June 24, 2008

Our Window View- SUMMER

Here's summer through our window. Our trees are full of leaves now and many birds and squirrels make them their home. We've completed our seasons book with this picture! I'm planning to do this again next year since our window view will be from a different home. ;-)
Click here to see our window view from the other seasons.

June 03, 2008

In their words...

Caleb: Mami, I love your voice.

Me: Thank you Caleb. You like how mami sings?

Caleb: No, no...I meant I like the way you talk. I like it when you talk. My head likes it a lot. Can you keep talking? Can you tell me more things?

(I never thought somebody would encourage me to "keep talking". LOL!!!)


Caleb: (after reading the story "Owen"). I know mom! If Owen's family homeschool then he doesn't have to give up his blanky to go to school. He could keep it!!!


Books about Homeschooling

For new homeschoolers or people thinking about homeschooling I recommend these 3 titles. I've recently re-read them.

When You Rise Up by R.C. Sproul, Jr. Fast read with lots of insight on a focus for home based discipleship in homeschooling. Beyond any curriculum or philosophy, Sproul shares his heart for homeschooling as calling and tool to disciple children. I loved his call for a multi-generational vision.

Homeschooling 101 by Mark and Christine Field. This book provides a complete "big picture" on homeschooling. She covers everything from how to get started, what to do with toddlers and preschoolers, how to teach each subject, accountability for our kids, life skills, character building, when it's time for a change and more. Very easy to read and informative.

For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer (daughter of Francis & Edith Schaeffer). A MUST READ! I had been praying and searching about homeschooling for about a year and still felt like "this sounds all great but I couldn't do it"....until I read this book! This is the book that did it for me. Susan shares the foundations of christian education for home and school based on the 19th century educator Charlotte Mason. It explains the basics of Mason's philosophy and how to apply it now. A gentle approach to learning that works and blesses children.