Friday, February 26, 2010

Rain Rain GO away!

Today is Friday and it is rainy cold. Makes for a depressing day. My kids went out and played anyways after we did our Today Goals.  We had a successful day in finishing what we needed to do. One thing for sure God is good and we are blessed everyday to bale to spend it together as a family even when I am ready to pull my hair out!

Today Makenzee asked if we could work the memory verse, poem, song. She said she really love them, and it makes her fill good to know she can remember things!  How could I say no we are done learning hahaha now that would dumb on my part. I was honored she requested extra. It is paying off homeschooling her I believe she is not as far behind as she may have been in the end of School last year. She has come a long way and even further since we brought CMM in our lives!

We are planning on doing the Build and grow clinic at Lowe's it is from 10am to 11am.. The we will venture to Micheals for The Knack craft it is 10am -1pm hopefully they haven't run out of the kits! At least they will get to do one. It sucks when things happen at same time and day! But that's cool can't complain beggars can't be choosers. But either way it should be a nice eventful weekend!

Remember kindness and attentiveness is the key of happiness!

"Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr."

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Maintain low TONES!!!!

Our house was exceptionally loud today. I can remember my parents saying to my brothers and I and also my children "Maintain Low Tones" And it stuck with me. So much better then telling them to be quit or when your at the point of saying SHUT UP!!!! So I found myself saying maintain low tones please and use our listing ears! Everyone made it unscathed and in one piece. YAY    

This week seems to be like a rerun because everyday we have started our schooling late. But we were still successful in getting our Today's Goals finished! It was a little shaky with Jon-Jon but I guess he is allowed to have bad days even if it happens most of the day. But we still finished our goals. Even though we had a lot of me saying Maintain low tone and please us your listening ears.

Today the kids learned and did a neat art project on clouds. First we looked up what they looked like and went outside to see what type of clouds we had in our sky.  We learned that there are three main type of clouds are Cumulus, Stratus, Cirrus!
 Cumulus: In Latin, this means "heap."  Cumulus clouds look like a heap of cotton balls or whipped cream.

Stratus: It's Latin for "covering" or "blanket."  Stratus clouds look like a flat blanket in the sky.
Cirrus: It's Latin for "curl."  Cirrus clouds look like curls of white hair.

Here in the great state of Louisiana we had STRATUS clouds! Then we came in and they each got blue construction paper and cotton balls and glue. The kids had fun trying to make clouds now mind you it wasn't as easy as you think. But they are proud! Jon-Jon did not want to be in picture guess he thought closing his eyes would be the same. I don't see you so you don't see me. Ok I forgot for second he is 14 years old and it is just a I am to cool for this picture! Jon-Jon just Laughed and said "I can't believe you said that". My response was oh I can with evil grin..
Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the and the blind can see Mark Twain quotes

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Twinkle Little Star

Today we had what we call Life hit us so everything started fast but way off schedule. We were off our Daily Goals from the start this morning! Which is life and you move on. See our Weekly Goals are very forgiving and easy to get back on track! The kids slept in ok I was lazy and didn't do my momma thing and took advantage of a quit morning. Ok who and I foolin Abbigale won't give me that bliss. I get up she is up.

Ok back to story! After we got up and did our morning routine it was almost time for Jon-Jon's appointment. We have an appointment every month for his medicine management. So while I had a few minutes and Abbigale was busy helping her brother and sisters I was able to get on and check emails. Then we went to Jon-Jon's appointment. Appointment was like any other and went smoothly happy to report!

We got home and made lunch then Started Today's Goals. We actually did everything even though we didn't get dinner tell way later then usual. We also didn't make it to G.A.'s/ Youth Group. But Left over Jambalaya sure was a life saver for me! Woo hoo gotta love it when you have something already homemade in the Ice Box.

