Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

A Charlotte Mason Christian Home School: Preschool – 3rd Grade :)

Training for Victory

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus. Hebrew 12:1

For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. Hebrews 10:36

Winning a race requires dedication and discipline. At times we can be tempted to lose heart in this homeschool marathon when victory seems no where in sight. Let’s face it, there are days that can be grueling for homeschooling moms–the discipline we need in order to accomplish a day’s duty in dishes, laundry, child training, gardening, house cleaning, lessons, nature study, meal prep, planning, organizing, errands, etc. requires every ounce of our strength. What would we do without the Lord’s grace and mercy on our lives? Thank God that by the essential disciplines of prayer, Bible study, and worship, we can actually run our race, with stamina and vigor.

My family is going into our fifth year of homeschooling, and although I have always been excited about our calling, and still am, I sense that I now also need endurance to stay in the will of God, that we may receive what He has promised our family. I need to keep doing what I am doing and not become mentally tired. After all, my oldest is only the ripe old age of 7, and my youngest hasn’t even started school yet. Oh my, the lesson plans still to be written. I sigh to think of it, but I know they are the single greatest earthly factor of our homeschool successes each month, so I press on.

“If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” –Bishop Carl Smith

Those words from my beloved former Pastor keep reminding me lately that the planning I do is important. Likewise, at church on Sunday Pastor Dave preached on perseverance (Striking Arrows), and again I was encouraged. As he spoke on 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Paul’s analogy of training like an athlete to win a prize, my mind went to the ‘next level training’ my husband and I have been discussing for the children this school year. I was encouraged by his message that the Lord’s vigorous training process for us will indeed feel hard and unpleasurable at times because training to win requires hard work, self denial, and even grueling preparation. I sure do want to be in it to win it.

“Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches. I discipline my body (I beat my body) like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

As Christians called to win the race, and as Christians with the privilege of educating our own children in the race, we dear friends, have been called to a life that demands the very best of what we have to offer. With the right training and discipline, victory is ahead; without the right training and discipline, victory will always be out of reach.

Lord, train us to win.

Give us a whiff of the victory ahead, and the strength to sprint towards Your eternal prize.

As He directs our steps, the Lord will bring more purpose and clarity into our family lives, but with it, discipline will be required to succeed hour by hour in the daily marathon at home. In many areas, perseverance is simply all we need– to keep doing what we are already doing, and in other areas He may be prompting us to posture ourselves for stricter training.

Here are a few areas our Father is challenging our family to step up into the next level of training: our schedule, our Bible study, family club meetings, and our prayer life.

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Our Schedule

Here is a peek at our schedule for this school year. With the way I feel about schedules, keeping this schedule will be a lot like me “striking a blow at my body to make it my slave.” (1 Cor. 9:27 NIV)

 

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Discipline has been a weak area for me most of my life, so me and schedules don’t often groove. I freely admit that I love somewhat unstructured homeschool days where school starts at 10 or 11 in the morning. Me staying up too late at night, Olympian sized breakfasts, plenty of chores, and long devotions here make for late mornings. I remember structured school days that always started at 9 am when Tayler, our little next door neighbor girl, met with us for school back in Noah’s preschool days. So having a more structured schedule shouldn’t be impossible to have again!

I realize that in order to realistically spread a Charlotte Mason feast of broad and generous knowledge, we need to try to implement more schedule into our day, which is going to take some training on my part. My lack of structure this past year would sometimes result in paring down to the “basics” for lack of time, which makes for blander school days. However, when we carefully guard designated times for the more beautiful elements of an education–picture study, composer study, poetry study, nature study, and handicrafts–homeschool is a richer, more enjoyable experience for both teacher and students. Our schedule this school year includes my goal to start school early, while allowing time to make our mornings beautiful.

I really prioritize lengthy uninterrupted play times for my 7, 5, and 2 year old because I think play is as important as lessons are for children, so we intentionally stay home to play most afternoons. I notice the more my kids play, the more creative they are. I hate to see that drained away in children by over scheduling their lives. That being said, we find afternoon activities like exercise, tea with neighbors, time with friends, and handicrafts are also important, but they are a less regular part of our life than good old fashioned sibling playtime.

We also try to schedule time to be in nature and learning out and about at various places on Fun Fridays. Our untraditional school adventures are my lifeline; we all love Fun Fridays!

