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Back 2 School 2014/2015

Today started our 2014/2015 school year!!!

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I had great plans, plans that we would awake early, have a wonderful breakfast. Sitting down together communicating and enjoying ourselves. I pictured us getting our books out and sitting down with the girls and diving into our new books!! I love starting with a brand new book!! I envisioned our day going smoothly and according to the plan!!

But that is not how it went! And I am happy to say it probably never will!!

Ok new homeschooling families out there, that little scenario while it might sound like a great day in reality it’s not fun, it’s not messy and its not real!

I posted on Facebook:

Day one did not go as planned!! So maybe someone forgot, (I’m not saying it was me) to print up all the sheets needed or make up all the binders!! Day one consisted of looking over the material, setting up binders, a little bit of writing, a bunch of reading and going through another ream of copy paper. The beauty of homeschooling is I get to do it all again tomorrow. ‪#‎HomeschoolLife‬

So I thought I was all ready for school to start, but then we overslept, ok so really as a homeschooler we can get up when we want and school when we want but I wanted us up by say 9am that’s not too much to ask, is it?? We finally awoke around 11 am, there goes that breakfast I was planning (French Toast, maybe tomorrow), especially that close to lunch time. Finally round up the books, and surprise I forgot to make some of the binders (shhh don’t tell FB). I figured I would be up early with Leddybug and go over her work with her and then when Amber rolled out of bed I could sit down with her and get her started on the new way of school this year.  But nope, we are all up at the same time and all trying to do school at the same time and I am running from the dining room table to the living room and back again, oh and did I mention Hubby was home today and it was raining most of the day so the dogs were all over the place too! Uggh! So today didn’t turn out the way I wanted it, but I am thankful that we were all home together. I am thankful that hubby was able to step in and help Amber with her Algebra while I was doing Latin with Leddybug.

10580048_272874462896741_6904205154160779681_nAnd then I look on Instagram and see this picture that Amber took and I realize that today was a great day!! Memories being made!!

 

So I told you that I would tell you about Amber’s schedule so here goes.

This year we were not able to get a Challenge B program for Amber and the closest program would have been a 2 hour drive each way so while we LOVE CC it is not possible for us to travel that much each week. So I have combined a little of Challenge A (we just did) and a few Challenge B items and joined a local co-op (a first for us).

Amber's ScheduleMath this year will be Saxon Algebra 1

Latin will follow Challenge B

English will be left over EIW work and Positive Action (co-op)

Science will be Apologia General Science (co-op)

Debate will be a review of Challenge A and adding in Current Events

Rhetoric we will be reading Fallacy Detective and reviewing the Catechism questions from Challenge A

 

Some might ask why I would review Challenge A? We plan to review because Lord willing next year we will have a Challenge B and I didn’t want next year to be a review for her. Also with keeping with the classical education model the first stage is being given the facts and the second stage is organizing those fact and the third stage is being able to express a conclusion, so by taking a second look at some of the work I am really helping her to know these facts and be able to express her thoughts.

We are excited to start with a semi local co-op that is for older students. Our main homeschool group is mainly younger kids and while the teens started getting together for group outing this year there is not as much interaction as I would like. We will also be doing 4H this year. So it looks like even though this was not the way I pictured this year going, the Lord has provided for our needs and wants!!

 

 

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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Ed Douglas ~ Review

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We were picked to review Ed Douglas Publications, 25 Truths. Ed Douglas, the author, wrote his third book titled 25 Truths: Life Principles of the Happiest and Most Successful Among Us, as a guide book to help mange your life with 25 simple truths, that when followed can “lead to a happy and fulfilling life!”

This 150 page soft covered book is a easy read for teenagers and adults alike, recommended age is 6th -12th grade. You can go at your own pace, a truth a day or maybe a  truth a week, it is recommended that you stay on each truth until you have fully incorporated it into your life. Each truth is numbered and titled. Each truth is divided into 3 sections; There is a short quote or verse from the Bible, Each truth is explained and examples given in a few short paragraphs. A summary is given, and then a Workshop which is questions and discussion area.

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 Price: $12.50

How we used this book:

I read this book first, then I had Amber, age 12, read it on her own. She would do a truth a day as part of her quiet time in the mornings. After she completed the reading we would then discuss each truth and how it applied to our lives and how society has changed and why these truths are important.   Some of the examples might not be appropriate for every family. For example, truth 3 talks about extramarital affairs.  

Amber’s comments on the book: “I thought the book was good!! If more people followed these simple truths the world would be a better place!!”  

