Blogging A to Z – “L” is for Love, Laughter, and Listening

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

So here is the latest installment for the Blogging A to Z challenge for 2019.  The letter for today is “L”.  “L” is for Love, Laughter, and Listening.

Blogging A to Z = _L_ is for Love, Laughter, and Listening

The love of our children for each other was always around us.  But when we began homeschooling, the love for each other became more visible.  Also, I love watching how our three sons and our daughter interact with one another.  Friendships one child makes often spill over to their siblings. Where one child went, other children often followed.

Our home is constantly filled with laughter.  Our children laugh with each other.  My husband and I laugh with one or more of the children.  We share jokes, funny stories and more with each other.  Our children can be heard laughing with their cousins and friends while playing or talking with each other online.

Finally, listening plays a crucial role when homeschooling.  Being together all the time has its ups and downs.  Moments arise where tempers could easily flare, but if we take the time to listen to what the other person is saying things can often remain calm.  Also, listening allows us to hear and understand someone else’s viewpoint and opinion.

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

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Blogging A to Z – “J” is for Joy

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter J

Here is my next installment for the 2019 Blogging A to Z challenge.  The letter for this entry is “J”, which is for Joy.  Homeschooling has brought a lot of joy to our family.  We have been able to study interesting topics, meet interesting people, and visit fun places.

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Through the years, I have been able to find curriculum choices that have excited my children, which brought joy to me.  They enjoy having some say in what curriculum we use.

Also, homeschooling has allowed us to meet interesting people.  From homeschool groups, homeschool conventions, and various activities we have participated in, our children have met people to bring joy into their lives.

Finally, we have found joy in exploring interesting places.  Through the years, we have visited state parks, theme parks, homeschool conventions and more that have allowed us to see interesting things such as a Fire Station turned museum in Cincinnati.  We have visited a children’s museum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Plus, we were able to go to Universal Studios Resorts.  Even though we never stepped foot inside the actual park, the pool at the hotel, the river rides, and the City Walk excursions filled our children with joy.

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

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Blogging A to Z – “H” is for Heart, Helpful and Habits

Welcome to my next installment for the Blogging A to Z Challenge for 2019.  The letter for this installment is “H”, which reminds me of Heart, Helpful, and Habits.  First, we homeschool because we want to keep our children’s hearts.  Homeschooling allows to stay connected to our children and to demonstrate our love for them.

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Second, “H” is for helpful.  Ever since the beginning of our homeschooling journey, we have met some incredible people who have been helpful – either by means of friendship, information, or opportunities.  One of the most helpful curriculum resources I ever received was from a homeschooling mom at the beginning of our journey.  You may be wondering what that resource was, so I will tell you it was Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 Picks.  This book contains an incredible amount of information and insights that has helped our family through the years.

Finally, “H” is for habits. We wanted our children to develop good habits including habits involving their faith, their family, their schoolwork and their chores.  Homeschooling has helped us do that.

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

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Blogging A to Z – “G” is for Grateful

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter G

Welcome to my “G” post for the 2019 Blogging A to Z challenge.  “G” is for grateful.  I am so grateful for the opportunities homeschooling has provided us.

Homeschooling has allowed me to spend more time with our children and to help develop their hearts and minds.  It has allowed me to watch them build connections with one another.  I love how my four children genuinely enjoy spending time with each other.

I love the way homeschooling has allowed them to explore topics they may not have had the chance to otherwise.  For example, we have gone to numerous homeschooling conventions, taken trips when otherwise they would have been in public school, and finally to explore things that interest them.  Also, homeschooling allows me to tailor their learning to their personalities and my husband’s work schedule.  When Dad has a day off, we are able to take off as well.

So what does the letter “G” bring to mind for you?

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Blogging A to Z – “F” is for Faith, Friends, and Fun

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

Today is day 6 of the Blogging A to Z challenge – so the letter of the day is “F”.  “F’ is for Faith, Family, Friends, and Fun.  Faith plays a major role in our family’s lives.  Before our children were even born, they were prayed for, and after they were born, we dedicated them to God.  We have been blessed through the years to have faithful family members and friends who have walked along beside us.  Even with moving around thanks to the Army Reserves we have been able to stay in touch with our family and friends thanks to email, the Internet and Facebook.

Facebook and the Internet have also provided an amazing community of like-minded believers for me no matter where we move.  We have made incredible friends through our years in the military.  Even though miles may separate us, the memories and friendships are some that will last a lifetime.

Our family loves to have fun.  We enjoy going to places like Busch Gardens in Williamsburg as well as spending time with family and friends.

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

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Blogging A to Z – “E” is for Energy, Excitement, and Enthusiasm

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter E

Welcome to day 5 of my Blogging A to Z challenge.  The letter for today is “E” for Energy, Excitement, and Enthusiasim.  Our four children have an incredible amount of energy.  They remind of the Winnie-the-Pooh character, Tigger, bouncing from one place to another.  They bounce from one thing to another.  Sometimes, when they start talking it seems like they could go on forever.  I often wish I had half as much energy as they have.

“E” is also for excitement.  Sometimes the simplest things excite them.  Recently, my husband and I were out shopping and came across a poster my husband felt our daughter had to have.  So we bought it, brought it home, and presented it to her.  The shrieks of delight she produced made it worth every penny we spent on the poster.  Later, her oldest brother saw the poster and his reaction was equally loud.  Our second son finds excitement when playing online games with his cousins and friends.  Our youngest son finds excitement in playing his instruments, participating in band and arranging musical compositions.  Oh yes, he also became very excited when my husband and I bought a Music Composition book for him when we were out shopping.

