Homeschool Goal #2

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Here it is,, a cool crisp morning and I sit here with windows open and a light blanket on my legs. A quiet moment while I enjoy my morning tea, and think. Yes, I do a lot of that. I am thinking of ways to continue to simplify my life. To enjoy my time with my kids, and be present. So, what does that mean? Well, I know when my quiet time is over, when my son comes down the stairs with a couple card games in his hand. He loves to start his day by playing a simple games with me. Then, my oldest Mia Moo will come downstairs and watch. She doesn’t usually want to join in, but likes to sit under a blanket too.

Finally, the Peanut comes downstairs clutching her two stuffies, Almond Butter and Hazelnut. Why nut names? I don’t know, she’s just a little nutty herself. Once she arrives it is time to eat breakfast. I usually have something in the oven to eat, after all, they all love a hot breakfast.

This is a typical morning in our house. I must say, that I love it. It’s leisurely, peaceful, and makes my heart happy. This is what I want our school year to be, together, peaceful, and me 110% present. Not worrying over the next thing that has to be done! I need a school year to breath. So, we will begin with a leisurely summer. For me, a big part of making that happen is getting my hands dirty and study and observe summer beauty with the kids.

Which is perfect for my Peanut! She is my nature smart girl!

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We are genuinely taking the time to learn about the plants that grow in our area, studying seeds and making them grow into a garden, taking walks on local trails and looking at nature with a naturalist eye. Including art by sketch what looks interesting or beautiful. Learning to take great pictures in nature or wherever we go! Organic learning, if you will, of God’s creation.

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We are visiting the library to enrich our learning.

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We are also preparing for our walks and our nature observations by making some nature journals. It’s wonderful to sit together to sew up the pages and make a craft out of it.

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Then once we done, we pack a snack or lunch and get outside! Whether on the trail or visiting tide pools, it is awesome to be together and just observe!

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Then we take the time to do a little sketch.

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I hope you find the time to be peaceful and present with your kids this next school year.

In Christ,

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“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1

 

New School Year, New Goals: Goal #1

 

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Here we are at the end of May and it is time for me to finalize goals and plans for our new school year. Let me start with goal #1. One of our big goals for my oldest 2 kids (who are 8 & 10) is to read the Bible in a year. I am super excited about this! I will be joining them so we can have discussions on what we read. They will use their Bible journals to record things that stick out or that they remember the most. This does not replace our Bible study time, it comes right along side it to encourage more time in the Bible. Something we can all use, right!

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As a homeschool mom, I have the privilege to truly embrace Deuteronomy 6:4-9

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Oh, the beauty that is in those words! This is one of the reasons our family homeschools, now I wish I could say I was perfect at doing what this verse says everyday. But I don’t, I fall short. Never the less, that is the goal! Since I am being mindful of this verse I have started putting together a schedule for my children to read thru the Bible. Since we school year round, with the new year beginning in June, it makes sense for our Bible reading schedule to start June 1st. Including a schedule for a morning reading, for “when we rise up”, and and evening reading, for “when we lie down”. Plus a little box for your child to check when he/ she is done. My kids like to check things off and feel accomplished for the day. The best part it talking about it at the Breakfast table and then with daddy in the evening.

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I will be posting these 1 week before the new month begins. Here is the month of June.

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“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2

Our Homeschool Year Comes to an End

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The day has officially arrived! This day marks the end of our school year! I must admit, it was the toughest homeschool year I ever had. It had nothing to do with my teaching my kids at home, but it was the outside commitments that had me running hard this school year. So, I am feeling considerable relief from the stress that has been lifted from my shoulders.

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Don’t get me wrong, it was a good school year. The challenge was I decided to write my own California History curriculum for our campus day class. So I took information from various California history books and married them together as unit studies. Covering everything from California’s geography and Native Indians to Modern day California. I even included live books to read and even wrote my own study guides to go along with them. It was a ton of work, but it was work that I enjoyed, because I love history. Now, that the school year is done, I will go back and make adjustments to my California history units and refine them. That way they are ready to go the next time I teach California history.

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All in all, I think the biggest challenge and joy was putting together a slide show for each unit. As I began to stockpile old photos, I continued to dig deeper into that part of history reading learning more and more. But, I would need to stop and refocus my attention to what I was suppose to be doing.

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And then there was sewing class. A fun class with 7th grade girls all the way to 11th grade. I worried over picking out projects they would like and wear. I wondered if they would even like my ideas! You know what! They did! They loved the projects, and loved my ideas. I adored each moment I was able to inspire them! I loved hearing from moms, sharing that their daughters made all their Christmas presents on their sewing machine and thanking me for giving them the confidence and the excitement to create something with their machines. I am humbled to know that I was able to do that. What a gift the Lord has given me to share, just a portion of his great creative skills.

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All this to say, that I was not as present as I should have been for my children. Life this school year was busy, too busy to really enjoy my children and teach them the way I like to teach. It is long past the time for me to slow down. Remembering to pray before I make a commitment. As I was reminded by my pastor Carl Fletcher two weeks ago on one of his sermons. I need to be sure I am doing what God wants me to be doing. The top items on that list is serving my husband and my children. I must remember that it is okay to say “no”, and say “yes” to more time with my kids.

All in all, it was a blessed school year. Plus, I now will have a ton to share. After all, I have started 19 post that need to be finished!

In Christ,

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