GrowingForChrist

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One Month of school!


Well we’re half way through our 4th week of school, it doesn’t seem like we’ve done a month of school but we have!  We’ve stayed relatively on track minus some Botany experiments that we have to go back and record our findings for, but otherwise we are on track.  The girls are both on their 13th lesson of math and Christian is almost done with his K/1st workbook so we’ll be deciding if we need to order the 1st grade Rod and Staff workbooks for him soon.

Botany is proving to be fun but also time consuming, unlike Astronomy, with Botany we are having to go out and find leaves or plants – it’s a bit more hands-on.  I love having the notebooking journals to go along with it, much easier than printing off a lapbook.  It was a bit more of an investment but it was well worth it and I can’t wait for the junior journal so I can get that for Christian and we can back track through it for him.  I’ll take some pictures of the girls’ work later.

So one day we had to go to a local forest to discover some other plants since we don’t have a lot of different flora in our yard.  It was a beautiful and for August, quite cool.  I got turned around and we ended up at the Raptor center so I let the children look around at the center and enjoy the birds.

We got to see a bald eagle!

Then there were some owls and Kestrels.  All the residents of the Raptor Center were injured to the point where being returned to the wild is not an option, like the eagle had to have one wing amputated.

After that we finally found where I needed to be and the intent of the hike was to find different types of plants like angiosperms and gymnospheres, vascular and non-vascular plants.  The girls will draw them in their journals according to the types.  Here are two of the four we needed:

In history we studied the American Indians known as the “Mound-Builders” which is quite awesome since we live in a state where these Native Indians once abounded.  In fact I am going to take the children to one of the sites next month, when it cools off again.  One of the activities was to design their own mounds out of play dough and so here are their mounds:

Christian:

Hannah:

Bethanne:

 

 

We’ve got a transpiration experiment going on right now so once that concludes we’ll post pictures of that along with their lovely light hut (I keep forgetting to get a light bulb!)

 

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Feeding the Ducks


A couple weeks ago we took the children to a local park and we let them feed the ducks.  As soon as we disembarked from the van the ducks and geese descended on us.  The children were at first a little scared but then thought it was rather fun.  I really the love the picture with all three of them where their backs are to me and the sun is slowly setting.  I have also included a video, there is no sound but I captured this as we were leaving and one goose kept wanting to see if we had more bread LOL

You must click on the hyperlinked text to view the video:  Ducks

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Fun in the Sun!


The last few days have been unseasonably warm – in the 80’s – that, in my opinion, is not fall in Ohio.  Thankfully, by the time this actually posts it’ll have begun to feel like fall again.  Of course the children are enjoying it and playing on their swingset that my inlaws (their Grandparents) bought for them over the summer.  They really enjoy it, although we are looking at getting another swing addition.  My son has a little thing he came up with called ‘under dog’ he goes all the way back to the house and runs to the swing yelling as loud as he can “UNDER DOG TO THE HOG TO THE RESCUE”  I and my husband have no idea how or why he came up with this but it’s VERY cute.  So here are some pictures of the children just enjoying time outside and Bethanne enjoying a caramel apple (and yes she eats all the time with her fingers).

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Fun w/the turtle lady at the library!


 

We went to the Turtle Lady’s show at a local library last Friday and she brought some other reptiles and amphibians.  I had no idea that geckos lick their eyes in order to moisten them!  Unfortunately we arrive late and it was so crowded I was only able to photograph, Christian.

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Impressive!!!


Okay, I know that won’t suffice for my review of both The Schoolhouse Planner or The Old Schoolhouse Digital Magazine, but if one word could sum it all up that would be the one!  To begin with the Planner is 247 pages and with so much to offer, here is a sample of what you get in the Planner:

*recipes

*activities for each month

*homeschool forms:  elements table, weekly planning, books read, Bible memorization, grading sheets, field trip planning, unit study, un-schooling records, curriculum recording sheet, AND MORE!!!!!!

