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.

Garden time

It’s that time of year again.  I get so excited about my garden that I can hardly stand it.  It really is therapeutic working in the dirt.  We started planting today.  I like to space our vegetables out so I’m not picking everything at once.  This year I did some lettuce, spinach, green beans, black beans, corn, peas, okra, tomatoes, several different pepper plants, cucumber, squash and zucchini. 

Great day!

I’ve been neglecting the blog again, sorry.  I keep taking pictures and telling myself that I’ll blog and upload them later and that just never happens.  I’ll try to just give a quick update of what is going on around here.
Carson will be turning 5 next month 😦  I cry every time I think about it.  Seriously, I want to keep him little forever.  He is such an awesome little guy.  He is so sensitive and caring, a great big brother and helper to momma.  He also is feisty and has a mouth on him that occasionally get’s him in trouble.  He is creative and a deep thinker and surprises me with just how much he understands.  We will start homeschooling this year and I think we are going to have a lot of fun.
Camron is my little bear.  He is very hard to keep up with.  He is the cutest most daring little boy.  He doesn’t seem to be afraid of anything.  I love his personality even though he wears me out on a daily basis.  He loves his momma and is such a cuddly little one but has a temper like his daddy.  He loves his big brother and asks for him constantly when Carson is gone.
Calen is 5 months and is the best little baby.  He has the best personality.  He just sits and looks around absorbing everything going on around him.  He loves to watch his big brothers and you can tell he is eager to join them.  He has the best smile and he loves to cuddle with momma.  He rarely cries and as long as he is fed and well rested he is the happiest baby.  I’m anxious to see his personality develop as he get’s older.
We broke up the ground for the garden last week.  I’m really excited about having an in ground garden again.  B and my Dad have been working on putting up a fence this week to keep the chickens and goats out.  I’m hoping to start putting plants in the ground some time next week.  I grew lettuce in a raised bed for the first time.  It is so good!  I’ve been eating salads for lunch almost every day.
The chickens and goats are doing great.  Lucy, the broody hen, decided she wanted to be a momma about 2 weeks ago so after doing some research I decided to get her 3 one day old babies from the feed store.  We waited until dark and put them under her and she has just loved on them ever since.  It really is amazing to watch her protect them and take care of them.  She is a natural momma.  All the animals are spoiled rotten.  All the chickens run after me like dogs.  The goats love to be out and around us while we are in the yard.  It’s fun to have them all running around with us during the day.
B and I are doing great.  B is so good about trying to balance work and spending time with us.  He has really gotten into going to car shows.  He joined the Mopar club and he takes the Dodge and shows it off on the weekends.
I think that is enough updating in one post.  I think my next post may just be pictures 🙂

Our Homeschool adventure

We started a very laid back preschool at home this year. I am really laid back about structured learning with young kids because I want my boys to be kids for as long as possible. I want them to explore things and figure things out on their own and just have fun. Carson would start Kindergarten this next school year and I honestly can’t imagine my child having to be in school 8 hours at 5 years old. Sometimes I feel like this world is so “hurry up and grow up” that it bothers me.
I had planned on really waiting until Carson was closer to 6 before we started any “schooling” but he asked me to teach him to read. My boys love books and Carson has many of his favorite books memorized and will read them to me. He seems to be pushing me much more than I want him too but he is an eager little one so I’m following his lead. I’m a little OCD when it comes to organizing so of course I had to sit down and get a game plan in place. I’m one of those people that makes lists of my list 🙂 It’s a horrible habit! I had several weeks of stuff planned out for us just to see how it goes. It was fun stuff and we were using the “workbox” system.
I’ve made plans and guess what? We are not following them, LOL. We have been doing some reading lessons and they take 5-10 minutes. If we do other stuff it’s strictly because he is asking. I have ordered a few things for him and will plan out some stuff for kindergarten but plan on following his lead with it. We will mainly focus on reading, writing and math.
A typical day around here looks like this

 and this

 and a lot of this 🙂