Category Archives: special needs

How To Start Homeschool With 10 Easy Resources

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Has the thought of homeschooling entered your mind? Maybe you’ve bounced the idea around but you just aren’t sure it is right for you and your family? I know I thought about it when my oldest kids were in school but at the time it just wouldn’t work for us. I thought it was going to be too difficult but I was wrong and I’ll share some of our favorite resources with you. You can read more about our homeschool journey here. Continue reading How To Start Homeschool With 10 Easy Resources

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Do You Need A Break?

Hey there! I don’t know about you but I’ve been so crazy busy here lately that I have been ready to just throw my hands up in the air and say ‘ENOUGH’. No more Christmas, no more cleaning, no more school! My house was pure and utter CHAOS today and it has been for the past week. I don’t know why everything seemed so hectic but something had to change.

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Product Review: Jimu Robot DIY Buzzbot/Muttbot Robotics Kit by UBTECH

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Shhhh! Can you keep a secret? This is a sneak peek at one of the gifts I’ve purchased for my kiddos. I am so super excited to see their faces when they open this up. I’ve purchased quite a few STEM items in the hopes that it will help motivate DS15 to keep learning. He is a hands on learner and this will definitely provide a lot of hands on learning!

Are you ready to see what I purchased? It was the Jimu Robot DIY Buzzbot/Muttbot Robotics Kit by @UBTECH.

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Cyber Monday Deal: Kids Cook Real Food eCourse 11/27-11/29

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I’m so excited to tell you all about this deal I found. As you know I have been working on a Home Ec course for my kiddos and it’s been coming together slowly. I just found this Kids Cook Real Food eCourse online that I will be using along with my own. Please click below for this special offer! (I signed up for the special VIP membership and I am so excited to get started using this with my kiddos. Scroll to the bottom for FREEBIES!)

Kids Cook Real Food – Cyber Monday Sale (valid Nov 27-29) Any new member gets the premium content snack videos ($20 value) absolutely free.  Continue reading Cyber Monday Deal: Kids Cook Real Food eCourse 11/27-11/29

Reblog: Discovering Peace with an ADHD Child

While searching for Cyber Monday deals I found this wonderful article about raising a child or children with ADHD. Click here to read.

It’s The Day Before Thanksgiving and My House Is A Wreck!

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It’s true, our little house on the pond is a wreck and I don’t know where we will put all of our guests that are coming tomorrow. Anybody else feel the same way right now?

The past couple of weeks have been super crazy. I guess everyone has been trying to fit everything in before the holiday season. Then we had the time change which is always so much fun around here… can you hear the sarcasm?

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Homeschool: Acorn Crafts

What a better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than with some fun crafts? This week we are doing some different Fall themed crafts so I’ll try to take some pictures and post them so you can use them in your home as well. Most kids love art projects and mine love ones that involve scissors and glue. (They love glitter too but I’m not that brave today…lol.) Continue reading Homeschool: Acorn Crafts

Our Homeschool Day: October 18, 2017

Well today has been a good day so far. It’s been very busy with everything that comes along with running a household, homeschooling six kiddos, managing the social media for a couple of clubs, and just keeping up with stuff.

My four year old has been begging for something to cut and glue while the five year old is preparing plans for a time travel trip and questioning about what foods would be best to take along and how many clothes he should pack…lol.

My younger girls are always coming up with ideas for new games and often put their younger brothers up to mischievous shenanigans… while my fourteen year old special needs son is pretty much just into any number of things at any moment. He really loves building things with Legos and drawing on paper. This morning I found the spelling packet that I had searched all last week for in his cubby… he had ‘found’ it on the bookshelf and drew all over it.

Big sister is finishing up her high school year and trying to focus on different paths she wants to pursue after she finished her schooling.

The kids are down for quiet time at the moment and I am writing this as I submit some scholarship reimbursements… we are so thankful to have this Step Up For Students Scholarship that allows me to homeschool my special needs son and provide him with a very unique educational experience that is tailored to his specific needs.

We did our regular chores as well as our weekly chores like washing sheets and washing  whites… one load of which is still in the dryer… did I set the timer? Hmmm…. well anyways I’ll check on those in a bit. My mind goes in so many directions at any given time it can be a bit scary. That is part of the reason I cling to my routines as much as I do, otherwise I’d have a half a dozen half started/half finished projects going all the time.

For school we are still using Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool for the majority of our studies. The younger boys finished up the Getting Ready 1 & 2 last year and are currently working on the McGuffey Primer section. My special needs son also works alongside the younger ones and I do give him a few other activities to work on and reinforce new skills.

