Look at the scenery as we drive through Arizona and New Mexico. Taking a road trip 2100 miles across the country!!! We have a family reunion in TN and are traveling from CA with a stopover in Dallas for a couple days with family....Feeling very blessed to round out our US history last year with a road trip through some of the beautiful scenery God has blessed this country with and so many lesson More...
Good Morning Ladies!!!!! On my way to CHEA with my hubby!!! This morning Ken Ham will be the keynote speaker. Excited to hear him and all the other speakers, hanging out with my hubby, friends, and fellow homeschoolers! Thank you Admin for creating the app for CHEA! It's AWESOME!!!!!
Have a great time. It's always a pleasure to hear Ken Ham speak. - Mrs.mouse
20.2 #2 8:37PM
I have so missed being in the lounge with all you homeschool mommies! I hope everyone is well. Right now we are trying to just stay plugged into school with all the end of year craziness plus remodeling projects. My son has had the opportunity to work along side my husband and stepdad as they are doing LOTS of remodeling projects to our old 1926 bungalow style home. Its been fun to watch and se More...
I think this opportunity for your son is priceless. Shadowing his father and learning beside him trumps anything a curriculum could teach. I'm sure these times are going to leave some life long memories for both him and your husband. How very special. While things may not always look the way we planned them, we can know that the Lord's plans are never void. I've just about given up on trying to plan these days. We (I) am having a hard time getting any schooling done regularly. I know we'll be schooling through summer, but I really need to buckle down and get a better routine going. It would be nice too if my mom would stop asking the kids what they've done for school every time she talks to them. :-/ Mama guilt is setting in. One day at a time, right. It's not a sprint, its a marathon. Praying for all of us homeschooling mommies. This time of year can be tough on us. - 3John4
13.0 #4 1:18AM
We have missed you too! You have been very busy. Things will calm down. Glad you popped in. - Mrs.mouse
20.2 #2 5:52PM
So let's start tonights coffee talk! How do you all manage your time during the day? I admit that its not something I have mastered...Yet! With that said, I have definitely learned that I have had to give things up for now to homeschool. One thing I will NOT give up is spending time with my hubby everyday. Sometimes its a quality 15 minute talk , sometimes, its playing a quick game of rummy, so More...
In addition to the verse that @MPC gave earlier, one of my faves regarding time management is Ephesians 5:15-17: 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. - MommyLuvs2
6.7 #8 9:18PM
Honestly time with hubby has been hard this past couple weeks during his work week. He leaves for work at 4:45 and doesn't get home until 7:00 or later. He does work 4 day, and then gets 3 days off, so that's our time together as a family. We spend most that time together with the kids. We really need to focus more on date/alone time. I'm hoping being closer to my parent will help that. - 3John4
13.0 #4 9:11PM
Good night ladies, I'm done for the night too and have some things to tend to before bed! Praying you all have a blessed day tomorrow - gardeningthroughtheseasons
10.6 #6 10:42PM
I really like the bible verse shared... Ephesians 5:15-17
I think I am going to write that out and tape it to my mirror. - abidinginHim
13.9 #3 5:43PM
Hello everyone!!!! Coffee Night is still on however, @MPCteacherher6 will not be able to join us as she gets to be an Auntie for the first time and watch her nephew be born. She said she spologizes for not being able to be a part of it, but is so honored to be a part of this special time. Please pray for them all as they welcome this sweet lil blessing into the world. Again, please join us in t More...
I just stopped the car on the way home from the sunset farmers market and told my hubby to take the drivers seat! It's time for moms coffee break. I have my iced Thai coffee and I'm ready to chat. :) - 3John4
13.0 #4 9:07PM
How exciting for her! I will be an auntie next week. Let the fun continue anyways. - Mrs.mouse
20.2 #2 9:03PM
I'm so excited for her!!! Such a wonderful event to witness. Praying for a smooth labor. - 3John4
13.0 #4 9:05PM
Congratulations @MPC!! How is your precious brand new nephew?? Did it give you baby fever? 😜👶 - MommyLuvs2
6.7 #8 6:50AM
Happy Friday everyone! How are you ending your school week and what do you look forward to most on the weekends?... Im Trying real hard to finish up our school for the week so we can end early, get a couple things done around the house, make dinner with my oldest daughter and just just enjoy my loves tonight. Looking forward to just being home together and cuddling on the couch with my hubby as we More...
