#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.

#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.

#bloggingatoz

 

 

Almost April

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Well, it is hard to believe it is almost April 1st.  April is the month for Camp Nanowrimo, Blogging A to Z challenge and another round of the Ultimate Blog challenge.  I plan on participating in all of these, so expect quite a few posts over the next few weeks.

I may try to incorporate some of these into our homeschool plans as well, especially the Blogging A to Z challenge.  I will probably call it “Writing A to Z Challenge” for my children, however.  I look forward to sharing how this goes over the next few weeks.

So what is going on in your world?  I would love to hear from you.

#bloggingatoz.

Z is Zeal

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So today is the final day of the Blogging A to Z challenge.  I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in this challenge.  When I see or hear the letter Z, only one word comes to mind.  The word that comes to mind is “Zeal”.

Several years ago, we were participating in a Christmas Eve candlelight service at the church we were attending in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.  The pastor provided various members of the congregation with different verses to read from the Bible.  At the time, our second son was given a verse that contained the word Zeal.  He was uncertain of what the word meant exactly.  So I explained to him that zeal meant showing excitement or enthusiasm for something.   Well he proceeded to read his verse with quite a lot of “Zeal”.  From that night on, zeal or zealous became frequent members of our conversation.  The following year, when the Christmas Eve service came around again, my son made sure he once again got the verse with “zeal” in it.  And once again, he read it quite zealously.

Because, it has been about 4 years since he last read the verse, I am trying to remember the exact verses he read.  I believe this should be the correct passage.

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So what comes to mind for you when you see the letter “Z”?  I would love to hear from you.  And so this entry concludes my participation in the Blogging A to Z challenge for April 2015.  I pray you have been blessed.

Y is for Yesterday and Young People

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So here is a post for the Blogging A to Z challenge.  I am a day late posting this.  But for me Y reminds me of yesterday and Young people.

Yesterday, I was supposed to have done this post.  But obviously that did not happen.  Yesterday is already come and gone but we can learn much from it.

Y also reminds me of Young people – something I am surrounded by.  I have four children who range in ages from 12 to 18 (well almost 19 if we are going to get technical about it).  So my days of supervising the homeschooling of 4 children is over.  Now I expect more out of them.  As young people, I expect them to have good manners.  I expect them to know to behave properly in church and how to do their schoolwork.  Now instead the focus is making sure they learn how to be responsible, Godly adults who love the Lord with all their heart, mind and soul..

So that is what I think of when I see the letter “Y”.  What comes to your mind when you see the letter “Y”?

X is for Xerox or X-rays or X-ray Tech

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Here is another Blogging A to Z Challenge post for today’s letter, X.  This is a hard post to come up with words for.  However, I was able to come up with one word, Xerox.  After all, as a homeschooling mom, I have to make lots and lots of copies.  We have to copy papers for the children’s schoolwork.  We have to make copies of the attendance records, the portfolios, the affidavits and numerous other items throughout the year.  Now even though I primarily use Brother, Epson or Canon printers, Xerox is still one of the main words that comes to mind when I think of making copies.

Several years ago our youngest son fell and fractured his wrist.  Needless to say, X-rays were involved.   The funny part was we had the x-rays done at a facility that partnered with both our doctor’s office at the time and the hospital that we eventually ended up at to have the arm put in a cast (or at least we thought he would get a cast).  These offices were all connected digitally.  Supposedly all the hospital had to do was pull up the x-ray to look at it.  But for some reason the x-ray mysteriously vanished for several hours.  Fortunately it was eventually found.  Plus, x-rays make for a great impromptu science lesson.

Also, X-ray tech comes to mind since my husband ‘s sister is an X-ray tech and has been for years.

So what comes to mind for you when you see the letter “X”.  I would love to read some comments from you.

“W” is for Wisdom, Work, and Wonder

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Well the Blogging A to Z challenge is winding down and today’s letter is “W”.  When I see or hear the letter “W”, I think of wisdom, work and wonder.

