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3John4
Homeschool mommy to my three kiddos. Oldest son is 9 (4th grade), Daughter is 7 (2nd grade), and youngest son is 3 (class clown). We use My Father's World as our main curriculum.
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May 25, 2014 4:48 AM

We have a new student!! Mason Andrew was born Wednesday, May 21st weighing 8lb 8oz. We had a beautiful labor and delivery and I was cheered on by my hubby, sister, mom, and all three kids in the delivery room. Truly a homeschool day, and a day we will never forget!! 😉 Recovery has been difficult so far, but staring into his eyes and nuzzling his fuzzy head makes every single moment worth it. Th  More...
Thank you ladies, and congratulations @abidinginHim. There's just nothing like a new baby! - 3John4  13.0 #4 7:39PM
He is beautiful. Congrats! I will pray for your continued recovery! - I-love-my-family  10.0 #7 10:16AM
Congratulations!!! What a beautiful baby :) My daughter just delivered our first grand baby 12 days ago. - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 4:51PM
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October 17, 2013 1:17 PM

Getting some school done from bed. So thankful that my mom has enjoyed playing teacher some. The kids are getting some lessons sprinkled in here and there, along with a ton of home ec. My ten year old son has been manning the kitchen and vacuum. My 8 year old daughter is the laundry queen. My three year old is getting really good at clean up and dressing himself. So proud of my family coming toget  More...
Yay for you getting rest!! What a relief that your family is being SO helpful! This will actually be good for them :) god is good!!! - MommyLuvs2  6.7 #8 7:55PM
Sounds like a wonderful time coming together as a family. I am so happy you are getting support from your family. :-) - I-love-my-family  10.0 #7 8:59PM
How are you feeling? - Mrs.mouse  20.2 #2 6:39PM
Still nauseous every waking minute, but I'm keeping most food and liquids down which is good. Emotionally, some hours are better than others. So thankful for an understanding family!!! And for support from friends like you! xoxo - 3John4  13.0 #4 1:15PM
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October 1, 2013 7:32 PM -  The Hub

Hi mamas! I just wanted to come by here and share some joyful news and ask for prayer. We haven't made this public knowledge because my parents are out of the country and I have no way to contact them except by email and that is not the right way to share this news. Our family is expecting a new baby. I'm due in May and am still very newly pregnant. After a miscarriage before my last son, I wouldn  More...
Oh 3John4, I am lifting you up in prayer right now. 🙏 Prayin that the Holy Spirit would just carry you and remind you that nothing on this earth is as serious as it seems, because heaven is our true home. I'm glad that you shared this here! I appreciate that at the core of the point of homeschooling is mamas who love their babies dearly. I think it is so important for us to admit how hard this mom thing is sometimes though- there is literally not enough of us to go around, and that's why we have Jesus. It is so hard to balance the joy of children with the difficulties- and right now you are in a season of more difficulty and less joy, and it's okay to be sad about that! Sorry, that was long, but I love supporting other mamas :) ill be looking for updates from you! - MommyLuvs2  6.7 #8 9:22PM
I know all too well the difficulties in awful pregnancies, deliveries, and recoveries. I also lost a baby after my son. I know how hard an unexpected pregnancy can be. (My 5 month old baby was very unexpected). I struggled with it until I delivered him, and I praise God for him every day. When I found out I was pregnant, we had just sold our 7 passenger vehicle for a much smaller one. I had just started a new job, and we had given away almost everything that was baby related, as we thought we weren't going to have any more kids. It was Gods perfect planning that we now have our son. I had a lot of the same emotions, so I will be praying for you, your health, the baby's health, and for your family. - I-love-my-family  10.0 #7 12:12AM
Any updates 3john4? I hope you have been able to enjoy that precious new life growing inside you!! - MommyLuvs2  6.7 #8 8:00PM
Thank you so much ladies!! Your sweet words touch my heart. I tried going off the Zofran for the past 36 hours, but I was getting dehydrated again. So I'm back on it along with a couple other things and I'm able to keep some liquids and foods in. I'm spending most of my time in bed. My mom has been helping out a ton and has been doing some lessons with the kids (and I think she's loving it). My hubby has been amazing. He has taken care of so much, all while keeping up with his work schedule and adding in a side job. He hasn't complained once, to me. I'm praying that this Hyperemesis does go away sooner than later. I so want to get to the part of getting to be excited about this pregnancy and not just sick. I'm trying hard to remember there is an end date to this, and a pretty awesome trophy at the end. ;) In the mean time, my family could certainly use prayer. Thank you sweet mamas!!! - 3John4  13.0 #4 11:40AM
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September 16, 2013 3:33 PM -  The Hub

