2014-2015 Curriculum {4th/5th & K/1st}

CurricChoicesI cannot believe that summer is almost over! This year we decide to take the summer off. There was just so much going on, including my moms 70th, my grandfather’s 98th {and subsequent illness that has us waiting to get the call that he has gone to be with the Lord} The biggest reason we decided to take off the summer is because of my husbands summer term {I mentioned in the past he is currently working towards his Bachelors/MBA} We wanted to make sure we got as much family time as possible before the Fall/Winter semester starts for him {next week} Ahhh I digress…lets talk Curriculum!

We are really excited for the 2014/2015 School year to begin! As always I’ve selected a very eclectic homeschool Curriculum {meaning I don’t strictly do a curriculum in a box, Classical, or  Charlotte Mason. I fall in the category of, well…eclectic!} If I told you that all of our school curriculum has been selected and we know exactly what we’re going to do for every single subject, well…I would be lying to you. The reason being that I’m still trying to decide between a couple different things, so look for a more in-depth ‘curriculum by grade’ post in September!

All Together {as a Family}:

Our family is very spoiled, my husband’s office is downstairs! He works from home 100% of the time, which means that he is very involved with our children’s homeschooling!

My husband and I want to instill faith, humility, honor and character in our children. Here are some of the resources we will be using to accomplish this:

Along with all of our Bible time together we will also together do:

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4th/5th Grade: {Boy}

As usual Elias will be participating in our  Thursday ‘co-op’ throughout the school year! Classes he will be taking include Archery, Pottery, Leatherworking, Woodworking & Theater!

*Please note Elias is doing a mixture of 4th & 5th grade this year to ensure he is working at his level for him! These are all the ‘main’ books for the subjects we have a many ‘filler’ resources. I’m planning to having a large post coming up in late September about some of my favorite resources.

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Kindergarten/1st: {Boy & Girl}

I would really like to find a local “school age” play group. I’m not interest in a co-op for the twins. We shall see what happens.

* Please note that the twins will be working at their paces, so if they don’t accomplish anything in for ‘first grade’ that’s absolutely okay! If they’re anything like their brother they were all in excel in certain subjects, I just wanted to be prepared.

My husband and I also have some really fun family field trips and activities planned for the school year!

Coming Soon! {Back to School Edition}

  • ‘Back to School’ Reviews and Giveaways
  • Just for you Mom: Homeschool Mom’s Bible Giveaway
  • Our 2014/2015 full Schedule
  • How we Organize our School Room {Next week!}
  • Amazing History Book List
  • How We Decide on our Curriculum
  • Our Day: A day in the Life of a Homeschooler
  • AND what you’ve been asking for since May:  My 2014/2015 Homeschool Planner {I’m running a little late and I apologize. Look for it later this month!}

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Don’t forget to head over to the Not-Back-To-School Hop and see more 2014-2015 curriculum! It’s always fun to see what cool resources families are using this year! Who knows you might learn about something you would like to incorporate in your curriculum!  

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Intentional Marriage | A 31 Day Devotional | The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

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One of the coolest perks about being an affiliate for the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is getting my hands on some of the book included early! Over the next few days I will be sharing some of my favorite ebooks and programs that are apart of the amazing bundle! Intentional Marriage: the art of loving your husband  {a 31 day devotional} is one of the fabulous books in the “Marriage” section of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

 

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In the introduction Crystal says “the biggest threat to marriages in our modern world is neglect. When we stop trying, we start drifting apart.” I have to wholeheartedly agree, once you’ve been married for any length of time it starts becoming comfortable you get caught up in the busyness of life you start only thinking about yourself and sadly we often become thoughtless.Over the last 14 years my husband and I have strived to not allow the busyness of life to take control and pettiness of personal bad habits (in both my husband and myself) but the thing is life is busy and it’s easy to sink into that. Because it is so easy to get consumed by life you have to make every day intentional before you find yourself right in the middle of marriage in crisis. My husband and I have watched countless marriages fall apart because of more than just drifting apart but because they just stopped caring, they stopped being intentional in their marriages in their lives together. They had reached crisis and stopped wanting to be together. I think that it’s a sad reality that this is so very common in this current  world that were part of, but it is and we have to be proactive!

