Monday, October 17, 2016

Pride by any other name....

We dress up pride. We give it acceptable names, fancy names even; hard-headed, stubborn, strong-willed. We parade our dressed-up pride down the red carpet, praising it for it's pretty clothes, seeing a virtue instead of a vice.

Sometimes we dress down pride, giving it the humble clothing of a vulnerable name, insecurity. We pity or miss seeing pride, as it slips by us in a understated, quieter outfit. We adorn it as mask, a hoodie to hide our face, as we excuse seeking our value in other's opinions of us.

Pride is assigning decisions and opinions to others, based upon my ideas or feelings...
they love me,
they hate me,
they love me.....

Pride and insecurity are married, two sides of the same coin.

Pride by any other name smells just as retched.  The smell steals your peace, and replaces it with false assumptions and lies about who you are...who others are....who we are together.

2 Corinthians 2:15
"For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing."

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Homeschool Workboxes 4th grade- Creation To the Greeks

We are in our 5th year of homeschooling, using My Father's World Curriculum. My twins are in 4th grade, and we are doing Creation to The Greeks in the MFW family cycle. 

 Below is how we are organizing Creation to The Greeks, and other subjects, with workboxes (adapted from Sue Patrick's system).  We are working on some 3rd grade math, 5th-6th grade know how it is when going at your child's real rate of learning. 

  • Workboxes- holds all individual subjects, also storage of History & Root Words notebook
  • Agenda Board- directions for individual subjects
  • Hanging File Organizers- Student Sheets organized by week
  • Teacher Binder-With 5 folders 
  1. Math Folder for one boy
  2. Math Folder for other boy
  3. Timeline pieces & schedule for Draw & Write Through History (found in CttG Facebook group)
  4. Root Words- index cards and notebook pages (found in CttG Facebook group)
  5. Printed Materials for Piano Practice
    Homeschool Room (other half is my office desk)
Agenda Board and most of our supplies.  Each boy has a pencil box in his desk with basic supplies.
The left 3 cubes are for school books & Bibles. My teacher binder is stored on top of shelf.
I store our student sheets by week in a hanging binder.


Together Time

We sit on our couch, or do experiments in the kitchen for most together time subjects. If one of these subjects has a notebook page, I send the boys to their desk to finish it, then it is stored in a workbox.
  • History Reading, Activities, & Note booking
  • Science reading & experiments
  • Root Words
Cuneiform Writing in Sugar Cookie dough,
during History Together Time

Each child has subjects in different order to allow one-on-one time with Mom in Math and Language Arts. There is also a TEN MINUTE BREAK card, usually in Box 5.
  1. History-where they store their completed student sheets and History notebook
  2. Root Words- index card or sentences 
  3. English- Language Lessons for Today, Grade 4
  4. Art- Draw and Write Through History * We use this instead of recommended art of God and History, it allows more independent art time. 
  5. Spelling- Spelling by Sound and Structure Grade 4.  We choose this curriculum instead of because it is more independent work than suggested Spelling Power. *
  6. Writing- Writing Stands, Level 3*
  7. Math-Math U See, supplement with Life of Fred* 
  8. Typing- We use  Each boys does 3 to 5 screens a day.
  9. Spanish- DuoLingo for now, but adding Rosetta Stone soon.
  10. Piano- We use Hoffman Academy,  if there is a video to watch, it is on the Agenda Board. I they have a music worksheet to do, it is in their box.
 *Specific assignment is written on agenda white board

Individual Time

  • Reading- Read for at least 20 minutes from Book Basket. My kids are book worms, so I don't have to remind them much to read, but I do check to make sure they are reading from  Book Basket.
  • Daily Chores-All chores must be done before screen time
  • Read-Alouds are done as Bedtime story with Dad

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