Wisdom is the first thing that comes to mind when I see the letter “W”.  In the Webster’s 1828 American dictionary, the word “wisdom” was defined partially as, “In Scripture, human learning; erudition; knowledge of arts and sciences.”  It was also defined as, “Quickness of intellect; readiness of apprehension; dexterity in execution”.  Finally, it was defined as, “The right use or exercise of knowledge; the choice of laudable ends, and of the best means to accomplish them”.  All of these definitions suit my needs for a definition for the word wisdom.  Wisdom to me is more than just basic knowledge.  It also involves have a willing heart.

Next, “W” brings to mind work.  Everyone in our home has work they must do.  Our work includes: school assignments, chores, and the work of our Heavenly Father.  We are disciples of Jesus Christ.  In Romans 8:28, we are told, “28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  We need to do the work that God has called us to do.

Finally, “W” brings to mind wonder.  I love to see our children wonder about something and then search out answers about that subject.  It does not matter to me if it is a traditional school subject or if it is just something that catches their interest.

So this is what comes to my mind when I see the letter “W”, what comes to mind for you when you see or hear the letter “W”?

“T” is for Teaching, Time Management, Trust and Technology

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It is another day of the Blogging A to Z challenge.  Today’s letter is “T”.  “T”  brings to mind Teaching, Time Management, Trust, and Technology.

Because we are a homeschooling family, much of my time is spent teaching.  Sometimes it is teaching typical school subjects like math and language arts.  Other portions of my time is devoted to teaching life skills such as cooking, cleaning, yard work, grocery shopping and other such skills.

Next “T” brings to mind time management.  The better my children manage their time, the more free time they have.  Also the better we manage our time, the more extracurricular activities we can incorporate into our day.

Next, “T” brings to mind trust.  I need to trust my children to accomplish their schoolwork.  They need to be able to trust that I will do what is in their best interest.  Also I need to be able to trust that they will complete their work if I have to be away from the home from appointments or other reasons.

Finally, “T” brings to mind technology.  We utilize technology for so many things we do each day.  For example, we use the Internet to conduct searches and complete online courses through companies such as Alpha Omega’s Monarch curriculum and Videotext Interactive Online Algebra.  We use technology for doing daily Bible reading using Apps such as YouVersion.  We use Microsoft Office products to prepare papers, take notes and do presentations.

So that is what comes to mind when I hear the letter “T”.  What comes to your mind when you see the letter “T”?

“V” is for Violins, Values and Victories

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     Today is another day of the Blogging A to Z challenge.  The letter of the day is “V”.  When I see or hear the letter “V”, I think of violins, values and victories.

“V” is for violins or violas.  Music plays an important role in our family.  Our children have been exposed to singing and musical instruments.  Several years ago,  our daughter believed that she wanted to learn to how to play the violin.  At the same time, I wanted to learn as well.  Our oldest son then decided he might like to learn the violin as well.  One cannot think of the violin without thinking of the viola as well.

Next “V” brings to mind values.  Family values are very important.  We need to refer to our Bibles to ensure that we attempt to have Biblical character.  We try to maintain trust, act loving, show generosity, and be loving.

Finally, we experience victories every time our children experience successes in their educational endeavors.  Also we are able to achieve victories in our spiritual lives as well.  When we serve others, show love and compassion to others or when we obey the Word of God, we achieve spiritual victories.

So that is what comes to mind when I see or hear the letter “V”.  What comes to your mind when you see or hear the letter “V”?

“U” is for Understanding

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Today is another day of the Blogging A to Z challenge.  Today’s letter is “U”, which brings to mind one word – understanding.

As a homeschooling family, understanding takes many shapes or parts in our day to day life.  First is our need to be understanding to one another.  With being together day in and day out every day, there has to be a level of understanding among us.  Too many times it is easy to jump to conclusions or fly off in an over reaction.  So we need to take time and act in an understanding manner.

The children need to understand the material they are learning about in each subject.  I do not expect that they will always like or enjoy every subject, but I do expect them to put forth their best efforts.

Finally, there needs to be understanding between my husband and me.  We need to be on the same page and have the same goals and objectives regarding our family.  If we disagree, we must be sure we avoid doing so in the presence of our children.  I try to understand what thoughts he has and I pray that he does the same in regards to my thoughts and wishes.

So that is what comes to mind when I hear the letter “U”.  So what comes to your mind when you see the letter “U”.