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“O” is for Organization and Opportunities

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Here is another day of the Blogging A to Z challenge.  “O” is for opportunities and Organization.

The first thing that comes to mind when I see the letter “O” is organization.  As a homeschooling family, organization is paramount to everything we do.  It is important for us to organize everything from schoolwork, to laundry to chores to meals and even free time.  It is important for us to have plans and ideas of what we hope to accomplish.

“O” also brings to mind opportunities.  As a homeschooling family, it is important for us to pay attention to opportunities that arise.  These may be opportunities for classes, field trips and service projects.  We may be able to help a neighbor, friend or fellow church member.

So what comes to mind when you read the letter “O”?

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“N” is for Nathan, Nature, Noise, NaNoWriMo, NaBloPoMo

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So I somehow missed getting this actually posted the other day.  But here is my “N” post for the Blogging A to Z challenge.  I am really enjoying this challenge.  Some letters are definitely easier than others.

The first thing that comes to mind when I see the letter “N” is Nathan.  He is my 3rd son and is going to turn 15 this year.  He is my very active, always looking for something to do son.  He keeps me on my toes.  He loves to talk and to draw and build Legos.  I love my son.

“N” is also for Nature.  Taking nature walks, especially when my children were younger was a great way to spend time learning and being outside as well.  Art can also be incorporated into Nature walks by keeping a Nature journal.

“N” is also for noise.  With us homeschooling, our family frequently has quite a bit of noise.  I know my children will be out of my house all to soon and the noise level will be gone.

“N” is also for NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo as well.  I have learned about these two challenges in the past year and have really enjoyed participating in them.  I have learned so much from these experiences.

So what does “N” bring to mind for you?

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“M” is for Mystery of History, Males, and Memories

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Here is my next post for the Blogging A to Z challenge.  Today’s letter is “M”.  For me, “M” is for Mystery of History, Males and Memories.

Mystery of History is one of my favorite History programs.  I was introduced to it when we first started homeschooling.  Throughout the years, we have enjoyed listening to it, reading it and doing the assignments for it.  There is such a variety of activities to complete.  The author Linda Lacour Hobar acutally reads all the volumes for the audiobooks.  She does a fantastic job with this and the music that plays in the background is fantastic.

Next “M” is for males.  In a household of 6, males dominant our home.  With a husband and three sons, there is never a dull moment around our home.  They keep life exciting.

“M” is also for memories.  My children provide a large variety of memories over the years.  One of my favorite memories is taking our family to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.  The park lends itself to creating memories that will last a lifetime.  This year might bring one of the best memories with my daughter possibly being tall enough finally to ride all the rollercoasters in the park.  We will see how many she actually choses to ride.

So what comes to mind for you when you see the letter “M”?  I look forward to hearing from you.

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Blogging A to Z – L is for Language Arts, Literature, Laughter, Listening and Looking.

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The letter for today for the Blogging A to Z challenge is “L”.  For me, “L” brings to mind Language Arts (including Literature), Laughter and Listening.

Language Arts is one of those subjects that causes me to cringe.  While I absolutely adore reading, trying to  teach Language Arts to my children is quite another subject.  Spelling and writing seem to cause great distress in our home.  I have found Institute for Excellence in Writing and Daily Grams do a good job of getting us through Language Arts.

Some Literature choices are wonderful to read and others leave a lot to be desired.  Some of my favorite books to read come from a company called Lamplighter Publishing.  The books from this company have provided hours of enjoyment for my family.  They even have turned some of their books into audio dramas that we listen to as we are driving from place to place.

Laughter is another thing that is important to our family.  My children have a way of adding excitement and adventure to our lives that results in laughter.  When there is something to laugh about, it adds enjoyment to the day.

Listening is another important skill.  Sometimes it is more important to listen than to speak.  Listening allows us to know what is truly being said.  It is especially important to listen for the voice of God in our family because He leads us in the way we should go.

Looking is another word that comes to mind when I think of the letter “L”.  As we go about our homeschooling day, looking is important.  We need to look at what we are reading, writing, or calculating.  Looking for observations is an important part of science.

So what comes to mind when you hear the letter “L”.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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“K” is for Kids and Kingdoms

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I am still taking part in the “Blogging A to Z” challenge, NaBloPoMo and the Ultimate Challenge for April.  Today’s letter for the Blogging A to Z challenge is “K”.  “K” is for kids.  We have four fantastic kids.  We have three sons and a daughter.  They are the light of my life.  I love them with all my heart.  We homeschool all four of them, which means  I get to spend time with them.  Our kids keep life exciting.  With them there is never a dull moment in our home.  They constantly amaze me with the things they do.

“K” is also for kingdoms.  The most important kingdom is the kingdom of God.  Then of course there are all the kings that are mentioned in the Bible.  Finally there are the other kingdoms which occur throughout history.  These kingdoms provide us with direction and guidance.  They help us know what to do and what not to do.

