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Back to {Home}School

Once upon a time, I said I would never homeschool my children.

IMG_7011awmAnd, yet…here we are, embarking on our 8th year of homeschooling!

This year, I have 4 students…ranging from pre-school to junior high! That should keep me busy and out of trouble…or, not.

Rachel is in Pre-School this year:

IMG_6983wmShe is only 2, but loves being at the school table with her big siblings. I’m not entirely convinced that “pre-school” is an academic necessity. We tend to cover the content of most pre-school curriculum naturally, as we live life. So, while I am hesitant to push my littlest one into too much of an academic experience before she is really ready (something that, I’ve found, is very easy to do in the homeschooling world!), we decided to, cautiously, go ahead with a more formal pre-school time for our youngest this year. We are using Preschool Pathways by BJU Press. (We used this with Rebekah last year.) It can be set up for school time every day, or just a few days a week. It is colorful, fun, and laid back with a big emphasis on learning through play. But, at the same time, it will also give a little bit of structure and direction to her days, and hopefully help to keep her purposefully busy and engaged while I am “doing school” with her older siblings. I love that it gives us some special one-on-one time during our busy school days. And, even though their lessons are different, there are enough similarities that I will be able to combine some of her pre-school time with Rebekah’s!

Rebekah is in Pre-K this year:
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I know. I just said that it is very easy for homeschoolers to push our kids academically, or to assume that they are more advanced than they are. But… (There’s always a but.) One of the things I love about homeschooling is the ability to know my children, and to know their needs and abilities, and somewhat customize their education to match. Some of my kids have shown true interest and academic readiness “early.” But, we have generally tried to keep to a more traditionally accepted schedule. But, Rebekah will be 4 in October, which means that, if she were in the public schools here, she wouldn’t be eligible for Pre-K (or “Transitional Kindergarten”) until next year…and not eligible for real Kindergarten until just before she turns 6! This girl spent all of last year begging for more work. (So much so that I almost considered just putting her in Kindergarten alongside Titus!) So, waiting 2 more years would be tough on her. And, probably a little tough on her mommy too. We are going to be using Footsteps for Fours, by BJU Press. We do lots of playing, and coloring, and reading together. And, my goal is to keep things low key for her, and not push her into something she is not really ready for…but, at the same time, I don’t want to hinder a genuine desire to learn right now. So, this is a great fit. It will give us some focused learning time each day, but in a developmentally and age-appropriate way. Yes, she is almost 4…but she is still only 3. So, we are taking a similar approach with her, as we did with Titus, and we will just take it at her pace. Right now, she is all about school! And, I could definitely see her going through this much faster than the year-long plan that I have laid out. Or, her enthusiasm may wane a bit, and we may slow down as things get harder. And, you know, that would be okay too! For now, she says that she is looking forward to school (all of it!) this year!

Titus is in 1st Grade this year:

IMG_6992wm Again, according to our local school district’s calendar, he “should” be only starting Kindergarten this year. I had to put off teaching him to read a little longer than either he or I wanted (due to the demands of a job change for my husband, a new baby, a move, and my own health issues). He deemed this cruel and unusual punishment! So, my original plan to possibly stretch Kindergarten over 2 school years flew out the window before our last school year even started. He was more than up to every challenge I threw at him! Especially reading! Over the past year, he has become the family bookworm. He devours books, and reads above his grade level with incredible inflection and comprehension. Some of this may just be his natural bent…he is serious, analytical, and just loves to learn. But, I also credit a lot of this to how reading and phonics skills were approached in his Kindergarten curriculum.  So, we will be continuing with BJU Press for 1st grade. I pray that this will only continue to increase his knowledge, and strengthen and improve his skills and love of learning.  He said he is looking forward to all of first grade, but thinks that math is going to be his favorite subject this year.

Hannah is in 7th Grade this year:

IMG_7003wmI have a junior higher!! Speaking strictly as her teacher, I’ve dreaded this moment. But, as I looked over her curriculum, and planned out her lessons, I was surprised to find myself looking forward to it all! I am excited about what she will be covering in her different classes this year. Of all of my kids, I think she is facing the biggest changes, academically. After some serious consideration, prayer, and discussion, we decided to take a step back from the somewhat classically-eclectic approach (mixing classical, textbooks, and unit studies) that we’ve used in past years. We decided to go back to a more cohesive, unified curriculum, with a traditional, textbook approach. It just seems to be what works best for our family dynamics and schedule, and for the variety of personalities, learning styles, and abilities represented in my children. So, like her siblings, she will be using BJU Press for 7th grade. On one hand, her classes are still the most intimidating to me, because I have never taught them before. (Poor thing. As the first child, she is our homeschool guinea pig.) But, the school that I attended from 7th-12th grade used a lot of BJU Press materials. So, although they have been updated quite a bit in the past several years, I am actually very familiar with her curriculum from my own experience as a student! So, this year will definitely be a challenge, for both of us, but, I think it will be a very good one! After looking over her new textbooks, she says that she is most excited about her Literature book, and thinks that will be her favorite subject this year.

 Ready…Set…Go!

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Christmas Day

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I took hundreds of pictures. Yes. Hundreds…with an s. But, I won’t subject you to all of them (unless we’re friends on Facebook, then you’ve already seen them all!). Here is just a little glimpse of our day…

img_6041wmBefore…complete with Christmas music and a fire in our TV fireplace.

