Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Books Used for Homeschool

We've been covering the 5 Senses in Science as n intro to Creation.  Using what God gave us to appreciate it.  After that we moved onto Day 1, Light, Energy and Matter.  We are currently covering Day 2 Water and Atmosphere.

In History we were covering a lot of the Romans during the times right before, during and after Jesus' time.  We have now moved on to the Huns and Barbarians.  I have also started reading Stories of the Pilgrims for Thanksgiving.  I really like this book.

So in my list on the side, these are books that we read, or looked through to see the pictures.

Happy homeschooling!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Julius Caesar and 5 Senses: Homeschooling for September 15 - October 23, 2011

School has started up again!  I love this time of year!  What fun it is to start a new year of teaching and learning together!  Ok enough exclamation points.

The kids and I are still reading the first book of The Story of the World this year.  We are almost finished.  I know I wanted to be finished with it last year, but life happens and it just didn't work out that way.  We've tackled India just a touch, China and Rome.  The kids love learning about China so I make sure to have extra books for them in that area.

Our Rome study has been longer because it's a larger section in the book than other areas.  There's a lot to cover in Rome!  Julius Caesar is our Star of the Moment in History.  I have always enjoyed learning about Rome.  I like all History really, but Rome was always a huge attraction.  

In Science I am using a book called Science in the Creation Week by David Unfred, MSc, MBA (I have no idea what those letters after his name mean!).  I am not using all of the activities from this book, but using it mostly as a guideline and for ideas.  I have used a couple of activities and will use another this week that I tweak to make it fit for us.  But I really really like the idea of teaching Science from a Creation aspect.  Very exciting!  And this book is from grades 2-5 with the different ages separated so you can easily tell what ages to teach what.  

We started out with Using Our Senses to Explore God's Creation.  We will finish that section this week and we get to start Day 1, Light.  How exciting, yes!?  

Oh and the drawback about that book for Science is that it doesn't explain the subjects, it gives you the activities to help instill them.  But that is a plus for me in a way because that gives me more to plan, which I love to do!

For math I am using Lesson Pathways online as a guideline.  I have set up the subjects that I want each of them to learn and then I go through for the week and choose what links we will use.  After we learn a topic, there are games or videos for the kids to watch.  Then I find something relating to what they learned in their mathbooks that we use.  They are just worksheets.  Bubba is using A Beka and Stinky is using A Beka and another one.  

This year I am going to start using more things for homeschooling such as YouTube videos.  We've used it a few times, but I want to do it more.  I also want to use my Powerpoint more often and have fun creating slides and teaching the slides for the kids.  I think that I might do one for the next week of school on one of our subjects.  

We are also covering these other subjects as well: English, Language Arts, Phonics, Spelling, Reading and PE times.  But those are pretty boring to write about.  

Except for I can add that the kids and I have picked up a new hobby called Hooping.  Remember Hula Hoops?  Well we are making our own, because they are much better to use for adults and for the tricks that we are doing, and we hoop for hours on end.  It's great exercise because it uses all of your muscles at once and is like aerobic.  

In fact, if you'd like to see a video of my kids hooping, check out my Youtube page!  You can also check out Bubba's trick basketball shot that was inspired by Dude Perfect, whose videos are favorited (not sure if that's a word, but it sounds good) on my YouTube!

And one last word before I sign off.  I want help spreading the word for my new organization.  It's called Hooked on Hope Organization and I started to help families in need or to bring comfort and love to ill people.  The ultimate goal is to spread the Love and Word of Jesus Christ!  Here's my Facebook page and Blog.

On the side is my Amazon Carousel widget for the books that we read this week.  Not included are The Sense of Touch, The Sense of Taste and The Sense of Smell by Mari Schuh.

Hope to see you around all year!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

First Week of School Year 2011

So many things are happening so quickly.  So our first week back to school was very messed up.  I should have waited to start this coming week. 

On Monday, things went pretty good considering that I had been so busy with things that I hadn't had time to get everything ready.  But I really wanted to get started, so I did.  Little did I know that I would get a phone call that afternoon from someone at the state office offering me a temporary job as an assistant.  They wanted to do the interview right away, so it was scheduled for the next afternoon. 