Today the kids successfully learned the song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star we found on line. It is very basic and easy moves. So since I am a mean Mom I have stepped it up we are adding movements to it. They were kinda mad but I think it will help them learn more ASL in long run. They almost have Alphabets down. Lileigh is kinda having issues some is lack of wanting to try or put effort in to it. But  I do give her credit she does watch and does attempt at times so maybe she will catch on soon. "Keeping fingers crossed and not my eyes"

The memory verse they are learning is "For his loving kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord is everlasting." Psalm 117:2  We are still learning to put KINDNESS in to our daily lives as well attentiveness.These are such good habits to have. If more people would use these daily we would have such a happy America heck world! But remember this it is up to us to make our children a better tomorrow and way of  looking at life! Remember it starts with us Parents being Attentive and Kind to our children, can make a difference in our world and family lives!

You can gain more friends by being yourself than you can by putting up a front. You can gain more friends by building people up than you can by tearing them down. And you can gain more friends by taking a few minutes from each day to do something kind for someone, whether it be a friend or a complete stranger. What a difference one person can make! Sasha Azevedo quotes 

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wind is the word

Today we had another great day. It is very nice and I am sure boring because I haven't had to mention a bad day yet. To me this is sweet bliss. Here is what our  Today's Goals we did today! We ended out starting our day way later then we start but we were successful in it needless to say!

Today in our creation study we learned about wind. We read scripture on how God made wind. We learned in Psalm 78:26 that God let east wind loose from heavens and led Fourth to south wind by his power. We learned that when God spoke it would stir up violent storms. Psalm 107:25.

John 3:8 says The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound but can not tell where it comes from or where it is going.

We also talked about how when Jesus was on the boat is was sinking do to big storm. Jesus was sleeping when a storm stirred up and  his disciples woke him to tell him they were sinking. Jesus got up and said he rebuked the wind and raging waters. The storm subsided and all became calm. Luke 8: 23 and 24.

In this study the kids got to make there own sail boats. It is amazing what a picnic cup, straw, tape and construction paper can turn into. Well it isn't a long boat it is a round boat. But the kids are so proud.

Today for art instruction we did the girls Van Gogh lap books. The learned what impasto painting is. For those who do not know like us. It is texture under the paint weather it is the paint laid on thickly or mixing something  and putting it on the canvas then painting. The girls tore toilet paper into small pieces and added glue and made a goopy mixture then brushed it on there paper they are using for there canvas. It is really a kinda neat.

Jon-Jon is teaching himself to draw by following the Learning to Draw  website. We have been on him for years about not pressing so hard as you write. Do to it hurts your hand and tires your hand as well. Today he comes up to me and says I learned something new. I said oh really what is that. He said I learned you shouldn't push down on the pencil to draw.  My reaction in my head was to look cross eyed at him but I was a good Mom and said that is awesome but does it sound familiar?! Jon-Jon said laughing " I know mom that's why I was sharing it with you" Hey as mom I am thrilled he is actually reading and understanding the instruction!                   Before paint                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                 With color not finished
We got to See Pawpee and Granny (Thomas's dad and mom). Sunday was Granny's birthday. They were in town for Pawpee had some doctors appointments at the VA hospital. The kids helped me make a lemon glazed cake. The girls have a thing for the candy sprinklers so she had a colorful cake. The had fun helping in making the cake and also eating it with Granny. We are so thankful for being able to see them even if it was for about an hour!

We are looking forward to tomorrow and having another great day and to see what hurdles we will have to go through!!

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile. Mother Teresa

Monday, February 22, 2010

Louisiana is gloomy today.

