Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Finding Out What Has Been Wrong With My Body

Mercy me...my precious readers....every time I get back on track with blogging, or pretty much anything in life my health continues to interrupt our life.  Ugh!  I am trying hard to keep upbeat about it but it does get old. Last year, I got horribly sick and ended up putting the kids in a local school for 2 months...that was a fail. It was a horrible experience to say the least but in some ways grateful because it made me realize even more our calling to homeschool. This is one reason I have been able to handle the frustration of my sickness again...there is no other option. God will equip us.

For years I have mentioned many times here how I have been under the weather with kidney issues, anemia, chronic fatigue, and even depression. These are just a few things...I have muscle problems, joint issues, and then began to have digestive issues and horrible pains in my left side of my abdomen when I ate. Then my roof of my mouth and gums kept swelling. I have been tested and I have gluten/wheat issues and they have been wrecking havoc on me.

I am in the process of going gluten free and it has been a journey. I am feeling a little better but still got a long way. 

As far as school we are a couple days behind but not too bad. We are going to plug away.  I find I have a hard time sticking to completing science and history. I do good to get all our main things done.

I hope all is well with you all.

Monday, September 9, 2013

One Major Thing Helping Me This School Year

This year is the 6th year of Homeschooling for our family.  I am very blessed to have this time with my children.  I have had many times that I have given into pressures due to many different situations and felt school (private and public) would be a better option...or so I thought! The Lord placed a calling on our lives to homeschool our child/children (Ethan was 4).  While we have had lots of bumps, turns, and breaks from homeschooling...I finally accepted that this is the Will of God for our Family and seeing first hand that this is the best and really only option (unless something happen God-Forbid) for us. 

There comes a point in all of our Christian Walk that we finally make the decision that there is no turning back and we are moving ahead.  We have locked our feet in and we will serve the Lord.  There came a point last year that I locked my feet in and declared that I would trust in the Lord on our schooling endeavors. 

One of the major things helping me this year is that I am trusting the Lord for our schooling endeavors. With that has led to a more relaxed approach to our schooling, and home life. Not relaxed as we don't do anything, but relaxed with peace, trust, and joy that the Lord is in control.

This has helped me as a mom/wife/woman be more open to just letting my kids be kids, explore their interest, explore my interest, embrace the day full of learning while other things slide, loving the giggles, snuggle time, and wrestling matches. Soaking in the kisses and laughter during math lessons, pulling out those crafts I used to dread cleaning up, enriching our days with love, learning, and laughter. This is what it is all about for us.

I want my kids to shine, be who God created them to be. I want to be who God fully intends me to bring Him Glory.

Trust the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not to your own understanding........

Chrissy

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Homeschool Weekly Wrap Up (2nd Week)

 We went to tour the Replicas of the Nina and Pinta and it was a whole lot of fun. Ethan (oldest) was the only one that said he would love to live on the ship! Of course, he is my history buff.  It was very educational and they really enjoyed it. 

 The trip didn't take as long as I had thought so on our way home (it was a hour and 15 min drive) we stopped by the Kentucky Dam. That was wonderful. I think my youngest and I enjoyed it the most. Although, they all did we all had our favorite moments.






How would you like to iron with that iron above?  You fill the middle with hot charcoal.  I am very glad for modern appliances!!!

On the home front we are plugging away at our school. We are studying Continents, Our Country, and the Earth. They have enjoyed making flags, coloring flags, and working on our Bible Notebooks.



 My son who wanted to make a weird face on purpose...Gotta love this age!
 All my pretty pillow and throws were being traded to make fort adventure!  They love this! They even ate their lunch in it. 
Here is a couple things we use as far as curriculum...

Reading Instruction and Phonics (both younger kids)-

Explode the Code Books, Hooked On Phonics, and Bob books. This is a great combination and they work well for us. Especially... since the light bulb is beginning to click for my daughter who has had visual perception issues.
We also use a Spelling Book and Dolche Workbook that has been super helpful to us. I purchased these at a Teacher Supply Store.

Language Arts/Lit/Writing-
Ethan uses a program for this called Complete Curriculum, certain workbooks I have purchased, Daily Grams, and Daily Writing Prompts.

Math-

Hannah uses Math Mammoth.  We love this!!!!
Kyle uses Life Pac for Kindergarten because we already owned it and it works for him but when he is done we will solidly use Math Mammoth as well.
Ethan uses Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra!

Social Skills/History-

The younger ones use Abeka 2nd Grade History Reader.  I use this as a spine and then do a deeper study with certain topics. For example, we are learning about the Flag, so we are learning about different ones over the time, Betsy Ross, and we craft our own flag that we plan to enter in next year County Fair. I basically go through it and section off the topics, find crafts, books, activities, worksheets, and so on to dig deeper for each topic.

Ethan is also studying Early American History using a curriculum called Complete Curriculum that I also add books, videos, and notebooking to deepen the lessons. We also use History Pockets!!

Science-

All my kids use Elemental Science. This year we are studying Earth & Astronomy!  We love this program so far. It has a classical education approach with notebooking and it is very good for us.

Bible-

We use a very hands on and deep study (I believe) it is called Bible Road Trip, made by another homeschool mom. It is free and worth a look at. Google it and it will take you to her.  It has a Classical Education Approach with notebooking!

Of course.....if my kids get on a whim and something interest them I take advantage this learning moment and we dig into it. I call this the Delight Direct Learning moments and we go with it. My kids are crazy about wolves. Anything wolves. So...I got books from the library, movies, and hit wonderful Pinterest for ideas on wolf crafts, and color pages. We begin a full day of fun learning on these things.

I will admit this week at first has been rough due to my health (again) and I could use some prayers that the cause of my illness be resolved soon. We had to work extra hard to stay on track this week between Dr. visits and myself being couch bound!!

God is good and He really helped me so much. My husband taught for me one day and that was a super amazement and help. They all pitched in with chores, and my husband even brought me fresh flowers tonight. First time in years!!! 

I am pleased with our 2nd week. We are looking forward to next week. My kids are counting down days to our Skate Day with fellow Homeschoolers' this week!  I am anxious to catch up with some special ladies from the homeschool group as well.

I hope your week was filled with joy even amongst stressful moments there really is a silver lining of joy!

Chrissy T


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