Fabulous art class

I love art, just about every kind of art.  I love that you can be creative, and messy and simple and very complicated.  But I am not an artist.  I struggle with coming up with original ideas, and although I have educated myself on the various techniques and mediums I can not demonstrate most of them to my children.  So I am so excited about finding an art curriculum that is easy to incorporate into our school week, does not cost very much, is biblically based and has amazing teachers.  Now the kids and I can learn together.  It has become the favorite subject–we can’t wait for art lesson.  Check out this fantastic curriculum.  You can try out the first three lessons for free.  

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A fabulous step by step art lesson of a whale to go along with “God’s Runaway” – the story of Jonah :http://www.seethelightshine.com/media/fun_stuff/downloads/Jonah’s Baleen Whale.pdf
So don’t forget to make art an important part of your child’s education.

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Month 1 – September 2011 Curriculum – Cycle 2.pdf from the Preschool Palace


I have shared before how I really appreciate the Preschool Palace curriculum.  It gives me ready made activities to fill my 2 and 3 year olds workboxes as well as offer a wealth of information and resources.  Check out their Cycle 2 new school year curriculum.  www.preschoolpalace.org/Documents/Monthly curriculum/Month 1 – September 2011 Curriculum – Cycle 2.pdf.

Curriculum overview for the week of October 25-29, 2010

What’s in the box for Alexis and Olivya

This is what Alexis and Olivya will be doing this week:

We are studying the letter E this week and focusing on the number 6.

Box 1–

Letter E and the number 6 to put on the letter tree
Our Letter Tree

Box 2

Box 3

Box 4

Box 5

Box 6

Box 7

Box 8

Box 9

Box 10

Box 11

Box 12

We do not do every box every day but these will be our twelve activities we will focus on this week.

What’s in the box for the Tot and Tiny Tot.

This is what Paul and Chi get to look forward to this week:  Our tot and tiny tot join in with what Alexis and Olivya are doing.  But they do have specific activities that are just for them that hopefully are fun, teaching new skills and increasing their attention spans (we are really working on that one with Chi)

Box 1–

Box 2

Box 3

Box 4

Box 5

Box 6–  This week for bible we will focus on the story of Elijah.


What’s in the box for Samuel and Isaac?

I will post pics and descriptions of what they are working on later this week but I do what to show you the one new curriculum that we will be working of this week.

Both the boys have been struggling with their math facts.  So we will be taking a break from their regular math books and doing times tales this week.  We are all excited to start.


I love to entertain, and if you were to happen to stop by my house unannounce (which happens more often then you think) you would be welcomed with open arms and open home.  But I actually struggle with hospitality.  This is a terrible thing to admit as the wife of a pastor.   Hospitality does not come naturally to me and often it is not included in my planning and scheduling.

I have recently posted about a new planner I have been using, Keepers at Home Organizer.  How excited I was to discover that the Keepers at Home Organizer has a tab dedicated to hospitality.  It has you focus on several goals:

  1. My Service as an Individual: Young mothers I could be an older woman to, Older women from which to learn, new friends and old friends
  2. Our Service as a family: families in our church who need encouragement, new members of our church, newlyweds, young friends that my children could reach out to.
  3. Extended family
  4. those sick and bereaved
  5. Widows in need
  6. The elderly
  7. and group events my family can organize to encourage Christian fellowship.

There are places to keep track of letter writing and the actual planning of an event and so much more.  Keepers at Home Organizer {I am not an affiliate of Keeper of the Home Organizer, I am just that excited about this planner and want to share its wonderful qualities.}

It is so easy for anyone to get busy with the everyday needs of your family that you forget to look outside of your own family.  I plan to be more intentional in hospitality.  This also goes hand in hand with our new preschool curriculum. {I am an affiliate of Heavenly Homes products and do receive some commissions when your order products through my link.}

What kinds of things do you do to show hospitality?  I would love to hear your ideas!

Our curriculum

We start back to school tomorrow.  I thought I was better prepared than I was or perhaps I just had too many “new” ideas.  Thankfully my husband had to get hay for the horses and the kids all wanted to go with him.  That gave me most of the day to get things lined up.  I am now prepared for this week at least.

Everyone has a nice new planner that helps us all stay organized and on track.  The girls planners on top are based on the Letter of the Week curriculum by Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler.  Check out her site for great ideas, encouragement and great printables.  The boys planners, The Weekly Assignment Books for the Elementary Student and the Young Student, are the ones I designed this summer.  They made their own covers which I laminated for durability.

This will be the first time that we have a school room.  We have always just schooled on the dining room table or the couch.  It was not until this last spring when my husband moved his home office out of the house and into the church that for the first time in my life I have an office, a space I can call my own.  I have become very protective of this space and I have learned the value of having a place to call your own.  I am much more productive in my office.  (I will post later about my office.)  So we have taken over the dining room.  This is what we have so far.  There is still more that I want to do so I will be posting more as I get those done.

Girl's Desks and workboxes
Sam's desk,workboxes and Tiny Tots workboxes
Sam and Isaac's desks and workboxes
This was once my hutch and now is all my school supplies. I am so excited they are handy and neatly organized.
Our piano. One day we will own a real one;) The picture frames are awaiting pictures:0
Now if you are wondering what all those plastic shelved are for–we use the workbox system.  Below is what we have in our workboxes for tomorrow.
Hymn study: A Mighty Fortress
Spelling and Language Arts
Spelling and Language Arts for Isaac
Sam's arithmetic
Isaac's Arithmetic
Isaac's Bible Studies
Sam's bible Studies
Mystery of History Volume 3
Art Studies
Girls Activity
Letter of the week A
I will be using Five in a Row volume 1 with the girls. This will cover our reading, language arts, geography, social studies, science, math and much more.
We will begin our study in FIAR with The Glorious Flight. I found the book at our local library and they also had an audio book. I downloaded my Homeschool Share some activities and a lapbook to go along with the book. I will most later with links.

With 4 children starting school tomorrow and two tiny tots I had more than I can put into one post.  I will update more later this week and update you all on how our week is going.