Finally, our children demonstrate enthusiasm.  Our oldest son became enthusiastic about the guitar first, then the cello and now it comes from playing his upright bass.  Our daughter becomes enthusiastic when she creates an amazing drawing by hand or digital drawing on her computer.  Our youngest son becomes enthusiastic when he hits a note just right on one of his instruments or when he finds just the sound he is looking for in a musical composition.  Our second son becomes enthusiastic when he finds the perfect book to read or scores well in his game.

So what comes to your mind when you see the letter “E”?

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“D” is for Daughter, Drawing, Decisions, and Determination

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter D

Welcome to day 4 of my Blogging A to Z series.  Today’s letter is “D”, which stands for daughter, drawing, decisions, and determination.  Early in this series, I talked about our three boisterous boys, so today I feel it is only proper to give some time to our only daughter.  She has been a blessing since the day she was born.  And all the other words I am going to talk about today will relate to her in some way.

Our daughter adores drawing.  She has managed to learn a lot just by using books, watching videos online, and observing things around her.  Her artwork never ceases to amaze me.  Check out some of her artwork:

These represent a variety of art styles, art techniques and mediums (including computerized drawing), but show how much our daughter has done.

Once she makes a decision on what she wants to draw, she works hard to achieve it.  And thanks to her father and other extended family members, she has acquired some pretty interesting tools to use including a posable hand.

She also shows a great deal of determination in completing any art projects she starts, regardless of how long it takes her to do so.

So that is my post for the letter “D” today.  What comes to your mind when you see the letter “D”?   If you would like to read all my posts in this series, click here.

Blogging A to Z – “C” is for Charity, Church, Children, and Calm

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This is my third post in my 2019 Blogging A to Z series, which means the letter for today is “C”.  “C” is for Charity, Church, Children, and Calm.  But I may change the order I discuss these.

First, we have four children living in our house (or at least they are still my children in my mind since I am their mother).  Our three sons are 22, 20, and 18, and we have a 16-year-old daughter.  So needless to say our home is anything but calm at times.  They fill our home with laughter, love, and noise.  And I know I will miss the noise when they all move out.

Also, “C’ is for charity.  Our family loves to use the King James Version of the Bible, and 1 Corinthians 13 is one of my favorite passages.  Here is a graphic for the last verse of this chapter.

1 Corinthians 13_13 (KJV) 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

And in this final verse, we are reminded that the greatest of faith, hope, and charity is charity.  Of course, charity is the same thing as love. So we need to show love for those around us.

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#BloggingAtoZChallenge – “C” is for Charlotte Mason and Classical Methods of Homeschooling

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Today is my third post in my 2019 Blogging A to Z challenge, so today’s letter is “C” which will be for the Charlotte Mason and Classical Methods of Homeschooling.

Throughout the years, we have used a variety of homeschooling methods, including the Charlotte Mason of homeschooling.  Charlotte Mason believed students should be exposed to high quality living books rather than what she referred to as “twaddle”.  Students should spend time in nature, observing and learning from it.  Nature Studies, Dictation, and narration all play a crucial role in helping students retain what they are learning.  Rather than simply memorizing endless and often meaningless (or at least meaningless to the students), these living books help the subjects come alive for the students and keep their focus and attention.

One of my favorite curriculum choices from my children’s elementary school days was the Trail Guide to Learning Series from Geography Matters.  This selection allowed our two youngest children to work together and explore history from the perspective of literature, science, language arts, and art.  I loved how this curriculum was essentially an open and go curriculum since we purchased the entire package.  You can read more about this curriculum here.

Another favorite site offering Charlotte Mason materials is Simply Charlotte Mason.  This site offers everything about explanations about the Charlotte Mason method, curriculum choices, lesson plans, a lesson plan organizer and more.  So if you are interested in the Charlotte Mason method, check out Simply Charlotte Mason for yourself.

Another popular method of homeschooling is the Classical Homeschooling method.  Classical Education involved three stages:  The Grammar Stage, the Logic Stage, and the Rhetoric Stage.  In the first stage – the Grammar Stage, students concentrate on learning facts, memorizing things and gathering knowledge and information.  The second stage is the Logic Stage where students begin to apply logic to what they already know.  Finally, the Rhetoric Stage is when students apply the skills of wisdom and knowledge.

One popular resource for the Classical Method of Homeschooling is Trivium Pursuit.  You can find their site here on the Internet.  This site offers background information, books, free downloads and more to assist parents on their Classical Homeschooling journey.

An Internet search will provide a lot of helpful information regarding both the Charlotte Mason Method of Homeschooling and the Classical Method of Homeschooling.  So check them out for yourself.

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“B” is for Brilliant, Boisterous, and Not Boring

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter B

Today I am continuing my Blogging A to Z series with the letter “B”.  First, “B” is for Brilliant.  Homeschooling allows your child’s brilliance to shine through.  They have the opportunity to demonstrate their strengths instead of highlighting their weaknesses.    The abundance of curriculum choices also lets parents choose brilliant curriculum selections that capture the minds and spirits of their children.

Second, “B” is for boisterous.  Since we began our homeschooling journey I have had three boisterous, rambunctious sons who love moving and being loud.  Homeschooling allows them to channel that energy into useful and meaningful endeavors rather than being forced to be quiet and stationary in a classroom.

Finally, “B” does not stand for boring, or at least not the majority of the time.  The variety of choices and activities homeschooling allows for keeps our children from complaining they are bored.  Plus, through the years, we have had a wealth of opportunities for social interaction and other interactions.

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