Monday, March 27, 2017

Easter Resources!!!

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Easter is only a few weeks away! In case you are looking for ways to creatively engage your kids and make the holiday both educational and fun--check out a few of these amazing resources. Some we have used in the past--and some we will use this year!! 

This is one from Lifeway to read through with kids as a devotion. We're using it as our nighttime family devotion this year.


A few years ago we did this  devotional with our kids. It had great hands-on-activities for young kids! The kids loved it! And it didn't cost much. (9.99) to buy the printable. 

I sort of happened upon this 14 day family devotional about the life of Jesus designed for Easter with great printables a few years ago. Not only was it great and easy to do with the family---but it's FREE! 

We love to use this during our annual easter egg hunt--and the kids still enjoy it to this day!


Probably the thing my kids most look forward to each year are the Resurrection Eggs. — Each egg in this one dozen set includes a meaningful object that helps teach the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. A devotional booklet is included to help you tell the story. 


This is a YouTube video of the Resurrection Story from The Jesus Storybook Bible!


The Bible Movie is another great way we keep what Christ did close to our hearts during the Easter season. This has some tough scenes to watch, but is amazing for older kids!


Does your family have any special traditions during the holiday season? What are some of your favorite resources??


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY THESIS!!

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!

 Hopping around for Valentine Games!
 Candy Bags, anyone?


 Special Thanks to all the Party Planning MOMS, that made this special day possible!!

Oh, and the goodies....


 Games, anyone?


 More Snacks!!
 More Smiles!!!
 Loving on Hunter!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Meet A Leader: Lorrie

Meet A Leader: 
Lorrie is our Information Secretary


Name? Lorrie

Husband Name? Ben

Children? Caleb (11), Jack (9), Claire (7)

Favorite childhood memory? Special Saturday morning outings with my dad--didn't matter if it was hardware store, grocery store..just loved being with my dad.

What is one accomplishment you are proud of that occurred before marriage/children?
Graduated from nursing school and worked as an oncology nurse, freelance writing

How did you make decision to homeschool? We actually never considered homeschooling, but ended up in a bad school district. We began researching different options and felt the Lord's pull to homeschool. I'll be honest this was a year of wrestling with God, and him opening and closing doors to make it evident that was His plan. I find great peace in that now--but boy was that a tough year! I suggest following the Holy Spirit, rather than being dragged!!!

Favorite subject in school growing up? Writing, Reading

Favorite subject to teach now? Bible, History, Storytime

Favorite quality in a friend? Someone that you can feel comfortable with, who can take a joke, talk silly surface stuff, dig into a deep spiritual topic, and then come right back to surface all in same conversation.

Favorite chore? Cleaning and organizing

Least favorite chore? Ironing

Favorite parenting resource? People--I love just asking questions to older parents, plus resources from my church, Focus on the Family, Family Life Today 

Knowing what you know now, what is your best tip for other homeschooling moms? 
Plan ahead, be consistent, have fun!  I am a big planner simply because I know life gets in the way, and it's an easy excuse. There's always a reason school isn't convenient. So, plan as much as you can; then simply execute your plan. I plan my entire year during the first two weeks of August.
Also, be consistent. A little bit every day keeps the ball moving forward, and you never feel overwhelmed. Remember, homeschooling is a marathon, not a sprint. Have fun! Go do things! Take trips--eat lunch with dad and friends, visit family, take fun extracurricular classes, go for hikes and picnics together--enjoy the freedom!! 

If you had an extra hour in your day how would you spend it? 
Writing or taking a walk with Ben or a friend.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Meet A Leader: Karyn

Meet Your Leaders: Karyn is our Field Trip Coordinator


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Name?  Karyn 

Husband Name?  Scott

Children? Hannah (11yr), Stephan (13), Olivia (22)


Favorite childhood memory?  

Riding sleds down our iced paths.  We would dig snow paths during the day out on 
our hillside at dusk we would pour water on them to freeze, and then sled ride the next day.

What is one accomplishment you are proud of that occurred before marriage/children?
Graduating college with my RN licensesI was the first in my generation of grand kids to go to college.  


How did you make decision to homeschool?
I worked nightshift when my oldest was young.  School and homework schedules didn't   mesh well with my 12 hour shift daysso we didn't send her back the next fall.   Homeschooling was so much more flexibleand we had more family time to enjoy 

each other and honor God's path for our lives.

Favorite subject in school growing up?
MATH---I love solving the puzzle


Favorite subject to teach now?
BibleI grew up outside of the churchso I am discovering a lot of scripture right along with my kids.


Favorite quality in a friend?
Faithfulness and trust


Favorite chore?

Organizing

Least favorite chore?
Dusting


Favorite parenting resource?

K-love radio and Focus on the Family (Dobson)

Knowing what you know now, what is your best tip for other homeschooling moms?
You can do thisWhen God callsHe will direct.  Just take one dayone weekand one year at a timeSchooling shouldn't get in the way of your children's education...

follow their  passions and watch them blossom into who God wants them to be.

If you had an extra hour in your day how would you spend it?
Relaxing...I never seem to have Mom time.  Probably unwinding with a book or 

snuggling with  my hubby and watching a good movie.