Today here in Louisiana it is overcast and cool. Here at J and B Learning turned out to bright and shinny learning! The glominess didn't stop us from getting our Today's Goals finished! We had a great day. We went from Attentiveness  to working on Kindness as our Habit Training

We started learning a new painting by Van Gogh called Girl in the Woods  it was made in August 1882 with oil on panel. It is very different then the 3 we have study this seems to be darker and deeper. The detail is very good when it comes to the trees. you feel as if your in the woods when you look at it. According to my children the painting in Black and White makes them feel like it is kinda spooky or the girl is ghost like. So we looked at the painting with color as well as the black and white. We found that the color is way easier to see detail like the is a tree that has fallen in the back of painting. We also have learned Vincent van Gogh's earliest paintings offer some interesting insights into his ongoing development as an artist. Stylistically some of the works seem flat and the colours aren't always used to their best effect, but these paintings nevertheless reflect an emerging genius. We are so learning to enjoy Vincent Van Goghs art!

For this two weeks we are learning a new Mozart master piece called "An die Freude" / Song / KV 53 / KV 47e. According to Makenzee it makes her want to dance and act out with hand movements as the lady sings! Makenzee also said "if only I knew what she was saying as she sings it would be even better! But  I love it and it is soothing to me!" Jon-Jon said "to be honest it is actually a cool piece." Of Coarse all Lileigh said it is just so beautiful. See according to Lileigh everything is always beautiful!

Today I found out I have a co-leader for Girl Scouts YAY..... I am so excited because this past weekend I also have found another little girl as well as a co-leader and her daughter so know we need 1 more girl to officially  be called a troop 463. 

"A good character is the best tombstone.  Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered.  Carve your name on hearts, not on marble."  ~Charles H. Spurgeon

Friday, February 19, 2010


Thank you God for we made another week! We hope everyone is doing well. We hope everyone has an awesome weekend filled with lots of natural learning!

 But for our family the schooling is still going well. We are doing make up work for Jon-Jon on Saturday! Here is our Today's Goals the girls did for today we will finish tomorrow what we didn't get to toady with Jon-Jon! We are still learning Attentiveness. It is very important the kids understand that attentiveness is very important for learning. God expects us to be good listeners so we can understand his word and life in general.

We went to a meeting for Girl Scouts. The girls are so excited. I have decided to be a troop leader. God guide me to be the best Leader I may be! I feel it will be ok As long as I can get at least 3 more girls and a Co-leader. Until we have this we wont be considered a troop. But we do have a troop number!  We actually have a number. Hip Hip Hooray! 
Our Troop 463 

The Mission Statement for Girl Scouts is:
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

The Girl Scouts law:
I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say or do.
And to:
respect myself and others respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a big sister to every Girl Scout.

The Girl Scout promise:
On my honor,
I will try: To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

The Girl Scout Motto:
"Be Prepared"

I know I have mentioned Jon-Jon is in Boy Scouts.  I really don't know much when it comes to Boy Scouts. I know this Troop 119 is very active into hiking and camping right up my Husbands and sons ally. They went on a 5 mile hike a couple of Saturdays ago. They loved it. They are supposed to be going on on a week hike in May. They are so excited really I can not tell you who is more excited Thomas or Jon-Jon. They are trying to figure out how to get all the hiking and camping gear they will need. It is such a great wholesome program. Also that is a sweet victory is that most of the boys in Troop 119 are home schooled how cool is that!

Boy Scout Oath or Promise
On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and obey the Scout Law,
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scouts Law:
A Scout is:
  • Trustworthy,
  • Loyal,
  • Helpful,
  • Friendly,
  • Courteous,
  • Kind,
  • Obedient,
  • Cheerful,
  • Thrifty,
  • Brave,
  • Clean,
  • and Reverent.
Boy Scout Motto:
"Be Prepared"

Boy Scout Slogan:
Do a Good Turn Daily!
The Outdoor Code:
As an American, I will do my best to -
Be clean in my outdoor manners
Be careful with fire
Be considerate in the outdoors, and
Be conservation minded.

 To think these are all things we are instilling in our children I feel we are making a very good choice adding these into our lives.  I just pray I can handle the response ability that comes with it. But how could I not try for my daughters who have so longed to be apart of a great group.  It is amazing how we do things as a parent because it makes our children happy and want to be apart.

