Homeschooling


I haven’t posted one of these in a while. I captured my very active, full of energy 4 year old, Sugar Plum Fairy actually sitting down doing her writing and I had to share.

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He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. Proverbs 14:29

Do you ever feel like the lady in the picture above? I have regretted each time that I have yelled at my children and have many times asked their forgiveness, but what does that ever mean to them if I just continue doing it?

I don’t know what you use for your Bible curriculum for homeschool, but what works best for me and my children is reading straight from the bible and discussing it. We get our bible, a dictionary, and man oh man do I want a concordance; then sit down and read our verse for the week, discuss it, and use that same verse for our handwriting assignment. This semester I decided to start at the beginning of the Child Training Bible’s, list of verses, then go over that verse each day for a week. On their tabs the first one is anger. In my, “motherly wisdom,” (hah) I thought my son has anger issues, this should be a great place to start. Boy oh boy, did God decide to convict me.

The more I explained to him, “great understanding,” and “folly” the more I realized that I was not having great understanding with my kids. As I said to him we don’t yell at our sister to do something, but instead to ask her nicely. That we need to understand that our little brother is only 2 and he is still learning to do things. That we must be slow with our words, giving us time to ask the Lord for wisdom and understanding instead of, “flying off the cuff with whatever immediately comes to our mouth.”

I quickly stopped what I was talking about and I quickly wiped off of my face that look of complete concentration that I am sure I have when I explain some things to my children. I stopped and I said to my oldest (Little Old Man), “this verse is about mommy isn’t it?”

I went on to tell him how sorry I have been for not having great understanding, how sorry I am that I have sinned against God and my little ones. I asked him to pray with me right then and there.

Do you feel when you do Bible studies with your children that you feel like you learn so much more than they do?

So, the verse for this week was Proverbs 14:29 right? Well, part of my personal study God also presented me with this verse to back up his conviction…

The woman Folly is loud;
she is seductive and knows nothing.
She sits at the door of her house;
she takes a seat on the highest places of the town,
calling to those who pass by,
who are going straight on their way,
“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
And to him who lacks sense she says,
“Stolen water is sweet,
and a bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
But he does not know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
Proverbs 9:13-18

My Prayer is that I not only listen to His word, but that I apply it to my life. For being a christian is not only accepting God’s gift, but putting away our old self and becoming the new that God can mold us and make us to become.

~There are not any affiliate links in this post. I just really enjoy my Child Training Bible.

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I’m planning to attend Nashville and hopefully Omaha. What about you? Which location do you plan to attend? Which speaker are you most excited about?

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Today we did a small review before we went out exploring. Do you remember the vascular plants and how those are like the veins in your body?

And how the veins in your hands/body carry blood, like the veins in plants carry water…

like the veins in this tomato plants… Do you remember the name of that main vein in the middle? (midrib)

Did you know that most plants are vascular? Jeannie asks, “Can you think of any plant that doesn’t have stems, roots, and leaves?” My little’s couldn’t and sadly I couldn’t show them anywhere around the house any examples (110 – 113 degree temps and moss do not particularly play well together). So, we did a small activity to understand the difference.

We took a small amount of water and poured it on the concrete, then laid the paper towel on top of it. Then we watched how the water spread throughout the paper towel and soaked it all up. Jeannie explains, how this is similar to the way moss and other nonvascular plants get the water they need. Nonvascular plants do not have roots, stems, or leaves to carry water up from the soil, into and throughout the plant.

I am hoping we can soon go hiking in the woods soon and find some moss. Then it might be fun to try the moss/buttermilk experiment.

Until then, we are going looking for pine cones for the next lesson…

Yes, this is the essential botany required uniform. (jammies & ironman boots) Although, one day we are hoping to purchase an Apologia lab coat.

Disclosure:I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.

The Exploring Creation with Botany was written for ages 6 to 12.

If you missed the first part of this journey, please check out Exploring God’s Creation – Botany, and Exploring God’s Creation – Vascular Plants.

I am so very excited about going to the Teach Them Diligently Convention in 2013! They just announced their dates for 2013.