Family Bible Study

“Family Nights,” as shown on our schedule, happen every night here– its the time of day daddy is home to disciple our children. We desire for many of our children’s most meaningful spiritual experiences to occur at home, and for many to occur during the daily diet of a father led Family Bible Hour. In the context of special family discipleship relationships, and through a father regularly touching his children’s hearts with the gospel message, children grow in a faith that is not easily walked away from once grown up. The calling of a father is indispensable to our children’s training.

Since Noah was little we have been interested in training up our children into Christian manhood/womanhood by 12 or 13 years old with a rite of passage ceremony, and creating a list of training objectives to complete by the time of the ceremony. I remember being really amazed at the time Noah graduated preschool that we had 8 years of training time left …… and now we have 5 years!! The child training period may be shorter than we realize. It is important for us all to recognize the gravity of the moment with each new school year.

In light of these things, we plan to set Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights aside for Family Bible Study time, which will include Bible readings, 1 Verse Bible Studies, and a rotation through other supplemental activities such as prayer with our prayer wall, worship on my guitar, and reading character shaping books like YWAM’s Christian Hero’s Then and Now series.

1 Verse Bible Study is a new idea birthed this summer as God is growing us into using basic Bible study methods. It should help us and our children learn to meditate on scripture, listen in to the Holy Spirit’s voice, apply scripture to our personal lives, and remember what we’ve learned. Its easy enough for a 2nd grader and kindergardener to do, but also really effective for receiving revelation from the Lord for all ages.

Its quite simple and quick. Someone picks a verse and reads it aloud several times, we all highlight it in our Bibles, then we quietly think about it and pray it. We may journal our thoughts and pictures in our prayer journals if we wish. We encourage the kids to ask God and themselves questions about the verse as they meditate. Then we have a discussion in which we each take a turn to share out what the Holy Spirit showed us. Each person shares at least one idea or one question, and everyone can help shed light on the questions that come up. I love that everyone gets to participate, and we are having some of our best Bible related discussions this way. Plus, learning to hear the Holy Spirit through the Word is a skill that our children can take into adulthood for their personal Bible study and for leading Bible studies.

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When we meditate quietly, we may close our eyes and try to visualize the verse in order to receive revelation, as I did with Psalm 119:105 – my 1 verse Bible Study with the kids the other day:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Family Club Meetings

Besides Bible Study, we desire to hold Club Meetings ever so often on Family Nights, for fun and for training our children to maturity. We found the Keepers/Contenders of the Faith program handbooks will help us achieve a family club where Moms can teach daughters, fathers can teach sons, and we can foster close relationships between us all as we learn fun skills together. We plan to hold Family Club Meetings in our living room every other Monday night. It is a brand new program for us this year, but we hope Keepers and Contenders will serve as a family scouting experience for us, and a fun way to earn badges for all kinds of handicrafts and a host of other wonderful skills. We have the Contenders of the Faith handbook for boys and the Keepers of the Faith handbook for girls to help guide our badge work. This amazingly thorough list of life skills from Keepers/Contenders can help prepare our children to someday manage a home, lead a family, and be a Christian witness–while helping to build a special family unity here in the few short years we have them. Our meeting agendas will be something simple such as:

  1. Prayer
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  4. Pledge of Allegiance
  5. Recite Memory Work
  6. Game
  7. Check on Badge Work Progress; Discuss Badge Work Goals to Accomplish Before our Next Meeting
  8. Badge Work

 

 

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Our Prayer Wall

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I am pleased to have finished our “Prayer Wall” this summer, to support us in moving progressively towards a stronger understanding of prayer and prayer strategy (while still remaining Spirit led of course). We use our prayer wall during morning devotions and also at night once we start up Family Bible Study with daddy this fall. PRAYER is our little makeshift acronym to remind us how to pray, as we grow in understanding…….Praise God for who He is, Really thank Him, Ask for forgiveness, Your needs, Everyone else’s needs, Release seed. Seed is the Word of God, and we are learning to plant scriptures related to our needs, and others, whenever we pray so that there may be a harvest in due time (a good little devotional for teaching this principle pictured below).

