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Homeschooling: Our Daily Flow

Our Homeschooling Daily Flow

It is easy to allow our homeschooling day to be swept up into doing cleaning and reading.  While reading is not a bad at all, we still must cover other things.  So I created a daily flow to keep our day going and to be sure that we are continuing to move ahead.

Morning Group Time:

Devotion, Calendar, Preschool Songs, Read Board books

Preschool Time using our Preschool Board (coming soon), while the big girls do spelling & handwriting

Then the Little Ones help prepare and serve the morning snack

Then we have/do Family Time Fitness/Outside Playtime (sometimes the Library or Park)

Lunch & Chapter book reading

Special Brain Therapy Exercises (boys take nap usually through math and grammar time-sometimes)

Science or Geography

While I teach our four-year old to read, the bigger girls start Math & Grammar.  I also work on math with the four-year old throughout the afternoon.

Mystery of History (w/ snack)

Arts n Crafts,  Computer (Typing) or Freeplay, School is over

And that is our school day.  The kids get 15 minutes breaks every hour or so.  There is also a floating break that we try to take when my husband calls on lunch.  During that time they are free to play or read.  If the girls finish an area early they are encouraged to read but I don’t make them read because they are always walking around with books in their hands.

During the last week of our break, they both read the same chapter book Waggit Forever, in 3 days!  Since then they have been sitting on the couch giggling and reading the books together.  It is truly a beautiful sight.

An average day is 5.5 hours long.  A normal day is 6.5 hours long and a short day is 4.5 hours long.  The requirement for GA is 4.5 hours which we have no problem meeting even on our worst days.

Our First Day of School 2013-2014

Our first day of school

 

This is how we spent our first day of school:

 appletree

The day started out hours late and it was raining!  I sure thought the day was ruined especially when we arrived in Elijay and the rain was pouring down!  But as we arrived at the Red Apple Barn the sky cleared up!

After some lunch, we parked and waited for the tractor to pick us up.  Finally it came and here are some pictures:

 tracktor orchard pointingoutthetrees kidswalkingtogetapples sonbendingatapples handpickingapple appletree2 appletree bushelofapples

 

This was our second time picking apples.  We pray that Yahuah will allow us to make this an annual event for our first day of school (the 1st Monday in September) and hold back the rain!

Homeschool: Review of Journey into Africa

3AfBookCovers1While searching for world history curriculums, I became frustrated with seeing that none of the curriculums I found had very much history on the continent of Africa.  Sure they talked about the Egyptians (Mitsrites) and about the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, but what they were are missing the history of Africa.  So while I was looking on Hearts at Home Store for our 2012-2013 curriculum, I found Journey into Africa. 

I read all I could about the curriculum and the reviews and I was greatly impressed.  I was even more impressed when I received all of the materials that I ordered, which are:

  • Teachers Manual
  • The Resource Book
  • Draw & Color African Animals
  • Worksheets for grades 2-5
  • African Songs CD
  • Coloring & Fun Book
  • ABC Book

Now I have to be honest…I did spend more for this one curriculum than I have spent on anything else (I suggest buying the curriculum directly from GeoDeo because I paid more for one of the books than I could have).  But here is why:

The curriculum has options where you can choose what you want to use, which makes it more than a history of Africa curriculum but geography, science, vocabulary, art, and poetry.

The kids loved the songs and we are still enjoying Draw & Color Animals.

We began our journey in September 2012.  It should have taken 14 weeks but due to the pregnancy of our fifth child, work difficulties and sicknesses it took nearly 30 weeks to complete.  But it was well worth it.  The kids weren’t forced to learn a whole bunch of information but a little here and there.

Whenever we study world history, we now have a resource that it awesome and doesn’t leave Africa out! The kids loved the songs and we are still enjoying Draw & Color Animals.

Also, I created some worksheets and timeline figures to go along on the Journey.

Disclaimer:  As with all the curriculum we purchase there are some pages/activities/stories we did not do/read.  The scriptures are clear when it says:

“Thus said Yahuah, “Do not learn the way of the gentiles, and do not be awed by the signs of the heavens, for the gentiles are awed by them.  For the prescribed customs of these people are worthless…”

Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 10:2-3

We do not need to learn about the religious practices of people who do not follow Yahuah.  We are to teach our children to be set apart and not plant seeds of false worship in their hearts by teaching them about the pagan practices of other people.  When something comes up that is against scripture we tell the children that “it” (whatever it is Christmas, Easter, etc.) is not what Yahuah would have us to do.  Furthermore as a family we are reading through the 1st Covenant.  By reading together the children have been able to understand what things are acceptable to Yahuah and which things are not (please see So What Do We Believe? ).

Homeschooling: Test Rewards

Test Rewards

I was trying to think of a way to reward the kids for doing well on their spelling tests, so I gave them a serving of ice cream.  But then I started thinking that using food always as a reward was not good and I like to only have ice cream on Sabbath (as our special treat). 

So I brainstormed again and came up with….

getanan

Meaning, if they get an A on a test they get a quarter. This has been good and the kids seem to work harder knowing that there is some type of reward.  They can save the quarters and use them for whatever they want.  Sometimes they say they would prefer ice cream but I prefer quarters…now I just have to keep some on me!

Bad day homeschooling? Not again…

I read the below article today and I have purposed in my heart, there are no homeschooling  bad days.  Though homeschooling will have it’s challenges, there will be no more bad days.  I will rejoice and be thankful that we can freely homeschool, choose the curriculum and most importantly that our children are still with us.

When Homeschooling Means Losing Your Child

from The Home  School Mom

We truly can take things for granted in this country.  But every day while educating our children, I am discovering just how much really do have.  My husband and I are consistently trying to tell the children that we need to always give thanks to Yahuah because someone else wishes they had what we have and that we must take care of what we have.  We don’t have the latest iPad, iPhone (we have no interest in getting one either),  I don’t have the greatest kitchen appliances and recently our scanner went out (which I am making worksheets, often by hand – a new one is soon to come though) but we are making it.  We are all together.  We have food to eat.  Clean water to drink within a few steps.  We have income and health care.  One of our sons has WPW w/ SVT but his episodes aren’t that frequent and he is still with us.  And though I feel like the healing process from my second section is taking forever, I am still here.

We must be more thankful each and every day to Yahuah for things He has done!