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In my life this week…

Special Man is back!!!!!!  This has made for a great week, no matter what else happened.  He came home on Monday night.  The flight landed early – yay!!!  But customs took 2 hours to get through – :(.  It was like an anticlimax.  2 weeks of waiting, then the excitement of thinking he will be out soon, then the very long dragged out “is he ever going to come out the door” feeling.

We have this family saying, that no matter where we are Special Man will always be the last one to leave.  It happens regularly at church – we are the last to leave.  Well there were 30 people from our church who went to the fly and build and yep, you guessed it, Special Man was the last one out of customs :). 

Since he has come back, life is now more normal again.  You can almost taste the peacefulness that has decended.  We have spent the week enjoying each other’s company.

Despite it’s ups and downs – this week has been a good week!! 

In our homeschool this week…

We are currently still on holidays, so homeschool is on hold.  I should have been planning our next unit of work, but that is what the weekend will be for.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

We spent Easter with my parents.  We saw my brother and sister and the kids had a chance to play with their cousins.  It was a great weekend.  My mum spoiled us rotten.  The joy of the days made up for the nightmare of the nights.  Special Son is still suffering from a nasty cough, so the night season is quite busy.  On our last night, very early in the morning, not long after I had gone back to the sleep from a visit to Special Son, I hear this cry from Princess Curly Tops – “My bed is broken and my pillow has gone all soft”.  She had managed to roll into the crack between her bed and Princess Joy Bug’s bed and was laying on the pillow that my mum had placed in there just incase she did fall out.  It was quite funny (in hindsight).  It did however wake up the other two and our very early morning began!

My favorite thing this week was…

Heading out to two night meetings at church.  Even though these were just planning meetings, the people on the committee are full of fun and we have laughed our way through all of the decisions.  Very joyful.

What’s working/not working for us…

Holidays are working great :), may there be more of them :).

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

I am hoping to include piano lessons for my kids this term.  Just wondering how/when you guys schedule this in – both the lesson and the practice sessions?

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

I have started a couple of blog hops myself – they are very much at the beginning stage, so I would really love you to help me get them off the ground.  The links are below.  Please check them out and link up!!

                

 

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In my life this week…

This week I am doing the single mother thing.  Special man has gone away on a Fly and build to the Solomon Islands, so it’s just me and the kids.  We managed to get back to swimming lessons on Tuesday, but have spent the last two days back at the doctor – we are still fighting off these bugs that have bugged us for the last month or so.

In our homeschool this week…

As this is the last week of school before the Easter holidays, we are finishing lots of things off.  Special Son is completing his Powerpoint presentation of the Continents and Princess Joy Bug is putting the finishing touches on her text innovation.  We have also been reading and discussing Habitat destruction and what we can do to prevent it.  They say that Education is the beginning to putting an end to the destruction of our wildlife, and after this term, I can see just how powerful information can be in changing hearts.  One fact we learned yesterday – Rainforest the size of a football field is cleared every minute globally – scary stuff!!!!!!!

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

We went to swimming lessons on Tuesday.  We haven’t been for 2 weeks due to everyone being sick.  It’s a fantastic place!  I am amazed at how much the kids have improved in such a short time.  Tuesday was their last lesson – we’ll begin again in October when it gets warm again.  My mother came to swimming lessons with us, the kids really enjoyed showing her their newly developed skills.

My favorite thing this week was…

Playing baseball with my kids in the backyard. I’ve recorded it in more detail here.

What’s working/not working for us…

Covering every curriculum area- things like LOTE just seem to slip through the cracks.  How do you manage?

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

What is your routine?

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

I have just started up my own Blog hop (well I’m planning to do one for each day…I’ll keep you posted :)).  Here is the link to my first one – Thursday’s Thoughts, a day in my life.  If you click here it will take you to an explanation.  Basically it’s very similar to the homeschool journey, only it’s questions about one day in your life.  I’d love for you to join me!!!!

Have a great day!!!

To read some more  entries in the homeschool journal…click here.

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Welcome to Friday’s Family Fun Blog Hop – so glad you could join me!!

Have you heard the statement – the family that prays together, stays together?  Well I want to take that one step further and add, the family that prays  AND plays together, stays together.

What is it that provides a sense of family?  Many things contribute, but none so much as the tradition of time.  It is not enough to take time to be a family just on holidays or when it is convenient.  You have to let the people in your family know they are special by making, looking forward to, and keeping a series of scheduled social “just for fun” engagements.  This special time set apart allows everyone to bond with the others, not only in the activity planned, but also in the anticipation  of that special time.   Dad needs to be a part of these family fun times too!!

I believe if you want to draw the hearts of your family closer, you will have to provide a minimum of one special time each week that is entirely theirs – time you plan, schedule, and defend at all costs against any activities that would steal away from you those special moments.

Friday’s Family Fun blog hop is the place for you to share your family’s special times with others.  I am hoping that what is written here will inspire you to continue in this special time with your family and inspire others to take up the challenge to spend time playing with their family every week…maybe even every day!!!

