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MommyLuvs2

MommyLuvs2
Blessed wifey πŸ’ to my hubby of 5 years, mommy to two princesses πŸ‘ΈπŸ‘Ά who are 1 and 3. Former 2nd grade teacher and REALLY interested in homeschooling! Right now just doing some fun preschool stuff with the 3 year old, and LOTS of reading! πŸ“š
Member Since: February 10, 2013
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 6.7 #8 ( Qual #8
March 3, 2015 11:30 AM

Hi everyone!! Is anyone still out there?? Lol! I haven't been in here in so long. Truth be told, I kind of gave up on homeschooling. :( but now my oldest is officially starting kindergarten in the fall, and I can't stop thinking about it!! I'm trying to look for local resources, here in Southern California. I feel like there aren't very many homeschoolers out here! For those who live here, what ar  More...
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 6.7 #8 ( Qual #8
December 14, 2013 4:45 PM

What "school" looks like for us right now!! Just thought I'd share 😊
Love it. My little girl is Audrey too! - Mrs.mouse  20.2 #2 8:49PM
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 6.7 #8 ( Qual #8
September 29, 2013 7:49 AM

Good article about public school vs. homeschooling from Answers in Genesis!! http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v8/n4/is-public-school-option?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AIGDaily+%28Answers+in+Genesis+Daily+Articles%29
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 6.7 #8 ( Qual #8
July 5, 2013 9:00 PM

Hi friends! I hope you all had a blessed and fun filled Independence Day with your families!! I am posting because my little girl is turning three in a few months, and I am wanting to do some very informal preschool at home with her this year. Any recommendations?? I am looking at a few printable programs, such as the $10 downloadable ones from Confessions of a Homeschooler and 1+1+1=1. I definite  More...
I have been out of the toddler season far too long to be able to share much but, I have heard some wonderful things about "Seeds Family Worship." I am told that its an easy way to memorize scripture. On Christianbook.com you can listen to see it you like it. - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 10:51AM
When I was doing preschool with my 3/4 year old, I got him a leap pad, and I used lots of books from the $1 spot at target to help teach numbers, letters, etc. They aren't Christian baised, but you can always add Christian baised items and add them in, like Bible stories & songs. - I-love-my-family  10.0 #7 10:55AM
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 6.7 #8 ( Qual #8
June 12, 2013 9:25 AM

It looks like we have a lot of new teachers here since the CHEA convention- yay! Please introduce yourselves!! 😊
Yes, welcome to the new teachers! We would love to hear from you! - I-love-my-family  10.0 #7 1:48PM
Welcome new teachers! Join in the fun. - Mrs.mouse  20.2 #2 3:41PM
Welcome to the teacher's lounge! :) - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 6:07PM
Yes! Yay for new teachers to come and encouraged and be encouraged! Welcome to anyone new!! 😊 - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 12:31AM
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 6.7 #8 ( Qual #8
April 25, 2013 8:56 AM

Hm, I tried to post this last night but I don't think it worked...anyway, going off of our Coffee Break topic the other night, I wanted to ask you all about schedules! Do you have one, even though you may not always be able to follow it?? 😝 Will you share yours here? I would love to see all sorts of examples from different families as I try to sort this out in our home. I don't know if it's pos  More...
Much like abidinginHim our schedule seems to change year by year. It really depends on life that year (new baby, toddler, moving, health, helping family). Of course, this is one of the beauties of homeschooling! The curriculum we use (MFW) has a grid type schedule, much like abidinginHim posted. Some days we go right down the grid, sometimes we change it up. I love how abidinginHim said to be careful to not let it rule over you. That is so important! We are not early people. I try to have breakfast at 9:00, and after cleaning up we start school. We try to start each day doing Bible on the couch (prayer, memory verses, reading scripture and discussing, worship). I find that if we don't start with Bible, our days do not work out as well. When we do Bible first, if our days gets highjacked after that, at least at the end of the day I know we were in the Word. This year we have been rolling right into history after Bible because those two subjects are very intertwined for us this year. Most of this is done on the couch as well. After that we head to the dining table to start on spelling, math, writing and english. I usually let my kids decide which they would like to do first. I try and take a look at what each of them need to do that day. I love when one of them is doing a review and can just get started on their own while I teach a new concept to the other, but it doesn't always happen like that. Often times one of them has downtime while I'm working to get the other started, so I will ask the one that is waiting to do a chore or play something special with their little brother. We continue this until lunch time (usually 1:00 or so). After lunch I put the little one down (he still wants me to lie with him until he falls asleep, and I covet that time to relax and have some down time). I try to assign the kids something to do independently while this goes on. If there is nothing, I ask them to have quiet reading time. They both love this, and we go to the library often to make such there are plenty of age appropriate books for them to read during this time. Books either on the history or science we are learning at the time, or good chapter books. Once I roll myself out of bed with the little one, we work on anything that needs mommy's full attention. Lately we've managed to get most of the time consuming stuff done by now, but we are still working on a light school schedule after moving. I also have a couple things for the kids to do on the computer. They love Spelling City to practice their spelling words. We have been using Typer Island for typing lessons. And we have Rosetta Stone Spanish too, but have not done that this year (hopefully we'll add it back in next year). These are things I can assign while I'm working one on one with the other one, or if teacher's had enough for the day ;-). A couple times a week we throw in art. We might wait until the little one wakes up if its something he can join us in. This sounds like a very full day, and when it all gets done, it is. But know that most days do not look like this. We take days off to spend with Nana. We take days off to visit relatives. We take mornings off to go shopping. I enjoy having what should get done in a day listed out for me. It's one of the reasons I love our curriculum, but it hardly ever all gets done. It's a guide more than anything, a suggestion. This is our school, and everyones schools/homes are going to run differently. I do love to hear how other people do it too though because there always seems to be some great idea I can glean from others who are on this path. Hopefully this didn't get too long. My little one just woke up and is asking to do math... another new change to our days. Math to him is having one on one time with mama playing a special game together. ;-) So time to run... - 3John4  13.0 #4 3:05PM
I had a schedule, but now with a 4 day old baby, my schedule has turned upside down and been thrown out the window! I will take any suggestions as to how to manage a schedule with 3 kids. - I-love-my-family  10.0 #7 9:41AM
Our schedule takes on a different look each year. My kids and I really like having one. The year that I pitched schedule was our worst year ever but we learned that we do in fact like to have a schedule haha. We just have to be carful to not let it rule over us and remember it serves us. I cannot post a picture in the comment box so I will post it separate. - abidinginHim  13.9 #3 1:27PM
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 6.7 #8 ( Qual #8
February 19, 2013 4:05 PM

