2012-2013 Homeshchool Year Student Photos – {*Not* Back-to-School Blog Hop}

Since we go by a year-round schooling schedule, we began our new homeschool year about mid-July this year. Here are our first day of school pics for our 2012-2013 school year!! And it just wouldn’t be real without a goofy one… Linking up with:

Our School Room – {*Not* Back-to-School Blog Hop}

I’ve tried the school room route, and I’ve tried the kitchen table route.  For us, the school room has worked best.  Having a place dedicated to school, a place we could retreat to for our school time, has made our school years run so much more smoothly.  I know that for some having a whole room just might not be possible, while for others, they prefer schooling at the kitchen table.  I am a firm believer that each family has {Read More}

Our Curriculum for 2012-2013 {*Not* Back-to-School Blog Hop}

I am going to be posting this month with the “2012 Not Back-to-School Blog Hop” going on over at iHomeschool Network.  For the first week of the hop, the topic is curriculum. For the past 4 out of 5 homeschool years, we have been using Heart of Dakota for our homeschool curriculum.   I adore this curriculum for our family!  I love it’s Christ-centeredness, ease of use, planned out lessons, richness in literature, and so much more!  So, this year, {Read More}

Developing a Love for Reading in Your Child

As I stepped into the role of mother, almost 10 years ago, one thing I knew I wanted to instill in my children was a love for reading.  I became convinced of the great importance of this while in college studying elementary education. (More on that in a moment) I personally did not read frequently as a child, and for the most part, I did not enjoy it.  I usually only read if I had to for school.  I had {Read More}

Weekly Wrap-up/Homeschool Mother’s Journal – 5/25/12

In my life this week… It’s been a week full of life as usual…school, school, school!   However, we are in for a busy, fun-filled Memorial Day weekend. In our homeschool this week… We’ve been truckin’ along…finishing up Trevor’s 4th grade, and Zoe’s 1st grade school years.  We will be done pretty soon, and will just dive right into their 2nd and 5th grade curriculum!  I plan to school straight through this summer with small breaks here and there when {Read More}

Baking Christmas Cookies

I love decorating Christmas Cookies with my kids.  It is so much fun now that they are at ages where they can do most of it on their own.  They really love getting to do this! Hope you all have a VERY Merry Christmas!

Weekly Wrap-Up {Instagram Style} 12/17/11

  It’s been a great – and busy – week around here! We began our official “Homeschool Christmas Break 2011” on Wednesday!  We will be taking 3.5 weeks off for our break.  During our break, we will be heading to FL soon for some fun with grandparents/great-grandparents, plus a little Disney action while we are there.  😉  SO looking forward to that!! I have had a lot of niece and nephew time in the past week!  My toddler nephews from {Read More}

Camera Phone Friday – 12/9/11

  1.) Cousins playing kitchen;  2.) Cute little nephew munchkins hanging out with us today;  3.) What were reading for our school read aloud right now;  4.) Brrrr!  Cold Texas week!;  5.)Watching Charlie Brown Christmas – best part!;  6.) The kids with their finished orange ornament advent craft;  7-8.) working hard on their orange ornaments;  9.)  Family Game Night (advent activity);  10.)  JOY!;  11.) Zoe was in the lead!;  12.)  Advent reading – Tabitha’s Travels;  13.)My Tanzanian Nativity set Jared {Read More}

Our Advent Countdown Activity Calendar

I found this great Advent Activity Calendar on Pinterest this week and knew it was the ONE for us! The tutorial can be found HERE at The Crafting Chicks! I printed out their cute numbers from their site for mine.  Everything else on mine is a tad different.  I couldn’t find the library envelopes they suggested, so I made my own out of sparkly Christmas cardstock! Here is our version: Oh, be sure to wave “hi” to my kitty, Lucy. {Read More}

Apologia Live Retreat ~ Take 2

I hope you enjoyed reading some of the great things we heard at the Apologia Live Retreat Austin in my post about it last week!  If you missed it, be sure to check it out here.  As I said last week – the retreat was awesome!  And I want to share some of my notes & tweets from the event.  May it encourage your heart this week, dear homeschool mom!  And let me tell you – there are also awesome {Read More}

Apologia Live Retreat – Take 1

As you most likely know, I had the opportunity and privelage of attending the Apologia Live Retreat in Austin on Friday Oct 21st, and Saturday Oct 22nd.  And as you’ve already heard me say – I had a wonderful time!  🙂 I was SO extremely blessed by the amazing speakers and their sweet, sweet hearts for the Lord and for the homeschooling mom! I took extensive notes – via twitter!  Lol!  It was super fun live tweeting from the retreat. {Read More}

Of Apologia and Internet

Here I am, blogging from my iPhone again (or rather-still)! Yep, still no internet in the house! Have I mentioned AT&T DSL totally stinks? Actually that would be the people working for AT&T who don’t have their act together! Seriously! They said ‘you might be without internet for an hour at most.‘ some how that hour has turned into 8 days – and still – NADA! Moral of the story – if you have the option to have Internet other {Read More}

Heading to Apologia Live

I am super excited to be heading for Austin in the morning to attend the Apologia Live conference! Will you be there? I am really looking forward to seeing what God will do in the hearts of homeschool moms at the conference – including my own heart! If you are not attending this Austin event, be sure to follow along on Twitter tomorrow evening and Saturday for encouraging tidbits. Follow hashtag #apologialive or my twitter timeline for live tweets from {Read More}

Apologia Live Retreat Ticket GIVEAWAY!

RETREAT TICKET WINNER Please join me in congratulating Krystal Griffin!!  Random.org chose comment #23!  She has won the free ticket to the Apologia Live Retreat of her choice!!   Congrats Krystal!!! If you didn’t win – don’t fret – Apologia has some great registration deals going on!  Austin is coming up – so if you are thinking of going to that location – sign up soon!  That is where I will be attending – can’t wait to see you there!!! {Read More}

My Week in Photos ~ Camera Phone Friday ~ 9/2/11

  Library Books; Yay Setpember…temps are going down!!; Cats and Homeschool; Ahhh, coffee!; And more coffee – from my sweetheart! (who hates coffee by the way);  Neat sunset;  First day of ballet;  belly rub; Mother-Daughter girls night out (bowling & laser tag), while the boys enjoyed Father-Son boys night out!; Cool Sunrise; Rain (but none at my house );  Rangers, Rangers, Rangers, and more Rangers!  Went to Rangers games on Sat and Sun!!  With a great little Mercy Me concert {Read More}