Thursday, July 10, 2008

2nd Year of Home-Schooling!!


The joy of homeschooling is so relaxing that we didn't NEED to finish along with everyone else. We can study a specific subject longer. We did take a month off in December and I think that is where I got thrown off. I did plan on schooling year round. Just don't tell the kids!!!! They don't complain and I don't want them to know any different.

Anna has worked hard this past year (and so have I!). You can see her working on her math (Math-U-See). She wanted to learn cursive and I found a wonderful program to encourage her through those tough days of...I don't want to do say it with your face scrunched up and with a whiny voice. You got it! It was hard at first but now she does everything in cursive.

Has you can see on the side bar on the right, all the books we have completed this past year. Some of them we will continue to read for another year or more. We read a lot (or should I say, I read a lot) and I follow Ambleside (Charlotte Mason) year 2 curriculum.

This is our 2nd year homeschooling and I am changing it up a bit for next year. I think we had too much 'book' that the core stories were forgotten. I am adding more hands-on learning and activities for both of the kids to go along with all of our readings. I really enjoy it but I think we ALL needed a change, especially now that I am adding Joshua.

Next year (this fall) Joshua will be doing kindergarten (Sing, Spell, Read and Write Level 1) and Anna will be in 3rd grade. Both kids are excited for the new year and I am excited to take a whole month off in August!!!! Lets celebrate.

Joshua pretty much taught himself to write. He asked me how to spell 'skeleton' and he wrote the letters down. As you can see he did an awesome job. He even drew a picture of himself swimming. The note was for his swimming instructor. Don't ask why the word skeleton. I don't have a clue.

I did not do any formal teaching with him this past year. We are training/teaching our children the day they are born. I think I may teach him a little more eclectic/Charlotte Mason/Montessori style this upcoming year. I will be playing by ear.


Miss Allison has been doing a wonderful job teaching piano to Anna. For all of her first year students she put together a recital. It was nice to see how excited the kids were to play in front of us all. Great job, Anna!!


Cast Members: Veronica, Audrina, Octavia, Anna, Alexis, Jacob, Grace, Christina and Joshua

Through my homeschool support group that I am a member of (NPLH - No Place Like Home). I am on a committee with my friend, Lena, where we organize bi-monthly books to read. One of the books we chose, Tale of Three Trees, we decided to create a play for the kids to perform for the group, their family and friends.

Veronica sang a soloist, all of the kids had a speaking part, the little ones were Mary and Joseph, we had two narrators, myself and another mom helped out during a storm on the boat where Jesus slept.

It was really nice and rewarding to be able to this and share this with other families.


Joshua and Anna has been taking swimming lessons year round. We will take a break in this activity in August. We will resume when school starts after Labor Day. They both have progressed tremendously this past year!!! Great job!!


We planned a 'Safety Day' for our reading co-op. Whomever wanted to participate needed to read a book on a specific topic to share with the group. I wish I had taken more photos. We had to specialists come in to speak about bike and fire safety. We brought our dog, Starr and spoke about dog safety. Jacob spoke about airport safety. Whitney spoke about tornado safety. My mind is foggy and I can't remember what else we learned. I hope the kids have better memories!


This is something the Tri-Cities Co-op and NPLH gets together and do annually. This is our first time participating and as you can probably see some the kids really went all out. We shared our first lapbook on Thanksgiving. Anna's cursive writing, a list of of bible memory verses and a list of books we have read. Next year we will be more prepared (now that we know what to expect). Oma came along and quizzed the kids on their projects.


The Keepers/Contenders club completed their first year!! We had fun this past year getting together monthly and doing projects. Last year we covered: decoupage, baking, pets, letters, prayer warrior, horses and stenciling. The kids were able to complete other badges on their own throughout the year.

My kids really enjoyed it that they want to do it again!! I like this so much because we start with prayer, learn daily skills, life skills, outdoor skills and so much more. Each month a mom picks a topic to teach and we have about 2 hours to complete the project or we can take it home to finish. The kids receive award certificates when they complete a specific task and at the end of the year we have a ceremony and they receive their badges.


Joshua has been taking Tae-kwon-do for about 4 months and loves it! He is showing the board he kicked apart. Great job, honey! Anna started Tae-kwon-do, maybe about a month ago. At first she didn't even want to try it but, we didn't give her a choice. Now, she loves it!!! The both of them will do this year round. Joshua will go 2 times a week for a half hour each class. Anna will go 3 times a week for one hour each time.

To summarize my experience as a teacher and a mom...a blessing. A wonderful gift that God gave for my family to experience, to learn, to share and to grow. I truly can't put it all into words but THANKFULNESS comes to mind. PEACE. LOVE. FAITH. BLESSINGS.

In Jesus' Name, thank you for this wonderful year. Thank you for the lessons we have learned not only in school but by your words, by living by your word. Please continue to show us what you want us to do for YOU. Give us the strength to be examples of your word. Give us the strength to be obedient. Show us YOUR path to follow. In Your Glorious Name, Amen.

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