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YAY Spring!!

Well I am beyond happy to report that we survived another March without sickness in our family. Jason did have a cold and a sinus infection, but atleast but the kids never got sick and NO ONE had the tummy bug!! Our God is so good and he keeps blessing  me more then I could ever deserve. I am so thankful!

So now that we are almost to mid April, Spring has sprung and I am very optimistic that it is going to be a beautiful season with the anticipation of the warm summer that is coming! I love this time of year, there is so much hope!

I have been excited working on Aimlee with school lately. She is learning so much and almost always likes to do school. This week we used Easter eggs as her addition manipulatives. I have been using crafting as a good incentive to get her “hard” math or language “works” done. Some days she gets both math and language done- but usually just one or the other for now- she is only 4- so I try to not push her too hard, but rather encourage her. I have been starting to research homeschool Kindergarten programs- preparing for the Fall- can’t believe she will be in Kindergarten!!!!

So pouty after a temper tantrum!

Even has suddenly decided he is TWO and wants to be a part of the “Terrible Two” group of toddlers. He has always been such a sweet boy, and still is- BUT now he likes to throw full blown temper tantrums. Usually it’s about wanting a certain shirt or color cup- or a toy at the store or not wanting to get buckled in the car. Some days I do not even know what the problem is. Jason says he does not thrown tantrums for him- apparently he just saves those for me.  All I know is there is a lot of tears and screaming and then suddenly about 10 minutes later he is perfectly fine. I’m hoping this is a quick phase! He is still so cute though- even when he is screaming. It is hard not to laugh sometimes- or cry too!

I have been so busy working 2 jobs for about 2 months now. Hence the infrequent posts.  Most weeks I work 6 days and a little over 30 hours. I don’t really want to work 2 jobs-(who does ?!) but it is what we need to do for now. I have been working early, early in the morning and on evenings and weekends- I am super thankful that I get to spend the weekdays with the kids and do school and play! I have been super tired though and LOVE getting a day off!

I am super disappointed and discouraged about my weight and motivation the past few months. I wanted to lose 10 pounds a month ago and still am only 0-2 pounds depending on the day. I feel like I am eating healthy and always hungry- which to me would mean I should be losing a little- ugh! I really need to start working out consistently. I started a weekly dance class so hopefully that will help motivate me. Some days I just give up on dieting and think “I don’t care because I am frustrated”. I am hoping to see some results or motivation soon!

Jason has been gaming quite a bit lately. Watching him play is so funny to me. He gets so passionate and loud- and if you know him- that is not usually what he is like at all. He is really good at gaming though! I try to be an understanding wife and let him play without complaining too much- since that is what he likes to do for fun! I do miss talking to him or anything on the days/weeks that he plays non-stop while he is at home.

Well, I am so excited for the Spring weather and fun holidays and activities to come! I am so grateful for the blessings of God and the hope of each day! YAY SPRING!!!!

A Homeschool Mommy’s Tale: Twas the Night Before Preschool…

Twas the night before Preschool…  And the homeschool Mommy was up late… Preparing all the school tools… for her little homeschool mate!   Ha!

Tomorrow will be our fi20160906_113114rst official day of the Preschool 2016-2017 year. Aimlee is almost 4. We started doing Preschool in January and took a little summer break. She was so excited watching me go through my school supply cabinet g20160906_115401etting ready to start school. She kept asking to do the projects I was pulling them out, I told her she had to wait until tomorrow (got to build anticipation).

Homeschooling in a small space is not ideal, but can defiantly be done. Since we are living in my mom’s basement right now, we use the living room for many different rooms including my husband’s office and our home school room. We still have a 2 year old, so we use a baby yard across the room to separate the living room and the office/classroom- this helps the space feel more divided and keeps little fingers out of things that they should not be touching.  This also helps the space feel more private for learning.

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I got two cabinets- you can go to a wholesale warehouse or one that recycles cabinets that were ordered incorrectly- and you can get a good deal. I use one cabinet for our book and school supply area. I label the shelves accordingly. I keep upcoming seasons and units on one shelf, things that she will be growing into (in a longer time frame), projects for cold winter days (sand, water painting, puzzles) on another shelf. I also keep our extra school supplies and books in there too. My husband put baby latches on that shelf to keep kids out of the supplies.20160906_114901

The other cabinet is for school “works”/projects. We are doing a Montessori concept, where the student get to choose their own work (with some guidance). They are responsible for  following all the steps, completing the work, cleaning it up and putting it away. On the shelves, I offer many works that get exchanged regularly. Currently, we have a Fine Motor grasping work using tongs, “pin punching” and Play dough . We have “I- Spy” for Phonics and a 1 to 1 counting work using small colored math blocks.

She also can do cutting, drawing and crafts- which we have in our Easel. Each day we will do sound lessons- until she knows all of her sounds. She knew quite a few at the end of Spring- so I am excited to see where she is with her math and Phonics. We will also be doing units- we are starting with “All about Me,”  “Family” and will be doing “Zoo Animals”- in a couple weeks around her birthday- when we plan to take a field trip to the Zoo. She will have a fun Scavenger Hunt to do there.

There is something so magical about a teacher watching their own child grow and learn. I am so grateful that God blessed me with the ability to teach my children. People keep asking me how long I plan to homeschool the kids. I know that it is right for us now, and I will take each year as it comes, and see what God has in store for us then.  I am excited to see what this first week of Preschool holds and looking forward to all the fun we are going to have this year!