"EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE, THEY LABOR IN VAIN THAT BUILD IT"......Ps.127:1a
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Showing posts with label homeschool. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Spinning My Wheels!

For all you home school moms out there,
do you ever feel like sometimes you're just spinning your wheels?
Math is a subject that seems to be really hard for some of my kiddos to get.  Reading problems seem to be the worst.  I think I can get the reading problems because I have learned to slow down and really think about what the question is really asking.  Come to think of it I don't think I was good at reading problems until I started Home Schooling  11 years ago.  I guess that is when I learned to slow down and focus, because I had to make sure the other person was learning.  I had to stop thinking of myself.
Hmmmmm......
I guess there is only one option, press on!
I know there will be a day when they finally get it; I am just hoping that it is not when they are 26!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Field Trip on Plants Day

Today after I took my boy with the broken arm to the doctors for a checkup, we went on a field trip to a local Plant Nursery.
I had printed up a paper for them to fill in the blanks. They were suppose to pick 5 plants that were familiar to them and write down: their Common Name and Scientific Name; whether they were annual, perennial, tree or shrub; and where to plant them--full sun, partial sun, or full shade.  
We bought some plants too and came home and planted them. 

 My youngest son loves plants.  He likes to start them from seeds. 
 He is excited that his cactus that his Grammy gave him is growing.  
He started some sunflower seeds and marigolds from seeds.


I wanted to grow a veggie garden this year.  I have not had a good experience with growing food here in town.  We have tons of bunnies, and they ate up my garden in years past.  That is why we are planting marigolds.  I  thought we could just grow a few things so that the kiddos could experience it, and if it works we can get bigger next year.  
I literally have 9 plants in my veggie garden.  The plants are peppers, cucumbers and watermelon.  That is what I know we will consume a lot of.  My neighbor always brings me his tomatoes, so I didn't want to plant them.

We all worked together to weed the one bed.  
One kiddo planted plants in the garden. 

One planted in pots.


If you notice the little twig fence in the previous photo, the broken arm kiddo helped me build the fence.

While the last kiddo cut some branches for me.

 It was so fun working together. 
 It was a fun and practical field trip too!

Here is my garden.  
The fence is not finished.
The milk jugs are an attempt to keep the bunnies from nibbling till the marigolds grow.


Then the thunder storm came.




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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Taking a Break

What a gorgeous day!

Mom is not feeling well, but the kiddos are trudging on in school and getting it finished.  

We all needed a break.
 I got a phone call from our elderly neighbor, and he asked if the oldest could rake his leaves in his yard. 

So, while I sat on the porch admiring the first sign of spring in my front garden:


The two older boys helped our neighbor:


The other two decided to exercise and have some gym class:)


This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm118:24



Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Another Simple Pleasure

Today before lunch my oldest son and I sat out on our front porch.  The sun was shining, and I just couldn't sit inside any longer.  I grabbed my coat, coffee, and a pillow to sit on.  My son grabbed his coat, hot chocolate, pillow, and his Hardy Boys book.
I asked him to please read to me.  He did it with great joy so it seemed.
As I was sitting there listening to him read, I was remembering back to his first grade year.  I remember having to listen to him read to me.  He wasn't a bad reader; he was just hard to listen to because he would stop in the middle of a sentence to look at the pictures in the book.  Pictures were a great distraction to him.  I remember having to put my hand over the picture just so he would finish reading the sentences.
I loved remembering back and now listening to what a great reader he is.  Then I thought, "WOW, I taught him how to read!"  
Homeschooling has its ups and downs.  Today was an "UP"
:)

Friday, December 10, 2010

I Love Quilting!


I've been busy this last week.  I was trying to fill an order for a friend.  I was piecing and quilting a runner.  I like to tea dye or coffee stain my quilts to give them an aged look.

After I finished that runner, I had to make a snowman felt runner also.  I really enjoy doing this kind of crafting. 
I love it that I can watch a movie in the evening and quilt.  Makes me feel like I am not wasting my time.
They are finished. Now I still need to work on some Christmas presents.  Time is flying.  There never seems to be much of that around--Time.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Work Party or Just Plain Fellowship

Fridays can be very busy days for us.  We have school to do...


 grocery shopping.
Our church has work parties every other Friday night.
We don't attend every single work party.
Clearing the closet.  Seems like we still don't have enough storage space.
Working together to fill John & Roman bags for distribution.
 It just happens to also be Christmas play practice for the kiddos.  I am thankful for the doubling up of events because we live 40 minutes from church.

Dan going over his lines.  Don't laugh, but Dan and I are "Pa and Ma"  in the children's cantata.

We take turns making meals and desserts for the whole work party crew.  I have dessert tonight.  I would so much rather make dessert over a meal.  I'm always worried about making food that everyone is going to enjoy.  It is a crew of all ages from 8o years down to babies who eat solids.  
Any Ideas for my next meal????  I do need help in this area!
I decided to make a Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Tandy Kake, and Chocolate Chip Cookies.  
My kids have been drooling all day:)  Not to mention my husband too.

He had off today and is repainting the attic.  I can't wait for their bedroom to be finished.
I do enjoy the fellowship we have with our church family on Friday night work parties.  It is like a big family get together as we sit down to have our meal.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Landis Valley Field Trip



We finally made it to Landis Valley for a field trip.  I really wanted to go on one of their special days, but we were unable to make it.  When we paid to get in, it was cheaper for us to get a year's pass.  Now I can't wait to go back for Christmas and special events.


The people in the buildings were very detailed and talkative. 



 The tin lady gave my kids a hint on how to make some decorations.  


The wool lady was very detailed in explaining the process of taking a flax plant and breaking it down to linen. 


The gun smith explained how the first long rifles were made in Lancaster, Pa.  When Daniel Boone moved to Kentucky, they became known as the Kentucky Long Rifle.  We were able to see a lady making cottage cheese--not detailed though.  


There was a lady making lace.  That was really neat.

I love the old country, primitive decor.  The crafts I make lean to the grubby primitive look.  My favorite thing to look at Landis Valley is the homes.  The wide plank floors, the things they used in the home, and the colors--lots of browns;)


 As much as I love the Primitive look, I am so thankful for being able to live with the modern conveniences of our day.




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