Sunday, January 29, 2012

Reading Makes life better!

Lets talk about reading. Reading is important because it makes life much simpler.I have met quit a few people that do not know how to read. They have to rely on someone helping them. Reading helps you to advance in employment as well as schooling heck in life over all.

Families even if you don't home school encourage your children to read daily. If they struggle they will get it. Even if you read to them let them follow your finger so they hear and learn the words. The more we encourage our kids to read and sound out words the better they will get.

When we go to stores or out to eat.We have the children sound out the words on boxes or menu's. Now mind your it sometimes is a struggle, But when they actually get it they are so proud. As parents try not to cave take a minute and give them that chance even if they don't want to.

Lileigh (6) doesn't even want to learn at this point so she thinks. So she will hide or grawl. But what is so neat is when she does do it and or gets it the brightness of her eyes just glow with being proud. But key is consistency!It will pay it's self off even on days you want to ring their neck.

My daughter Makenzee wasn't as bad she strived to get it, but she would get so upset that she couldn't. She went from barely reading to 5 grade level it was like it just happened. Like one day she went I can read and was reading everything. We are talking like night and day.

Most kids don't pick up reading until closer to 9 years old. But if we as parents encourage and help them daily they will get things faster. Now not all kids do catch on as easy as some. But that's OK remember MOM and DAD breath they will get it. I understand how frustrating it can be to have a stubborn child. See I have many maybe not with same issues but nothing amazes me..

I know I am being vague on this topic but the more we focus on trying to encourage our children the better they will be with life. So amaze yourself and your child. Suffering through the tears is worth it when they look at you and so excited and say I CAN READ! Then watch no more spelling things to spouse so the kids don't know what your spelling. But life is good and it is what you make it!

Thank You for reading my Pondering Thoughts,
 “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

We proclaim him [Christ], admonishing and teaching everyone with
all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
    -- Colossians 1:28                                 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

On a Positive Note!

As a home schooling parent this is the biggest part of homeschooling our children. We give our children knowledge they will keep seeking new things without realizing they are actually learning. Homeschooling doesn't have to be like a public school setting. One thing that is really cool is everything we do can be turned into a learning lesson.

When we keep our kids interested in finding new facts on a topic even if previously ventured it last a life time. I love that fact that every minute of everyday they are being inquisitive about different things.Makes you realize you are helping your children grow and become functioning future adults.

So just remember no matter what other people say as lone as you make sure your kids are getting something new out of your day then you have accomplished something.

There are to many people that think if you are not cramming down text books or all the subjects down there throats everyday they are not learning. When time for homeschooling remember relax and enjoy your learning time with your kids. The more positive and less stressed you make them the more they get out of a day then when we parents cram education down their throats..

 So sit back and look at how your kids are growing and becoming bright shinning stars. They are our future. Make sure you make learning fun.That helps with gaining knowledge!
                      Thank you for Pondering with me,

"There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning."
- Christopher Morley

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God,who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.


Monday, January 16, 2012

It's all about Math..

Well my daughters really don't enjoy math. They don't understand why they have to do math. Well math is important because it is the most used subject in the world and some times only subject used. You use math weather to hang something or build something.Math is an important part of our lives. I personally am not a fan of math either but I do know it is important and it is a must to have in life.

Math is used in every career in some sort of way. Math also helps the mind reason with complicated situations or helps make problems in to clear simple logical steps. So when people learn more math their minds will rationale eventually develop  in to logical ways to resolve any difficult situation. You want a good paying job better know your math skills.
Well the girls are working on making there math learning better. Makenzee is mastering her multiplication tables. Lileigh is mastering counting and learning numbers to 100.They both are striving to do their best.

As for Makenzee she strives to do things on her own. She has become quit the independent worker. We can not spell in front of her because she knows what we are saying. Darn it.. But over all being she can read she is able to do her math on her own mostly without help. It is awesome seeing them grow and become little people.

Lileigh is one of those children who wants you to do her work for her. But she is learning when you apply yourself.But it is convincing her to do it first with tear shed or getting mad. But I have found that once she actually does succeed she is so proud of herself. But every time she starts I have to convince her she can do it. She will reap the rewards.But boy it is trying at times. But it isn't just this subject it is reading sounding out etc. But I know once she masters the basics she will be wanting to do more because when we succeed at things we want more.

