Month: September 2013

School Days

School Days

After I read Mollie The Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk ahead of rest time, she begged me to make her own little writing nook. I can’t wait to see her face when she wakes up! I simply cut out and stapled little books made of […]

Reckless Surrender

Reckless Surrender

And I stay bowed down face to the ground. Because only my posture reflects surrender. My heart rebels. Beating a rhythm of fear. Thud. You. Can’t. Thud. Do. This. Doubt pulsing red through my veins. This surrender. This dance. I sway in close. Then He […]

A Case of the Mondays

A Case of the Mondays

I wanted to write a really great post today. With superior photos of our activities. When I rolled out of bed this morning I had a vision of the amazing way the day was going to go. But the truth? I have four kids (and probably their mommy) with a case of the Mondays. And so you get a rambling note with cellphone pictures.

We got our math, language arts, spelling, history, copy work and literature done. We marked everything off our to-do list. But it was just one of those days lacking real joy in our work. I had a tired child, recuperating from a two-slumber party weekend. I had one who had a rough time doing work with a pleasant attitude. Saw some tears, saw some frustration.

But the beauty in this all? No, it wasn’t a stand-out day. But we got things done. We tackled attitudes and habits along with the academics. The kids learned something far more important than multiplication or diagramming sentences today. They learned that sometimes our work just isn’t fun. Maybe we’re having a bad day. Maybe we’re tired. But we still have to march forward…and marching is much easier with a pleasant attitude.

Colossians 3:17 tells us, And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Hopefully my kids learned that today.

On a fun note, I am loving, loving, loving our literature lessons! With confidence we’ve said “no more” to textbook learning for literature.  Here’s what we are learning right now!

american girl

Gracie loves the American Girl series but I had never considered them for school because she flies through one in a single sitting. But www.homeschoolshare.com has amazing lap-book resources for these books. After reading the book, Gracie researches the time period more in depth and creates a lap-book. You can’t see really well in this photo, but each section in the folder unfolds or pops up to reveal research she has done. So fun! A great deal of history interspersed with our literature each day. It was also a bit of a fun, non-stressful introduction to the school year. Before we hit the classic literature Mom loves. Wahahaha (cue: Evil Mom Laugh).

nate the great

Jimmy is reading Nate the Great this week. He put together his detective hat, magnifying glass and name badge. Later this week, he will assemble clues and words and write his own mystery. I love the dry sense of humor infused into this book. And I love that I get to enjoy all these books with my kiddos!

corduroy

Mollie and I are reading A Pocket for Corduroy together. We read Corduroy last week, and she was so excited to read the follow up story.  We will make a lacing activity on a Corduroy cut out and his pocket later this week. Today we talked about cities, diversity in culture and dress, occupations and laundromats. SO fun!

books

I will be working on a bulletin board (you know, around midnight when this stuff gets done!) so the kids can showcase the books they’ve read. I think it will be motivating and fun to see the books they’ve ate up!

So – that was a Monday here at the Brown-stead. My tired-and-little-bit-grumpy one made cupcakes and frosting this afternoon (therapeutic for this child’s soul, dangerous for Mom’s thighs). My five-year-old attended story time at our local library, made an adorable craft and had a snack. She met new friends and had so much fun. The littlest is napping (did you just hear the Hallelujah chorus too?). And my seven year old is building a miniature Stonehenge and watching Matilda. There is nothing educational or wonderful in that. We just all needed a little bit of a rest time today. Ha!

Hope YOUR Monday is fabulous – and if not? Praying whatever you are doing – you find a moment of blessing in it!

 

(I am not affiliated with www.homeschoolshare.com, nor am I getting paid by this site. I have simply been blessed by their amazing free resources and want to share!)

 

Stumbles and Bruises

Stumbles and Bruises

“No, Joy.” My voice was calm but firm…and quickly losing its calm. This child. This sweet surprise. Blonde curls and blue eyes snapping with humor and spunk. She was gonna be the death of me. I’d told her a dozen times to stop playing on […]

Spiritual Giants and Golden Pedestals

Spiritual Giants and Golden Pedestals

Spiritual giants. It’s a term my friend coined in reference to those people we look up to in our faith walk. The people who seem to ‘do faith’ so very effortlessly. While I’m here stumbling and slipping along my own path. But I’ve learned one […]