Woo Hoo!! 3:30 and schools done for the day! Praise the Lord! We had a very full day, but started by 9:30 and we got it all done. I even fed everyone a couple times and got my 3 yo to take a nap. I think it's time to celebrate with an iced decaf on the front porch. 😊 Anyone want to join me??? 😉😉😉 Not much feels better than a successful homeschool day. {sigh} Simple pleasures for this m  More...
What type of planner is that? - mercyphoenix  3.3 #17 4:19PM
It's from Well Planned Day, and I really like it. I've been using their planners for three years. http://hedua.com/cart/index.php/wpd/wpd13-14.html - 3John4  13.0 #4 5:51PM
Getting a full day of school! That's great. Honestly, we didn't get anything done today, but we are a week ahead. - I-love-my-family  10.0 #7 9:17PM
Yay!!! Praise the Lord :) - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 8:49PM
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September 5, 2013 3:59 PM -  The Hub

Confession time... I'm a homeschooling mom that can't seem to get the school day started. 😳😳😳 Lately I've been up at 8:00 (early for me, although hubby has already clocked 3 1/2 hours by then 😳). My problem is that I keep finding 'one more thing to do' before I get the school day started. I'd love to just get dressed, eat breakfast, throw in a load of laundry and get to school. That NE  More...
Can I just say, thank you, thank you for being so real!! It's "confessions" like this, that encourage the rest of us! For us, we'll be starting our year tomorrow... Can I just encourage you to do what works best for you and your kids! Your school work doesn't have to start at the same time traditional school starts for the rest of the kids in the neighborhood, or at the same time school starts for another homeschool family! I've learned over the last 10 years that each year is going to look different, and that's okay! Some years we have babies... Other years we have toddlers... Other years we have... It just all depends on the season your family happens to be in! Prayerfully consider the season you're in, and go from there! Make your curriculum and schedule work for your family!! Praying that you find the balance you're looking for!! Miss you, sweet lady!! ;) - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 4:16PM
I have the same issue. I have a 4 month old, a potty training 2 year old, and just starting kindergarten so most days we do homeschooling a few times a day, and it takes on a variety of ways that we get done what needs to get done. Keep up the good work! - I-love-my-family  10.0 #7 6:45PM
We start school around 9:00. Depending when my 3 and 1 year old wake up. I let my son (grade 1)have a short break around 10 or 10:30. Then lunch break at 11:30. I find that structure and a routine is important. After lunch I put my 3yr old and 1 yr old for a nap then I do reading with my son while it is nice and quiet. Try to make school fun too. Play math games, colouring pages, crafts,sing songs. For science we are doing an animal each month. This month is a polar bear. So we got library books and do activities and colouring page and a bullitien board on polar bears. Have fun but be diciplined in what you do. - schoolmom  3.2 #20 11:21AM
Does anyone else in Canada use Abeka? - schoolmom  3.2 #20 9:18AM
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September 2, 2013 4:28 PM -  The Hub

Perhaps my favorite kitchen gadget as well as my favorite homeschool and mommy gadget!! 😊😍☕😊😍☕
I think I am going to ask my hubby for one of these for Christmas! I just have a regular old coffee maker! ☕👍 - MommyLuvs2  6.7 #8 4:39PM
This was suppose to go under this weeks kitchen gadget. 😳 I think I hit a wrong button. 😂 - 3John4  13.0 #4 6:24PM
My parents gave us one for Christmas. It is a blessing every morning. - smittywife07  3.0 #33 5:39AM
I have to say, I love mine too!!! - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 10:14PM
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August 22, 2013 5:37 PM -  The Hub

