Flourishing or Failing?

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When it comes to Homeschool moms we often put ourselves in one of two categories…Either we are flourishing or we are failing as the teacher.  We are guilty of comparing ourselves with EVERY single homeschool mom we know! I’m completely guilty of this! There are weeks when we are at Homelink {Our co-op type group} and I see these other moms preparing for the next week surrounded by school books and calendars and I think ‘Ok, I am so far behind. I’m failing’ In reality I know that I’m not! In fact have a schedule {ha a laugh when I write “I” and  “schedule” together…FYI organization is NOT my middle name…not even close} ok back to what I was saying! I have a schedule that I like and works very well for us! However, when you are in that moment and you are talking with other moms who seem like that are so on their game it is so easy to feel like you just aren’t measuring up. Why?!? Her kids are not my kids! I know the way my kids learning and chances are they are totally different then her kids.
Is it really true…are we either Flourishing or Failing? How are we gauging this? Is comparing our kids to another moms kids, comparing our school week to someones else really going to give us a clear answer?
Recently I was chatted with a few ‘Teacher Mom’ friends of mine. I asked what the average week looks like in their home….
Teacher Mom #1 “We get up, the kids eat, they play! We do some math and reading, then they play. Later we do some history and science, then they play. Ending our day with some spelling and writing.”
Teacher Mom #2“7am is breakfast, then we spend anywhere from 45 mins to 1 hour per subject with lunch at noon. ending our school day at 2:30-3:00”
Teacher Mom #3“There is NO schedule, every day is different, every week is different.”
Teacher Mom #4 “5 subjects per day, they vary. We play games, do art projects, I read them books. We try to make every subject engaging!”Which of these moms is doing it right? Could they all be doing it right even though they are nothing alike? Yes! I think so! Something that my mom loved about homeschooling was the freedom to teach your child in the way that works best for that child! That is what I love about homeschooling! 
Oh! by the way EVERY single one of the moms above told me that they have some much fun and so do their kids!!
Homeschooling for our family is to instill a LOVE for learning! That love that I have and that I know a lot of you have as well. I don’t want to ever hear my kids say “NO not Math” or “I hate reading” because of that it is my job to create a environment where my children are excited about learning! Where they can thrive and flourish! 
There are so many different ways to achieve this!
What’s your Style?

  • Eclectic {using two or more styles

  • Charlotte Mason Method
  • Classical {the classical approach to homeschooling}
  • Uncschooled {child-led schooling approach}
  • Traditional {aka Text Book}
…or you do something totally different! 
 
Are your kids learning? Are your kids having fun? Are you having fun and enjoying it? 
 
GUESS WHAT!?!?! You ARE Flourishing! NOT FAILING!
 
It DOESN’T matter if your friend Sally is on such a schedule that it put ship captains to shame. 
It DOESN’T matter if your friend June is disorganized and rarely has a schedule.
 
What DOES matter is that your child and you are sharing a love for learning…how ever you get to that point is up to you! 

Flourish on Mama! Flourish on!

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Makes My Monday

My little loves!

Our Beautiful Drive to Church!
My beautiful tree!

my silly littles

What’s makes my monday? My kids, my family, this beautiful weather! I am so thankful for all the blessings we have! 
What makes your monday?

Wishing everyone and happy and beautiful Thanksgiving!Photobucket

Perfectly Pinned Monday

Welcome to the VERY first installment of “Perfectly Pinned Monday” 
Do you love Pinterest as much as I do? I cannot tell you how many times I have referenced my boards! Remember what is was like before Pinterest? Searching for a link…trying so hard to remember where you saw that idea, recipe, craft!! Ahhhh! Thankfully those days are over!!!
Each week I will showcase some of my favorite pins from the week before! I will include all the links if available! Also I will notify you if a link is corrupt…I have been sent to some less that family friendly sites 😦 Thank the Lord my kiddos were not around!
Please feel free to comment your Pinterest link and your favorite pins!
I’m so very excited to share with you some of the great pins from this week! 
Love these money saver jars to teach kids about giving/saving/spending.
We live in a world full of “want want want” “me me me” This blessing jar gives us the chance to show our little ones how truly blessed we are! Every time the Lord answers a prayer or you get blessed by a kind word write it on a little piece of paper and put it in a jar! Have your kids do it to! At the end of every month go dump out the jar and read the blessings! Oh the Lord is so good!!

My little girl LOVES hair “Pretties” This is super cute and super easy….maybe one in EVERY color?!?!

Check it out Here!

Directions: Buy plates from Dollar Store, write things like, Night Before Christmas, wedding vows for a gift, happy birthday song, the possibilities are endless 🙂 Please note, they used a Porcelain 150 Pen which is permanent and safe once baked for 30 mins in a conventional oven. Have children write to preserve their special handwriting at different ages and stages!

Directions: 1/2 your fingerprint, 1/2 his– Salt Dough – 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, cold water. Mix until has consistency of play dough. bake at 250 for 2 hours, then cool and paint.good recipe for thumbprint pendants

Make a personalized mug cozy for that special teacher in your life. An inexpensive and thoughtful Christmas or teacher appreciation gift.  View directions HERE!
Looking for a beautiful fall centerpiece??? Check these out!

NEVER EVER will I pass on a VERY faded car again!! Paint it black…What’s up Batmobile!!! 

Click on the Birdies to Follow me on Pinterest!!

Happy Pinning!

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