homeschool planning fun…

I love homeschool planning.  I really do! This year we are changing things up a bit! And almost a month in I am so glad we are! All 5 kids have their own weekly planners and I have a journal that I am planning my days in.  We started back to school September 5, after my parents left from their visit (hence why I had nothing planned yet 😉 LOL ). For the little 3 I am writing in the subjects for them them on each day ahead of time (Religion, Math, Language, Science, History, P.E., Home Ec., etc.) then I write in what we did – easy peasy! The teens are still planning their own days.  So far, we have had 2 kids go on a business trip with their dad, 1 kid run the business while Dad was away, and 3 kids get sick and I got sick too! So, on days we couldn’t do book work we sat not he couch & read library books – we have an overabundance of them right now 😉 We have been to Mom’s group at church, co-op once (missed a field trip because of the sickness), the library twice, and church services too. I grade what the kids are doing as we go along and then I write their grade next to the assignment in the workbook.  I bought all of their planners at Target this year, Mardel didn’t have the ones I wanted.  I LOVE the Mead Five Star planners that the older 4 are using (they have pencils holders too), and Little Miss Hugs-A-Lot picked hers out is actually a teacher planner. They used stickers to put their names on the covers (pink, black colored silver with permanent marker and rainbow zebra striped).

Mondays are home ec days with a little bit of Religion and Language (reading) thrown in. Tuesdays – Thursdays are school days with a bit of fun thrown in.  Fridays are co-op or full on school days.  That’s the way it is supposed to work anyway 😉 Tuesdays have been more like Mondays lately though, and so far I am cool with that. Seriously, I am NOT stressing about things not going to plan because there is no major plan that I have to redo!

In my planner I am writing the day on the top line.  Above that, I write if it’s a church day, or co-op, or whatever else might be important.  Then I write in what I want to do that day, under that I put sparkly blue washi tape where I record my water intake.  I use sparkly pink wash tape to label a Praise & Notes section 🙂 I am using permanent markers and permanent marking pens.  Crazy simple compared to how we did it before and I am loving it! Oh, I have bought stickers to help plan too.  Crosses for church days, paw prints for puppy bath day, hearts for date night.  I am looking at getting more soon.

I am getting an organizer for all my pens / markers / colored pencils / crayons / tape / etc. 😉 Hopefully this weekend 😀

I will update more in a week or so, maybe with pics of my planner I am using for myself right now 🙂

What’s working for you for your homeschool planning this year?

How do you organize all your fun pens / tapes /stickers / etc?

Rachel Sig

 

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Enter to Win Your Dream Classroom – The Educents Teacher Appreciation Giveaway

Enter to Win Your Dream Classroom – The Educents Teacher Appreciation Giveaway

teacher appreciation educents 2016

To celebrate Teacher Appreciation month, Educents, FreshGrade, S&S Worldwide, and the Sellers of Educents have partnered to give educators funding for their dream classrooms. The 7 educators with the most votes will win a combined $10,000! Any educator is eligible to win – teachers, homeschoolers, parents, and school administrators.

How to Win

Educators get pretty creative when it comes to raising money to cover expenses for classroom supplies. Many host bake sales, ask the community for second-hand supplies, or pay out of their own pockets. However, there’s a new way to get money for your classroom… and it doesn’t include raiding the aisles of your local dollar store.

It’s easy to enter to win the Educents Teacher Appreciation Giveaway, and it still requires a little creativity (see Step 3).

Step 1: Save up to $5,000 in products for your dream classroom in your Educents wishlist.

Step 2: Click “Enter to Win” on your wishlist page and create your voting profile.

Step 3: Share with your friends, family and community and ask them to vote for you every day until May 6. This is your opportunity to get creative – how will you share your wishlist, and how will you involve your community to vote for you??

Any educator is eligible to win – teachers, homeschoolers, and school administrators. Ready to get started?

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Vote for me

I love being a homeschool Mom.  If we won this money I would put it towards curriculum and redoing our school storage areas and new items for school.  I have some pretty fun items in my EduCents wishlist: the whisper phone so the kids can practice reading to each other during quiet times, all the Magformers sets they have (my kids fell in love with these a few years ago at a local childrens museum and would love to have all these sets!), toobaloos so they can practice reading alone during quiet times, the anti-coloring book, guitars, and more! The would all be great additions to our homeschool – the kids would love them all!

 

 

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I want to be a morning person…

REALLY I DO! I can hear some of you laughing.