It has been an incredibly long homeschooling day! My 10 year old, that usually has no problem writing a ton, fought me at every sentence today. Simple tasks where so difficult. He seems to have zero retention in spelling this week and has gotten the same words wrong for three days straight. My 7 year old started adding with carrying today and she keeps stopping me short in my explanations and tell  More...
I'm sorry to hear about your day. We've all been there. I hope you are able to find some time to relax by yourself. Maybe go on a solo trip to Target. - Mrs.mouse  20.2 #2 6:13PM
Oh I antisipate having days like that in my near future. School for us starts September 3rd. Eek! The transition from Summer schedule to school schedule will be hard for us. God bless you. I hope you are having a better week. - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 11:15PM
Yay I'm do glad to hear!!! Today we had a "homeschool" meeting (me and my kids). We started to talk about the schedule and expectation. We took a look at our sonlight guides. Lol... My kids crack me up. I know I am going to need to ease us into school. So when we start it really won't be week one with the curriculum but more like intro to the new school year. - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 10:18PM
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August 9, 2013 10:46 AM -  The Hub

I just saw a post on another group that got me thinking about not joining a homeschool group this year. We've been schooling through summer, around beach days with friends, VBS, and outings on free museum days. We've been in new place for four months and I feel like we're getting settled in. Every time I'm asked the dreaded socialization question, I say we are getting settled through summer and wi  More...
I am not sure I have anything helpful to add, but consider your purpose for joining a homeschool group and if those needs are being met elsewhere. Maybe start out with the activities you have and see if there is a need in a few months. - Mrs.mouse  20.2 #2 11:44AM
I am just starting my first year of homeschooling and I totally understand what your dealing with. I feel the same way. I would say don't try to do too much, and if it works out to do a group great, if not, it sounds as if your days are already full. - I-love-my-family  10.0 #7 10:16PM
Sounds like you got a lot of "social" things going on! I do like my homeschool group. It a full service PSP. I personally need that to keep my homeschool stuff in order. We have the option to participate in classes but this year we are just signing up for sports. We will probably join a few field trips as well. - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 10:40PM
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August 1, 2013 9:15 AM -  The Hub

Someone shared this book free on Amazon this morning. I had never heard of it, but after reading the reviews it looks great. Can't beat free! 😉
A link would help (I still haven't finished my coffee). http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0073EXXO6/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?qid=1375358052&ref_=tmm_kin_title_0&sr=8-1 - 3John4  13.0 #4 9:15AM
Thanks!!! - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 2:25PM
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July 25, 2013 9:55 AM -  The Hub

Good morning mamas!! I feel like I'm in constant need of encouragement. I get a lot of that here and a few Facebook groups I'm in. I'm also always keeping my ears/eyes open to books that offer encouragement. One book that really does it for me is Todd Wilson's "Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe". I should read this book a couple times a year because it always helps and encourages me. It's such a gre  More...
We sooooo need encouragement!! I feel like a failure at least a few times a day! - Cass  4.5 #11 11:10AM
Thanks for sharing 3john4! I'm going to watch that. - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 4:22PM
I'm finding lots of great videos on this sight. :) Lots of different homeschooling subjects. - 3John4  13.0 #4 12:34AM
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July 13, 2013 6:33 PM -  The Hub

Couldn't resist a bit of hs planning for next year, even though we still have several weeks left in this years curriculum. Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!! 😊😊😊
Looks like a great way to spend the evening. - Mrs.mouse  20.2 #2 8:50PM
Love this!!!!! - gardeningthroughtheseasons  10.6 #6 8:43PM
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June 26, 2013 4:49 PM -  The Hub

So thankful today for Dictionary.com which is (barely) keeping me smarter than my 4th grader. 😳😳😳 ...at least for today...
Haha!! Yes, praise God for the Internet!! - MommyLuvs2  6.7 #8 5:56PM
One of my favorite websites! I also love the speller app on my phone. - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 10:46PM
I will have to check that out. My 5 year old is always asking me meanings to words. - I-love-my-family  10.0 #7 2:43AM
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June 14, 2013 11:16 PM -  The Hub

I had to share our new write on/wipe off boards. I've been looking for one for awhile and couldn't get over how much they cost. Then we found these two frosted glass doors at Ikea in the as-is area for $15/each!! (They were originally $85/each!!!) My hubby figured out how to hang them. One higher for me, and one lower for the kids. Yippee! Since we school in the dining room, I think it looks prett  More...
That's great! I think it looks great. I love ikea. I wish I had one closer to my house. - I-love-my-family  10.0 #7 11:54PM
Wow, so wonderful! Those will last longer then a white board and looks do nice!!! - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 8:43AM
Got to love the out-of-the-box thinking. Great idea. - MeTimesThree  5.3 #10 4:29PM
LOVE this!!! They look great!! - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 8:36PM
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June 10, 2013 8:33 PM -  The Hub

