Friday, June 21, 2013

10 Commandments

I'm trying to get the kids to memorize the 10 commandments. I found this video that the kids love!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Contracts and Reflections

I was standing in the shower tonight and I realized that without any planning, John had been away a few days this week working for various clients. He made almost 1,000 to put towards our trip to Oregon.  This was a huge blessing because we planned the trip to Oregon prior to deciding to build the new house. All our money is set aside for our new home build and the vacation money wasn't really in the budget. John is so handy and resourceful, it shouldn't surprise me that the Lord would drop these jobs in his lap.

As I started to thank the Lord I realized that for the last 4 years John has had a stable job, in fact he just signed his contract for next year and he now has 10 year - which means if lay off's happen he isn't out the door!  What a difference 4 years makes. The first 6 years of our marriage consisted of John working for 10-12.00/hour and the last two of those 6 he was going to school and finishing his degree. We depended a lot on his small jobs to make ends meet.  I just realized how much I've taken his secure job for granted these last few years. There were so many years where  I begged the Lord for John to find that perfect job where he would thrive and be able to provide for us. That is exactly what the Lord did - John loves his job and the satisfaction of working with special needs children. He has a great teachers schedule which even allows him summers off!

I am thankful tonight for the security of John's job and the blessings we're reaping from holding fast to the Lord during the hard times. When we were first married I never thought there would be a day when he could provide for all of us and now we can live on his salary alone if we need to. The Lord is so faithful and I am basking in that joy tonight and remembering the struggles we've overcome in Jesus. 

Thank you Lord for your provision and constant love and devotion to us. We do not deserve all that you are offering and I pray we would use Your resources and talents for Your glory and benefit - not our own. In Jesus Name - Amen

Melissa

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

School Plans - Fall and Summer

Here is what our Fall 2013 plans look like so far. We're working a lot this June on Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Then in July we'll be vacationing in Oregon, so not much seat work will take place, but I'm sure lots of hands on learning will inspire creativity. We plan to show the kids the Oregon Zoo, OMSI, the coast, go blueberry picking, and then head to Seattle to visit more family and friends. My mom is even going to be brave and take the kids to Grants Pass to see my Nana and all my aunts and uncles! Then when we get back we'll pick up more school the beginning of August. I'm hoping to get ahead so we can have a long break around October or November when we hopefully will move into our new home! Then the adventure will begin with raising chickens and finding snakes and scorpions  - yuck! I'm sure enticing them with school work will get even harder!

I hope we can wrap everything up in a 4 day week and then leave Friday's for trips and Mrs. Kelly! We may end up with a little work on Saturday morning. This load is much like last year, I switched up the Science to a more time consuming curriculum, but I just know Drew will love it! I also went for a pre-planned handwriting and spelling curriculum that we have already started. Drew is starting in the "B" level classes which is 2nd grade, so he is right on track. I love A Child's Geography, we did it a few years back for Kinder,  but just an overview and  I didn't make Drew memorize anything except the continents.  I hope to spend some solid time with it this year, hopefully it will all come back to Drew! Gabe is also old enough and I think his memory will remember a lot of the information. The only class I'm a little concerned about is Shurley Grammar, last year I didn't teach it, I just facilitated the homework. I skimmed over the teachers guide and its intense - I hope Drew and I make it through!



    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math - Saxon 3 (evenings) CORE X X X X X
The Big Dig - Bible CORE X X X X  
Apologia Zoology 1 CORE X   X    
Explode The Code CORE X X X X  
30 Minutes Reading CORE X X X X X
All About Spelling - Phonics   X   X    
Shurley Grammar     X   X  
Worldly Wise - Vocab           X
A Reason for Spelling   X X X X Test
A Reason for Handwriting   X X X X  
The Story of the World   X   X    
A Child's Geography     X   X  
Field Trips           X
Art Class - Afternoon     X      
Audio Drama's   X X X X X
             
Summer:





Daily Oral Language





The Dangerous Journey (Reading)





What's In The Bible (Video)





Drive Through History (Video)





Jonathan Park CD's - Science





Saxon Math 3 





Art (1 week)





Robot Camp (1 week)





Vacation Bible School (1 week)





Camp Invention (1 week)





Friday, June 14, 2013

Summer Fun + Summer School

It has been a great month - Drew finished up ACA mid May and we've  been playing and relaxing ever since. I've also thrown in two days a week with a reading specialist and two days a week with a tutor/sitter, just to make things fun!

I confess I am a homeschooling mom who can't have her son read to her one on one, so I hired a tutor. Drew's reading struggles stems from his vision issues and the rest seems to be confidence. I've been working with him on reading for three years and I've determined that I can teach him tons of things, but sitting down listing to him read is not one of them. So I gave up and hired a tutor - judge me if you want. Having a tutor has been such a blessing. The tutor encourages and never gets interrupted (phone or other children), its great! Gabe even gets a few hours this summer working on handwriting and reading,

As for the rest of our summer, the kids have been swimming in our community pool. attending VBS, going to junk Art camp and playing with mommy and daddy! Their imaginations are going wild.

Today I sat down with Drew for an hour and just played Lego's - the phone rang 3 times and I  was interrupted another 2 times so I think we only got in 30 minutes, but it was something. Drew loves LEGO's and imagining crazy flying dragons. It was fun, but it took a lot on my part to stay engaged and  be silly. Then Gabe and I played for 30 minutes, which was totally not the way Drew played Lego's. Finally the tutor had left and we all played Lego's for 20 minutes. Wow - I admit I struggle playing with the boys on their level -  hanging out flying little men on jet packs and crashing into dragons wasn't my idea of a great afternoon, but it was for my boys! I am trying to set aside time each day to spend one on one or three on one with them, doing whatever they pick. I don't know why that is so hard for me, I  was a kid once  - right?

As the summer starts we're still working on some school things a  few hours each day - mainly Math and reading and phonics. Gabe is so close to finishing up all his Kindergarten requirements. Drew is working on his second grade phonics and third grade math. Its great homeschooling and being able to customize the kids learning instead of sticking to one grade level.

In another week Drew will be off to Camp Invention and then everyone leaves for Oregon/Washington. I leave a week later to join in on all the fun. While I am home alone - which hasn't happened since prior to Gabe's birth, I'll be cleaning and de-cluttering and boxing up a few things. I also need to paint some of our walls and clean up my office. I am sure I'll miss them all, but my house needs a really good cleaning - its gross and I've got better things to do than clean! We're excited to see Grandma Patti who is coming home for a  few weeks after a year in China. We'll also  be spending 4 days at the coast with Papa Tractor and Grandma Carol! The kids are so excited to see the ocean and build sandcastles. They will also meet their new cousin Kara for the first time!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Abby's First Shopping Trip

 I think she might just like shopping a little too much - what do you think?