Need Help Finding A Great Homeschool Curriculum?

My newest video is up and I’m so excited for you all to check it out, If you’re still looking for the right curriculum for you then you need to check this one out, I’ve also posted a couple more videos with some lunch tips for when you are going to be out of the house, be sure to check that one out too.

To check out the homeschool curriculum video just click here!

It’s Co-op day!!

Yes, the day is finally here, and I am so excited for this day, the day we start our new co-op classes, this year we chose to go with a group that catered more to younger children like my kiddos, they are super excited, we are sad that we’re having to leave some friends behind but, we can still always catch up during playdates, but they are also so excited to be meeting new friends and reconnecting with some old friends we have before our co-op split into three different groups (gotta love that the numbers of homeschoolers grows so much you have to make more groups!!!)

I can’t wait to meet all the new moms too, it’s so nice to be able to have what we call “mom time” and just sit and chat with other moms for a whole hour every other week! Such a great refresher! I’m also LOVING the classes we have this year, for Jeremiah he gets to go to a Lego class.. super fun right? He’s so into building with Legos right now and loves using his imagination to make new things. He’s also doing a class called “stand up and talk” it’s a public speaking/show and tell type of class I get to help teach that one and can’t wait to see all those sweet kiddos telling us about all sorts of things.

Caidence gets to go to an Adventures in the Bible class.. how awesome does that sound! It’s going to go in depth into lots of stories and people of the Bible! Then, she also gets to go to a Magic School Bus class where they watch episodes of The Magic School Bus and learn all about the topic of the show!

Then, Ethan and Isabelle get to have fun playing with their friends in the nursery, they’re going to love that getting to play with friends for 2 hours… OH YEAH!!

So tell me, what’s your co-op like? What classes do you have? Is it focused learning or just for play? I would love to hear all about it, just comment below!

Also, let me know, what type of post do you want to see from me? I would love some feedback so I can get some posts up that you would love!

HAPPINESS is a habit

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So, we’ve been working at this whole “homeschool” thing going on three years now, so I think it’s safe to say I’ve got it all figured out!!

YUP, you read that right I’m now the homeschool expert…………………….. Okay, who am I kidding let’s take a step back into reality now.

I’m just like you, I’m still figuring it all out as I go along. Now, I will say that through trial and error and from wisdom from great friends and of course first and foremost through prayer I have learned A LOT!! In all honesty I think that homeschool, just like parenting, is something that we will all always be learning to do. “Perfecting” our techniques, learning to lighten up, realizing what the important things are.

But I just want to share with you what our homeschool really looks like and what I’ve learned in these couple of years. In all honesty, it’s always different. Seriously though, no two days are the same. Some days are super hard… I mean, really, really hard. The kids didn’t sleep well, nor did I, the meal I fixed for breakfast isn’t what anyone wanted, every one has a bad attitude and don’t forget the “mommy, she took my chair” argument we often hear. But, in the midst of the chaos we do manage to have a wonderful productive day most of the time and school does get completed it may not have been done as planned, but, it’s done. Snuggles in the bed before nap time make up for sleepy attitudes, that breakfast that no one wanted is forgotten and the love between sisters is nothing a taken chair can change, and a big brother reading the story to everyone makes everything all right in the world for a while.

Then, you have those days no matter how few and far between they do happen and everything does pretty much go to plan. The one thing I have learned is to relax, they will learn the things we need to teach them. They will get it, they really will. I have learned that if they want to use a crayon instead of a pencil who cares… and yes, I really did insist the first year that every worksheet be done in pencil (no fun!!) but thankfully I got over that. I also learned that it really doesn’t matter where school is done, if they want to go outside instead of learning at the dining room table then go outside, enjoy the beautiful sunshine God gave to you and sit outside and do school.

There are days when we follow the curriculum to a tee and then there are other days where we forget the curriculum and just learn what the kids are interested in. Often times you can learn so much more when you allow for a little wiggle room, when a child is interested they will retain that information, and if you’re concerned that they are missing out on math while hunting for bugs have them count the legs on the bugs and figure out how many bugs they would have to collect to get to 100 legs or something fun like that, it doesn’t have to be complicated.

