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What we have been doing

Posted by creavis06 on July 10, 2017 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)


A few months ago I talked about what we had been doing. Life once again got away with me. Between an 8-year old I homeschool. A one-year-old that wants all my attention and a home business. Let's just say time seems to get away with me a lot. I am however more committed than ever to post once or two a week. I love writing this blog for you my readers. Thank you for sticking with me through months of silence. I will use the rest of this posting to tell you all about what we will be using in our home school this upcoming year.


Our main curriculum is going to be Tapestry of Grace a Bible based classical curriculum. It is broken down in weeks. Students start with Moses and work their way through history in four years. This will be the back bone of what my son will be learning, We are adding in bits of the Charlotte Mason Method. Both of these have one thing in common, they use rich literature to teach children. I am also adding in bits and pieces of Montessori and Waldorf. These like the first two follow a very literature based approach. I love using rich in depth literature because I feel it is really the best way to learn.


Memorizing facts and numbers is fine but will it really stick? How many people can recall what they learned in school? You really retain nothing just by memorizing. If however you bring facts to live, give them names, places and stories well that is how you truly remember! My son will be reading rich detailed stories about historical figures. We will be learning geography by getting out into the world. Nature will be studied up close and personal. We will have a seasonal table that will be blooming with colors and smells of the season. We will not only read about composure but listen to them, really immersing ourselves into their music and lives. Artists will come alive because we will study their painting in depth.


We will hear folk songs and imagine what it must have been like to live in the time they were written. We will even be doing our math the living way. No textbooks here. Real books with stories that make you think and really figure the problems out. History will be done in the form of playing. My son will become General Washington, helping build America. He will become a Native American hunting on the plains. Of course, we will read about history but I want him to truly feel as if he is living it. Science will be done through various hands on projects, videos showing him real results. Textbooks are okay but these subjects need to be brought to live, need to seem more real. I am hoping by giving my son such a rich and diverse education he can see for himself why knowing all this is important.


I will continue to share our homeschool journey with you. I will add tips, curriculum reviews and other topic. I hope you continue to stick with me and be forgiving if I miss a few postings. Please feel free to comment. Is there something homeschool related you would like me to cover? Please just ask!

Getting Back to it!

Posted by creavis06 on January 31, 2017 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello all,

 

It has been way to long! Months in fact since I wrote anything! I have had a baby and now 7 months later things are getting back to normal, I am here to tell the followers I have that I am once again going to make a commitment to write one post a week. I have let this fall way too behind! I want to give you a quick update on out homeschooling journey. We took some time off after the baby was born to get to know the new little one. We are now schooling and using Tapestry of Grace. Right now we are learning about Moses and his life and Ancient Egypt! We are so excited to get to make tons of hands on projects. We have also been using Discovery k12. I am going to sign off for now, I just wanted to do a quick update. You can find me here every week from now on!

Our Curriculum Choice

Posted by creavis06 on September 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

 

It has been a while since I wrote a blog and so I am here to catch up with all of you. This time around I want to speak about Tapestry of Grace. It will be our first year doing it and I plan on doing a series around it. It will include reviews, what we are doing and pictures. This curriculum is very Christian based and so may not be for everyone. We have to choices to start we can follow the five first books of the Bible in order or can follow the life of Moses from his birth until his death. We are choosing the latter.

 

 

 

This curriculum includes lap books, quizzes, maps, salt dough crafts, reviews and much more. The only problem that see is that you must buy all the separately but honestly I think it is worth the price. You will also need to buy or borrow the reading books. Tapestry of Grace spans four years and you can realistically use it all the way through high school. It covers science, literature, history, geography and of course Bible. You will need a separate math curriculum but there is many for free or cheap. We begin our schooling tomorrow and I will begin updates than.

 

 

I truly feel like this curriculum is right for our family and I hope by sharing our experience with it that I can maybe help others find something that will work for them. I will give updates as we go along for my readers.

Homeschooling Matter Too!

