Homeschool highlights: April

April came in with a bang around here! We've already had two evenings of severe weather, which in Southeast Missouri can get pretty hairy. And I hate when storms come at night! At least the temps are staying above freezing, and have been downright pleasant most days.
 I love spring! Our redbud trees are finally budding, as well as all of the Bradford pears in the neighborhood. They have such pretty white blooms. The kids are always begging me to take them to the park. This particular day (pic below), I had to scare away a little preschooler who wouldn't let my little one on the slide. I watched calmly for about 5 minutes before I put on my ugly face and told her to move her buns! I can't believe kids are so mean for no reason...and parents don't seem to care.
Homeschool continues and Millie literally begs me to do school with her. I can't wait until next year when I officially start Kindergarten with her. We will be using Abeka for most of her schooling. 
And of course we are patiently waiting the arrival of baby #3. We will find out next if we're having boy or girl! God has blessed and everything is going good, other than a bout with strep throat...and a cold I can't seem to shake. 
Hope your spring days are going great!

Wondermaps: a Geography source

If you're like me, you probably feel that your Geography skills are not as sharp as they should be. I grew up in a Christian school, and was given very solid Geography skills through the Abeka program. Although we use Abeka for math and Language Arts in our homeschool, I've just never been a fan of their history and science curriculum. The programs we've used in history (All American History & Mystery of History) offer map activities, but definitely as a secondary subject. 

Wondermaps is a customizable map program that offers over 100 maps including world maps, U.S. maps, historical, and Bible maps. It is a handy, up to date program that can really take your Geography class to the moon! The maps, as I mentioned, are customizable and can be used for many different age groups and levels.  

If I could think of how many times I have the searched the internet for hours looking for just the right map with only rivers, or rivers and lakes, or any other combination! I wish I have known about Wondermaps a long time ago. 

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Homeschool Highlight: First week of the year

It's been one of those weeks...snuggling down and staying home! We had a high of 5 degrees on Monday with a windchill of -15. It's just too dangerous to get out in this weather. Jellyfish has had stomach issues this week, and its just not been a terribly productive week as far as school work.

Things I'm working on:
  • Piano lesson plan for my 4 year old (am I crazy?)
  • Ordering a New Science Curriculum
  • Making Jellyfish some new pj bottoms 
  • Some field trip ideas to get us out of the house!
This has been a slow week, but I still have more energy than before I started taking Plexus. Hopefully things continue to progress. 


Homeschool Lessons Learned

We've been homeschooling since Jellyfish was in preschool, and he's in 7th grade this year! Where has time gone? Throughout the years, we have been through a lot of changes in our homeschooling philosophy, schedule, and curriculum. It is a learning experience all the way...

1. De-schooling
For some reason, we all seem to be brainwashed to a "public school mentality", and not even realize it. Things as simple as breaking for recess at certain times, doing Monday through Friday homeschool, breaking for certain holidays, and even our habits as far as the extra-curricular subjects often take on that mentality. There's nothing wrong with doing these things, if they're right for you, but realize YOU DON'T HAVE TO!  When we changed our schedule to a 6 week schedule, it was such a relief. I don't know why we didn't try it sooner...well, actually yes I do. Do you have any public school habits in your homeschool?

2. Curriculum
I have tried many different companies, brands, strategies, and studies to try to keep things exciting, and really figure out what works for us. My lesson: roll with the punches, and don't purchase or plan too far in advance. Life happens. For example, after ordering the entire Abeka Kindergarten curriculum, I realized Jellyfish was way ahead, and actually ended up skipping his official kindergarten year. Also, you can't always anticipate how your attitude will be about school throughout the year, or what circumstances (such as sickness) might hinder your plans. Roll with the punches! Pray that God will give you strength to keep going! I struggle with my own attitude as much as my 7th grader's somedays...

3. Kids Getting Older
What a privilege it has been to see my Jellyfish grow and mature from preschool to 7th grade. Sometimes his wisdom amazes me and his walk with God. I am blessed to have  smart, creative children that yearn to learn. Through the years, I have let go of my complete, dictatorship control over our homeschool and given him much more say in the things I order and the subjects we study. I still have control, but its nice to know he's happy in his studies. 

4. Keep Going
No matter what happens (we've been through a lot through the years) we keep going. Going to public school is never an option in our household no matter what happens: financial trouble, sickness, death in the family, emotional breakdowns, church trouble, bad behavior, frustration, etc. God has placed us on this path. It is his will in our life, and he will make a way!

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and river in the desert. Is. 43:19

We all go through the desert times, but God makes a river for us to drink from. I'm so thankful! Don't give up. We have a race to run!

Thanks for listening, 

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