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Monday, December 15, 2014

An article I found in my email

 in Disguise
The Five Obstacles to Homeschool Success That are Blessings in Disguise

Do you sometimes struggle to make your homeschool live up to your ideals? Here are five ways in which so-called obstacles to your homeschool success may actually be blessings in disguise! 
obstacles1. Does schoolwork take longer than you think it should?
You may feel pressured to accomplish more as a homeschooling parent, but the truth is that there are only so many hours in a day, no matter who you are! Many teachers, from Tai Chi masters to musicians, will tell you that a task performed slowly and deliberately with awareness is of much greater educational benefit than one performed quickly and thoughtlessly. Say good-bye to high blood pressure and enjoy the freedom homeschoolers have to take our time and enjoy the process!
2. Are your plans continually changed by unexpected life events?
We can only do so much to influence what happens in our family’s lives. Controlling every minute may not be the best option for anyone, not in the least because it is impossible! John Lennon reportedly said, "Life is what is happening while you’re busy making plans." Homeschoolers can stop where we are when unexpected events crop up, and start where we left off when it’s time for schoolwork again.
3. Do difficult emotions seem to block your every move?
Breathe! Yogis, athletes and medicine people all teach that breathing deeply gives strength and improves emotional mastery. Emotions are energy in motion. They’re a vital part of life! Emotional suppression has been linked to physical and psychological illness, but as homeschoolers we can give our children’s emotions (and our own) the attention they deserve, whenever that anger, sadness, or fear rears its ugly head.
4. Does preparing and eating food seem to take half your day?
Or do you find yourself eating junk food to save time for schoolwork? An Ayurvedic proverb states, "When diet is correct, medicine is of no need." Eating well is essential to good health; preparing and eating healthy meals and snacks is never time wasted. Homeschooled children can grow up with real-world knowledge of how to eat well – the time and effort, and enjoyment involved.
5. Does your family seem to wake up later every day?
This may seem like an obstacle to success, but take another look! The media is filled with reports of the many benefits of a good sleep to a person’s emotional, psychological, and physical well-being. Instead of criticizing ourselves, we homeschoolers should congratulate ourselves when we can allow our families to get the rest they need.
The gifts of homeschooling are many. I am always surprised to find another one hiding right in plain view!
-Elise Kennedy is the author of Canadian Winter Homeschool Materials from CurrClick.com

Monday, December 8, 2014

Wax on Wax off...

video
The title... dont ask ;) haha

Guess what?!!! Dakota has received his white belt! He was so excited and we are so proud of him!!!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Time is My Favorite Time

I don't know what it is about Christmas Decorations and Lights in the house that makes me feel like our home is magical but I LOVE IT!!! We had our Christmas stuff up around Thanksgiving and every night I just sit and take it all in while the kids are asleep.






Don't mind my blue tape at the top of the gray wall. I'm a chicken and waiting for my husband to get that part down because its too hard for me ;)

Friday, December 5, 2014

I Am A Child of Royal Birth


I recently went through some random binders of stuff I had saved and came across this activity that I received when I was living in Fort Worth, Texas very many years ago. I was immediately excited knowing that their was more where that came from!!! One Relief Society Meeting Upon A Time we did a Family Home Evening planning where we got a various array of lessons to teach our families together. We did it as our Scripture Study for school. It came with a great story and this fun crown to cut and decorate and write on the back of each others the good values we see in our siblings. They loved it! Even though they already knew they are a Child of God it never hurts to hear and be reminded of it again and again. :)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Wow! It has been a while!

The kids and I took a MUCH NEEDED break from school and routines in general. 
They were fighting all the time and misbehaving in public. 
I was going INSANE
The first week we did a detox from schooling, games, AND movies. SO HARD!!! 
 I made them play with their ... wait for it... TOYS and spend quality time together. They hated it the first couple days but they actually started learning to be creative after that. It was nice! The next week we just enjoyed not having a schedule and being able to say yes to anything we wanted to do. We did lots of playdates and family visits. It was nice while it lasted but I'm glad to have schooling back in our routine. The kids are too. They beg for it now haha. 

While we did this 2 week break I started a reward system in our home.  

The Marbles!!!  
They get marbles for doing chores, for behaving in public, for doing nice things for each other, for eating their meals without giving me grief, for putting their shoes away when we first walk in the door instead of just throwing them in the floor where ever they want, for accomplishing a school day, etc. I take away marbles for embarrassing me in public, arguing, getting into trouble. They try to earn the most marbles for a whole week then on Friday night we count them all and tally it up and announce the winner for the week. We do not allow them to count through the week because then they get lazy and uncaring about the system. The reward for the winner is $20! Yes that seems like alot but the perks for me is I am not doing all of the cleaning in the house. I feel like I treat them less like slaves if they are happy about doing the chores haha. I know its their duty as a family to help in the household but I like that this encourages them to WANT to do it and they get excited about something. 


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Once Upon A Time...


Mommy was a little CUNTRY! Yes I spelt that wrong. Just throwing my accent into it ;) My children have no idea how cuntry Mommy grew up as. So when this song came on while driving in the car and Mommy starts singing it at the top of her lungs and dancing and knowing EVERY SINGLE WORD the kids start wondering what the heck is going on. Dakota starts getting embarrassed as he normally does lately when he isn't comfortable with the said situations going on. Lexie and Alexander start laughing at me. Oh well!!! I kept singing! It had to be dun! ;) This was my jam growing up!!!

I find no matter how far from the country I move and how involved I am in my "city" I still miss the 4 wheeler ridin', muddin', hanging out at the lake or deer lease every weekend with a huge fire going. I miss horses and the scenery and the everyone is your family type of towns (...sometimes ;)... )