I am still around for the 365 day Writing project. Some of my writing has been done here, while other times I have utilized my other blogs or other writing opportunities.
But today I want to write about something thrilling that just happened. Recently, I saw a friend announce applications were being accepted for the 2017 Homeschool Review Crew. I have received notifications about the Crew in the past but decided not to apply. This year, I decided to take the plunge and apply after chatting about it with my friend. I have followed several blogs who were written by members of the Crew. I loved reading the posts talking about the variety of products the members were reviewing.
I am just thrilled with the opportunity to be part of this group. Words can not begin to describe how I felt as I completed each blank of the application. Doubt and fears stole their way into my mind, but ultimately I submitted my responses and the waiting began. Stay tuned for part 2 of the saga.
Ever since my oldest son was born, every year, either my husband and I or just me alone would take our children along with us when we went to vote. I felt it was important for them to learn about the process and the importance of voting. We need to let our voices be heard and counted. Most years, we went as a family. Ever since we started homeschooling, I count it as an educational field trip.
Two years ago at the midterm election, our oldest son became old enough to vote. This year our second son was going to be eighteen in time to vote in the election. Back in March, we moved from Pennsylvania to Texas. Upon arriving, my husband and I were registered to vote when we changed our drivers’ licenses from one state to the other. Then a few months later, my mom and two oldest sons were registered to vote.
So yesterday afternoon, we loaded everyone up into the van and drove to the voting location, even our youngest two who could not vote. Upon arrival, I saw a line of people and expected we would have to wait. But, they were in a different line from the one we needed to be in to actually vote. Because nothing is ever simple for our family, I had hidden my second son’s voter registration card from myself. So I quickly said a prayer that he would have no problem. I stepped up to sign in first. Once I signed in, I asked about our second son. The lady informed me she would use his identification information to look him up. My daughter, our youngest who is not a crowd person, chose to walk with me. We were taken to the voting booth and the lady made sure I knew how to use the machine. I began the voting process while my daughter watched. My husband and oldest two sons were each shown a booth in turn. Finally, our youngest son decided to stay with my mother. I finished first and exited the voting area with our daughter. We waited in the hallway for everyone else.
My husband was the next to exit the room. Then our oldest son exited followed shortly by my mom and youngest son. So all that was left for us to do was wait for my second son to exit. I suggested my oldest son take the keys to our van so my mom, youngest two and himself could get settled into the van. As they headed to the exit, my husband and I waited for our other son. I could not figure out what was taking him so long. About the time I was ready to look back at the voting room, I saw him. Uninformed by the person instructing him on the proper voting procedures, he exited the same door we had entered the room. So we did not see him come out since he went and sat on a bench to wait for us.
The funnier or scarier thought is when the next election rolls around, my other two children will be old enough to vote. I pray we have instructed them in the way they should go so they will take this responsibility seriously.
So if you have children, do you take them with you to vote?
So my ambitious plans had our family starting our new school year last week. We actually began last week with just math and language arts. This year we have a 9th grader, a 10th/11th grader and a senior.Language Arts seems to be going fairly well for our three. We are using Daily Grams again this year. I like the way the books are laid out and the way they can complete the work including grading it by themselves.
But math once again is going to be where I desire to bang my head against a wall. I can not find a math program I like for high school. I find programs I think we are going to like, but then things take a downward spiral. One of these days I will find a perfect program hopefully. But in the meantime, I am turning the math teaching over to my husband.
The plan is to start History, Writing, Literature and Latin next week along with spelling. So that means one day this week, I will be administering spelling tests to the children.
I still need to order materials for Science and some electives to round out our year. In the coming days I will share what each child is doing for the year.
How are things going where you are? I would love to hear from you.
It is hard to believe we are in our tenth year of homeschooling. When we began this journey, I never dreamed what our lives would look like. I found it to be one of the biggest blessings in my life. My children are much closer than they would have been otherwise. If this was a typical year, we would either have recently attended or would be preparing to attend a homeschool convention. Conventions provide the opportunity to find curriculum, get refreshed, and develop a renewed excitement in homeschooling. However, this is simply not a typical year. Starting in October of 2015, we were told to prepare for a permanent change of duty station (or PCS if you are familiar with military terms). We received no official orders but were told this was a definite move. It took well into January before we received the official orders. We scheduled our move without having a location to deliver our belongings to when we arrived in Texas.
We did not expect to have the difficulties in finding a house to rent, but God had other ideas. Everything about this move has been different from our other moves. This one provided a test of our patience and expectations. So we officially arrived in Texas on March 10, 2016. But we did not officially have a home to rent. On Friday, we went to see two different homes and wound up renting one of them. We were unable to take possession until the 19th of March due to plumbing issues. This meant it was March 22 before our belongings were delivered. As a result, we have spent the past two months trying to settle in and find everything.
This time last year, we had just attended the CHAP convention in Pennsylvania where I had the privilege of celebrating our first son’s high school graduation. Standing beside my husband and hearing the words he spoke to and about our son at the graduation ceremony was enough to bring me to tears. It meant one chapter of his life was ending while a new chapter was beginning. However, it also meant I had to prepare mentally and emotionally to go through this rollercoaster three more times. I can not begin to imagine what it will be like when our youngest (who is our only daughter) is the one graduating. For the past year, our oldest has lived at home with us and is preparing to start college courses through a correspondence seminary school. He plans on becoming a Youth Minister in the future. Being at home meant we did not have to worry about traveling to get him from college once the school year ended. Instead, he moved with us and has been blessed to find an opportunity to begin working with the pastor of the local church we found. He is going to be getting hands-on experience which will be such a blessing.
