Posted in Homeschool Band, Homeschooling, Music

Weekly Wrap-Up for June 2, 2019

Weekly Wrap-up

Today is the second day of June, and I am not sure where this year has gone to right now.  It seems to be speeding by at times while dragging at other times.  This week saw four of our family members participate in a Memorial Day event with the Crossroads Community Band we are part of, and our second son came to watch us.

The week before, our daughter came to see us perform at an indoor venue.  With us living in Texas, I can not say I blame her for her choice.

Percussion & Piano Lessons for our son

This coming week will see one activity resume – our youngest son will be participating in a beginner band class for percussion as well as private lessons for piano.  I am interested in seeing how much he learns during the 6 weeks.

Flute Lessons

At some point during the next week, I am going to see when I can begin flute lessons with one of the members of the Community Band who also teaches (and teaches flute specifically).

Other than these music lessons we have very little planned for this summer beyond decluttering and organizing our home in preparation what should be our last duty assignment.  Although, we are just preparing for the inevitable time when it will come.  However, we have no idea of when we might actually see those orders.  We will also be doing a light summer school schedule with our youngest two who are 18-years-old and 16-years-old respectively.

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

 

Posted in 2019 Blogging A to Z Challenge, Homeschooling

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.

You can click here to read my other posts in this series.

 

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#write28days – Trisms

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This is my 18th post for my series #write28days.  Today I want to talk about another curriculum choice we discovered at a homeschool convention.  The company is called Trisms and the specific product we used was called HistoryMakers.  You can read all about the company here.

I first fell in love with History Masterminds because it did not use a traditional textbook approach.  It is an exciting overview of World History that also includes Language Arts, Geography, Literature, IEW and more.  It covered the period from 3500 BC to the present.
I had a book that included the assignments broken down by week.  Sometimes, the children had to research an invention and draw illustrations of it.  Other times, they had to read about an artist or read a book or complete a mapping assignment.  Here is a picture I took of a sample lesson plan and the explanation about what the students were doing.

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One of my favorite parts of this middle school curriculum revolved around my ability to pick and choose resources along with having the ability to include our younger children in the learning assignments.

So if you want a curriculum that looks different from your average textbook approach to teaching and learning, check out Trisms for yourself.  They offer materials for middle school through high school.

If you have seen it, used it or would like to use it, let me know.  I would love to hear from you.

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#write28days – Day 5 Don’t Compare Yourselves to Others

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Welcome to day 5 of my #write28days series on Homeschooling Helps, Hints and Resources.  Today I want to talk about something I have even struggled with through the years.  I am sure you can understand what I am talking about – the irresistible desire to compare ourselves to others around us.

You know you attend some event, are reading online, or hear from someone else about this mother who seems to be doing everything correctly.  Her house is immaculate.  Her children do amazing activities, crafts and other homeschooling things that make you feel like you and your children are nowhere near where you should be.  Or her three-year-old is already reading.  Or whatever else has the ability to make us doubt ourselves.

Trust me when I say I have been there and done that.  It is hard not to do it.  With the Internet, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media outlets, we are constantly bombarded with seeing what appears like perfection around us.

But what works for another family may not be right for your family or my family.  As a military family, I attempt to adapt our work schedule around Dad’s military.  So when Dad is off, I know I do not have to feel guilty about not doing schoolwork those days.  Also, some of our children are not gifted in math, but they have other incredible gifts and talents to share with the world.  So I attempt to find things that suit their interests and gifts.

I also know some of my children are not morning people, so trying to start our mornings before about 9:00 am will result in a total disaster.  Also when our boys were younger, I knew they could not handle sitting in one place working in workbooks for hours at a time.  I had to mix up stationary work with work that allowed them to be free to move around as needed.  I also had to allow for them to complete some assignments orally to keep them interested and on task.

Some children may take longer to master certain concepts or reach certain levels in certain subjects.  And there is nothing wrong with that.  It is important not to push our children or even ourselves so hard to be like someone else to where we fail to accept and honor the individuals God created us to be.

So Mom or Dad, trust me when I tell you, every homeschool, every family and even every child within a family is different.  After all, God created us that way.  So it is important to remember that the differences make the world that God created.  So do not get wrapped up in the lies that just because your homeschool or your child does not look like someone else’s means you are not doing what you need to do.

