October 29 – November 4
“There isn’t a right way to be educated; there are as many ways as there are fingerprints.” John Taylor Gatto
Monday, October 29, 2018 – Good morning! Michael is feeling even better than yesterday so he is out of the home today working. I pray the Lord would continue strengthening his body and give him energy, vigor, and a clear mind. Lord, bless the work of his hands today.
I put on a YouTube playlist for the kids this morning with number, alphabet, and phonics songs while I nursed the baby.
Braydon read these words and wrote them out. This is his last Word Building PACE, PACE 1012. He is very weak on the last activity which is writing his uppercase and lowercase letters in alphabetical order. We are going to work on that this week so we can complete this PACE and move on to English 1001. I flipped through the English PACE and it looks really good! I’m excited to get him started on it!
I read Braydon, Layla and Emma the Bible story of Daniel in The Lion’s Den and then Braydon did the page that went with it. He had to match the left side of the lions face to the right side and color it. I love the red in the lions face.
Next we did math which Braydon is so good at! WE learned a new concept with LEGO blocks and then did these two pages. The first page I asked him orally and wrote in his answers for him. The second page he wrote his numbers and I gotta say, they look fantastic. He wizzed through these pages.
Afterwards we did some coloring drawing. The girls found matching baby monkey pages in their coloring books and were very happy about it. Ha-ha.
For lunch I had the children assemble their own mini bagel pizzas with sauce and cheese. It was a lot messier than I had envisioned.
We went to my parents house for Monday Night Football (remember we don’t have a TV). My dad made a big salad and buffalo wings, which apparently Layla had asked Papa to make last weekend because she loves them. We also got some pizzas delivered. The kids colored more pictures and played with toys in the living room. Michael and I talked politics with Dad. Emma asked Papa to draw her a unicorn (pictured below). We stayed up so late, but I was telling my Dad how this is some of the awesome parts of homeschool. We can stay up late (after 11pm!) to have irreplaceable time with family, making memories that will last a lifetime, and sleep in a bit the next morning. Our studies will not be impacted because we are not on anyone else’s clock but our own!
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 – Its nine in the morning and everyone is beginning to rise. The house is “waking up.” Coffee is on, cinnamon rolls are baking, and everyone is in a jolly, light spirit. I told all the kiddos to dress warm this morning because there is a chill in the air. They all have socked little feet! So cute!
Over breakfast we talked about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. It must be a hard concept to understand that they are three in one. We also talked about how discipline is an act of love, which I’m sure is even harder to understand at their young ages. God disciplines or corrects those He loves and so does mom and dad because we cannot see someone we love pick up bad habits, put themselves in danger (physically, spiritually, or emotionally), or have destructive interests, like sins and addictions which the Bible says leads to death.
We started the day with Braydon’s hardest subject and he was still overwhelmed by it. I read the paragraphs with the stars and he read the paragraphs with the B’s. He did well, but he is very slow at sounding out his words. I know practice will make it easier for him. His understanding of what he reads is very good. He drew all the lines to the pictures on his own.
On the second page of his math lesson today, he asked if I could ask the questions to him orally again. I made a deal that if he wrote out two lines, I’d ask him aloud the rest. He said, “Deal!” and drew the line.
Emma asked me today, “what does the giraffe say?” and I didn’t know. I said, “lets find out,” and we opened up YouTube on my phone. We watched a few different short videos on giraffes. She loved seeing the mommy giraffes with their babies! I learned some cool facts about giraffes today, too. All because of her curious little mind.
I asked Michael to move three bookcases to make a little homeschool corner in the living room. It was a very big job to organize our office room, move the bookcases, and attach them to the wall. I am planning on moving and organizing all the books eventually.
Braydon made this amazing robot before bed out of LEGO’s! Good night!
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 – This whole day has been crazy. I didn’t start school with Braydon until closer to lunch time. He was not enthusiastic about it at all. This has been our hardest homeschooling day in three weeks.
