Homeschooling…Let’s Do This!

Should we or shouldn’t we? My husband and I went back and forth on deciding whether or not to homeschool our kiddos. We made the decision to give it a try! Our little man is four years old, so now is the perfect time to go for it. He has been in a preschool program for a couple of years, and we’ve also worked on a lot of things with him at home…letter names and sounds, numbers, colors, shapes, patterns, writing his name, cutting, tracing, and even a little bit of adding.

The idea of homeschooling seems like a big undertaking. It is. I definitely need a plan of action and a schedule. Here are some helpful tips that I came up with:

Gather Materials

  • Books, books, books! – Use your own, swap with friends, or hit up your local library!
  • You can gather a ton of ideas from Pinterest and other blogs.
  • Get connected with other friends who homeschool or teach.
  • Don’t know how to make a certain craft? Stumped on crafts or themes to follow? Google is your best friend!πŸ™‚
  • Hopefully, the weather will be cooling off soon. Hit up some yard sales in your area. You’ll be surprised at some of the gems you will find at great prices.
  • Also hit up your local thrift store. The one in our area that I like to frequent has kids’ paperback books for 50 cents and hardback books for $1. You can’t beat that!

ImageAssess

  • Evaluate your kiddo on letter recognition, letter sounds, number recognition, rote counting, etc.
  • Having this info helps you with the areas where your child needs focus.

Create

  • Establish an area that is learning focused.
  • Make learning areas fun!
  • Reduce the amount of distractions during learning time.
  • Create a reading area that is quiet and comfortable.

Include

  • When possible (and necessary) include younger siblings with crafts and reading.
  • Make activities as interactive and hands-on as possible.
  • Have games and activities that can be done independently as well as those that require instruction.

So, there ya go! I am SO excited about getting started with homeschooling my little man! The teacher in me has a ton of ideas rolling around in my head.πŸ™‚ I’ll share any ideas, tips, and hiccups I have along the way.

What are your ideas? Got a plan of action for this school year? I’d love to hear them!

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Chalkboard Hope

There are so many things I love about this picture. This past Sunday was my last day as the Sunday coordinator at our church. I walked in the coordinator office to start the day, and this precious gift was waiting for me from a sweet friend.Β  I was determined to choke back the tears and get ready for the many volunteers and kiddos who were about to come through the doors. Of course, the floodgates opened the moment I got back into my car several hours later to head home! I’m talking ugly crying here, folks.

So, back to what I was saying…Here’s what I love about this picture. 1) The teal vintage pitcher 2) The vintage yarn {swoon} 3) The adorable card with the plantable hearts. Yep, I just said plantable hearts. While I love everything about this gift, the hearts have to be my favorite! You see, there are seeds made into the paper. How stinkin’ cute is that?! Now, when the seeds to start to sprout and bloom into beautiful flowers, I’ll think about my sweet friend, Angela.πŸ™‚

Speaking of Angela, you need to check out her etsy shop, Chalkboard Hope, where you can find these sweet hearts along with several other handmade items.

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So I’m back at it again!

Let’s see if I can give this blogging thing another try!πŸ™‚ I was so inspired by the blog of another friend. She wasn’t trying to stay on top of the latest decorating trends, newest recipes, or showing you what she found on Pinterest that week. (Don’t get me wrong…I read those kinds of blog on a daily basis and love them!) However, I find most of them intimidating. You know, like I’m not doing enough. She simply posts the newest pictures of her kids and what was going on in their life. She is so real that it’s refreshing! Of course, if she finds an idea she likes or has used, she’ll post it. With that said, let’s see if I can give this blogging thing another try, all intimidation aside.πŸ™‚ I’ll start with showing you how crazy fast my kids have grown over the last year. Slow down, kiddos!

 

Fast forward to now....Whew!