On top of all of that, my Father-in-Law was also having surgery to remove an aneurysm that was located in his neck.  It had caused a stroke already and was only only about 9% of a blood flow.  That surgery was scheduled for Thursday, but he had many appointments before then and my husband was helping him.  Our week was pretty much booked up with doctor appointments, surgeries and recoveries.

Tuesday dawned and I was busy most of the day and then went to my job interview.  I was given the job.  It's only for 3 months and I have no idea what I will be doing except handling paperwork and filing.  I am not really looking forward to this, but I have to do it.  She wanted me to start the next day, but I told her about the surgery and she agreed to wait and have me come in on Monday.

Needless to say, there was no school done on Tuesday.

Wednesday was pretty much my last day to be horrifically lazy all day for a long time, so I took advantage of it and we didn't do anything but prepare for the surgery the next day.  No school was done.

Thursday dawned and we were already on our way to the hospital.  We were out of our house at about 6am so it was still dark when we left.  We were at the hospital for probably 10 hours and there was no school done on this day.

On Friday we knew that we were heading into the hospital at some point but we didn't know when.  I wanted to get a lot of the housework done before I start work tomorrow.  I did get a lot accomplished and that was nice.  But we didn't do any schoolwork.

We will just finish last week's schoolwork this week and not worry about it.  That's the beauty of homeschooling!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

2011 School Planning

Hello hello!  Sorry it's been so long!  Our break is almost over and I just finished the main outline planning for the school year.  We start school on the 15th and I am so excited!  I need to hurry up and finish decorating my room!

I have the majority of my school plans outlined.  The rest I am going to do further into the year to see how we are progressing.  Since I love to plan, I leave the day to day planning for the week before.  But I'm too excited to start, so I will start planning for our first week probably tonight.

I have a fun and exciting year planned!  For Science I am going to use a book called Science in the Creation Week for grades 2-5.  This looks very interesting.  I am going to add my own stuff to it so they get the ideas in concrete because the book doesn't go in depth in teaching.  It's more for some science labs and activities.    After we are done w/that book, I will be using The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett for some Social Studies I guess you'd call it.  After that, we will study missionaries. We'll also be reading Stories of the Pilgirims during Thanksgiving time.

For Phonics for Bubba, we'll keep using the Hooked on Phonics because it's working so well for us.  Stinky will finish her English book that we got her in the middle of last year by Rod & Staff and we'll get her going on a new book.

For Math I am going to use a website called Lesson Pathways.  I am basically going to follow their math program suggestions, use some of their info and add my own teaching to it. 

History we are going to finish Story of the World book 1 and start the 2nd book. 

During our Bible study we will finish reading the Bible that we're reading and then maybe move up to a higher level Bible for children.  I haven't decided yet.  Maybe just individual character profiles too.

For Language Arts so far I have planned to read: The BFG by Roald Dahl; The Boxcar Children #2 Surprise Island by Gertrude Chandler Warner; Grimm's Fairy Tales; Spy for the Night Riders by Dave & Neta Jackson; Superfudge by Judy Blume; The Queen's Smuggler by Dave & Neta Jackson, George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl and an abridge for children version of The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss.

I can't wait for school to start!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Workboxes Week 1 & 2

Before I start my post I would like to say this:  I did not read the book about workboxes before I started, so I am not using the exact system that people use.  I have looked at blogs and made up my own system as it would work for me.

I decided to try these workboxes to see if they helped to simplify my life.  For school and home.  And it did!  I am so glad that I gave this a try.  I used cereal boxes for each box, instead of using the plastic shoe tubs.  My girlfriend and I decorated the boxes ourselves.

First I sat down and decided how many boxes I would need and how many I would use for both kids or individually.  After I had that figured out, I sat down to decorate.  I have a box for Math, Bible, Science, History, English and one for my daughter.  I still need to make more boxes.  I also took macaroni & cheese boxes and used those for each child to have their own chore box.  