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The mornings are so fresh and beautiful and sometimes full of song (you know when the birds are out & when Little Miss FunShine daily bursts into the bathroom singing at 6am!).  I can not wake up and be as ready for the day as she is so quickly! Seriously, sometimes it can take me a few hours to actually be awake and able to face the day – what’s up with that?!?  There was a time, when the teenagers were about 4 & 5 maybe, that I would get up at 5am and pray and study God’s Word and start my day that way.  Then Brandi would be up at 6 or 6:30. Tall Boy would sleep until 10 still 😉  But these days if I try to get up early and read or pray I just fall back asleep where I am sitting, hubby was laughing at me the other morning as he watched me try to read.  He’s never believed me that I am just not cut out for mornings, maybe now he gets it.  We talked about it and the way I feel trying to read and function so early in the morning (which honestly can even be 7:00) is how he feels trying to be up and alert at night.  LOL So many people say you can train yourself to be a morning person, maybe you can, maybe I did when the bigs were littles but these days I’m not sure I have the strength to do so.  Some days I wake up at 5 and I go check on the kids then go back to bed next to my sleeping hubby who gets up shortly after that.  I think I should stay up, and I want to stay up, but I figure what’s the point if I am just going to fall asleep praying or reading so I crawl right back under those warm covers.  I can move around and clean stuff up but I don’t want to do that while the kids are asleep, know what I mean? I want to be the mom that when the kids wake up they see me downstairs reading the Bible and praying and reading books to learn or for fun, is it ok for them to see me sitting on the couch sound asleep with my Bible (or phone if I’m reading the daily readings from it) in my hands? Why not? At least that shows I’m making that effort. But I can’t beat myself up either if my better time is at night.  I can still pray and read first thing in the morning and again an hour later and a few hours later and at dinner time and at bed time – that’s what we are really supposed to be doing right?  Praying and meditating on God’s ways and His Word ALL day, not just a few minutes in the morning.  So, for now, maybe I will pick certain days to try to be a morning person and work into it as I continue to learn and teach my children about God and His Ways throughout our days.

 

I am linking this post over at Kate Motaung’s blog Heading Home Five Minute Friday post 🙂 Join us!                                                                                                                                             

Rachel Sig

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Hi There :)

It’s been almost a year since I blogged and I’ve really missed it.  I’ve been busy with homeschooling and caring for my family of course  I’ve also thought that maybe I don’t have anything to blog about. I’m not one to share every trial, sickness, cute thing a kid said, workout, meal, etc. even with my family and closest friends.  Yes, of course, there are times I share these things just not every single one.  Like as I’m writing this oldest daughter is watching a video online of a baby gorilla being born and her comments are great! LOL  Anyway, I don’t blog for money or any sort of job.  Really, I blog to share things that have seemed profound, encouraging, and uplifting to me or things I’m learning and sometimes a review of something I think you may be interested in (because I was / am interested in it).  So, I really hope to get back at this and blog 1-2 times a month.  I won’t necessarily being following the “rules” of blogging and making sure I have pictures, so many paragraphs, and questions for you to answer.  Please feel free to interact in the comments.  Praying that you all find a nugget of knowledge that helps you on your journey as I share a few that are helping me on mine  🙂

Rachel Sig

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10 ultimate truths girls should know review

I received a copy of 10 ultimate truths girls should know from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.  First I will give you the book description from the site, then my thoughts.

10 Ultimate Truths girls should know book cover

“Book Description

These ten simple truths can build one big change in your daughter’s life.

When Kari Kampakis wrote a blog post in July 2013 titled “10 Truths Young Girls Should Know,” the post went viral and was shared more than 65,000 times on Facebook. Obviously her message strikes a chord with moms and dads across the country. This nonfiction book for teen girls expands on these ten truths and can reach the hearts of both moms and daughters.

Teen girls deal daily with cliques, bullying, rejection, and social media nightmares. Kari Kampakis wants girls to know that they don’t have to compromise their integrity and future to find love, acceptance, and security. Her ten truths include:

  • Kindness is more important than popularity.
  • People peak at different times of life. Trust God’s plan for you.
  • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Otherwise, you’ll never stick to your guns.
  • Today’s choices set the stage for your reputation.
  • You were born to fly.

Fans of Kari’s blog and newspaper column will not want to miss her first book. Filled with practical advice, loving support, and insightful discussion questions, 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know is a timely and approachable list of guidelines that will help young girls navigate a broken world and become the young women God made them to be.

About the Author

Kari Kampakis is a newspaper columnist, blogger, and former children’s photographer from Birmingham, Alabama. Her writing has been featured on HuffPost Parents and reflects her passion for family and God. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Kari holds an MBA and public relations degree. She and her husband, Harry, live in blessed chaos with their four daughters and a dog named Lola.”

I like the topics that she covers with the girls.  I took pics but they didn’t turn out so well.  So, I will type them out in the order and way they are in the book.