After studying the Israelites ALL year in history, today we finally started the Greeks!!! Don't get me wrong, I loved studying the Israelites. We're just ready to shake it up a bit. I can't imagine God's patience!! Especially with me! I'm just so tired of hearing the Israelites complain and turn their backs on God over and over again. What great lessons, but we had such a great day in history toda  More...
So awesome! Thanks for sharing! What an awesome lesson, for us all, to remember... As that's what the Israelites had such a problem with, forgetting Who God had been for them and what He had done for them!! We all can fall into being like the Israelites from time to time!! ❤ - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 11:55PM
I love history and what it can teach us! - I-love-my-family  10.0 #7 2:06AM
I love history too and all the great lessons found in it. :) - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 6:14AM
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June 4, 2013 1:13 AM -  The Hub

Up late making my list for CHEA! It's been so busy the last few days that it's sneaking up on me. Downloaded the new CHEA app (designed by our own app316!!!), and have a workshop game plan. Can't wait to be amongst the other homeschool families that LOVE this stuff. 😉
I will check it out! :-) - I-love-my-family  10.0 #7 3:56AM
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June 3, 2013 6:51 PM -  The Hub

Prayer Request: Please continue to pray for BluRayn and her family. Her youngest son has has a fever, head aches, and tummy aches last night and today and she is currently in the ER waiting for him to be seen by a doctor. They are in the same hospital as her husband. She has her older boys with her too. Praying the Lords grace on this family and that the doctors are able to help little Kian feel b  More...
I can't begin to fathom how difficult this must be. Praying for them. Please let us know how we can help. - Mrs.mouse  20.2 #2 8:34PM
Great news!! After a lumbar puncture, the doctors have ruled out meningitis. They've sent them home with doctors orders to rest, take fluids, Tylenol and Advil. Praise the Lord is wasn't worse. Praying for a good nights sleep for all and traveling angels for BluRayn's mom who will be flying in tomorrow to stay with them. - 3John4  13.0 #4 1:09AM
I am happy for some good news! I pray that Gods healing hand continues to bless them. I can only imagine the stress they are dealing with! Praying for them. - I-love-my-family  10.0 #7 3:55AM
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May 25, 2013 5:27 PM -  The Hub

I'm looking for some spelling suggestions for my (going to be) 5th grader. He has problems remembering words longer than a week past his spelling tests. He also frequently gets simple words wrong. He loves to write, and is good at it, so I don't make a big deal of it in his writings. I usually just correct it and praise him on his writing. He has a good background in phonics. He did Spelling by So  More...
Spelling is not a favorite around here. We have tried a few and this next year we are going back to sequential spelling (great for dyslexics.) My kids actually asked to go back to it. I really don't know how to make spelling more fun. - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 8:48PM
I like sequential spelling too! We just bought the new dvd-rom version of it too, which makes teaching much easier!! - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 9:39PM
We use Spelling Power. I wouldn't say it is fun, but my girls don't mind doing it. I will admit that they struggle with spelling. I think it is more my fault than the curriculum as I am not very disciplined with doing it regularly. - loveteachingmy4  3.9 #12 6:41AM
I had someone recommend All About Spelling for my dyslexic son and another son who likely isn't dyslexic but has a horrible time with spelling. We've tried both Sequential Spelling and Spelling Power, and neither seemed to stick. We're going to give All About Spelling a try over the summer. - emmelia  0.6 #139 10:00AM
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May 19, 2013 8:22 PM -  The Hub

