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{Not} Back-to-School Blog Hop: Curriculum Week

Our homeschool curriculum arrived back on May 17th.

BJU Press

Christmas…in May!

And, I have spent almost every free moment since then buried under our new books (and loving it!)…organizing, thinking through, and planning out our year! Yes, I plan out an entire year’s worth of lessons. I realize that things happen – sick days, sleepless nights, cranky baby days, impromptu family days – and we will probably not stick to my lesson plans exactly as written. But, for me, it is helpful to have a goal mapped out. So when (not if) we do get off course, I have somewhere to go back to.

3rd Grade Curriculum

3rd Grade Curriculum

We are continuing with BJU Press Homeschool again this year – for everything. I have thought about branching out, and varying our curriculum a bit. But, I have really appreciated the consistency that having a unified curriculum has provided. I love how our books are so interconnected. Concepts from our Phonics lessons are reinforced in our Spelling lists. Biblical character qualities and principles are addressed in our Math lessons! History and Science are both taught from a solidly Biblical perspective.

I realize that some people think that the “traditional textbook method” squelches creativity and impedes a child’s desire and ability to learn. But, our experience has been quite the opposite. Hannah really enjoys them, and it has been a joy to see her excited – about school each day, and learning in general. Our textbooks have been a great springboard for cultivating and developing other interests. (Our library card has been very well-used these past few years.) And, the (mostly) “open-and-go” set up has been a real sanity saver for this mama!

With that said, here are our curriculum choices for 3rd Grade:

Bible:Bible 3 Bible Truths3: Following Christ

Math: IMG_8845wmMath 3 

Language Arts: IMG_8847wmReading 3
IMG_8848wmEnglish 3 (Writing & Grammar)
IMG_8850wmSpelling 3

Handwriting: IMG_8851wmHandwriting 3
(Yes, by “Handwriting” I mean cursive. I know many schools – and even many homeschoolers – are no longer teaching or requiring cursive in their curriculum.  But, not being one to go along with the current fads, it is still something that I think should be both taught and learned.)

 Science: IMG_8852wmScience 3

History: IMG_8853wmHeritage Studies 3

We have already jumped in, and we are both already enjoying our new books…and anticipating a great year ahead!

(And, I just love the fact that my husband came in from walking the dog one night, to find his wife snapping pictures of our homeschool books, and hardly batted an eye. After 12 years of marriage, and 4 years of homeschooling, he has accepted his crazy wife, and has learned it is probably better not to ask.)

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Happy 4th of July


Wishing you a very happy 4th of July!!



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Church Family Picnic

May has been a busy month for our little family!
This Saturday was our (semi) annual Church Family Picnic:

Picnic Collage

  It was a (very!) warm Texas spring day…
as you can probably tell from the pink cheeks and sweaty children.

I hardly saw Hannah all day…she spent most of her time in the bounce house.
Titus spent the day swinging, toddling around in the grass, eating,
or charming someone into following him around (not hard to do!).
Both of them were thoroughly exhausted, and in bed by 7:30!

It was such a good time of food, fun, and fellowship with our church family!

{If you would like to see more…pictures can be found here.}


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A Happy Mother’s Day

What did I get for Mother’s Day?

I got to be a Mommy.

I am so thankful for the three precious gifts that God has given me…

Today, and everyday.

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Happy 8th Birthday, Hannah!

Happy Birthday my sweet girl!

Happy Birthday to You!

You are becoming such a sweet, beautiful girl…inside and out.

You have the most amazing imagination, and I love hearing the stories that you come up with…even if you do get a little too caught up in your imaginary world sometimes. You are also a quite the little artist! I am so impressed by your drawings…they are far better than anything I could do at your age…or now for that matter!

Thank you for always being such a big helper to me and your daddy…especially these last few months. I know it wasn’t easy, but you handled it with your characteristic joy and enthusiasm. You have such a compassionate heart, and you are always so encouraging with you sweet smiles and hugs.

You are the greatest big sister! It is so sweet to see how much you love your little brother…and how much he loves you. And, I love how you already talk to the baby…faithfully telling your newest brother or sister good morning, or good night, and how much you already love them. Titus and this baby are blessed to have you as a big sister!

I love you so much, and I am so thankful to be your mommy. Each year with you is a privilege, a joy, and a blessing…I can’t wait to see what this year holds!

Happy 8th Birthday, Hannah!!

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