There are times when catching and learning about tiny frogs is just a bit more important than sitting at a table doing worksheets!

There are times when catching and learning about tiny frogs is just a bit more important than sitting at a table doing worksheets!  resourcefulhomeschoolmom.wordpress.com

There are days where we all sit and do school together and then there are times when someone wants some space and time to themselves and on those days I give them that space, I give them work they can do independently and let them enjoy some peace and quiet.

Some days school may mean going outside and learning how to take care of the garden and using teamwork to water all the fruit trees and discuss how they grow and even measuring to see how much they have grown since you got them.

It may mean daddy teaching you how to light a campfire and make a meal together over the fire and learning fire safety, and then, there are days where field trips to go check out some pretty cool looking animals and learn about where they live and what foods they eat is just an absolute must!!

Smooth Rock  Homeschool can look like so many different things to so many people so, in your own homeschool journey just remember to love on your kids, teach them what’s truly important and most of all make it FUN!!

What is your homeschool like? I would love to hear about your fun homeschool adventures, comment and let me know about all the fun you have!

What We Did With Our Clay!

Well, I showed you our homemade clay post the other day, and if you missed it, you can find it here:  https://resourcefulhomeschoolmom.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/1137/

I also told you I would let you know what we did with ours and we had science class.  We made a VOLCANO!!!!!   I have to admit this one was just as much fun for me as it was for the kids to do.  I really enjoyed doing it and the end result was awesome!

So, for starters get your clay and add some food coloring if you would like.  Just add some red and green now, I will say that I think the color would have turned out a little bit better if we would have mixed the food color in before the clay was mixed all together, but, it still turned out to be good.

What you will need for your volcano:

  • Homemade clay
  • Green and Red food coloring (optional)
  • Small tube or container
  • Outdoor area (it’s very messy do this outside!!)
  • Plate
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda

(The amount of vinegar and baking soda you need depends on the size of your volcano.)

Start out by making a base of clay, and then find something you can use at the end when you add your vinegar and baking soda.  Add your container to the clay and push down so it doesn’t move around.

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Next, build up the sides of your volcano, and then build up the base.

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Now, it’s time to add in the vinegar, I heated ours up for 1 minute, be careful it will be very hot, also you can add red food coloring to make it look like lava.  Go ahead and pour this into your volcano.

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Now you’re ready to take it outside and add your baking soda and watch it explode and it will surprise you how high this thing goes.  I’m not sure if the heated vinegar helped this or not but it seems to have helped.  I really wish I would have brought out my video camera to catch it go but, unfortunately I didn’t and my camera wasn’t fast enough to catch it 😦

Hope you enjoy this!  What fun things do you do for science class?  Comment below and share with us!

organization pic  I thought I would share with you all what we do for organization.  Being a homeschool family I am realizing that we’re going to have a lot of stuff that has to be organized so it doesn’t get out of hand….. and we’re only doing Kindergarten so far!

When I started out I just had all of our stuff we needed spread out everywhere and that obviously wasn’t going to work, so I went to the store looking for ideas of how to contain all of this and, here’s what I came up with.

binFirst just pick up a small storage bin, these can be used for just about anything, and I also got some manila folders and add in all of your stuff!

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Our whole Kindergarten curriculum fit in this with many extras, all of our pens, pencils, crayons, and glue fit.  As well as things like clocks, a small dry erase board, extra paper and an extra large notebook.

The manila folders help out with separating our student worksheets, our biblical concept cards, our calendar pages, and all the other learning extras similar to that.

Hope this helps you out with your organization I know it can be tough but these are wonderful, and when you set them up like this everything is nicely stacked and easy to get to everyday.

 

Check Out This Site!!!

CALLING ALL HOMESCHOOLERS…………………….

Or anyone with kids for that matter, I have just discovered an awesome site, and I may be the only one who hasn’t discovered it, and if that’s the case I’m sorry 🙂  but, I saw this and just had to share it with you.