Last week was the first week that we used them.  We started on Monday and finished Friday.  I told the kids how to use them.  They were to go through each box and do the work included by following the lists in each one.  I have made it simpler by using color-coded paper clips to hold their work together for boxes that they have to share.

For example, they share a math box.  So I write a list for each one with their assignments for the whole week on it.  Then I put the worksheets with the list and hold them together with a paper clip. Bubba gets orange and Stinky gets yellow.  Each day, after they do their work, they put those pages on the back of the pile.

Each day when I tell them it's time to get up, they have the option of starting with whatever box they want to.  If it's a box, like history, where they have to wait for me, then they do.  They have all day long to finish their work.  It must be done by 7pm.  They have to at least do that days work, but they can work ahead if they'd like to.  At the end of the week, (Friday night at 7pm) when I check the lists, whatever is not done will be noted and privileges for the weekend will be lessened. 

Last weekend, they had a birthday party to go to, and that worked well for motivation.  If their work wasn't done by Friday night, they couldn't go to the party on Saturday.  This week, there wasn't any plans for the weekend, but they know that TV and Wii privileges will be taken away for the weekend.

This saves me from having to yell and badger them all day long to get their work done. I give them reminders during the day and that is about it.  It also makes them responsible, not me.  I have enough responsibilities to worry about.

Week 2 was this week.  I was hoping that it would not be something that just lasted for a couple of days.  It is still working great.  I have collected 2 more cereal boxes that I need to wrap and decorate.  Tomorrow I will be sitting down and gathering all of the needed supplies and lists for the week and stuffing them into their boxes.

I did borrow the idea of decorating the cereal boxes from another blogger, A Mother's Journal.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fruits and Nuts Review for Shining Dawn Books

Last week I was lucky enough to win an ebook called Fruits and Nuts to review by Shining Dawn Books.  I am so glad that I won this too!  I have read through it but let me tell you, I can't wait to try it for homeschool!

So the first thing that I loved was this was all put together with all of these different activities, before I got it!  I didn't have to plan and try to come up with activities or different materials to use.  And honestly, I wouldn't have thought of using art or music with fruit and/or nuts in it!

Having 3 pages of activities for outdoors, 4+ pages for hands on activities and just over 6 pages of writing and research ideas!  Ideas such as "Play a blindfold fruit and nut game" and the instructions are included; What is Grafting?; Which Fruits & Nuts are poisonous?" and many more!

To finish off the unit lessons there are Bible lessons, poetry, artists and picture study, books, composers & music and related internet links.  There was about 30 pages of notebooking!  Even pages to help with Nature Clubs or Co-ops and having a scavenger hunt!

Another factor that I loved was that this was perfect to use for kids of all ages.  It is extremely easy to adapt to each age group and still teach them all at the same time.

I can't wait until I can order another one of these books for a unit study.  Check them out here at Shining Dawn Books.  Fruits and Nuts is available for $8.95 and is 64 pages of wonderfully fruit filled information by Cindy West and Melissa Leach.

Marriage the Christian Way

Do you ever feel like there are times in your life when God is subtly trying to tell you something?

A few weeks ago, I took my son into the doctor for an appointment.  When I left my house and hubby, all was well.  He was going to wait for us to get home because he had a dr. appointment also.  The dr. appointment was not very long at all, one of the benefits of going in before any of the birds are singing outside. 

When the kids and I got home, we knew that Dad was gone.  We wondered where he was since he was waiting for us to go to his dr.  We searched through the house and no Dad.  I searched outside and no Dad.  There wasn't any note from him telling us where he went. 

There was evidence though that something was amiss.  His bracelets were on the table, and he wears them everyday.  Doesn't leave the house without it.  He also always is armed with his pistol, and I found that in the closet. 

I called next door to see if he was there and no one answered.  My sister-in-law lives next door.  I walked over towards the house and couldn't hear them talking.  I can always hear Greg talking through the house!  All of the lights were even off.