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Pom Pom Rug

In an effort to reduce and organize my yarn stash, I’ve been trying to think of ways to use my leftovers instead of throwing them out. I’m currently working on a yo-yo throw, but I’m only using a certain type of yarn for that project. What do I do with all the rest? Then I came across the pom pom rug. They are so stinkin’ cute! Here are some I found in my searches…

And here is my version of the pom pom rug. It seemed like it was going to be somewhat bigger until I started stitching it together. I strung the poms onto long strands of yarn, then I formed them into a circle and stitched them together.

I wrapped the yarn around my fingers 40-60 times depending on the thickness of the yarn.

The completed rug...for now.

I can't wait to add more to it and make it larger!

This project was completed over the course of three days. You definitely need time to sit and work on it. I thought my yarn stash would go farther than this, but it makes for a nice reading cushion. However, I do plan to add more and make it a larger rug. It’s so squishy and soft!

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Highs and Lows

Highs for the week…

  • Encouragement from sweet friends and family has really lifted my mood this week.πŸ™‚
  • After more struggles with nursing, fenugreek has once again stepped in and saved the day! I had been using it, but ran out and didn’t buy any for a couple of weeks. Yay for increased milk supply!
  • I’ve been making awesome progress on a super cute, colorful rug for my baby girl’s room. I can’t wait to share it soon! Hopefully, I can finish it up today!
  • I am so grateful for a sweet husband who lets me crash on the couch most evenings. I have no idea what’s going on, but I have been super tired. My man is awesome!
Lows for the week…
  • The final verdict on our car: The insurance for the lady who hit us won’t accept our claim. There were no witnesses, no cameras and she’s not being honest.:/ Dishonesty is one of my top pet peeves. So I’m bummed that because of her dishonesty, she gets to have her car fixed while ours is parked in our driveway. We worked so hard to get that carΒ paid off to free us up financially every month, and we now have to look at taking on another car payment. Boo!
  • As much as I love my little ones, being stuck at home with them every single day is really getting to me. I absolutely love being home with my kiddos, but it stinks not being able to get out of the house.
  • I’ve been in a funk this week…maybe it’s because of our current situation, but I’m trying to keep my attitude positive and trust that God has a plan in all of this. I know He does.πŸ™‚
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I have a new LOVE

….for Pinterest that is!πŸ™‚ If you have not set up an account for Pinterest, you totally have to. If you do, let me know so I can follow your board! It’s a place where you can pin your favorites from the internet and other boards and save them into categories. I totally love this place! I always find neat ideas, recipes or styles, and I often forget where they are. Pinterest helps you keep track of them. It’s so easy and fun! Here are some of my Pinterest favorites so far…

 

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Handmade Blessings

So this is my first link up since starting my new blog! Yay! Among the things I love are handmade items. If you don’t love handmade, then I’m not sure we can be friends…seriously.πŸ˜‰ A sweet gift from a friend sparked the idea for this post, and I just had to share some of my favorite handmade gifts. Ok, so two of them are from my son!

Here’s a Mother’s Day gift from last year…totally made me tear up!

And here’s the one from this year. Super cute!

This next handmade gift takes a little explaining…On April 2nd of last year, we found out we were expecting our second baby. On April 9th, we lost that baby. I was completely heartbroken, and I never knew that I would grieve so hard for a little life that I had carried for a short amount of time. I know that the Lord knows best and understands beyond what we can comprehend here on this earth. I would lie in bed some nights asking God to hold me and thinking about my little one in His arms. Every time I closed my eyes, I could see this beautiful little girl smiling back at me. I knew in my heart, that we had lost a baby girl. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that my husband and I gave her the name Sara Lillian, and I shared that with a few close friends. One of those dear, sweet friends over at Life, Crafts & Whatever was there, and she made one of the most precious handmade gifts I’ve ever received….

Of course I’ll always think of my precious girl, but it’s so sweet to have this little reminder sitting on our desk with family photos. I tear up every time I see it. So, for those of you who give handmade gifts…keep on giving! They’re more of a blessing than you know!

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