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."
- Henry Ford

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Back on Track

We were able to get back on track today. Jon-Jon was home to get our goals done that we had to do. Here is what our Today's Goals were. We made Kettle Corn it was very yummy but we did add salt to it. For what is popcorn without salt. The kids loved it and I had to make a second batch just so I could have some. A mental note make sure you are shaking pan and it is covered as you pop popcorn and sugar. But yes it is so worth it and yummy.

We have been working on Winter Time by Robert Louis Stevenson. The kids have memorized 3 of the 5 paragraphs. They start saying it with me as I read when I walk by it. They get excited when they hear someone say it. They end up finishing it. The kids are memorizing lots of things from Bible verses, poetry, quotes (ect.).  My children seem to amaze me everyday and I know I am doing what is right!

We may not pay much for there education but you can virtually home school for next to nothing. They are learning to open there minds and expand their learning process. I have had some people say that because there children learned to write cursive or read as a pre-schooler that mine children are not learning as well. My question is do you think because a child can write and read early are smarter then those who get it later? My answer to this every child learns differently and some catch on sooner then others. No matter what you pay or don't pay for education this is used, Make sure to use what works for your child and family.

Jon-Jon was in public school  pre-K to 2rd grade.I started homeschooling him for 3rd grade. I had everyone telling me to put him in public school it would be better since he gave me such a challenge. So I did and  it slap me in the face he did not adjust very well going back as a matter a fact he was worse there then at home. So we started homeschooling him again for 5th grade and still doing it. 

Makenzee went to school for pre-K and 1st grade. She was out more then in do to being sick. since she was out more she didn't get the proper learning skills. We would request for her school work and when teacher would comply she would tell us this all she needs to do. Well unfortunately that wasn't so. We read to her every night and she did her school work. But when she was able to be at school the teacher would give us grief she really needs to be in school she has fallen behind. Makenzee learned how to sound out her words but not in a flowing way. Well when some are is sick it is  kinda hard to let them go to school. We knew at that point we were going to home school her.

 We have decided to get rid of all the textbooks we had for they were not working and my children hated schooling when we mention get your book for this subject. They would all get that uugghhh attitude. For when you use textbooks they limit you on what specific things are or information. They also dumb down a lot of the books to make kids want to learn from them. But unfortunately my kids hated them. As well was not motivated to read.

Then we switched to a curriculum on computer called Time 4 Learning. It was great for a little bit. At least until  Jon-Jon realized he had paper work as well as learning on computer then the war started. His eyes glaze over and you have lost him. Makenzee was doing well with it and loved it. It just wasn't enough to help her get back on track. But we were paying $50.00 a month which isn't bad for an education. Sometimes Makenzee still asks why we don't use it. I simply mention that since Daddy has gone back to school he needs the computer more and she is content with that. 

Yes my children are behind I personally blame the public school system. The no kid left behind is a very stupid law. But they are catching up do to the new method of learning we are doing. We are applying the Charlotte Mason Method  using Living Books to our lives. We still use some other learning resources but they work together. When we switched our way of thinking and looked into CMM we had no idea how to start. Then one day when I was talking to my friend Michelle (Holistic Homeschooler) she was telling me how she was using it and she would help me get started.

So she explained why the Method works and how it actually makes learning more fun then actually learning is known to be. We choose to do all the subjects together for all ages and then have Jon-Jon do extra research and work on the particular subject we are working on. For once in my sons life he enjoys doing the work. One thing I have to say is I am finding myself doing lots of reading and  research for my children. I can say with head held high IT IS PAYING OFF! I am so proud that I am not paying high prices for my kids education and I know they are still getting an awesome wholesome education in return. 

