Hi Friends, I had some questions about how I do lesson planning. I hope this short video will show you how quick and easy it is and how I can make weekly notes to remember everything that happens or what needs to be done.
Hi Friends, I shared a bit ago that we are using Heart of Dakota this year for our curriculum. I was getting a bit exhausted piecing together different curriculum especially for science and history. I was a teacher and I really like to include these as subjects even though we experience nature and visit museums, it's just fun to explore more with books too.
So, my daughter will be in 1st grade and I made a special notebook for her to use with Little Hearts for His Glory.
Hi Friends! I am getting ready for the new school year. I did share on my Facebook page that I will be using Heart of Dakota this year for both children. I just received my last shipment of books, so I wanted to share these videos with you. We will be starting school at the end of August and as usual I am much more excited than the kids. My plan for the first day is for them to look at all their new books. They have not seen them yet. I've been hiding them!
Have you used this curriculum or heard about it? I've been looking at it for quite awhile, but I just now started researching it more and I really like the values and the organization as well as all the BOOKS!!
I will be sharing our first grade curriculum soon.
I'm so excited to be part of the launch team for Brooke McGlothlin's new book, Gospel Centered Mom. This post was inspired by the book. To join us and learn more about it and be part of it, click here: http://gospelcenteredmombook.com/for-bloggers/.
Brooke's new book, Gospel Centered Mom: The Freeing Truth About What Your Kids Really Need is a challenge for moms to stop living the ME Gospel and live out the True Gospel. This means that instead of focusing on ourselves we are to give ourselves up for the sake of Christ. We are called to embrace our need for Jesus alone and stop taking on all the pressure of responsibility to churn out "Christian" children. We are to fight for our children, not against them and realize that there's more than just now (http://www.themobsociety.com/blog/2017/07/05/theres-just-now/). We are not called to be perfect, we are called to pursue God and grow deeper in love with Him. And He will be the one who works in the hearts of our children. Brooke shares raw and real situations that have brought her to her knees not only for her children but also for herself. She shares many practical ideas along with the hard truths and the beautiful truths for moms to develop a Gospel Centered life. It is when we let go and let God that we will truly find the freedom to be able to understand that the Gospel calls us to serve in a greater way for a greater cause.
I was challenged to live my life in a way that fully embraces the Gospel for myself and to place my hope and faith only in Him. I know that I am not called to change my children, but to live so my children see that I am changed by the power of the Gospel. I want to be desperate only for Jesus. He is to be my prize, not health, wealth, happiness, freedom or safety, just Him! And the best way I have found to fight for my children is being in prayer.
As you learn to anchor your life in the Gospel you'll find increased freedom, purpose and joy in motherhood. Get Brooke McGlothlin's book at http://gospelcenteredmombook.com/.
*I was given a complimentary copy of this book for a launch team review. All opinions are my own.*
Or do they have sibling conflict which causes parent anxiety and distress?
I can answer that I have two children and they do not get along all the time and I get anxious and stressed at their behavior. I would really like to know what I can do to help them.
Wait, I just read about this online course called Sibling Conflict from the authors at Connected Families. Hmm, I really enjoyed their book called Discipline that Connects With Your Child's Heart. I value what they share and I have used their techniques in my parenting. I'm sure this new course will add many more tools to my parenting kit.
What about you?
Do you see yourself in these situations?
Situation #1 - The kids are fighting - again! The harder you try to make it stop, the worse it seems to get - and the kids seem more and more resentful.
Situation #2 - One minute they love each other and the next minute they’re arch enemies. The older they get the louder and angrier it gets. You hate the way this affects everyone’s mood, including your own.
Situation #3 - Time-outs, required apologies, and firmness temporarily curb the fighting, but it soon comes back with more intensity.
Situation #4 - Your young kids are beginning their rivalry and you worry where it’s heading if you don’t learn some better strategies.
This course will help to answer these and many more questions. Parents will be taught the Peace Process which is practical, easy to understand and implement.
Here are the course session titles:
Session 1: Getting “Unstuck” from Sibling Conflict Session 2: Taking the Step from Crazy Mountain to Calm Session 3: Building Understanding Around Sibling Conflict Session 4: Facilitating True Conflict Resolution Session 5: The Superpower of Celebration
If this course appeals to you, be sure to register before June 30 (the last day to register before the course closes).
Here are my choices for Kindergarten curriculum.
OK, this is going to sound like a LOT, but I don't do everything everyday. See below for weekly schedule. Sorry that I'm so late in sharing this, but we have really enjoyed the curriculum we have used this year. Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks!
Each morning at breakfast I read from Nature Magazine, The Story of Inventions (Usborne Books) and we listen to Daily Audio Bible for Kids. After breakfast we do a few chores and then we start Morning Time. We spend 15 minutes quietly reading and looking at books. Each child has their own box of books. Then we have 15 minutes of moving and dancing. After that we sit on the couch and read from a book recommended by Give Your Child the World (we are reading through books from a different continent each month). We also are memorizing famous paintings with Usborne art cards and we read a page from the Usborne Encyclopedia. Then we move to the coffee table and go through our Morning Time notebook with songs, poems and verses. We then do our Grapevine Study (Stick figures through the Bible). We have a little break and snack. Then each child moves to their independent work. My daughter usually finishes earlier than my son, so then I move on to her one on one work with me. We do Handwriting Without Tears, All About Reading and some math skills. Then she's off to play! We do a few of the other things listed here and there. It's been a fun year so far!
Morning Time (includes Bible)
Daily Learning Notebook- Clipboard with various independent work pages or books
One on one time with Mom for Reading, Spelling, Creative Writing, History
We also added gymnastics to our Spring PE program
Swimming co-op in the Fall
Electives- Cooking, Piano
As you can see we are very busy. I would love to share more of what I do in my homeschool, but I'm so focused on my kids during my homeschool day and I do lots of cooking, cleaning, working out and I always feel like I can't keep up. My husband also needs me to help in things he does around the home like the garden, canning and dehydrating.
If you want to keep up with what we are doing, you can follow my FACEBOOK page. It's much easier for me to post a few pictures and share what we are doing rather than writing up a blog post. So, please check out my page and see what we are doing. I would love it!
I hope this has given you some ideas for what you can do in your homeschool.
I'm sorry this was shared so late in the year, but I hope it gives you some ideas for what you might like to use with your kids. Let me know if you have any questions.