We're in the backyard beside his beloved mud pit, our "table" is an overturned storage bin, we're sitting on step-stools and there wasn't enough room so I had to hold the muffins in my lap while I read him poems about mud. But it was his idea for impromptu poetry teatime, and he loved it.
Picture perfect is not a thing at our house. But brilliant memories are. 💕
Yubo (formerly Yellow) has been in the press often. Many have called it “Tinder for Teens.” That label alone is enough to cause concerns for many parents. I also understand this label might cause some parents to immediately assume Yubo won’t appeal to their teens. But, Yubo has a fan base of over 15 million users! So, clearly Yubo is an app many people are using.
Learn everything you need to know about the live streaming video app Yubo in my Parents Guide to Yubo. See the link in my profile.
Working on our new art lessons with @sparkethdotcom it’s a mindset switch to try and only draw minimalism which is the course we’re trying this week. So far I’m the lesson I found several I want to go and try later. #ihsnet#homeschooling#dontforgetartlessons
Have you ever used award-winning Reading Eggs with your kids? My daughter LOVES this program, which means I love it, too. Now that they've added physical workbooks to the mix, it's just unbeatable! Today on the blog, I posted my review of the new Reading Eggs and Mathseeds workbooks. Head on over for 10% off your purchase and a FREE 4-week trial of readingeggs.com. You don't want to miss this! (Copy and paste the link.) https://redheadmom8.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/reading-math-skills/ @readingeggs
I stole this image from a relative. No idea the original source, but this is SO true, isn’t it?!?
I’m not raising my friend’s kids, my neighbor’s kids, or my sister’s kids.
My job is to faithfully work with the people I’ve been given - no more, no less.
This teacher needs a moment this morning to review the lesson plan while eating breakfast. .
We are working through the @rootedinlanguage FREE download: “Comprehension Plan: Close Reading, Analysis, and Comprehension.” This plan guides you through implementing the guides: Trees in the Forest and Annotating Literary Elements, and more.
Prep didn’t happen last night so I am taking a moment to get my head ready. (The kids are on Fortnite). We will gather in 15 and eat breakfast and go! .
Just this once, in the very heart of the busiest of cities, everyone was perfectly content not to move and hardly to breathe. And for those few minutes, while the song lasted, Times Square was still as a meadow at evening, with the sun streaming in on the people there and the wind moving among them as if they were only tall blades of grass. - George Seldon, The Cricket in Times Square 🐀🍃🍂 Do you stop and enjoy the moment during your homeschool day? 💕✋ Some of our best moments come from being present at home and immersing ourselves in stories, conversations, game play, nature study, and projects. 😍 🦐🌍📚 Savor the moments!
How do we abide in Christ? We tend to come up with the standard answers: spend time in His word, obey Him, pray, and fellowship with other believers. And those are all good and true. But for years I think I’ve been missing a key element to abiding. What really brings all those things together is trust.
So I can choose to live messy, bonded to Him with the glue of trust. Trust that this imperfect person is covered by His grace and mercy. Trust that God is working these imperfect circumstances for His glory and my good—that I may become more like Him, a reflection of who He is. And trust that this imperfect life is a redeemed life. Because it really isn’t about me and my mess. It is about Him and how he brings beauty from ashes. It is about God and the fact that He is sovereign and good and the God over all creation.
The Messy, Abiding Life. Link in profile. #nurturefaith#hearttohearthomeschooling#homeschool#homeschooling#faith#christianmom#ihsnet
I don’t see the sunrise very often. I’m just not a morning person. But this morning, L woke me and said, “Mom, Mom! Please come watch the sunrise with me!” So I did. I had forgotten how beautiful this time of the day is! #texassunrise#lifegivinghome
🦌Si and I did it! We took our online Hunters Education Course and passed all of our final exams at our Field Exam class tonight, where we demonstrated proper and safe firearm handling.
Do we love our beautiful nature and animals?
Do I want to kill animals?
Do we eat meat though?
So do I feel good about helping manage the animal population and our land's Holding Capacity, so that less deer slowly starve to death this winter due to over population for our area, but instead can have an instant and peaceful death that also provides sustanance for my family, off of our own land?
And did you know that the permits, and such, that hunters buy pays for a HUGE chunk of Wildlife Conservation each year! Thats cool!
It is a serious responsibility and privilege to hunt, not one we take lightly but do enjoy aspects of it. Im looking forward to the time in the woods with my boys this season and the organic free-range meat in our freezer this winter.
