Life is about attitude and to have a good one is important. I am Ann and I am blessed with a husband that God chose for me, children that did not come 'easy' to our family due to me being a cancer survivor and the resulting infertility, blessed with family and true friends, blessed being a stay-at-home mom, and blessed to be a beloved child of God. This blog is about the miracles that God gave into our care as parents, the adventures of homeschooling those blessings, and our life in general.
It's the best time of the day..... bed time. Yes, trust me, it is. The kids are ready to go down but they are still so wired up from the day, that they will have a hard time settling down. Sounds familiar? There is a simple solution: sleeping potion! Yep, that's what the magic is called in our house. See that little red bottle? That's it. It is filled with essential oils valor and lavender and a carrier oil. I slather it on the kids big toes, cover it with socks, and then I send them off to slumber land. It is totally like magic because they get the sleep they need and we get the quiet time we need as parents. Win-win.
A local homeschool group had put together a play and we heard about it. It was Robin Hood. So Coqui decided to wear an outfit for the play, he even made his own hat (that got left behind at home, so don't remind him!) and an arrow pouch. We all got dressed up and went to see these young artists. They did a phenomenal. One could see some rising stars.
After the show, the kids went to collect autographs and the girls even got some flowers from one of the actresses. What a sweet memory we will have forever. And we will have to study this topic now.... I can see it in the near distance, Coqui will want to read the book.
I can't believe that she is almost three and she had never blown bubbles before. We usually don't have bubbles around the house - it's just one of those kids things that I am not a fan of, so I don't have it. Now she has seen them and I believe in her Sunday class, the teacher sometimes blows bubbles, but I don't think the kids get to do it.
So we had to practice quite a bit before she got the hang of it. But once she did, she was doing just this nonstop for a long time. The girls even had a contest. What fun times with friends.
A friend of us told me about this cool app that she is using for her kids to supplement Math. Now I don't think we need to add any more Math to our daily schedule, but it was worth trying it out. So I downloaded it this morning, signed up for the two weeks trial, and got Coqui hooked. He loved it immediately although he said that it was very hard.
The program is called Dreambox, it is an online Math learning program for elementary and middle school. It cost money, that's why I signed up for the free trial first before I commit to anything. We will try it out every day to see if it is worth the investment.
So far, I like that he is challenged already on day one. I like that I can go into the program as a parent (aka teacher) to see the progress he has made. It tells me where he has had trouble and where he has done great. It has many different areas covered (as far as I can tell from today), for example fractions with money, all the operations, measurements, decimal, etc..... It seems to cover pretty much everything. Let's see what I think in two weeks.
This picture really doesn't need any caption......
Let me be honest, we have great days, and days where homeschooling is real work and not much fun. But when this kid uses his new compass to practice drawing circles and then writes that he loves school - in those moments, I jump up in the air three feet high! THIS is what it is all about. The moments when they get it. Love it. Feeling extremely blessed to be the Mami of these awesome kids and to be able to teach them at home.