it.

Have you ever heard of that saying, "When all else fails, have faith"?  I cannot stand this saying!  Why should we only have faith last to everything else????  Faith is what we are to use FIRST AND LAST!  If we apply faith first, we won't need anything else.

Faith is NOT about strength, it's about having the strength to let go and let God to do his work.

So use those powerful words, "IN JESUS NAME" to claim authority over the strongholds in your life.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Boys

I often ask myself, aloud, "Why did God give me three boys and not any girls?".  My husband and I have three boys.  Their ages are 10 (soon to be 11), 15 and 17 yrs of age.  Having two teens has its pros and cons let me tell you, but that is a whole new blog!  

We see friends and relatives that have girls and they are so adorable.  Not that my boys weren't at one time when they were young, but not adorable like little girls are.  My niece wears pinks and browns, pinks and purples, and yellow and light blues.  She wears dresses and leggings, skirts and little dress shoes with a matching purse.  How sweet is that!  (Definitely not a question.) When my husband and I discuss this issue, he always tell me, "God thought we could only raise boys so that is what he gave us."  I just laughed it off.  But when I truly think about why God gave us boys instead of girls, I do not question him.  My husband is right.  Not that we cannot raise girls; we just weren't meant to have them. Why?  There is a reason why I have my three boys and no girls. But the reason(s) doesn't matter.  God has his reason(s) and I may never know what they are.  We are content with our boys because we know that there is a reason why we do not have girls.  Our boys are ours.  They are special.  We love them.  That is all that matters.