(Levi and Galen took their classes and certifications last year together 👍)
This child. Tired and dirty and half dressed, eating an apple out of grandma's apple tree. He's almost seven now and is changing so much, with so many big internal concepts churning. Every day lately he says something that touches my heart. "I feel brave inside. Brave and strong and happy." "We're great friends, aren't we, mama?" "I wish I could be a child for longer." 💔
😍 I’m in hygge-overload, you guys...
... and I have the perfect game for the occasion!
Click link under my bio/profile to read more about hygge-schooling!
As we head into a new school year many of us will also be thinking about what field trips we may take with our homeschoolers this year. Our homeschool group has taken some great ones and I am listing them on the blog. Click the link in my profile to learn more.
I'd also like to know what has been YOUR favorite homeschool field trip? If the location is on Instagram tag them. Let's share ideas!
Have you enjoyed watching the butterfly cycle in your homeschool yet? You simply must! I think this is our fourth time around with gulf fritillary caterpillars 🐛 to butterflies 🦋 and it never gets old! Such a great science study to go with our Apologia Flying Creatures. And our youngest didn’t quite remember the last tjme around. We are watching three chrysalises anxiously and smiling at the last very hungry caterpillar munch, munch, munching. SO amazing- don’t you agree? Which butterflies have you watched? -Tricia @hodgepodgemom
It’s here! 🤗🎉😱🙌🏻😅💃🤓 I’m so excited (and a little nervous) to finally share my latest project with you! *
When I first wrote this book for a publisher several years ago, it was on their terms. Now that the book is mine, it’s been updated & refreshed - and even has a new title that better reflects the contents of the book. *
Through the chapters, I’ve attempted to walk alongside you sharing advice for those tricky moments of teaching a kiddo who may be super smart or talented in some ways, but typical (or even struggling) in other ways. *
I want you to feel confident to teach, guide, and provide wonderful opportunities for your unique learner. At the same time, I want you and your child to LOVE learning, so I’ve shared plenty of creative ideas for meeting them where they are. *
If you have a super-smart-smarty, I have ideas for you! If you’re perplexed about how to help them excel in the super-smart areas and everything else, I have ideas for you! *
Some gifted kids can struggle with things like anxiety, aggression, or other emotional/social issues. Other gifted kids can have learning disorders, sensory disorders or other disorders. My little ol’ book doesn’t tackle those issues. *
It does, however, arm you with practical, easy-to-digest ideas for the academic side of homeschooling gifted and talented children.
I SO hope you find it useful in your homeschool! ❤️ Link in profile!
Whether you use it in the classroom or #homeschool setting, this is a great game to introduce students to balancing equations according to the charges. We’re looking forward to using the expansion packs (Transition Metals & Polyatic Ions) soon. #chemistry#ihsnet#homeschoolchemistry @homesciencetools for the win!
Ready for art AND nature study? 🎨🌱 We have a FUN, free event for you and your children! THIS Wednesday the 19th at noon ET! Join me, Tricia, @hodgepodgemom and Nana of @chalkpastelart plus Cindy @ourjourneywestward for a virtual Pond Nature Walk! We would love for you to join us live or at the replay. The Facebook Live event will take place across our Facebook pages. RSVP here for the very few supplies needed plus bonuses: https://www.facebook.com/events/194059124695996/
And be sure to share a photo of your art and nature time with us afterwards ❤️
Today was a much-needed lazy day after a busy week-plus in Vermont! 💚
This fella enjoyed some CuriosityStream with Fergus Femur by his side.
Side note: someone gave Fergus fluorescent yellow pupils. 😱 Well-played, kids!
And then we picked up Norbert! Reunited and it feels so good 🤣. (Thanks for watching him, @jenrie80 and crew! 💚).
To read more about CuriosityStream and start a free trial, click the referral link under my bio/profile. I hope you love it as much as we do! It’s the best $2.99 I spend each month!
And the oldest just keeps flying through her math (Geometry) with Mr. D math. (@mrdmathlive ) I am only support on the sidelines. Today’s supportive gesture was to print out two more chapters for her.
While he hasn’t won her over to a love for math, she did mention that his explanations are very detailed so Geometry has been easy to understand.
You can check out his courses, from pre-algebra to pre-calculus with trig. You can also find SAT and ACT test prep courses. The link in my bio will take you to my affiliate link at http://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=5446569
🎡🎢 Big sister and her husband took Si on lots of rides Friday night when we did the Spokane Interstate Fair with the family! For the first time ever I spent the money on a ride bracelet for the boys since big sis and her man could take them on the rides. And then Levi decides after the FIRST ride that he doesnt like rides! That he is just there for the truck/tractor pulls! He is such is father's son!