Sounds like a wonderful weekend! We are finishing a master bed & bath remodel. I am on Drs orders to relax so I don't go into labor for another week! Hopefully we can get some fun games and maybe outside time for the kids with this beautiful weather we are having. As far as schooling goes we are working on the letters my son is having problems with, starting to work on telling time, and any preschool work books he likes. Since we aren't yet in school it's very casual schooling around here. (that and I am having a baby in 9 days!) - I-love-my-family
10.0 #7 11:22AM
Happy Friday to you! Well, an extra Chior practice got thrown in for today.
I am so glad the weekend is here! I will be sewing some theater costumes for my boys. We will probably do some gardening as well. - abidinginHim
13.9 #3 7:15PM
Happy Friday. We are driving home from our Disneyland trip. We had a wonderful time. I have lots of unpacking and laundry to do. - Mrs.mouse
20.2 #2 9:16PM
Good Morning fellow homeschoolers!!!!!! Hope you have a blessed day! Mine already looks like nothing I planned, BUT I know my kids are learning from me as I react to the seasons that unexpectedly come our way. Praying for a day of perservance, patience and joy for you all. <3
I am planning on doing very little the next few days as my Dr recommend so I don't go into labor. We are all getting very excited for the birth of this new baby! - I-love-my-family
10.0 #7 11:40AM
We had a pretty good day. However, it started off with a blood draw for me. eew! But I did okay. - abidinginHim
13.9 #3 7:52PM
We have been enjoying the day at Disneyland. - Mrs.mouse
20.2 #2 11:52PM
You have to see this cartoon! Its perfect for tonight and all of us homeschool mommies!..Ok, lets see if this works. I can't figure how to repost a pic without it being distorted. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=508026359233200&set=a.263962880306217.59421.203116453057527&type=1&relevant_count=1
I have missed everyone in the lounge the last week and feel like I have been gone forever. My week didn't go as planned with remodeling, bad attitudes, little one(who has febrile seizures) had fever for almost 3 days with NO seizures PRAISE God, unexpected plans, and small puncture wound on the little one as well from my mom's dog, and of course trying to stay focused on the real meaning of East More...
You have had quite a week! So glad your little one is ok. Praying for you this week. Hoping that it is better for you. - Mrs.mouse
20.2 #2 10:10PM
Awww :( What a week! Best laid plans of mice and mothers, I always say! Glad that that you were able to roll with the punches though, as much as you could. I think sometimes we have days/weeks that knock us on our bum to remind us to look UP, that we CAN'T and shouldn't do it alone. Thanks for sharing the article! Hope this week is easier! - BluRayn
12.0 #5 10:20PM
Well we had a really great Easter weekend but today was a different story. I guess too much sugar hahaha. I hope your little one is feeling better. - abidinginHim
13.9 #3 12:10AM
I thought I would share thie, Its a a page with link for a free study guide for Anne of Green Gables and then another link for ALL 11 books in Anne series on Amazon Kindle for $0.99 ww.freehomeschooldeals.com/free-anne-of-green-gables-study-guide/
That's great! You find such great free "stuff" and wonderful deals. :) - abidinginHim
13.9 #3 7:27PM
I saw this on pinterest and thought I would share it with you here! I have used Khan academy and ambleside, but not the other ones yet. http://howtohomeschoolforfree.com/full-online-homeschool-curriculum/
OOOOhhhhhhh, can't wait to check this out!!! Thank you!! ;) - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 9:56AM
Forgot to post about our Dr Seuss celebration . We had a great day reading his stories, making up our own story by taking turns adding to it. The little one loved learning to be nice to books with pages and she LOVED One Fish Two Fish the best especially withyummy fish crackers for snack. We had green eggs and ham for lunch and did it a little different this year as we did green deviled eggs. Than More...
What a fun day! I love the deviled egg idea. I'm not very good with extra celebrations like that. I think its something I need to work on because the memories look priceless. Great job mommy! - 3John4
13.0 #4 12:18PM
I subscribed to this site since we began homeschooling . When we first started homeschooling my kids were 4th and 6th and we used this for biographies, bible lessons, study aids,math fun, games etc... The kids enjoyed the activities and its all FREE. We don't use it as much as the kids are getting older, but happened to just look and noticed some supplement things I would like to do with my 7th More...
Wow! What a great web site! I can't wait to have fast Internet again to check it out more. Thanks! - 3John4
13.0 #4 12:23PM
Cool! Thanks for sharing!! Can't wait to check it out!! - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 1:40PM
Starting to think about what I want to plant in the garden this year and how to make sure we have the time to care for it? I love to garden, in the yard and in life. The "fruits" of gardening are such a reward! Do you garden with your kids?Do you incorporate it into your schooling? If so do you use a curriculum or certain technique or just make it up as you go. The last couple years my gardens ar More...
