Our newest adventure....HomeSchooling

30 March 2014

This is something that we didn't walk into lightly or didn't do research on. It's a mutual agreement between us and our son. So no negative comments.

We decided  to home school our son because of the following reasons. Every...and I mean every Monday he comes home complaining how bad his school day was. It's either he fell behind in his work or something and he lost his recess. I'm sorry my boy is a very bright cookie and loves recess cos he can run and jump and get some of that pent up energy out. His homework packet for the week is any where from 8-15 pages for the whole week. These pages are back to back and he really doesn't retain much of what he's taught.

Reason 2: While my son is your average 7 year old outdoor type of kiddo, he's usually bouncy and can't sit still. He gets frustrated very easily...and mean very easily. The school isn't the one dealing with him smacking himself in the head calling himself stupid. I know as well as any parent that this is a "learned" behavior and I can tell you this...WE NEVER do that to him. He's a very sensitive lil boy that loves his friends and looks out for those with special needs due to his sister. But to see and watch this happen all the time with him hearts my heart as well as any mother who see/hears this.

Reason 3. I know I can teach him better. This core curriculum standards mess is that a mess. They are calling borrowing regrouping...um what the heck is any way? He loves the math that we as parents and grandparents grew up on doing and some cases are still doing. It kinda falls under the if ain't broke why fix it? We can help boost him on subjects that he struggles with, expand him outward on subjects he's thriving in. All this with no distractions...which does have me question his school on this one. 

Question: There are 14 kiddos in his class currently in Public School and his teacher is actually a Special Education teacher...can any one explain to me how he's falling behind and his teacher isn't noticing the distractions in her class from the back of the room? 

Answer: I'm not sure either.

Reason 4. They say he may have ADHD. While I know first hand what a kiddo with ADHD acts (my brother had it), my lil man doesn't really show the typical issues associated with ADHD. Yes he's easily distracted and slightly hyper...but he's 7 years old and loves being out doors not cooped up in a class room for hours on. I will say his public school is pretty awesome about the NO medication and working with the parent...but here we are going into April after asking back in Feb. for him to be tested. WE are DONE!

Homeschooling isn't for the light hearten as there is  tons of research that needs to be done. You need to know what your state laws are and the requirements that a parent must know for home schooling. Some states are really friendly and some states ask for simple things like here in FL. Here in FL we need to keep attendance, documentation of assessments to see where our kiddos are thriving and where they might need extra help. We need to submit a report card of sorts to show what subjects they have taken and how well they are doing. With that said and done there is also another option that gives the homeschooling parent a little more room to play is an umbrella school. 

An umbrella school is a school that is registered with the state as a Private school but backs the parent in their homeschooling choices. I'm thankful that I do live in a state that gives many options for schooling my lil man. He's super excited about being homeschooled. It's his choice, he has a say in HIS education. Not what the state says nor the public schools say. He has voice and I have based his curriculum on those choices. 

Researching the curriculum that knew he needed I have found a great and many choices, advice, opinions and reviews of said curriculum. I have an awesome site that is for teachers by teachers. Many of what they have to offer have been used in homeschooling as well as public education. I'm so thankful for these teachers and the site they have created. Some items are free (my fave word) and some you pay for...and they aren't expensive at all. They have everything and then some for every grade. You can check em out here. Then there are the umpteen million of blogs and resources from Pinterest. It's made the idea and calmed down the the thought in your brain WTH was I thinking. 

Homeschooling has come a long way from revolutionary times to what it is today. I'm not saying that Public School is bad in any way shape or form, but it might not be the right option for some kiddos. I'm proud to say that I am a Home School Momma!

Everything old is new again

16 March 2014

Ok I have to give it up to the internet and upcycling. I have seen so many wonderful projects that take something old and make it new again. I had seen this project in my Facebook page feeds from Budget 101, but the only difference was the post that Budget 101 had done the door picture frame had hooks on it.

I looked at it with Mr. Handy man here in my home and we both really liked loved the idea even more so with the hooks to make it functional. I even knew where I wanted it to put it in the house.

If your like me and have that one wall in your home that SCREAMS; Do Something With Me. I hear ya wall and I think this would make a great crafty home project for you. And the pictures I would use would help kinda build a family tree. I then saw another project that would go great under it....yup I wanna do that too. It was taking a bookcase (not presswood) laying it on it's side and putting a foam cushion on it. I gasp with joy and soon will be hitting up craigslist here in sunny Florida to find what I need.

The link for this project is under the picture and I couldn't help but share this tutorial that a fellow blogspot user wrote. If you want to make the same project she shows you how and has all the before, working on, and end product of her project. Check her out! I can't wait to do this for my home. As ya all know I am freak about antiques...I love, love, love them.

 Stop by send her some love, and comment too....and no she's not doing a giveaway or anything. I just like to share and a word of kindness goes so far.

Always something...I know you can relate

04 March 2014
Every dang on day!

So I wake up this morning with my son and what do I see? My kitchen is a hot mess, dining room table is a catch all of everything and lets not even get into the TV left on....WTF!

I know here in my little corner of the web/paradise of Florida it's cest la via but seriously am I the only one who knows to clean??? Stupid question obviously...but seriously I am not the only adult that can clean and heck my 7 year old is picking up bad habits from dad...i.e. dirty clothes on the floor. After I do my bible study page for the day...which you can check out here I will be doing the following:

1) Finish the laundry mountain that never seems to end.
2) Sweep and Mop
3) Clean both bathrooms
4) Make sweet tea cos well when in the south we do drink alot of sweet tea.
5) Va paper work, CRSC paper work and then go from there!