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The top chalkboard on our Prayer Wall lists current short term needs, and the cups contain long term prayer focuses for Our Family, Loved ones, and the World. We have stood on God’s promises for our children and ourselves for many years, but they were scattered in different journals and binders and Bibles. Now the scriptures are organized in one place and easily accessible by all! Praise the Lord! The ‘Family’ cup has slips of paper with a topic such as ‘Godly Friendships’ or ‘Health’ on one side and our corresponding promise from the Word on the other. The ‘World’ cup has slips of paper with people groups, nations, and general world needs (natural disasters, government, missions, churches, etc.). The kids can use the map to locate the nation named on their slip of paper. They can also use our Window on the World book to get prayer points and background on a nation or people group. The ‘Loved Ones’ cup has slips of paper with the names of all the family and friends our kids could think of (they sounded out and wrote the names themselves).

 

God is growing all of us in different ways according to our needs! How is He challenging you to run your race well this year?

With our vision written plain, our running shoes on, and our faces set like a flint, we will keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, and we will press on to receive all that he has promised. Thank you for praying for our family, let me know how we can be praying for yours.

Victory is ours!

Our Sweet Summer Memories

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Breakfast at the Cravalhos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Faith found a frog in our backyard!

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Now we have two!

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We started doing The Lord’s Table this summer as a family

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Is it a camper?

Noah's first batch of pancakes--with his own touch on top

Noah’s first batch of pancakes–with his own touch on top

Constant fort building

Constant fort building all summer

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Shine Worship Festival 2016 at The Lord’s Land (1 Verse Bible Study spawned from this trip)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hiking at Mitchell Canyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Noah dreamed big this summer, one dream was to paint a train backdrop for our 4th of July Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Faithy’s playhouse decorated for the 4th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The most adorable 4th of July Show ever

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We were pleased with the finished backdrop for the stage

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Cousins stayed over for a few days

 

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Clean up training for little Daniel has been rough

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All Cozy for Family Movie Night

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Little Mommy

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A fun Ride in a Really Big Dump truck at Daddy’s Work

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Happy Father’s Day Daddy–just what you always wanted!

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Hiking to the falls at Sunol Regional Wilderness

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Thankful for inspiration to capture precious moments (right before she lost her two front teeth)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Time to Make it Count

2014-2015 Kindergarten and Preschool Schedule

“Does’t thou love life? Then do not squander time,

for that is the stuff life is made of.” Benjamin Franklin

How we shall plan to spend our time on homeschool days is a question that gnaws away at many of us before the new school year. We know we’ve got one shot at making next year count. And one shot at making our homeschool years all they can be for our children. Someday in the future, when the pre-teen years near, we know there will come a day of reckoning, with ourselves and the Lord, over the stewardship of our time with our children. The sun will finally set on the time of childhood, and hopefully we have done all we could. We’ve got one shot at training up our children while there is still time. Thoughtful planning of our daily time schedule is essential to making sure that this limited season of training time counts, and that our days go smooth and easy. Let’s make time to pray this month and draft up a schedule, as time is the “stuff that life is made of.”

A schedule will not automatically come perfectly together in the first year of homeschooling, and adopting someone else’s schedule just so that we have one, is not the best solution. Schedules that truly work with the flow and needs of our own family can take time to find, and then perfect. Our Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs schedule has grown more detailed and useful to us a little bit every year. To my surprise, our kindergarten schedule evolved out of our more basic preschool one, which still serves as the the foundation of our daily school schedule. Our first real homeschool schedule was drafted up by our second year of preschool, and allthough it was simple, it was Holy Spirit given because it has succeeded and remained.

All-day-long-learning has become a way of life for us. Its not like we refer to a schedule written up on the board or anything. Learning is just what we do, its just how we live. We didn’t just throw ourselves on this detailed schedule one day, rather, its been a slow accumulation of habits over the years. Its real life. A schedule that dramatically shifts the way you have been living your life will be difficult to follow. Don’t get me wrong, it can be done, but it will be challenging, and sometimes grueling. I encourage new homeschoolers to start up slow, and work up into that perfect schedule you envision bit by bit. As each newly added element becomes routine “life,” then add another one.