The little boys crave knowledge right now so they are also using the Discovery K12 site as well for the Kindergarten and 1st grade levels. They really enjoy the videos and crafts. It is amazing the amount of information that they actually retain and can repeat back to me. Today they did a cutting craft to go along with the 12345 Once I Caught A Fish Alive song. This seemed to satisfy everyone’s artistic cravings and gave them plenty of fine motor skills practice.

The girls are also using Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool for the third and fourth grade levels. Both of the girls are doing the third grade math as the older one didn’t seem to be grasping all the concepts when we moved to the fourth grade level this year. Most of their other studies are pretty similar so I have been combining some activities like writing poems and such together.  We also use the spelling lists and activities found here.

We are using Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool Year 3 – Level L for our group studies like History, Science, PE, and Music. I have started doing these studies on Fridays. Right now the kids are really enjoying our ‘travels’ and we will be visiting Greece this week. We are enjoying the ‘Top Secret’ magazines by Highlights to go along with these travels. I just purchased these passports, stickers, and stamps as well and I am really excited to use them.

As far as group activities we have began our Morning/Circle Time routine again. We do this as a group and it includes a variety of activities like the Pledge of Allegiance, Morning Prayer, and art studies. Right now we are learning about ‘The Maids of Honor’ painted by Diego Velasquez. This is from a Fine Arts Bundle I purchased a few years ago. It is surprising how easily you can expose your children to this information and they will learn it on their own. The laminated picture along with some facts is posted at eye level on a bulletin board above the toy storage.

We are also using Our Daily Bread for Kids as our Bible study right now. It has a daily section to read with a bible verse, fun fact, and short passage to read. We also have the coloring book to go along with it but honestly I am not sure where it is at the moment.

The kids are also learning some Shakespeare. We really enjoy ‘How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare‘ by Ken Ludwig. Even the four year old is able to recite it back to me!

I have been using ‘Manners Matter‘ as a guideline for teaching some manners and things that I feel need to be taught. A Word A Day is also in our Morning Basket and helps introduce the kids to new words as well as Brain Quest cards for the littlest ones.  These help them develop logical skills and some problem solving too.

Sometimes I wonder if what we do is enough or is it too much… Are they getting enough information? Are they getting enough variety? Will they look back on this time and have happy memories? Will they even remember any of the lessons I am trying so hard to teach them?

Well, amidst my pondering, computer work, and blogging I have had one telemarketer call, a visitor, and a nice chat with a dear friend who is still dealing with hurricane aftermath. She also, unknowingly, let me know that God has been working and that he has answered one of my prayers that has been on my heart for the past few days.

Now quiet time is about over and the clothes are still in the dryer… I also need to get my Crockpot Tortellini Soup in the crockpot… one thing at a time and it’ll all get done.

My friend also reminded me that the best way to teach children is by example. They will learn what they need to learn. I don’t need to stress over what we got done or didn’t get done. Just worry about today and what is in front of you right now. Give your worries to God and he will take care of it and provide you with what you need when you need it.

I hope you all have a blessed day!

 

Note: I did go with a pink outfit yesterday, as pictured, because after getting a reminder from someone else and checking my calendar I saw that we had planned to wear pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness… and everyone looked so pretty in pink!

 

 

Getting Back to Routines

I think it was last Tuesday when I wrote my last blog post, Getting Back to My Morning Routine, where did time go? It seems the older I get the faster it slips away.

Anyway we are still working on getting back to routines here. I do believe the laundry has been caught up, for now that is. Routines are coming more natural now as we continue to settle in. I am gradually adding a few more things to our routine schedule and trying not to get too overwhelmed. If it isn’t working then we make changes.

For instance last week the porch was really bothering me …. it still does for that matter. I had added it to my ‘Hot Spot’ list along with the table, the command center, and a few other areas that seem to be clutter collectors. The hardest part of living in a small home for me has to be the speed at which clutter overtakes things. This means I probably need to get rid of more stuff and teach everyone to put away the stuff when they finish using it.

Getting back to the porch, one area of the porch was sectioned off and tarped to use as a makeshift storage area for things that just wouldn’t fit in the house. Well, the intentions were to to close in the porch and turn it into a utility/storage room. Hurricane Irma hit before we could really get any progress made on that and caused us to delay those plans. Unfortunately, some of the stuff got wet and therefore needs to be gotten rid of. I have realized that some of the other stuff is really just stuff and not that important to me and I am trying to get rid of it.