First, he had no clue what his letters were! I was shocked! He knew all the letter sounds, but was clueless towards their actual name. My, oh my, we have a lot of work to do before starting English 1001. I don’t even know where to start! I’m up for the challenge, though! He’s worth it!
Math took hours because he got so distracted and started playing and goofing around several times. I suppose it is my fault because I was not sitting with him like I usually do. I was very busy doing my own chores around the house. I finally sat with him on the couch and we managed to finish together. You can tell it is not his best work when put side by side with yesterday’s work.
We decided about three years ago not to celebrate hollowed. It’s a personal choice and conviction. We don’t participate in the church’s hollowed festivals either. Tonight our church has Trunks of Treats and we will not be attending. I’m bummed they are not having Royal Rangers or Daisy’s class but it is what it is.
We went to a discount store and scored some amazing deals on Christmas toys for the kiddos. Apparently because Toy’s R Us went out of business there was a lot of toys leftover that went to these discount stores. The store is called Ollie’s and I have no idea why I haven’t shopped there before! It was awesome! I got a book that is Bible Rhymes. I can’t wait to read it to the kids soon.
Layla went to the Dollar Store after that and she bought something with the money that my parents paid her for the work she did last weekend.
When we got home it was really late. We quickly whipped up some ground turkey with taco seasoning and we had flour tortilla taco’s with sour cream, avocado, cheese, and a can of corn. It worked out well. I was so happy not to spend another $40+ on a fast food run for our growing gang, especially after we spent nearly $300 today on Christmas.
Dad played Jenga with the kids after dinner. This was a $4.99 Ollie’s find! They played this game for a solid 45 minutes.
Before bed we did a running game around the living room where Dad would clap his hands and that signaled “Go” and they ran a particular way through the living room. This was in effort to get their wiggles out.
Thursday, November, 1, 2018 – Good morning! Braydon did three more pages in his math PACE. We didn’t do any Word Building today. I think I have found some online projects I’d like to do to learn his letter names and reinforce the letter sounds.
One of my friends came over for several hours today. We talked about everything on our hearts and minds. Pictured below she is making a maze for Braydon to complete which the kids are infatuated with. She brought us chocolate from Thailand where she did mission work at an orphanage recently!
I have been learning more and more about my second child, Layla. she is about to be five years old in a couple weeks. The thing about Layla is that she values one on one time. As you can surely imagine, that is hard to give her when my hands are full with her three younger siblings. Emma is three, Raya is seventeen months, and Ryle is one month and nursing on demand. Today she went out on a Daddy-Daughter date to Chick-Fil-A. It was just Daddy and Layla. They got chicken sandwiches and fries. Daddy treated her like the princess she is. She played in the place place and even met a new friend. Her emotional cup was filled today and I need to make a reminder to date our children more often.
I have some advice for new moms everywhere and espcecially moms of many little ones at once! Get yourself one of these high beds with wooden rails and put it in a central living space. This bed has been a wonderful asset in raising Ryle. First off, it’s his changing station with his diapers and wipes. It also houses his car seat for easy in and out’s, along with his diaper bag for easy packing. It’s also where I dump and fold all the clean laundry (pictured below, separating clothes into folded piles). And it’s also where Ryle learns to nap on his own (also picture below, Ryle sleeping on his tummy in an orange striped pajama). Raya cannot climb on this bed. She can however reach through the rails and pull on his baby feet, so I make sure to place him deeper in. My older kids know they are not allowed on the bed. It’s a great system that has worked well for us. I recommend it!
We read several poems out of the Bible Rhyme’s book. The artwork was so beautiful! It was really cute to hear all three of my children at one time or another say, “Hey, I remember thatBible story from *insert place they hear it*!”