Just wanted to check in and wish everyone a productive week ahead. I seem to be able to get two really good school days in and then I have a day of more unpacking and organizing (still getting settled in our new place). I really need to get more consistent. We'll be schooling through "summer", but I know a lot of you are winding down the school year. I just wanted to spread some encouragement and   More...
My son begins school this fall, but as it will be my first year homeschooling I think I will start early so I don't get too overwhelmed! I will be needing lots of advise from all of you that know so much more about this! I am excited, but extreamly nervous! - I-love-my-family  10.0 #7 11:14PM
Have a great week. Unpacking and getting settled takes forever. Go at the pace you need to for getting settled and for schooling. It'll get done. - Mrs.mouse  20.2 #2 9:03AM
It's blessedmama. ;) I haven't been on much since our passes expired. I'm more of a lurker. lol - 3John4  13.0 #4 10:53AM
Thanks! We are having a bit of a crazy week but going well. We are all looking forward to summer break (however, we will still do math through summer.) Unpacking and settling in does take time. It takes me a few months to finally decide where items should be haha! Hope you are enjoying your new home. God bless you :) - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 9:53PM
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April 22, 2013 9:28 PM -  The Hub

We finally got back to school today. Started out running around town, but it all came together in the afternoon. Had a great discussion after reading in Numbers about Caleb and Joshua's amazing faith in God. Added in a great History lesson. Got math done (and they didn't go backwards too far after so much time off). We even sprinkled in some spelling. Hoping tomorrow is even more productive. Baby   More...
Yay!! Always feels so good when things start to click!! - BluRayn  12.0 #5 9:46PM
Yay!!! Love how it all works out!! And they were learning wonderful life lessons during the downtime!! 👍😉 - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 9:51PM
Sometimes you need to get out of a routine and sometimes you need back into it. Have a great day! - Mrs.mouse  20.2 #2 11:25AM
Yay! Sounds like a great day. :) - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 10:15PM
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April 17, 2013 8:19 PM -  The Hub

I'm missing school!!! We've had workers in and out of our house, and I'm still unpacking. My kids are going a bit crazy, and I can't wait to get back to some structured school. They have way too much time on their hands. I think we will try and get back to it next week. And we are definitely getting out of the house tomorrow or I may just go crazy. Looking forward to coffee with you ladies tomorro  More...
Moving and unpacking is such a task. It took me months. I understand wanting to be settled and back to normal. I hope your enjoying your new home. I'm looking forward to coffee tomorrow night too. - Mrs.mouse  20.2 #2 9:01PM
I agree.... Moving and unpacking is quite the task!!! My kids get stir crazy too when the "normal" schedule gets off schedule. Looking forward to the coffee break too! - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 10:48PM
Remember, baby steps!! Get out of house for awhile, that helps. Then slowly ease back in. Do a nature study on something at the beach next time ur there. Read a book. Have them figure out some math problems based on how many boxes there are {everywhere} 😉 Don't feel like ur gonna get it all done right away, cuz it's not reality and then u'll/they'll get frustrated. Hang in there!! And remember....you ARE making progress!! - BluRayn  12.0 #5 6:23AM
Thank you ladies!! Today has been so much better. Started the day out of the house at the farmers market and exploring our new library. Trying to get the 3 year old down for a nap right now. Getting back into a nap routine is going to help a ton. One box at a time, and no time pressure, that seems to be the only way. ;-) - 3John4  13.0 #4 2:07PM
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March 21, 2013 9:09 PM -  The Hub

Hi Ladies! Not sure if @MPC still has a houseful of basketball players, but I thought I'd check and see if there was anyone ready for some invigorating math talk?? :)
I was excited to share about three books that I bought several years ago... They are called Family Math. They have the Younger Years, Family Math, and then the Middle School Years. They are SO MUCH FUN!! - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 10:40PM
I was totally looking forward to Mom's Coffee Break tonight, but I'm so amazed at all the awesome info that I gleaned! I'm almost excited about math :). I know my kids will be excited to shake things up a bit. I have several books on my Amazon wish list, and I can't wait to create an account at XtraMath. Also a few new apps to download. So much great information! Thank you ladies!!! - 3John4  13.0 #4 11:08PM
Oh I missed it :( after I got home from church I went Bach to sewing. I forgot. Well, I am going to at least read though the comments. I really stink at math to we use teaching textbooks (love the built in tutor) and play math games online. - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 11:26AM
Bump for those who might have missed this informative Mom's Coffee Breaks!! Also, feel free to start throwing out ideas for the next topic!! ;) - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 3:25PM
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March 15, 2013 8:20 PM -  The Hub

