I haven’t been on here in forever! I find myself beginning a new year cleaning things out….the computer included!
I was, for a time, blogging at my own domain. But since I had quit, I quit paying for it. So it is now lost in cyberspace I guess.
Should anyone happen upon this lowly website…there are a few gems here. In fact, I find myself needing a boost in my homeschool mentality. The ‘why’ has been a little lost and on the backburner. Time for rekindling and renewing. Some of my old posts are good reading for that! And who knows, maybe I’ll even begin to post again!
I doubt I have any readers left, but just in case I thought I’d write where I’ve been for the last several months.
Currently, I’m awaiting the birth of our fifth child and it seems life has swept me away. I was sick in the beginning and then just plain tired! School has been on the backburner the whole time. We struggled just to get the basics done and are trying to catch up some over the summer. I’m anxious to get life organized and back to normal–but I know a new normal will have to be found!
Fall plans for school: We are planning to get started after Labor Day with Tapestry of Grace, Year Four. I’m also trying to get the boys to work some on their Singapore math and CQLA this summer since we were behind in those subjects, but either way we’ll be continuing that this fall. I’m trying to come up with a reading list for Tapestry and Literature. I’ve also been working on my bible curriculum. I have the outline of the book done and am very pleased with it. I was hoping to publish and ebook with it, but don’t know if that day will ever come.
Life is so much more than school, and somehow through it all the kids need to learn. But just this week at church I’m reminded that through God’s grace He bestows understanding. Our intellectual minds are just foolishness!
I Corinthians 3:19a “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.”
1 Corinthians 2:14 “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
I’ve been using my bible curriculum and turning it into a topic module. In the end I plan to have all four years of the curriculum outlined with all my notes as four separate modules. The only problem now is to slow down and work on the section of Scripture I should be working on instead of thinking I need it all done at once–which is where I am now.
Here’s what I’m doing: (note: this will only make sense if you’ve read the tutorial I linked to above)
I created a new topic module labeled Year One. Then for my chapters I started with 00 Table of Contents, 01 Yr 1 Wk 1, 02 Yr 1 Wk 2, etc. I am going to make my table of contents show the general Scripture Reference with the Year and Week numbers so that if I want to go to a certain portion of Scripture to see my notes I’ll be able to locate the notes.
I have my Bible curriculum written out in a word document that lists what Scripture passages we are reading for each week and the different key sheets we are to work on (Key People, Key Places, Key Events, etc.) From this structure I have copied and pasted the info into e-sword. I can now add my own notes, notes from commentaries, references to other books, cross-references, etc. Anything I want to add that will help as I help the kids work on their key sheets. I think I’ve finally found a workable system for my bible study!
I posted this link several months ago–check out Living Life Between the Trees for her e-sword tutorial
If you are looking for more help, try the e-sword website. I looked at the tutorial manual and one of the videos and they were both good.
Just a little update: I’ve been so busy working with my mom and sister on our new business that homeschooling is suffering. I’m trying to get back in the groove! (Jaynne & Company)
I’m printing out math worksheets now, as I’m learning that we didn’t quiz multiplication tables enough and the long summer break didn’t help things I’m sure! I’m sure there are lots of great sites, but I’ve had The Math Worksheet site bookmarked for so long. It’s great to just select the numbers you want and it will randomly produce a worksheet for you. It also has 5 minute drill pages for you to print out.
And this funny video came through our local homeschool email list–nice humor break!
To manage our ever growing home library, I use the program Book Collector. All you do is type in the ISBN number and it will look online to grab all the info about the book including a picture of the cover. And I even found this cheap cuecat scanner on ebay and then you don’t even have to type the isbn–just scan. Very easy!
I also bought this stamp from Expressionery to mark all our books: