Saturday, September 29, 2012

Happy 15th Alicia!!

I can't believe it's been 15 years since I brought my baby girl home.  Alicia has always been so upbeat, happy and just an all around pleasant person to be around.  She loves music, dancing and theater and is also an artist and writer.  Can I say Creative with a capital "C"!!!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Carlina's Graduation Trip

Can you guess where we went?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

School 2012..

We are continuing with our second year of  My Father's World and loving it!  I have 2 in High School and they are doing MFW World History.  Julia is a Junior and is doing Apologia Chemistry and Teaching Textbooks Algebra II, as well.  She is also working about 20 hours a week.  Alicia is a Freshman and doing Apologia Phys Sci and Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1. ( I love homeschooling High School and wouldn't have it any other way.)  Katie is in 6th Grade and Garrett in 3rd.  They are doing MFW  Creation to the Greeks together.  Thomas is doing MFW 1st grade and Anna is doing a variety of Preschool activities.  We don't do any extracurricular activities.    We like to do family activities and try to do things that don't send the family to different places.  Jesse has a really weird "swing-shift" schedule, so we need to be available when he is off work, which is usually not on weekends.  We do all go to Awana on Wed nights and love to go hiking and have picnics when Jesse is off.  Also, taking care of our place is a major endeavor, lots of mowing, trimming and weeding this summer plus, taking care of the critters.

I recently read a great editorial in my favorite Home School magazine "Home School Enrichment".  The editors discussed reasons for Homeschooling and I agreed with all 3 of them.  The first thing listed was that "God meant for parents to play the primary role" regarding education.  We are homeschooling because "It's our Job!'.  Secondly, they said that "Christian Education Still matters".  "We separate God from our children's intellectual lives at our peril and to their detriment".  Thirdly, "Our Children Are Individuals".  I love the flexibility and pace that I can work with each one of my children.  Thanks HSE for the great editorial and wonderful reminders of why I am Homeschooling my children..