Break week…over!

Perhaps others do this in some form or fashion. All i know is I needed it! Every 6 weeks of full home-school curriculum, we take a break. And by break, I mean we only do things that are necessary. They boys must do their 2 math assignments online, attend the Spanish class and the synergy class, and my own boys attend piano music and practice most days.

So, I’m just now finishing up our first *Break week*. I was bored most of it until about Thursday when our usual Thursday activities continued this week. This is the day I drive my Hubby to work (40 mins to get there) then back home. I try to fit in a few errands while I have the car, though i don’t have much time because I have to make sure the boys ate lunch and are ready to leave by 12:30pm to attend their synergy group. This ends at 3pm and we go straight to Spanish class 1 hour away. The price is worth is and its only a little further north then my hubby’s work, so it’s actually convenient considering I have to pick him up anyways. By the time we get home it is dinner time and I tell everyone to *Fend for yourself* when it comes to dinner. Usually have left overs as a result.

During this break week, I started reading “The War on Christmas” as part of a review team. I’ve gotten in a few chapters, but got pretty busy starting Thursday. I plan on reading more after church today 🙂 It’s an interesting book, easy to read, yet full of quite a bit of reference information. The author, Bodie Hodge does an excellent job in making all these various facts palatable to the everyday person. You can get more information about this great book by using the following web address: http://www.nlpg.com/the-war-on-christmas

Another thing I decided to start this week was a rookie 5K training plan. You need to be-able to at least walk 25-30 mins fairly easily before taking this one on. I found the plan on sparkpeople.com. If interested, you can join for free and check it out. I’ve been a member of the site for years. I don’t always follow it, but it has so many great resources! The link is as follows: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/training-program.asp?p=6

Anyways, it’s back *to the grind* tomorrow…and I am looking forward to it! Have a great ‘rest of the weekend’ and I’ll see you around 🙂

Sometimes we cant have a conversation…

This is a very personal post, but I thought sharing it might help others in this position or perhaps someone will come along that have some positive suggestions.

You see, I cant discuss anything about religion with my mother. I can discuss it with almost anyone else and they are happy to share beliefs, ideas, and differences in thinking. No one gets upset!

I just hate I can not have an open conversation about beliefs with her. I LOVE talking with others about what they think, feel, and believe. I like sharing my own.

I do not do this to prove they are wrong. I do it because I actually care about them and am interested in their thoughts and feelings.

I do not NEED to shove anything down their throats. I am trying to LIVE the gospel and I want THAT to be my true testimony.

So, what brought this on? I was trying to share what another person wrote about the birth of Christ. In fact, they wrote several different viewpoints. While I, personally, can see the validity of all the viewpoints presented, I also know only one will be right. Jesus was born on one particular day. This can not be questioned. What day it actually was…we are not quite sure. I’m OK with it being up in the air. It does not weaken my faith.

She became defensive and bristly. Seeming to forget entirely I was talking about what another person wrote. She started telling me how I was…wrong. Me.

This is not an isolated incident. I’ve been told not to talk about my faith with her since it always devolves into a “Your going to hell” statement from my mother. She is not interested in knowing what I believe. Not interested in understanding why I believe what I do. She is only interested in proving me wrong. so much so that I cant even talk about what ANOTHER person wrote.

 

It’s so frustrating 😦

 

Reviewing the book “The War on Christmas” by Bodie Hodge

Interesting book I am reviewing right now. I’ve read a few chapters. It’s a fairly easy read, even with all the information being put forth and gives a perspective about Christmas from the point of view of a Christian who has actually done their homework. So, I suggest grabbing this book. Perhaps you wont draw all the same conclusions, but it certainly has a lot of merit and worth a closer look.

 

Here is a link to the book for pre-order. It is available October 1, 2013. Just in time for the holidays!

http://www.nlpg.com/the-war-on-christmas

Just an endorsement

So, I’ve been dabbling with the folks at MasterBooks this year. I have no job with them. I’m not even a reviewer, though I would love to be! I just happen to have won a great book from them and loved them so much, I’ve purchased others.