Well, I knew all about the answers in Genesis web site for adults, but I’ll be honest, I haven’t even visited it…………. yet, but the other day in our homeschool fun we were learning about penguins and I went searching for a fun game or video to help further teach about penguins and their habitat, but every single thing I came upon talked all about evolution which I was of course not okay with, until I stumbled upon this:

http://www.answersingenesis.org/kids

There’s an answers in Genesis for children, now as I said before maybe I’ve just been living under a rock and am the only one who didn’t know this existed, but all the things I’ve heard about answers.org and I never knew about the kids section.

But, anyway this site is so awesome!  They have fun activities, and worksheets, they have videos telling you about all kinds of interesting things including why evolution couldn’t have happened on a child’s level of understanding, and many more things.

I hope you all get a chance to check out this site, tell me what you think of it.  Do you know of any other sites that teach from a creationists point of view?  Comment below and let me know.

C Is For Cow!

This week in our homeschool we have been learning about cows this has been a really fun………. and really yummy unit to do.  I wanted to share with you what we made today.

We made butter and it turned out great, at first I had my suspicions and started to wonder if I had done it wrong but after we kept going we saw the changes that were supposed to be happening and then it got really exciting.  The kids loved making their own butter!  Here are the steps:

First off, pour your whipping cream into a container most things suggest a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid but these plastic containers were far less expensive and worked very well although if I would have gotten something with a screw on lid it would work better for the younger one’s I had to help Caidence when she shook it. Then find an adorable volunteer shaker or two and start shaking!

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After you shake it for about 15 minutes you will start to see whipped cream like this:

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  After that, if you’re like we were the kids will be totally tired of shaking and want to start to see some butter, so we ended up pulling out our food processor to move the process along a little bit we just used the regular chopping blade

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  Let it mix for a minute and it started to take shape and look like this:

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Finally, we decided to separate the butter milk from the butter and then add the milk back to the food processor to smooth it out a bit more:

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  Then comes the most fun of all you get to serve it up and eat it:

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….. I wonder if it tastes better with a cute smile like this!
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  Some other things you may want to teach your child along with this would be to let them know that milk helps them grow just as God’s word helps them to grow spiritually, read the bible with them everyday and if they’re old enough to read the bible themselves give them a journal to write down what they have read and how it speaks to them and how they can use it in their everyday lives. Here’s a verse for you as well.

“You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment as a baby cries for milk” 1 Peter 2:2

* For those of you wondering, the food processor that I use is a black & decker FP1600B it holds 8 cups, it works so great, I’ve had it for a couple of years, I use it all the time and it works just as great as it did when I first got it.

Do You Memorize Scripture?

In your homeschool (or even if you don’t homeschool) do you get your children to memorize scripture? I think doing this is a wonderful thing that will help them out in all of life, they will have the Lord’s word in their hearts always and no one will be able to take that from them.

We try to learn 2 scriptures per week and we’ve just recently started this back up.  I’ll admit, it’s just as good for me as it is for them I don’t have scripture memorized like I would like to so this helps me know and learn it as well.

I also wanted to share with you a new bible we’ve been reading, we actually received it as a gift and we have been reading it morning and night the kids love it as do I. This bible storybook puts the bible in a wonderful way that kids can understand and learn the bible in a whole new way. The name of it is the Jesus storybook bible:

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  I have never read a bible story book for children quite like this one and it’s so hard to put it down this has become a favorite in our house for sure, so if you’re looking for a great bible for your younger children I highly recommend this one.  I also want to encourage you to start teaching your children scripture and helping them and yourself to memorize them.

Do you have a favorite bible story book?  Do you already get your child and yourself to memorize scripture, if so what are some ways that you memorize it?  Any fun games for memorizing?  If so, comment below and let me know!

Ants and Diligence

Our newest homeschool adventure has been us learning about ants, you know those things you can’t stand being all through your yard that attack anything that comes near their home causing pain making you wish they never existed, yeah, those.  Well, I have a new perspective on these neat little creatures.

Watching them has made me absolutely amazed at what they do and how they work I knew that ants were hard workers but my goodness they seem to never sleep always preparing their home or gathering their food.  Always moving doing something and making these amazing little intricate tunnels that somehow hold up under pressure of all the other sand in the enclosure.

