A New Homeschooling Venture…

Just when I think I have a “plan” for next year, God seems to loosen my grip and lead my heart in a completely different direction. I ended up meeting with the new director of a brand new Classical Conversations campus that is very close to home. After speaking with her several times, researching every possible pro and con I could find on the world wide web, and praying with Mike about the future of our homeschool, we have decided to join CC for the coming year.

Instead of feeling completely overwhelmed by new material and the unknowns that lie ahead, I feel quite a sense of relief. I am excited because this campus is literally starting at the ground level: new director, new campus, and new families forming a new community. I can’t even begin to describe how stoked the boys are to start this Fall. I love that I will be in class with them and that we will be learning alongside some of our dearest friends. I am really hoping that CC ends up being a great long term fit for our family! I am also glad that the boys will be in separate classes so that they have the opportunity to develop their own personality and form friendships outside of their brotherhood. I love how close they are but I think it will be good to have a few hours one day a week where they can be stretched within themselves and develop an identity.

I am spending the next few days at a CC practicum and I already feel right at home! I am not necessarily a stickler for any one type of “method” (as evidenced by my miss mash eclectic mix of previous curriculums) but there are several things about the Classical approach that do appeal to our learning styles. Today I worked alongside other CC moms learning about the topic of Math and how God’s design is so apparent in this sometimes overwhelming subject. I have to admit I had to blow dust off of old brain cells that haven’t been used in quite some time as I worked through Algebraic equations and struggled to convert numbers into decimals, fractions, scientific notation, etc. I am 30 years old and still have a hard time appreciating the fact that someone decided to mix the alphabet with numbers. Ha!

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But as much as my brain was pushed today, I also found quite a bit of enjoyment in the process of studying Math outside the environment of being tested and stressed by the typical classroom setting.  In fact, I called Mike during my lunch break to ask him what he would think about purchasing a curriculum so that I could work through upper level math all over again to gain a better understanding of principles I never fully learned or appreciated in high school and college. Dead serious, y’all!

Trust me when I say I am just as shocked as you.

All that being said, if a program can motivate *ME* to want to re-take any form of math, then I am definitely motivated about how it can cultivate a passion for learning in my own children.

Thankfully, we will still be able to incorporate many of the other curriculum items I picked up at the homeschool book fair back in May. However, CC will save me a LOT of time and energy involved in lesson planning. Through CC, we will be studying History/Timeline, Geography, Science, Latin, Bible, Art, Music, Math facts, and basic English/Grammar rules alongside other families on our campus. We will practice our memory work the other days of the week and add in our own Math, Language Arts, and supplemental materials as needed. The best part? We get to learn most every subject together as a family unit!

I never would have assumed we would be doing anything like this, but I am excited to give it a try. Here’s to praying that the 2013-2014 school year is filled with new friendships, rich learning, and quality time spent as a family!

Watch out, Foundations! Here we come!

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Father’s Day 2013

We had a great day celebrating the incredible husband and father we are so blessed to have as the leader of our family. The kids each drew a special picture and made a craft for Mike. His “big” gift was the book Bonhoeffer which he has been asking about for a long time. I teased him about finding the time to read (let’s just say it makes quite a paperweight) but I have no doubt that at some point in the future he will, in fact, enjoy working his was through it.

wrestling with the older 3 on Father's Day morning
wrestling with the older 3 on Father’s Day morning
his "spider crown" from Lucas
his “spider crown” from Lucas
opening his basket of handmade goodies from the kids
opening his basket of handmade goodies from the kids

After breakfast and gifts, we headed in to see Mike’s parents and enjoy our first official swim of the summer. Thankfully, my stitches had completely dissolved from my cardiac implant surgery so I was able to swim with everyone! It was HOT but the pool was quite enjoyable despite the relentless sunshine. The kids would have swam all afternoon had we let them! Surprisingly, I think their favorite part of the day was getting to take a bath at Granny and Granddads. Hey, whatever gets them to take a bath, right?

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Happy Father’s Day, Mike! Thanks for making it such a great day for us all. We love you so much!

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Garden Show 2013

We spent the morning at the Farmer’s Market to compete in the local fruit, vegetable, herb, and flower show. The kids have worked so hard all season keeping up with the homeschool garden and were so excited to show off the fruits, er…veggies of their labor. Unfortunately, we were hoping to show our beautiful tomatoes but our dogs literally ate them off of the vine a few days before the show! Little stinkers! I asked the kids what they wanted to take instead and they decided on the jalapenos, basil, and cilantro. Our carrots aren’t quite ready and I couldn’t decide if we should bring the kale or spinach so we kept it simple with 3 entries. It was such a fun day! The weather was perfect for June and we had fun perusing the booths from local merchants. How did the kid’s end up doing? Well, I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story…