After searching more and not finding him, I decided that I had better start asking some questions.  I called his friend to see if he had picked him  up.  Nope, not there.  So I went over and knocked on his sister's door and woke her up.  She thought maybe he went to the hospital.  She saw that an ambulance was here, came over to see, saw Greg was sitting up and alright and went back home so he didn't have an audience.

So the kids and I came back here and called the ER by our house. 

Yep, he was there.  He had been having chest pains and called himself an ambulance.

As I sat in the hospital room with him, waiting for the results of all of the tests they were running, I was thinking about marriage.  I can be selfish a lot.  I am not always the nicest person to my husband.  There are times when I  am selfish, rude and impatient with him.  I was thinking of all these things and reminding myself that this could have been it.  This could have been the time when something went wrong and I am in this parenting thing and marriage alone. 

I started to think back to the material that I was reading from Eternal Encouragement, formerly TEACH Magazine.  I had received a bundle pack on marriage to read.  There were so many stories and uplifting articles to promote and honor marriage.  I thought back on what I had read recently and knew that I was not being the best wife that I could be.  And Greg deserved more than that.

The Marriage Bundle that I received included 5 e-books, 7 e-booklets and2 back issues from TEACH Magazine to read articles and stories about marriage, and the other 2 were audio recordings.  The value of this bundle is over $100 but you can order this for $39.99 for the electronic download version or you can order the shipped version and pay $49.99.  There are currently 19 different bundles to choose from, including topics on Character Training, Family Time, Godly Women and Homeschooling.  You can check these out on Eternal Encouragements website.

The information in these bundles are sure to be something that opens your eyes.  It is always nice to read about marriage from a Christian point of view too!  There is no slander from Mrs. Lorrie Flem about marriage.  She is nothing but positive and godly while teaching us the way to be Christian wives and mothers.  The Lord has definitely blessed her with information to share with Christian women.

I wonder if God was trying to teach me my selfishness and ungodly ways of living by Greg going into the hospital.  This event made me stop and examine my marriage and the ways that I don't live up to what God wants me to be.  My husband deserves so much more of me than I give him and this seemed like a gently push from my Heavenly Father to shape up.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Progress Is Being Made

Lately we have been quite slack over here in our homeschooling.  There is so much going on right now and I am almost feeling overwhelmed by it all.  It's not really BIG things, just little things that take a lot of my time or thoughts. 

I think for the rest of the year, I am going to concentrate on the math and english.  We do really well on the other subjects and those are easier to get done.  But we really need to do some work on the math, like memorizing the addition table for starters.  Then Bubba and I need to get going with his Hooked on Phonics and Stinky needs to scoot with her Rod and Staff English series. 

What I really need to do is get myself organized so that I can let them get their work done on their own while I'm dealing with some of the other messes going on around here.  Like I need to have their work all ready for them each morning.  Then they can do whatever they can on their own and I can help if they need help. 

I just really need to get on the ball!

We will definitely be working a little bit longer into June than I had planned.  But that's ok with me.  That's the beauty of homeschooling!

Friday, April 22, 2011

My Quiet Place

Do you have one of those special places where you can go and be alone to think, read, study or pray?  I do and I love it.  I have a special bench in my bedroom that I can go in and sit.  There’s a table that came from my great-grandma that I have set up to use for my cup of tea and such.  When I have a few spare moments without kids and hubby needing something, I like to escape into this tiny little get away and have a few seconds of quiet.  

One of my favorite things to do while relaxing in my haven is read.  Imagine my excitement when I received my first Eternal Encouragement magazine in the mail.  Formerly known as TEACH Magazine, Eternal Encouragement has changed the name but is still the delightful and uplifting Christian magazine for women out there!  I receive this magazine from participating with The Gabby Moms.

I took the magazine into my place of solitude and  took a little bit of time to study the cover before I started reading.  The cover was beautifully laid out and I loved the photo!  The theme for the month was also noted on the front.  This issue’s theme happened to be Time Flies.  

