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Getting back into this blog-thing.

I’ve been out of the blogging scene for quite a while now. We ended up putting our boys back into public school for Kinder and 1st grades, and our daughter attended public preschool. Life happened, and we chose to bring them all back home. Life is happening some more now, making our new journey quite the difficult one, but we know we’re on the right path, so we’re sticking with it! Once things calm down, I plan to blog all about our beautiful unschooling journey! This will (hopefully) involve lots of fun field trips and exploration of amazing things in detail. My children are so creative, and so curious; I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us.

All I can ask of my readers, is that we get lots of good thoughts/prayers/whatever you do when someone is going through a tough situation. We’re on the right track, and we’re doing what’s right for our family. That’s what’s most important.

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Filling Jesus’ Shoes.

Philippians 2:5 says, “Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus.”

 

Yesterday we talked about making wise choices, and today kept right on with this talk that we really need right now; Your Attitude!

Make your attitude that of Christ Jesus!!!

How do you explain the attitude of Jesus? Well, you simply say “Jesus did good things all the time. He helped people, and was good to people. Jesus did not do bad things.”

It’s really bad of me to write a blog post about this because of the conversation that we had, but forget what initiated the conversation. M was full of questions. He asked a question that made me go into talking about Jesus’ death. We talked about Him being arrested and beaten, carrying His cross, being nailed to it, being stabbed in the tummy, and dying.

Then M asked “Is Jesus buried?” – that was a great question. I got to tell my kids about the resurrection of Jesus! About how he was in a tomb for 3 days, and then he was alive again! They loved that. Then they asked if he got dead again. (Lol, I love their wording!) I told them about how Jesus ‘floated’ up to Heaven to be with His Father.

But who is His Father? Another great question. His Father is God, I said. Do you remember when we pray, we say Our Father in HeavenThey did. I guess they never understood why we say it that way. I explained that God is the Father, and Jesus is the Son. That makes God our Father, and Jesus our brother (though there are many arguments about this, I believe if you have truly given your life to God, you are a brother/sister to Christ).

I love the opportunity to share the story of Jesus with my kids.

 

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Those are big shoes to fill.

If Jesus was alive today, what would his shoes look like? Would they seem as hard to fill if He was here today, as it does to fill those of a man who lived in a different time?

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Schooling Spaces

As we hop back in to the official start of a new ‘school year’, everyone wonders what homeschool-ers do for their classroom.

We started out converting our basement into a school room. We painted the walls vibrant colors, added 4 tall and 2 short bookshelves, bought desks for Z & M who would be starting Kinder this year, and a desk for mom to ‘teach’ from. Then we realized one vital thing: this area was not okay for our baby or our three year old. Our basement is finished, but not carpeted or with nice walls, so I don’t consider it finished. Before we moved in, the previous tenants had separate rooms, but they removed them when the left. We made a makeshift wall to separate my laundry and dad’s workshop area from the schoolroom, but it still didn’t work good enough for us.

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Our basement school room.

A few weeks ago we began slowly moving our school room up into our main living area. We now have a cabinet to hold our crafting supplies, a small crafting table, mommy’s desk, and both of the boys’ desks up here. We also have a buffet that our TV sits on that stores all the kids toys and some of the easy reader books that they can enjoy. 

I hope to do most of our actual school work here, where the boys can focus at their own desks on their copywork and math. Other things we will probably pull all our chairs to my desk and work on things together. For craft time, as long as it isn’t too messy of a craft, we have a small coffee (crafting) table in here that they can color/draw on. When we do messy crafts, we will go to our kitchen table.

I’m not sure if this will stick, or if this is something we will even like. Maybe it will feel too much like public school for us, and we will have to do something else. I’m perfectly fine with that. God didn’t lead us to homeschooling because he wanted us to do public school at home, but because he wanted us to worship, learn, and experience life together at our home, and in our community.

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The world is our classroom.

Where do you have school at? Are you in an organized classroom, or do you school in random places?

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Physical Education

One of the things I’ve heard many times as an ‘out’ for people to justify sending their kids to public school is that they aren’t sure how they would get PE covered. Uh, hello? Send them outside!

But it’s not a routine – Who said you had to send them outside without a plan & let them roam free? I live in a nice little townhouse community. We live in the back corner of a ‘square’ area. There is sidewalk covering most of the ‘square’, minus the road to drive up to our area, and they just cross that when walking. One of the activities my friend has her daughter do is run the square. That’s awesome, and is something I will be using in ‘gym class’. We ran around the gym multiple times, why can’t the kids run around the square of our neighborhood?

Play organized games – I’m sorry, but why can’t you be active enough to play some sort of organized game with your kid? It’s been incredibly hot this summer so I haven’t done a whole lot of outside play myself, but when it’s cooler out we do a lot of baseball and soccer at parks.

Walk @ the mall – We go to the mall and walk. It’s one of our favorite things to do. We haven’t done it lately, but I’m sure we’ll be starting back up with it soon. Several laps around the mall is a good way to get out some energy.

What is my plan for the school year?

My goal is to walk daily in the mornings with the kids. Then I will let them have a ‘recess’ time where they can go out back and run around – we have a small green space behind our yard between us and the next complex. For organized play, we will do some kickball, baseball, soccer, red rover, red light green light, etc.

 

What activities do you use for Physical Education? Do you have an exercise routine, a ‘free play’ time, or somewhat like I plan to do? Any suggestions on more things we could do?

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Domestication & other things

Each day it seems like we’re re-training the kids how to keep things cleaned up.

Yesterday I had my five year olds vacuum the school room for the first time.

It was fun. They took turns, and they had a great time.

Learning + Fun = Great educational experience!

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Z focusing hard, making sure he gets everything

They each have chores.

Twins do the bathrooms – toilets, floors, sink, mirrors, & wipe down walls.

A has the kitchen – dishes, floors, counters, wipe down appliances.

Princess Sy has toy pick up in the living room.

Miss Liberty helps everyone. Mostly she picks up shoes. She loves shoes.

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She can’t leave the strings on her seat alone.

Last Friday, my mother-in-law took the boys shopping with her.

They found quite a few things that they wanted.

Robots, picture frames, toys for everyone else, and a giant map of the USA puzzle.

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Z, M, & Princess Sy completed the puzzle in under 20 minutes.

These are the things we’ve been up to lately.

We will officially be starting school in nine days when big brother goes to school.

What types of things do you do to keep your children domesticated?

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