Category Archives: Hannah Elisabeth
3 moms, 3 double strollers, and 8 kids.
We spent the day at the Arboretum…just strolling around, enjoying the beautiful weather, the lovely flowers, and our friends. Titus didn’t quite understand that he wasn’t supposed to pick the flowers…and I ended up with a few sweet (but forbidden) bouquets.
We finished up with a picnic and some playtime at the park before heading home. I think everyone in my car was asleep before we made it back to the main road!
My little ones have been getting most of the “face time” here on the blog recently.
They change faster.
Their milestones come closer together. (First smiles, first steps, first words…etc.)
And, they have been amazing, unexpected blessings.
But, so is this one:
My big girl. Who seems to be growing up oh-so-quickly!
She just turned 9. Nine. That sounds so old.
I don’t know what I would do without her. Sometimes she frustrates me with her dreamy, head-in-the-clouds forgetfulness. But, it is that same creativity that spins amazing tales for her little brother. With a few props, she can turn the living room into a forest wonderland as she leads him in a berry-picking expedition around the fireplace.
She makes me smile with her silliness. Her smile, and enthusiasm for whatever she is doing is absolutely contagious.
She is my helper. She is so eager to jump in and help with whatever I need…and she does it joyfully (most of the time). Emptying the dishwasher. Picking up messes – that she didn’t make! Helping get lunch ready.
She is the best big sister. And, can often be found playing with her little brother…keeping him entertained and out of trouble! She even lets him play in her room…an extra-special treat for him, as it is full of tiny little things that he usually isn’t allowed to touch! When Rebekah doesn’t need to be with me, or when Titus needs my undivided attention…her arms are ready and willing!
One night, I was hit with a nasty migraine. My head was throbbing…my vision was blurry…and my patience was thin…and Daddy was gone for the evening. Hannah begged to hold Rebekah while I got Titus ready for bed…which was helpful enough. But, when I came back into the living room and Titus crawled up on to the couch with them for his usual pre-bedtime stories, Hannah grabbed a book, and started reading to both of them, pausing just long enough to tell me, “Mom, you just sit down and rest for a few minutes. I can read to them.”
My first baby girl is growing up. And, while I love watching the little lady she is becoming, could we slow the time down…maybe just a little bit?
Happy Birthday, my sweet Hannah girl!!
Our homeschool curriculum arrived back on May 17th.
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.
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 Truths3: Following Christ
Math: Math 3
Language Arts: Reading 3
English 3 (Writing & Grammar)
Handwriting: Handwriting 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: Science 3
History: Heritage 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.)