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Archive for September, 2007

Funny how…

It is always so interesting how no matter how well planned I try to be, things just don’t seem to go as planned! In the midst of stressing over trying to get all my kids weekly goals planned and typed up, trying to stick to our new schedule while trying to prepare for the start of our local homeschool group’s co-op in two day—God shows me how the little things are what really reach the kids! He allows me to see that despite all my well laid plans and goals, He really is working on each of them. They really are “getting it”. They really are hearing what I say and thinking through the many discussions we have had.

Needless to say, our lives have been crazy still and we haven’t gotten through one whole day of my schedule yet, but the kids are making progress and showing additional interest in reading on their own and reading harder and more involved books…one of those things you just wait for them to do!

We have been having a lot of fun family time together and are looking forward to starting our co-op on Friday. We will get into a good schedule sooner or later. My husband has just decided to take next week off–which will change some of our plans for the week also. But God is in control and He is ultimately responsible for taking all of our effort and changing it into His plan for the kids lives. He can make changes in them instantly that I would spend years “trying” to do!

Just remember to keep praying and trusting Him to work it all out–DESPITE our best efforts!!

Here are two files showing my master daily and weekly schedule at the moment.

Weekly Schedule Planner

Daily Time Schedule

I started reading a book at my friend’s house the other day and she was going to give it away, so I brought it home to finish reading through it. I would highly recommend it to any new homeschooling mom/family as well as someone like me who has been doing this for awhile but needs a “pick me up” or a new perspective.

The book is “The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling” by Debra Bell–the 2001 Edition. It is an older edition but still very relevant and so helpful! I was attracted at first to the learning styles section and then have been reading through many other sections. It is helpful to see how others have worked with their kids, planned out their years, etc., etc. She gives great guidelines for planning out all subjects areas. I am finding it really interesting reading!

Hope you can check it out!

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Wonderful Timeline Book!

I had the pleasure of meeting Cyndi Kinney at a Lapbooking workshop she hosted recently. She shared with us about her new timeline notebook that she has designed. I just purchased it yesterday and I would highly recommend it!

We use the KONOS timeline wallchart, and we will continue to do so, but we don’t always have room to put up everything that we study. This timeline book divides up each time period into various “parts” of history and gives you a lot of room, plus you can print additional pages as needed if you purchase the ebook version.

I spent last night and much of today printing ours out on different colored cardstock, cutting the tabs and putting it into two 3 ring binders. I decided to go with cardstock so it would last longer in the binder. I also chose to use a different color for each subject area so it is easier to see what goes where.

Please visit their site to find out more!

Here are a few pictures of what mine looks like so far. I need to make a nice cover for the binders and we will begin adding information to it this week!

Inquisitiveness: Research and Reference

We finally made it to the library for the first part of our library activities today.

We were there for about 1 1/2 hrs. The kids did really well and actually had a lot of fun learning how to look up books on the computer and find them on the shelves. The kids are looking forward to going back soon.

Below are a couple of pictures of the kids working on their floor plans of the library. This was their first time working on this type of assignment and they did well without any direction from me.