Friday, October 5, 2012

Homeschooling Mother's Journal 10/19/12

Welcome back Friday
and Welcome Fall!
As we come to the end of another busy week, I am reminded again of one of the many reasons why I love homeschooling! 
~When dad is volunteering his time, the kids can volunteer with him!~
In my our lives this week...
The principal - dad- had the week off so that meant routine changes as well as fun dad time.  The kids each got to take a day off from their regular studies to spend time helping dad set up for our church's fall festival.  I love it when we can incorporate volunteering into our schedule.  Here are a few pics of the fun...
 Yes, there really were pics in pink tutus!
 There were  about 20 inflatables from this rock climbing wall to a purple dinosaur!
There were also carnival games, free elephant ears and tons of friends from all over our community!
(Thanks for the great pics ~N~!)

When one of our pastors was praying for dinner he thanked God for the past 13 Frantic Fall Festivals and the fact that on the 1st Wednesday in October since 1999 it has never rained between the hours of 6 and 8!!
In our Homeschool this week...
the kids did a great job of having school despite the excitement and busyness of the festival!
Helpful advice or tips to share...
Social skills are meant to be taught at home and taken where ever our children go in the community.  Whether your kiddo goes to public, private or homeschool, it's your job to teach them the skills they need to be respectful.  Therefore, kids do not go to school to "be socialized." If kids go to school beyond your home they take the social skills that you taught them with them. I find myself repeating this each time I am asked why I pulled my kids out of public school because now "they won't be socialized."
I am inspired by...
The 200+ people who volunteered at our church to help make the 2012 Frantic Fall Festival a successful outreach to our community!
Places we're going and people we're seeing...
We leave at 3 a.m. Sunday morning for vacation!  We should be snuggled into our cabin on it's own private island by evening!  Yeah for getting away from it all and unplugging for a week!  Plus, I would really like to see a Moose!
Here's a pic of "our" little cabin!
My favorite thing this week was...
Reading US history with my kids about a time when our founding fathers and the colonialists were creating our government.  (It was much more fun and refreshing than watching the presidential debate on TV.) :O)
What's Working for us...
The kids are really benefitting from taking what they feel is important from their science and history reading each day and drawing, diagraming or writing about it in their notebooks.  It's neat to see what they pick out as most important!
Questions/Thoughts I have...
If you have been to my blog before, you probably noticed the background and color changes.  If you really paid attention to the details, you probably noticed that I changed the blog title.  I have even been pondering more name changes but haven't been able to really come up with one that suits me.  I do mention our kids'labels and special needs often in my posts, so "Homeschooling Without Labels" just didn't seem like the best fit.  But what does???  Any ideas out there...?  I'd love to know what you think!
I'm reading...
I bought a new book this past week to take on vacation with me.  I am trying VERY hard to NOT open it 'till we leave on Sunday!  It was written by 2 wonderful ladies from my church about being a Holocost survivor who sees the similarities between that society and our own.  Should be a GREAT read!  I've always wanted to hear more about Hilda's Story!
I'm Cooking...
As little as possible the next 2 days to empty the kitchen and 'fridge before we leave on vacation!
I'm Praying for...
My wonderful servant husband who heard his back pop 3 times while lifting a generator for the fall festival!  He could barely get out of bed this morning.  Pray for healing and no permanent injuries!
A pic to leave you with...
The beautiful Macinac Bridge we'll be passing over about noon on Sunday as we enter Michigan's Upper Peninsula! (It's not frozen now but I still loved this pic!)