Thursday, July 24, 2014

Training Days

"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."
Proverbs 22:6
The time has come to begin our second year of homeschooling.  Our high school boys will begin school on August 6th, just over two weeks away; so I decided it might be a good idea to get our younger kids accustomed to the idea of doing school again.  I had the best of intentions on keeping our toes wet this summer and doing reading/math each morning, but then vacation happened and we never got back to it.  It is probably a good thing, I think we all needed a bit of a break!
The idea came to me when I started to look at mapping out our school year.  Maybe we could start slowly, just a subject or two for the first week and add from there.  So this week we started our "training time"
We are working on our morning routine.  We started a variation of the Accountable kids program.  I bought the book and read it this summer.  Then, Brett made the boards for me.  The first peg holds their morning chores right now.  They are flipped over in the picture onto the second peg because they have been completed.  The third peg holds their school subjects and will also get flipped over onto the fourth peg once completed each day.  On the last peg is a punch chart.  They get one punch for each activity completed daily.  They are earning tablet time by completing their daily work.
Part of our "training time" is working on calendar
we are also working on an obedience bible study.
This week we learned-
1. Obey without delay (study of Jonah)
2. Obey completely (study of King Saul)
3. Obey without question (study of Abram)
4. Obey joyfully (study of Moses)

In preparing for this school year, I have spent a good amount of time in the study of God's word and through prayer asking for God's direction for our study this year.  Last year we used a box curriculum, My Father's World.  It was a great curriculum and required very little preparation on my part, which was awesome for a first time home schooler.  This year however, I felt God leading our family in a different direction.  I started reading, "The Well Trained Mind" last spring and felt prepared to venture out on our own with curriculum this year.
 Memory Boards
Reading/Spelling Curriculum
Kate/Andrew- All About Reading, All About Spelling
Emily/Matt- Rod and Staff
Science Curriculum
Apologia Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day
History Curriculum
Story of the World 1

Math Curriculum
Math U See Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta/Epsilon
Grammar Curriculum
Kate/Andrew- First Language Lessons
Matt- Rod and Staff 3
Emily- Rod and Staff 5

So, week one of training is almost complete.  The kids have done well.  I am extremely happy that we started our year off this way.  We will have our first official day of school on August 6, 2014.

Our new upstairs classroom is ready.
My prayer request now is that I can find lots of activities to keep our Luke occupied and engaged throughout our home schooling day. 
Since this is Luke's preferred activity during the day, you can probably understand why I might be worried. 

Here are a few of the ideas I have come up with for Luke
1.  We put a door on the homeschool room in hopes of keeping him within eyesight.
2.  We started "quiet" room time this week where he spends about 30 minutes playing and reading in his bedroom.
3.  My sister has encouraged snack/educational tv show in his highchair as another activity
4.  Sibling/Buddy playtime
5.  Tot school tubs
I know that with time, patience, and routine, Luke will not only thrive in being a part of our homeschooling experience this year, but will enjoy learning and growing along side his siblings.
I am looking forward to updating our blog this year with our homeschooling experiences

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fourth of July

We have celebrated the Fourth of July with our neighbors since moving to Georgia three summers ago.  This year was no different.  We enjoyed eating together, fellowship and laughter, and of course fireworks.
Getting ready to get the festivities going!

With all the great picnic food, I found almost all of my kids eating fruit with whip cream!

Finally it was time for fireworks and sparklers!

Memories that will carry us through another year!
Happy Fourth of July 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Marco Island- Until Next Year

We left Marco Island Friday afternoon due to this......rain!

The view as we pulled out of the driveway. 

Just before Tampa, we entered another rain tunnel! 

Finally, we left the rain behind us and finished up our drive home with clear skies.
I took this picture and texted it to my friend as we breezed by our former exit from our days of living in Groveland.  It would have been great to see my friends, but this trip didn't allow any extra time for stopping. 
Our journey home was uneventful and traveling at night turned out to be a fabulous idea.  We were able to stop for dinner and then most of the kids fell asleep.
Until next year Marco Island.  Thanks for the sunny days, water logged kids, lazy strolls on the sandy beach, shell collecting competitions, long bike rides, sand castles, and time spent as a family.  We have come to love this beach and all the memories it holds for us.

Marco Island- Creatures

Sea Birds


Sea Turtle Nest
Our last morning in Marco Island, we woke up early to see the sunrise from the beach.
That morning we saw several dolphins and even a shark in the shallow water, but unfortunately the battery had died on our camera so we missed documenting these creatures.
I am so thankful for the opportunity again this year to view God's creation up close.   

Marco Island- A Dad and his Beach Wagon

Our younger kids certainly were thankful for the strong arms of their dedicated Dad who pulled them along the beach all week long.
You can see that the load was never light!
Beach chairs
Beach umbrellas
Sand toys
Beach floats
Boogie Boards
And kids