There are so many ways of educating your children Public school, Private school, Homeschooling, Unschooling, Eclectic Learning, Internet based and many more ways. Just remember children will thrive when they are introduced to the type of learning that suits their individual needs. When you begin the right program, you and your child will know. No matter what method you prefer as a parent, if your child is not responding to it, move on to something different. Eventually you will find what works and makes everyone happy at the same time. Attempting to discover this magic formula is part of the wonderful journey of homeschooling. As a parent, it's your job to make the best informed decision for your child.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hump Day

Today we didn't get our goals done like we would have wanted to. Jon-Jon and Daddy went to work they are almost done with the job but not yet. No complaints. So the girls were home with mommy again. Well today they weren't feeling well. Abbigale is teething her molers and has runny nose and rash. Lileigh has rough breathing and coughing so we had to do breathing treatments. Makenzee has a rash on her eye not sure what it is but it kinda comes and goes. So J and B Learning had a day off. Thank goodness none is sicker knocking on wood. I do believe they are feeling better because this evening they are running around crazy or is it cabin fever. Hoping to have J and B Learning back on track. We did water the plants and folded laundry so we did have a life skills and habit training day! So weather or not we went by the Goals for today we were successful and did accomplish something.

Girl Day

Mommy and girls day! We had a great day for it being a Tuesday. I was 1 kid short today. It was kinda nice.  We called it girls day! Jon-Jon went to help Dad who got to go and help a neighbor with a paying gig. We like paying gigs!! Jon-Jon was soooo happy because he made himself some money as well. Well Jon-Jon want to spend his money as soon as he earns it.. Which is fine and dandy but when you have big dreams such as four wheelers, hiking gear and so on better to save and get own knowing you earned it and did it yourself. He worked hard and really did have to work. He toted wheel barrels of dirt all day. I am proud he actually worked without complaining. Way to go Jon-Jon.

The girls and I resumed our school day and had a great time doing it. Here are our Todays Goals we did. With History we are  learning how God created everything. The girls got to paint rainbows for there creation books. We learned that the rainbow is God's promise “Never again will I destroy the world with a flood. I make this covenant with you and with all creatures. From this day on,there will always come a time for planting, and a time for gathering up what was planted. Day will always follow night, the warm days of summer will always follow the cold and snow of winter, as long as the earth shall be." My daughter thought the rainbow was an awesome idea God came up with. They loved painting there rainbows. Makenzee said "God has a big heart he knows right from wrong." The fact that My children are realizing God is good We have an awesome God who rains over heaven and earth is such sweet bliss.

Makenzee definition of RAINBOWS
                                         Lileighs definitions of RAINBOWS

The girls helped me make homemade chicken pot pie. We also made lucky leaf cake just because it sounds so yummy. Oh and it was!!  The girls really love helping me in the kitchen when I cook and bake. It is nice know that hopefully one day in our society that if they choose to they will make great Stay at home mommas fearing God, who understand God's Laws,  Family values, eating healthy, living healthy, home birthing, breastfeeding, homeschooling.. That basically the home is what you make it and our HEARTS are in it.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Presidents Day!

We had a good day today. Here is what they kids did today where Todays Goal ! Jon had to have his president poster board done for today. I asked him to pick a president any president he wanted and do research on which ever president he choose. But it had to be done on Presidents day. He had the options of  written, oral, or poster report. Well he choose Abraham Lincoln.Which by the way Abe's birthday was last Friday February12. So I found it fitting he choose him.

This was a big achievement for Jon-Jon. I am so proud he actually did it. For those of you who don't know my son, he isn't a self motivator when it comes to school. My son has been diagnosed with Bi-Polar w/psychosis and ODD. So we can have some really bad days. But Since we have started using CMM Thank You Holistic Homeschooler Life has gotten better for our homeschooling time and family.

My very good friend Michelle (also known as Primal) owns that blog Holistic Homeschooler and she has turned our way of schooling around 180%. I am so grateful for her. I don't think she realizes how much she has helped our family! Doing the CMM is a life changing METHOD. We have a very structured Daily and  Weekly Goal.  I call them Goals because we strive to make sure we do them everyday. Life happens and sometimes keeping a schedule goes out the door. But at least we have one that is working and not hard to get back doing it!. I also have to give credit to my very best friend who I grew up with and as adults have had a long distance relationship Cindy (Sunset Learning Academy ) Has been homeschooling her daughters as well. She helps me find resources and neat things to receive for our children. She is  my morning coffee meeting before we get day started. With out my 2 friends I wouldn't be where I am now as a homeschooling mother. Thank you again We love you both!

