Thursday, September 7, 2017

First Day Fun!

Don't you just love the first day back to school?!
It's filled with so much anticipation.
It's a fresh start.
New lesson plans. New ideas. New hopes. New.

We had our first day back to school this past Tuesday.
I love to greet my students (my kiddos) with a few fun treats.
Here's a peak inside their 'back to school' bags.
And before you may think that I am so creative,
I give all credit to Pinterest. ;)

The boys can always use socks,
So when I found a cute tag, I printed it off and bam! a treat goes in their bags.

I always love having the boys fill out a 'back to school' worksheet.
I look forward to looking back over the years at what they filled out.

And fresh pencils, and erasers are always a good idea.
Gum, and tic tacs, a little extra fun.

So, that's how we added a little fun to our first day back to school.
How was your first day?


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Back To School Prayer Night-

I am always so thankful when I am able to host
A Back To School Prayer Night.
Taking the time to pray over specifics before the school year starts
Puts my heart in the right place,
At the feet of Jesus.

For those of you who could not join us
I am attaching the outline that we prayed through.
Feel free to grab it and seek our King
In your own time and space.

Psalm 116:1-2
Matthew 7:7-8

Thanksgiving: for our families, marriages, children, children’s school environment, for God’s care and provision, His direction and strength.

Our Personal Walks with Jesus: that we would always remember from whom our strength comes from and constantly be connected to the One who leads, guides and sustains. That we would carve time out with Him and be in constant communication with Him.

Our Marriages: That the Lord would be in the center (leading, guiding, strengthening, and unifying). Protection over. That we would meet each other’s needs with genuine care and concern. Thankfulness for the other’s roll. Enjoyment in.

Our Children: That our children would love God passionately, and love and care for others. That they would desire to glorify God by having good character, and be self-motivated to study and be diligent workers. That they would understand the material being taught to them.

Teachers: Wisdom to teach students according to the students’ needs and to deal with daily situations that arise. Patience. Creativity. Passion. Joy!!

Daily Logistics: Wisdom on how to manage well the homes the Lord has given us (laundry, cooking, cleaning, appointments). Balance with joy.

Extra Curricular Activities and Friends:  When to say yes to activities and when to say no (both for us and our children). That our children would link up with friends that would be encouraging and positive influences for them.

Preschoolers/Toddlers/Babies: Wisdom on how to give them our time, energy, and love. Patience with them and patience from them. Creativity for keeping them happy and busy.

Families That Couldn’t Make It: Blessing on their families. All that we desire for our families, that the Lord would do so for them as well.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Our Daily School Schedule-

It's almost time.
Just a few short weeks.
And school starts!

What does that look like for us?
I'll tell you!
But remember, every home and family is different.
Our way is not the right way,
It's a way

I share this with you who ask,
"How do you get it all done?"
"How much time do you spend on school?"
"How do you homeschool and do the 'mom stuff?'"

Every year looks a little different but is generally organized the same way.

This year we get to participate in a co-op and I am so excited for this fun addition.
So, Mondays will be completely set apart for co-op,
No additional schooling will be required.
However, we do have some classical music scheduled in our curriculum,
So we will listen to that in the van as we drive to co-op.

Tuesday and Thursday:
8:00- teach 4th grader grammar 
     2nd grader will work independently on 'seat work.'
8:15- teach 2nd grader language arts lesson
8:30- math
9:00- writing
10:00- recess
10:15- reading
11:15- Independant/seat work
12:00- lunch and read aloud followed by recess
1:00- My Father's World (history, science, art, music, Bible)
     this year we will be studying the time period from Creation to the Greeks.
2:00- Finish any unfinished school work

8:00- teach 4th grader grammar 
     2nd grader will work independently on 'seat work.'
8:15- teach 2nd grader language arts lesson
8:30- math
9:00- writing
10:00- recess
10:30- Art/Music/Projects
12:00- lunch and read aloud followed by recess
1:00- Finish any unfinished school work
     or we may go on a hike, go to the gym to swim... I've got a few ideas. :)

8:00- Review our verses we are learning in MFW, sing verse songs, pray, and read 
     Wisdom With The Millers (shorts stories to teach the proverbs).
8:30- grammar and language arts lesson
9:00- math
9:30- writing
10:00- recess
10:30- MFW 
11:00- Independant/seat work
12:00- lunch and read aloud followed by recess
Early day!

In my next post I'll explain how and where I get my 'mom chores' done.;)


Monday, August 7, 2017

It's OK To Let Them Play

I've had a few conversations recently about curriculum for the littles.
Although there are so many options available, 
I'd like to encourage those with littles to consider a slightly different approach.

Let the littles play. :)
Their time for being little is so short.
Their time to be in books and study will be here before you know it.
And with curriculum and schedules comes less time to simply play.

And much can be learned through play.
Thinking of others.
Thankfulness (for toys, games, activities).
Enjoyment of God's creation (at parks, in the yard, on a walk).

But these lessons take time, patience, and consistency.
In hindsight, I wish I wouldn't have jumped so quickly into math and science
And used the time instead to slow down 
And focus on character training.

By character training, I don't mean finding the best curriculum, 
(Although there are some great books to use along with good training).
But rather, I mean, slow down and 
Teach, show, and model good character skills.
Take the time now, while your littles are still young,
To watch them play and guide their interactions.

Do your children obey quickly and cheerfully?
Do they treat you and their siblings with care and concern?
Are they respectful?
Are they diligent and hard-workers?
And most importantly, do they know the love of Jesus?

Teaching your children how to obey you, 
And to respect each other as an act of love and devotion to God
Is of utmost importance, especially in the early years.
Teaching them to resolve conflict 
And be peaceable with one another
Will benefit them for a lifetime
And make a world of difference when you need to run a tighter schedule.

All these important areas become much more difficult to address
When your day's schedule is filled with math, science, and history.
As the balls you juggle increase,
So too the difficulty in keeping them in the air well.

So, for now, teach them to love God, and love others.

Because of Jesus,