I found many of the articles in this magazine very helpful and wonderful advice for Christian moms, wives and homemakers.  A few of my favorites are:

  • Yippee, It’s Free! by Hollie Snowden: This article had loads of free websites for kids and for time management.  
  • Then Sings My Soul by Brianna van der Veen: I thought that this was a great reminder for moms who are so busy and can get caught up in getting their to do lists done.  It’s important to take the time to slow down and enjoy the “explaining” moments to your kids.  They are teaching moments that you can’t bring back!
  • Four Principle of Not Wasting Time by Mrs. Lorrie Flem: Mrs. Lorrie Flem is always a good read!  I don’t know what it is about her, but she has the best Godly advice for Moms!  This article was perfect for learning how to use your time wisely.  
In each issue of Eternal Encouragement there are wonderful and inspiring articles on marriage like The Wonderful Life of a Wife; on homemaking like It Just “Donned” on Me!; and parenting articles like Tempter to Tranquility.  All of these articles are some of the most precious tips that are right at the fingertips of Godly women, written by Godly women.  

Another thing that I really enjoyed about this magazine while I was devouring it in my quiet place was the size and appearance.  It wasn’t full of junk ads inside.  And the size was just perfect!  It wasn’t a full size magazine so it fit nicely into my hands, or into my purse when I took it with me on my trip out of the house!

This is a magazine that I can’t wait to get my next issue!  If you'd like to see for yourself the wonderful articles that teach women how to live like Jesus, go to and order a subscription for only $25.97 per year!  You get a free book download and if you sign up for 2 years you will also receive the popular Family Fun Night mini bundle!

I received this product for honest review from Eternal
Encouragement Magazine as a part of The Gabby Moms blogging program. All
opinions expressed are solely my own.

Monday, February 21, 2011

It's My Job to Make My Marriage Better

Have you ever had one of those days when you’re struggling with a problem, then you receive some sort of uplifting message that pertains to your problem?  Like it’s a direct message from God?  I had one of those the other day.

I was struggling with some issues about being a wife.  To put it easier and make this much shorter, I was being selfish.  While sitting in my own selfishness, and having a pity party on my own, I checked my emails.

As a Gabby Mom, I do reviews for them and part of my review for February was to read a weekly newsletter that I receive every Thursday from Encouraging Moments (formerly TEACH Magazine) I checked me email and wouldn’t you know it?  The subject was on being happy in your marriage.  This quote by Lorrie Flem caught me, and I had to admit my guilt to myself and God:

“Marriage isn’t supposed to make you happy.  It’s supposed to make you married.  It’s your job to make your marriage happy and satisfying.”

That opened my eyes right then and there.  Then I told myself, there must be a reason that God wants me to read these weekly newsletters.  

Lorrie has nice little sales that she includes at the end of her letter for shopping at the store at with great bargains.  Under Lorrie’s letter is also more information available on different subjects.  Drastic Discounts where there is an offer for something reduced from the store and On Facebook This Week includes a quote that Lorrie said this past week along with a follower of Lorrie responding!  You can also find out how to meet Lorrie in person, order the magazine Eternal Encouragement Magazine  and a Timely Tip.  

But the best part to me was Chick Flicks for Mom that takes you to videos that Lorrie has made and posted on different subjects.  Here you can watch videos with helpful information and priceless advice and ideas from Lorrie on the subjects Children, Godly Moms, Godly Wives and Godly Women.  Definitely looks like the perfect site to gain support and ideas for homemaking, being a good mom and good parenting.  But first,  I chose the Godly Wives to see what treasure of advice Lorrie had for me to use now with my marriage.

I found this video, Undergirding Your Husband and thanked God for being led to this.  This is information that I know, but I often forget ignore.  I try so hard to be a good and Godly wife.  But I am a human and I fail.  I get selfish and often respond with, “I don’t deserve this”.  That is not Godly!  That iw the wrong attitude to take.  If you ever find yourself feeling that way, you should watch this video!

Maybe there is a message out there that God is trying to give to you.  If you’d like to receive these emails every Thursday from Lorrie, click here and sign up to receive the email newsletter.  

