Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The month of September has flown by!!!  Where did it go? Only a few more days until October. It is so hard for me to believe!

We have had a great month.  School is going good. Mike and I are proud of Abby and the progress that we are making! It amazes me how much she does know that I never realized that she did!  We have finished 1 unit in our reading curriculum and she tested yesterday and today on that unit. She benchmarked with flying colors!  The rest of week in reading and language arts we are working with the classic, Johnny Appleseed!!  A favorite of mine.

Here are a few pictures from our first full month of home schooling!

Abby at the laptop working on her spelling words. She loves Spelling City!

Reading a book to take an "AR test" on. We use book adventure. She tests on books that she reads and earns points for prizes!
We love "Friday Night Lights!" Josh plays football and we love to go and watch him play. It also gives Abby a chance to connect with good friends.  :-)

International Home School Spirit Week is this week!  Each day is a fun theme, just like homecoming spirit week in public school. 
Yesterday was school in your pajamas day! Abby and Kit took advantage of the opportunity since mom doesn't let her stay in her pj's on a typical school day.  :-)

Today was "Homeschool away from home" day. We went to the park!  It was fun and Abby loved schooling in the great outdoors. We may try to do this more often!!!

I took a picture of one of the problems Abby had in math today!  She is already solving for x in equations in math. Gulp! This is second grade math!!!  She is hanging in there though and I couldn't be prouder!!
Well we have three more days of Homeschool Spirit Week. There will be more pictures to share. Tomorrow is Crazy Hair Day. Thursday is volunteer day and Friday is superhero day!  Fun, fun!!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Running behind on the updates and I apologize! We are still trucking along and loving every minute of this whirlwind called life! School is going great! We really could not ask it to be any better. God is blessing us each and every day and we are forever thankful for that!

We went on our first field trip as a home school. We had a great time. Our first stop was the United States Post Office. It was a great tour of our small hometown post office.

After the post office, we made a stop at our local newspaper office, the NWA.  Also known as Northwest Alabamian.  All Abby had to say about it, was that it stunk.  LOL....she was referring to the very strong ink smell from the printing machinery. 

After the newspaper office, we went to the hospital and heard a speech on different careers in the medical field. They passed around a rubber hand with an IV needle inserted into it.  Abby decided right then and there that she didn't want to work in a hospital.  ;-)
It was a great afternoon with fellow home schoolers!!!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

We are still going strong! Abby started piano lessons last week. She wants to learn to play and I have read that it opens up the mind to learning, so we are going with it! She had a great first practice but mom didn't get any pictures. :-(

We are loving the freedom of home schooling. How much better does it get than, home schooling in heels?  ;-)
Yes, that is Sara in the background. LOL...she often cat naps like that while Abby and I are "schooling."  Cute!

We just finished our study of sunflowers and we both enjoyed it. I asked Abby what did she want to learn about next (other than her regular academics) and she pondered for a moment and said I would like to know more about cows. LOL....yes cows! So we began a study of cattle yesterday!

We have a field trip this week with members of the home school group to go to the local newspaper office, the post office, and the hospital. But, for now it is upstairs to become "smarter that the average bear!"  Hugs!

Monday, August 26, 2013

I promised several days ago to continue on with our typical home school day. A little late, but here it is.....

After prayer and Bible study, Abby sits down with her Daily Learning Binder.  This binder includes calendar activities and weather activities. After she completes this task, we sit down to read. She reads her reading story to me. We talk about it and go over spelling and vocabulary words together. She then works in her Language Arts Binder (which includes Grammar, Spelling, Reading and Handwriting). After this, she does her math. She has a lesson on DVD to watch. After the lesson, she has worksheets to complete and I direct as needed. Right now we are doing Science, so that is the next subject covered. I was going to alternate Science and History, but I think our best bet is to cover Science the first semester of the year and then History the second semester of the  school year. After her core subjects are completed, she then has computer time. She works on spelling and reading during this time.

