Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Time for Water


Here's an interesting post from Kelly Ann Studio ~who knew the timing effects things-

Drinking water at the correct time maximizes its effectiveness on the Human body:

•2 glasses of water after waking up helps activate internal organs
• 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion
• 1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure
•1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack

Have a glass...it's free to boot!

Saturday, August 28, 2010


I am teaching my son letter recognition. We are currently on "Ii". I told him that "i" is lower case "i". I asked him what was capitol "I"? He said, "that is bigger-case "I"! I love my kindergartner!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Here is a list of some links I go to for homework help!

Spellingcity.com (Have almost all Abeka spelling lists!)

Hslaunch.com (lapbooking/notebooking resources)




Happy Homeschooling!

About me!

Hello all!

I have had a blog for several years now to express how I balance being a stay-at-home mom to four children, a preacher's wife, a homeschool teacher, and a crafter. I also have a blog * A Butterfly In My Stomach* for crafting, repurposing, reinventing, cooking, and any other compulsion that flys by! I have tried to stay away from crafting but the need to beautify my home and the total lack of funding for this has revived my love to craft. So when I get a butterfly in my stomach, I just take off. I study out a project in my mind (who writes anything down, anyway?)for days or weeks at a time and then I just do it. My chaos and compulsions make for a creative journey. God has a wonderful journey for us all...(I remind myself *and sometimes he reminds me* that I have to open my spiritual ears to hear him). God bless you all on your journey too!

I also love homeschooling my children. Our school name is Children Are A Heritage Academy. The kids wanted "ACADEMY"--it sounds so sophisticated! We have a great time at homeschool. There are ups and downs but that is just part of our journey. They teach me a lot while I am trying to teach them!

Thanks for reading and may God bless you!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Can you direct me to Spelling City?

We use Abeka spelling for all. We have I's spelling, but N and A's spelling books are still in the mail. SO, I found a website that has Abeka's spelling words. I have the entire list for 2nd and 8th grade! Spelling City even allows the kids to learn how to spell and can even test them on a certain list!

Have fun practicing your spelling words

THANKS SPELLING CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

What a Day!

Our days of homeschool are different everyday, but we have a certain schedule we follow...LOOSELY;-)

All of us:
1. Read a passage from the Bible
We have calendar time (What is the date, upcoming activities for the week, etc...)
What is the weather? (Have a K-gartner!)
Recite our address and phone number (stop when they know it)
States and Capitols (do a few each day until they know them all!)
Bible drills (10 commandments, 12 sons of Jacob, 10 plagues, 12 disciples, books of Bible...)

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2. Each child (except K-gartner) has 5 folders. I have written what they are to complete each day for each child. They love reading what I have written to them! When they are done with each folder, they put a "check mark" after the assignment and they lay them facedown in their own "cubby". I then review them and stand them up in their favorite cereal box. Their assignments are waiting to be completed for the next day.

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3. First they work on spelling
Second, they work in math
Third, writing

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4. History (ALL)
We read the American Creed
We say the pledge of allegience
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We discuss American History (explorations to the New World)
After notes, they copy neatly to pages for NOTEBOOKING. I like doing something concrete so they can go back and see their work.
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GEOGRAPHY - we get the map out to show where countries, islands, oceans, seas...are at.
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5. Science (ALL)
We learn a bird a week
We study all their characteristics
They draw the bird and then write neatly to pages for NOTEBOOKING.
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We are also studying parts of insects and we have catepillars that are about to morph into moth's.

They do all of this before lunch! After lunch they have reading and exercise. Then they have free time for video games or just play.
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We also have chore schedules. They do dishes, trash, clean rooms, etc...

I am going to make a schedule for hygenie. I am telling four children all day long "brush teeth, wash hands, take shower/bath, put deoderant on, clip nails, clean ears, etc..." The repeating of this mantra is a little too much!

We also explore in the woods and other things outdoors, but no picture to show.

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I linked my post to "Not Back to School Blog Hop". I have met several nice homeschooling families....There are more of us than I realized! Be sure to check HERE to view "A Day in the life..."of many others on the Blog Hop.

Not Back to School Blog Hop

Happy Homeschooling!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Swimming Lessons June 14th-25th

We enrolled the kids in swimming lessons. We live right by a pond, so I wanted the kids to know how to swim. John really insisted!

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Noah and Isaac graduated and can doggy paddle very well. Next year they are going to learn the back stroke and more.

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Abigail and Caleb are still learning so they will remain in the level 1-2 class.

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They have the floating move down pat.

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THEY HAD A BLAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Church Campout

John was in charge of coordinating a campout for all the kids (ages 4-80 ;-) @ Pleasant View. We all had a great time. The date was July 16th and let me tell you it was a scorcher! We were all very sweaty, so we were all glad there was a lake close by.

Mary and Freck fried fresh fish, John grilled, and all the ladies brought sides and desserts...We had plenty of food.

We had an activity (boys vs. girls, of course) where the kids had to find an item that was mentioned in the bible. They had a really good time playing....It was a close race but the girls won. The boys (Noah and Isaac) opened up and testified, Abigail led the singing (she was very shy, but came into her own after "I'm bound for that city"). Then John preached a message. We had a very good time.

Lastly, the kids went swimming. We had a cabin (thanks to Bro. William and Bro. Marvin) so Abigail, Caleb, and I slept in a very comfortable bed while the guys had to sleep on the ground in tents. Needless to say, John, Noah, and Isaac slept the next day....all day!~

We had such a good time. So glad with what God has blessed us with.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

**Homeschool is Cool!**

School started at the Geary's August the 2nd. Pictures were not taken until a week later...we don't dress up for school, so when we go out, that is when the camera starts rolling!

I have done some major planning this year, and the kids love it. We are using a color-coded folder system. The latest homeschool trend is work boxes, so I used the folder system instead.

Each child has five different color folders for each subject. On a piece of paper I write what they must complete for M-F. I have a box at the end of each task that they check off. They love it and the day flies by. It also gives more time to bible reading, music, flash cards, you name it!

We are also notebooking. We write notes, then we have pages printed out for NEAT writing. They are doing well with this too.

Caleb has started Kindergarten. He thought that he had to learn to read the first day of school. He puts his hand to his head, and says, "Lord, give me strength." I then told him that Kindergarten is easy. Well, we went through the days lesson and now he tells everyone that school is so easy ;-P

I linked my post to "Not Back to School Blog Hop". I have met several nice homeschooling families....There are more of us than I realized! Be sure to check HERE to view School Photos of many others on the Blog Hop.

Not Back to School Blog Hop

I also linked my post to "Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers" here!

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