Thursday, August 18, 2011
And I wonder:
Is the blog even worth keeping up with at this point?
My conclusion: probably not.
Am I going to shut the blog down?
Am I going to try to do better about posting?
Is that the best I can do?
But, you know, it's not like I'm being paid or graded for this here online journal or anything, so if I only wrote in it once every 6 months, then what does it hurt, ya know?
But speaking of grades and online journals and stuff, allow me to take this moment to share with you, my only reader, a few things we have done lately for grades. :)
Visited S. Korea, Japan & India and we have stamped passports to prove it! :)
We have learned about the Itsukushima Torii Shrine and made our own out of clay.
We have learned about place value and inequalities in Math.
We have read and tasted some great books lately. Well, not all of us have tasted the books. Mainly just Raya. But the rest of us are enjoying the words on their pages. :)
We have learned how to diagram sentences with compound subjects and compound predicates and aced tests that prove our mastery of such topics.
We've learned phonics, practiced a little cursive writing, memorized some catechisms and learned new hymns that the children can now sing in unison.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Yesterday, the kids started their Science lessons. We are using the Answers in Genesis curriculum which we love so far! Yesterday's lesson was on vertebrates vs. invertebrates and at the end of 'class' David had the kids charade out vertebrates with the only rule being that they couldn't choose from the mammal class. The videos were so funny. Here are a couple that I was able to upload. If I have a moment I will post the rest. See if you can guess what they are!
Bryan was a........
and Elysa was a..............
and Dylan was a........
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Here are some of the things we did this week while "in" China:
~ We learned about passports and how to use them.
~ We got our passports stamped when we entered and left the country.
~ We located China and pointed it out on the map (along with the 7 continents and the 5 oceans).
~ We read about and learned interesting facts about the Great Wall of China.
~ We built our own tiny replica of the Great Wall.
~ We learned how to say "hello" in Mandarin Chinese, the official language of China.
~ We had a Chinese dinner of fried rice and ate (or at least we tried to eat) with chop sticks.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
here's the current view of the schoolroom as you look in from the door:
So here's what we paid out of pocket to transform this room into what you see now:
Total savings: $224.75
I found a set here for $408.07 (although I'm sure it can be found cheaper)
You can find white boards all over the internet, and they are not cheap. So for our sake, I'll say
The Scripture over the teacher's desk we actually paid for, but I hosted a party so I got a nice little discount on that purchase. It says, "Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
Monday, April 11, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I am beginning to teach my children that patience is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22), maybe I should focus a little more on holding myself up to the standards of behavior that I expect from them! Wow, that was hard to say!
So that was a random tangent that really was not the intent of this post. I was trying to get into the schoolroom transition a little bit, but since my thought process went way off in left field, perhaps I'll just save the schoolroom update for another day! :) And now you, too, must learn how to demonstrate patience! Funny how that works, isn't it!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
1 - We feel that God is calling us to be a homeschool family. The circumstances which led up to this decision, which you can read about here, left us in a survival mode. After Dylan was suspended from school, we knew we did not want him to be in a reform school (because, well, he doesn't belong there). We also knew that because of the crazy new blemish in his school file, many of the private schools in our area would have declined him as a prospect for their school. Our only other option seemed to be homeschooling, which I refused to consider at this point. But God has a way of turning you around when you're headed in a direction that is contrary to His Will for your life (and I mean that in a very literal way, like with Jonah & the great fish). And that's exactly what He did in our situation.
Dylan was suspended on March 2 (a Wednesday) and on March 3-5 (Thursday - Saturday) there was a major homeschooling convention right here in our city. When I say major, I mean mega-HUGE! I mentioned it to David in passing and we continued on about our business, neither of us really pushing the homeschooling idea at this point as we were both still hoping to have Dylan's suspension overturned and to get him back in public school. Friday night at midnight, David and I were sitting together and we decided to take a look at the website for the convention being held in our city. When we got there we noticed that Ken Ham was one of the speakers and, out of pure excitement at the idea of meeting Mr. Ham in person, we decided to go to the convention the next morning at 8am.
The next day, we met Ken Ham in person and sat front & center for his presentation. And then it happened. Everything that Mr. Ham said was as if he had been in our home for the past 3 days and knew everything about our situation and he had scripture to support a decision to homeschool as opposed to allowing the state to teach our children. It was incredible. David and I left the auditorium and got back in the car to go home without speaking barely a word. And the minute we got in the car, the floodgates of conversation opened and we both began pouring out our thoughts on the presentation we had just heard and how it impacted our thoughts on the whole situation and the idea of homeschooling in general.
After the convention, we began researching and asking friends and church members all kinds of questions about homeschooling and the more we learned, the more our hearts began to align and the more opportunities we saw God opening up to us in order to make homeschooling our children possible. We now both feel that God is leading us towards homeschooling our children and we fully intend to submit to His Will for our lives no matter how hard the journey may be at times.
3 - Our kids crave and need quantity over quality. And yours probably do, too. Do you remember that old addage "quality is better than quantity"? Well that's a bunch of bologna! We moved to a 3,500 square foot house abotu two years ago because we thought we were cramped and do you know what we learned: we are still cramped! Because where ever we go, the kids follow. They crave our attention. And 15 minutes of "game night" or "movie night" just isn't enough for them. So, what better way to ensure that the children get as much attention from us as they need than by being their parents and their school teachers! It's a win-win! We get to spend lots and lots of focused time with the kids and at the same time we are accountable for teaching them their studies. No more evenings wasted in front of the tv with minimal conversation! We are incorporating 'quantity' family time which is bringing with it 'quality' family time, and in the end, our children will walk away with something much more valuable than just 'good family memories'. (Although we hope they have a few of those too!)
"Hear, my son, your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching; Indeed they are a graceful wreath to your head and ornaments around your neck." ~Proverbs 1:8-9
Sunday, March 27, 2011
- Going to church, Dylan had "Sundae Sunday" in his Sunday school class this morning, so he was pretty excited about that!
- Participating in Bible drill! Dylan did great for his first time ever. He "passed"! And he knew so many verses & key passages. We are so proud of him!
- Rewarding Dylan's hard work with a trip to TCBY! (his choice)
- Working on the rearranging of our home in preparation for the new schoolroom.
- Moving Bryan into his very own bedroom!
- Reading about Abraham's journey to Canaan and discussing how God's promise to bless all the nations through Abraham points forward to Christ.
- enjoying a home-cooked meal made by Daddy.