Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Homeschool Series - Our Curriculum for 2014 -2015

I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! I am feeling really behind on everything. I ended up working all weekend on some commissioned furniture. I didn't take any pictures, but I am hoping to get some to share with you once the furniture is back in it's home sporting it's new paint job.

I am going to pick back up with The Homeschool Series today. Be sure to come back tomorrow for What You Wish Wednesday!

One of my favorite things about homeschooling our boys is that I get to choose our curriculum each year. The first few years I just went with straight A Beka for Cade. I used A Beka as a kid when I was homeschooled, and went to a private school that used A Beka. It was familiar to me.

The last few years I have found myself being more open to other options for curriculum. I have researched other options for our core subjects. I was really close to going with Bob Jones for Grammar/Writing this year, Teaching Textbooks for Math, and Writing Without Tears for Cursive Writing. After much thought, prayer, and talking to my husband; I realized A Beka really is the best fit for us at this time. It's okay that I don't mix it all up. It doesn't mean that I can't put stuff together on my own, or that other options aren't good. This just works really well for us at this time. Our choices my look really boring, but I'm okay with that. I really do believe that every family has to find what works for them.

3rd Grade - Cade

- Bible - This will be a combination of A Beka, and memory work that Asher and I have put together. I have the A Beka Curriculum to use as a guide, but will be reading straight from the Bible, a Story Bible, and adding our own memory work.
- Spelling/Poetry - A Beka
- Writing - A Beka Cursive
- Language - A Beka
- Reading - A Beka + some of our own
- Math - A Beka
- History - A Beka
- Science - A Beka
- Health - A Beka
- Art - I will come up with my own weekly art projects

K4 - Henry

- Bible - Will be with Cade. He will also have memory work, but it will be on his level. I really believe that it is important for our kids to memorize the Word of God early on.
- ABC -123 Workbook ( I did not order the teacher's curriculum. We will just work through the workbooks)
- Writing with Phonics Workbook (Manuscript)
- Art - I will come up with my own weekly art projects

How I Purchase My Curriculum

1. I do not order the A Beka kit.
2. I order the workbooks from A Beka, and then purchase the Teacher's Curriculum and Keys from eBay or borrow from friends. It saves a ton of money.
3. I do my own thing for Art and Bible.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What You Wish Wednesday No. 15 - Features

Welcome to another What You Wish Wednesday! You need to get excited, because we have a new Hostesses that will soon be joining us each week. Please join me in welcoming Amanda, from Cultivate Create, to What You Wish Wednesday. She will officially be co-hosting this party starting next week. In the mean time, be sure to check out her blog, get to know her, and show her some love.

This Week's Features

5 Uses for Borax by Kathy at Smile for no reason -  I now have borax on my shopping list. There are several on here that I am looking forward to trying.

#GBSxKSNY by Mary- Katherine from gold-hatter lover - Did you see this cute outfit? Mary-Katherine always has the cutest clothes. And shoes. I really like those wedges!

Mexican Pizza by Danielle at Snippets of Inspiration - You may have already seen this on my Meal Plan this week. It's a keeper!

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We also have a new Pinterest Board so that you can see all of the "What You Wish Wednesday" Features in one place. You can follow along HERE.

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WYWW Details:

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  • Include the WYWW button (code below) and/or a visible link-back to this post.  
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Homeschool Series - Intro

What? Homeschooling?

I know that I normally post about something that I just painted, crafted, rearranged, or even our current meal plan, but I have been wanting to blog about more than just that. When I set up my blog (many years ago), my vision was to blog about Life as Wife & Mommy, Decorating, Cooking, Cleaning, Crafting, and Organizing. You know, the stuff that you end up doing because you are a stay at home wife and mom. I have never really added Homeschooling much to the mix, but I have been homeschooling Cade since he started K4. He will soon be in the 3rd grade and Henry will be starting K4 this year. It is a big part of our lives, so I wanted to start sharing more about it. This is not going to turn into a homeschooling blog, but I am going to do a small series, and the topic may show up from time to time.