After classroom work is done, the learning does not stop. Abby is also learning life skills every day. She has helped with house cleaning, laundry, cooking, and other things since school has started this year. We talk and spend time together that we would never have the chance to before. We have had some very interesting conversations. We also have some quiet time away from each other to regroup.

PE is also included. Right now, it is cheer season therefore that is her PE and socializing time. She meets with her cheer team three days a week. We go to church on Wednesday nights and she loves her Bible Study group.  She starts piano lessons this week and she is really excited about that!  Life is good right now and I wouldn't change it for anything in the world! We would appreciate some prayers on a couple of unspoken requests.  I said life was good, not perfect!  ;-)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

We had a great weekend! Mike and I, as Children's Directors at church, hosted a "Back to School Bash" at the city pool! We had lots of fun and so did all of the kids!  A great time was had by all!  Swimming and pizza! How can one go wrong with that combination? ;-)

The Church of the Future!!!!
Sunday afternoon, we made our annual trek to Kinlock Falls in Bankhead National Forest! Mother Nature's Waterpark!  We have been doing this for several years! We always have so much fun. I can always tell how good (or bad) of shape I am in after a trip here. ;-)

This is a natural water fall, that you can sit down on and slide into the pool of water below. The water is freezing but so refreshing on a hot, summer day!  But, after the slide down, you have to come back up! You have to climb back up the fall with a rope. It is fun exercise!!  There is also a cliff that you can jump off of but that isn't my cup of tea! Mike and Josh enjoyed it though!
We had a great weekend! Just because summer vacation is over, doesn't mean the summer fun has to end! We have another fun filled weekend planned for this Labor Day weekend. That is, after another week of school. ;-)

Friday, August 23, 2013

And on we go! Cheer practice has started and Abby attended an all day cheer camp last weekend. She had a great time! She will start piano lessons next week. I am excited about this! I hope this is something she really enjoys and wants to continue doing!

School is going great!!  Sara is doing great while we learn. She is such a good baby!!!  She loves to sit and listen to us read. She will sit for several minutes and listen to our Bible story each day. She loves to play with the toys that I have reserved for "classroom play" only!!  I pray God continues to bless us as we continue on our journey.

We still get "the looks" when we tell people we are homeschooling. I can tell that several want to express their opinions about it, but thankfully they keep it to themselves. God is leading us and guiding us.  I know he will not steer us wrong.

Abby has had a couple of run ins with other kids.  Of course they are negative about it, and it breaks my heart that kids are the way they are.  But, overall, most everyone is supportive (to our faces) anyway. Mike is more secure in our decision and I thank God for that.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I thought I would give everyone a rundown of our schedule. I started out with a schedule made down to 15 minute increments. That soon went out the window. Now, I plan on the material I want to cover each day and we go from there. That is the beauty of homeschooling! We can go as fast or as slow as we want. If I see Abby is having difficulty with something in particular then I slow down and take extra time with her. If it is material that she is grasping, we don't slow down and go on to the next item.

I am a very structured person! I am homeschooling, and I know that a lot of people have misconceptions about homeschooled kids. Well, not this mama!!!  Abby gets up every school day as if she were going to public school. Instead of getting up at 6 AM though, I do allow her to sleep until 6:30-6:45. I get up as usual between 5:30 and 5:45 AM and get myself ready for the day, cook breakfast, and get Mike out the door. Abby is up by 7 AM.  She eats breakfast and I let her chill until 7:30. She then must get her morning routine started and this consists of straightening her bedroom, her morning hygiene ritual, getting dressed and feeding and watering the inside animals.  About 8:30ish, we head upstairs to our classroom and begin our school day. EVERY school day starts with a prayer and bible study! It gets us going! We both enjoy it! Abby is keeping a Bible journal and loves to fill it up with everything that we study from the Bible.  She asked after about the second day of school why she couldn't study about Jesus in public school.  I told her that teachers weren't allowed to talk about Jesus. Her response? "Why mama? Jesus loves all of us." How sweet was that!?!?!  Just add this to my growing list of why I feel homeschooling is the option for us.

I will continue on in another post with how the rest of our school day goes.  Later gators!