Makenzee and Lileigh have been begging to have their little tent put up in there room. for a while now. Well Daddy put it up and guess where they were sleeping when I went to check on them and tuck them in. You guessed it in there tent. Guess they are camping inside.  I pray everyone is safe and has a good night.

Tomorrow I'll think of some way . . . after all, tomorrow is another day. Scarlett O'Hara

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Mardi Gras Parade

We pray everyone is well! We went to the Children's Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday 13,2010. The kids had fun it was our first Mardi Gras parade ever. Let me tell you they seem to go on and on and on..We had a good time but we left before it was over do to we had kids who needed us the restroom and the porta pottys where to far. The kids all ended up with tons of beads. Now what the heck do you do with them?! We figure we will make gifts and art!  From what we have been told They have parades Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. I guess Tuesday it is all over. Our family must be party poopers because we choose not to go today or rest of week.  The kids said we have enough beads!

Over all we had a lazy weekend. Ready for our week and routine chaos.  I have couple of pictures that my sister in law took. Jon-Jon was hiding from camera. Were going to have to work on that!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic

LoweBot: Saturday 02/27/2010
Clinics start at 10AM and are FREE!

It’s a car! It’s a robot! It’s both! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build this cool Lowebot!

Friday, February 12, 2010

100 books every child should read - ParentDish

100 books every child should read
Author Michael Morpurgo believes that if children are to become readers for life, they must first love stories. That sounds so basic and true that one wonders why it needs to be said in the first place. But, as Morpurgo points out, learning to read and write and enjoying stories are not the same thing. In school, words must be spelled properly, written neatly and punctuated correctly. If a child hasn't already learned to love words before entering the classroom, this testing and red-marking might very well prevent that love from developing and growing.

Morpurgo believes that reading just for the sake of the story should be happening in every classroom every day. But like so many other things, the love of reading truly starts at home. To that end, he has compiled a list of 100 Books Every Child Should Read. From the early years, to the middle years and on into the teen years, the list includes classics you would expect and some that I've never even heard of.

It's a great list and a wonderful resource if you are looking to expand the library of a special child. But we all have our favorites and I see right way that some of ours didn't make the cut. Judy Schachner's Skippyjon Jones stories are the funniest, most entertaining books in our collection. We've read them many times, but they still crack us up every time. What books would you add to Morpurgo's list?

Great Books for Kids(click thumbnails to view gallery)

Where the Wild Things AreThe Very Hungry CaterpillarThe Story of BabarWinnie the PoohBallet Shoes

We got snow!

We woke up to snow!! The kiddos were so excited. We did our morning routine and then went outside before snow melted away! So we went out and got slushy wet but pulled off making a funky poor snow man!!! The kids had a blast. Then we came in and got warm and started our day!

Check what our Today's Goals were today!
We were successful and did everything and some extra. We made hot dogs over our fire in the fireplace the kids thought it was awesome!

Then after we cleaned up the girls wanted to do some painting like Van Gogh. So they had a blast so did Abbibear.
After we got done cleaning everything and everyone up The girls and I made home made pizza. The girls helped make the dough and stretched it across the stone and added sauce, cheese, peperoni, mushrooms, onion. Can you say YUMMO!!!!! Unfortunately we didn't get pictures! Over all We had a fantabulous day!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Today started out slowwwwwww

We didn't get started with schooling until 4pm. I know very late. But we did our daily scripture which was Mathew 13:16. "But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear." We are still working on Attentiveness. Then we went to do some math. Dad was working with Jon-Jon while I helped Lileigh and Makenzee do theirs. Then the kids did Language Arts dictation-Jon, Copy Work- Makenzee and Lileigh.  Then the girls helped me make dinner They love helping me in the kitchen. We made chicken patties, mashed potatoes with gravy and mixed California blend veggie's with cheese. 

