I realized that in neglecting my blog I have seriously neglected my time counting my blessings. Several of the blogs I love to read (really need to figure out that feed bar thing) have a regular post on Mondays listing and counting all the things they are grateful for.
My list for the day:
the right to homeschool
that God brought us to the place where we felt we had to homeschool.
A God who continuously reminds me that He is to be my all in all and for His Grace which let’s me start all over each new day.
Coffee at 5:30 am when you are awakened to a sick dog (Lilly) and a scared of the thunderstorm dog (Misty). Waiting for the vet to open in a couple of minutes to see if they can fit Lilly in to check for an ear infection.
That somehow this week I realized it is ok to NOT use all those scrapbook supplies for scrapping when they are being consumed so handily by children with homeschool projects! I have really not scrapped much since my mom died. She may have enjoyed the scrap book shopping more than she enjoyed the scrapping but she always got excited over my pages.
My local homeschool co-op parents.
Blessings and prayers on this cool wet Wednesday in September. OH that’s another blessing ! I love fall and 55 degree temperatures!
Well yesterday was the first day of our co-op. It seemed to be, as one mom put it, mass chaos that went really really well. We had a great turn out. Two families were missing due to various reasons but everyone else was there to kick off an exciting year. I even received several emails last night and today with lovely things to say about our first day. A couple of them had good criticism of things that needed to be brought to my attention.
I am also excited to report that by the first of the year we should have a team formed to work on taking over for next year! Several people have stepped into place to form a leadership team that will be taking over the logistics of many areas yet this year. I had really tried to set up a team this past year but ended up just doing things to make them happen. Now that they are happening and people can see the vision, I think that we will have many active hands. Exactly what a co-op should be. I had said several times that I wanted to work myself out of a job by the end of this year and by George, I think it may come true!
One friend asked if I could truly let go (ok so she knows I am a bit of a control freak) or at least share some of the control. I think I will be fine as this all seems to be happening in God’s time. Each time I get to the point where I think I am accomplishing what He wants and am doing His will in this area and all will be well I am reminded that I should do what He has directed me to do now and not worry about tomorrow.
On that note.. my tomorrows are a bit lonelier as my best friend hubby has been sent to Iowa to work. Down by Denison, about 4 hours from here. He said tonight that it sounds like they won’t work on Sundays so he will come home for Saturday nights and go back on Sunday evening. We are grateful for the work but we will miss him!
Better get to bed as we have a full day of school, play, housework, and crafting planned. I meant to write this post much earlier but my two grandsons came to play!
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The alternate title to this post could be How to Make People Laugh! In the last couple of days weeks many people have asked about my to do list as we get ready for this adventure called a homeschool co-op. Always somewhere on this ever revolving list has been -make a model tongue. This is a tongue we need wanted for our two Anatomy classes. For some reason this task intimidated me! Most likely because even though the Lord cured me of perfectionism about 8 children ago, it still raises it’s ugly head. Well on Monday I took the plunge and started on the the dreaded tongue.
I used the directions in Body: Make it Work . They looked easy enough. I substituted a soft foam instead of the polystyrene called for to cut my costs in half. I spent about $5 on that and two .67 jars of really pink paint. A large container of colored tack from Office Max completed my purchases. Grandma donated a piece of bubble wrap and I pulled glue out of the cupboard.
I tried several different knives and craft knives and scissors. Ben helped me. No matter what I did, it still looked very rough.
At one point I caught a glance of it out of the corner of my eye as it sat waiting for the next step. For a split second I wondered why there was a fuzzy toilet seat on my table!
Well on the the next step: The LIBERAL application of Pink paint!
Here you see it after a coat of pink. A coating of glue and added bubble wrap (after I convinced Jonathan he couldn’t pop the bubbles). Then a last coating of paint. I could have gotten by with only one bottle of the paint but two made it easy to apply liberally because after all, how many things am I EVER going to use that bright of pink for?
After all has dried add four different colors of thumb tacks in the shape of taste buds and Viola! A Tongue!
And that is How To Make a Tongue! bet it made you laugh!
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Natural science fun at it’s best. Nature notebooking, Art, and science all rolled into a fun family entertainment time. Charlotte Mason says hours out of doors observing nature is the best possible thing for children’s education. However; she lived in England. 104 degree heat indexes and the world’s worst year I ever remember for mosquitoes make indoor nature study this mama’s cup of tea!
