Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Survey on Reading!

I came across this survey at Hiraeth. After I looked up the definition of "tomes" I could then begin to answer the questions LOL!


Has reading Christian blogs increased your desire to tackle weighty Christian tomes?

I have been growing in my love of weighty tomes for about 5 years now. Mostly due to a change in the church we attend and understanding the need of doctrine and theology in daily life.....blogs have definitely helped.

Have you learned of Christian authors and theologians that you might not have otherwise known or read?

Not necessarily authors but books themselves.

Have you purchased or borrowed books that were recommended by bloggers?

Yes.

Have you read fewer "real" books as your blog reading has increased?

No...more!

Has the availability/searchability of great Christian works caused you to rely upon them merely as resources?

In some cases yes but for the most part...no.

Do you think reading the great Christian authors and theologians is important and/or profitable?

Yes, Yes and Yes! One of my favorite quotes is
"If it's true, it's probably not new" Spurgeon

Do you read them? Yes

If so, who do you recommend?
Spurgeon, Edwards, Tozer, Sproul, Packer, Prentiss
I have a few modern ones I enjoy too!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Mr. and Mrs. Spurgeon

Mr. Spurgeon is one of my favorite reformed dead guys to read. I know that may sound crude but we have a book store locally that is affectionately called The Dead Man's Book Store. All the authors have been gone for a long time. I just stumbled across this post about him and his wife Mrs. Susannah Spurgeon . Enjoy!

P.S. I think I figured out how to hyper link. I am really proud of myself ;o)

I've Been Tagged

I have been tagged by my friend Heather at "Stepping Heavenward". She's on my side bar if you want to go check out her blog.

1) ONE HOMESCHOOLING BOOK YOU HAVE ENJOYED

Victor Journey Through the Bible

2) ONE RESOURCE YOU WOULDN’T BE WITHOUT

The Well Trained Mind

3) ONE RESOURCE YOU WISH YOU HAD NEVER BOUGHT

VP Teachers Manual (sorta) It's my least favorite thing right now BUT there is nothing I truly regret buying.

4) ONE RESOURCE YOU ENJOYED LAST YEAR

Christian Liberty Press Nature Readers and my local Library

5) ONE RESOURCE YOU WILL BE USING NEXT YEAR

Apologia Elementary Astronomy

6) ONE RESOURCE YOU WOULD LIKE TO BUY

A cleaning lady to come in once a week! And and a cook......plus Moody Science Videos

7) ONE RESOURCE YOU WISH EXISTED

A Story of the World-type history curriculum from a Reformed point of view. (Couldn't agree more Heather)

8) ONE HOMESCHOOLING CATALOGUE YOU ENJOY READING

Veritas Press Catalog, ADS (local homeschool supplier),

9) ONE HOMESCHOOLING WEBSITE YOU USE REGULARLY

Well Trained Mind Message Board.

10) TAG OTHER HOMESCHOOLERS

Lux Venit

Adventure in Books


Under The Sky

I have yet to get this link thing in the texted. These three blogs are on my side bar.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Books We love!

I have wanted to share different books we have been enjoying. I am attempting to learn how to link to the actual book on line but with little success. It is always nice to be able to see the cover. I will just list them until I can figure this out :o)

My 3 year old is in love with a little poetry book called Dinosaurs are Forever by William Wise. Quirky fun poetry and cute illustrations. Any dinosaur lover would like this.

Jamberry by Bruce Degen is one of the cutest books I think I have ever read. My 3 and 6 year old love this book. I have to admit I love it more! It is all about berries in poetry form. The illustrations are darling.

Zipperump-A-Zoo by Mercer Meyer is about beasties. The main characters are fictitious cutie monsters. I didn't think my kids would like it but my son especially asks for this book every story time. They have a beasty for every letter of the alphabet at the beginning of the book and the story is about finding the "Z" beasty.

So You Want To Be An Inventor by Judith St. George introduces young children to inventors in a story form. My 3 year old was into it which surprised me. They give a brief overview of different inventors and their inventions. I thought is was an ingenious way of exposing young children to a subject matter seemingly over their heads.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Tweaking the Routine

I have been trying to find what works for us with the ever changing variables. I used to be a time frame person and it always made me feel like military mom. I have much respect for moms with small children who can stick to time frames and not feel stressed out. That would not be me ;O). One impact from the book "Praise Her in the Gates" by Nancy Wilson was that joy should characterize our homes.....not just quiet happiness but loud rejoicing. One thing that stole my joy was time frames. I long to be "with" my kids no matter if it's math or bath time. I want to be available, aware and in touch with my children not just accomplishing a goal.