I felt that this book would be a wonderful reminder for our youth, which was one of the reasons I was excited to be picked to review this book. These 25 simple truths are a great reminder so that we can be better people. Having a almost teenager, and seeing what some of her friends post on social medias has had me cringing. Truth #3 “Watch What You Say, Do and Write” has special meaning with all of the social media that is out there. I especially like the summary: “Live life expecting that everything you say, do, or write will come out in the open.”

While some might look at this book and think these truths are too simple, I feel that this quick and easy to follow guide that is coming from someone other than the parent, friend of a parent, family member or even a church leader might make a bigger impact on our youth. And you as the parent might just be surprised on how these 25 Truths will help to change your life too!!

I would recommend this book!! You could also use it with younger kids. I would recommend reading it yourself and then paraphrasing it for the younger kids.

Check out what the Crew is saying about 25 Truths!!

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Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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Homeschool Missions Statement

Does your family have a Missions Statement? What exactly is a Missions Statement?

Well Wikipedia says:

A mission statement is a statement of the purpose of a company, organization or person, its reason for existing.

The mission statement should guide the actions of the organization, spell out its overall goal, provide a path, and guide decision-making. It provides “the framework or context within which the company’s strategies are formulated.” It’s like a goal for what the company wants to do for the world. 

In the beginning of our homeschool journey we didn’t have a missions statement. I didn’t even think about one, but one day I thought that what we are doing, homeschooling, is like an organization and that we should have goals and expectations. After many days we come up with our mission statement.

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I would love to here about your mission statement!

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

Schoolhouse Library ~Review

Are you looking for encouragement or maybe a little support in your homeschooling journey? We all need some help every now and again. SchoolhouseTeachers.com, a division of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, has put together a Schoolhouse Library filled with over 175  E-Books and audio books. This library holds books for preschoolers through high school on various subjects. Not to mention access to those handy organizers:e3570556544a11e28e8322000a1f9686_7 My girls LOVE theirs!!

 

Buy the Schoolhouse Library now and get started today with instant downloads!SchoolhouseLibrarySticky-1

Don’t go at it alone, I’m sure that with over 25 different topics available to you, that you will find all the resources needed for the next part of your homeschooling journey!!!

Once you have subscribed come back and let me know what books you liked the most!! Can’t wait to hear back from you! Happy Reading!

 

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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Happy Mother’s Day

As a mothers we all have different expectations of how we spend our special day. No matter how you spend it, I hope that you are having a wonderfully special day!!

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Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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Happy Day

Music Monday

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Here is a little music to get your Monday morning going.

Whenever I am feeling blah or just having a moment, when this song comes on it transforms my mood!! Hope it has the same effect for you too!!

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

Error: Change of Plans

We all plan! We plan our days, our weeks, our meals, our vacations, our lessons. We make plans to meet friends, to go out, some even plan when they will have children, when to retire, and sometimes there are those few that over plan everything, or maybe that’s just me??!?! There is an old saying from a movie that says “If you build it they will come!”, we have changed it to say “If you planned it, it will happen!” But what happens when things don’t go as you planned?

What then??

So if you’re anything like me then you probably have a contingency plan, but sometimes even those don’t work. Case in point this past year hubby went through some medical issues, and that was NOT something I had every really planned for. I mean, come on we are young, we eat right better, we go to the Y, but seriously we are young so your not suppose to get sick, right?!!?!

The lesson that I learned was that I was NOT in control. I learned that sometimes, just sometimes there really isn’t anything that I can do, I just needed to let others have control of the situation and hang on for the ride. Which of course is utterly hard for me to do, you know the whole type A planning personality going on!!!

The moment I realized that this was bigger than me and that there was nothing I could do was the night my hubby had a seizure and stopped breathing. I did chest compression and called 911. While following the ambulance, I cried out to the Lord, as tears streamed down my face, I called on Him to take over.

No, everything didn’t get fixed that night, but I was able to gain peace from leaning on Him. I was able to breathe again. When other would ask “How everything was? How was I doing?” I was able to say “I’m okay! and that everything was getting better!”

So when things don’t go as planned, we could keep fighting it and try to take everything on ourselves, or we can give it Up!! This time I choose to let go and to lean on God. For me, it is easier to go to the Lord, and then for me to look for the positive in each situation. I am a firm believer in looking on the bright side. So just because someone says they are “fine” don’t always mean there is nothing wrong, it could just mean that at that moment, they can see a positive, so maybe at that moment in time they really are just fine!!!  

How do you deal with plans that don’t go as planned?

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Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

©2011- 2013. Blessings from Homeschooling.

All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

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