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It has been busy around here. Pat and many of the boys have been working on leveling and putting new foundation under his mom’s garage. Dané has been gardening with some help from the children. Aimée harvested her first strawberry of the year!Jim has been out raking hay so we can bale and harvest while the sun still shines. The forecast is for thunderstorms tomorrow.
Nick and Peyten came by and stole Pat and Jeff away for a little fishing this afternoon. Since it is ninety and sunny I am afraid they will come home baked!
I have been busy shuffling curriculum for our co-op next year and our own homeschool for this summer. Making plans and reading reviews. Today I printed several things and ran to Office Max and had them coil bound. I love my comb binder but sometime having a book lay completely flat is important. Later tonight or tomorrow I will post about our curriculum choices for now and next fall. I always love reading why others have chosen various products and projects to pursue so will take the time this year to define my choices and picks.
Well time to finish my spaghetti sauce and put it in the crock pot to stay hot until we have a break in the haying job!
O.K. I have my choices for the American history co-op narrowed down.. and the winner is …KONOS. Volume 2 to be exact. We will use parts of the Responsibility unit in our colonization study. The War Between the States from the Courage unit and then the Wisdom sections pertaining to Founding Fathers, Government and the Constitution. Tomorrow I hope to have this defined by week and loaded into the Co-op section of my blog.
KONOS is a curriculum I have used, loved and the fact that I already own it and I don’t have to buy anything is pretty darn good also! Some of my children’s favorite homeschooling memories are from KONOS studies. I hope to create more favorites for them and all of the children enrolled in the American history portion of the co-op I started.
The co-op is close to being full for next year and it is time to get all things finalized. I have ordered the science and have the books I plan on using for Nature Notebooking here already. We have a meeting scheduled for June 1st to go over books needed etc. I hope to have supply lists and needs for all curriculum completed by then so that purchases can be made during June. I’d like to spend the summer concentrating on my own homeschool and not running around for the co-op.
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This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches,
but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.
This was the bible verses I used last year for our homeschool. An important goal for any parent: that their children be able to say they know the Lord. One we will be working on for all the years to come.
But it is time to choose a new verse. Our summer term and new year will be starting on June 1st. I am diligently working on plans for the new year, but feel like I am missing something. The key seems to be to find our new verse first. I think I’ll ask the children in the morning.
Pat is down at our son Nick’s place. It seems he was trying to install a new spigot? or something to do with water. Unfortunately things started breaking. Since it was 10:30 on Sunday evening there are not exactly a lot of places to get the supplies and tools needed to fix water pipes, etc. Dad to the rescue! My husband is a wonderful daddy and awesome husband. His actions tell me many times a day how much he loves us and God!
Today has been one of those days. Work on Co-op. Clean a little. Go to Princess Lit class. Clean a little. Have a quick coffee with a friend. Work on Co-op. Clean a little. Eat. Question why I do this but know it’s because I am called to do it. Work on Co-op. Get a call from friend. Can we meet for a quick cup of coffee? Sure. Work on Co-op. Finally feels like we accomplished a bit on co-op together! Yeah!
It is 80 degrees outside. The sun is shining and there are blossoms on some of the tomato plants! Summer is here!
I have been trying to walk with my friend Laurie a couple of times a week. I enjoy the walk and the talk but finding time to fit it in is difficult. Maybe I need to just start walking early in the mornings again. How do you fit time into your day to exercise?
Co-op is done for this year and we are heavily into planning for next year. My self imposed deadline of June 1st for having plans for each class is fast approaching. Many of the other tutors are working diligently on theirs and, while I am working on mine, I seem to be going a tad bit slower than I should be. I had my heart set on basing next years history and writing on the Tapestry of Grace curriculum. However just the guides in digital format and the map and writing aids for the year came to almost $300. Not at all in our budget! So I have determined that I will sit down this week and write an outline for the class and start planning individual lessons and activities. There is a link in my sidebar to various timeline documents I have pulled together and I will be adding websites etc. as I find them. Use them if you find them useful!
Well dinner is done and I want to make it outside again while it is still gorgeous so Good Night!