What comes to mind when you hear the letter “K”.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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“J” IS FOR Jesus, Joy, Journaling, Jacob and Joseph

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I am still participating in the “Blogging A to Z” challenge and today’s letter is “J”.  For me, some words and people that come to mind for the letter “J” include:  Jesus, joy, Jacob and Joseph.

Our family believes that Jesus is our personal Lord and Savior.  He died on the cross that we might have everlasting life.

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“J” is also for the “joy” that comes from knowing that we have a personal Savior.


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“J’ is also for Bible Journaling., something I have just recently begun doing.  It is such a wonderful way of connecting with the word of God.  It is also a way of tapping into my creative side that I tend to not use.

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“J” is also for Jacob, who is my oldest son.  This child brings me much joy, love and happiness.  He brightens my world.  I am proud watching the man God intends him to be.

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Finally, “J” is for Joseph, my second born.  This is a child full of life and joy.  He is quite the instigator.  But his smiles melt my heart.  This is a young man of determination and dedication to God.  I look forward to seeing the plans God has for his life.

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So these are some things that come to mind when I hear the letter “J”.  What comes to mind for you?

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“I” is for Involved and Interest

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The letter for today the Blogging A to Z challenge is “I”, which for me is for interesting and involved.  Because we homeschool, I want our curriculum choices to keep our children involved in what they are learning.  The more involved they are, the more likely it is that they will retain the information.  The more involved they are with what they are doing, the more they complete for the subject.

“I” is also for interesting.  As I scan for curriculum choices,  I try to keep in mind what interests that particular child has.  For example one of my children is interested in Criminal Justice.  He is currently in high school, so curriculum electives that involve Criminal justice keep him engaged and involved in what he is learning.  Another son is interested in anything that has to do with the various world wars.  So for him, literature choices and such that deal with wars or those time periods will keep him focused.  Some of our children enjoy doing things that are hands-on.  So things that have manipulatives, labs or other things they can do are helpful.

So what interests you?  What does the letter “I” bring to mind for you?

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“H” is for Homeschooling Conventions, Happiness, Hearts

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Today’s letter for the Blogging A to Z challenge is “H”.  “H” for me brings to mind several things.  But given the time of the year it is, homeschooling conventions is one of the most prominent ones that comes to mind.  It is the time of year when all across our nation homeschoolers gather in great numbers at various conventions.  These meeting places provide a wealth of speakers, curriculum choices and opportunities to meet and talk with other homeschoolers.  Typically our family attends at least two conventions a year.  Since we currently reside in Pennsylvania, we attend the CHAP convention in Harrisburg on Mother’s Day weekend.  It is a great opportunity to see different curriculum choices in person.  This allows us to be sure we are making the best choices for our family.

These conventions also tend to bring happiness to our family because we treat them as mini-vacations.  We stay at hotels that usually have swimming pools and locations that provide opportunities to visit interesting, educational, historical or fun opportunities.  Sometimes, Dennis takes our children and does something fun with the children while I spend extra time at the conventions.

Our children’s hearts are important to us as well.  We want to keep our children’s hearts firmly tied both to our family and more importantly to God.  This means we need to spend quality time with each other and in God’s word.

What does “H” bring to mind for you?

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“G” is for God, Generosity, and Geometry

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The letter for yesterday for the “Blogging A to Z Challenge” was “G”.

“G” is for God.  We are a Christian family and we attempt to place God at the center of everything we do.  This means when we buy curriculum we strive to find Christian publishers that line up with what the Bible says.  Fortunately, there are a great number of them that are available to us.  We search out and examine our choices prior to purchasing anything.

“G” is also for generosity.  We strive to be generous in giving of our time, talents and money.  We strive to give God the glory for all He has given us.

“G” is for Geometry.  As we attempt to finish Algebra with two of our children this year, it means that Geometry is on our horizon.  I plan on using either Alpha Omega publications Monarch for Geometry, Life of Fred, or Videotext Interactive Online Geometry for our remaining three children.  Each child learns differently so it is important to find the correct match for that child.

What does “G” represent for you?

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“D” is for

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Today is day 4 of the Ultimate Blog challenge and the Blogging A to Z Challenge.  Today’s letter is “D”.

“D” is for Dennis, who is my fantastic husband.  He is my soul mate.  He truly is the love of my life.

“D” is for daring.  With three sons and one daughter in our home, there is a never a dull moment.  They constantly perform daring stunts and feats.

“D” is for darling daughter.  My youngest child is my only girl and she truly is a darling daughter.  I love watching her grow into the young woman she will become.

“D” is for disciples.  Our family strives to be disciples of Christ.  We are a work in progress, but I pray for God to lead, guide and direct our paths.

“D” is for delight as in Psalm 37:4 as shown above.

“D” is also for dreams – the dreams I have for our children and their futures.  I also have dreams for my husband and me as well.

So these are some of the things that come to mind when I hear the letter “D”  What do you think of when you hear the letter “D”?  I look forward to hearing from you.