Workbox Wednesday:

So, most of you know that I have used workboxes since we started homeschooling in 2011.  They have been a life saver in helping us to stay organized!  I only use them with Ryan now since Brendan follows his own lesson plan and checklist.

Basically, Ryan and I cover a few subjects together such as scripture memory, Bible, history, language arts, and read alouds.  He then starts his workbox assignments, which I fill every night with his independent work.  Those assignments include things like grammar worksheets, reading, vocabulary, handwriting, special projects, and any other additional work.  I do have to help with a few things such as math and science, but everything else is mostly independent.  As he completes each assignment, he removes the number, places it back on the wall, and puts his work in the completed box.

Ryan’s workboxes today:

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Here a few more pics from our week so far:
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I don’t have any pictures, but Brendan finished his first writing assignment and I am so proud! He had to write a script (since he’s reading Julius Caesar) and chose to do a play about the empty tomb.  Creative writing is NOT his thing and he was concerned about this assignment, but he did great!

He started classes at Arete yesterday and thinks that he’s really going to enjoy his Biology teacher.  He has the same Spanish teacher and she is wonderful too.  I’m very grateful that we have this resource in our area and that God always provides just what we need!

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Perfect Peace

This particular verse has been popping up lately in my devotions and Bible study:

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You.” 

Isaiah 26:3

God is gently reminding me to keep my eyes fixed on Him and to trust in His plan.  That’s where true peace comes from.

As I was thinking about this, I remembered being a child and trying to walk across a balance beam.  Have you ever tried to? You have to keep you eyes looking straight ahead…on the end goal.  If you look down, you will most likely lose your balance and fall.

This is also true as a homeschool mom and parent.  If I look down or away from the end goal, I start to slip.  I begin to compare myself and my kids to others.  I begin to doubt our decision.  I focus on our failures instead of how far we’ve come.  I get frustrated when things don’t come easily or go they way I think they should go.

 I have to force myself to stop, take a breath, and re-focus.  I have to remember to strive for the end goal:

To follow God’s will for our family (I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart Psalm 40:8).

To continue to feed Brendan and Ryan from God’s word, believing God’s promise that it will take root in their hearts.  (“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55 9-11).

To work hard, do the best that I can, and leave the rest up to God (And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6).

 

I could use that reminder often and am so thankful that God gave me what I needed, just at the right time :) !

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Ryan’s first General Science experiment

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Learning how liquids have different densities

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Testing a rock, grape, ice cube, and cork (along with cooking oil, water, and corn syrup)

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Steadily working on memorizing the 50 states

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Our first memory verse of the year

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Driver’s Ed flash cards

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Easing Brendan into the school year – he’ll be adding Spanish and Biology next week

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Sweet, encouraging notes from Justin that have gotten us through the week!

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One Last Hoorah!

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We spent our last weekend before school started at “The Rivah” :) :

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We started school today and will be easing into our full schedule over the next two weeks.

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Brendan is now in the 10th grade (that’s hard to believe)!  He will be studying World History and Literature from My Father’s World, Driver’s Ed (1st semester)/Logic (2nd semester), Spanish 2, Biology, Geometry, Programming, and Tennis.

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Ryan is in the 7th grade and will be studying 1850 to Modern Times by My Father’s World.  He will also be using Essentials in Writing 7, All-In-One English Series, 2 Progeny Press guides, Spelling, Math 7, and General Science.  We started memorizing the Northern states this morning (I still have the song stuck in my head :) !) and made corn chowder for dinner as we prepare to study/review the early colonists.

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It wasn’t our best “first” day.  The kids did fine, but I’ve been fighting a sore throat for a few days and wasn’t feeling as peppy as I normally do.  We muddled through and even made it to the pool after lunch.  Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have a little bit more energy!

TWO Teenagers!!!!

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As of today, I am now the mom of TWO teens…heaven help me :) !!!  Ryan turns 13 today (officially at 5:00 pm).  We had his party last night and all he asked for was money (he’s saving up for a kayak).

Sounds easy enough, right?

Well, he wanted us to come up with “creative” and “fun” ways to give him the cash…

…and so we did  :) (thank goodness for Pinterest):

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We also had fun making the kids “work” for their treat bags by sending them on a scavenger hunt:

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ryan!  We love you sooooo much!

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We start school on Monday…let the teenage moodiness begin ;) !

Forced Family Fun :)

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One of the best things about camping (ok, RVing) ;), besides enjoying God’s beautiful creation, visiting different landmarks, and making memories that will last a lifetime is that being in a small, enclosed space “forces” you to spend quality time with your family. We just got back from camping at Natural Bridge and had so much fun fishing, exploring Lexington, driving our rented golf cart, eating dinner outside, playing Uno, and sitting around the campfire.

For three days and nights we practically spent every minute together….then we came home and everybody went their separate ways.

It always amazes me how quickly we get back into our “routines” and spend much less time together after our trips are over. I think it’s so important for families to be intentional about planning quality time together or as we like to call it, “forced family fun” :) !

Thank you Brendan and Ryan for putting up with us, even during your teen years!  We love you guys!!!

I am so grateful for these long weekends that we get to spend together and am looking forward to another one in less than two weeks!

That’s right boys (hee,hee)…more family fun is coming!!!

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