So Mom or Dad, trust me when I tell you, every homeschool, every family and even every child within a family is different.  After all, God created us that way.  So it is important to remember that the differences make the world that God created.  So do not get wrapped up in the lies that just because your homeschool or your child does not look like someone else’s means you are not doing what you need to do.

Being different is okay.  Take a deep breath and accept that not every day has to be perfect.  Nor does every day have to look like the days of those who appear to be doing everything correctly.  I promise you if you asked that mom who is posting the “perfect” pictures on Instagram or blogging about their perfect day or posting on Facebook about how amazing their children are, they would tell you every day is not perfect.  Plus they may even have people they think have it more together than themselves.

If you would like to read my other posts in this series, click here.

 

 

Posted in Bible, Deovtionals, Homeschool Review Crew Posts

Review of “Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women” from Zondervan

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Zondervan has a beautiful new devotional to help your daughter grow in her faith:  Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women.  As the mother of one daughter who is sixteen, I am always on the lookout for devotionals and other books that will help grow my daughter’s faith.  So when I found out about the opportunity to review this devotional, I knew we needed to participate.

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Zondervan provides a variety of Bibles, books, curricula, academic resources, and digital products for more than 80 years.  The company was founded in 1931 by Pat and Bernard Zondervan. According to their website, Zondervan has remained dedicated to producing quality Christian content with integrity, which has allowed sustained growth and has established the company as a revered and reliable source for transformative and inspirational content.”  Harper Collins acquired Zondervan and helped form HarperCollins Christian Publishing.

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Our family has used resources from Zondervan for many years.  Everything we have gotten from them always delivers what we are looking for and expecting from their products, and this devotional did not let us down.  I planned on my daughter and myself doing this devotional together. With three older brothers, I attempt to find devotions for young women that we can do together.  This devotional is meant for young women ages 13-18, but I feel that girls older or younger would also enjoy and benefit from this devotional.  Daughters and mothers definitely will benefit from doing this devotional together.

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This devotional includes Scripture references from the New International Version, which is my only negative thought about this devotional.  I would have preferred them to cite the book in the Bible, Chapter, and Verse and then allowed families to use whatever Bible they prefer to use.  However, my daughter and I just read the verse and devotion in the book and then referred to our King James Version Bibles to reread the Scripture.  I feel this extra step provided our daughter the means for comparing the wording in various Bible translations.

Every devotion features an easy-to-read, timely devotion, which is paired with a Scripture passage about a Biblical girl or woman, such as Ruth, Mary, Esther, Mary or Abigail.  The pages speak about the pressures and changes young ladies face while giving them real-life applications to find and include God in their own lives.

We have found several devotions which spoke to us.  One of them addressed the Proverbs 31 Women and referenced the verse, Proverbs 31:10, which talks about the Proverbs 31 woman having a noble character.  The devotional then discusses the concept of an “ideal” woman.  The devotional does an excellent job of addressing how God has made us all individuals who are perfect in our way in His sight.

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Another one of the topics I was glad to see the devotional address was Abigail’s encounter with David after her husband had treated David with tremendous disrespect.  Day 217 addresses this topic.  The devotional shows how Abigail provided the best she had to offer and offered respect in how she approached him, spoke to him and even provided for David and his men.  The devotional makes it clear how much being respectful can go in an encounter with someone.  Days 218 through 228 continue the story of Abigail before moving to Bathsheba on Day 229.

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So if you are looking for a devotional to help a young lady in your life grow in her faith and Biblical knowledge, check out Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women from Zondervan.  If you would like to read a review of this devotional from other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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Posted in 2018 Home School Review Crew Back to School Blog Hop, Home School Review Crew Posts, Homeschooling

Back to School Blog Hop – Take a Look Tuesdays

Welcome to day 2 of the 2018 Home School Review Crew Back to School Blog Hop.  Today’s topic is Take a Look Tuesday.  Today I will be sharing some of our curriculum choices for this year.  We have two children still homeschooling.

