Showing posts from August, 2011

Our Nature Journals

One of the skills that I enjoy teaching the most in our home is that of keeping a Nature Journal. "What is a Nature Journal?"   Ours is a simple notebook that all school age students keep in which there are drawings, observations, research notes, compositions, and essays on the natural world.   The children have always loved this time in our school day, and it is the most favored subject for show and tell when friends and family come over.  I think that if we give our children the availability to discover things on their own,  and dive into learning about them, especially in nature,  they will become people who love to learn.   I also believe that the powers of observation should not be overlooked as a critical skill to attain.
Charlotte Mason states, "If we give our children regular opportunities to get in touch with God's creation, a habit is formed that will be a source of delight throughout their lives."

We do it like this:  The first day of the week, we go on a hik…

The First day of School

Well, thank the Lord, I survived the first day of school, even though I was without my ergo pack for Olivia,  (it was left in the van, which went to work with daddy) and I forgot to take the two year old to the toilet, and, well, anyway, it wasn't all perfect, but I survived!   Truth be told, this was nothing short of miraculous, because after being so sick, I still do not have anywhere near my normal energy level.
I get asked all the time how we do school, so I thought this would be a good time to tell how we do it.  I would venture to guess that no two home school environments  are exactly alike, but it may give someone an idea or encouragement in some way.   During school days, I get up at 7am, I am NOT a morning person, so this is done through much prayer, which goes like this:   "O Lord, HELP ME PLEASE!"  Everyone still sleeping by 7:30 is roused, followed by breakfast at 8am.   We use a dinner bell, because our home is so big and I do not have much of a voice after all th…

Prayers and Promises

"Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord.   Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your young children." Lamentations 2:19

The last few days, as I have felt myself once again, I have been spent getting the household straightened up in the deep recesses, re-organized, and begun planning the new school year.   It is such a joy to be able keep house again.  Then yesterday, my husband and I made a trip to town to get groceries.   One of the things I love to do when in town, is stop at the thrift store and hunt. First, though, we went to The Homeschool Book Shop and scored on the few things I need for this season.  With my books in hand I approached the counter...the sales clerk said, "You have credit here, do you want to use it?"  I felt like I had won the lottery.  I had enough credit to pay for all the things I had in hand!!  It was so exciting. 
I just love stories of God providing for the people who love him and trust him  with even the little thi…

Whooping Cough and the Big Learning Curve

Thankfully, I am back in the land of the living.   A complication of my pneumonia was coming down with Whopping Cough, which made my illness much worse.   Olivia also has it, and we are continuing care for her.  There is no treatment for Pertussis.  Studies have shown that complete rest will shorten the illness, but there is nothing to comfort the terrible racking cough that takes your breathe away.  There is nothing to help lessen the coughing.  A mother of 9 getting complete rest meant that I had to go to bed and stay there.  By the time I was diagnosed, I was more than willing.  My dear mother came to help hold down the fort,  our daughter Anna was a huge help, and continues to be, and my wonderful husband has put in more than his fair share of household help and child care.
  Hopefully you will never have to deal with Pertussis, but if you do,  there maybe a few things that will help.  Laying down seams to make the coughing more abundant.  Therefore, with Olivia, I am sleeping sitting u…