And I got lil' Flirtin' With Dirt's autograph after the Pulls. 😊
Does God exist? Earlier this week I received a blog comment from someone who used to believe, but no longer does. It broke my heart.
I’ve spent countless hours studying God’s word and the more time I spend on it, the more I believe. God’s existence is undeniable.
My main goal as a mother is to show my kids this truth, and to ensure their faith in Christ is on solid ground.
I’m excited and humbled to be a part of GAP. Grassroots Apologetics for Parents, where hundreds of parents come together to close the gap that exists between parents knowing the world will challenge their kids’ faith, and knowing what to do about it.
I’ve spent a lot of time in prayer and in preparation to lead our local chapter.
Now let me ask YOU... how are you preparing yourself to reach the next generation of believers?
Some of you may remember that someone in our home stages our little wooden artist model, leaving him in random spots throughout the house.
Sometimes he’s playing Othello, sometimes he’s using the microscope, sometimes he’s reading a book.
We still don’t know which kid does this! Well played, child. Well played!
Well, I just upped the game over here, you guys. 🤣
I’d like to introduce you to Fergus Femur, our new fall friend.
I bought him with a birthday gift card (please don’t judge!! 🤣) and so far he’s been worth every single penny. Complete hilarity!
Fergus would like you to know I’m facilitating an online Brave Writer bookclub for The Sword in the Stone next month!
If you need a Fergus Femur or Clarice Clavicle in your life, follow the referral link under my bio/profile. 🤣🤣🤣
Do you know these ten figures from the Middle Ages? Your children will love learning about them as they make their historical jointed paper doll puppets with Famous Figures of Medieval Times.
Learn about their lives and tell the stories of history as you make your lessons unforgettable and engaging. For children ages 6 to 12. Use with hole punch and mini brad fasteners.
The Gray Whale is now only found in the North Pacific Ocean where there are two extant populations. Gray whales are known for their curiosity toward boats and are the focus of whale watching and ecotourism along the west coast of North America. Gray whales are one of the most vulnerable species to vessel strikes because they feed and migrate along the U.S. west coast, which has some of the world’s heaviest vessel traffic associated with some of the largest ports in the country. This specimen likely died due to a collision with a vessel; indicated by the broken vertebrate in the dorsal side (not pictured). #ihsnet#welltraveledfamily#oregonmasternaturalist#nature#science#naturestudy#volunteering#servicelearning
What a wonderful homeschool week! This is our fourth week back to school and the FIRST week that we’ve completed a full week of school. It’s been a rough start but I think we are finally back in the rhythm.
So, what have we been up to? Science with @apologiaworld ! #physicalscience has been easier than we expected. It’s laid out really well and the kit has been a huge blessing! ———————
We’ve also been enjoying our bible study from @apologiaworld. This week we leaned about the Muslim religion and how it compares to Christianity. It lead to some amazing discussion!
Math has been going well with @teachingtextbooks the 3.0 program has meant no missing cds 🙌🏻
Joyfully Homeschooling podcast sponsor @beautifulfeetbooks is still a huge hit in the #BaileyHS Kristen learned about the grouse, Teddy Roosevelt, and is reading Brighty of the Grand Canyon in History of the Horse. Daniel finished the first unit study in Around the World with Picture Books and has been learning about Kenya and Tanzania. We came across an awesome corresponding sticker book at #Aldis that he loved! —————————
This past weekend Alyson also enjoyed her first cross country meet and Kristen performed sign language at our church. They both did an amazing job!
And that’s a peek into our homeschool week. What have you all been up to?
We are officially obsessed with this one, you guys!
What are you playing today? Share here!
Click the link under my bio/profile to read more about how to add more gameschool to your homeschool!
I’m hanging out at @ihomeschoolnetwork today come by and say hello 👋🏼 . How’s your day going? We started ours late 11AM 😳 we’re currently doing dome copywork and memorizing Shakespeare’s sonnet #18 . #ihsnet#homeschoolcollective#shakespeare
Hi 👋🏼 Tatiana from @themusingsofmum again. How’s your day going? We started ours a little late today (11AM) 😳 we’re currently doing dome copywork and memorizing Shakespeare’s sonnet #18 . #ihsnet#homeschoolcollective#shakespeare