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#BloggingAtoZChallenge – “I” is for…

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I am continuing my Blogging A to Z challenge posts.  Today’s letter is “I”, which is for incredible, interesting, and imagination.

First, I have incredible children.  Our three sons and one daughter never cease to amaze me with the things they come up with daily.  They have incredible ideas, incredible determination and incredible love for each other as well as Dennis and me.

Second, our children are interesting.   They come up with interesting things to share with us each day, whether it be from their lessons, things they discover or things they do.  I love hearing what they share with us.  Our daughter is studying trees right now using a set of books from Memoria Press (watch for our review in several weeks).  After she finishes her lesson, she shares what she learned that day.  My husband loves hearing what she has to say.

Finally, our children have incredible imaginations.  They come up with the most ingenious things.  I never know what to expect from one day to the next.  When our youngest two get together and begin using their imaginations, we are often amazed by what they come up with.

So what comes to mind for you when you see the letter “I”?  I would love to hear from you.

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#BloggingAtoZChallenge “C” is for….

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Well, it has taken several days for me to get back to my Blogging A to Z Challenge, but here is my post for “C”.  “C” is for children, choices, curriculum, conventions and chaos.  Obviously, since we are a homeschooling family, our children play a major role in our lives.  We do not have to send them to school, so they are pretty much around 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 365 days out of the year.  I must say I like it this way.  I do not just love my children because I am their mother, but I genuinely like them.  As they are now 14-years-old and up, conversations provide entertainment as well as information.  One never knows what might come up in the course of our conversations.

“C” is also for choices.  I love having the freedom and flexibility to pick curriculum that interests them and works for their learning style, while taking into account my teaching style.  I try to allow my children to make choices for their subjects and sometimes the curriculum we use.  However, there are times when I find it necessary to take over and make the decisions for them.  This remains true especially when Dad find something he feels our children need to do or learn.

I love the variety of curriculum and instructions types available to our family.  But more importantly, I love attending Homeschool Conventions so we can physically see the curriculum in person.  Since we turn these conventions into mini-vacations, it makes it fun for the entire family to go.  When our children were younger, they attended the Children’s Conventions.  As our oldest grew up and matured out of the Children’s Conventions, we allowed him to volunteer at the conventions.  Now that they are all teenagers with one twenty-some thrown in the mix, we allow them to chose what they do.  Cell phones allow us to monitor where they are and what they are doing.  Texting allows us to inform them when they need to meet us somewhere.  So it is a win-win for everyone.  Of course, our daughter is required to stay with one of her older brothers or one of us for my peace of mind.

Chaos invariably reigns as we try to pack up and leave the conventions.  With luggage for seven, pillows, blankets, typically some sleeping bags, a cooler plus all the things we purchased at the conventions loading the van can become interesting.  Fortunately, my husband and oldest son are able to handle this beautifully.

So what comes to mind for you when you hear the letter “C”?  I would love to hear from you.

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#BloggingAtoZChallenge – “B” is for Boys, Bositerous, and blogging

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This is the second post for my Blogging A to Z challenge.  “B” is for boys, boisterous, and blogging.  Obviously, being the mom of three sons, I need to mention boys.  Boys are energetic and constantly on the move.  Our three sons definitely keep things lively around our home.  There is never a dull moment.  Sometimes, it is hard to get a word in edgewise.  I love my sons though.  They defintely keep me on my toes.  There is no way to predict what they will do from one minute the next.

This leads to my second “B”, which is boisterous.  Our sons are definitely boisterous. The Noah Webster 1828 dictionary has this to say:

Boisterous
BOIS’TEROUS, adjective

1. Loud; roaring;

This certainly fits my sons.  When they decide to get rowdy, I can pretty much be guaranteed that at some point our daughter will get involved in whatever mischief they are making.  Sometimes I feel as if there is a constant roar in our home.  But I recognize that all too soon they will be out of the house and our home will be too silent.

My final “B” is blogging.  I began blogging about 8 years ago when we moved from eastern North Carolina to Pennsylvania.  At first it was just a way to hopefully keep our family in North Carolina up to date on what was going on with us.  Then it became a way to also help me record what was going on with our homeschool each year.  Then it became a way to to try to hopefully help other homeschoolers.  While my following is small right now.  I hope to increase that this year.  I have found I love writing on the blog. I also love sharing what we are doing, what is working for us, and what I am looking at changing.

So what does “B” bring to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.

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#AtoZChallenge – A is for Attitude

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Welcome to the start of my April 2017 Blogging A to Z Challenge posts.  Since today is my first day writing this series, the letter is “A”.  “A” is for attitude.  When our oldest son was in the fifth grade, we ran into a teacher that made it necessary to change our expectations for schooling our son.  We decided to pull him from public school and start homeschooling instead.

At the time, he was developing a bad attitude towards his siblings and just life in general.  Several people had horrible attitudes towards our decision about homeschooling including my mother.  Within a few weeks, the attitude of my oldest son began to change tremendously.  All of a sudden there was a closeness between him and our daughter, the youngest as well as improvements in attitudes with our other children.  It was definitely worthwhile.

Even though some of his public school friends did not share his views in regard to their own siblings, it did not negatively impact his attitude towards his own siblings.

Over the course of time, his attitude towards schoolwork and having me teaching him improved.  It took time to find the right curriculum to use, but it was worth it.  We were also were blessed to become part of an amazing homeschool group.  The ladies in the group overwhelmingly had an attiude of helpfulness and were always willing to provide information.  Nothing was too much trouble for them.

Our son’s improved attitude led to positive actions as well.  When he finally took his end-of-the–year tests, he scored above average in many areas.  This was incredible to me.

The actions we took to change our schooling plans definitely had a positive outcome for our son.  While in public school, his grades began slipping in second grade.  By the time we reached the end of fourth grade, we knew something needed to happen to help him.  Unfortunately, he was not doing poorly enough for the school to provide any assistance.  This definitely impacted his attitude.  After all, no one likes to feel as though they are not being successful.  But once we began homeschooling and he started experiencing success, it really helped to improve his attitude.

So what comes to mind when you see the letter “A”?  I would love to hear from you.

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