Category Archives: Homeschooling

Fan the Flame

flameIt seems like many homeschoolers begin to see the fire die out around this time of year. Yet it doesn’t always take a whole lot to get the flames burning bright again. It may be one small change in your routine. Maybe it’s trying out an idea you’ve been pondering for awhile. Or you might need to throw on a bit of kindling on to fuel that fire.

THEME: Let’s see some sparks of imagination as we encourage one another, sharing ways to get your homeschool efforts cooking again. What is something you’ve done, or thought about doing, to “fan the flame” of waning motivation?

Several things that I have done in the past to spark our homeschool during February.  Weird, how it’s always this particular month, huh.

First, I have done several unit studies by Amanda Bennett. I give the boys 3 choices and they vote on the particular study.  Amanda Bennetts unit studies are little to no preparation and you can do it all on-line.

Second, I have had a week of Unschooling sort of speaking.  I ask the boys what they want to learn today.  They are to research it and write a notebook page on the subject.  Sometimes they continue with the same subject all week if their interests sparks or change subjects each day.  This is beneficial because we can’t teach our children everything in life, but we can educate them how to learn and research.

Third, pick a subject and go to the library.  Get all the books you can on that subject including fiction.  Enjoy reading together and maybe even doing a project at the end of the week.

Check out other ideas on how to spark your homeschool here.

BFS ~ Being all you can be

myassignmentMemory Verse: 1 John 4:16 (NIV)

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

Intro: Sometime “being all you can be” is a challenge. We are trying to balance being a godly wife, mother, teacher, keeper of the home, and much more. None of us are perfect and we all struggle in our own ways with being able to achieve what we feel needs to get done.

Assignment: This week I thought we could share what great ways we have found to help with all we have to do. Besides the obvious getting face down in front of God, what have you found that works? Have you done a great bible study that deals with this area? Do you have a certain “thing” that really helps you like a planner or gadget? Do you have a certain bible verse that just speaks to you and you have it posted so you see it all the time? Is there a website that is really valuable to you in this area? What do you do that if someone else found out about it, they could benefit from it?

First, I must give God all the glory for allowing me to stay sane and from not jumping off the nearest bridge everyday.  Staying home with 5 boys can cause some distress at a times.  LOL!  Honestly, I love my chosen career and wouldn’t have it any other way.  However, I do have my moments where I feel a tad frazzled.

I try to rise up each morning at least 30 minutes before the first ds comes sneaking into my lap.  This gives me time to meditate on  my daily bible reading, prayer time, and plan out my day and write it on my daily agenda sheet that I created in publisher.  This time always lifts my spirit and allows me to prepare myself mentally and spiritually for the many hats I wear throughout the day.  Of course, coffee is always involved.

Second, I have a routine that I stick to as much as possible.  For the most part, everything happens in the same sequence everyday regardless of the time.  I have found this to work marvelous for my crew.  Everyone knows what to do,  when to do it and what comes next.

Third, I try to prepare as much of our supper meal at lunch time.  For example, if we are having a casserole for dinner, I would prepare it at lunch time before I clean up from lunch.  Also, I LOVE my crock pot.  We are best friends!

Fourth, I have a cleaning schedule that I created from reading this ebook here.  I have used motivatedmoms in the past and have loved it!  It worked great for me.  It is especially wonderful for  the procrastinator.  I involve my children in the chore process.   I feel if you don’t train your children in the household tasks that you will be doing them a disservice later on.  Yes, my boys clean the bathroom.  My DIL are going to love me.

Finally, I have a notebook for everything.  I am a notebook queen.

Visit other homeschool mom’s ideas here to make our life a little less hectic.

Taste Bud science experiment

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Today is co-op at our house.  It’s my responsibility to prepare and come up with an unique lesson to occupy 11 children little brains ranging from ages 2-14.  So, I found this easy science experiment on Taste buds by browsing through this cool science experiment book, 101 Cool Science Experiments with Glen Singleton.

To enhance the experiment we will be discussing this article here.

Then all the children will be completing a notebook page.

Here are some other experiments that I found…

Bumpy Tongue

Family Fun

Terrific Taste Buds using Jelly Bellies

Fun, Fun, Fun!

BFS ~ Interview with Mom

myassignment1Memory Verse: Psalms 127:3 (New Living Translation) Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.

Intro: This week we continue with shaking things up a bit. Children are often so pure in what they say. There is no sugar coating it, they just say it as they see it. There thoughts can make us laugh, touch our hearts and open our eyes.

