Thursday, February 4, 2016

Why I am Grateful for Homeschooling {Not Back to School Blog Hop}

This is an interesting theme, and makes you sit and think...a lot... before hitting publish.  I found this very encouraging and beneficial as I go about my typical homeschool day.  It's easy to allow it to become mundane, but nothing helps like counting your blessings!

1. My kids are best friends
They have their moments, like all brothers and sisters do, but they're close and I'm grateful for this.

2. I get to witness firsthand as they learn new things.
I have truly loved teaching my son how to use the Bible, how to find Scripture verses, memorize the books of the Bible with him, and so much more.  I have loved reading history books with my daughter, and learning new things about great Christians who have lived before us.

3. We are together all the time.  
Yes, this is a good thing!  My husband is a pastor and a mechanic (with his shop at our house), so we are together all the time.  We enjoy this, and I've noticed when one of us are gone we feel the void.  My son always says he likes it when we are all home together.

4. We get to travel and not worry about days off school.
We've been able to do some fun trips.  Most of them have to be short because of my husband being a pastor, so since we can't be away for more than a few days at a time we just try to get out more often.  Last year we travelled to some awesome places here in Australia!

5. We learn together.  
Last year we did Apologia's Astronomy.  It was fascinating and we all learned so much together!  Some of their subjects they do independently, but we do history, science, language lessons, readings, and anything else we can find, we do together.

6.  I have absolutely loved being there to teach them how to read,
and listen to them read their first book.  What an amazing day it was when my son picked up a book and read for the first time on his own.  It made my heart swell.  It's such a blessing to have a part in this.

I often get the "I could never homeschool, I'd kill my kids" (figuratively speaking...I hope).  Here's the thing, I love my kids, I love being around my kids (most of the time), I want the absolute best for my kids, therefore I homeschool.  That's not to say we don't have our bad days, oh, we do.  But I keep in mind that in a few years they will be grown and out of the house, I can have all the alone time I want then.  Until that time, I'm going to soak up every moment with them, the good and the bad.

"The days are long, but the years are short."

Our Worldwide Classroom

Monday, February 1, 2016

Back to Scouts!

Scouts are back in session!
Cody is officially in cubs this year.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Homeschool Funny

This always makes me laugh. We did a few days of school this week and so far so good!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Homeschool Resources and Back to School Photos!

It's hard to believe we are entering our 10th year of homeschooling!
After 10 years I think I finally found my homeschooling grove, 
and I'm so excited for the new year!

Cody is in year 3

Autumn is in year 8

And here is our curriculum for the year.

Cody - Year 3
Math - ACE
English - ACE
History - Mystery of History
Science - Apologia
Spelling/Writing - ACE
Art - Various art books
Bible - Positive Action
Language - Kriol

Autumn - Year 8
Math - ACE
English - ACE
Literature - ACE (not sure if we will stick with this)
History - Mystery of History
Science - Apologia
Spelling - ACE
Writing - Apologia
Art - Various art books
Bible - Currently "A girl after God's own heart"
Language - Kriol

This is the curriculum we are planning to use this year.  I also go by how the kids are doing.  These worked quite well last year, so we're sticking with them for this year.  But if I find something isn't working for one of my kids, I'm happy to look for what will.  I want them to enjoy the learning process and not get burdened with the overload of workbooks.  I'm always amazed at how much they learn when they are enjoying it.  My son is fascinated with animals right now and thanks to Wild Krats he knows tons of interesting facts about all kinds of animals.  I want to encourage this!

I am also part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, so I have an amazing opportunity to review homeschool products and share them on my blog.  I've also recently been approached by a few other companies asking me to do reviews for their homeschool products.  I can't wait to share them with you!

In the meantime, I'm linking up with Our Worldwide Classroom and their "The All Australian Not Back to School Blog Hop".  If you're new here, I'd love for you to follow me on facebook or through the Google Friend Connect.

Our Worldwide Classroom

Thursday, January 28, 2016


I shared two weeks ago about a young couple coming to accept the Lord as their Savior.
Last week they followed the Lord in baptism.
We all walked down to the river from the church.

My husband said after he got in the water he heard a splash just a little ways up the river.
I do not want to think about the snakes and crocodiles that may have been in the area.

It was such an exciting day!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

What's Going on Around Here?

The kids have been enjoying all our board games during school holidays,
so we purchased Cluedo to add to our collection.
We had Cluedo Junior, but it was a big young for them.  They've been enjoying this one.

Autumn had a blue lemonade frozen drink right before we went grocery shopping.
And she says I'm embarrassing!

This is one of our many church dogs.
Cody has named them all even though they have names already.  :)

One of Autumn's friends sent us some Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate.
So, I took advantage of taking this popular photo on Instagram.
I was studying for my Kid's Club lesson, I promise.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

First Kid's Club of the New Year!

Last night we held our first Kid's Club of the New Year.  I wasn't sure how many kids would show up because we're still on school holidays and many families are away.  As you can see there was nothing to worry about!  We started a series on the life of Esther.