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Isn’t that just amazing!  I wish you could see more detail in this picture but it’s awesome.  Even the bible speaks of the hard work of the ant: “Take a lesson from the ants you lazybones.  Learn from their ways and become wise!  Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.  But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep?  When will you wake up?  A little extra sleep, a little more slumber a little folding of the hands to rest- then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.” Proverbs 6:6-11.

So, as well as learning of the ants we have been learning about diligence and working for the Lord, a lot of times even myself I don’t work as if I’m working for the Lord and when I intentionally make sure that I am doing my work whether it be raising the children, doing things for my husband, or taking care of the house not only does it make me realize that I am truly working for the Lord and that He gives me all of these things that I care for but it gives me so much joy to do them and makes my day so much better.

Something we are going to be doing this week along with this and will continue is to not only make sure we are working for the Lord but also the bible tells us that when we work for the Lord we will receive a reward and no, that doesn’t necessarily mean here on this earth it may be a reward in heaven, but to teach this verse and instill in our children that working for the Lord is what we need to do we will have times where we give the children certain things to do all week and then at the end if they have worked joyfully for the Lord they will receive a reward.  Nothing big, but getting to pick a small prize at the store, a nice stop for ice cream or something simple like that, maybe you’ll want to try it too, I’m looking forward to it.

Hope you enjoyed this post, what are you studying in your homeschool this week?  We would love to hear all about it, and just to share here’s another picture of our anthill we have:

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  The ants look really tiny here, but in comparison to the one’s we have around here they are absolutely huge!

Homeschool Fun, The Octopus!

This week in our homeschool we have been learning about the octopus and other ocean animals, we’ve been able to do several fun activities, and have a few more still left to do, but, I just wanted to share a few of them with you.  One of our activities included making an ocean mural and anytime you bring out anything messy in this house the kids get thrilled!!  But it actually ended up not even being any bit of a mess at all.  We used some finger paints and SAND!!

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I have never pulled out sand during arts and crafts time before but I do have to say we may do it more often because, it was a hit!

We also made an octopus hot dog which was so cute and the kids loved getting to eat them.  They were the cutest things ever!  What we did was take a hot dog weenie and cut the bottom portion in half, then in half again, and once more to make 8 legs (great math lesson by the way).  Make sure you use a sharp knife though because as you cut more it gets harder and harder to make good cuts so use a sharp one or else you’ll cut off a leg.  After you cut it, boil it in some water for just a couple of minutes and watch as the legs curl up to look just like octopus legs, and then the kids requested I cut eyes and a smile for the octopus and then enjoy eating them (who doesn’t love a snack during school time!!)

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Every week we have a biblical concept that goes along with whatever it is we are learning, and this week our biblical concept was “Even the octopus praises the Lord”  and that comes from Psalm 69:34 “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and all that move in them.”  So, we learned all about praising the Lord and all the ways we can show praise to Him, to go along with the number 8 which we also learned I had Jeremiah name 8 ways we can praise God, ask this to your children, and I’m sure their answers will surprise you, they know so much more than we give them credit for! We made a tambourine to use to praise the lord out of two paper plates they decorated and some rice in the center although I would recommend using a stapler instead of glue, because even with rubber cement the plates came apart.

One other activity our curriculum says to try out which we may is taking a glass of water using black watercolor paint to show how the octopus uses ink to hide from predators I thought this would be really great for those who learn visually!

What have you been up to in your homeschool, do you have certain things you study each week, or do you teach some other way?  I would love to hear all about the adventures in your homeschool!  Comment below!

More Of Our Not So Perfect Homeschooling

The other day the same school week that we learned about apples and got to make our yummy pie, we also learned all the fruit of the spirit.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23.  We made a fruit of the spirit tree with apples representing the fruit, and even though it’s no masterpiece, the kids loved it and though it was the neatest idea ever.  0904131714

This has helped Jeremiah and me to remember these things the Lord wants us to strive to have.  Simple things like this you wouldn’t think would have an affect really do another way I have found that homeschooling has helped me work on my walk with the Lord as well.  Just remember you don’t have to be perfect to do this.  The Lord never asked for perfection, He just wants us to trust Him to get us through.

 

 

 

Your own boss

Last week our focus of homeschool was leaves we studied the letter L, learned all about leaves and trees, did tons of arts and crafts with leaves, learned about different types of leaves and much more, but the one thing we did that has stuck with Jeremiah the most was when we learned what happens when we get away from God.

