20/09/2006 § 6 Comments
So, I have seen people using color coding to keep their kids things organized. What a great idea! The only thing is that I only have one child. So, I thought it would be fun to color code the subjects that we have and the 3-ring binders we store our completed work in. Love told me they did that in public school so she was already familiar w/it so I didn't have to train her. She helped me come up w/the colors that she remembered being associated to each subject and then we filled in the rest. I think it's working out well and I really like the ease of 3-ring binders. I have been spending a lot of time doing school, but I have been spending a lot of time organizing and cleaning as well. I just finished making labels and putting them in the binder spines for a whole bunch of binders and I have a whole ton of ideas and binders to fill! It will be accumulative throughout the year so we can just keep adding to them. For the coloring pages in Art, I am also putting her finished work in sheet protectors so they keep well and look nice. She is coloring an Illuminated Alphabet for Art and that ties in w/learning the about the Middle Ages. We'll just keep on sticking the letters in there adnd them she'll have her own fancy alphabet to show off. We are also making our own reference binders since I can't afford to buy all of the wonderful ones I want. We are just printing off free articles and facts and then making our own fact sheets and then sticking them in a labeled binder. We've got famous men/women, famous scientists, artists, and composers-the list can be endless. We even have maps for geography (puchased w/holes punched) in a binder for referencing. They are color coded so you know if you pick up a binder w/a green label, for instance, it will have to do w/Science.
Can you tell I'm kind of proud of my accomplishments? I don't mean to brag, but I have really put a lot of effort into this idea and it is really looking like a winner! Yay!
Does anyone else have any great organizing, money saving ideas and tips to share?
19/09/2006 § 3 Comments
So we are still in the Middle Ages. I knew there was a lot of info to digest, but there's even more than I remember! I've decided to just go over the basics and we can study more on the side if Love's interested. She is really enjoying the Literature reading selection that TOG has in its curriculum. She's just devouring all the books. I have to pace her because we are waiting for the library to get the other books in!
We had another trip to the Kelley Farm and the theme was Threshing. We had such a great time! Love just dove right in and started helping w/the wheat bundles. After awhile of taking cute pics I jumped in as well. It was hard work, but it was very rewarding. There was chaff flying everywhere! Later we went into the house and Love helped make molasses pudding and icing for it. She was just all into it!
She has been blossoming into a young lady so much lately. It has been so sweet to see. She has been helpful w/out asking, staying on task more, not as much attitude either. What a blessing! I have been firmly, gentle and pleasant. It is a retraining for me that's for sure. It is the exact opposite from how I grew up and what I learned. The Lord is so gracious to me though. He has been so faithful and I can see the fruit and the rewards from His promises to us. I am so filled w/peace knowing My Lord is with me and always available to me for every need.
Well, the Homeschool adventure is not for the faint of heart, but even if you are, by the time a few years roll by, you won't be! I have been so blessed by this adventure and would not trade it for the world and all its supposed 'riches'. Thank you Dear Lord for this great opportunity! May I finish beautifully for Your Honor and Glory!
In Jesus' precious name, AMEN!
08/09/2006 § 3 Comments
So, I have been neglescting my blog again. So sorry!
I have been feverishly trying to stay on track w/our homeschooling this year. I am determined to be more successful and accomplished this year so I have been a sort of homeschool hermit. Our main text is Tapestry of Grace and this year comes w/a warning about there being A LOT of content in vol 2-the Middle Ages so I am having to sort through and just do the most we can. It's SOOOOO good though and I like studying this time period so it's hard to just go on! We will come back around to it in about 12th grade I figured so it will be covered again. I will probably keep Love going w/ most, if not all of the literature selections. It's good for her and I can read them when she's done! 🙂
So, we are doing about 100 times better this year and w/the Homeschool Tracker I feel so much more in 'control' of things. In the meanwhile we are doing some Godly Tomatoe raising and character training that is really starting to show some fruit. Yet another area I have determined to be resolved in. Now if I could just get dinner to cook itself and the house to clean itself…another time perhaps…I'm working on it…
I will be able to pop in and post things here and there and I have a feeling I won't get a chance to visit other blogs a whole lot. 😦 I know you other mommies understand so I'm not too worried, we could use your prayers though, that would be wonderful and MUCH appreciated!!!!! We pray for you all too on occassion since we're kinda like an big extended family us homeschooling families! 🙂
Well, back to the teaching and training…
Many Blessings To You and Yours,