“The 10 Ultimate Truths

Truth #10: KINDNESS is more important than POPULARITY.

Truth #9: You were born to fly.

Truth #8: Today’s choices set the state for your reputation.

Truth #7: Chasing boys doesn’t make you cool.  It makes you a nuisance.

Truth #6: You weren’t made to worship yourself.

Truth #5: People peak at different times in life.  Trust God’s plan for you.

Truth #4: Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.  Otherwise you will never stick to your guns.

Truth #3: Boys are visual creatures.  The clothing choices you made affect the way they see you.

Truth #2: Pretty girls are a dime a dozen.  Outer beauty attracts attention, but inner beauty is what holds it.

Truth #1: The source of all peace and happiness lies inside you.  Learn to listen to the whispers of God over the megaphone of public opinion.”

There are places for the girls to write as they read / work through the 10 truths.

Honestly, I do not think the books needs me to say any more than the description and the list of the 10 truths.  I think they speak for themselves.  Our girls NEED to know these things.  These are tings we need to be teaching them from an early age and reinforcing all through the teen years as they learn to stretch their wings and fly the way God intends for each and every one of them.  This would be a great book for you to give a pre-teen or teen girl you love and you could even work through it with them – at least be available to talk to them as they learn new things or cover topics they have all ready learned about but are finding new understanding in.

 

Rachel Sig

 

 

 

 

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Big Daddy Weave Love Come to Life Review

I was offered a free CD from Family Christian Stores to review and jumped at the chance 🙂  The CD is Big Daddy Weave’s Love Come to Life: Redeemed Edition (this is an affiliate link just so ya know).  At that link you can buy the CD or you can buy individual songs in MP3 format.

Big Daddy Weave Love Comes to Life Redeemed Edition

In 2012 Big Daddy Weave released their Love Come to Life album.   Love Come to Life: The Redeemed Edition features acoustic and live versions of some of their chart-topping songs.

Track Listing:
Jesus Move
Magnificent God
Love Come to Life
Stay
Different Light
If You Died Tonight
Redeemed
The Only Name (Yours Will Be)
Save My Life
Maker of the Wind
Give My Life Away
Overwhelmed
Everything Beautiful
No Other Name
Redeemed [Acoustic]
The Only Name (Yours Will Be) [Live]
Redeemed [Live]

The case insert does have the lyrics for those who don’t know the songs as well and like to read the words.  I have LOVED listening to this album over and over and over and over!  My favorite song is The Only Name (Yours Will Be) – here’s a video of it.  I love this album – full of heartfelt worship songs that anyone can relate to.

Here is some background on Big Daddy Weave from Wikipedia.  Big Daddy Weave is a contemporary Christan band that started in 2001 on an independent label, and in 2002 released their first album with Fervent.  They have contributed to many WOW albums, have received Dove award and nomination.  Check out Wikipedia and their blog page for more info on them. They are currently nominated for Worship Song of the Year and Artist to Appear on a 7Up Can in the K-Love Fan Awards – go vote!

 

Rachel Sig

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the life-changing magic of tidying up book review

I was given a free copy of the life-changing magic of tidying up the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by marie kondo by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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I have enjoyed reading this book.  I love her idea of only keeping the things that bring you joy.  And I love her recommendations on how to fold and hang your clothing for more space and better visualization of what you have in your drawers / closet.  Brandi has been reorganizing in her room and used these folding methods and it looks great in her drawers.  I will be working on mine soon – I’ve been too busy reading the book 😉  LOL

Marie suggests starting with clothes and moving onto books and then other categories.  She never mentions toys.  She actually says to take care of your own stuff and then everyone else will follow suit – we will see.  But we do have to go through games, toys, and stuffed animals soon so we will see how the “does this bring you joy” question works with Little Miss Hugs-A-Lot 😉

Marie does talk about your belongings being alive and that by touching them you are giving them energy and bringing them back to life.  She also says that when you are getting rid of things that you should thank them for making you happy (whether it was for helping you through the loss of a loved one, figuring out what styles you don’t like, or being worn threadbare) and then donating them or throwing them out.  She says you need to handle every single item as you decide so that you can truly know if it brings you joy.  This makes sense to me.  It also seems to me that it can help to get rid of things easier if you do acknowledge its purpose if=n your life and even thanking the item and God for the item.  I know, I know, the item has no clue that you are thanking it – to me its more about letting yourself acknowledge out loud, for your ears to hear, that this item has served its purpose in your life and now its time to move on.

Some items don’t necessarily bring you joy but you have to have them.  So that old spatula in the kitchen doesnt necessarily bring you joy but what you do with it does.  Feeding your family and friends a nutritious meal, baking a cake to celebrate are things that bring you joy – in effect the item does too.

