Traditionally, boys receive their first hair cuts on their first birthdays in our family.

But not this baby boy. My husband could take it no longer. Today, we said good-bye to the Afro at just 9 months old.



Baby JD did not mind at all. He wasn't afraid and actually wanted to help hold the clippers. (No pics of this hilarious moment, because somehow I was tricked into holding the baby still while Daddy just clipped and cut away.)

Well, Daddy's thrilled, baby could care less, and Mommy is the only one with a little tug at her heart. :) They grow up so quickly!
Both boys with a fresh hair cut.

First Hair Cut

by on Monday, September 17, 2012
Traditionally, boys receive their first hair cuts on their first birthdays in our family. But not this baby boy. My husband could take i...
Just a simple thought. . . .

Today, I was showing my daughter a better way to clean the bathroom sink. She's 7 folks and sometimes details elude her! (smile) So, I called her downstairs to show her the stains in the sink that had been left behind after she "cleaned"it. I showed her how to spray the cleaner, and showed her which side of the sponge was best to use. I cleaned the sink and showed her the job from start to finish. (Not the first time we'd been over this, but sometimes part of training is saying things over and over again.)



She looked at me, smiled and said, "Thanks for the information, Mommy!" And then bounced her way back upstairs. It made me smile because I was thankful in that moment for a child who was willing to receive instruction and correction. Thankful for a child who did not take the correction as something "bad" and was quite okay with it. I thanked God that I was able to correct her in a way that she could receive it. I had "proud parent" written all over my face. . .

. . . Until I realized that there was much more for me to consider in this brief encounter. God is a far better Parent than I ever could be. He always knows what's best; He always gets it right. Why then is my attitude toward God not more like my daughter's when it's my turn to be corrected? Why don't I respond more often like she did--"Thank you God, for that correction!" with a smile on my face? Because, trust and believe, there certainly are things God has had to tell me over and over and over again before I get it right.

God's correction, His instruction, His direction always comes from a pure place of Love.
Dear God, when you correct me, help me to have my daughter's attitude.

Receiving Correction

by on Thursday, September 13, 2012
Just a simple thought. . . . Today, I was showing my daughter a better way to clean the bathroom sink. She's 7 folks and sometimes det...

This year, we have 4th grade, 2nd grade, and Kindergarten. We will be utilizing our local library throughout the year for Literature, Science, Health and History supplements. I also have a few other resources on hand for use with my kindergartner. (The grade levels in parenthesis just indicate which child I am using the materials with.) One last note: We use The Well-Trained Mind as a curriculum guide, feeling free to add and omit as needed.

English/Grammar
Rod & Staff: Building with Diligence (4th)
First Language Lessons, 2 (2nd)

Phonics/Reading
Plaid Phonics by Modern Curriculum Press, Level B (K)
The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading (K)

Writing
Writing Strands:
Books 3 & 4 (4th)
Book 2 (2nd)
My Printing Book (K)
Printing Power (K)
Zaner-Bloser Penmanship Books 2C (2nd) and 4(4th)

Spelling
Spelling Workout (2001 Editions):
Levels B & C (2nd)
Levels D & E(4th)

Math
Math-U-See:
Primer (K)
Beta (2nd)
Delta (4th)

History
Biblioplan Family Guide Year 2 (Medieval-All)
Story of the World, Volume II (All)

Science
Physics Experiments for Children (4th)
Encyclopedia of Our World (2nd)
Encyclopedia of Space (2nd)
Night Sky Spotter's Guide (2nd)
First Encyclopedia of Science (K)

Latin
Latina Christiana (4th)

Music
Piano (2nd & 4th)
Flute* (4th)


I ordered most of these items from Rainbow Resource Center, where most homeschooling items can be purchased at a discounted price. However, as a courtesy to the companies, I've linked directly to their sites, if available. I ordered the following items directly from each company: Biblioplan, Math-U-See, Zaner-Bloser, and Rod & Staff. Biblioplan is also offered at Rainbow Resource Center for a small discount, but ordering directly frm Biblioplan ensures that I can receive free updates to any of the materials I've purchased.

I know this information may be a little late, considering most homeschoolers are in full swing by now. But, hopefully it can still be of help to someone out there!


*We are blessed to receive lessons from a local university student who is a Music Education major. She has been a blessing to my daughter who is having so much fun learning the flute. This might be something to check out in your area because it is a great, cost-effective way to have private lessons!

Curriculum Choices 2012-2013

by on Thursday, September 06, 2012
This year, we have 4th grade, 2nd grade, and Kindergarten. We will be utilizing our local library throughout the year for Literature, Scien...

Hello friends!!

The children and I at Chelmont Academy Homeschool just completed our 1st week this school year! We have had a good week.

We started off the week with a trip to the doctors office. . .all is well, but such is life!

Then, Tuesday through Thursday, we tried to establish a bit of a new routine and it's been going pretty well. My oldest daughter (4th grade) is becoming more independent in her work, especially in English. My youngest daughter (2nd grade) has improved nicely with her Spelling. Both girls are beginning a new writing program (just because writing is their "thing!") and they are enjoying it so far.

My oldest son is officially in kindergarten this year and he is trying to convince me that playing the computer and the Wii are great ideas for school work! LOL In other words, he is still transitioning a bit, since he has more of a structured day. But overall, he is doing well and is SUPER excited about Math. He wants to keep going and going and that is fine by me!

On Friday, we took a break from Grammar, Math, History and Science, to focus on a few other things. We talked about the digestive system (Health) and we listened to a Kids' Song CD ("If You're Happy and You Know It," "Whistle While You Work," "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," etc.) more for my son's sake, but the girls joined in and began to dance and get a little silly. It was fun, though!

We finished our Friday up with an art project--the kids made robins from their footprints. I found a site through Pinterest with art projects made from either hand prints or foot prints. Lots of fun. It's so neat how every one's pictures turned out differently. This is not one of ours, but it's an example from the site.

handprint

Then to round out the week, Daddy surprised everyone with a trip to Six Flags! The kids were SUPER THRILLED because that was a major item on their summer bucket list. They had so much fun and my oldest daughter even conquered a few rides that she wouldn't have dreamed of going on before. There were smiles on every face and lots of laughter. Even the baby was so content to be pushed around the park in the stroller, getting to have a taste of Mommy's Slurpee every now and then. I think the highlight of the day for the kids was the water ride. At first the kids stood on a bridge to get splashed from the water ride as the boat went by. Once they were soaked, they thought, let's just get on the boat, too. Oh, boy! It was so funny to see their faces and hear those screams and giggles! It was a great family day. We all slept very soundly that Saturday night. (Sorry, no pictures. . .I forgot the camera!)

So there you have it, a bit of an update from my home to yours. More updates to come!

School is Underway

by on Sunday, September 02, 2012
Hello friends!! The children and I at Chelmont Academy Homeschool just completed our 1st week this school year! We have had a good week. ...
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