First Day of School

First Day Pix [with Favorites]


Somebody please remind me to interview my boys separately next year.  Either that or let my little [copycat] Buckaroo go first!  😉

This morning we read the first lesson from our Mystery of History book.  I love how MoH focuses on Bible history and inserts world history as it fits chronologically.  I searched long and hard for a history curriculum that taught history from a Biblical perspective but also implemented world history, too.  To me, each are important…. so I was thrilled to get my hands on this book.

With that said, I’m not in love with the aesthetic appeal of the book itself. It has a very organized layout (yay!) but there’s only plain black print, page after page with very few pictures to grasp [small] kids’ attention.  Sunshine is a visual learner and needs colors, pictures or graphics to keep his attention.  Buckaroo is definitely a move-and-groove kind of guy.  Sitting still is not his specialty, so I supplemented with additional activities to try and make the story more meaningful for my boys.

Bible History focused on the Creation story and the order in which everything was created. Discussed WHO created us and HOW, WHEN, and WHY we were created.

Science expanded upon the Creation story with an activity from this book called ‘Zany Zoo.’  The boys sorted animals based on whether they: walk, fly, swim or hop and we read facts about each group.

Speaking of facts, we all know that birds are lightweight by God’s design but did you know that some birds have bones that actually weigh less than a feather?  Or that the larger the footprint of a land animal, the slower it walks?  I never thought of it like that.  Guess Mommy’s [re]learning some concepts with the kiddos.  😉

Next the boys told me which day of the week God made land/sea/sky animals.

Math-  the boys cut out animal cards and graphed them according to one of the four categories (discussed above).  We discussed more/less.  Sunshine also completed a couple lessons from his Math book while Buckaroo worked on shapes, colors and recreating patterns.

Spelling-  Sunshine reviewed AAS level one from last year while Buckaroo was off playing in his room.  With his guitar.  Loudly.  😉  I was SO proud of Sunny b/c he only missed ONE   consonant team out of the whole box from last year….. that’s after doing little to no refresher spelling during the Summer.  [slacker Mommy]

Now we’re off to reload towers for tomorrow.  🙂  What did your school day look like?

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SEVEN [Simplified]

For several months I’ve been feeling the need to concentrate more on things of first importance.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of ‘life’ that we forget to ‘live.’  So with that in mind, I’ve been taking small steps toward living a simpler, fuller life.  And then I happened upon this video [below].  It might have made me giddy.  A little.  😉

Although I admire Jen’s determination, I don’t think I could make such drastic changes, so I devised my own version to do what I think will work best for my family.  And the best part?  I ran the idea by my sweet hubby and he’s totally on board.  😉  So here’s my family’s list [simplified].

SEVEN

7 months. 7 areas of focus for simpler living:

  1. POSSESSIONS: Full house purge. Donate excess to charity or individual families. (4 wks= 1 area/week)

  2. NUTRITION: No fast food. No prepackaged/processed meals. Real food as much as possible.

  3. SPENDING: No excess spending. Money saved can be given to families or individuals as the need arises. Cheap/free family entertainment only.

  4. GROWTH: Christian book study. Build character traits and cultivate family relationships with devotions/ family games, etc.

  5. SERVICE: Focus on visitation and acts of service for widows/ orphans, etc. Volunteer at soup kitchen, take groceries to elderly, etc.

  6. MEDIA: Refrain from all technological based entertainment. Game-cube, leapsters, and movies (aside from work/school) are shelved.

  7. RECYCLE: Reduce waste and recycle.

This month [is it September already?] we’ll be focusing on our possessions.  Need vs Wants.  There’s a lot of purging to do around my house so wish me luck!  😉

So what do you think?  If you decided to make small changes to your family core, what would they be?

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
~William Morris