*household forms: emergency contact, family health, monthly homekeeping reminders, budgeting, grocery list, Bible reading schedule, prayer journal, loaned and borrowed list, AND MORE!!!!!

This has so much potential for one to make the best of organization for their home school, it’s amazing!  I would love to print out all 247 pages.  The pages in the household forms would be great to come up with your own household organization binder, if you are like me and wondering where you put the children’s SS card or incomplete shot records or how much your child weighed at the last visit so you give the correct dose of Tylenol, this will be able to help you keep all that information at your fingertips, in **GASP** one place.  What behind or negligent on your Bible study or say you are praying for someone but then forget?  Make copies of the Bible reading schedule and prayer journal and get back into order with the Peace that knows no understanding. 

The homeschool forms can save you from running to different sites trying to get everything, when you get it all in one place.  If you don’t have a high schooler yet, just hang on to the periodic chart and the high school forms.  The thing I like is there is so much to offer for everyone, we don’t do grades but the grading forms make it look easy to keep track of.  The Bible memorization is great especially for keeping track of AWANAs verses memorized.  Want to observe more of God’s creation, use the nature journal or turn the pages into something for you lapbook or notebooking child.  The possibilities are endless.

I also have a chance to review the Digital form of TOS magazine.  I have to admit I’d much rather have the glossy cover and a real magazine in my hands, I am old fashioned and much prefer to have the magazine in my hands BUT, the digital form is a definite bonus!  You have the ability to click on links directly in the magazine instead of having to try to remember "oh I want to visit that site" and then later "I forgot to check that out" and continuing to forget.  So for instance in the unit study areas, which is included in every issue, just click on the link and it takes you directly to where they recommend and so you have the resource at hand plus the article describing what to do during the study.  How cool and time saving is that?  There is nothing I hate more than getting into a lesson and then realizing I forgot something and having to interrupt to get the forgotten thing and risking losing my child’s attention.  Overall the digital magazine is great, especially so you don’t forget links to things that can help you in your homeschooling endeavors.  Would I recommend the digital version of TOS magazine, yes.  It is also a money saver, in that the digital subscription is more inexpensive than the printed version.

 

Thank you for visiting and reading my review, I hope it helps you in your homeschooling year!

God bless.

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Homeschool Share


There is a great resource for those of us using unit studies and they even have certain ones just for FIAR users.  Free lapbooks and other resources to go along with units and they are having a contest for those who are brave enough 😀 to write their own unit study.  Well I am not brave enough, I am only entering into our first ‘official’ year of homeschooling so I don’t feel qualified to write my own study.  But you can!!!  Even if  you don’t you can still visit the site at:  Homeschool Share  and see what they have to offer.  The Homeschool Share contest is here   See my sidebar for the button to use to go directly to the contest page as well.

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12 Days of Homeschooling


(To the tune of "The 12 Days of Christmas")

On the first day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"Can you home school legally?"

On the second day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the third day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"Do you give them tests?
Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the fourth day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"What about P.E.?
Do you give them tests?
Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the fifth day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"YOU ARE SO STRANGE!
What about P.E.? Do you give them tests? Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the Sixth day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"How long will you home school?
YOU ARE SO STRANGE!
What about P.E.? Do you give them tests? Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the seventh day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"Look at what they’re missing?
How long will you home school?
YOU ARE SO STRANGE!
What about P.E.? Do you give them tests? Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the eighth day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"Why do you do this?
Look at what they’re missing?
How long will you home school?
YOU ARE SO STRANGE!
What about P.E.? Do you give them tests? Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the ninth day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"What about graduation?
Why do you do this?
Look at what they’re missing?
How long will you home school?
YOU ARE SO STRANGE!
What about P.E.? Do you give them tests? Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the tenth day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"I could never do that!
What about graduation?
Why do you do this?
Look at what they’re missing?
How long will you home school?
YOU ARE SO STRANGE!
What about P.E.? Do you give them tests? Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the eleventh day of homeschool my neighbor said to me,
"Can they go to college?
I could never do that!
What about graduation?
Why do you do this?
Look at what they’re missing?
How long will you home school?
YOU ARE SO STRANGE!
What about P.E.? Do you give them tests? Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the twelth day of homeschool I thoughtfully replied:
"They Can go to college!
Yes, you could do this!
They can have graduation!
We do it cuz we love it!
They are missing nothing!
We’ll homeschool forever!
WE ARE NOT STRANGE!
We give them P.E. !
We give them tests!
They are socialized!
AND WE HOMESCHOOL LEGALLY!"

