Aug 30, 2011

Goodbye August

August has been a hot and busy month. Early in the month we saw temps over 100 with heat indexes near 120! That's way too hot for me! Things are starting to cool off (a little) and prove that fall is just around the corner. 

Aug 24, 2011

Toddlers: Letter A, week 1

We started tot school last week and Millie loves playing the "games", as she calls it. We started with letter Aa. Since they are laminated, I let her hold them and play momma/baby with them. We will add more things to our board as she progresses. I got the idea over at 1+1+1=1. You can also print off the weather cards there. The rectangular color poster in the middle came in a package from the Dollar Tree.
This was our activity/skill plan for the week.

Aug 22, 2011

Need Some Encouragement?

Do you need some encouragement as fall approaches? As a parent, we often feel inadequate when dealing with our kids. Here are some places of encouragement that have helped me this week. 

Are you a good enough teacher?
I'm a Homeschool Pro
Some good reasons to homeschool at Molding Minds....
If you need visual inspiration, check out this organized schoolroom
And this one...How are You Living the Journey? (you gotta read the whole page)

Sometimes God gives us encouragement in unexpected places. We can always look to his Word for help.

Deuteronomy 6:5-8 
"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."

Proverbs 1:2-8 
"To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; to give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: to understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother."

James 1:5 
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God…and it shall be given him."

Psalm 127:3-5
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.  As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.  Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Happy Homeschooling!

Aug 15, 2011

First Day of School: pics and more!

Today was our FIRST day of school for the 2011-12 school year. It's always exciting the first day, and I wish I could somehow unleash that excitement throughout the year, as the days get longer and longer. 

Aug 13, 2011

How to Homeschool in 5 Easy Steps

Homeschool-To provide educational instruction in the home, outside the institutional setting.

It’s so simple, yet so complicated at times. Education begins at birth and seems to come naturally as a mother encourages her baby to suck the bottle, respond to cooing, reach for a toy, and eventually sleep through the night. Babies DEMAND our time. As a child gets older, they slowly become more