Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We Love the Library

Not just because it is free, although that is a wonderful benefit!! Our library here by where we live has great children's programs, children's story times and children computers loaded with lots of children's games!! The girls absolutely love getting to go and now that it is right around the corner we go often. And yes we check books out by the dozens!! 21 to be exact on our last visit. I am also going to sing the praises of a blog I follow called Once Upon a Book, here is the link if you want to check it out, http://www.onceuponabook.com. I signed up to follow via email so every week I get emails with the name of a book,  printables that go with the book, crafts and even a Bible verse... ALL FOR FREE!! Did I mention it was FREE???? Seriously one of the most awesome blogs out there if you have young children. It is connected to a blog called Totally Tots, which has some great ideas for younger children. Anyway check it out I think you might like what you find. They have done all the leg work all you have to do is get the book from the library and print out the pages!! The Once Upon a Book is a great add on to our schooling. My girls love to read like most children do and I am trying to encourage that as much as possible! We spend at least 20 min but usually ends up being an hour reading everyday, me reading to them. The older girls have started reading some which is so exciting!! We are doing the ABeka curriculum which so far I really enjoy since my girls love to do papers!. Anyway I wasn't sure if what we were doing was working and I wasn't sure if they were actually learning anything blah blah blah.. All the things you think as a mother but anyway as the lessons have progressed sure enough they are reading and writing, sounding things out. So for now I feel I am doing a good job.... Pray for us if you think of us!! This is a new journey but I feel it's the right one!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Swim Lessons

We have decided to put the three monkeys in swim lessons!! They have no fear of water so we felt it might do them some good. I have let them play in the water in their kiddie pool before and even in  a swimming pool with their floaties on and since we say you're going swimming they just assumed they were swimming. So I had to reprogram them that they were not swimming they were just playing. Anyway I am very glad that we have decided to do this, water can be so dangerous and children only need an inch of water to drown in if they don't know how to respond. So if y0u are thinking about having your children learn I encourage it, if that means anything!! Of course I learned by jumping in and there not being anyone there to catch me so I took of swimming.. I guess that is not considered acceptable these days!! The little tadpoles are already swimming a little on their own and I am very proud of them!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Howdy Y'all

Hey everybody!! It's been a very long time since I have sat down to the computer! With the smart phones around there really isn't a need to sit down to an actual computer anymore, I can do it all from my phone.. Who would have thought, I can even blog from my phone but that to me is pushing it a little.  
         The girls are growing so fast and  we are staying so busy. I have continued to do school with them since they have no clue what summer break is yet!! The twins read their first book yesterday and I was so happy I can't even begin to tell you. Not because I want to pat myself on the back and say look what I have done but because the look on their faces! They were so proud of themselves. I would like to point out I only do school with them because they ask to, I do not push at this point because I do think they are young. But it does add some structure to our day and we spend time together doing things that they enjoy. I was getting a little to wrapped up in schooling and began getting frustrated with one of my girls.. anyway I stepped back and realized what is the big deal here? Who cares if they can read or write, seriously?!? I didn't start school until I was six, I did not go to kindergarten and I would like to think I turned out just fine... We have decided after much prayer to home school the girls. We are going to do it for a year or two and then evaluate where the girls are and how they are growing and learning. I hope it works for us and I think it will. So say a prayer if you think about us as we journey through the growing up years! I am putting some pictures of them up doing their work in the school room. I am very thankful that our new home has enough space for us to have a room just for school!

Kids LOVE their Glue... Why is that?!?