Enough with the slacking...
Well, it's that time of the year again - getting ready for school. I'm actually really excited for this year. We had some hard truths to swallow about what worked, and DIDN'T WORK last year.
I have two VERY different personalities to work with so I'm needing to be very creative. The girls are VERY strong willed (I have NO IDEA where they get that from)...but over different issues so it gets interesting around these parts.
I had a lot of fun getting our office ready for our up & coming school year - I commissioned my talented husband to put his artsy touch in our room. I mean, if it's going to be a year of inspiration - let it be a fun place to be in!
This year we are changing the curriculum completely and are doing a lot more interactive activities together. I know it's making a big difference in their excitement level that I am involving them in the choosing of the school work - so the girls feel invested in their own learning this year.
Here is part of our science curriculum - it has all kinds of experiments, and projects in it.
One project is to put a tooth (one of their baby teeth) in soda and watch it rot - will that cure them of their love of all things sugar?!?!?
Here's the other science book we're doing - of course - with the girls' love of anything & everything having to do with the Ocean...
For Math, English, & Spelling work, I'm changing to Rod & Staff (Grades 3 & 4). A very good trusted friend did it with her girls last year and they appreciated it's simplicity & style. I also had a public school teacher look at it, and she said it's content is at par with the school system.
Geography will be studied mostly by "the car window" via our current and past travels since we do a lot of cross-country traveling, and are in partnership with several missionaries...so we study where they are.
History - the jury is still out, so I'm really looking forward to "gleening" from the blog hop posts.
I heard a statistic that an average child is busier than a CEO of a major corporation. So we are becoming jealous guards of more peace and good ol' fashioned play time. I think it's so important that we as a family are more available for each other, and opportunities God brings our way to be a blessing to others.
We have enrolled the girls in dance again this year, and they are also in a Missionettes (like a Christian Girl Scouts). They have plenty of opportunities to spend time with friends & activities, but I'm determined to have a quieter year of quality family time. It's soo easy to stay very BUSY but I know that is not healthy for the little people, or us to be on the go from sun-up to sun-down every day
I am daily thankful for the opportunity to be a mom & teacher to 2 beautiful little girls. As they grow, and change I'm prayerfully watching them turn into the little ladies God is molding them to be.
"Thank You God for trusting me with 2 precious hearts. May I be diligent in pouring Your love and teaching into them."
Awesome plans, a fun schoolroom, and sweet smiling faces... what more could you ask for to start the new school year?!!ReplyDelete
Way to go momma... you can do it! :)
Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog! :) I thought I'd pop over here and see what your family is up to this school year, too :)ReplyDelete
Your school room is so sweet & girly - looks like a fun place to learn in! LOVE the idea w/the baby tooth! I just received our apologia book yesterday & haven't looked thru the projects yet - but we will definitely have to give that one a try, lol. One more little thing in common...is your Missionettes the same program as Royal Rangers? My husband grew up in that - a very neat program.
Blessings to you in your schoolyear!
Awesome post!! I really want to try that tooth/soda experiment--what a fantastic idea!! Have a great year!ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I LOVE your schoolroom! Looks so cute, girly and fun! Your girls are adorable, love the little sundresses. Sounds like you have a great school year ahead!!ReplyDelete
What a cute, girlie schoolroom - love it! :)ReplyDelete
We are big Apologia science fans here! Looks like you guys will have a great year!
We're using Swimming Creatures as well, and my kids are loving it so far!ReplyDelete
What a fantastic area for your girls to work, learn and create! We're back at the books ourselves~~hope you have a blessed school year!ReplyDelete
Thank you ladies - we LOVE our school room too! It's a huge victory because we've traveled & moved soo much over several years and had to just find a pocket of space, or kitchen table to work on. So we set it up with MUCH pride & love...Thank you Jesus for victories!!!!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful area they have for school!ReplyDelete