Assignment: This week are going to do an “Interview With Mom” and post it to your blog. There are a list of questions below to interview your children with. Feel free to add your own questions or remove any question you don’t want to use. You will then ask your children the questions and post the answers that they give you.

WHAT DOES MOM ALWAYS SAY TO YOU?

ds12 ~ “it’s gotta be somewhere!”

ds10 ~ “Are you listening?”

ds7 ~ “Your in trouble!”

ds4 ~ “Yes!”

WHAT MAKES MOM HAPPY?

Ds12 ~ books

ds10 ~ Wii Fit

ds7 ~ hogging the computer

ds4 ~ when he doesn’t hurt anyone

WHAT MAKES MOM SAD?

ds12 ~ a chick flick

ds10 ~ when we don’t do our school work

ds7 ~ movies

ds4 ~ when I spank him

HOW DOES MOM MAKE YOU LAUGH?

ds12 & ds10 ~ when I play the Wii Fit boxing

ds7 ~ when I lose a game

ds4 ~ when I tickle him

HOW OLD IS MOM?

ds12 & ds10 ~ 37

ds7 ~ 39

ds4 ~ 1 year old

HOW TALL IS MOM?

ds12, ds10, ds7 ~ 5 feet 7 in

ds4 ~ 44 feet

WHAT DOES MOM LIKE TO DO?

All ds ~ Wii Fit, read, eat beets, play guitar, check email, play game

WHAT IS MOM’S JOB?

ds12 ~ teach them and teach bible study at our church

ds10 ~ cook, take care of house

ds4 ~ take a shower

WHAT IS MOM’S FAVORITE FOOD?

ds12 ~ fruit

ds10 ~ grapefruit, tacos

ds7 ~ coffee, toast

ds4 ~ chocolate

HOW DO YOU KNOW MOM LOVES YOU?

ds12 ~ by reading to them

ds10 ~ teaching us school

ds7 ~ by making us lunch

ds4 ~ he doesn’t know

To read more funny interviews, click here.

Have a wonderful week with you children.

Homeschool Memoir ~ ABC’s

abcThis week use the ABC’s to describe your character, your life, your homeschool, and your family. Next to each letter of the alphabet put a word that describes you or has something to do with you. It was very amusing and a bit tricky. Once you actually get to a letter your mind goes blank!

Always picking up

Bible reader

Calendar for the family

Delightful (sounded good)

Eggplant Parmesan is yummy!

Friend

Gorgeous ~ ok that might be pushing it!  LOL!

Humble

Isolation in my house is non-existence

Jack of all trades ~ ha!

Keogh is my maiden name

Loves to hear laughter in the house

Mom to tons of sons

Non-materialistic

Overly protective of my children

Prays

Quilting is a skill I would love to learn

Reads when I can

Schedule-oriented

Totally in love with my dh

Unique( some might say weird-LOL)

Very happy with my life

Wanting more children

X-rated stuff totally grosses me out just  thinking about it.

Zealously seeking the Lord

See what how other homeschool Moms describes themselves here.

Blogger Friend School ~ January 20

myassignmentMemory Verse: Genesis 1:14 (King James Version)

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.

Assignment: This week you are to use your Blog Name (or your own pen/real name) and create signs. There are two ways to do this and you can do one or both ways.
Here are my banners and signs that I’ve made to share with everyone. I have my two of my favorite verses within the signs! They should be easy to spot!  Go to this location and use the Create tab at the top of the page to select All Templates or go to the bottom  of the page and on the left choose Banners to make your project.  Then follow the directions to copy the code and post it on your blog.  Have Fun!!!  Warning:  This is NOT a christian site.

I just couldn’t resist this one……

Some New Year Ideas….

hap-n-y81Here are some of the things I want to implement as a family in 2009.

1) I want us to be diligent about doing our family devotion every night at 7:30. I found this bible study that we are going to implement here.

2) I found this awesome idea on BasicallyBeechick yahoo group to organize and hold each child accountable for earning Wii and computer time. Thanks Mandi for this creative idea.

The kids will each begin the week with a ticket worth 30 minutes of TV, Computer, or Wii for each day. I will have an egg timer for computer and Wii time, TV will be monitored by when the program is over, be it a half hour show or a movie that cost many tickets. They can only redeem the tickets after school and when chores are done for the day. They can use as many tickets as they want in a day but once the 7 are gone that is it for the week. I am also going to let them turn in unused tickets for new books, say 25 tickets equals a new book. I have a bulletin board that I will set up with two envelopes for each child, one for unused tickets and one for the used.