Posted by creavis06 on July 24, 2016 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Homeschooling is growing in popularity and as it does there appears to be more and more ridicule and speculation about homeschoolers. A lot o people seem to think homeschool parents are lazy and allow their kids to just sit around all day, they aren't qualified unless they have a degree. All homeschool kids are weird and awkward, they can't make friends, the list goes on and on and most of it is negative. I am here to tell you this is just not true and that when it is said in front of a child it hurts them. Those words make them feel less than, make them feel unimportant, that public school kids are better. They feel like they don't matter. That is a lie homeschool kids matter too!

 

Homeschooling truly is hard work! Many parents spend hours researching curriculums, looking up state laws, filling out necessary paper work needed to homeschool. After all that is done they must then buy all the supplies and get them organized, this includes buying curriculum they have chosen. Planning begins after that and that can take hours as well. Does any of that sound familiar? Could it be exactly what a public school teacher does? Homeschooling parents work hard and that is before they even began to teach! We really are no different from a public school teacher. Why is it then that many people tend to believe homeschooling is easy or homeschool parents are lazy? I am not sure what the answer is but I can tell you we are anything but lazy.

 

 We do everything above and so much more. There are jobs outside the home, sports practice and games to get to, dance class, doctor appointments, cleaning, grocery shopping and the other day to day things. Being a homeschool parent is one of the hardest jobs because you willingly take on a ton of added responsibility. Most homeschool parents don't complain however because it is worth all the work and stress. This is one stigma that homeschooling parents all agree is annoying and insulting. We are hardworking, tax paying, humans beings like the rest of the population on earth and yet we get called lazy and ridiculed for our choice to homeschool! All we want is the same freedom everyone has, the right to make choose what is best for our families without judgement. Yet, we are judged every day for keeping our kids home. Maybe one day the judging will stop, it is my hope this article will help make that sooner rather then later.

Homeschooling kids are often looked at as weird or unsocialized this couldn't be further from the truth! Many homeschool kids join sports teams, dance, art classes, co-ops, book clubs, they have jobs and friends. When these kids hear they words it hurts, It hurts when they are looked down upon, when they are excluded from being able to get free school supplies offered at churches and other organizations because they aren't in "school". Why do public school kids get feel feel included and important but not homeschool kids. Now, this is not a rant about public schools or people we utilize public schools, I have nothing against public schools its just that its sad that homeschoolers don;t seem to matter because they aren't in public school.. They are often made to feel as if they don't count, don't matter. These kids matter just an any other kid does! They count! They are important! They have the same, feelings, needs, wants as other kids

 

I want to stop the misconceptions about homeschooling and homeschoolers. I want people to see the truth about homeschooling that it is school and that it is hard work. I want them ot understand how the sideways comments and remarks make these families and more importantly how it makes the kids feel. Before saying something about homeschooling and homeschoolers try to know aobut the subhect better please! Always remember homeschool kids matter too!






Homeschooling free online curriculum

Posted by creavis06 on July 23, 2016 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)




  Homeschooling curriculum can be expensive but not if you know where to look. There are quite a few free curriculum choices. They can save a homeschool parent time and money. Usually they are complete, meaning that all core subjects are included. Many of them wil have art, music, foreign language and Bible. You can use what you want and skip the rest. They are easy to use and can make homeschooling so much easier.



   The first curriculum we will look at is Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool

 Easy Peasy can be used for pre-k-12th grade. It includes math, language arts, English, history, art, foreign language, PE, music, Bible, computer, science and reading. It is done completely online, although you will have to order some of the reading books. Videos and games are implemented a lot in the lower grades. From what I could tell from the short time I used it with my son, the majority of math is games. The site can be confusing for some so I would suggest ready the how to use guide.You will have a daily log to keep track of your days, all you have to do is print it out. Everyday your student will have math and reading. Oneother subject will be added on everyday  . As I said above it is mostly games, at least for the lower grades. I haven't used it for high school but I am sure they don't use games. They will also have a video to watch about math, usually a song. They will have book to read and a poems to read and write for reading. Writing in the lower grades consist of copy work, usually poems. They will learn typing on the computer and have thinking. Thinking for third grade was learning how to play chess. I am using third grade as an example because that is the grade I used with my son. All examples will be from the third grade curriculum from this point.  They are going to go to chess school, lessons on how to play chess.

