I was added as a Guest Contributor at a new homeschooling website: Our Homeschool Forum. I am so excited!! Do check out the website when you can for encouragement and support along your homechooling journey. Good stuff!
Aslo, I'm getting my house work back on track and it feels good. September was mostly dedicated to finding a good rhythm in our homeschool schedule and potty training the toddler!! Since those two things are coming along pretty well, I'm able to weave in a better approach to my house work. Exciting stuff, huh?! I even did a little fall decorating!
|Kitchen table--simple center piece|
|Top of our old wood-burning stove (not in use at the moment!)|
Want to know how to make a fabric pumpkins, click HERE!
Learning about: telling time, outlining, why milk spoils in a warm place, Sargon, King Henry the VIII, Martin Luther and the Reformation, adjectives, capitalizing proper nouns, colors, and numbers, among other things. FUN, FUN, FUN!! I am so grateful that we get the opportunity to homeschool--I learn so much every day!
If you have old text books from your college days lying around, see if you can put them to use in your homeschool. My husband and I (college sweethearts!) saved a good number of our books. My husband took a music appreciation class and he had a text book that came with a 6 CD set of classical music. Guess what I'm using for our music curriculum this year?!?!?!
It is a blessing because the book coincides beautifully with our history (classical approach), as it showcases music from the Medieval times to the present. So I am able to discuss with my children what types of sounds and instruments and musical patterns were common to certain styles of music, based upon the time period. We are having a ball with it! Too bad it just sat on my shelf the first 2 years of homeschooling! But now I feel super cool because music is happening in a less haphazard way around here.
We went to the library on Monday and for some reason it was SUPER quiet! I mean, come on, we were in the children's section, so we usually hear a bit of chatter or back ground noise from other little ones. But not this time. My 5 were the only young kids in the entire children's section and the other people looked to be teens or young adults, busily and QUIETLY working at the computer stations. So, of course, this is the day my toddler wanted to pull every book off of the shelf and all of a sudden, the baby hated being in the stroller.
At first I thought about panicking and then I thought about retreating, and of course all eyes were on me. I sent my girls help me look for a few history books. I had my oldest son give the baby a bottle (the baby was still in the stroller). I gave the toddler a book he could look at and I grabbed history and literature books as best as I could while it seemed everyone was occupied.
That didn't last very long. The toddler dropped his book--uninterested. The baby drank the last of his bottle and my oldest son didn't know what to do. The girls returned, unable to find some of the books I asked them to look for. Yep, panic and retreat was definitely next on the to-do list--we were just SO noisy and I just couldn't manage to calm everyone down.
And then the Holy Spirit reminded me that this is my life: a bit noisy, sometimes awkward, sometimes a distraction to others, always full, but none of it is ever without Him. I could either use this moment to reflect His grace or be mad that it wasn't going smoothly. Well, I picked the baby up, told my toddler to quiet down (again) and I took a deep breath. I told the Holy Spirit that I was thankful for all 5 of my noisy children, and then I chuckled at myself because I probably looked funny in that particular moment of "panic/retreat/how do I keep everyone quiet!" But, I paced myself, readjusted my attitude and pressed forward.
My older 3 went on to find books they were looking for. I managed to get most of the things we needed to supplement for school and we made it through. Nope, the baby never went back into the stroller until it was time to leave (He's 23 pounds, y'all!! Yes, I felt the burn in my arms! LOL). The toddler still was determined to use his outside voice. But, the deal-maker was deciding to continue on with my day, not to get frustrated and trust that God was using me in that moment for some good. Yep, a day in the life at the library!! LOL
Going out to dinner, twice. Thanks, Husband!
Donuts!!! My husband was off from work on Friday. Any time he's off of work, it usually that means he buys donuts for the kids during school. Well, daddy didn't disappoint and they were thrilled.
My girls want to make fortune cookies. Today, they spent some time writing out the "fortunes" which are really turning out to be things to make each other laugh. Hopefully we can actually bake the cookies next week.
This lovely, beautiful, sweet fall weather.
I let them have ice cream after breakfast one morning. It was fun, it was silly, it was totally out of the norm! But, they're good kids and I love them. :)
This video pretty much sums up the things that go on in my head, too, when someone questions why my children exist (nicely worded, "our family size"), IN FRONT OF MY CHILDREN! (Still requesting prayer to respond each time in a manner that pleases God.)