Movie Day

Days like today are what summer is all about for kids: fun and friends.

We joined some friends for the $1 movie special and I must say I believe I enjoyed the movie more than the kids! Mr. Peabody and Sherman was great! I loved all the jokes tied to history.  At the end I offered my kids bonus points if they could name the three biblical references mentioned! They only caught one!

The movie got me thinking, though, of all the unnecessary trouble they found.  Of course I understand it was only a cartoon, but all the bullying, the problems with the little girl and the unapproved time travel could all have been avoided with one decision!  If Mr. Peabody had only chosen to homeschool Sherman!

Obviously, this would not have been a stretch from what they were doing. Sherman was well educated by Mr. Peabody in ways the school could not have offered.  He had been schooled at home by his dad in the most natural way a cartoon possibly could: with a time machine! He was well socialized with a variety of age groups and cultures all across time. Seems to me all the work Mr. Peabody had already put into his education could have just continued!

Now obviously I say all of this in fun. There is very little I would change about this enjoyable movie of mishaps!!

I know this all seems silly but I have come to realize after homeschooling for only a year (yes, we are still newbies at this I realize) but it does make you look at the world around you in a completely different light. Everything becomes a question of “What can I teach my children through this?” Everything becomes a learning experience and can open up so many other opportunities. No matter what the day brings we can all learn from it, questions spark whole discussions which lead to reading and research. We all grow and learn and ultimately become closer to each other!

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After the movie was lunch and some great history discussions, particularly about ol’ George Washington. The fun continued with time playing at a park we have never visited before (another bucket list item for the summer)! All in all a wonderful day! Finishing it off with art projects! So although we have already officially started our school year for 2014, with homeschool the fun never stops! There is always something new to explore and fun to do! I look forward to all the adventures and projects that this year will bring!!

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Thank you Lord for the opportunities you have blessed us with to be able to be such a part of our children’s education. Thank you for the blessing of friends, of sunshine and of fun!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.Praise the Lord!  Psalm 150:6

Love,

Tiffany

 

Life Changing Letter

importantletterToday was the big day!  The kids and I took a letter to the post office, certified mail!  This was a very special letter and we had make sure  it arrives where it needs to go.  This letter is a life changing piece of post!  Why?  Because it makes a life changing decision official.  Makes it real for every one of us.  What is that decision?
We have decided to home school our children!!! 

Very few people in our family and at church know we were thinking of this. firstdayIn fact it has gone on for the past 3 weeks at our house.  The kids first day of school was July 9.  So far it has been amazing.  Have there been frustrating days already, yep, you better believe it.  But has it already been wonderfully worth it……YES!!!!!  I have enjoyed it probably as much as they have, and they have had a blast!  In just a little over 2 weeks we have already done so much. Reached milestones, made memories, had so much fun that I can’t wait to continue on.

My husband has joked that this may just be an excuse to feed my office supply addiction, but even he has noticed how much closer the family is drawing.  He can see the change in our children as they are excited to read, to explore, to get involved!

In just these first few weeks we have accomplished so much.  I have managed to explain algebra with fractions to my oldest with no tears (on either of our parts – whew!)  And it was wonderful to see his face light up when he got it!  My youngest son has gotten so into creating things, he made our school flag and wrote us a motto tonight and was so proud of himself and so was I!  My daughter is picking up her letters and numbers so quickly.  She has begun to recognize them in random places and you can see the joy in her face as she shows them to us.

How did I miss this?  I considered homeschooling when our oldest (now 10) was about to enter preschool, but pushed it away thinking I could not do it.  Now I  am sad to think of all the moments of happiness and triumph I missed while someone else was with them for so many hours in a day.  Isn’t that part of why I chose to be a stay home mom?  Why was I willingly giving up my children.

Of course God’s word has been a key part of everything we do, history, science, art, you name it there is some way to relate it to the Awesome God we serve and this world he created!  It has been wonder.  As I type now, by their own desire, my children are making popsicle stick bible puppets so they can tell the stories to each other.  I LOVE IT!!!

There is so much more I want to say, so much I want to tell you about but I will wait. For now, I will share with you some pictures of all the wonderful things we have gotten to do so far and pray they continue on all year long.  So pray for us as we continue our studies at F.I.T. Homeschool (Footsteps In Truth).Fit test1

Some of the great experiences include:  petting a giant turtle and a python at our library,  Building pirate ships and cars,  making sun-catchers, scavenger hunts at the park, ball games where the kids were part of a group recognized for completing the summer reading challenge and where we were able to meet a celebrity!!  AGT’s Marty Brown.  Lil bit (in a picture similar to the one below) was even on the front page of the local paper.  All of this and we are just getting started!!PicMonkey Collage2

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