The Beginning

I had no desire to homeschool my kids. I was the mom that said, "I will never homeschool my children. They will go to real school." I was homeschooled as a child for three years, and hated it. Two of my closest friends started homeschooling their children, and I still said, "never". Fast forward to registration time for Kindergarten. I started the process to pre-register Cade so that he could go to the Magnet school. He was accepted, and everything was on track. Once it was time to finalize everything, it just didn't feel right.  Everything about it seemed wrong. The Lord started working on my heart about homeschooling. I wasn't interested, but I knew I couldn't just ignore it. I finally had a heart change and knew that I needed to homeschool Cade for Kindergarden. I had such a peace about it. We have continued with the homeschooling thing and haven't looked back. It is a lot of work, but there are so many rewards that come with it.

The Early Years

K4 - I did K4 with Cade at home, but didn't really plan to continue to homeschool.

K - Kindergarten was fun once we made the decision to homeschool. Everything was still very new, and our days were very relaxed.

1st Grade - First grade was the year that I thought we may find our groove, but it was also the year that my mom was sick and died. It ended up being a really hard year for me, and that made it hard to really focus on school. We got through it, but I can't say that it was super fun.

2nd Grade - Second Grade was the year that we really found our groove. I  figured out how I like to lesson plan, I learned a lot about the way Cade learns, and we really started to figure out a good routine that worked for us.

This Year

This will be my first year homeschooling more than one child at a time. Cade will be in the 3rd Grade, and Henry will be starting K4. It may take us a little bit to really find our new groove, but it is the first year that I feel really confident in myself as their teacher. I feel like our school days will be much longer than they were last year, but I know that we will adjust. I am really looking forward to a great year. 

Do any of you homeschool your children?

*Please Note - I am not an expert. I do not think that every mom should homeschool her children. I know that there are many schools that have wonderful teachers.I have friends and family members that are teachers and love what they do. I have a lot of respect for them. They are called to teach children. I do not think that moms that homeschool their children are better than moms that go to work or stay home and send their children to school. I am just a mom that is called to teach her children, and want to share my experiences with you in hopes that it may help someone. What works for my family may not be what works for your family, and that is okay. I have to rely on the Holy Spirit to help guide me through this each and everyday just like everything else that I do.

Monday, August 25, 2014

First Day of School 2014-2015

Today was the first of our the new school year!

We started the day off with the obligatory "First Day of School" pictures.

You can tell by their expressions how they really feel. Cade isn't ready for Summer to end, and Henry is ready to START SCHOOL.

 Cade - 3rd Grade

 Henry - K4 (He wore the mustache all day long.)

Mrs. Mama

We had a great day, and are looking forward to a great year. I'm blessed to be able to stay home with these sweet blessings and teach them. They are such a joy!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the Intro the the New Homeschool Series!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan #13

Sunday Lunch - Roast Beef Sandwiches, Chips, Fruit

Sunday Dinner - Pancakes, Bacon

Monday - Roasted Chicken Legs, Sweet Potatoes, Peas

Tuesday - Mexican Pizza

Wednesday - Sloppy Joes, Mac n Cheese

Thursday - Spicy Sausage Pasta, Salad, Garlic Bread

Friday - Pizza Night

Saturday -  Take Out

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Five on Friday!

I hope you have all had a wonderful week! It has been a great week here, but I am looking forward to a little down time as a family.

 Me and Asher before My Sister's Wedding - Photo by Cade

one. My little sister got married this week. It was really sweet, she looked really pretty, and I'm just really happy for her. She married a guy that I went to high school with, so I have known him forever. He's a great guy and we are happy to have him as part of our family. She is having a reception later this fall, so there is a good chance some DIY Wedding Reception Stuff may make an appearance on the blog at some point.

two. We haven't done anything this week that we didn't have to do. We start school on Monday, so I guess we have just been trying to savor the last few days of Summer. It's been too hot to do anything!

three. I was really hoping to have our new chalkboard done before we started school on Monday, but it just isn't going to happen. And it's really ok! I have to keep reminding myself that I can't do everything.

