Monthly Archives: September 2011

thinking ahead, out loud

I have been thinking and reading more and more about Charlotte Mason approach to Education.
So now I need the most cost effective option to use for History.
Still can’t really decide if we should continue with American or switch to World.
I’m currently down to:

• A Living History of World (Queen HomeSchool)
• Mystery of History (Bright Idea)
or
• Genesis, Deuteronomy, & Ancient Egypt (Simply Charlotte Mason’s Module 1) or

Any thoughts?

❤ Mrs. C.

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HSJ 1.2- birthdays, soccer, & precepts

I was trying to wait to write this on the computer and add in pics. But, Mr. C. has been working in the office. So, I’m using the mobile wordpress app. instead because I don’t want to miss the link-up.
-maybe I’ll edit, and add in links and pics later-

In my life this week…
We’ve celebrated more birthdays, began UpwardSoccer season (times 3), and simplified (well, a little)

My favorite thing this week was…
The ability to Surprise Mr.C.
It’s Rare! VERY Rare!
I’m not good at surprising him Mainly because he’s my best friend and I tell him everything.
So, the only reason it probably worked, was because I didn’t organize all the details. Those were left in another pair of capable hands.
(Thanks, JD)
Point is:
He was Surprised. Really Surprised. & Happy. Which made me a Happy Wife.

I’m cooking…
Meatballs!
Usually I make and fry our turkey meatballs. However, this last time I made a batch with 2.5lbs of turkey meat, so I decided to bake them instead.
AWESOME!
❤ They were loved by all my guys 😉

I’m reading…
I have a few books I want to read. But, I think I NEED to read “Habits Revisited.”

Things I’m working on…
Still, working on waking up early, (and staying awake 😉 to get the day started) consistently.

What’s working/not working for us…
It was discovered that our family schedule has quickly gotten a little too busy in outside activities. Having something almost everyday of the week. Ummmm, no! We’ve done that before and I don’t want to do it again.
+ we need to leave room for those God-planned not man planned-moments.
We had a family meeting and came to the tough decision to set aside some of those commitments.

In our homeschool this week…
Despite All the activities, fun and outings we were able to get Bible, Math, Reading, Handwriting, and English completed consistently. Hooray!! 😀
I’m looking ahead towards our 2012 Education Plan via a more focused Charlotte Mason Approach.

CJ’s language lesson involved writing Limericks. This one makes me laugh:

There was an old man from New York
Who never would eat with a fork
He worked with manure
And then in the sewer
Went home and ate ten day old pork

Questions/thoughts I have…
I have been told more than a few times, that I have a gift for editing.
I KNOW I’m not a writer. But, I frequently get calls, asking to spell a word or verbally edit a sentence.
Wondering if that is something God could use to financially bless my family.
#just a thought.

I am inspired by…
Kay Arthur!
Had the Amazing Opportunity one evening to listen to Kay, Live in-person. WOW!!
#ClassicJesusSwagg

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

“We exist to establish people in God’s Word!” (-Precepts Ministries International)

❤ Mrs. C.

HSJ 1.1- celebrations, narnia, & probe

This is my first entry into the MunroePalms HomeSchool Journal linked up with The Homeschool Chick.
I wanted to try a weekly recap but, I needed a template to guide me. So, I searched through the blog-O-sphere & this is the one I’m trying.
(though, I’m not promising it will be EvErY week) 😉

Since, this is the 1st I will include things from the past few weeks:

In my life this week…
The last few weeks we’ve celebrated my birthday and our anniversary. 🙂 8) So, things have been a little more lax in the area of directed education.
Also, our local area public schools began their new scholastic year. These weeks are transitional for us since it impacts Mr.C.’s work schedule, it therefore affects our school schedule.
I may just plan to purposely take a rest during this time next year.

In our homeschool this week…
Throughout this year we have been reading the entire Chronicles Of Narnia series.
We have Finally Finished!!
Narnia

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
If a curriculum resource is not working…… its ok to stop using it.
I know, I know, I know. This is a lot easier to say than to do. And I’m sure I’ll need to revisit this again.
I had to do this mfw1st. I love the program, it’s layout and it’s objectives, but the twins need something not so aggressive, right now. I may possibly pull it back off the shelf in January, when they officially begin 1st grade at MunroePalms. Until then, I brought them back into the Reading Lesson.

I am inspired by…
Mr.C.
He really and truly displays love for me in the way God intended. It leaves me in more awe as to the love God has for me.

Places we’re going, people we’re seeing…
& My favorite thing this week was…

beachview

Peaceful Celebration at the beach

What’s working/not working for us…
The boys and I have begun a weekly class to learn ASL. I LOVE it. CJ Loves it. And despite getting a little restless towards the end of the 90 min. class, KC & KJ Love it.

Questions/thoughts I have…

Things I’m working on…
Joining the rest of my house of early risers. On the occasions that I have begun My day before the guys, things flow ALOT smoother.
It’s really Discipline  & Consistency.

I’m reading…

I’m cooking…
Spaghetti Bolognese

I’m grateful for…
My husband, Mr.C.! After 11 years of being his wife, with All my imperfections, he continues to CHOOSE me. 🙂

I’m praying for…

My sons. I joined up with
so I’m spending the some time focused on praying for CJ, KC, & KJ.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
Mr. C. also runs a production company: C-Scope 20/20. Which is expanding programming. I was featured in this HomeSchool Edition of PROBE.

❤ Mrs. C.

it is Finished!

I will elaborate in a later post but,
it is Finished!!!

All 7 books! All 767 pages!

All 7 books! All 767 pages!

❤ Mrs. C.

w/ WordPress for BB

DolphinTale

This is SO Awesome! My family & I had the privilege of visiting the Clearwater Marine Aquarium last year while preparations for the filming of this movie were being done.
The boys are really excited to see Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail, on the big screen at the cinema.
I think it’s pretty cool to be able to have seen Dolphin Tale “from beginning to end” so to speak 😉

Dolphin Tale (in 3D)

I Found It!

 

My new friend, Stef Layton @ Educating Layton posted on her facebook earlier this week that she found hers.
I asked her to come help  me find mine.
#Not this time.
But, with a little LOT of encouragement from Mr.C.  my desk has been rescued from a paper burial.

I knew it was there, somewhere!

I have yet to post about our school room (The Great Room), it’s miraculous transformation, and my adventures in trying to sort it out.
The whole learning space is not completely clean and organized. Nope. Still not done yet.
But, this is definitely a step in the right direction.