On the thirteenth day of homeschool my neighbor said to me,
"How can I get Started?
Why didn’t you tell me?
Where do I buy curriculum?
When is the next conference?
WILL PEOPLE THINK WE’RE STRANGE?
I think we can do this … if you will help us, can we join P.E.?
and we’ll home school legally!"

~ author unknown

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Contest Entry One


I found out about a contest sponsored by the HomeSchool e-store, some of the contests are really neat and involved which I don’t have time for right now so I figured I would enter this one (you can only enter two of the twelve, so choose wisely)

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Here is the blog of the lady who is running this contest:  http://tnmomwith3kids.wordpress.com/

And now for my entry:

  1. How many children do you have / homeschool?   3 / 1
  2. How long have you been homeschooling?  this is our first year
  3. Have they always been homeschooled, or did they ever go to public/private school?   Thankfully they have never set foot in a "real" school.
  4. Do you plan on homeschooling until graduation?   Yes.  I think my husband is now onboard as well to homeschool through graduation.
  5. Do you belong to a co-op?   We do belong to a great home school support group called PEACH which we participate in field trips, science and history fairs, craft fairs, etc.
  6. Do you school all year long, or use some other schedule?   I haven’t decided yet.  I know I want to keep on with phonics and math all year so she doesn’t loose anything but some stuff will slide for the summer months.
  7. Do you use textbooks only, or do you like to supplement with other materials?   We use Saxon 1, Alphabet Island Phonics and Five In A Row Volume 1 which allows me to use other materials as I see fit to do.
  8. Are field trips included in your school plans, or are they just family time?   It depends.  If I know a field trip will take all day due to travel time and such then it is just a regular school day but some things that would be considered field trips for schools are family time.
  9. Do you and your kids do crafty stuff together for school time?   Yes, that is why I like FIAR it allows us to not only do learning stuff but also puts time in their for crafts, which is art for the day.  When we were studying slavery she made a paper quilt block that would have hung outside a home participating in the Underground Railroad to signal slaves that it was a safe house or if there were danger nearby.  Quilts were used to relay messages all the time.
  10. Would you consider everyday household life stuff ‘home ec’?   Most definitely, my oldest loves to help out in the kitchen so it is definitely home ec but also everyday life experiences.
  11. Do you have any advice for new homeschoolers?   Don’t feel you have to settle for the curriculum you first intend to use or buy.  We started out with Weaver Interlock which after a few weeks become monotonous for us because it was too low of a learning level for my daughter.  If we had to continue using the Interlock it wouldn’t have been nearly as much learning going on, so we switched to FIAR which we all like much more and my younger ones can listen and participate too.  Don’t ever feel trapped by your curriculum choice.
  12. Do you have advice for homeschoolers with little ones under foot?   Well since mine are 5 1/2, 3 and 17 months I have little ones under foot.  My advice is to try to include them as much as you can, either with workbooks, or helping to build math towers or joining in for reading the story as we do with FIAR.  When I tend to get too wrapped up in school I find that my other two make a ton of messes and are hard to find, even in a small house, so get them involved even if it’s just a puzzle do it.  Don’t ignore the other ones.  Naptime is also a good time to get caught up on school work that just couldn’t get done when there were other children to deal with or someone needed extra love.

 

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Great You Tube video


Here is a great video put out by TOS You Tube video on homeschooling

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Another freebie


Here is another free lapbook.  Just download it onto your computer and print out the pages you need.  You do have to register but it’s free.

 

https://www.homeschoolestore.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=21398

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