Friday, June 8, 2012

Homeschool Curriculum






Homeschool. When first starting out I thought I would simply purchase the 'homeschool' stuff and get started. Wow, once I started researching and asking around the more I realized how many choices are out there! I would love your comments on what homeschool material you use, what you like, don't like.

 I'll say upfront I'm learning away from A Beka. I like Spell to Write and Read but I'm starting homeschooling with a second grader and he has already learned the 'traditional' way to read and I'm concerned about confusing them! I'm also learning toward RightStart Math but again have some concerns with my second grader because he already has a strong foundation of Math which is different from their approach!

I will be homeschooling my Kindergarden daughter and my Second Grade son. I would LOVE your tips and advice on curriculum. Comments that are against homeschooling are not welcome on this particular post, I may do a future post of why I'm choosing to homeschool which would be open to opposing comments, but for today just want your tips on curriculum :).
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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Red+White+Blue.

Here's a few snap shots of the decor at my Memorial Day Party. I'm planning on using some of the same decor for the 4th!












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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

God's Not Impressed.

"He isn't impressed with us at all. 
He's impressed with His Son.
 He's impressed with the perfect life, death, resurrection, 
and ascension of Jesus the Christ, His beloved Son. 
He's impressed with His love."
Elyse Fitzpatrick


In the stay at home momma's life we might be convinced that all our hard work of daily taking care of our little ones, staying home to disciple and care for our children, being submissive, being the AWANA leader makes God impressed with us. We convince ourselves that homeschooling, maintaining a clutter free and clean house, having obedient children, being an avid reader, not owning a television, preparing home cooked meals and purchasing all organic foods makes God smile more at us. Think of the implications of that if you have a messy house for even a day, if your child disobeys you, if you can't purchase the organically certified squash one week because it's three dollars per little squash that will not feed your family for one meal, then God's not pleased with you? 

The reality that we forget over and over or seem to never understand is that it is by grace that we are saved. We are saved by grace and kept by grace. God's disposition towards His children is such a beautiful thing. He loves us relentlessly, causes every single situation in our life to work for our good, favors us and is impressed with us because of Christ. Sometimes when we seem to have it all together, the few hours when we returned home with the all natural products and saved money, our children were wonderful at the store and we received so many accolades, we sit down and formally teach our children about the character of God and dinner is served with joy we  think that God is shinning a huge spotlight on us and is at the other end just grinning from ear to ear. 

The Truth is that so often when we peel back even our 'good actions' they are reeking of self-righteousness that is not at all sinless. What is our hope then if God isn't impressed with us, even if  when we seem to have it all together we really don't? Our Hope is Christ. God looks at us as perfection, not because what we do or don't do but because of Christ. His fulfillment of the law, His perfect love, sinless life, atoning death, miraculous resurrection and ascension has gained us access to a relationship with God that is based on His actions and not ours. 

Sometimes we may think we're 'good' and have it together but I think we forget how evil each sin we commit really is. We are so full of self-esteem that we don't really think we are that bad so we try to impress God. When we do sin and we actually grasp it we see no hope except to work for God and to try to have Him look at us again and shine that light on us. May we rest in the finished work of Christ. It is finished, the debt has already been paid. May our striving be in seeing the finished work, resting in it, loving it, and may that cause us to live out a life that proves that Christ is more precious than life.
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Monday, June 4, 2012

Classroom Supply Cake.

I've been into the 'diaper cakes' for a few years now so I knew I would love making a 'school supply' cake when my sister-in-laws teacher graduation came around. This project was easy and took less than 30 minutes once I purchased all the supplies. You can use whatever you want for your 'cake' I just went to the store and purchased several of each essential item I thought would be needed for a new teacher in her classroom. 

4 square baskets from Dollar Tree.
9 boxes of Crayons
2 Rulers
8 School Glues
10 Stick Glues
Erasers
Rubber Bands
Chalkboard Squares 
Hot Glue.

I hot glued everything, it was the only way I could get it to stick and because I knew this would be transported several times I thought it was the best protection. Everything is easily removed except the crayons. The crayon box will tear a little but the crayons will not be damaged in any way.




    












Have you ever made a cake similar to this? Did you include something different?





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