My goal for this year is to have a successful pumpkin patch for my kids! Third time is a charm, right?!? ;) Our family also loves homegrown tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, mint, and basil! We also have to remember to be on top of the watering, especially on those HOT summer days! ;) Yay!!! So excited for the change of seasons!! - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 11:02AM
Watering is ALWAYS an issue for me. This past year I ran a drip hose through the garden that doesn't have automatic sprinklers. I connected it with a 'T' to the hose bib and bought an inexpensive timer that ran off batteries. It worked beautifully. Most successful garden we've had to date. My daughter loves tomatoes, so she usually has two or three of them. We did cucumbers this past year too, as well as peppers, and lots of herbs. Tons of basil too. I love to pinch it back and it just keeps growing and growing. I still have pesto in my freezer from last summer. I'm looking forward to seeing what grows at our new house. The climate will be much different than the heat we've had the past 14 years. Our new back yard is pretty much an open canvas, although we might have to wait until next year to really get much going. :) - 3John4
13.0 #4 3:02PM
Our backyard is also a blank slate and I've been tossing around ideas of what to do. I would like to try a garden again, we did one 3 years for the first time and we planted too much, too close (it was a square foot planting system, which I obviously didn't quite understand, 😜) I would like to plant tomatoes, zucchini, pumpkin and watermelon. I also want to plant some fruit trees. I just don't know anything about any of these, lol!! Could be a fun unit study to do with the boys; they all enjoyed the planting last time!! My prob is once I start I wanna plant everything, lol. Baby steps!!! - BluRayn
12.0 #5 2:33PM
The only thing we have had success with is pumpkins. When my 16 yr old turned 3 he got a Winnie the Pooh book that came with seeds. That was the start of our annual pumpkin patch. We don't always have a good year, (this year we only got one😞),but we always seem to get at least two homemade pumpkin pies made from our garden! - HomeSkaDoos
0.4 #140 7:00PM
Look what I found at an estate sale for my Little House on the Prairie loving girl! She LOVES these books even at 2 days shy of 15. I was so excited to get it for her . She loves it and is already planning what she is going to make. What book or book series have your children loved to read?
That is so cool!! I love the way God gives us little love gifts like this!! I always think of them as His way of saying...see, I KNOW you and love you so much!! - BluRayn
12.0 #5 8:40AM
SO COOL! I have a Nancy Drew fan in my home, and she loves her Nancy Drew Cookbook! Let us know what you make first!! ;) - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 10:04AM
Loved tonight's coffee break! I feel encouraged and left with lots of info and new ideas! If you were unable to join us, i would encourage you to look through the conversations. you will be blessed! Thank you @MPC for hosting, and look forward to our next one. And thank you @Admin for creating this app
Thank YOU!! All of your great posts, comments, and encouragement are a blessing to me as well as many others, I am sure! ;) - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 11:01PM
I need some ideas! I usually do fun activities for Dr. Suess's birthday. I will continue to green eggs and ham, but since my kids are older (9th and 7th), I need some older kids ideas. Last year I think they thought my ideas were wat too young for them, but indulged me anyway. Lol!! So this year I want to find some stuff they can do both fun and academically. I know his birthday is on a Saturday t More...
I found some of these to be quite thought provoking. I was toying with the idea if writing to you about a Lorax reaction paper based on the book and the movie. Then, I googled the thought and found something even better. As elementary as it may sound, I love the idea of creative writing based upon Oh The Places You Will Go!! Imagine the possibilities with an older student. Could be based on their educational and professional goals, spiritual and family!! But Oh My!!! The places they CAN GO:) - RedemptionCrew
3.4 #16 5:36AM
Maybe you can have your older ones write some "Suess" like poetry or stories to share with your little one! ;) Or, you can have them help with the green eggs an ham themed meals... Maybe they can design a birthday cake for Dr. Suess! ;) - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 4:58PM
Thank you all SO much for your ideas! I'm excited to try some, please pray for a good attitude for my 7th grader in writing. He hates it and I hope when i try these ideas out it doesnt stress him out. I want him to have fun with writing and be imaginative and not worry about grammar, handwriting, punctuation, etc.... That is put in the back of his head from public school days - gardeningthroughtheseasons
10.6 #6 12:00AM
With a couple of public school teachers in the family and others who still think public school might be better or notices kids aren't where so and so is, sometimes I feel like I have to prove something to them or defend our life a lot of the time. Honestly, Most of the time I'm not bothered, but when I am having a weak moment and feel like we are behind or lacking in one area, I start to wonder i More...