I am one of those that believe strong in *word of mouth* and this is my word. If your looking for great educational tools that are creation and bible based, this is the publisher for you! They range from personal reading and tools for both educational and spiritual growth to classroom education, both in the home local and in a more structured class hosted by a church or private school.

 

Books I have acquired thus far:

Chronicles of Dinosauria (I won this book and it was awesome!)

I am Ruth (Already one of my favorite books of the bible, I love this photographic book of her story. it’s truly inspirational)

Already Gone (Still reading off and on. Slow going since I am now actively into this home-schooling year!)

Here is a link to their Facebook page if you want to check them out. Please, just take a look and you will see they really are a great company!

https://www.facebook.com/MasterBooks?hc_location=stream

 

Why did I choose to home-school additional children?

I don’t run into many who home-school other children besides their own. It is not something I recommend anyone take on lightly. Everyone’s circumstances differ and will call for various different solutions. A year ago, I would have not considered helping my niece and nephew. I was sure they had plenty of help with their IEPs in the public school system. However, this past summer when my niece was visiting more and more frequently, I realized the 7 year old whirlwind couldn’t read. She didn’t even know the entire alphabet.

I was rather shocked, I admit. I knew her teacher and felt (still do) that she was very good at her job. We had my niece for 2 years and she attended the same school and made regular progress. So, what went wrong? I could name several factors, some of which is not the business of the general public. I can say with certainty that the first time they send this child home to her parents, the teachers made a mistake. They gave into her behavior (Notably worsening over time) and sent her into the very environment that promoted this negative and extreme behavior. They knew of some of the factors involved and were concerned.

So, why did these great teachers send her home knowing it was not going to actually improve her behavior? It was due to the fact they did not have the resources provided to them to give my niece what she needed to succeed educationally and they had quite a few other children to work with. Some of which had their own challenges.

My sister has many challenges herself and could not home-school her own daughter. Home-life was no better, if not worse, when it came to teaching the 7-year old. So, what was so challenging about this little girl? She has a sensory integration disorder with hypo-sensitivity. This means she does not feel physical sensation quite as well. The more stimulated she becomes, the less she feels. She has been known to hurt herself and others if stimulated too much. A full classroom of children do that quite nicely. Heck, a busy parking lot can do it!

She was also born with a throat defect and had surgery to correct some of the issues involved at 3 weeks of age. This resulted in some severe speech issues. If anyone has worked with a person who has a speech challenge, they may know that the more stimulated the person gets (be it anger, excitement, fear, etc), the harder it becomes to understand them. Considering my niece is very easily over stimulated, this was a regular problem in a busy classroom setting.

Now, before you go into the ‘rights and have to provide’ etc of the public school system, we already know she was SUPPOSE to be provided certain things. She was not, for whatever reason, and therefore the system failed her. However, the system is not actually responsible for making the best decisions for our children or family members. The parents and/guardians are. So, we got together and came up with a plan to help my niece.

She made it obvious she was ready to learn, just needed the right environment and a lot more one-on-one to make it happen. This is where I am very grateful for the LDS Church. They supported the decision and decided to help with the costs of getting what my niece needed to get us started. You see, I didn’t have anything for a child at her educational stage. my youngest is 12. I paid to have her evaluated and she wasn’t even quite at a kindergarten level. Been awhile since I’ve had children quite that young educationally.

So, I am now in week 6 of the My Father’s World Kindergarten curriculum and having great success. She learned within days her ABC’s and began reading some words from the Bob books I purchased. I’ve learned she seems to have a natural knack for numbers as well. she LOVES coming to “Aunties” house 4 days a week and is much calmer and able to concentrate then she was before.

Not every day works out perfect. Just last week we had to run her to the ER because she stuck her hand in the car door right as her brother went to close it. That really throws the schedule off, and she REALLY needs to have some structure. Messed up the entire week! Things are much smoother this week and she went through her work boxes easily and happily (I use the Sue Patrick Work box System to implement the curriculum with great success). Even her mother, who keeps her on Thursdays because the boys are just too jam packed that day, is able to run her through that day’s work. Perhaps, one day, the situation will be such her mother can take full responsibility for her daughter’s home-schooling.