Welcome! I am using this blog to share our family's homeschooling thoughts and experiences.

THIS SCHOOL YEAR (2018-2019): Our oldest child, EL, finished her formal education in May 2017. She remains at home due to her special needs, and continues to learn with us when she is able. JJ is in 10th grade this year. We intend to homeschool him through High School, and are using a variety of different curriculum choices to complete this goal.

Please feel free to follow along....

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Making A Milky Way (from CTG Week 15)

Science this past week lead us into learning about the Solar System and the Milky Way Galaxy. We watched several different videos about these things on You Tube (there are MANY to choose from!) Some of the videos included Pluto as a planet. Others have removed Pluto, saying it is no longer classified as a planet, but is now considered a dwarf planet. I don't know what I think about it all just yet, but the kids seem to think Pluto should still be included. Hmmm.

We also made our own "milky way" by pouring a little bit of milk into a spinning cup of coffee.

Here are a couple of pictures to share. I had a short video to show you also, but I tried uploading it and, 3 hours later, it was still not done loading! So, I gave up. Anyway, here are the pictures...


Saturday, January 7, 2012

God Answers Prayer: An Idea for Motivating Your Kids

This time of year seems to be more difficult for our son, as he seems to battle countless bouts of uncontrollable tics, due to Tourette Syndrome. When his tics are active, other issues make their appearance as well. His behavior was at its worst a couple of weeks before Christmas. I was never more happy to take a week off of school. (Actually, with the weekends included, it turned into more like12 days off without doing any schoolwork).

We decided to start back up on Tuesday, January 3rd, and I can’t tell you how nervous I was about it. I did not look forward to starting back up, and was nervous to the point of having an upset stomach. It didn’t help when I announced on Monday morning that we would be starting back to school the next day, and Coyote showed me a scowl that made me realize I was in for a battle.

I prayed hard for wisdom that day, and asked for prayer from a group of praying moms. Later that afternoon, almost miraculously (or at least with perfect timing from the Lord), I read a blog from another homeschool mom in our area. She had started back to school that day, and shared an idea she used to help motivate her boys. You can read about it HERE.

I decided to use her idea, modifying it a bit for our own family. I found two empty pizza sauce jars I had saved, and remembered I had a roll of nickels in my coin jar. For each subject the kids accomplished without giving me trouble, they received a nickel for their jar. Coyote could use his nickels for time on the Wii or for computer games. (Each nickel was worth 5 minutes of time). Road Runner does not play video games, so she could turn in 3 nickels for one sticker.

On Tuesday morning, I had the kids decorate their jars with stickers and told them what the jars were for. Coyote was very upset at first, and I really didn’t think this idea was going to work after all. But, I know now that he just had to get used to the idea. I did not back down on the new rules, and he eventually realized it wouldn’t take too long to earn 30 minutes on the Wii (or even 60) if he did what he was asked. He even did some extra reading just to earn extra nickels! God is so good. He provided a great idea for me at a time when I needed it the most.

The rest of the week's school time had a few wavering moments in it, but quickly got back into balance. It also helped that we didn’t do a full workload this first week back. Next week, we are getting back into it full swing, and I’m praying the nickel system will continue to help. If not, I know the Lord will give me the wisdom and the strength I need to get through it.