You will see on our schedule/life below how learning is intertwined all throughout our day (highlighted in bold), although school time is actually only from 9 am to 11 am. School time consists of mommy planned and led studies. I insist on strong habits of attention so that we can move quickly, and I pack a lot in. The rest of the day on the schedule feels leisurely, much more child-led and interest directed. Nobody actually thinks of it as “school time,” and yet its full of learning. We wouldn’t be well rounded without all the learning that occurs outside of “school.” Much homeschool learning should happen in the natural flow of life. So when we make a schedule for our homeschool, we can begin it upon waking and end it at bed time, since all day long we can be learning.

You know how if you pack a bag the night before a family day trip, rather than frantically gathering things together in the morning, the day will just go better? Well, preparing for a day of homeschool begins the night before too, rather than gathering everything right before 9 am when school starts. Every day in homeschool is an adventure, and if we shouldn’t go out for a day of hiking, swimming, or other adventures ill equipped without food and sunblock and what not, we shouldn’t try to embark on a day of homeschool adventures without preparing. Just like being stuck in the woods without a trail map or compass, a homeschool day is sure to include stress, disasters, and deficits without planning and preparation! Being prepared for each day ahead of time is the hardest part of homeschooling, but just like any other day trip or adventure, its so important to get ready the night before. (And all you who know me, know that I am preaching to my last minute self :)) Homeschool is a lot of work and dedication! But there is no other adventure more rewarding than daily investing 100% in our children’s lives.

How often does our family stick to our schedule? Well, we are imperfect people here, and most days we only “mostly” follow our schedule. The schedule is a snapshot of “the perfect day,” which doesn’t seem to happen regularly, but, if we didn’t have the snapshot vision, we wouldn’t have much to attain to. Also, we are moving from two days of school a week, to four days in Little Lambs this year, which will be quite a change for us. So the ante is definitely up! We will certainly give ourselves permission to take the day off here and there or skip a subject at times–its OK in homeschool, just like it is in school.

Let me be honest–it does require personal sacrifice to lay down our lives in order to homeschool our kids. What you don’t see on my schedule is a lot of outside activities, TV time, or “me time.” I try to run errands on weekends, or afternoons if I am blessed to find someone who can watch the kids, or even at night when everyone else is in bed. It may sound like a lot, but its the way we keep our homechool schedule flowing smoothly without too many interruptions. We also just don’t seem to have a lot of time or interest in too many extracurricular lessons, classes, groups, etc. Maybe someday we will do more, but with young children, I wouldn’t want to reduce their free play time, or masterly inactivity as Charlotte says, in order to have them play on a sports team, go to lessons, participate in clubs, and ride around a bunch in the car. Lots of free play time is the “stuff life should be made of” for young kids. I think that bouncing kids around from here to there in all their “extracurricular activities” (not to mention mommy’s) gives us all little down time just to think…….which results in shallower thinking, less creativity, and less imagination. A too full schedule produces results that are exactly the opposite of our family’s educational goals.

So on a lighter note…….isn’t it fun to look at other people’s schedules, see what their priorities are, and how much or how little our lives have in common?!? So go ahead, here is your chance to peep into my life! 🙂

Kindergartener Noah turns six mid year in Jan., Preschooler Faith turns age 4 in Oct. (and still has two years of preschool left), Baby Daniel turns 1 in Sept.

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Monday Through Thursday:

Night Before:

I spend time talking and praying with my husband about anything that came up during the day, we read from a book together if possible, and I also get ready for school the next day! I try to prep anything for breakfast, snack, lunch, and dinner that I can ahead of time, set out materials needed for the kids “mini lesson” at the breakfast table, set up preschool “centers” on the dining room table (play dough, math, puzzle, cutting practice sheet, word building, stamping, etc.), look over my annual curriculum plans and/or monthly lesson plans to remind myself of what we are trying to accomplish, and sometimes prep for a lesson that uses hands on materials such as a science experiment or art project. If all that happens, I can rest confidentally assured that tomorrow will likely go very smoothly indeed!

6:00-7:15 am    Mommy Devos

Daddy is gone to work. I nurse baby, get ready, cuddle with baby, do personal devotions (prayer, worship, Bible reading).