So here is my very first Friday’s Famiily fun post…

As Special man is away in the Solomon Islands, our Family Fun time this week did not include our Daddy person, but we still didn’t want to miss out on the fun.

Berenstain Bears is a favourite of my kids at the moment and in some of the books/videos brother bear and sister bear play baseball.  Hence baseball, has become the flavour of the month.

Yesterday we decided to play baseball together.  I was the pitcher (so everyone could actually have a chance to hit the ball – Special son prefers to show how fast he can throw the ball, rather than think of helping others to actually hit the ball).

We decided it would be tipsy run.

To be honest with you, I haven’t had so much for a long while.

Princess Joybug took to the plate, adopting her Miss Grizzle face (I so wish I had a photo to show you), she furrowed her brow, to show us her determination to smash that ball out of the ball park – it was hilarious.  She did of course do some pretty legendary swings and misses, but always made sure she chased the ball wherever it went, swinging wildly until she came in contact.  Then she took off around the bases. 

This running meant Princess Curly tops would take off running too – not really sure of which direction she was going, or where she was supposed to be running to, she basically just ran in and around all of the fielders and runners, inhibiting any chance of tagging the hitter – what a laugh!!!!!

One of my highlights was also Princess Curly tops’ base running.  Her running direction was basically anywhere she could go to run away from the ball.  It may have included touching a base, it may have included running all over the yard, but always ended with her on home base jumping up and down “yaying” herself for her fine effort :).  Precious moments!!!!!  May I add, that her base running only began after she had gone and retrieved the ball that she had just hit 🙂  Oh to be three!!!!

Pitching was of course taken very seriously – we made sure that we did a series of pitching signs before every pitch – meaning something to someone 🙂 and bringing lots of smiles.  Mummy the Magnificent will definitely pitching for the Major League soon I’m sure!

My last round of pitching was made rather difficult due to Princess Curly tops new fielding position.  She decided to stand behind me (more like under me) with her head poking out between my legs.  :).  She never caught any balls, but she did catch my heart!!!

We may have only achieved one out in the entire game, when Special son and I managed to work together and tag Princess Joy Bug, but we did achieve having a very special time together.  Each one of us enjoying each others company and valuing each other’s differences.  Our focus was not competition, but having fun. 

Did we achieve our aim?

Special son’s first comment this morning – Mum, when are we going to play baseball together again?

I think we did :).

Why not share some of your family fun days with us too.  Just follow the links below to share with us.

Have a great day!!

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Welcome to Friday’s Family Fun Blog Hop – so glad you could join us!!   Have you heard the statement – the family that prays together, stays together?  Well I want to take that one step further and add, the family that prays  AND plays together, stays together.

What is it that provides a sense of family?  Many things contribute, but none so much as the tradition of time.  It is not enough to take time to be a family just on holidays or when it is convenient.  You have to let the people in your family know they are special by making, looking forward to, and keeping a series of scheduled social “just for fun” engagements.  This special time set apart allows everyone to bond with the others, not only in the activity planned, but also in the anticipation  of that special time.   Dad needs to be a part of these family fun times too!!

I believe if you want to draw the hearts of your family closer, you will have to provide a minimum of one special time each week that is entirely theirs – time you plan, schedule, and defend at all costs against any activities that would steal away from you those special moments.

Friday’s Family Fun blog hop is the place for you to share your family’s special times with others.  I am hoping that what is written here will inspire you to continue in this special time with your family and inspire others to take up the challenge to spend time playing with their family every week…maybe even every day!!!

 
How do I join?
Join the journey each week by posting about something you and your family did together this week, just for fun.  It could be as simple as hide and seek, or a special trip away.  Whatever it was we want you to share it!!
 
 
Link-up Guidelines:
  • Just write your own post using the outlines here: https://goddidcreations.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/about-fridays-family-fun/
  • Then, come back to https://goddidcreations.wordpress.com anytime between Friday & Thursday each week, click the  ”click here” words at the end of my “Friday’s Fun Time” post, and follow the simple instructions to link up.
  • Please leave a comment after you link up.
  • The link-up will be open each Friday at 12:00am through Thursday at 11:59pm (Australian EST)
  • If you link up, please link us directly to the url of your journal post, and kindly insert the ”Friday’s Fun Day” graphic into your post as well.
  • Since the link-up is open for 7 days, please check back often, and visit all of the other bloggers that have linked up with you.
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 Thanks for joining us.  I look forward to reading your posts each week!

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In my life this week…

On Sunday we held our very first “Family Council”.  The kids were so excited, all sitting there with their notepads and pens ready to “record” important information.  It took us a while to establish the ground rules – each, if broken, required a 5 starjump punishment, followed by an apology and an asking of forgiveness.  It was amazing how many starjumps Special son managed to fit into the council time (Interrupting is definitely one of his strong points :)).  But also equally surprising was how involved the kids wanted to be in the decision making and also the great ideas they came up with.  This is definitely something we will continue!

