Thursday, January 27, 2011

Some Things I Like About Homeschooling

Yesterday morning was a little rough.  I was trying to help Carrington with her Math.  She doesn't like Math.  It is a struggle for her.  I was giving her a "Do Hard Things" pep talk and showing her a little bit of tough love at the same time.  Not everything we do in school is always going to be fun.  Although a lot of it is fun.  2 weeks ago, my children and I were hiding little green paper frogs all over the house.  We were reading about the 10 plagues that God brought upon Egypt.  The frogs were hidden in drawers, shoes, the sugar bowl, in beds, etc.  I'm sure my kids will never forget the 10 plagues of least not the frogs.  :o)  Maybe I need to get more creative about Math.  *sigh*  To help remind myself, and maybe share with someone thinking about homeschooling, here is a list of things I love about homeschooling:

1.  My children are receiving a Christian education.  (This is definitely #1 for me.  I know that there are some wonderful Christian teachers in some public schools.  But even if my child had a Christian teacher, that teacher would not be allowed to teach Science, History, or Literature, or anything else from a Christian world view.)

2.  When a teacher loves to learn, it is contagious.  My children and I have had so much fun learning Greek  this year.  We love to read and learn about so many subjects!  We have had fun doing Science projects and reading history books.  We sometimes play games to see who can name the most American presidents.  We like to see how many states and capitols we can remember.

3.  I just asked my son what is the worst bad word he knows.  He said, "jerk".  :o)  He is 7 1/2.  There is no reason why he should know the F word.  I learned it in kindergarten because it was painted on a fence at school.

4.  We have had a great time listening to classic books on CD in our car.  If they weren't with me so much, we wouldn't have time to do that.  I LOVE classic books.    They teach character and make you think.  They spark good conversations.

5.  Because my children are with me every day, we have had time to learn about Bach, Beethoven, Leonardo de Vinci, and other brilliant minds. 

6.  My daughter, age 11, is healthy and feels good about herself.  She doesn't have anorexia.  She doesn't hate certain body parts because someone has made fun of her at school.   

7.  My children feel safe in their school environment.  In the school district in which we live, there was an elementary aged alcoholic a couple of years ago.  There are kids who do drugs.  There are bullies.  There are school shootings.  No, I can't keep my children safe from everything.  Yes, I need to trust God with my children.  But God has given Warren and I the job of protecting our children.  Homeschooling has certainly made that easier. 

8.  We have met some wonderful, smart, sweet Christian homeschooling families in our homeschool group and elsewhere.   

9.  I have the opportunity to teach my children about other countries and cultures.  (I graduated from high school with good grades.  I also graduated from college with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing.  But it wasn't until I was out of school that I learned about the world outside of the United States.  I knew a pathetic amount of geography.)  I want to travel with my husband and children.  This is a dream of mine.  I have started a fund.  :o)  I had the opportunity to travel to the Carribean  and Europe when I was younger and traveling is so educational, eye opening, and FUN!

10.  There is nothing more cozy on a cold, rainy morning, than for my kids to come snuggle in my bed with me while we read books and/or do some schoolwork together.  I always say, "Do you guys know how lucky you are?"

I will have to add more later!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Story of Bottled Water (2010)

This video really gave me something to think about.  If you want to watch the video, go to the bottom of my page and pause the music.  All of those plastic bottles are really causing a problem.  I'm a very conservative person politically, but I have to agree with liberals in that we MUST take care of our environment.  As a Christian, I am called to be a good steward of the things God has blessed us with.  I also want my children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren to have a decent place to live.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

We are listening to this book on CD right now.  Jim Weiss is reading the story.  His voices and accents are wonderful!  The story begins in the middle of the American Revolution, which is one of my favorite time periods.  My children are enjoying the story as much as I am.  I love listening to classics with my kids.  The main character, Nat, has many great character qualities that give all of us something to ponder and spark conversation.  We bought this book at this website:  I will definitely buy more of Jim Weiss' CDs in the future.

Monday, January 17, 2011

U.S. Capitol Tour with David Barton

Yeah!  I'm so excited that I finally know how to post a video on my blog!  Before you watch the video, just go to the bottom of my blog page (or whatever you call it) to pause the music.
 My husband and I discovered David Barton and Wallbuilders on Fox News about a year ago.  He is so knowledgeable about our Founding Fathers and their strong faith.  For Christmas this year, my Mom and Dad gave me David Barton's complete American Heritage Series.  The dvds are great and include so much detailed information.  In the first dvd, David Barton discusses how, in an attempt to prove that they were all Deists at best, we always hear about Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson , who were the least Christian of all of the Founding Fathers.  But he also adds that compared to today's Christians, Franklin and Jefferson look like radical Evangelical Christians.  For instance, Thomas Jefferson asked Congress for Federal funds to pay for missionaries to be sent to witness to a tribe of Native Americans.  So much for Separation of Church and State!
Here is a link to their website:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow in the South

Do you like my Depression Era hat?

It snowed Sunday night and it is very cold!  It is supposed to stay cold for a couple more days.  The roads have been snowy and icy, so we are staying home.  We have gone on a few walks in the snow, and Carrington and Clayton have enjoyed sliding down the hill.  Yesterday we made snow milkshakes and today we made snow and Coke icees.  Warren took us for a short drive in his Jeep yesterday, since he has four-wheel drive.  They were thrilled when he did "donuts" in the parking lot.  I am already getting tired of the snow and freezing temperature.  Come on Spring!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Year's Eve

My sister, Kellie, and her family spent the night on New Year's Eve.  I made enough chicken chili for 50 people.  We all had a fun time and the kids got to stay up past midnight to ring in 2011.  I think the highlight for them was running around our front yard banging pots with my wooden spoons.  They woke up some of the neighbors, but we didn't stay out too long.  Happy New Year everyone!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas pictures

Clayton in front of our Christmas tree.
Lydia, who is a better photographer than I am!

Dancing to Grandpa's music.  My Dad was playing his ukelele.

More dancing
Carrington with her favorite baby girl.
Clayton with his new dog, Max.
Opening presents at Grandma's house. 
My Mom and Dad gave me and my sisters hymnals from the church where they got married.  I love hymns and I will treasure the hymnals.
Kellie and I opening our hymnals.
Clayton singing with his cousins.
Carrington and MeMe
Carrington and PaPa
Clayton loves his dog.
Carrington in front of our tree.
At a neat Christmas light display.

My Dad singing and playing his ukelele

My pictures are out of order.  Shoot!  It took me long enough to post them, so they're staying as is.  We had our family's Christmas at home first.  Clayton got a dog.  He was shocked and thrilled.  He has been asking, no begging, for years.  Carrington and I are not quite as excited.  Just as I was starting to like him, he pooped in the house today, twice!  He spent a lot of time outside today.
We went to my Mom and Dad's house on Christmas Eve.  My sister Marcy was sick so her family couldn't come.  My kids were sad that they didn't get to spend Christmas Eve and Day with their cousins, but we had fun with my Mom and Dad.  We all got many wonderful presents and had a yummy birthday cake for Jesus.  Then we went to my in-laws house.  We all opened more presents and visited with "MeMe and PaPa".  I'm very blessed to have sweet in-laws.  Then we headed back to my Mom and Dad's house and my sister Kellie and her family came too.  They live 6 hours from us now, so we hadn't seem them in a while.  We had a great Christmas and New Years and tomorrow it's time to hit the books again.  Happy New Year! 

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