So I have been slowly trying to find what works for us that isn't time oriented but still gets it done. I have come up with a block system. I have blocks of things that go together. Some days it will take me 1 hour some days maybe 1 and a half. Each block has it's non negotiables and negotiables. So when life's opportunities knock (I used to call them interruptions) I can embrace them without feeling behind. Here is what I mean. All with an * is something I can leave or fit in my quiet time

Block 1 (all non negotiable)
Coffee and Time with God
Breakfast
Bible with kids
Treadmill (kids play on floor)

Block 2
Shower *
Breakfast dishes *
Grooming and morning chores for kids
Snack
Circle Time

Block 3
School
Break
More school * (certain things can be left if needed)

Block 4
Clean up
Lunch
Daily jobs *
Story time

Block 5
Whole House Quiet Time
Mom's email, phone time *
History, Science

Block 6
Snack
free time * (can be shortened if needed)
dinner prep

Block 7
Dinner
family reading time, game night, bible
baths
bed

I am slowly thinking in these blocks which helps me stay focused. There are things I will drop in each block if I need to. Cleaning is the first to go which is why I have to have a schedule for that also. The less thinking I have to do the more I get done. Some days we start school at 10, some days 11. On the days we start later I will save clean up till after free time when they clean up anyway, I will shorten story time by 15 minutes and clean a little less. I have a list in my head of those things that must be done like school, dinner, general tidy, laundry, reading, etc.
This may make me sound so neurotic but really this has given me so much freedom. When I take longer to do breakfast because we are in this great discussion about something I am really *there* because I am not stressing about not getting it all done. It is kinda strange to write it out. We all struggle at some level with getting it done but don't necessarily explain it in writing LOL!

At the end of the day how I have been with my children is far more important then what I have accomplished. Thank you Lord for changing my heart!

The cleaning rotation still to come.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Veritas Press and Story of the World

Okay I have finally made my decision. It's about time. I started out this year combining VP history and SOTW using a schedule from Paula's Archives. VP was the spine and supplemented with SOTW. Well.....I grew increasingly aware that I didn't need both of them. My reason for using VP was it started history at creation and SOTW did not. I thought I needed a curriculum to integrate bible into history and have since learned I don't. What I love about SOTW is the story format, narration and notebook pages that make up the learning process. VP is more memory and worksheet format with some neat projects. I am not looking for great retention but exposure, the wonder of learning about a different place and time and most of all a strong understanding of God's providential hand in history. So I will most likely keep my VP cards and use them as we study history to include the biblical events. This week we have learned about Isaac and Joseph. I used the Vos Story Bible and the Victor Journey through the Bible. We created a notebook page on each and put them in our history notebook. Today we are talking about the 12 tribes of Israel. Instead of taking one week to cover these I will do them in a day or two. It is working great for us.
So the plan is to use SOTW and simply add and/or flesh out biblical history on my own. SOTW doesn't cover David or Solomon but I want to include them so we will probably do that in one week.
I am so relaxed and enjoying history again and my dd is loving it too. All I need to do now is purchase the next set of VP cards and I'm set.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Books. Books and More Books!

I spent a considerable part of my day today packing up the home school resources that I am not using right now. I kept out resources but not subject specific material. All of my US history material went in a box, all together of coarse. I made a list of each resource and then numbered the boxes. I am in for a long road with the amount of material I have....this is only my second year of home educating! I love books. I love the smell of them, the feel of them and the look of them. I am forever going to have more books then clothes. When I get money to blow...it's 80% books... 20% scrapbook, card making supplies. The next thing on my list is the leather edition of The Valley of Vision. My favorite scene in a movie (related to books) is the library in Beauty and the Beast. Wall to wall and ceiling to floor books! I love the sliding ladder too.

Now I have room to actually use my books because they aren't all crammed on the bookcase. It feels great to have space! Now I can get the school space organized. See pictures below of the chaos

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Inside the Adorable Little House continued

Here are pictures of the living room and kitchen.
This is the fireplace that doesn't work. We haven't hung anything yet except the stockings.

This is looking the exact opposite of the below picture. It's messy but oh well :o)


We have 2 huge bay windows in the living room. The other one is to the left. When I open them all the way it is like going to the park while sitting on my couch. We had a big snow today and it felt like it was snowing inside with those big windows but without the cold.


You are looking from the living room into the kitchen/dining room. Notice the double glass doors. Love'em!

The sink area is to the left. The door straight ahead is the office. The french door to the left (with glass doorknobs :o) goes to the mud room/laundry. Our bedrooms are to the right.


Our eating area looking into the kitchen. The stove is actually behind the kids. It's a little funky.





Inside the Adorable Little House

Here is the bedrooms and office/homeschool area. We don't actually do school in the room but all the "stuff" is in there.
I am going to do another post for the Kitchen and Living room pictures.
These are the stairs to the attic/loft. The cozy corner is right below on the floor. Notice the slanting doors below the stairs. Diagonal closets really date the house

This is the cozy corner in the office/homeschool room.

The office/homeschool room. I just threw this stuff up there..it really is driving me crazy.
The prized loft bed from Ikea (with the ugly label that says do not remove).
Underneath the loft bed in the kids room (still debating about getting a wardrobe)
The door to the front porch from our bedroom. It has a skeleton key. I love it!

This is our bedroom.





Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Jurassic Park Goes Pink!

This week we have had a sort of merger of the boy/girl world. I guess this is what happens when you have a girly girl and a rough-n-tumble boy.
The dinosaurs were invited into the pink doll house.....Gasp!

There was the occasional dinosaur eating a horse issue but they quickly mended things and moved on.

It was so neat to watch them merge their horse, doll and dino world together.

Rough-n-Tumble and his accomplice Girly Girl

Friday, January 05, 2007

Math Dictionary

I found this math dictionary on line while doing some research. Definately helpful for me!

P.S. Click on title