Blogging A to Z – “I” is for Instruments,

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Welcome to my next installment for my 2019 Challenge for Blogging A to Z.  Today’s letter is “I”, which is for instruments.  As a result of homeschooling, our children have had an incredible opportunity to learn different musical instruments.

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For example, our oldest son has learned to play the Cello and the Upright Bass.  He has learned a lot and has shown a lot of talent.  Right now, he plays with our homeschool band and strings program along with our local community band.  What makes this really special is that our whole family participates together in the homeschool band program, even Mom and Dad!

Our second son plays the Baritone horn, which comes from him playing the Euphonium with the Salvation Army Corps Band while we were in Pennsylvania.

Our youngest son plays the alto saxophone, the bass clarinet, the flute, and viola and also experiments with the trombone and french horn.  He desires to learn percussion, the oboe, and the piano so far.

 

Finally, our daughter plays the violin.  She loves playing with her brothers.  At home, she can be heard practicing with our youngest son on pieces they want to play together.

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So for our family, “I” is for Instruments.  What comes to mind when you see the letter “I”. 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

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

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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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“A” is for Adaptable

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Welcome to my series for the 2019 Blogging A to Z challenge.  “A” is for the fact that homeschooling is adaptable.  No matter who you are as a parent or who your child is or what your soci-economic background is, your family can homeschool.

Homeschooling offers so many choices for curriculum, methods of delivery, the way of structuring your day, it truly is adaptable to all situations.  Even within our family, I have adapted our curriculum choices and more to fit our individual children’s needs at a given time.  Truly, the options and possibilities for homeschooling are endless.  So even if you think you are not capable of homeschooling, check out homeschooling for yourself.

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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.

#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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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.

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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.