First day of Co-op

We are going to co-op classes on Friday from 8:30-12.  The boys LOVE it!  Co-op allows them to have some experiences that they would only get in a school setting.  He get’s to have “school pictures” and buy a year book.  We will also have a Kindergarten graduation at the end of the year.  They put on plays and have talent shows.  They also do ton’s of field trips.  The co-op is not ran through a specific cover school so we get the opportunity to join in on different field trip’s.

It is also a great opportunity to get to know other homeschooling families.  I’ve met a lot of other homeschooling moms and it’s great to get to learn from their experiences.

Carson has four classes that he takes.  They are boats of the bible, handwriting, PE and a phonics class.  He has made several friends and he looks forward to going each week.  He loves to tell me all about his school day when it’s over.

Camron goes in the preschool class and he loves it.  We bought him a little back pack and he always asks if he can go to “cool.”

I stay in the nursery with Calen.   The rules require parents of babies to stay with them.  I usually take Calen and go visit them during snack time.

Homeschooling update and pictures

We’ve been officially doing school for 6 weeks.  It’s going great!  It has been hard some days figuring out how to get things done with a 2 1/2 year old and a 9 month old.  I’ve had to relax and take it day by day.  Some days we get all or our work done in the morning and some days we have to wait until nap time.  Camron likes to do “cool” too so I try to include him in as much fun stuff as I can.

Brandon and I went to the Master’s co-op parent orientation tonight.  Carson will be going to co-op classes once a week on Friday mornings from 8:30-12.  He will be taking a Bible class, Handwriting class, PE class and a phonics/reading class.  I will be working in the nursery/preschool room while he has classes.  We went to a back to school picnic out at Tannehill State Park last week and he met some of the other children that will be in his room.  I think he is going to have fun.

First day of school

Today was our first “official” day of Kindergarten.  Carson has been begging to start school since his birthday in May.  We’ve been doing “school” for a while but I ordered some new fun stuff for Kindergarten and he’s really excited.  I was going to wait until August but it’s been so hot lately we’ve stayed indoors more than usual.  I figured starting a few weeks early wouldn’t be a big deal.

We went to Chick-fil-A for breakfast because that is what Carson wanted to do.  We all went out to eat and spent some time together before Daddy flew to Baltimore for 2 days.  We stayed and played for a while and then came home and I put Calen down for a nap.

I knew better than to pull everything out and try to do school in the morning.  I thought I had enough things to keep Camron occupied but I was wrong.  I quickly realized that school in the morning was not going to work 🙂  After a few meltdowns and a few talks we made it through our first day.

The rest of the week went really well.  Carson really enjoys doing “school.”  His favorite thing right now is math and bible time.  He is doing really well with Handwriting and he loves to play phonics games.  We really love to read but sometimes I put it off and then forget.  We always read at bedtime but I want more reading throughout the day.  We have made it a point every morning to set a timer for 20 minutes and go curl up in bed and read.  I hope that he always loves to learn.

Conversations

Some recent conversations with Carson 🙂

Carson:  Mom, I want a starscream(transformer).

Me:  No

Carson:  Why?

Me:  Because you don’t always get a toy just because you want it.  It cost money and you need to earn it.

Carson:  I can buy it with my check card.

 

I’m sitting in the chair pumping milk for Calen.

Carson:  Mom, Will you have to take your breast pump to heaven and pump milk for Calen?

Mom:  I hope not.  I’m sure that God will have food for everyone.

Our reasons for homeschooling

I am asked this question a lot so here it is.  Every family is different so my reasons for homeschooling may not be the same as another families.  We all make decisions based on what is best for our families.  I have prayed a lot over this and homeschooling is best for our family.

Why home school?

I’ve wanted to home school my children for as long as I can remember.  I love the idea of teaching them and learning with them daily.  We have so much fun together and I love having them with me.

I do not want someone else having more influence over my children than me.  Children are put into school at very young ages.  I do not want them spending 8+ waking hours with someone that I do not know.

I believe God gave me these blessings to raise in his way and I’m going to do the best job that I can.  I believe teaching my boys about God is most important and public schools do not do that.  Honestly, it’s not their job nor do I want it to be.

I believe that family is important.  Call me over protective, I don’t care.  They are young and vulnerable.  I want to protect them and keep them innocent for as long as possible.

I believe that no one wants my children to succeed more than me.  I know I will do everything I can to ensure that they do succeed.  I want them to be able to study those things that they are passionate about. I love that Carson is excited about learning.

These are just some of the many reasons homeschooling is the right decision for us.

Fun week

This week we have had Vacation Bible school at church.  I’m working in the nursery with the bed babies and it’s been fun.  I did not want to leave Calen so that is why I decided to do nursery this year instead of helping with a class.  Carson and Camron have had a fun week.  They love to come home and sing the songs they are learning and do the motions.  Carson has been afraid of the opening music just like he was last year.  It’s so loud and overwhelming in the sanctuary so he comes in the nursery with me until it’s over.  At the end of the week when we had commencement night he actually got up on the stage and sang his song in front of everyone.  I was so surprised and my heart was about to burst.  I love seeing my babies praise God.

One day I was having to pump some milk for Calen and Carson came and sat beside me.  He asked me “Are you going to have to pump milk for Calen in heaven?”  I giggled and said “I don’t think so.  We are going to have the best food in heaven and God will make sure that Calen get’s just what he needs.”  I love those curious little questions he comes up with.  He is growing so fast and he is so amazing.

Birthday fun

We went to the zoo with some friends today for Carson’s 5th birthday.  We had his birthday party Saturday and today he wanted to go to the zoo.  We invited my friend Kristen and her three boys, Carter, Camden and Cooper.  I know, that is a lot of little boys with C names.  

I don’t think they even really paid attention to the animals today.  They just enjoyed running around playing together.  They played in the water and of course Camron was trying to take his clothes off the entire time :). 
We were suppose to go out to eat tonight but since the little ones did not really nap we thought it would be better to bring some food home.  Well, B went to pick it up in the “hot rod” and of course he would get rear ended.  My mom had to go get the food from him and we ate without Daddy.  I was already putting the boys to bed when he finally made it home.  

Tired!

Did I mention that I am tired 😦  Calen has had some major sleep regression and I’m worn out.  I know he is teething and I’m really hoping that he is back to his good sleeping soon.  B was gone last night so I had all 3 boys in bed with me and I think I had about 2 hours of sleep.  I really do not want to rush my children growing up but I dream about the nights that I have my bed back and can sleep all night.

My mom is gone to Florida so we went and spent some time over with my Dad.  I remember growing up that my parent’s argued a lot.  It’s funny because now that they are older and home together all day they hate to be apart.  I know my Dad misses her when she is gone so we tried to keep him company for a while.

The baby chicks will be 3 weeks old tomorrow.  Lucy is such a great mom.  She let’s them jump all over her and she stays right with them protecting them.  I love to watch her teach them new things like how to scratch and look for food and how to walk up the ramp to the chicken coop.  The other girls kind of ignore them so that’s good because I was worried about how they would act.

I started a spiritual journal this week.  There are a lot of thoughts that I don’t feel comfortable putting on the internet so I needed a place to write them.  I also wanted to keep up with some of my favorite scriptures so I’m adding those as well.