Abbigale well she is 3 and she is catching on. She loves to color, draw and count. She even will get a book and read it to you of coarse in her own words. She is a trooper but hey we all learn in different ways. She is also mastering counting to 10.oh and putting things away where they go not where she would like them to go. She a very proud little girl who is not afraid to let you know she is not happy as well as she loves to play and be with her sisters.

Over all we are getting things down pat. The girls are really starting to see that are making progress.So I know that in long run we are getting things done. I am proud of how the girls are becoming self motivated little people.
 Thank you for stopping by and Pondering with me,

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
Albert Einstein 

1 Kings 7:23     
Then he made the sea of cast metal. It was round, ten cubits from brim to brim, and five cubits high, and a line of thirty cubits measured its circumference.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Life's Strifes will be Conqured!

Well lets see We are kinda getting a rut do to Daddy's schedule but. I am going to crack the whip per say.. My husbands schedule is supposed to be 24 hours for 4 days and 2 days off. But when he works is it sporadic not even schedule. So girls sometimes see him and other times don't. So when he is home they are wanting to be up his behind. Well I am thinking about how to keep on task with this strange schedule. Besides praying he gets something more organized.

Yes I know homeschooling is supposed to be able to adjust to any situation right. Well that means I have to get more creative. HHMMM still trying to rack my brains. So still thinking of ways.

I have been pushing MATH everyday regardless because I am a true believer that without math your in trouble in our world. I also push reading. My daughters have to read everyday weather it is a short story or a book they have chosen. It helps with learning new words and making knowledge for them to use later. We push living books so it tends to be a little harder but they appreciate how they story is really supposed to be.

Yes we have other studies of coarse but we can not always get to them. But we figure ways weather it is looking up things that they see on tv, read or heard from someone. We look further into whatever it is to find the discovery of the questions. So in turn we are getting the other stuff as well!

So in doing this they are getting history, science, literature and natural learning skills. So what we don't use from our text books that we have. Because we don't learn just from text books anyway.

Well guess this is an example of why we home school we are hands on. Makes since now don't it. Homeschooling is gaining knowledge in or with anything we do. I am proud to be a home schooling mom and having diverse in my life. Oh we would be so in trouble if we had to rely on just textbooks.

So with life striking us as we go we make do but do not take away from schooling.Which in turn helps me to keep going.
Thanks for pondering,

The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.William James

my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.

Psalm 28:7

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Start to New Year!


It's the New Year and New beginnings. We are striving to do whatever it takes to stay on task and be happy. Life just in last week has made a big difference for our family.
Thomas has finally landed something to bring income in yay even though I am a single parent again it seems. Which sucks but this will make life so much easier. Also makes us apperciate Daddy more.
I am able to get the rest of the books I want for girls in just couple of weeks. Yay that's exciting. Who would have thought getting excited about books would be something I would do.
In a month or two I will be able to start getting baby things. Since this is boy and I no one who have hand me downs. BOO!!! I have to actually go shopping. Have I mentioned I actually hate shopping. But for some reason I am kinda looking forward to it. Been while since I had a baby boy in my house.Daddy wants his first outfit to be Tree Camo! Looking forward to Holden my baby boy soon specially with every kick he gives!
Girls are falling on task with schooling. Doing well! Lileigh is resistant because she wants everyone to give answers instead of try to sound out or do the work she can do. But once she does do it she is so excited about it. Makenzee is just doing awesome. Abbi is wanting to do schooling as well so I have been printing things up that go along with what girls are doing. It is getting her ready for being schooled. YAY!!
We have court this week for Jon Jon he is MIA as of today he left yesterday and has not returned.I have no idea what we are going do with him. I called sheriff office and talked to Captain he is going to keep an eye out so we can make sure he makes his court appearance. He strives to walk forward to take 100 steps back it just amazes me. Last night it was 26 degrees here in Hemphill. Where has the boy gone?! All we can do is continue to pray from him hope something makes him wake up.
Makenzee is striving to get her blog on she has been trying to think of things to blog about. I want to encourage everyone to join her blog Through Makenzee's Eyes. She is still learning but she is really digging it. That's awesome don't you know. Because she can creative and express herself!
I am going to strive on posting something a little as often as I can. So bare with me and please leave comments so I can fix or add or take away from what I have to tell!
                            Thanks for Pondering,

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it. ~Jacques Prévert

1 Timothy 6:6
But godliness with contentment is great gain.