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Growing Up

Tips for A Simple After School Play Date

A Back to School Brownie baking Party - an after school activity. This post has lots of tips for hosting a successful after school party.

Since we officially have started school, we now get to plan after school activities!  And the possibilities are endless!  We have been considering a number of extra-curricular activities to keep our kindergarten kid busy during the afternoon.  And last week I decided to have a fun after school play date with her friends to celebrate Back to School.  It just seemed natural to bake brownies!  Our play date was actually simple to throw together and the kids had LOTS of fun.   I thought I would share with you our best ideas for planning an after school play date.

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.  Continue Reading

Growing Up

Kindergarten Homeschool Choices

homeschooling kindergarten - learning choices and goals. A plan for the school year

We jumped!

We finally got started with homeschool a little over a week ago and it is going ___.

Yes, I didn’t include an adverb at the end of that sentence because, I am trying my best to wait 6 weeks to evaluate how it is going!  I will let you know when we get through our first 6 weeks!

But I thought I would share the thinking behind our homeschool kindergarten choices for G (5-years-old as of June 2016).  I know that every family is different and each child is unique.  So, I am just putting out there our choices for our girl.  And a little bit of the reasoning behind the choices.  You will see the subjects are planning to cover, followed by my goal for the year and the plan for teaching/learning it. Continue Reading

Devotion, Growing Up

Home School is NOT an Option

homeschool is NOT an option - some things to consider before you make the decision to home school or to send your kids to traditional school.

You may have read my initial post on the decision-making process we are currently going through to determine if we are going to traditionally school or home school our oldest child.  As I stated in that post, this topic and thought process runs deep and there are many things to consider.  So here is the next thing I have in mind as I make the decision to home school or to send our daughter to traditional school:  In many ways  homeschooling is not an option.  We are our children’s first (and I would argue, primary) teachers whether we recognize it or not.

My kids are watching me.  Every day they are watching me.

I can choose to think this is creepy (and I do), but I cannot change it.

They are observing how I behave, what I say, how I interact with other people, how I spend my time.  And they are creating their perspective of the world and how it works based on my behavior.  They are doing it with my husband, too.  So they are already learning in the school of life that we established the moment we brought them into our home.

Thus My husband and I are, by default, our kids first teachers. Continue Reading

Devotion, Growing Up

A Christian Mom Looks at Home School

What do spiritual gifts have to do with choosing home school or traditional school?

When we had our first child, I think it was only months (maybe days) before we were asked,

“Are you going to home school?”

I found the question jarring for a number of reasons:

1. Um…she was less than a year old

2. The question implied the answer, not the options available.

3. The question assumed that because I am a Bible teacher, I will be teaching my children in our home.

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