Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Fun!

I can't believe it's been a month already since I last posted! The truth is, summer is keeping us busy! Just a little update until we get back in to a normal routine. My kiddos are all reading like crazy, enjoying the summer reading programs that we participate in every year. Hoss has hit one of the 'hardest' reading years, because he is able to read a longer chapter book (long is relative in this case), and enjoys them, but it still takes him a while to finish each book. Miss Priss has surprised me by being an amazing independent reader this summer! By independent, I mean she can read on her own, doesn't need my help, and doesn't have to read to me for me to know she is reading her books right. At this point, she has read *75* books since June 1! I think I have another great reader on my hands!

Baseball season came and went with not much change in status since last year's season - Hoss' team has learned over the last few years how to handle defeat gracefully, and that's all I'm going to say about that one! :)

My goal is to start school again August 1st, with a slight change in our yearly routine as far as schedules go. When I have it set in stone, as much as possible, I will have to do a daily routine post. I will also have to give a good school room post after our shelves are back in order for the year, to show what our school room DOESN'T look like, and the big changes from last year's setup at the beginning of the year. I hope you are all having a great summer, and we are enjoying ours, but I have to admit - I am ready for school to start again!

Best wishes!
Amy@No Greater Honors

Friday, June 13, 2014

Free Printables!

          I JUST HAD TO SHARE!

There is a new addition to the blog, one I'm very excited to share! If you follow me on facebook, you may have seen that I have been trying to stretch the limits and see what I can do with Google Docs, while teaching myself how to make some fun printables to be used in our homeschool. 

It's always been a desire of mine to be able to not only make my own printables for personal use, but be able to share them with others. They are definitely not of the caliber that is worth selling, and yet - I think someone might be able to use them. So I am offering anything I make for FREE! I'm sure there are many versions of the printables I make that can be found online, teaching the same thing - but I am having too much fun putting these together. I am hoping these will be a blessing to someone! 

Just as the graphic shows, you can find the link for these at the top of my page, directly under the 'Home' button. I will be adding to this as I make more, and hopefully as the summer goes on and we start school again in the Fall, you will see these show up on the blog throughout pictures of work the kids do 'in' school. If you happen to use any of these printables, I would love to see some pictures of your kiddos enjoying them - especially if you blog!

One stipulation I am going to ask that you abide by. Please do not share the direct link to these printables. For sake of giving credit to where credit is due, please - when sharing about these printables with anyone, direct them back here, and more specifically - to the Free Printables page on the blog. 

I hope you enjoy these as much as I think we will!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Dear Homeschool Mama....

~Dear Homeschool Mama~

This letter is for you, right where you are. It comes from another homeschool mama, just like you, who has been there - is there - will be there.

When you are starting out and feel overwhelmed by all the possible choices, BE CALM. Forget trying to learn everything about every curriculum and style, and watch your children. Think about what they like to do, what works best for them, what makes them smile. Then - find the style that works best for that - and forget the others for now. It won't do you any good to try and learn about everything out there, because in all the learning, you might forget what is going to be most effective in your house.

When your child doesn't want to do what you have prepared for them, worked so hard on, and prayed over - don't take it personally. Everyone has 'days'. You have days that you don't really want to do what you have to do - the difference is that you have learned the art of self discipline, and chances are they haven't - especially if they are littles!

It's okay to skip a day. Skip school - it won't make you a rebel. Go outside, go to the park, go build a fort or read all day and sing and have fun! They will learn far more through that than you realize.

There are so many amazing homeschool blogs in the blogosphere. It's really unbelievable how many creative, smart, wonderful mamas there are. Don't forget, though - that you are the ONLY mother for your children. Don't worry about trying to compare yourself to them, or keep up with whatever someone else is doing. What your children want most of all is you - happy, delightful, joyful, PEACEful you. When you try to be whatever you are reading about, you forget to be yourself. That's the best kind of teacher for your children. 

Never give up. Not on the worst days, when you are literally pulling your hair out on the inside, and you are sure that you are the worst person to be trusted with teaching your children - never give up. You are perfect for the job - you just have to remember that, and know that no one else can love your children like you can.

Where you are at right now is exactly where you are supposed to be. It's easy to start the comparing game, but it's not healthy - at all. Just take a deep breath and tell yourself that it's okay. It's not a race to see who can finish first, or know the most - it's just a steady path through life. If you keep it that way, the path never ends, only gets richer as it goes!

Last, but not least - you are not alone. You are not the only homeschooling mama. You may not know anyone on your street, your block, or even your neighborhood - but there are others out there. We know what it's like, we are walking in the way, though we may not have to wear the same shoes. You may encounter things we don't have to, and vice versa. However - the mission you have is ours as well - we are all striving to teach our children and make a lasting impression on these little souls that God has given us. When you have a bad day, or feel like you aren't cut out for this job - remember - 

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Find someone you can get some encouragement from, and push on! With God's strength, YOU CAN DO THIS!

~~~~~Amy@No Greater Honors~~~~~ 

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