Monday, August 1, 2011

2011-2012 School Year

Listening to our names being said in Portuguese

Working hard on our Brazil maps

Finding Brazil on the globe

Mom, really???

Our Geography binders, it is going to be FUN!

Here we go!!!!

Landon was not home today, he helped with a youth function so he will start on Wednesday...tomorrow is his 15th birthday, so I will be nice and let him have the day off. This year Landon is starting the 10th grade. He will be taking a few outside classes which will be nice for him and mom. He will be taking Biology, World View and an Essay class. I really have no clue where my baby went. We just have him for a few more years:(

Joshua will be in 6th grade this year. He will be doing most of his class work at home. He will be taking a Reading/Writing class outside of the home where Landon will be taking his. This mom is not the best teacher when it comes to this will be nice.

Chloe will be in 3rd grade. So hard to think that I have been her teacher since she started 1st grade....I can do this!! She is the one I have a challenge with....very hard headed and strong willed. Thankfully she is a sponge...we should have a good year.

Going into our 3rd year of homeschooling the kids.....I feel good, not as stressed as I have in the past. This is a good thing, right?? I guess we will see how mom is doing come Thanksgiving break. I know we have our days...but really I love being with my kids...and as I have said in the past....why would you not want to be with your kids??? I know homeschooling is not for everyone...heck being a stay at home mom is not for everyone....thankfully we can choose to homeschool our kids if WE want to. I am blessed that I have a husband that has worked hard these last 12 years, so I can be home with my kids full time. I know this will be something they can look back on and some day think....Man we were lucky!

I pray that this school year I can give my kids everything they need, it is a balance that I find hard to balance some times.....but some how it all works out and we all make it. One thing I plan on doing this more "hands-on" things....I HATE messes and really schooling three kids is not easy at times....but I need to try to make it happen more often. Thanks to many special blogs and other home school moms doing more hands-on things will happen....thanks to all their "work" in suppling ideas:)

Today, Joshua and Chloe had kind of a first day....we really only did Geography and Health...two subjects I am having them do together this year....something new to me...joining two grades together...but hey Health is health no matter what age, right??? Today went well...we had to close up shop for Joshua to attend his Up Wards ball camp...tomorrow is another day....

Credit to Erika @ Confessions of a for the WONDERFUL work she did on Expedition Earth...our geography material for this school year. She is great!!! You can see some of the work we did today on making our binders for our many adventures as we discover GOD'S wonderful planet....GOD's!!! Another wonderful reason to homeschool...we can talk and learn about GOD all day long!!!