Friday, August 1, 2014

Our Homeschool Happenings {June/July 2014}

Well, my Friends,

My family is officially emerging from the "baby fog"! My husband and I have been clouded over and a bit sleep deprived, taking care of our baby girl. But for all the fuss, I wouldn't have life any other way. She is such a sweet heart and is a blessing to our family.
Sweet Baby K

My mamasita, little girlfriend, cuddle baby!
(We like nicknames!)
 Additionally, my youngest son had surgery in June and he has recovered well {Praise be to God!}. Oh, that was a tough time. . . my poor baby!

Baby J

He found a new spot to sit in
As always, it is in the tough times that God shows Himself strong, and He was faithful to us as we clung to His grace.
Here's what we're doing in school:

We've been focusing on love: what does God's love look like? How do we know we are loved? What does Jesus say about love? How can we love like Him? We are also beginning to read some of Proverbs.

Lots and lots of reading and the kids are loving it. They are covering some classics:
They've signed up for the summer reading program at the library. They've all completed enough free reading and other activities to receive their first prizes--tickets to the Colonial Playground again!

Story Time

Goin' fishin'
Building a log cabin

He found a drum

She said she was the town grandmother :)

Lunch time!

We're pushing forward, steady and strong in these subjects. Again, our history is just reading and discussion only and so far, so good. Math is progressing, although not as quickly as I want, it is definitely progressing.

We've sprinkled in a bit of language arts. My girls are ahead in their spelling books and they are thrilled about that. My son is almost finished with his book and is getting better at writing from dictation. One daughter is writing a friendly letter, which I find so endearing--especially when it's just easier to text or email. I love the thought she gave it.

Home Skills
My daughters are doing more in the kitchen: helping to prepare breakfast every day, putting away clean dishes, keeping the water pitcher full. They are enjoying it and, let me tell you, I am too. All 3 older children are learning the best ways to interact with their 1 and 2 year old brothers, which is teaching them patience and compassion. Toddlers have that effect!
We have some-what adopted the "buddy system" where each of the older children have specific duties they have to help the younger children with (i.e. brushing teeth, getting dressed, snack time, preparing to leave, etc). This is a tremendous help--I got the idea while watching 19 Kids& Counting--my "go-to" show when I'm up in the middle of the night nursing Baby K.
And that's all folks! Writing this all out makes me feel much more accomplished than I feel at the end of each day. Please pray for me as I focus on planning and scheduling the coming school year. I hope to share that with you soon!
What have you been up to this summer???

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July Joy Dare {Day 17: Baby K}

3 Gifts Learned
1) Sleep will come; 2) Time won't wait; 3) Sacrificial love

** Tired Mommy ** Blessed Mommy ** Always Grateful **

Sunday, July 13, 2014

July Joy Dare {Day 13--Natural Hair}

Day13: 3 Gifts Curled

 Embracing the natural curly hair God gave me!
(Pics are about 5 or 6 years old.)

** Curls ** Natural Hair ** A Gift From God **

Friday, July 11, 2014

July Joy Dare {Day 11--Candles, Pickles, Bonus}

 3 Gifts in Jars 

 Candles and homemade pickles my mother-in-law and I made.

** Smell Good ** Tastes Good ** Joy in the Every Day **
Bonus Gift:
7 years of being his mom
Happy birthday sonny-boy!
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

July Joy Dare {Day 7 Lying}

Day 7: A Gift of Challenge, Conflict, Change

 This gift came a day late--I was supposed to post yesterday, but was torn about what to put!
Now I know:
working with one of my children on lying.
It's hard, it's difficult, not pleasant,
but it's a gift nonetheless because of the change it will produce.

** Challenge ** Conflict ** Change ** Faith ** Diligence **

Sunday, July 6, 2014

July Joy Dare {Day 6 The Little Boy Runs}

Day 6: 3 Gifts of Enthusiasm
Husband took us out to the track to exercise today.
My 2 yr. old son was pumped and ready to go!!!

** Energy ** Inspiration ** Toddlers **

Saturday, July 5, 2014

July Joy Dare {Day 5 Exercise}

Day 5 Gifts of Persistence
This one is short and sweet--
 Exercising. . . .enough said!

** Working Out ** Taking Care of My Temple **
Hard Work ** Persistence ** Healthy Living ** Fit **
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