Looking at the moon tonight. I just brought the little kids back to the house, but my hubby and son are set up on the beach hoping to share this view of God's awesomeness with some campers.
Beautiful picture. - Mrs.mouse  20.2 #2 9:15PM
That is so amazing. My son is doing Apologia Astronomy this year. I'm hoping to get to Griffith Observatory at some point this year. - MeTimesThree  5.3 #10 9:39PM
Wow! :) - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 6:04PM
Every time you post a pic, I am in awe all over again. There's just something about it, being able to see beyond ourselves, our own space and into SPACE. Pretty sure that didn't make sense but it's still AWEmazing!! - BluRayn  12.0 #5 9:54AM
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March 14, 2013 4:06 PM -  The Hub

Once my little one wakes up, I just might join them. No one said learning can't take place out doors! :)
That looks so peaceful!! - BluRayn  12.0 #5 5:58PM
I can't lie BluRayn... No dishwasher, 400 sq ft for the 5 of us, one car, $4/load for laundry, no cable or Internet for my computer... not to mention we sold our home of 14 years and don't have a place to live yet... and yet this is the most peaceful I've been in years. Seriously, God is awesome!!! - 3John4  13.0 #4 7:32PM
Isn't God amazing??! After everything you've gone thru to get to where ur at, to have that peace is like a balm to your soul! So many memories being made that you will all cherish forever!! - BluRayn  12.0 #5 8:14PM
Beautiful!! I think I might frame this one if I were you, so you'll always remember this special time God has given to your family!! - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 8:12AM
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March 12, 2013 9:21 PM -  The Hub

We're short on books right now so while I was at my moms last week for the afternoon I downloaded The Burgess Bird Book for Children (Illustrated). It was only $1.99 on Amazon. We just read a couple chapters and its so good! It seems to be short stories about Peter Rabbit encountering different kinds of birds. Through the stories you learn all kinds of great facts about the birds and at the end of  More...
Wow!! What a great find! Thank you for sharing! You are totally inspiring me to want to pursue nature studies more. When my older ones were little, and we had just started homeschooling, I did my best to incorporate that... However, I have fallen away from it, using the excuse that we don't have much "nature" to study where we live. But, honestly, when I made a point of pursuing it, we found plenty of opportunities! God's glorious handiwork is everywhere!! ;) Thanks again, for all your great posts! - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 10:32PM
I just went and found that they offer a free edition for Kindle too! It doesn't have the pretty illustrations that the copy you purchased has. Those are probably nice to have... But, I figured I would download it for free!! Here is the link for the free edition: http://amzn.to/Zl8UpS Thanks again, @3John4, for drawing our attention to this title!! - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 10:39PM
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March 11, 2013 8:34 PM -  The Hub

I feel like I've been posting so much lately, but I just read this and thought it was so good that I'd share. I recently started following this blog and I love it more each time I read it. I think @MPC mentioned it somewhere, and that is what got me following it (sorry, I don't remember where). Anyway, she wrote Sunday about Delight-Directed Homeschooling and I think it describes exactly what our   More...
Agree with you both! And please keep posting! Your posts are so encouraging @3John4!!! Thank you for posting this! - gardeningthroughtheseasons  10.6 #6 11:22PM
Thank you ladies. Between being so passionate about this homeschooling venture we're on and my 'seclusion' these past three week on this mountain, I feel rather talkative. Just another reason I love this app so :)!!! - 3John4  13.0 #4 12:48PM
I agree with @gardeningthroughtheseasons, keep posting!! Love your posts! ;) - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 11:43AM
Thank you ladies. Between being so passionate about this homeschooling venture we're on and my 'seclusion' these past three week on this mountain, I feel rather talkative. Just another reason I love this app so :)!!! - 3John4  13.0 #4 12:48PM
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March 11, 2013 6:46 PM -  The Hub