It can sometimes be a slippery slope talking with someone about homeschooling. Especially, if they have children in PS. I just remind myself that because homeschool is the right choice for me doesn't make other choices wrong. What I do take issue with is socialization. That has been beaten to death and proven wrong over and over. Do people really think our kids are isolated and then turned loose into the world when they graduate? It's just silly. For every stereotype someone has about a homeschooler, there is a public school counterpart. I've known plenty of socially awkward kids and adults that went to PS. You don't hear anyone blame it on public school. We are different because we chose to do something opposite of the masses. As MPC said the other day, we are taking the 'scenic route'. It's a sweet view. - MeTimesThree
5.3 #10 10:39AM
You are following the Lord's lead for your family and no one has the right to question that. That said, it still hurts when people (especially family) question your decisions for your children. I've tried defending our decision too many times and come away feeling like not a word of mine was heard. Now I usually just keep quiet and don't respond with anything more than acknowledging their comment and a huge smile. You know that smile you have when you know a wonderful secret that you can't tell? Like, "oh, if you only knew the blessings that come from walking this road with my children, something I wish you could understand". I don't say those words, only think them while I smile and be thankful instead if letting their words bring doubt. - 3John4
13.0 #4 2:50PM
Aww, (((hugs)))!!! I understand that feeling all too well, whether its from when my MIL talks to my husband and tries to convince him to put our kids back in "real" school, even after SIX years, or when my kids are throwing attitude after attitude at me and I feel like a complete failure and think they'd HAVE to better off in school since obviously I'm not doing a good job!!! But, I know Satan delights in whispering these things in our ears, is gleeful when we doubt. I have to remember that I'm not alone, that God is on my side and He has brought loving friends and family - both who homeschool and those that don't - to come along side us and support and encourage us. This isn't for everybody, it's NOT easy, but the rewards are PRICELESS!! Hang in there, mama, you're doing a wonderful job!! - BluRayn
12.0 #5 3:29PM
I have worked in PS for over a decade. There are some good schools and there are bad schools. With that being said, I understand the "where your child should be", it's hard to explain to someone who thinks your are taking something away from your child, in reality it's a gift. - Mrs.mouse
20.2 #2 5:40PM
I feel so inadequate when it comes to teaching my kids writing and one of my kids really struggles. It's not my gift and taking classes outside of the home is not an option for us or an expensive program. I have a junior high and high schooler. What writing curriculum do you use/like? Any parents with kids who share the same struggle? Tool or Websites you have found helpful?
I started a new program last year called Essentials in Writing. This is not a strong area for me either but now it's finally getting done. It is a new program and the authors name is Matthew Stephens. I love a lot if these small companies because they make themselves so available when you have questions. I've been very pleased. - MeTimesThree
5.3 #10 8:30PM
We've been using Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) this year for my 9 year old son. I've listened to Andrew Pudewa a few time at convention and really liked him. My sons writing has improved so much, and he really likes it. That said, it wasn't cheap, and I'm not sure I'm keeping up with like I should. But I guess if we have improvement, and we definatly do, that's positive. We're using the Ancient Liturature curriculum which is going nicely with our history study from creation to the Greeks this year. - 3John4
13.0 #4 9:14PM
I just pulled out a book I purchased years ago called, Story Starters, by Karen Andreola. I forgot how wonderful it was! You might look into it. It has illustrations, the beginnings of a story, and even some "writing help" tips to get them started on completing the story! There are five sections. Section One is Notes For the Teacher. Section Two contains the Story Starters. Section Three are "Hints for Polishing". Section Four has "Just Pictures", to spark the children's imagination to write a story about that pictures. And, Section Five has the "In Closing" notes, talkin about narration, writing resources, and an index of literary terms and techniques. - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 6:26PM
I have Pocketful of Pinecones! It's so good... Been several years since I read it! I really want to pick up Lessons at Blackberry Inn! ;) She's so great! I love reading her curriculum reviews too!! ;) - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 11:00PM
The plan today was to get a couple hours of school done and take my grandparents to lunch. Instead my son helped my hubby and stepdad reroof the garage, my daughter helped me organize/laundry/clean/ and keep the toddler busy, then we made a special dinner for the hard working boys and we still got to spend some quality time with my grandparents and love on them. They didn't learn "academics," but More...
Beyond successful day!!! Love that!!! We took the day off too... Weren't planning on it... But sometimes God has something better planned!!! 😉👍❤ - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 12:06AM
Sounds VERY successful! We did take Monday off academically. But we did listen to Prince Caspian on the way to check out our new house. ;) - 3John4
13.0 #4 9:16PM
Today we took an impromptu trip to the farmers market and found these giant squash's. I have never seen these and love all the things we learn, myself included, while their. We are excited to research about this squash and the best way to cook it!... I also learned about dandelions too. What are things you do or places you go to in your area with your kids that you use to teach and learn?
