Angie

I am a child of the KING! I am also a full-time mom, the home school teacher of 2 wild but precious boys for going on 7years now and I have been married for 20 yrs to the love of my life!! I am B.A.M. (born and made in the image of God) and I love my Creator, Lord, Savior, and Friend with all my heart!!

Back At It – A New Homeschool Year

 Posted by on August 6, 2013  1 Response »
Aug 062013
 

BACK AT IT

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Back at WHAT you may be asking. Well, for me right now the IT is a new home schooling year. As I am writing this, I only have three days until that new year starts. I love starting a new year! When you are getting BACK AT IT, it can feel like experiencing something NEW. Sometimes NEW just feels so good; like having a clean slate, buying a new toy, new book, gaining a new friend, or a new perspective. Though, sometimes NEW can also be nerve-wracking, scary, and over-whelming! Sometimes getting BACK AT IT brings with it thoughts like: will I fail, can I really do this, what if it doesn’t go well, etc.

I think most people at one time or another, or maybe even more often have to get BACK AT IT. What kind of ITs? Well, there is getting back to eating right, exercising, sleeping more, spending more time with family or friends, reading a book, a new school year, working after a vacation, going to church, reading the bible, putting others first, and living right, etc. I could have listed plenty more ITs, but the point is we can spend a lot of time in our life getting BACK AT IT.

I want to encourage you as you get BACK AT IT; no matter what the IT may be……………..

The Lord is the one who is going ahead of you. He will be with you. He won’t abandon you or leave you. So don’t be afraid or terrified.”~~Deuteronomy 31:8

“I will not leave you all alone. I will come back to you.”~~John 14:18

………..God has said, “I will never abandon you or leave you.”~~Hebrews 13:5

Know that whether or not the getting BACK AT IT is an exciting IT or a very difficult IT; GOD will be right there with you!!

19 The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!~~Habakkuk 3

~written by Angie

Jul 112013
 

Stick to It! Getting Back to the Charlotte Mason Method

Stick to IT! The IT being what you know GOD had directed you to do! Why? Because GOD’s plans are always the BEST plans!

I have been inspired by the Charlotte Mason (CM) method since I started home schooling (seven years ago) but I haven’t followed this method 100%. Of course I will never be what some call a CM Purist. My goal (again) this coming year (2013/14) is to fully get back to the CM method as much as it fits my family. I found CM when I first started researching home schooling and I knew it was the right way to go for our family. This year, sadly, I once again got lazy about some of the steps to the CM method, towards the middle of the year I slacked off on some of the wonderful extras and at times I fell into a more traditional method for the core subjects.

I want to go back (again..oh, LORD, help me be consistent) and start over completely using the CM way! I do know that if you want to use a certain method and be successful at it; it is best to actually understand it. It is also best to do all that is required (as much as it fits your family).  So, I am going back again and studying the CM Home School Method. Here are a couple of treasures at the Ambleside Online site that I am using: “The Charlotte Mason Series in Modern English Arranged Topically”, and Summaries of the Charlotte Mason Series and her 20 Principles.

Links for subjects and a few other great resources for understanding the Charlotte Mason Method:

I truly want to encourage you to Stick to IT! Remember the IT being what you know GOD had directed you to do! Why? Because GOD’s plans are always the BEST plans! So simply stick to what you know to be the best for your family! In this area of our lives; I truly believe GOD is directing my steps!

I believe HE directed me to the Charlotte Mason method; now it is up to me to obediently and consistently use what HE has put in front of me! Though, I have no doubt HE makes it all possible!

~Written by Angie

Jun 132013
 

I have posted before in reference to Habit Formation …

I think Habit formation should be a very important part of child training. I truly believe that God created us to be creatures of habit because having a good habit just makes things so much easier for us. Once something is a habit, you don’t even have to think about it, you just do “it”. Isn’t that a gift because if we had to think about every single action we took, we would be beyond worn out. The only thing that hurts us as creatures of habit is when WE allow ourselves to form bad habits.