What educational/Bible apps do you like for your kids? For the iPad, my two year old loves the Disney storybook apps, and the Dr. Suess book apps. She practically reads The Cat in the Hat right along with us now! I haven't found any good Bible apps for kids yet though...suggestions?? :)
We enjoy Stack the States, Stack the Countries and Grammaropolis. I don't know about a children's bible but we started incorporating the GLO bible. It has pics, virtual tours. - MeTimesThree  5.3 #10 9:25PM
My kids are young so they have drawing and alphabet apps. - I-love-my-family  10.0 #7 7:29PM
My youngest loves Monkey Preschool Lunchbox, she has a Nabi and their are some drawing apps and music apps she loves! I would love to know of any preschool bible apps - gardeningthroughtheseasons  10.6 #6 7:46PM
Look what I came across tonight! I am sharing it over on Pinterest too! I remembered that you asked here a couple of weeks ago!! Hope you see this, @Mommyluvs2!! http://www.notconsumed.com/2012/07/16/best-bible-apps-for-kids/ - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 12:15AM
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 6.7 #8 ( Qual #8
February 13, 2013 11:11 AM

Doing "school" with my two year old this morning :) (yes, nakey...shes not into wearing clothes lately...)Got all of this from Confessions of a Homeschooler- what a blessing that blog is!!
Love this! You inspired me to do this with my two year old girl! Love the blog too ! - gardeningthroughtheseasons  10.6 #6 11:21AM
Awwww.... I'm staring at Algebra. This looks more fun! - MeTimesThree  5.3 #10 12:40PM
Cute :-) - Cass  4.5 #11 11:04PM
Too cute!!! My 4 yr old would still be in this stage if I let him!! 'Course, with two big brothers that laugh at his silly antics, he still runs around in his bday suit at bed/bath times just to get some laughs. 😜 Kids these days! πŸ˜‰ - BluRayn  12.0 #5 9:16AM
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 6.7 #8 ( Qual #8
February 13, 2013 9:19 AM

Has anyone ever hatched butterflies with their kids? I just got this from amazon and am so excited to do it with my two year old in the spring! Her very own live version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!! πŸ˜„ I did it in my 2nd grade classroom too. They would observe the changes everyday and write/draw in their journals. Even with older kids its just a fun way to bring spring time right into your h  More...
We have!! Our kids LOVED it!! So much fun!! We found all kinds of interesting books, and also watched the Magic School Bus show about butterflies! - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 9:41AM
We have too! It was a favorite in our house. Such a beautiful reward for patience. All sort of great lessons. - 3John4  13.0 #4 10:20AM
I have always wanted to do one if these. I think I will look for one to do with my 5 year old! - I-love-my-family  10.0 #7 4:19PM
We have!!! And our boys wanna do it again!!! I think this is a wonderful and fun way to learn!! - BluRayn  12.0 #5 9:25AM
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 6.7 #8 ( Qual #8
February 10, 2013 9:56 PM

Hi there! I just wanted to do an intro! I am the blessed momma of two baby girls, two and a half and 6 months. I was so excited when I heard about this app on Mousewait, because I am thinking of starting preschool at home with my two year old! I just heard about Sonlight, and it looks like a lot of you use that, so I'm excited to get some good info on that here. Since my babies are still little an  More...
Welcome!!! Yes, we are Sonlighters!!! So excited to have you join the conversation over here!! 😊 - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 10:44PM
We're Sonlighters too, although we use some other things as well. Homeschooling is a beautiful thing, and most of the time we really enjoy it. I do have children who go to public school as well, so our days are very busy. Housework often takes the hit when time is tight. It took me a while to get used to that, and it still frustrates me, but I believe homeschooling is worth that frustration. Thankfully, my husband and children agree - at least most of the time. :) - emmelia  0.6 #138 8:47PM
Welcome. How exciting to be at the beginning of your journey. - MeTimesThree  5.3 #10 11:48PM
Welcome!!! Clean??? What's that? ;) I think as homeschooling families there are days when you need to remember to give yourself grace in the cleaning department. As your kids get older, they will be able to come along beside you and help clean. Remember, your house doesn't get a break several hours a day with your kids at school. Your house gets 'lived' in. I remember my cousin just starting to homeschool and coming over. She was so relieved to see my house was a mess that day. Made her feel much better. Hey, we live here, what can I say. ;) One more thing, my favorite motto, "my house may be a mess, but my kids aren't!" - 3John4  13.0 #4 12:11AM
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