 

   Spelling for third is something called Bible based spelling. It uses the Bible to teach spelling in they learn short. vowel sound etc.. You can choose to skip Bible but if you use the Old Testament is taught first. Language arts consist of handwriting and writing. Again mostly using poems. History covers ancient history, science for third covers biology. Music is ancient, and for PE just follow the directions given on the site. Spanish, French are offered and she list two websites with a variety of languages offered.  My son felt that Easy Peasy was just that easy. He was quickly bored and I could see why. It felt like we were doing 2nd or even 1st grade work in 3rd We moved on quickly form Easy Peasy and have never used it again. I would suggest trying it out for yourself as everyone is different and you and you child may like it. Head over there using this link https://allinonehomeschool.com/

  Let's move on to the next one, Ambleside Online. This curriculum is designed after the Charlotte Mason Method. Charlotte Mason was an educator at the turn of the twentieth century. I will add a link so that you can read about her yourself to better understand what she was about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_Mason. Ambleside Online, will be referred to as AO for the rest of this article.is literature intensive. It is based on the living books idea. Living books are "real" books not textbooks. They don't just give you dry facts to memorize. Instead they engage you and get you really thinking. Most of the required books for AO are free online. AO includes math, science, history, geography, literature, language arts, Bible, foreign language, art study, music, poetry and citizenship.

  It is broken down into 36 weeks blocks and you will alternate books usually in almost each subject. Charlotte Mason believed in quality not quantity. They include a complete list of books and a printable calendar to help you keep up with it all Your student will narrate orally and written, study composers, poetry, artist, learn about folk songs. AO is not you run of the mill curriculum Many people find it difficult to navigate the site. Make sure to really look around and get to know the site before you start using the curriculum A lot of people find the curriculum to understand as well.

  I would only suggest that you use this curriculum if you and your child like to read and be challenged. My son found it to be boring and like Easy Peasy we cut the relationship short and moved on. AO includes books written by Charlotte Mason herself, it is important to read them. Here is the link to the AO website https://www.amblesideonline.org/curriculum.shtml.

 We are going to highlight only one more of the many free curriculums available The last one is Discovery k12. Don't get this mixed up with the public school k12 option, this one is a homeschool curriculum. It offers reading, literature, language arts, math, history, science,visual and performing arts, PE. Every day the student will push a button that says here and it goes into their attendance record They will do a book report, write an essay, do math, watch videos for both history and science. For history they will research the subject more by using the research center Science they are suppose to again do more research, discuss what they learned with their teacher and write down facts.. They watch a video for visual arts and log exercises they did for PE. A weekly spelling word list is there as well, They study the words just like in PS.

 

  This curriculum seems just like Easy Peasy to me, the only difference really is that it does not include Bible. It looked like it would be super easy to navigate and use. If you would like to see it for yourself here is the link http://discoveryk12.com

 

Getting to know me!

Posted by creavis06 on July 14, 2016 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (1)

Hello all,

 This is my first blog post and I thought it would be fun for you all to get to know me better. The about page doesn’t really say much at all. I am a Christian, wive,, mom, blogger/writer and a homeschool fanatic. My children are 7 and a little over a month, My husband David and I will be celebrating 10 years in two days! Ihave been homeschooling for three years and its had its ups and downs for sure. I homeschool my children because I believe God has called me to do so. I also don’t like a lot of what is being taught in schools these days. I want to make sure my kids has as many positive influences as possible.

 I love cooking and baking, Christmas is my favorite and holiday, we go big around here. I love going to the beach. Myrtle Beach is my all time favorite beach ever. My family goes every year to celebrate our anniversary and join in on Mustang Week. We didn’t make it this year due to budget however. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as we are together. I feel like family is the most important thing on earth and time should always be made to be with them. My second favorite thing is lesson planning. Knowing that my son will be learning and we will be doing it together warms my heart. I know this is what is best for him because he is thriving and happy. I love writing and this blog is a way for me to do so and hopefully help others on their homeschool journey.  Homeschooling can be tougher then people think. It is always nice to have support ant that is what I hope to be. So, come join me on this journey we call homeschool.



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