Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Joys of Homeschooling!

SO....after the first couple of weeks of homeschooling I am still sane! I can't believe how much I am enjoying this and how much I have a peace about it. I didn't take as much time with my children before....I was worried about cleaning and life. This has calmed me down...forced me into a schedule... and given me time with my children which I have loved and needed right now.....My playroom is now turned into a school room vibrant and full of colors and seeping with learning.

My Curriculum came in books...8 to be exact for this year. I spent all hours of the night ripping and tearing out page after page, three hole punching them, and putting them into neat little folders so I can copy them for the next child. It was a lot of work but well worth it. Here is my window sill in the basement...full of curriculum and folders and notebooks....

Here is the desk top where the kids do their homework....

This is my bulletin board...(didI mention I stayed up all hours of the night making this myself!) I was at my brothers house...they didn't have a printer or a computer that really worked so this was the next best thing.

We have a calender....with the days of the week and the months of the year...we have a "days of the week" song and a "months of the year rap" that we do every morning. :)
sight words, color words, letter of the week and other things we work on for the week.....

I have a curriculum set up with
Breakfast/Bible time....lessons...activity/free-time....lunch....EXTRA CURRICULAR (music, art, gym, home-ec.- science experiments), more lesson time.... and re-cap of what we learned that day. It's been a lot of fun and It gets my creative juices flowing....

Well I'm off to plan another adventure and do a science experiment.....WHAT FUN! :)

Saturday, September 15, 2007

IM BACK.....BABY!!!!

The kids and I are now back in Toledo for a while, I finally have a computer that works (praise you Jesus), I am back into a routine after a few days, and my house is clean and I get to spend some time on the computer.....I've missed you...................= (

So we have officially had an offer on our house.....maybe this one will work out and we can finally move....I'm not getting my hopes up like the last 5 times someone wanted to buy our house so we will see....please pray for God's perfect timing....

What has been up the last month or so:

1. I have started homeschooling.... Josiah (1st grade) Ethan (kindergarten) and Eliana (Pre-K).
I actually never wanted to homeschool before this but was forced into it this year because of
the situation with moving.....I LOVE IT! I have never had so much fun and to see my children grow and learn has been rewarding!
2. Adam and I have had lots of time apart....you know how they say "absence makes the heart grow fonder" I have missed him so much and have a new appreciation for him.
3. God has been teaching both of us so much through this time...patience for one....but other things too.
4.I had so much fun finally getting to know my other brother Justin again. We haven't been together since high school so seeing him again was amazing and we were able to become friends again.
5. I missed this stinkin' computer SO much! I could barely get online in appleton and really didn't have the time to breathe....so IM BACK BABY!
6. SO.....please message me and tell me how much you missed me.....;)