Every time I went to Lowes they were out of chalkboard paint. I finally just ordered it on Amazon. I don't know why I didn't just do that to begin with. I would have had plenty of time had I done that to begin with. It could have already been done by now. Oh, well.

four. Asher brought home a bucket of pears last night. Cade is the only one is our family that really likes them. (I have started to like them pretty good, but don't always like them.) I made pear bread, pear crisp, and am going to make a pear gingersnap cheesecake tomorrow for my Daddy's birthday. The 2 things I have already made are delicious! I was surprised by how much I liked them. We still have just enough left for Cade to eat as snacks for a few days.

five. Be on the lookout next week for the new Homeschool Series to launch.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What You Wish Wednesday No. 14 + Features

I am starting to feel like this blog is turning into a food blog. I promise that is not the case. Most of my posts lately have been meal plans, and my features this week are recipes. What is happening? The truth is, I have been exhausted, and doing the bare minimum. My guys have to eat, so that falls under bare minimum.  My sister got married yesterday, we are gearing for for a new school year, and we have been transitioning our dog to sleep down stairs instead of in our room. It has been brutal. I don't do well with no sleep. The good news is that after over a week of very little sleep, we are all sleeping in our own beds once again. Quietly.  I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and am ready to start getting back to all of my half done projects.

It's Wednesday, so let's get to What You Wish Wednesday.

This Week's Features

Homemade Corn Dogs by Ten at the Table - I was so excited to find the recipe! My guys are big fans of corn dogs, but I'm not a huge fan of buying the frozen kind. This looks like a good option, and I'm really looking forward to giving them a try.

How to Cook Quinoa the Right Way by Natural Chow - I have never made Quinoa before, but this recipe looks like a winner. Hopefully, I won't mess it up!

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We also have a new Pinterest Board so that you can see all of the "What You Wish Wednesday" Features in one place. You can follow along HERE.

Alright, it's your turn to link up your posts this week.

WYWW Details:

  • Share a recent post from your blog. 
  • Include the WYWW button (code below) and/or a visible link-back to this post.  
  • Check out a few of the shared links.
  • By submitting a link, you are giving me authorization to feature your post.  If your post is featured, I will include a picture and a link to your site to share the love!
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan #12

Y'all, last week I didn't plan our meals and it was a disaster. We were ordering pizza by Tuesday. I do so much better when I come up with a plan!

We have a really busy week coming up, so I am keeping dinner really simple. I needed fast meals with minimal clean up.

Sunday Lunch - Rotisserie Chicken Sandwiches and Chips

Sunday Dinner
- Pancakes and Bacon

Monday - Beef and Bean Enchiladas, Chips and Salsa

Tuesday - Oven Baked Chili Dogs, Baked Fries

Wednesday - Lemon Crockpot Chicken, Rice, Peas

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Daddy's Birthday Dinner

Saturday - Something on the Grill or Homemade Pizza (It depends on the weather.)


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What You Wish Wednesday No. 13 + Features

It's Wednesday! Be sure to check the bottom of this post for the link-up details and get your posts linked-up!

This Week's Feature

 Bridal Shower by Robyn's Nest  - Did you happen to see the bridal shower that Robyn hosted for her best friend? There were so many pretty little details. I really liked the mason jars and the burlap bunting. My little sister is getting married soon, so I have wedding decor on the brain!

Alright, it's your turn to link up your posts this weeks.

Oh, and be sure to check out the other hostesses' blogs (Leslie, Stasia, and Melissa) today for other posts and features. If you have been featured, please feel free to grab the I've Been Featured Button below to share on your blog.


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Friday, August 8, 2014

Five on Friday

one. I really have no words for the face that Henry is making.

two. Apparently Wednesday was National Root Beer Float Day. My boys had never had one, so I had to remedy that.

three. I really need to hem these curtains.

four. I revealed the new paint color in our dining room this week. Be sure to check it out if you missed it.

five. I am working on a new Homeschool Series that will be coming soon. If there is anything particular that you would like for me to include in the series, or if you would like to guest post, please send me an email.

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