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So I was checking my emails and opened up one from Free Homeschool Deals. In there was a link for free Lego Christmas Writing Prompts from HomeGrown Learners. Now my children LOVE legos but not writing. I figured I wouldn’t use it but decided to look at it anyways. The first prompt is:
You are a minifigure. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?
Bam-Bam reads it aloud and says, “Maybe I’ll get some new friends for Christmas”. I don’t know why, but I busted out laughing at this thought. Then I thought about it in “picture” form and asked Bam-Bam to bring me a minifig. I didn’t ask for Gollum but that’s who he brought over and it made the whole idea that much more funnier.
I know we are already on the 4th of November but I have decided for the rest of November, the children and I are going to give purposefully thanks. I’m going to share a verse each day about giving thanks and they are going to write, draw, or even take a picture of something or someone they are thankful for.
Today’s verse will be
Psalm 92:1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord.
And to sing praises to Your Name, O Most High;
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Our 3 week break is coming to an end and I don’t have plans written out for our 2nd quarter. In fact I should be working on them right now instead of making this blog post but I just can’t get my mind there for them yet. Some of them will be very simple and it’s just a matter of taking the time to write them down. However, the problem because history. Yes that subject is that is causing me so much grief this year. I’m fairly sure that I’m overthinking all of it. Until this week I was leaning towards using The Real Story of Mankind put out by the Puritan’s Homeschool Network. And I have MapTrek Ancient World from Knowledge Quest to help with geography. I’m having a little difficulty sorting out which ones to use with which chapter but I think it could work. I just, I don’t know. I have reserves about what to do (just like I had reserves driving into that rain in the picture and was quite thankful I wasn’t driving and my wonderful dh was). This is probably a case of putting on my big girl panties and just doing it. Yep, that’s probably what it is and I need to just bite the bullet and sit down and do my planning.
On a completely different note, none of my pictures were picked for the calendar, just in case anyone was wondering.
As we were driving to the store and pass the local elementary school, we saw the school kids out at recess. This lead to some discussion among the kids and ended with Bam-Bam rattling off some reasons why homeschooling was better than public school. Here are 3 of them:
- No bullies except your siblings
- Can set your own schedule and order for doing classes
- You’re not in school all day long
On the days I wonder why I am homeschooling I think I will look back on this and remember.
So I really feel like our first quarter has been a bust. Here’s a little run down of what worked and what didn’t.
Science! Who knew, the subject that in the past has been inconsistent at best is becoming the easiest and best subject this year. Bam-Bam is doing Apologia’s Exploring Creation through General Science (the first edition). I am so glad I snagged the Knowledge Box Lapbook Journal to go with it. It has been a big help. Also Donna Young’s schedule, huge blessing! Pebbles is doing Beautiful Feet’s History of Science. I plan on sharing some of her work in future post. Slingshot is doing Beautiful Feet’s History of the Horse. Again, I plan to share her work in a future post.
Learning Language Arts through Literature also works well for us.
So you may say, how is your first quarter a bust, you have a lot of things working for you. Because my history/bible course is not working for us. In a big way. I was very excited about it, but after only 3 weeks I just can’t continue with it. The first book is a mile over Bam-Bam’s head and it certainly is not reaching his sisters. Now in theory I shouldn’t be scrambling for anything, in fact the opposite is true. I have about 3-5 choice hanging around that could be used and I”m just not sure what direction to take. One of the reasons I liked it was because it was going to do a quick overview of history. I thought this would be great for Bam-Bam being that he is in 8th grade. We could do an overview of history this year and then break it down into “four year cycle” for high school. Nothing that I have hanging around does that and other programs that do cost more than I want to spend right now. So then I need to decide, do I start the four year cycle this year, or just do “random” history. Also what do I do with Pebbles and Slingshot. I have seen some suggest keeping your children in the same time period and just gearing assignments towards abilities but I just don’t know. It’s almost time for a three week break so I figure I have 4 weeks to get it figured out.