In our homeschool this week…

For school this term we have been travelling around “God’s World”, visiting each of the continents that start with A.  So far we have been to Africa, Antarctica, Asia and this week we visited America (we combined the two).  At each continent we have completed a lapbook on one of the endangered animals – this week we studied the sloth – using this terrific lapbook.  I am loving learning along with the kids – did you know that a sloth only comes down to the ground once a week?

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

This week has been filled with shopping, as we have had a sudden cold snap.  We spent most of yesterday looking for long pants and long sleeved shirts.  Can’t exactly say I am happy with what I have to choose from this year, especially the choice of shirts for Special Son.  He has now moved into size 7 – the big boy’s clothes.  Unfortunately this means that almost every shirt has some sort of hideous creature or skulls blazened across the front.  We came home with only 2 shirts – I am NOT impressed!!!

My favorite thing this week was…

On Wednesday, Special Man and I went out shopping – ALONE!!!!!  Yes the wonderful Grandparents came and played with the kids and we enjoyed some blissful kidfree hours shopping.  We also shared lunch together (a very rare treat). 

What’s working/not working for us…

This can be answered in one word – ROUTINE.

Although we have a loose routine in place, we need to tighten this up quite considerably.  Especially the time of morning we begin school.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

I was thinking about this, this week and recorded my Homeschooling favourites here.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

Since we have just met I will post the link to my website God Did Creations.  This will give you some more insight into what I do in my “spare” time 🙂

Connecting kids with their Creator

Have a great day!!!

Check out what some others are sharing in their Homeschool Mother’s Journal.

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Just thought I would remind myself and share with you the wonderful things about homeschooling…

  • My children are each other’s best friends. 

On many occasions my 2 daughters have stood together, noses touching and declared to each other – best friends forever!  (my mummy heart does a leap).  There are three years between my eldest two, an age gap very similar to that of myself and my brother.  When I started school and “left home”, it was like I left him and my little sister behind.  We still played together, but I had my other friends.  Also because my learning was predominately done outside of the home very little of that was shared with my siblings, again widening the gap.  I felt very far away from them.  This is not happening in my homeschooling home!!!

  • I get to watch my kids learn.

And I love it!!!!!  Seeing the excitement they experience when discovering something new.  Watching their eyes light up when the penny drops.  Supporting them through challenging experiences.  Being the one they want to share their stories with…nothing could be better!

  • Learning together

Our home is our learning place, so what we are learning about surrounds us and we are all (young and old) learning new things at the same time about the same things, thus making the learning experience all the more richer.  A great learning tool that we are using at the moment is the lapbook.  I cannot recommend these highly enough!  The kids just love them.  My favourite thing about them, is that the kids go back to them again and again and when Grandparents come to visit they get to share all of this information with them – generations learning together.

  • Learning is not confined to the classroom

So much of learning takes place outside the classroom.  Because I am aware of what my children need to accomplish in their schoolwork, every outing, every activity, every holiday is all used as an opportunity for extending and developing the skills that they need to learn.  This doesn’t mean that we are always doing “school”, but guided learning can and does take place in any place.

  • We have freedom

I love that we have the freedom to do what we want, when we want and how we want.  School fits into our life, not the other way around.

  • Mummy is there when you are sick

One of the things I always hated about school was the sickroom.  Hours and hours of waiting for mum to maybe come and take me home, while I lay in agony in that stark broom closet near the Principal’s office.  No one to care for me, just excluded from everyone.  Homeschool is full of hugs when you need them the most!!!  Also it is great for doing little bits of school when you are feeling a little better, that you would have otherwise missed had you missed the whole day due to sickness.

  • Training the heart, not just the head

My kids have been blessed with a great ability to learn, so school work is not that difficult for them.  What they do struggle with is ATTITUDE.  Their hearts are not always in the right place and this affects everything – especially their ability to learn.  Homeschooling provides the opportunity for me to guide their hearts as they learn, cementing the values that I want them to hold dear into the very fabric of their lives.  Some days end up just being character building days (mine and theirs :)).  But it is so worth it when I see them surrendering their heart to their Saviour and letting His love shine through in their attitude.

  • No Homework

When school is done – play begins.  This is as it should be!!

  • Individual learning and teaching

There is time to explain until understanding is reached.  Everyone always gets to participate in the discussion – ideas are always heard.  Mistakes can be corrected as we go and therefore bad habits are more likely to be avoided. 

  • No school run

I shudder everytime I think about having to face the 9:00am drop off and 3:00pm pick up.  What a nightmare!!!

  • God is the centre of my curriculum

I choose what we learn.  No curriculum nasties here.  Their little minds can be protected from the “stuff” that they don’t need to associate with or learn about. 

  • No unsupervised playground nasties to deal with

No bullies.  No dirty talk.  No swearing to hear and copy.  No teasing.  No “I’m not your friend anymore”.  No loneliness.  No uncertainty.  No competition.  No being picked last for the team.  Just fantastic full-on sibling rivalry – but they’re used to that (been doing it for years :)).

So there you have it.  Just a few of the reasons why I love to have my kids at home and teach them at the same time. 

Homeschooling makes our home a happy place!

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