Let’s talk about intentional marriage | 31 day devotional! Crystal Brothers did an awesome job putting this together!!

There are 31 different topics covered in the devotional, including:

  • Cooking your husbands favorite food
  • Five things you love about your husband
  • Date night
  • Be his support
  • Speak only what is helpful assure him of your devotion
  • and more

Each day is put together in such a way that is very easily to accomplish a matter how busy you are. There are four parts to each day

For example Day 15 is “Thank God for him”

  1. A Bible verse Philippians 1:3  “I think my God in all my remembrance of you,”
  2. 2-4 paragraphs discussing what it means to “Thank God for him” What does this mean? How do we do it? Practical tip on how to accomplish said task.
  3. A daily challenge, for this particular day the challenge is “give thanks for your husband every time you think of him having an attitude of things will change your actions towards him”
  4. Finally there is a section of “Daily Challenge” reflection that Crystal has provided on each page. There are number of lines to write some reflection about “today’s challenge” for example you can answer questions like: did today’s challenge go today did it go better-than-expected? did today’s challenge go worse than expected? depending on each days particular challenge you will have different question to reflect on and respond to. If you are like me you will end up doing this section at the end of the day.

I really like the way this devotional is put together! There’s not too much, there’s not too little, it’s absolutely perfect! No matter how much time you have or don’t have, you can do this Devo! I found that no matter how many activities we have each day or how many things I have to do I always have the time I need to read each day, do the days challenge or prepare for it, and spend time praying for my husband. It has to be intentional so I recommend doing it first thing in the morning depending on your situation it might before work, before the kids get up, or like me when the kids are having breakfast. Set a time and stick to it {as best you can}

Besides the fact that this is just an altogether wonderful devotional I love what’s at the end of the book…awesome resources like:

  • 101 ways to bless your husband
  • 101+ free/cheap date night ideas
  • 101+ conversation starters

I like to add to each day the time to pray and write out a prayer for your husband. We are all different, were all going through different things, each of our husbands are going through different things. I would highly suggest taking the time to really pray for your husband!  Pray the things that he’s going through both big and small, any issues that you are having with each other, family, friends {ect.} and lastly, that God will help you be the wife that he has created you to be for your husband.

I hope you grab up the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and enjoy the Intentional Marriage Devotional as much as I did! As a reminder this bundle is a one time offer, once it’s gone, it’s gone!!!! There’s only 5 days left!

Keep an eye out tomorrow for more of My Favorite ebooks from the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

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Available Now | April 23 – April 28


Our Homeschool Classroom 2013-2014

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I have been blessed with a home that has a beautiful downstairs oversized living room. When we first looked at our how nearly 8 years ago and I saw the room I told my husband “this will be the coolest homeschool room” I have the ability to have a school room and a playroom in one…which is FANTASTIC! Everything in our school room has been accumulated over the last 6ish years and painted it more times than I can remember 🙂

I’m finally ready to share my 2013-2014 classroom pics with you!  I still have a few gutter shelves to add and couple finishing touches!  Let me tell you, I had a ton of fun decorating. I love how it turned out this year &  I hope you do, too! 🙂

I have quite a bit of pics for you, so here we go!

 a larger pulled back photo! The light gray low shelf my hubby built for me last night and I am IN LOVE!

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Our “Verse of the week” board!

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The ever important “gutter” shelves! These are AWESOME! I wish I would have some of these in our first home! I would have had so much more space!

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Here is a closer look at my low floor shelf… it has four large “cubbies” perfect for things that take up lots of space like puzzles, books, games, act.

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Calendar and We Choose Virtues

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The shelf again…yeah I’m pretty stoked about it! 🙂

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In the corner I have tons of posters and art supplies

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The twins area! Later this week I will be painting the blue lower wall in chalkboard paint and adding a gutter shelf to hold a bunch of story books for the twinnies!

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Computer Corner!

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Our Virtues wall!

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Here is a pull back of some of the gutter shelves as you can see they hold a lot! {we have 7 total and they cost maybe $35 when it was all said and done}

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Our cursive banner that was given to us last year!

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My math, history, science & printables shelf!

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And…the ever important metal door! The entertainment this give is unreal…the twins will play with the letter, fish and emotion magnets for hours!