This makes my homeschooling mommy heart swoon! He want to try typing his IEW paper on his own. His sister paid me a foot rub to do hers (Andrew Pudewa said that's okay!!). Thinking we are going to have to add typing into our curriculum once we get that Internet service back. Anyone tried BBC Dance Mat? My daughter has enjoyed the first few lessons. ht  More...
How sweet! I love the look of concentration on his face!! We haven't done any typing courses... I'm going to take a look at this one your shared!! Thanks!! Love all you've been sharing!! - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 9:27PM
My kids really liked BBC dance mat and I think it is a very good start. Becca was typing without looking at her fingers within the first few lessons. - loveteachingmy4  3.9 #12 7:40AM
I'm going to have to look into the BBC dance mat!! I'm loving the new things that I'm learning about from you sweet mommies!! ;) - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 11:42AM
So far my 7 year old has really enjoyed it. I posted about it on a fb board and some mommies cautioned that there are some questionable cartoon characters in later lessons (maybe to do with witches or something like that - some families may prefer to censor). Just a warning, like I said, I have nothing but good things to say about it so far. ;) - 3John4  13.0 #4 12:52PM
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March 11, 2013 5:03 PM -  The Hub

Took a late walk today, thanks to the time change. Sitting by the lake soaking up the last of the sun on this beautiful day. We brought the kids nature notebooks and colored pencils. Luke was happy to just talk to the ducks, but the big kids each drew great pictures of the scene. Trying to keep troubles with the purchase of our new house in perspective. Final loan docs came in today to be signed (  More...
Love this! What a blessing! - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 5:57PM
What a beautiful place to be put "on hold" while you wait for God's plan! Can't believe it was covered in snow just the other day. Beautiful photos! - gardeningthroughtheseasons  10.6 #6 6:01PM
Very sweet collage! - HomeSkaDoos  0.4 #140 11:00PM
How pretty!! - I-love-my-family  10.0 #7 11:15PM
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March 9, 2013 7:21 PM -  The Hub

Studying his star charts and making notes about what's visible tonight. I'm thinking the telescopes are coming out. ;) Hope it clears up soon!
Yay!! How fun!! More pics from your telescope adventures, pretty please!? ;) - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 8:25PM
I'd love to!! Unfortunately, its not clearing up tonight. The guys had fun doing some book work and star charting instead. The telescope is taking up a huge part of our living room, so I know the next clear night it will be set up. I'll share as soon as I can. ;-) - 3John4  13.0 #4 10:20PM
The boys and I were looking at the stars last nite. We don't have a telescope so we just looking, but still, it's awe inspiring. We were using a couple different apps on our phone/ipod that showed the different constellations. My 4 year old was getting a kick outta seeing the animals or people show up on the app as it showed the full constellation. I'd love to get away from the lights and see more of the stars tho, there's just something about it that just leaves you in wonder! - BluRayn  12.0 #5 12:49PM
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March 8, 2013 10:12 AM -  The Hub

And for school today, we will be working on TEAMWORK! :) Woke up to a beautiful winter wonderland. <3
YAY!!!! Beautiful! - gardeningthroughtheseasons  10.6 #6 10:14AM
Wow! That is beautiful, truly :) - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 10:23AM
Wow!!! That is beautiful! - HomeSkaDoos  0.4 #140 6:47PM
Love this picture. Some days I miss the snow. - mercyphoenix  3.3 #17 10:04PM
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March 3, 2013 1:22 PM -  The Hub

Just had to share our encounter with nature today. We were told about a Bald Eagle nest and today we watched either the mom or dad go hunting and bring food back to the nest for their two babies. I only had my phone with me, but he flew right over us once and I got a pretty neat photo of him. We are just loving the opportunities to observe God's magnificent world up here!
Here's a tid bit we learned... Bald Eagles are not very good nest builders. This couple was having such a hard time building a nest that their little ones wouldn't fall out of that a group got together and hired someone to build a platform in a tree for a nest to be built on. So now this eagle family has a safer home for their family. ;) I suppose we can all use a bit of help from time to time. We went out at sunset last night, but didn't spot any hunting going on. We did see a large hurd of white tail deer yesterday on a trip to Idyllwild for lunch. We've been watching the weather and are excited that some snow maybe in the forecast toward the end of the week!! - 3John4  13.0 #4 4:09PM
Oh my goodness, how perfect. God's creation is so amazing! What a beautiful blessing that God took the time to find you the perfect place to live in while you wait for your new home! Thank you for posting all your natural nature "lessons" - gardeningthroughtheseasons  10.6 #6 10:04PM
I love these posts! Thanks for sharing your little bit of heaven with us!! We're in a very urban area but not too far from some rural-ness. Ur pics inspire me to get out and explore! - BluRayn  12.0 #5 2:55PM
Thanks for sharing!!! - mercyphoenix  3.3 #17 4:32AM
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