We started out the morning opening stockings…

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Then, after breakfast, we were off to church…

2016_12_251{Aren’t they adorable?!}

I love that Christmas fell on a Sunday this year! I wish it always did. We had a sweet time, worshipping, and celebrating the birth of our Savior together with our church family!

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I know that Christmas isn’t about the presents. But, I just love picking out special gifts for my family, and watching the excitement on my children’s faces as they open their presents! This year, I especially loved seeing them choose gifts for each other, and truly experiencing the joy of giving.

2016_12_253Favorites this year included books (of course!),
Transformers, American Girl accessories, a Minnie Mouse outfit, and a bike!

The kids had some time to enjoy their presents…

img_6258wmTitus explaining his new Transformers.img_6280wmRebekah on her new Minnie Mouse bike!

Then, we continued the celebration into the evening with Grammy and Grampy!

2016_12_255It was a busy, busy day. But, so fun.

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Merry Christmas, from our family to yours!

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Birthday Balloons

pageRebekah’s Little Einsteins Birthday Party

IMG_5763wm{Rebekah and her BFF, Sophia}

We celebrated our 3-year-old Rebekah with her grandparents, and our sweet friends from church.

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Second to Minnie Mouse, her favorite show is The Little Einsteins. She could watch the episode, “Birthday Balloons” on repeat! (And, ahem, has on occasion.) So, since she likes to pretend that she is Annie, we created a party based (very loosely) on that theme.

Lunch was, by request of the birthday girl, hot dogs. (I put them in the crock pot before church, on low, and they were ready to eat when we got home!)

IMG_5723wmMy one moment of creativity: I recycled a (Pinterest-inspired) idea from Rachel’s Ladybug Party, and made Leo’s Conducting Batons. Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods, with star shaped sprinkles, because one of Annie’s Birthday Balloons was a star!

The cake… Rebekah just likes cake. It really doesn’t matter what flavor…just as long as it’s cake. So, getting her to pick a flavor was difficult. But, she eventually settled on chocolate cake, with chocolate frosting. (Which, conveniently matched up with the Little Einsteins episode that our party was based on!)

IMG_5750wmI assembled the cake before we left for church, and, while my lack of cake decorating skills have been well documented here on the blog, this was a new low. It didn’t go well…at all. To put it mildly. The top layer began to crack while I was frosting it. And, there was not enough frosting in the house to glue it back together.
But, in the end, it tasted good.

IMG_5754And, Rebekah was thrilled.  Because, cake.

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She got some fun gifts from her friends, and her grandparents.

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We tried to duplicate Annie’s balloons…and she loved it!!

 Happy 3rd Birthday, Rebekah!

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Rebekah!

Happy 3rd Birthday, Rebekah!

Happy Birthday, my sweet little Bekah-Bug!

As a newborn, you seemed to look around at our crazy family and wonder what we had gotten you into. But, you fit in to the chaos, and add to it, just perfectly.

You are my sweet, spunky little Bekah-Bug. I love that you have your own style, and your own (very strong!) opinions. From what you want to wear (all Minnie Mouse, all the time!), to how you love to climb up the slide. You are all girl, and love all things Minnie Mouse, pretending to bake muffins and cakes, and all sorts of goodies, and taking care of your baby dolls. But, you also love to run, play in the dirt, and ride your scooter, and catch bugs and lizards with your brother.

So far, you continue to be the only not-morning person of the group. It takes you a little longer than your siblings to get going in the mornings, and you definitely do not like to be woken up. But, once you do wake up, you are full of energy, and smiles, and ready to go! And go, and go, and go… You officially stopped napping this past year, which has curbed some of your night owl tendencies. But, you still love laying in bed, singing at the top of your little lungs, and chatting with (or at) Rachel. And, I think it is absolutely adorable when you cry because your little sister fell asleep before you. You just love her company.

You are our family cheerleader. You always have a sweet smile and hug for everyone. And, you always give your brother and sisters a sincere “Good job!” when they complete a task, or try something new. You have grown into such a sweet big sister! You comfort and entertain your little sister with a surprising amount of patience! And, I love how you look up to your big brother and sister. You think everything they do is just amazing…and of course, you want to do it too.

I pray that you would grow to love and serve the Lord with the passion, enthusiasm, determination, and spirit that you put into everything you do.

Happy Birthday, my sweet Rebekah. I love you.

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Resurrection Sunday

We had a lovely day celebrating the resurrection of our Savior with…

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Special Music

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Biblical Preaching, from my favorite preacher! Although, I have no pictures of that.

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Believer’s Baptism!
A perfect picture of our Savior’s death, burial, and resurrection!

And…Fellowship!

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2016_03_27_182wmFriends: Sophia & Rebekah

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2016_03_27_205wmI wish I had been able to get more pictures of our friends.
We love our church family!

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2016_03_27_200wmOur Family – Resurrection Sunday 2016

2016_03_27_217wmHannah – Can you believe this beautiful girl is almost 11?!

2016_03_27_210wmTitus – My handsome little guy

2016_03_27_222wmSweet Rebekah Ann

2016_03_27_236-cropwmRachel Susannah – Our just-turned-one-year-old!

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I love these sweet kids! They’re my favorites.

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 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
~Romans 8:31-39 (ESV)

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