I was unable to go to last years convention. Since it though, I have met some beautiful Godly women that diligently teach their children who were able to attend last year. Their stories and experiences have made me yearn to attend the next one.

If you get the chance sign up for their newsletter and join their facebook page, plus don’t miss anything on twitter. Through these social sites you will learn of speakers, events, and happenings surrounding TTD for 2013.

I plan on going to Nashville and possibly Omaha. Hope to see you there!

Today we are going to immerse ourselves in tubes that carry liquid inside the plant. The word, “vascular,” means “tubes that carry fluid.” Did you know that plants have veins and vascular systems just like you and me? Jeannie, said it this way, “God made living things in a similar way; plants and people both have tubes inside them.” This morning I was talking to my beautiful (inside and out) sister-in-law I told her about today’s adventure and what we were going to explore and she immediately saw the correlation between all of God’s creation. We can see that everything in the world is made by the same artist: God!

So,grab your backpacks! Let’s go explore God’s canvas! Here we go…

Right as we stepped outside we looked at the Calla Lily first. It had great veins…

The Iris’ veins were a lot thinner…

The tomato leaf’s veins were easily distinguishable…

Sugar Plum became attached to the strawberry leaf and carried it for the rest of our journey…

The children were all fascinated with the small plants and the way they distributed water, but they were amazed that something so big as an oak could do the same thing.

Smiley enjoyed the adventure too, he just nodded, held my finger, and smiled…

Can you see the midrib on this oak leaf? It is the vein in the very middle that is thicker than the rest. If you go back through the other pictures can you identify their midrib’s too?

These adventures open up other questions, like… “Mom, why are these leaves brown?” And…

“Where are the veins on this one?”, “That is an evergreen.”, “What is an evergreen?”…

“Why is the local zoologist following us?” (I figure our cat knows more than I do about animals, why else would she leave me the best morsels of the bird, mice, and rabbits after she has dissected them on my welcoming mat.)

And, the best part of the adventure… Having fun with the kiddos in God’s creation!

*If you go out and collect your own leaves, don’t forget to keep them for your notebooking journal!

Oh, Oh…Jeannie, says in a later lesson we get to do an experiment that takes all the green stuff off of the leaf to expose the hidden veins beneath. Exciting!

Disclosure:I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.

The Exploring Creation with Botany was written for ages 6 to 12.

If you missed the first part of this journey, please check out Exploring God’s Creation – Botany.

I would love for everyone to come with me on a journey as my young one’s and I explore the world of Botany. For the next six weeks, once a week, we will be taking an adventure into God’s creation. We will be using the world around us and the book, “Exploring Creation with Botany,” by Jeannie Fulbright.

From the very beginning this book snagged my interest. In the introduction Jeannie talks about the, “Immersion Approach,” to teaching.

Immersion Approach – if you immerse your student in one field of science for an entire year, he will develop a love for both that subject and a love for learning in general. A child taught with this approach learns to love knowledge and develop confidence.

Spiral Approach – a student is exposed to minute amounts of a variety of science topics.

Before having kids I might have thought that the spiral approach would have been a good idea, that young children couldn’t handle being fully immersed into a subject. Now, I know differently, watching my kids grow and learn and seeing how their minds are such amazing sponges. Their ability to remember and recall is fascinating. I know that the immersion approach is not only something they can handle, I believe they will delight in it.

I can see why public school systems use the spiral approach and in my opinion its not for the students; it is for the educators. Educators have 30+ young minds in one classroom, how can one educator have the time to fully immerse each child? I believe that God designed the family as the learning unit. On a daily basis I have the opportunity to immerse my children in everything that I do. They help me clean, cook, pull weeds, take care of animals, garden, etc; all by my side. They get the chance to plant multiple varieties of seeds in a garden and help me maintain it until harvest. No public educator has that opportunity. Show your children your love for learning and doing each days activities. Immerse yourself and them in it and they will come to love it too.