Those are still my thoughts. I truly believe that the way GOD created us with the capability to form habits is a gift. When we do blow it and create a bad habit, that doesn’t change the fact that the ability to create a habit is a really good thing for us.

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Apr 252013
 

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You know how sometimes you just need to mix things up a bit. You might need to do something new or it might be something you just haven’t done in a long time. The point is it’s something different from what you’re doing at that very moment. Well, a couple of weeks ago I was at that point. That point of knowing something needed to change. The change needed to effect the good or bad consequences I may or may not be handing out depending on my boys behavior or attitude.
 
I knew I needed to be more intentional with my boys about pointing out their good choices, you know those times they were submitting to the spirit, that is why I am using the Fruit of the Spirit Jar again. I also knew I needed to mix things up a bit when it came time to decide on what to do for their not-so-good choices.
 
You see my boys love video games, so I got into the habit of only taking video games away when the boys made a not-so-good-choice. I just felt like that I needed to add some variety into this type of parenting situation. So, for these not so good choices I put out a “Job Jar”. The Job Jar consist of strips of paper that list out different activities that my boys would consider jobs.
 
You know actual work such as:
  • sweeping
  • vacuuming
  • dusting
  • cleaning toilets, tubs, sinks, baseboards, etc.
  • math worksheets, copy work, practice multiplication tables, etc..
 
If they have to pick something from the job jar, they have to put their initials on the strip of paper. That way if they pick it the next time, they will put it back and pick another one that they haven’t done.
 
This has worked:
  • to add some variety
  • give a little surprise factor
  • for me to get a little extra help with house work
  • for them to get in a little practice in on some important educational skills 
I am very pleased and thankful for the prompting of the Holy Spirit to use both of the jars I have mentioned above.  As I said, sometimes you just need to mix things up a bit!
 
~written by Angie
Mar 142013
 

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You know how sometimes you just need to mix things up a bit. You might need to do something new or it might be something you just haven’t done in a long time. The point is it’s something different from what you’re doing at that very moment. Well, a couple of weeks ago I was at that point. That point of knowing something needed to change. The change needed to effect the good or bad consequences I may or may not be handing out depending on my boys behavior or attitude. I knew I needed to be more intentional with my boys about pointing out their good choices, you know those times they were submitting to the spirit. I also knew I needed to mix things up a bit what it came time to decide on what to do for their not-so-good choices.

So one day I remembered the jar I used to keep out on the counter full of what we called fruit tickets. The fruit ticket was a strip of card stock that I had printed a row of different kinds of fruit.  These tickets represented variety that represented the Fruit of the Spirit.

Gal. 5:22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

I can not remember where in the world I got the idea or how in the world I came up with the idea of the Fruit of the Spirit jar. The idea though is to be an ‘intentional’ parent. One of the ways I am intentional is to put the jar in a place I am sure to see it, so I will be reminded to actually follow through with my plan. Not every time but sometimes when they bear fruit I will hand them a fruit ticket.

For example: offering forgiveness, using self-control when they choice not to hit their brother because they were really mad, obeying with a good attitude, helping without being asked, etc.. When I give them the ticket I will explain to them why they are getting it, maybe even what specific fruit they were showing. I make sure to thank them for their choice in bearing some fruit. Not every time but every so often, I also remind them that when they choose to bear fruit it is not by their power but it is by the grace of GOD  through the power of the Holy Spirit that they can bear fruit.

Every couple of weeks I will collect the tickets. Each ticket is worth so many points, and I add these to the points they earn on their “My Job Chart“. The point system doesn’t need to be included for this to work. I just do it so at a later date there is another opportunity for me to be intentional and to “bless’ them for bearing some fruit!!

In case you wondered, my boys were very happy to see this jar back and to receive their first fruit ticket in a long time!! In a later post I will talk about the two other jars I have sitting in my kitchen window above the sink.

~Written by Angie

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