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So there you have it! I’m planning on a post all about my new floor shelf with cubbies!

What kind of room do you have? I’d love to hear all about it! if you shared about it on your blog please comment and leave me the link!! Can’t wait to hear and see all about it! 

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I’m joining in the fun with iHomeschool Network’s Not Back to School Blog Hop. Don’t forget to go check it out to see how other families are homeschooling this year! You might even get a few new ideas!

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Our School Day Switch up!

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Since the beginning of the school year {August 2012} We have had the same schedule 9am-3pm with breaks every 3 subjects/projects. Guess how many times we actually completed the entire days work? VERY seldom. We would start every day out with momentum and excitement but after that first break it was like pulling teeth…the day would quickly go from happiness and excitement to groans of annoyance and cries of frustration. What’s a mama to do? In November/December I reevaluated our school day work load. I also incorporated new fun learning games, like Time Bingo, a game called Pizza Party that is all about fractions, and other fun games. That really seemed to help…we were getting more than 50% done, heck I’ll take that! Now it was the coming back to the school room after lunch that was the problem…it was a BIG problem. I needed a change!

In Late December I was chatting with a few other Homeschool moms and the “What’s your school day look like” question came up. There were a HUGE range of responses…everything from 8am -2pm to 1pm -5pm and everything in between. One of my very dear friends response was very interesting…it was EXACTLY what I had been toying with starting! Her kiddos do school Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am-12pm {Our kids go to the same program on Thursdays!}  I was so excited to chat with her and tell her that I was planning the following Monday to begin 8am-11pm! She was VERY encouraging and gave me a little bit of a break down of her day.

Here is a very basic break down of our day

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This is our regular schedule, however some days we switch it around and do Math first, then History, then reading.

Since we started this new schedule we have finish 100% of the planned school work…EVERY. SINGLE. DAY!! YAY!

I asked my 8 year old son what he thought of our new schedule and he told me that he loves it! Having our school day starting and ending all before lunch has opened up so much more time to do things as a family. We are going on family daily walks after lunch {my hubby works from home} we are able to have playdates and field trips without the worry of interfering with our school day! And for me personally…I’m able to to read and actually do my bible study homework! I can even run on the treadmill!  It has been so wonderful for us!

So what about you? What does your school day look like?

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Homeschooling: Kindergarten – 1st grade – 2nd grade year has started!!!

We homeschool!! We LOVE it!

 

I LOVE flashcard! We can take these anywhere!! E loves them too!

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Please Email with any questions about the books or flash cards I have posted today!

The many books I have added E’s homeschool curriculum!!

Since the Public school year has begun, people are always asking Elias if he has started school. He always replies “Yes!! I am homeschooled by my Mommy”. Oh, the looks we get. Sometimes they smile, but other times….Ahhhh, not so much. The other day I ran into another Homeschooling Mama, and she asked “what curriculum are you using?” I don’t think she liked my response, but thats ok. We all have to do what is right for our own children.
We officially started the school year on August 1st! I has been going great! Elias is so eager to learn. Before we began I hoped that we would do 45 minutes of work at a time with a 15 minute break between each activity. I didn’t want to overload him and them him end up dreading school. Much to my surprise we spend a average of 2 hours at a time on each subject (different ones each day…a max of 4) I couldn’t have asked for a better little student! This year I decided to combine Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grades. Now, a month later our main focus seems to be more at the 1st-3rd levels!!!
Some of the things we have been learning:
reading,
addition,
subtraction,
the pledge of allegiance,
homonyms,
states and capitals (not all of course),
the planets
Still to come for the Fall season:
Thanksgiving, a one month study of Native Americans, for this we will focus on the Choctaw and Black Foot tribes (I am 1/16 Choctaw).
We will also do all kinds of fun activities dealing with:
Mammals,
Weather,
Seasons, and
Christmas…the Birth of Jesus, and what Christmas is all about.
Outside of the “regular” subjects, we will be working on:
Manners,
Respect,
Honesty,
Building Character,
Loving Family, and
Bible Study!
I made the decision early on that I would put together our curriculum, piece by piece! Over the last few months, and have put together what I believe to be a awesome school year plan!

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