I am reviewing Encouraging Moments as an official member of The Gabby Moms blogging program for Eternal Encouragement magazine.  I did not receive compensation for this post and all opinions are solely my own.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Correction on Previous Post

I just wanted to let everyone know that I had made left out crucial information on my blog post about the review for TEACHMagazine.  First, I would like to state that they are no longer TEACHMagazine, it is now Eternal Encouragement.Magazine. 

The second thing that I did change in my blog post was that I was mistaken about how to order the book, and now I have given the correct information.  And there is even a coupon code added to order the book $4 cheaper than those who don't read a GabbyMom review blog.

The blog post is here.  Thanks for your patience and understanding!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Homeschool Blogging Catch Up

The last week that we did in homeschool covered the water cycle in Science.  We read a couple of books on that along with some Bible verses that said a little about it also.  They totally understood this and even knew most of it before I started to teach them. 
I think the best things that happened while I wasn't able to blog about them was the week that the kids got to choose what they would study that week.  I gave each of them a list of 3 things that they could choose from to learn and do some sort of project on.  Bubba chose trapping and snaring and Stinky chose sewing. 
Stinky and I went to Michael's craft store and picked out a simple little unicorn picture that she could learn to sew with. 
Bubba got to do his with his dad.  They had built a fort in Greg's living room to hide under while they had rigged up a tub to show him how to trap animals.  They both had quite a bit of fun doing this project.  Bubba took what he learned and played with his dolls after that trying to trap them. 
Here are the books that we read for this school week:

Homeschool Week I Have No Idea

Since I lost my computer for about a month or so, I didn't get a chance to keep up with my homeschooling weeks.  But we really haven't done that much reading in that amount of time because we haven't been doing as much reading.  This is a list that I was able to make but I wasn't able to transfer the list to my blog.  I just love these Amazon widgets:

For this particular week in school, we were learning about air for science.  We read a few books that explained it quite well.  The kids understood what I expected of them.
We were studying the Phoenicians during this time in our history. 

The Gabby Mom Mission #1 *EDITED*

My first mission as a Gabby Mom was to read and review the book called True Treasures: Ten Years of TEACH Magazine presented by Mrs. Lorrie Flem.  Lorrie felt led by the Lord to put this collaboration together of articles written in TEACH Magazine by some of their best authors.  Lorrie’s own mother was a large part of the TEACH team for many years.

The book was split into 6 different chapters that touched on each area of importance in a Christian woman’s life.  

In the first chapter called Jewels That Make the Heart Sparkle I read a great piece by Mrs. Lorrie Flem called His Wheel = His Will.  This brought to me a wonderful reminder that we are the clay and we can not form ourselves.  Therefore, we need God’s loving, masterful hands to fix the problems that we face in ourselves.  We can not change ourselves, but He can.

There are chapters that cover marriage, parenting, homemaking,k homeschooling and godly living.  I kept notes while I was reading each article and came out with 2 pages of notes that have combined information from all of the chapters!  One of my favorites that I wrote down to keep note of for myself is Bible Verses to Pray for Your Children by Author Unknown.

I also found some useful and inspiring quotes in True Treasures.  Two of my favorite are both said by Lorrie Flem.  “Satan is thrilled when we think of our jobs as a never-completed to-do list.  He wants us to feel trapped in our roles, defeated; and unable to see beyond today.  But, as always, God has a different opinion.  In I Kings 17:17, God calls us ‘the mistress of the house’ and the Hebrew word for mistress means to be master or to have dominion over.  You are in charge of your home.  This is an awesome responsibility, because your job is to make your home a little picture of God’s big picture.”  Doesn’t that just put it into perspective?

If you are interested in reading this Godly collection of writings from inspiring women, please check out and order True Treasures today for only $19.95!  And as a reader of A Peek Inside, you can use this coupon code GabbyMom and you can get $4 off! That coupon code is good until the end of May.  There is something for all of us included!  Be ready to do some heart searching and praying about the ways that you can bring God into your family life even more than you do now!

I received this product for honest review from TEACH Magazine as a part of The Gabby Moms blogging program.  All opinions expressed are solely my own.