To demonstrate that, we went outside found a nice healthy plant and plucked a leaf off of the plant and brought it inside.  This leaf wanted to be his own boss, he was no longer attached to the stem which represented God, he was out on his own and had to do everything by himself.  Jeremiah gave his guesses as to what would happen to the leaf and over the next several days we observed that leaf compared to the other leaves on the plant and eventually the leaf shriveled up and died as he had guessed.  Why was this what stuck with my son, I don’t know why this one topic stuck with him over all we learned, I mean sure he learned more but this is the one thing he continues to bring up but it’s the most important thing of our entire week because, without God we can’t do anything.  Will we physically die if we choose to live without God well, of course we will all die one day but not right away, but we will be empty, always searching for something but never be satisfied, will we have what we need sure for some even without Christ you could have what you need to survive but the one thing you will never have is the relationship with Jesus which is the most important relationship we could ever have.  But, another great loss will be when death does eventually occur and then are eternally separated from God the spiritual death and that is something you can never change once you die that’s it, either you accepted Christ or you didn’t plain and simple.

I am so happy that this stuck with my son, he knows we need God, he loves God and knows that God loves him but most importantly he knows that without God we can do nothing.  If that is all he learns from what I teach him that will be fine with me.  If he doesn’t understand another thing I teach him other than that he needs God and to live for Him I am perfectly fine with that.

I love how when we bring biblical truths down to a child’s level it makes it seem so easy to understand I am learning things that I have “known” all of my life so much more now just because I’m not making it seem so complicated.  Maybe we all need to get on our children’t level more often and learn we are making life harder than it should be to understand sometimes.  Just remember, don’t try to be your own boss, lean on God and trust Him with your life.

The Fun Part Of Homeschooling

We are still new to our homeschooling adventure, my son did K-4 last year and we started K-5 in June and so far we love it!!!!  But, there are some days that are much more exciting and fun than others, some days are really stressful and it’s like pulling teeth to get any work done (that includes for me I can have off days too you know) but then there are those days where everything comes together and we all have a great time doing school together even my 3 year old and 1 year old love joining in and it’s wonderful.

We had one of those fun days yesterday, one of the biggest reasons being we all knew we got to make an apple pie for math and some science isn’t it awesome that baking counts as school, I think so!  Well, we enjoyed it so much my son got to measure and chop apples and layer the pie and we got to enjoy learning and have fun together it was such a great bonding moment too, I love getting to do things like that with them and today the girls were in nap while we made the pie and as fun as it would have been for them to get to help I also love one on one time with each of the kids too and that’s what we did we enjoyed our one on one time together baking for school!  Did the pie turn out looking perfect of course not but that’s not what matters we got to make memories together and enjoy a yummy treat afterward.  What fun things do you do in your homeschooling adventures, I would love to hear them, tell me some of your favorites.

There it is, our not so perfect but delicious apple pie! You don’t have to do it perfectly to teach them or to just have fun so don’t worry, if I can do it so can you!

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What is your homeschool like?

We have just recently started our homeschooling journey and it’s quite an experience…. It’s so much fun, of course it’s a lot of work but we’ve got it pretty easy so far our oldest is just in 4-K we decided to start this journey because we didn’t want “this world” to teach our children what they need to know. I want our children to hear about Jesus everyday and in everything that they can and they wouldn’t get that at a public school, and yes if we sent them to a Christian school they would get that aspect of it but basically I would be paying someone else more than what I was making when I was working to raise my children and that just didn’t make sense to me. I believe that we are on this  journey in life because this is what God meant for my life, to be a mother which is much more than just having my children but that I should be their teacher also and to be able to stay with my children all the time to teach and play and to love them is the biggest blessing I could ever ask for. So now I’ll ask you if you do homeschool why did you choose to do so? What are some of the struggles you go through? (I will do a post about struggles later on) Is it what you thought it would be or not? Would you change your decision if you had it to do over again? and last but not least What blessings have you received from being able to stay at home with or homeschool your children? We would love to hear your feedback. 

                     -Sarah