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Ok, I am in love with this blog!! Zero Waste Home.. http://zerowastehome.blogspot.com/p/tips.html?m=1

While I try to consider my self a person of less, this blog takes it to a even deeper level. I really enjoyed the part about clothing. Now I’m thinking I need to do some major revamping to my closet. That is one place that is not a place of less. I hope you take some time and check out this blog!!

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Well, I will be the first to say that the new planner I printed off yesterday was a bust. I mean, the kids did ok following the list, however, I felt it was a jumbled mess. So what did I do? I managed to put together one that may meet our needs better. It seems to be a little more structured than the other ones I chose to follow, but it just states what has to be done that day. The kids can do whatever they want when they want, as long as the list gets done. They also have to record the time they spent doing there work.

So here is a picture of our most recent homeschool planner.

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Tomorrow.. Ah yes, I can feel the endless pitter patter of little feet running through the halls, backpacks popping up and down on tiny backs and books being issued.. Wait.. No I can’t, not this year!! And you better believe I am proud to say this will be the beat year ever!!

Last night, was a terribly long night! I was printing material till 2 am. Let’s see, I was printing a ton of math, writing, science, and homemaking help from Donna Young’s website.. and may I say it was worth the 5 hours of sleep I did get!! You can find her at http://www.donnayoung.org
One more thing.. I officially love you now, Ms. Donna!!! You have a great collection of things!!

Today, after church, we rearranged the whole house.. Lol.. Ok maybe just the kitchen, boys room(was the giant living room), living room ( into an actual living room and school room) and dining room(which used to be a small living room). Pheww glad it’s semi- finished. Now I have to get school ready for tomorrow! Cannot wait I’ll I get a months worth of homework finished.. That’s my goal for this week. 

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I am excited to say that last night we finally purchased our homeschool science book and journal. I decided that Apologia Astronomy was the way to go, however, that was not what the kids wanted. They chose Apologia Zoology 1: Flying Creatures, with the regular journal. I am thinking, we probably should have gone with the Junior Journal since they are 7, 9, and 10. I’m hoping that they will be ok with all the writing that is involved. Does anyone know if the work will be advanced for them?

We also got Explore the Code 1, 7, and 8 for phonics practice. We will see if 7 and 8 are too advanced for the boys. If it is we will just have to get the correct levels.

Our wonderful Saturday morning was spent printing off three sets of chapter 1, 9, and part of 10, we ran out of ink.. Nice!! We chose to do insects after the Intro due to the warm weather. It won’t be like that long.

I was also able to print out lesson 1 of both Explore the Code 1 and 7. Katelyn couldn’t wait to start, so I went ahead and let her do some of the work on the pretest and lesson 1. I love them being excited about learning!!

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For the past few weeks or more we have had a ton of stuff going on.

First- First week of Review

After a long week at the fair (the kids showed 2 mules and a pony) the children and I were very excited to get home and start school. The week went super-fast and consisted of major review. They spent most their time doing easy math, reading, arts and crafts. I am saving Science and History until September.

Also, since this is our first year, we have been trying to find out where our homeschool niche lies. And, I have to admit, even if I do like having that orderly, you know what to do, please go do it- system. I am thinking our family lies mostly in the Christian Electic-Unschool, if that is possible. However, since I have been using the printer like crazy, the teacher books sure sound nice.

Second- Church Camp with Maple Springs Baptist Church-for the boys.

As a schedule, I had it set up where we would go 6 weeks and off one. But this week threw us for a loop. Thankfully, we are only in review, right. Meaning, I had to adjust a few things in our schedule. One adjustment, there would be no school. My daughter, Katelyn was excited! Why? She had the house to herself, of course.  Henceforth, I allowed her to pretty much go with the flow. Little did she know there was actually quite a bit of learning and educating going on all week.  There were books opened, tons of AETN being watched and the IPAD was put to major use. Coloring and writing letters was also on the agenda for the week.

As Katelyn did her thing, for me it consisted of coming up with a better schedule and lesson plan. I think I may have come up with something that just may work… We will see how it goes in a later post.

Third-The Watermelon Festival, in my hometown.

          We had a great time at the festival. We saw the car cruise, burn-out, and ate free watermelon. The kids dodged and picked up candy at the parade.

When we finally arrived at the festival the kids enjoyed spending their money on bows and arrows, guns, and hair bows. But, as soon as the money was spent and we walked through the venders 5 times they went their own way. I could not believe they spent 4 hours on the merry-go-round, wings, and jungle gem, energy being spent there for sure. Later in the day, we watched watermelon races, ate free watermelon and listened to some gospel music. All in all we had a blast and are glad to be home.

Forth- YEAH!! School Starts back-

Lazy week, I have to say. We really did not start school until Wednesday. Sadly I blame that on me, I have been trying to get everyone adjusted to our semi- schedule. And that schedule, shall I say, is in the revamping mode; because, I think I changed how I presented the lessons to the children more than three times. ICK! I am hoping next week we can just pick up and MOVE.

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Yes, yes, yes, welcome to my blog! Honestly, I have not been much of a blogger, ever.. However, ever since we decided to homeschool I decided to give it a try. So, I am here to blog about my love for my family, life, homeschool, church, and my faith.

Enjoy!!

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Long before the conception of vapor.

A cloud, nor raindrop, not yet combined.

I sense soundness in the tempests allure.

For a gale is imminently defined.

 

I’ll use the soft hands of wide whipping leaves.

To guide my flight and leave my mortal means.

All fear, all pain, all sheltered miseries.

All truths be told in our daily routines.

 

But thou rest assure thou father doth come.

For time will tell that he is God’s own son

He’s come to give the ultimate freedom.

To lift us up; giving his saints heaven.

 

The Lord; the eagle; the colossal sky.

The vapor; the truth; all in a bird’s eye.

 

Andrea Davis

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