Friday, October 26, 2012

31 days of Homeschool encouragement- wrapping up our week - hsmommas journal

I'm writing this month to encourage homeschool moms. So far - I've shared bible verses and encouragement for every day use, some of our struggles, and  favorite activities. 

I hope you will find this a safe harbor - a place where you can gain inspiration as well as assurance that we all have challenges, and that God is faithful. 
They say parenting is the hardest job you'll ever love - and for the homeschool mom who is with her children day in and day out - it rings true all that much more. 

I'm sharing a peek into our homeschool week each Friday along with some of our favorite resources. 

We are blogging through the alphabet with my friend Marcy @BenandMe  - Her idea and the need to help my youngest son remember his letters and the sounds they make has inspired me to use her "letter of the week" as the format in our homeschool. This week we are working with the letter "Hh" 

In our homeschool this week -  "Hh" is for . . . 

Patrick Henry - hero  of American History and also the castles of Hungary 
(well, we are adapting the European castles in the art book to fit our needs) 
"Hh" is for Hungary in our country study this week

Homeschool tip - what works for me/us . . . 

Be flexible! Let your resources work for you instead of the other way around - if you get 
caught up in crossing every T and dotting every I - you'll never successfully  (happily) 
move through the curriculum with multi-ages in your home - pull what you need from it 
and find what works best for your family! 

Tangrams are Chinese and don't even start with an "Hh" - my former self would 
never have gone for it - but I have a little guy who needs something to do while we 
do our read aloud. I read "The Guns of George Washington" which we started on 
our "Gg" week - but it is "Hh" History! 

We are cooking this week…

End of last week - we gathered with friends to cook German food - one of our meals
was Stroganoff - which my husband says is Russian - BUT all was not lost - we enjoyed
the fun the meal and yummy leftovers for a couple of meals - AND it turns out 
our recipe is very much like Hungarian Goulash! (see Free unit study) 

We are reading …

We are using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons - It's working well for our littles! 
They are actually excited about their reading lessons each day and doing 2 each day at this point
We also worked on our bible verse:
 Psalm 62:6 
"He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I shall not be shaken."

The boys do copy work with the verses and sketch in their Bible journals. Our oldest son 
(and now our homeschool friend who is participating with us) are doing their cursive practice
with the verses as well. 

The boys each made a Hungarian flag and we filled out a special country sheet. I'm thrilled - 
my 2nd grader is taking the initiative to do more writing. I never thought I'd see the day! 
We also do map work for each country - and we are making paper "clothes" for our 
cardboard people (new project idea- people from Micheals craft store) 

My favorite thing this week was…

It was an amazing experience - I'll be writing about it soon for the brand new Wildlife Wednesday 

(giveaway going on now for Master Books) 

For our weekly wrap up post @AdventurezInChildrearing blog #Homeschool @ihomeschoolnet #HSwildlife

Family ride - looking forward to the next one! #outdoor #homeschool

Bike riding with the family and enjoying time exploring God's creation. The birds that landed right on us are called "Florida Scrub Jays". My husband stopped to adjust his hat and one landed on his head - and the other on his hand. Then another landed on my bike (my ole' beach cruiser) and others flew right up to the boys. It's highly illegal to feed these friendly birds - they are a protected species. They are intelligent and live in families - just like us! (the family part anyway) 

Freebies of the week … 

Labeling his Passport from @MasterBooks4u Passport 2 the World -Geography studies #homeschool #hsmommas            


  Hh is for Hungary - Unit study                                                     Printable world passport with country stickers 

Thank you for visiting  - I'll be posting daily doses of homeschool encouragement - with some detailed information about how we manage our homeschool - and struggles - daily throughout October. 

Please let me know if you find these reminders and information useful or if there is something else you are looking for. I am happy to share what God has led us through (some pretty big challenges) and how He continues to carry us through each day.

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