We will be covering lesson 1 in our six week journey into God’s creation. Jeannie begins this journey by explaining the field of botany. She does it in a way that children can see that they have already been studying botany (do your children bring you pretty flowers?) and that they are so many more exciting plants to see and learn about. I love how Jeannie makes them feel like they are already scientists exploring, that the children get to do experiments and keep journals (notebooking) with illustrations just like real scientists do.

On the note of notebooking, I had the pleasure of hearing Jeannie speak a few months back on notebooking. Here are some of my notes and what I learned.

She was very inspiring and convinced me that notebooking was a great learning tool for not only my kiddos, but for me too. Plus, I think it is something that your children can look back on when they are older; with their picture yearbooks and reminisce about. The next picture is some ways that she explained how to use notebooking not only with science but any subject.

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation; seed bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” and it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that is was good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the third day.

Genesis 1:11-13

I was overjoyed with the fact that I found a science curriculum that incorporates God. Jeannie wrote it well this way, “As we study nature and all that God created with such amazing and complex design, we become even more amazed about God.”

So, won’t you join us in grabbing your backpacks and magnifying glasses as we go explore God’s creation today…

Disclosure:I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.

The Exploring Creation with Botany was written for ages 6 to 12.

Join me and 21 other bloggers on June 4th through the 8th as we share our experiences and adventures.

Ladies & Gentlemen (yes men can read this), this is going to be one amazing series.  105 different blog posts! I recommend you bookmarking this blog post. You wouldn’t want to get lost amongst the blessings and not be able to find your way back to the jumping off point.

Little ole me is sharing about, “Using, Exploring, Finding the right Grain Mill”.  Yeah, something like that… (I might even throw in a few recipes)

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Christy  will be sharing, “Fun Summer Planning”, with printables.  Don’t you just love printables…

Jodi  is going to be sharing great things about the “Vitamix.”  I love my Vitamix and am super excited…

Lauren is sharing about having a “Healthier pregnancy.”  I needed you two years ago…

Anne is sharing the wonderful things about “Whole wheat flour.”  Bring it Anne, I am so ready…

Sarah sharing “Summer activities for the chillins.”  Who doesn’t need this?  Seriously…

Amanda is sharing how to “Manage your home w/ technology”. How much to come set it up for me?

Jeri Lynn is sharing all about “Inspiration in your routine.”  I am quite intrigued.

Trilla is sharing the power of saying, “NO.”  I will be praying for you, (wink).

Kasey is sharing how to get, “Organized.” You and Amanda really need to come for vacation. Help me!

Leigh Ann is sharing about, “20 minute meals.”  Oh yeah! (Totally thought of Vector from, “Despicable Me”)

Chelsey is sharing about, “Essential Oils.”  I love essential oils.  They are God’s healing tinctures.

Eileen is sharing about, “Better Communication.” I cannot get, “Cool Hand Luke,” out of my head now. (What we have here is a failure to communicate!)

Kelli is sharing about, “Exploring God’s Creation.” He designed us all to enjoy it and learn from it.

Christin is sharing ways to, “Clean House and involve the kiddos.”  Does that mean I need to fire the maid? (Cause I fire myself all the time)

Mary is sharing about, “Essential Oils,” too!  Woot! I think we use them everyday at our house. (seriously!)

Honey is sharing about, “Organizing your Homeschool.”  Help! (Can you tell I am not organized?)

Kim is sharing about, “Husbandless Homemaking.”  God speaks through her heart, be ready!

Nicole is sharing about, “Virtue Training.”  I am truly excited to read this, you?

Laurie is sharing about, “Children’s Birthday Party Ideas.”  I so run out of ideas, thank you Laurie!

Stephanie is sharing about, “Blessings our Husbands.” YES! Sign me up!

 

Recap: Ladies & Gentlemen (yes men can read this), this is going to be one amazing series.  105 different blog posts! I recommend you bookmarking this blog post. You wouldn’t want to get lost amongst the blessings and not be able to find your way back to the jumping off point.


 

 

If you have never attended a homeschool conference, I highly recommend it. I learned a wealth of information at the one I attended a few years back. I understand that some of us cannot leave home this year to attend one. So, the wonderful people at Homeschool How-to Conference are bringing you one online. It runs from May 1-3, 2012.

