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.  

 
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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

HEDUA (Home Educating Family Associate) Magazine has great articles on homeschooling, marriage, and some excellent learning tools for you and your homeschool children.  There are curriculum reviews as well.  HEDUA is a Christian homeschool magazine with tons of information.  


Save now!  You can get ONE year subscription for $19.95 with the coupon code:  HOMESCHOOL
 http://hedua.com/magazine/


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Click HERE to view these articles.

To get a FREE issue to sample click HERE.




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.

Monday, February 10, 2014

# 1 mistake homeschool moms make

As homeschool mom's we do make mistakes in our homeschooling lives.  One of the most important lessons I have learned in the past ten years of our homeschooling is that we should not compare to other families.  This may seem very easy to achieve, but it is not.  In fact, it is one of the hardest.  

We see on facebook, blogs, and other social media about how well we are all doing with homeschooling our children.  We see the fun experiments, exciting field trips, and several other things and we (I use the word 'we' often here, but I should be typing 'I') start to think.....'Wow, I wish I could do that' or 'They are so talented, where is my talent?'.  This was very tough to do but I don't do this comparison any more.  I have learned that it isn't necessary, it's not good for me or the kids, and there is nothing productive coming out of the comparison.  Now the ideas are great, if you can keep the comparing out.  

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Another reason why I think I am finally beyond that part of my homeschool life is that I am now older and....well..... I really don't care what others are doing and I don't care what they think of my abilities to homeschool.  lol.  Sounds rude, but it's true.  When Jesus was here on earth, do you think he cared about what people were saying about him behind his back?  Do you think he worried about what they thought of his healings or word from the Lord?  The answer is no.  He was here on earth for a short time and had a job to do.  That is how I feel about homeschooling my children.  God has given me this ability and I am going to do my job with his guidance in the short time I have with my children.  That is the job he has given me to do and I cannot worry about who is thinking what.  Besides, worry and anxiety come from the devil.  The Lord made all things good, it says in Genesis chapter 1, therefore worry and anxiety come from satan.  I will not take part. 

So before you start to compare, think about how blessed you are that the Lord has given you this marvelous opportunity to homeschool your children.  Think about how special you are to be given that wonderful responsibility from the Lord God.  He has trusted YOU to educate your children....you are blessed!
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