So instead of preparing to finish the year and making preparations to do evaluations and turn in portfolios and paperwork, we are instead preparing to finish out our current school year. At the same time, I am trying to prepare for the new school year. But that is the beauty of homeschooling, we can change and adapt to situations that life hands us.
So what is going on in your world? I would love to hear from you.
So it has been a while since I posted here. In March, we moved from Pennsylvania to Texas because of my husband’s job. We have spent the rest of the time attempting to settle into our new home. Moving is quite an adventure and when you are not the one to pack everything, it makes it more of a challenge, especially when different people were on the crew each day. But we are working towards getting everything unpacked and finding what we need. Since we are settling in, homeschooling has been put on hold. However, my children are about to get back to the daily routine of homeschooling, chores, church and other activities.
Normally this time of the year, we are gearing up to attend homeschooling conventions. I love the experience of examining books and curriculum. However, our move made that a challenge with the dates of conventions in our new location. But I have found two in Texas that we can attend in June and July – so stay tuned for me to share what wonderful things we discover.
So what is going on where you are? I would love to hear from you.
We are in the process of preparing for a cross-country move, so school has been suspended. We are using this time to purge, clean and otherwise prepare for our move. It is always fun getting ready for a move, okay maybe I am exaggerating slightly or even a bunch. I think it can become tedious at times. It is no fun going through all the last minute preparations and purging that is necessary to move. In our case, we are blessed to have packers and movers come in to deal with some of the tedious stuff. But then we are left with the task of cleaning and making sure the house we are leaving meets the landlord’s standards.
Some landlords spell out very specifically their requirements in the lease. One of our landlords required us to have the carpets professionally cleaned. Other landlords have been much more vague, which makes it a lot harder to satisfy them. It is no fun having to guess at what expectations the landlords might have. Nor is it fun to be out part of a deposit because we did not know what requirements the landlords had. So we try to be proactive and work towards meeting expectations.
Since the military is moving us, we are limited on the amount of weight we can move. As a result when we go to try to find a new home to rent, we are planning on loading a lot of boxes into our twelve passenger van and leave them in Texas. Of course, these boxes will primarily contain books since books weigh the most. Then when the packers come we will not have those books to worry about. In the meantime, I am trying to get rid of as many books as I can that I know we will not use again.
So what is going on in your world? I would love to hear from you.
So this is day 8 of the #Write365 project and I would like to incorporate the principle of the idea into our homeschool. I want to get our children writing. I know the more writing they do now, the easier it will be for them later – when they have to write. So I want some of the writing assignments to be ones they enjoy and want to write.
Another activity I want to incorporate into our homeschool is the idea of Bible Journaling. This year I am attempting to participate in both the Documented Life project and the Documented Faith project. Now I have to confess, life interfered and I did not get to really start either of these projects this past week. But I am determined to spend some time this weekend catching up. For Documented Faith, I choose to order the binder kit and spent some time this evening working on the cover. This is what I have accomplished so far:
We now have a better idea of when we are going to be moving to Texas – so it makes it easier for my to make plans and decide what to do. For the moment, I decided it is in the best interest to do a limited amount of school until we move. So this means Math and Language Arts will be where we focus. Of course, the children will be able to continue working on anything of interest to them as well. The remainder of our time will be spent preparing for the move.
Several boxes of books have already made their way out of our home, but we still have more to purge. In the meantime, we are purging other items as well. The more I get done on this end will result in less we have to do on the other end. This will result in us returning to school faster.
So what is going on where you are? I would love to hear from you. Also, if there is anything I can pray about for you, let me know.
#Write365 #Homeschooling #DemandsofMoving
With 2016, comes 366 days of brand new possibilities. But for our family, it not only brings the normal types of changes but the change of a cross-country move. We are going to a part of the country I have never been before – not even to visit. So it is going to be all new to me.
So with this impending change, decisions have to be made. Some of those decisions involve when we will resume school. In theory, we could be in the process of moving in less than 30 days. At the same time, we could be looking at almost 60 days. If we have only 30 days, we will probably choose to wait until after we move to resume school. If it is more like 60 days, we will choose to resume school next week.
With a new year, we need to figure out what changes we need to introduce in our homeschool. With a new area, we will have new possibilities for outside activities. I am excited to see what new adventures lie ahead.
What is going on in your life today? I would love tp hear from you.
#Write365 #2016 #ANewYear
So a new year is under way. This means we will be resuming school shortly. In just two days, the learning will start in our home. But it may quickly be interrupted by cleaning and preparing for packers and movers to come to our home. The anticipation of waiting is getting old now. I am ready to begin this new stage of our life.
Because I know where we are going, I joined an email group for the place we will moving to earlier this week. Yesterday, I received several emails regarding activities and possible friends for our children. The local homeschool group has an amazing variety of items to choose from and I think my children are really excited. From an Archery club to involvement with Habitat for Humanity to Golf lessons to dance to art to music to singing and even drama, the possibilities are endless. We also began searching online for a church and already have several possibilities to check out.
So what is going on where you are?
#Write365 #ANewYear #Beginnings
So we know we are getting orders, but we just don’t know when yet. We know we are expecting to report tentatively in February to Texas. So the fun now is getting ready for a move that is surrounded by uncertainty.
Homeschooling allows us the flexibility to prepare for the move while still accomplishing some of my goals for homeschooling. Also, it gives me time to evaluate what is working and what needs to be changed. So how are things going where you are? I would love to hear from you.