7:00-7:15    Get Ready

Kids get dressed, make bed, tidy room, put clean laundry away

7:15-7:45    Devos

We do a simple group devotion with prayer, worship, and Bible–we are currently going through the New Testament in my study Bible, only a couple paragraphs a day. I expound, use the study notes sometimes to shed light, and ask a lot of comprehension questions to make sure they are getting it. They are learning a lot this way. Then kids do personal devotions while I fix breakfast, and make their way to the kitchen when they are ready

7:45-8:15    Breakfast

Kids do a 10 minute mini lesson (any subject) while I finish cooking breakfast, or they help me make breakfast, and then we eat breakfast while we enjoy “the arts” (classical music, fine art, poetry)

8:15-8:35    AM Jobs

I clean up breakfast. Kids wash their own plates, brush teeth and hair, wash face, let chickens out, and then do some assigned service jobs like: put away clean silverware, vaccuum under kitchen table, clear kitchen table, wipe table, or any other assigned jobs they can squeeze in and not have to save for later at PM Job time.

8:35-9:00    Math Play or “Observe and Serve”

Pop the baby in bed for his morning nap. Play hymn CD, more classical music, or other spirit calming or happy rejoicing music, depending on our mood. Free math exploration time on the carpet for kids (playing, counting, sorting, adding our math manipulatives), which gives me time to finish cleaning up and get last minute school and household stuff done. On alternate days when we do “Observe Serve” instead of math, I set the timer for 30 minutes, kids look around the house to see what needs to be done, and then serve the family by dusting, vacuuming, doing dishes, wiping the table, cleaning the bathroom sink, emptying garbage cans, cleaning floorboards, etc. During “Observe and Serve” I don’t tell them what jobs to do because its supposed to be an opportunity to serve from their heart.

9:00-10:00    Circle Time

School officially starts. Circle Time on the living room carpet includes opening prayer and song, hymns, Bible (Gen-Deut study), history, geography, and character development (habit training). Preschooler Faith will be encouraged to stick around as long as she can hang.

10:00-10:30    Center Time

Baby wakes up. Kids can run 10-15 laps around our backyard lawn for exercise and to get some energy out. Then I nurse the baby while guiding the kids through somewhat independent activities at “Centers” laid out on the dining room table. Do math lesson and word building with Noah, then he can join Faith in selecting any center of his choice that is laid out at the table. Baby plays….. or clings.

10:30-11:00    Handwriting and Closing Activities

Move both kids back into the kitchen to sit at the kitchen table by the chalkboard. Do handwriting, pledge of allegiance, a patriotic song, and then eat snack while reading and reciting memory verses, doing calendar, updating our 100’s chart, practicing recitation of a selected poem, and then sing a closing song. School officially ends.

11:00-1:00    Outside and Lunch

Outdoor play and exercise time, nature study, and lunch (outdoor picnic often). On all nice days we go to the nature park or other parks, play in front yard or backyard, or visit/help neighbors. Draw and write in Nature Journals when a natural treasure is discovered (optional for Faith). Daniel eats dirt and studies nature too. Play indoors when too cold. When we are home, kids sometimes listen to nature stories or literature stories on libravox.com while I make lunch, and other days, they just keep playing in the backyard during lunch prep. Lunch is a wonderful time as the kids like to make up stories off the top of their heads together, and lately, we take turns re-telling favorite Bible stories to each other to see how many details we can remember. Its great fun!

1:00-2:00    Book Time

Clean up lunch, get ready for nap/quiet time. Nurse baby, put baby to bed. Independent SSR (silent sustained reading) while mommy reads to one child at a time (library books and books from our family library), Noah reads to me from a reader, and then we do group “storytime” (mommy chosen literature book). Sometimes we stay outside for book time, or forego book time altogether to keep playing in nature.

2:00-3:30    Quiet Time

Preschooler naps, kindergartener does quiet time. Prayers and sometimes cuddles from mommy. Quiet time involves setting a time aside to meet with the Lord, drawing/writing in a prayer journal, sleeping if needed, handicrafts (mostly child initiated), looking at more books, and independent play time in room. On especially beautiful days (like in spring and fall), Noah is allowed to do quiet time outside in the backyard. I try to meet with the Lord too, take a quick nap, read a book, have baby and me time, or get household/school stuff done.

3:30-5:30    PM Jobs and Free Time

Daddy comes home in late afternoon. Kids do any assigned jobs that didn’t/can’t get done during AM jobs, play inside or outside separate or together, do self initiated projects, handicrafts, have time with daddy. I fix dinner. Nurse baby what feels like again and again.