Registering their veggies
Registering their veggies
a few of the veggie entries for the youth division
a few of the veggie entries for the youth division
waiting for their fresh squeezed lemonade
waiting for their fresh squeezed lemonade
little sister wanted some too, of course!
little sister wanted some too, of course!
yummy!
yummy!
sippin' siblings
sippin’ siblings
massive sunflower in the adult division
massive sunflower in the adult division
The boys asked for a sunflower and got one for free
The boys asked for a sunflower and got one for free
prize winning peppers
prize winning peppers
1st place for basal and cilantro in the herb division
1st place for basil and cilantro in the herb division
finding out they won for herbs
finding out they won for herbs
Master Gardener shaking the winner's hand
Master Gardener shaking the winner’s hands
all of the first place ribbons to compete for best in show
all of the first place ribbons to compete for best in show
Top 3 for youth and adult. Go peppers!
Top 3 for youth and adult. Go peppers!
judges deciding on best in show
judges deciding on best in show
waiting for the winners to be announced
waiting for the winners to be announced
the peppers made it to the finals
the peppers made it to the finals
The kids' peppers won runner-up best in show for the youth division!
The kids’ peppers won 1st runner-up best in show for the youth division!
Getting their ribbon and cash prize
Getting their ribbon and cash prize
Yay!
Yay!
They were all smiles!
They were all smiles!
Not bad for our first year of gardening!
Not bad for our first year of gardening!
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Shut Your Mustache

 

 

Christina bought Logan and Charlotte stick-on mustaches for their birthday and let’s just say we had a little fun with them…
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Backlogged

I am extremely behind on the blog! I will probably be do more backtracking than current updates because so much has happened the past month or so. Where to even begin?

We had a busy weekend that started off with a field trip with the homeschool hangout group to the farm. The kids had a great time grinding corn in to corn meal, sitting on the the tractors, doing laundry using a washboard and hanging it from the clothesline, walking inside the farmhouse, picking cotton, tree climbing, and getting to walk around the massive garden. We had a picnic lunch with all of our friends and the shade felt incredible after running around in the heat.

We love Ms. Christina!
We love Ms. Christina!
making cornmeal
making cornmeal

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washing on the washboard
washing on the washboard

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The Brielle's heading to the clothesline
The Brielle’s heading to the clothesline
rinsing off her wash rag
rinsing off her wash rag

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picking cotton
picking cotton

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learning about farm kitchens
learning about farm kitchens
learning about how farm kids entertained themselves prior to the invention of TV
learning about how farm kids entertained themselves prior to the invention of TV
testing out Jacob's ladder in the game room
testing out Jacob’s ladder in the game room

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Lisa and I
Lisa and I
some of the homeschool hangout group
some of the homeschool hangout group
Lisa's crew and my kiddos
Lisa’s crew and my kiddos

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After a few hours at the farm, we decided to drive down the street to the botanical garden park. The kids thought it was so cool because it had a massive spider web like contraption to climb. Lisa, Kara, and their kiddos joined us for a bit.

We left the park and grabbed a massive bottle of water to share. Since we were so close to Logan’s eye doctor, we decided to drive over and pick up his glasses. He is still adjusting to his new look, but I think it really helps that his daddy and little sister are in the “spectacular spectacles” club.

final fitting...handome dude!
final fitting…handome dude!
the spectacular spectacles club
the spectacular spectacles club
Charlee secretly wants to join the spectacular spectacles club
Charlee secretly wants to join the spectacular spectacles club

Saturday morning we were still dragging from the busyness from the previous day, so we took our time eating breakfast and lounging. Around 9:30 we loaded up (2 kids in daddy’s truck and 2 kids in my van) and headed for Ikea. We are doing a makeover on the homeschool room so the list of stuff to buy was plentiful. After 2 hours of walking, shopping, and snacking, it was finally time to head home.

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this is how we roll
this is how we roll
taking a rest at Ikea
taking a rest at Ikea
some assembly required
some assembly required
Logan checking out the desk options for the new schoolroom
Logan checking out the desk options for the new schoolroom

We stopped at Chipotle for lunch and it almost felt like Mike and I were on a date because we had our own table next to the kiddos. Keyword being almost. Thankfully, they were all so hungry and tired that they ate their meal quietly and then napped all the way back home.

lunch date
lunch date
her hair indicates she had an epic nap!
her hair indicates she had an epic nap!

We spent the remainder of the afternoon watching movies, eating popcorn, and assembling furniture. Poor daddy spent his weekend working his tail off! We are so thankful for his diligence and servant’s heart! The homeschool room makeover is coming along nicely. There is still a ton to be done, but at least I was able to unpack all of the stuff I bought at the book fair and get it somewhat organized on the new bookshelf.

sneak peek of homeschool make-over progress
sneak peek of homeschool make-over progress

Today started off with church but I started to feel very sick mid-service. I was able to rest most of the afternoon and I think that helped a lot with the vertigo and nausea. Daddy had to work at the car wash so I took the kids to play at the park across the street. So stinkin’ hot and humid!! Yuck.

where did my baby go?
where did my baby go?
can someone remind her she is only 2?
can someone remind her she is only 2?
baby cross fit
baby cross fit

 

We drove back to meet Mike and I ended up vacuuming out all the crumb-ies that have accumulated and ran the van through the deluxe wash. Probably best that we own a car wash now because I hardly ever washed the van previously.

This week is shaping up to be pretty busy due to frequent doctor appointments but hopefully it will also provide many opportunities to rest. I am worn thin as of late, and I don’t want to end up getting sick. I am very thankful that I had the energy to keep up this weekend and enjoy time with my family. I am surrounded by the coolest little people on the planet!

Here’s to a calm week ahead…

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