Our youngest son is seventeen now and is planning on graduating by December 2019.  Currently, his coursework includes:

  • Bible -still to be determined
  • Math – CTC Math (we love this program)
  • Grammar – GrammarPlanet and Picta Dicta
  • Literature – still deciding this one as well
  • History – Notgrass World History
  • Science – Chemistry and probably Apologia’s Marine Biology
  • Band – Homeschool Band and Strings Programs along with Piano either on his own or with a teacher (still need to figure that one out)
  • Photography
  • Spelling
  • a Foreign Language

Our daughter is almost sixteen and is basically between ninth tenth grade.   Here are her subjects:

  • Bible Study with Mom or Dad – still deciding this
  • Math – CTC Math
  • History – Mystery of History along with TruthQuest History
  • Biology/Botany and then moving into Chemistry probably after the first of the year.
  • GrammarPlanet and Picta Dicta
  • Literature – to be decided
  • French
  • Homeschool Band Strings Program
  • Art Classes either online or in person

We homeschool year round, so we are still finishing up some coursework. Then whenever those courses are finished, we will begin new subjects. So stay tuned during the year to see what our choices are. Also, we do a limited or reduced school schedule during the summer, so that is why some courses are still being determined right now.

If you would like to visit the other Home School Review Crew members who are participating in this Blog Hop, here is the list.

Angie @ Run Ran Family Adventures & Learning
Annette @ A Net in Time
Ashley @ Gift of Chaos
Betty @ Let’s Get Real
Brenda @ Counting Pinecones
Carol @ Home Sweet Life
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses

Christine @ Christine Howard
Christy @ The Simple Homemaker
Dawn @ Schoolin’ Swag
Debra @ Footprints in the Butter
Diana @ Homeschool Review
Felicia @ Homeschool 4 Life
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine
Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life

Jennifer @ Dear Homeschooler
Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Karen @ Tots and Me…Growing Up Together
Kellyann @ Walking Home …
Kimberley @ Vintage Blue Suitcase
Kristen @ A Mom’s Quest to Teach
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Laura @ Four Little Penguins
Linda @ Apron Strings & other things

Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
Lori @ At Home: where life happens
Margaret @ Creative Madness Mama 
Marla @ Jump Into Genius
Meredith @ Powerline Productions: Being World Changers/Raising World Changers 
Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Missica @ Through The Open Window
Monique @ Mountain of Grace Homeschooling

Nicole @ Bless Their Hearts Mom
Patti @ Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy
Rebekah @ There Will Be a $5 Charge For Whining
Rodna @ Training Children up for Christ
Stacy @ A Homemakers Heart
Tess @ Circling Through This Life
Wendy @ Life at Rossmont
Yvie @ Gypsy Road

If you would like to read what other members of the Home School Review Crew are posting about today, click here or on the graphic below.

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You can read my post for Monday here.  If you would like to read my other posts from this series, click here.

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Thoughts for Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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Today begins Youth Service Camp at our church, so our 17-year-old son is attending that.  He left this morning and will not be home until Thursday night.  The youth will be staying in various homes of the adult leaders, including our pastor and his wife.

Meanwhile, the rest of the family is keeping to our normal routine.  This means our oldest son and my husband are working.  I am blogging, reading and preparing for reviews along with cooking and chores.  Our second son is working on projects and other interests.  Our daughter is working on schoolwork and drawing.  So it ought to be a fairly quiet week around the house.

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Here are some of the reviews our family is currently working on for the Home School Review Crew:

  • Godschooling by Julie Polanco
  • Branch Out World
  • GrammarPlanet
  • RomanRoads Media

So stay tuned in the next few weeks for these reviews.  Also, be watching for the Home School Review Crew Back to School Blog Hop coming August 20-24.  I can not wait to see what our Crew Members have to say.

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Now for the topic of the day, I am finding that homeschooling high schoolers can be lonely – both for our high school students and for myself.  Everyone is so busy and caught up in either what they are doing or with outside activities.  Plus, it seems like it is a lot harder to find other homeschoolers with time to interact or that have similar interests.  Plus, we are a military family who moved while some of our children were either in high school or getting ready to enter the high school years.  Being new in a community can make things very difficult for finding friends and activities.

On the bright side, we have found at least one thing that has captured the interest of several of our children and that is the Home School Band for our area.  All four children play instruments and my husband and I do as well.  Below is a picture of our youngest son and me at the summer music classes learning piano.

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So what is your family doing this summer or planning to do this fall?  I would love to hear from you.  If you would like to read about what other members of the Home School Review Crew are blogging about this week, click here or on the graphic below.

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