And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:13 KJV

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The End is in Sight!

Ahh the end of this school semester is just around the corner! So nice to look forward to a nice, long Thanksgiving break and then an even longer Christmas break. Hubby will have an exciting graduation at the beginning of December so I shifted around some other holiday "off" days to that week. That decision has made for some long weeks with no breaks for the kids and me but it will be worth it in the end.

Because we don't use a boxed curriculum, I'm responsible for all my own planning. Every year I drool over the all in one curriculums that come all laid out and pre-planned but they never fit into our budget. Plus I feel like it would be hard to find an all-in-one that would work for Apple. She's so far ahead in reading and some other subjects that it would be difficult to judge where to start. Our eclectic mix of curriculums has worked well for both children and our budget. The only drawback is the planning. I'm very firm about getting the bulk of our work completed early in the semester. I plan each semester so that as we progress towards the end we finish up subjects a little before the end of the school semester. This works well for 2 reasons. 1. If the kids need extra time in a particular area, there are extra days/ weeks at the end for them to catch up so they don't fall behind in their work. 2. We typically don't need many extra days so in comes fun!

I really need to be better about spreading the fun out in the whole semester but it isn't too awful because now we have extra hours and days to do crafts, projects, field trips (like the one to the experiment station pumpkin display above), educational movies, and more! This is perfect for the weeks leading up to the holidays! The kids LOVE Thanksgiving and Christmas arts and crafts and they often double for Christmas gifts. Apple really has a passion for the kitchen and cooking already so we spend extra time making cupcakes (measuring and fractions study along with home ec) and Speedy is really beginning to use his imagination for drawing, building, and dancing! There are so many wonderful plays, displays, craft fairs, and more this time of year that we can enjoy. I will be taking the kids to a play in just a couple of weeks. This will be great for Apple who will soon be old enough to join the children's theater in town if she decides she is really interested.

I must say this mama is looking forward to a break from school. I'm so proud of Apple and Speedy. They have learned SO much this fall. Speedy is reading! Praise the Lord! Apple is multiplying with ease and dividing! Praise the Lord! Speedy is adding and subtracting, doing a better job coloring and writing, learning to tie his shoes, and memorizing our phone number and address. He's also enjoying hidden pictures and riddles. Apple is doing personal Bible studies, beginning Spanish, zooming through every book she can get her hands on, acing reading comprehension, and slowly learning cursive. It has been a productive semester but not an easy one by any means. I'm looking forward to wrapping this up and starting fresh in January.

I saw the idea for a Mommy & Me Journal on Pinterest that you can pass back and forth with your child with little notes, drawings, etc. I made one right away last night when I saw the post. This is RIGHT up Apple's alley and will boost her self esteem and focus in a way that talking with her doesn't. I wrote her a long note in it last night and ended with asking her to read Ecclesiastes 3.


There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

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