3)  No TV!  Except on rare occasions.  For example, a sport event(UGHHH…), a special program that we will watch as a family, or a video/DVD that we approve.  Sounds harsh, but  I will explain on another post about what my 4 year old told my BIL.

4)  Instead of watching TV in the evening we will be playing games, reading together, or listening to some approved music.

5)  Family Night will happen on Friday nights unless we have other plans.

6)  Really and truly observing and honoring the Sabbath Day.  This includes not  going to the store and out to eat on this Holy Day.  I will try to prepare our Sunday meal ahead of time.

7)  Introducing and celebrating celebrating some of the Jewish Holidays.  I don’t mean annually, but just familiarizing the boys with the old traditions.  I want the book , A Family Guide to Biblical Holidays.

8)  Implementing quiet time with Jesus every morning.  I started this awhile ago but the boys swayed away from this habit after a month or so.  Poor training on mommy’s part. Read here.

9)  Eating Healthy Sncaks ~ All snacks must be eaten before 4:30p.

10)  Enjoying the outdoors more ~ working together on our garden.

BFS ~ What I can’t get enough of…

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Betcha’ Can’t Eat Just One (Lays Potato Chips)

Assignment: Tell us about something that you can’t get enough of and what scripture(s) in the Bible you cannot tear yourself away from.

Ohh..  There are so many things I can’t get enough of during the short hours of each given day..

First, I need to read ICor13 everday. I need a constant reminder of the true definition of love each morning.  Especially the patience part. And sometimes I require His food  more frequently than just once a day .  In another words, this  apparently is the one of the  reminders God thinks I need to ponder and chew on.  Obviously, it hasn’t completely sunk in my heart yet.

Second, I can not get enough books.  I love, love, love books.  I love books that will aid me in becoming the woman God designed me to become.  I have a butt load of reading material.  (don’t tell my boys I used the “B” word)  I don’t read much fiction, but when I do ~ I love to indulge into a Janette Oke book.  Always a good, easy and  inspirational read.  Check out some of my reads here and here.

Third, this is proabaly my favorite chip of them all…  I love to gain knowledge, wisdom, and understanding from the Lord in discovering curriculum and lessons in teaching my children to reason from a biblical worldview.  I have learned so much myself and believe God has directed me to use the Principle Approach to teach my children everyday.  This is the one area that I truly acted out of obedience.  And a tough one ~ I don’t like change especially when something is going so well… We were using the Charlotte Mason approach and I was completly at ease with how our school day agenda sailed along each day.  I still do love the Charlotte Mason approach and still implement several of her suggested methods and ideas.  Now, I can’t get enough knowledge of the principle approach. However, this requires much study time for me.  But I consider it a gift that God has given me that will truly be a blessing to my children and the future generation to come.  It has also taught me to reason from God’s view in every area of my life too.  I find myself often asking, “How does God think about this?”  The Principle Approach is a life long learning approach that I will continue to pursue for at least 16 more years until my youngest graduates.

BFS ~ recipes

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Assignment: Although I am not able to produce miracles, it sometimes feels like I need to when it comes to meal time. There are times when money is tight, groceries are few and I have to feed my family. During the holiday season, you might have so much going on that you need to make a meal quickly with as few ingredients as possible. This week post your favorite recipes that require six (6) ingredients or less. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Mock King Ranch Chicken

Frozen Chicken Breast

2 cans of cream of chicken soup

1 can of rotel

Cook on low all day in crock pot

Serve over tortilla chips and sprinkle with shredded cheddar.

This taste just like King Ranch Chicken.  This is also great to serve with a lot of guests.  Just implement the amount of  ingredients to serve your guests.

BTW ~ I have be known to throw veggies in the pot that I have on hand.  Corn or hominy is always a favorite amongst my boys.

For more easy and inexpensive recipes click on more straight A students that excelled in home economics.

Take a minute to meditate on the true meaning behind this blessed season we all seem to take loosely.


Sincere thanks to all the homeschool families….

corn2I want to offer a word of thanksgiving to all of you who have decided to train you children up in the Lord.  The days might seem endless and simply repetitious, but your efforts will produce incredible Godly fruit.  I know God truly is smiling when our children shine their light.  Thank you for being a servant.

“Today’s education is tomorrows government.”  These were the intellect words of Abraham Lincoln.

Have a blessed thanksgiving, my sisters in Christ!