Here are 5 Great reasons to attend:

1. Gain access to homeschooling experts who are homeschooling parents themselves. They’ve been in your shoes, and they understand the problems you face.

2. Avoid travel aggravation. No traveling with small children, hotel bills, fast-food frustrations, or vendor-hall fatigue. Listen from the comfort of your home, in your pajamas if you wish! Or listen whenever you like if you buy the downloads or CDs. Many of the speakers are the same ones who speak at the largest national homeschooling conventions.

3. Zero cost to you. Listening live is free with a Standard Pass.

4. Meet other homeschoolers. Interact with other parents, authors, and speakers, and learn from your peers via virtual networking and Q&A Roundtables.

5. Learn how to make biblical homeschooling practical, as our experts show you how God’s Word can be used in every part of your homeschool.

Speakers

One of my good friends Kelli from @adventurez in child rearing will be speaking on encouraging families to use the Bible as the cornerstone of their homeschool curriculum and to get out to explore God’s creation together. Some of the other speakers include: Kraig and Anne Elliott @Homeschooling Bible, Dave and Debbie Klein @Inkleinations, Davis Carman owner of Apologia Educational Ministries, Norman Willis overseer of Nazarene Israel, Lee Binz @The Home Scholar, Candace Allgood @SONbeams, Elizabeth Brown @The Phonics Page, Don Potter @donpotter.net, Susan Stewart @Practical Inspirations, Merle Reece designer of Student of the Word Curriculum, Jim Pence @jamespence.com, and Andrew Pudewa founder of Excellence in Writing.

Registration

You can attend for FREE with a Standard Pass or purchase a Premium Pass for $49 to get extra goodies and the MP3s of the sessions. If you use the code ADVENTUREZ you can save 10% of your Premium Pass ticket.

Goodie Bag

~1 full year Bible Curriculum from Foundations Press.

~ebook – Biblical Home Education – Anne Elliott

~2 Bible Based Nature Unit Studies: Wildflowers & Clouds – Kelli Becton, AdventurezInChildRearing.

~Plus, much more from the other sponsors and speakers.

Giveaway

One of my readers will win a Premium Pass ticket to the conference. All you need to do is comment on this post. Please comment by Monday April 30th at 8:00pm CST. A commenter will be chosen at random using Random.org.

{Material Disclosure: I received a Premium Pass in exchange for spreading the word about the Homeschool How-To Conference.}

It started like any other morning of the week. Ha Ha, who am I kidding. I was dressed AND fixing my hair.

This was a retreat. A retreat for homeschooling moms. Last month, I went on an amazing retreat with a lot of other mom’s. Mom’s looking for refreshment, mom’s wondering if homeschooling was right for them, mom’s in the pits looking for a hand. God’s hand!

Its started at a nice 9 am. I got to sleep in, that in itself was a retreat. Seriously, the retreat started with inspiration and encouragement from the beginning.

The first mom to grace us with her experience and words of encouragement was Deb Bell.

Deb had more knowledge than I could possibly write down in my notes. Some of my favorite quotes from her were:

Your kids are hardwired to learn, by God’s design

God works redemptively, He works forwards & backwards in time. God will redeem those moments in you and your kid’s lives.

Looking through 50 years of research of seeing how kids learn best, and then if I was given the opportunity to build a school from the ground up, I would build a home.

I felt like Deb Bell was speaking directly to me. God used her to make me realize that God created the home as a learning environment for the whole family. Not just my kids, but all of us. God did not say anything in his Word about an institution to send our children too. God gave us a very rich environment in the home and the entire universe. He designed our children to search out the mystery of nature. While children are curious and designed to learn, parents are to help guide that learning. I think so many times that I am not smart enough or good enough to be my children’s teacher, but God says I am the perfect guide through him. I must put my faith in God and his design.

Please check out Deb at her site, to be inspired and encouraged.

Please stay tuned for my other posts on the wonderful homeschooling mom’s that spoke at, “Apologia Live 2012”. And, check out their schedule for next year on realrefreshment.com.

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