5:30-6:30    Dinner

I attempt to serve dinner promptly at 5:30 pm so that I can get a lot of clean up done before “family time.” If I am not prompt, I try to let the dishes sit until the kids are in bed so that I don’t miss out on family time (I think my presence is especially important at family Bible time. Wouldn’t want the kids receiving the message that dishes, or any work, is a higher priority and good reason to be excused from time with the Lord). It wouldn’t be family time without mommy there.

6:30-7:30    Family Time

Literature read aloud, sometimes games, sometimes play, Bible (reading all the way through), and Bible commentaries. Nurse baby, put baby to bed usually during this time slot.

7:30-8:00   Kids Bed Time

Cuddles, prayers and blessings

8:00-10:00 pm   Hubby Time and Prep Work

Time to start over again with “Night Before” work! Sometimes I run an errand or grocery shop when necessary. I actually look forward to this window of time to work alone.

Fun Fridays with Friends:

We used to do school from 9am to 12pm because I would squeeze in a fun project at the very end of the school day, after a short outside time. Well, I came to realize last year how much the kids thrived on longer time spent outdoors, and so I let “group project” time go a whole lot, since I had a tiny baby to care for anyway. So rather than continue to try to drag kids back inside, and squeeze projects into small time slots, the new idea this year is to devote an entire day to fun projects! So the God idea of “Fun Fridays” was born, and I think we are going to love it! We will work hard in homeschool Monday through Thursday so that Friday can be set aside for fun and enriching “extras”. Rather than do a weekly park day with a homeschool support group, or attend co-op classes, we would prefer to get together with our beloved homeschool BFF’s in the area. We will get together to go on a field trip, OR do fun projects such as arts and crafts, cooking, making books, science experiments, service projects, and/or nature studies. Fridays are also our family movie night with kiddos at home, which we all really look forward to. (Yay for Little House on the Prairie!!)

Saturdays and Sundays:

Family field trips and adventures!

 Love Noah’s American Flag Painting

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Poor Baby Campin’

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 Lush Samuel P. Taylor

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Talk About Multiplication

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Adventures on the Creek, and Barely Escaping a Bee Hive

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“Wee This is Fun Noah!” ” Yah, Lets Trade Spots.”  “No.”

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Cheesier Every Year and Lovin’ It

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Due to Cancellation of The Singing Flag Show 😦 !!!, a Homemade Show Instead

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Sweet, Sweet, Spontaneous Summer Morning Lesson With My Little Ones

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Having a Blast Playing in the Mud (Especially When Faith Started Rolling Out Poops, Which I Quickly Put an End To, Ahem)

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You Light Up My Life Sweet Girl

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Noah Driving a Humungous Tractor!

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Playing So Well Together With Faith’s Critter Camper

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We Have Not so Pretty Moments Too

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Volcanoes Have Been Hot Topic of the Summer With Noah

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A Really Fun Day Playing at the Park

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Daniel is Finally Ready to Join In Too

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An Oak Tree Swing in the Hills at Clayton Community Park

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And a Huge Cross Beckoning All Hikers

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Father’s Day with My Dad

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And a Special Train Ride From Grandma and Grandpa for our Graduate Noah

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Daddy’s Dinosaur Plate and Grandpas Space Shuttle Plate

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Little Yosemite at Sunol Valley Regional Wilderness

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 Fed This Pet Frog Crickets, and Kept Him for a Month

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Noah Wanted to Paint His Paper Airplanes

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Little Inchworm in Our Garden Lettuce Was a Timely Treasure to Find

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Our Inchworm Made a Cocoon (And Emerged as a Moth)

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Annual Butterfly Festival at Coyote Hills Regional Park Was a Perfect Educational Celebration to Close Our Month of May Butterflies Theme

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Mission Accomplished!! Thrilled I Found a Butterfly Egg (on a Milkweed Plant in Coyote Hills’ Nectar Garden)

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A First Harvest of Zucchini

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Daniel and Faith So Cute in the Bike Trailer

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Swim Days at Home with Tayler

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Good Bye Froggy Friend, We Hope to Meet Again

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Chicken Girl

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Daddy Makes Noah’s Rock Climbing Dream Come True

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Three Rosy Chubby Cheeked Cherry Pickers

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