Is Your History As Fun As Ours?

I have to admit I have never been interested in History. My husband, on the other hand, is a History buff, and loves it! Naturally because it isn’t my thing I have never really enjoyed teaching it. Until now!

 

Mystery of History is not your typical history curriculum. Between the fabulous content of the book, the fantastic lapbooks, and all the other extras that you can get to go along with it, there is never a boring lesson. My kids are loving history now, and we are ALL learning so much together.

Coloring the Continents

For one of our activities each of my kiddos are making their own lapbooks. We were just introduced to lapbooks last year, and they have quickly become a favorite in our house. Bright Ideas Press offers a supplement for the lapbooks, that come with easy to follow directions. All you have to do is print them out. We are taking 1 day each week during our history time to add to our lapbooks.

Adding the covers to the lapbooks

There are also activities listed with each lesson. We are doing several of those, as well. Last week, when learning about Adam naming all the animals God created, the kids made their own creation from clay and named them. They all loved this. My kids are very artsy so anything to do with arts and crafts is perfect for them. Here, are their creations:

 

The start of our clay creatures

Monkey’s Lion Snake

 

Tink’s Rhino Giraffe

 

Froggy’s Whale Shark

The Artist’s Scorpitron

I have a surprise up my sleeve for these week’s lessons. I am hoping I can pull it off. We are studying Dinosaurs the day before we leave on a trip. We will be VERY close to Glen Rose, TX, and it is loaded with fun things to do all centered around our big extinct friends. :)

So is your history as fun as ours? If not be sure to visit Bright Ideas Press!

 

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Our 2012/2013 Pics

Not Back to School Blog Hop

I love back to school time! I love new school supplies, new curriculum, and I love taking pictures of the kids to show what grade they are in. I like having the memory of their little faces so excited to get started on their new grade.  Here are some pics of our first day back!

The Artist

 

Tinkerbell

 

Froggy and Monkey

Monkey

Froggy

My Crew

 

I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of the school year as much as we are!

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Our First Week Back

In my life this week…

This week has been very busy! I already shared with you all that I have been trying to find a coop for the kids to attend. I think I have found it! Seriously, who knew it would take that long to find one. I spent hours on Google trying to find the perfect fit for our schedule, classes my kids will actually enjoy and of course that fits in the budget. The best part…I found one that is only 1 day a week, and this works fantastic for us! Next week will be even more busy. I start an awesome blogging class, Hello Mornings begins, and I get to attend my very first blogger conference next weekend! I am so excited, and will let you all know how it goes when I get back.

In our homeschool this week…

Monday was our official first day of school. The “schedule” has wake up time at 8 for all the little ones. They were so excited to get going the first kiddo rolled out of bed at 6:50. I really didn’t plan on doing a whole days worth of lessons. After all it was the first day, and so I just planned on letting them check out all the new curriculum. We ended up completing a full lesson plan that day, and every day since. I can not say enough great things about our curriculum choices for this year! My son who has hated math since he was in Kindergarten is now asking to do his math. This is HUGE for us.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Prayer! I am pretty sure prayer will be my answer to this question each and every week. I could not imagine trying to get through my day without it.

What’s working/not working for us…

Last week our schedule wasn’t working for us. I now have everyone on the new schedule, and it is working fantastic for us. The kids are in bed by 8:30; they are asleep by 9, and this gives Matt and I some much needed quiet time together at the end of the day. Our house is functioning so smoothly. The only down side is that we are not totally adjusted, so the one night we had to be out late, it really threw the kids off. I am sure as everyone gets more settled in, it will get easier.

I’m reading…

7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential by Zan Tyler-This book is a must read! Go pick up a copy today, you need to read it!

I am also reading The Mom Walk by Sally Clarkson-This one is fantastic and another great read for any mom.

I’m grateful for…

I am so very thankful for my four amazing kids. I love that they are flexible, and have maintained a good attitude through all the changes this year. We are finally finding something that works for us. After trying all the wrong things, their mommy finally got smart and gave it to God. It is amazing how great things go when he is in the driver’s seat!

I’m praying for…

I have been praying for connections with other like minded homeschool families. I am praying for all of my kids to find close knitted friendships.

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