After that we had a dance party with TobyMac music. It was a workout! We also played Ashes Ashes We All Fall Down. Raya played too. It was so cute because she actually understood the concept and after a time or two began to “fall down” when we did! We also did many stretches. I felt refreshed! Layla literally fell asleep on the couch afterwards.
I found Braydon quietly taking apart a pretend cash register with Daddy’s screw driver. I asked him to please put it back together… if he could! It looked complicated and there were many screws. He put it together perfectly. What an incredible boy!
We played Jenga over dinner tonight. It was just one game before Daddy left for meetings, but it was really fun while it lasted. I made banana ice cream, too. It’s just frozen banana in a blender. I added frozen pears and some unsweetened vanilla almond milk to ours tonight. They think it’s the best treat ever and it’s just blended fruit. Mom win!
We watched a movie and then went to bed. These nights are really rough juggling everything without Michael. I miss him every second he’s gone!
Friday, November 2, 2018 – This day got away from me! We had a late breakfast because everyone slept in. It’s been really dark in our house from all the rainstorms. Braydon completed a 40 minute workout with Michael using his 2 pound weights! He was so proud of himself, as he should be!
We read so many books today! I got a couple packs of level 1 readers a while back but haven’t really read through them. Well, we did today, along with the Rhyming Bible I got at the discount store. It was really cool asking the kids what their favorite story was. Emma liked Daniel Tiger where he couldn’t catch the ball, Layla was tied between Jonah and The Whale poem and Daniel In The Lion’s Den poem, and Braydon’s favorite was a superhero reader, Thor.
We went out today to visit some long-time friends of my parents. They are a husband and wife team of a real estate agent and a builder, “The Bell Team”, because Bell is their last name. We visited their new addition to their house; a detached two-car garage with a one bedroom home upstairs. We are thinking about using them to find a peice of land and building our own customized home on it. We are still thinking and praying and asking God for the right avenue to find our next home. We really want a big backyard with lots of room for outdoor equipment and gardening.
“Do you have a sad child? Immerse them in nature. Do you have a cranky child? Immerse them in nature. Do you have a bored child? Immerse them in nature.”
We had a pizza party, played Jenga, took a bath, and went to bed! Michael and I ended up going to bed when they did around 8:30pm! Talk about a crazy-wild Friday night! Ha-ha!
Saturday, November 3, 2018 — Michael is working today. He said he’d maybe get a day off next week for it. He said I could plan a fun family day for then!
My mom treated us to Everland Play today! She bought me a $7 cup of coffee and a hundred tokens for the kids. They went on all the equipment; slides, jungle gyms, and bouncy houses. They played with dress up, puppets, and building blocks. It was a blast!!!
Dear Lord, take charge over our homeschool. Fill in the educational gaps. Lead me to conversations, resources, and places where Your presence abides. These children are Yours and we are doing this together. I cannot do it without You. Be big in me, God! Help me shape these little minds and hearts to love You and serve You forever! Amen.
We went to my parents house for the evening. She got beads for the kids to make necklaces.
Braydon put together a wooden car with screws and he began painting it with Papa.
The girls made a chocolate pudding cake with Marmi. It was delicious.
Then we realized we had completely forgotten about a birthday party for Michael’s cousin, Rachel. We rushed over there at around 8:30pm and stayed until 10:30pm. We played the game Taboo. Braydon played quite nicely on the piano there.
Sunday, November 4, 2018 — Good morning! We all woke up and went to Mimi’s Cafe for breakfast with my family. My mom held Ryle for a little bit at the end.
Then we spent the whole rest of the day at my parents house watching football. The kids made lots of cards with markers and stickers. Mom made cookies and a warming chicken noodle soup. My dad pulled out all the plans for the house; little rooms drawn in grid paper. We planned an addition onto our home, just roughly, but Brady had a feild day with it! Lots of learning around the table with Papa.
I put all five of the kids to sleep by myself so Michael could keep watching the game. I feel really blessed. It was a great week! Praising God tonight!