Sighhh…. if only I had one day to dedicate to it I could probably do away with most of it and find homes for the rest of it. Then there would be space to actually make it an utility room or do something else there. For now I am going to keep my goal of 10 items/day and do what I can because every little bit is progress towards my goal.

That was a rather ambitious goal and I think I have managed to put three boxes of stuff in my truck to take to Goodwill. I also found some of my exercise equipment and made a temporary home inside for it… haven’t actually used it but I’m working on getting that back in my routine.

Another area on that Hot Spot list are the bookshelves. I am a firm believer that you can never have too many books, unless you live in a tiny space that just can’t handle it. Books are really hard for me to get rid of and I really am trying. My goal for these areas are one shelf a day. I also realized that some of the kiddie books are on a shelf that is not easily accessible to them and some of my more important books are a little too easily accessible for them… lol. I will be swapping some of that stuff around as well.

As far as our normal routines we are doing pretty well.

Today I caught up on my ‘weekly routines‘ (they may have changed a bit since that post) like scrubbing my kitchen sink (watch for that post coming soon) and cleaning out the fridge (post coming) and microwave. The FLyLady zone this week is in the bathroom so I have been doing a little extra work there and will probably put out some posts soon.

We’ve also worked on our ‘daily routines’ like laundry and such. I have chicken in the crockpot for Crockpot Italian Chicken and the kids are down for ‘quiet time’. I figured out how to upload pics from iphone to my laptop and now I am working on getting caught up on a couple of blog posts.

I must say I am proud of the kids and myself for being able to stay on routine as well as we did and for adjusting as well as they have. We have had our days, like yesterday, when I wonder if this move was really for the best. The kids were super cranky with a cold and I cried for awhile as I had to throw away some food because a freezer had gotten unplugged.

In my heart I know this was a good decision and that life will get easier as we go. It is so easy to doubt ourselves and lose faith when things get rough. I have to remember that God has a plan and that sometimes His plan includes runny noses, grouchy kids, and spoiled food.

Our little house may be old and dusty. There are cobwebs in the corners and plenty of things that need done. Our house is full of love though and we are working one day at a time to make it our home. I am hoping that by sharing our progress it will help to motivate others who may not be happy with where they are and help them to find contentment wherever they are.

We don’t need a new house or shiny new appliances. We may want them but that is something totally different than needing them. I am thankful for what the Lord has blessed us with and hope to help others feel that way too.

Note: If you read last week’s post you will see that I chose to wear purple last week as you can see in the picture… lol… today the kids think I should wear pink.

 

 

Mutt’s Day

Mutt’s Day is the day to celebrate our mutts or maybe adopt one if you don’t have one! Click here to learn more about this holiday. It is celebrated on July 31st.

Below are some of the activities I found to celebrate this day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

9 Great Reasons to Adopt a Mutt | National Mutt Day

Mutts Day | Macaroni Kid

National Mutt Day Activity – Hot!

Recipes: (for your mutt)

23 Simple Dog Treat Recipes: 5 Ingredients or Less – Puppy Leaks

Recipe ideas for quick and healthy homemade dog treats | Cesar’s Way

Also check out:

Homeschool: July on Pinterest

 

mutts for kids on YouTube

Father-in-Law Day

Father-in-Law Day is the day to honor our Father-in-Laws! Click here to learn more about this holiday. It is celebrated on July 30th.

Below are some of the activities I found to celebrate this day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

The Best Gift Ideas for Your Father-in-Law | Travel + Leisure

59 Gifts for Dads and Fathers-in-Law | Martha Stewart Weddings

Father in law gift | Etsy

Images for Father-in-Law Day activities for kids

What to Buy the Father or Father-In-Law Who has Everything | Holidappy

Also check out:

Homeschool: July on Pinterest

 

 

National Cheesecake Day

National Cheesecake Day is the day to enjoy a slice or two of delicious cheesecake! Click here to learn more about this holiday. It is celebrated on July 30th.

Below are some of the activities I found to celebrate this day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

National Cheesecake Day « Eli’s Cheesecake

National Cheesecake Day | Sue Bee Honey

Celebrate National Cheesecake Day on July 30, 2017 – Chiff.com

Recipes:

PHILADELPHIA 3-Step Cheesecake – Kraft Recipes

22 Easy Cheesecake Recipes | Taste of Home

No-Bake Cheesecake Recipes – Allrecipes.com

Also check out:

Homeschool: July on Pinterest