Honestly, I have enjoyed reading this book and plan to look back through it as I declutter / organize things a bit more around here.  Oh – she says not to declutter by room but by item (clothes, books, makeup, etc.) because so many people keep the same types of items in so many different areas.  I am not sure how I will approach this – but am thinking I may just start with my bedroom because that is where most of my stuff is, if I have similar items in another area I may work on those areas of items at that time too.  We will see over the next few weeks as I delve into working on my room 😀

Rachel Sig

 

 

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Five Minute Friday – PLAN

This weeks Five Minute Friday prompt is:

PLAN

START

I LOVE to PLAN!  It’s the follow through that I tend to have trouble with.  Or the stick-with-it-ability 😉  It depends on the project and the length of said project and how quickly I see success (that lasts!).  I have a new plan to help me with my weight loss and I am reading some books on how to declutter better and how to decorate my home in a way that brings comfort and joy to all who live here and all who enter.  God has a plan for my life and I know that and I know that I have to apply myself in order to learn more about Him and more about His Plan for me.  I am learning that sometimes the plan is just for my sanity even if it is barely followed I know that I have thought through different versions of the plan. But I need to remember that God has SEEN the way it all plays out so I need to trust His plan and his timing.  Off to work on today’s plan of prayer & action.

STOP

Rachel Sig

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Abraham by Charles Swindoll – Book Review

I LOVED the book Abraham by Charles Swindoll!  I was given a free copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers in return for an honest review.

Abraham Cover

I finished reading Abraham two nights ago and pretty much underlined the last 2 chapters!  Charles Swindoll talked about being old in spirit and even being dead but not in the grave.  Abraham & Sarah were married for over 100 years – he remarried (Genesis 25:1) sometime after her death and had 6 more sons (no mention of daughters), and died at 175 years old!  He lived a life of faith, one where he rarely knew what to expect when God gave him instructions to go or to do.  If we had all the answers, we would not need God!  Abraham was not perfect and did not always do as we would expect a faithful servant of God to act.  Often, in our minds, we think a faithful servant has no flaws and never questions God.  Abraham lied about his marriage to Sarah at least two times, laughed when God told him Sarah would have a baby at 90 years of age pleaded with God for Lot’s life, took matters into his won hands with Hagar (& Ishmael).  But, he always returned to God & His promises.  He knew God’s promises. He did not know when they would be fulfilled.  He didn’t doubt God’s promises.  He didn’t know God’s plan to fulfill those promises.  It’s easy to grow weary when we try to figure out God’s plan, we try to figure out God’s plan, or fret over not knowing the timing or the stepping stones on the path.  If we try to push the plan, it can feel like we are wandering in the dark or like we are in limbo living between two lives.

God’s plan isn’t past then future, or A then Z, or river bank then river bank; there’s the present, B – Y, and river in the middle.  The middle, life, needs faith in God.  Faith in God means trusting Him with the details while you continue living your life.  Don’t act like you’re all ready dead.  Enjoy your family, spend time with friends, read a book, exercise, spend time worshiping, talking to and hearing from God.

On page 249, Charles Swindoll writes, “Great rewards await if you obey without knowing all the details.  It’s a principle God wants each of His followers to experience.  Learning to trust Him is like making a journey step after step.  Faith builds upon faith.  When we trust, we receive unexpected blessings.  This strengthens our confidence and inspires us to trust God again as take another step.  It isn’t complicated, but it goes against our nature.”

I learned so much and am challenged in my faith walk.  I highly recommend you read this book, make the opportunity – don’t just wait for it.

Rachel Sig

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Five Minute Friday – WHEN

I haven’t done a Five Minute Friday in a while.  I am hoping to start up again, starting today.

This Weeks Prompt: WHEN

 

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When?  So many things to do and I wonder When?  When will I do it?  When will I have less to do?  Will I know what to do when I do?  LOL  But my real questions are not about when will I get the laundry folded and put away or when the school lessons will be graded or the groceries will be bought.  But when will I remember that its up to me to slow down and take the time that God has given me and invest it in the relationships He gave me?  When will I invest more time in my relationship with Him?  With My Man?  With the kids?  My friends?  Even truly taking care of myself?  When will I figure out what changes I really need to make to get more in shape so I can enjoy doing outside activities in our beautiful home state with my family?  When?  The answer should be now.  But I am afraid of it not working out and of not getting the things done that I know need done even when investing in those relationships – but I KNOW the relationships are so much more important than folded clothes (I mean they are washed and dried right?).  When will I stop going in circles in my thoughts?  WHEN? Now – I will change that now!

 

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