I love this!! There are opportunities to learn all around us, for both our children and for ourselves. Most often this happens for us when I slow down and practice more patience with my kids. I think just about any where can be a place of learning, as long as you stay sensitive to the fact learning is all around us and open to cues of what your kids might be interested in. - 3John4
13.0 #4 9:25AM
One of the beauties of living in the Inland Valley is the plethora of places to go within an hour in every direction. Locally, we have a children's museum we have been to several times, blueberry farm, Winchester Cheese just to name a few. Just about anywhere we go there is a teachable moment - even if it's just a little nugget. - MeTimesThree
5.3 #10 1:17PM
We always learn when we go grocery shopping. Estimating the weights of produce and the weighing. Learning to find the best food for our money, and gathering ingredients on our list. - Mrs.mouse
20.2 #2 3:08PM
What are some of the Valentine traditions you do with your kids/families. I'm hoping to get to do some of ours, but with not feeling 100% this week, I'm feeling very unprepared! Trying to focus on just loving my hubby and kids!💗
I'm right there with you!! My brains been in a fog this week and I keep trying to clear it, to no avail. 😒💭 I know what I want to do for the kids and hubby but can't find it or even the stuff to make it in any store so that's a bummer. But I haven't given up, it just might not be today that they get them, lol. I'm looking for mailboxes, but ones that hang on the wall. Pinterest, of course, is where I first saw something similar and now it just won't leave me alone. My boys love to give and receive notes, so this would be awesome for all of us to have one to pass little love notes all year. I didn't get any candy, sweets or anything else cuz this week was a blur!! And of course, NOT waiting til the last minute to do something, well, pssshh!! Why would I do that? 😜 Seriously tho, it's easy to fall into the trap of feeling less than for not buying a bunch of stuff, making adorable crafts by hand, or any variation. But we are loved!! Our Father loves us in abundance and blessed us richly all year long, not just today!! So cuddle with your kiddos, tell them again how much you love them. Enjoy ur meals together today. Watch a movie together tonite. Remind them Who loves them more than anything they can fathom. And just do what you can do. And that will be enough!!! If ur up to making simple crafts, Ho for it. If ur up to making a sweet something, go for it! If not, enjoy this day anyway! This is the day that the Lord has made, we will REJOICE and be GLAD in it!! ❤❤❤ Praying you feel better soon!! Lemme know if I can bring you something! - BluRayn
12.0 #5 9:10AM
I LOVE this post, the heart behind it, and @blurayn's response!!! ❤😘❤😘 - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 9:51AM
I wanted to share one of my favorite blogs. She has lots of FREE and really great lap books, mini books, notebooks . There are a do many too, artists from different eras, biographies, geography, composers and more. So worth checking out! Here is link if you are interested:
Thanks!! And the link worked great!! ;) - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 11:40PM
Oh good! I love that I learned about bitly. I seriously had no idea! Even us moms are learning everyday! - gardeningthroughtheseasons
10.6 #6 11:53PM
Not a 100% today, how do you get school/housework done when mommy's not feeling well?
If you find out, please let me know. - Mrs.mouse
20.2 #2 11:38AM
I think you should grab a blanket and pillows, and make it a snuggle with books kind of day!! Don't try to get a bunch done when baby is down... Just rest and snuggle with the older ones!! - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 11:40AM
Those are the days that I just let myself have a break from housework and do the bare minimum with the kids. If I don't rest I'll never get back to 100%, and that's when I know I'm at my best for my kids and hubby anyway! Hope you feel better soon!! - MommyLuvs2
6.7 #8 5:02PM
As my girls are getting older (4&6) they have more jobs around the house. My girls help do laundry, put their clothes away, put some dishes away, vacuum, and clean up their room. They love to help and earn rewards. - Mrs.mouse
20.2 #2 5:18PM
I love this season and thankful. My little toddler (turned 2 in Dec) needs lots of mommy time!and I am blessed by all the time we spend together while my older 2 (12 & 14) do their schoolwork. However, I miss and desire the time I don't get with the older doing school. With all the other tasks we moms need to do, there aren't many moments when we can even have discussion time about school. I don't More...
We tend to do a lot while our little guy is napping... Also, one of the beauties of homeschooling is that your school day doesn't have to be from 8 a.m. To 3 p.m. We've had days that we do our Bible study and other things in the evening, after the baby has gone to bed! - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 7:02PM