After we got done with cleaning up and visiting with daddy. He didn't have to go to school tonight do to it is "SNOWING" and LSU-A canceled it. Unfortunately it started snowing to late to let kids go check it out. But tomorrow looks like they will be able to see it since it is starting to stick on ground. Our family had a fun time reading  a legend on "The Story of St.Valentines" the reason there is Valentines day.We as a family had a great time reading it and answering the questions. Thank you Sunset Learning!!

 Other then not getting all our schooling done for today we had a productive day. We cleaned up our school room/dinning room as well as I made a uni-dress and a tu-tu for "Simply Flare" We make childrens clothes at moment. Tomorrow is our make up day so we will get today's work done tomorrow!

The Knack(SM) - Where Kids Discover(SM) - The Knack Family Event: Valentine's Day Cards

The Knack(SM) - Where Kids Discover(SM) - The Knack Family Event: Valentine's Day Cards

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Today was Library day!

We started  our Wednesday schooling with Daily Scripture Provers 1:8. We are working on "ATTENTIVENESS".  Then We did our Math the kids are doing Saxon math. It is very progressive like Charlotte Mason suggest but it is not a Charlotte Mason Method. Then we left to go to the Library. For today is our alternate Wednesday. 

Makenzee and Lileigh really enjoy being able to participate on the Wednesdays when we go to the Library. Today at the Library before they started the story book time they got to sing "If your happy and you know it", Then the librarian read the Book Clifford's First Valentines. After they got to hear the story the kids got to do an art project for Valentines day. The librarian also made sure to give the girls extra material to make another one at home with there baby sister Abbigale.

Abbigale got to stay home with Daddy do to she is into everything!  So we call Wednesdays Abbibear and Daddy day! 

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Why We do What We do

The Lord Blesses our family to be able to home school. We have 5 children that very in all ages.

Our oldest is Clifford (CJ) and he is 19 years old. He is living in Florida. He has grown his wings and is learning what life is like without Mom and Dad. I never got the privilege to home school him. But I feel he is doing very well. I am very PROUD of him!

We were thrown in to homeschooling back in 2005 with my son Jon who is 14 now. He is a child that was slipping through the cracks in public school. They taught him if he didn't want to do his work he didn't have to do it. He learned that if he threw fits he wouldn't be accountable for his actions. There way of dealing with him was to put him in time outs. So he learned to manipulate the system. So since they taught him it was ok to be the BAD kid that they eventually had him arrested when he choose to keep with the bad habits. So with that said we decided it was for our sons best interests to home school and reverse his bad learning habits to make positive out look on life habits.

When we decided to move to Louisiana, We as a family decided to home school all our children. Our daughter Makenzee who is 6 was out of school more then in school from the time she started pre-K and Kindergarten do to she seemed to always get sick. So needless to say she fell behind. We as parents requested her school work but the work they sent never seemed to catch her up. So now I have a child who is a first grader who at first was way behind. Since We have decided to keep her home she is thriving and has the I want to learn and gets excited about school. She is our Happy sweet girl.

We also have Lileigh (Lilly) who is 4 almost 5 she is doing pre-k type learning lots of role playing and play time outside. Lileigh has decided to math with her sister Makenzee so she is doing first grade math and doing well! We have decided to do Kindergarden work with her and she is thriving beautifully like a butterfly.

Our baby Abbigale is our Abbibear and yes her nickname fits her. We got the privilege of home birthing her. It was the most amazing gift I could have had! Abbibear is 1 and into everything. She really enjoys being on top of everything as well as into everything. We like to tell people she is our rough and tumbly blue eyed girl. She is such a happy baby and she blesses us everyday with her happiness and grace!