Archive post from April 20, 2012

My first blog address was Messymommussings@wordpress.com

Unfortunately, I can no longer get into that account.

So in an effort to connect the two, I am copying it here.

“I’m on a journey and I’m inviting you to come with me.

I’ve been married for 29 years, I have 6 kids and I am a messy mom.

I wasn’t always messy.  Before the kids came, my house was fairly neat.

But that was then and then started 26 years ago.

I love my kids and as life got busy, somehow along the way things started to slip.

Until I’m where we are today.  I’m not proud of my messiness- but I’m being honest about it.

And I figure if I’m having issues with keeping it all together, maybe you are too.

Maybe along the way as I make discoveries, something I learn will help you too.

So join me as I journey on the quest toward a cleaner more livable house.”

After that first post, I was also a bit intimidated. For one thing, my life is about so much more

than the struggle to keep up with the house, and I want to discuss many things,

not just my housekeeping or lack of.

I did have 2 comments to that post, and if you would like to view it, you can find it here: http://messymommusings.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/life-is-a-journey/

As with my Mapleleaves account, I tried it out on Blogger also, and that one also had a few comments.  You can view them here

http://messymom-musings.blogspot.com/2012/04/life-is-journey.html#comment-form.

 

 

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Maple Leaves Aka Jan Prahl

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Why we Homeschool

Recently, on Facebook, a friend asked homeschool moms “Why do you homeschool?”
The complete answers to that question are probably as varied as the families
that choose to homeschool.  My answer seemed like a great blog idea.
(insert smile here)

We homeschool because we feel it is the best choice for our family.

We homeschool because we felt it was what God wanted us to do for our family.

We homeschool because it is less expensive than private Christian school.
(It may even cost less than public school when you factor in supplies,
field trips and other expenses).

Obviously, as the number of your children in Christian School increases,
so does the bill. Depending on your curriculum, the cost of homeschooling
multiple children may NOT increase at all.

Speaking of curriculum,
We homeschool because even though the county public schools are good schools,
and many classes are blessed with Christian teachers, the curriculum they teach is still
ungodly filled with the religions of humanism, socialism (and if common core is accepted
here, communism.)

We homeschool because we wanted to have a say in what materials were used to teach
our children (curriculum is something to think about in relation to why are you homeschooling.
If you are using the online public school material, you are basically public schooling in your home).

We homeschool because we can tailor the curriculum to meet our child’s specific learning style
and needs (we might do grade level math, and reading 2 levels above or vice-versa.)

I homeschool because if my child is struggling to learn, as the mom, who wants to see my
child succeed, I will figure out how to help him/her learn. Whether that means figuring out
that child’s learning style (auditory, kinesthetic or visual) or changing curriculum or methods till we get the one that works best for that child (and not have to worry about 20 other kids in the class.)

I homeschool because as the mom, I have a desire like no one else to see my children succeed.

I homeschool because I enjoy learning WITH my children. You would be surprised what YOU learn as
you go over things with your kids. You will be smarter for homeschooling your children.

I homeschool because it helps me become (27 years and I’m still becoming)

a better mother.

As I see attitudes in my children’s heart I can work on those immediately and not have
to wait till they are home from 8 hours of class work. (It also helps me to see where I
need to be more patient, kind, organized and all those other wonderful attributes we as
mom want to be.)

I homeschool because I enjoy spending my days with my children, and realize they are
my God given responsibility, and homeschooling gives me the opportunity to spend more time with them.

We homeschool because it gives us the flexibility to do school on our schedule.
We may choose to work late in the evening, or to do Saturday school (or to not work,
but take a family vacation or other fun filled trip INSTEAD of or in place of book work)

We homeschool because we want our children to be well rounded and socialized with people
of all ages, not just the ones in their 12 month age range.

We homeschool because we don’t want to worry about the negative things our children
might learn in traditional “brick and mortar” school: pornography (friends in 2nd grade
had a classmate bring a playboy magazine and show the entire class BEFORE the teacher saw it),
drugs, peer pressure,”alternate lifestyles” etc.

We homeschool because when our oldest child was in public school, 1/2 way through first grade,
even though we had discussed with the home teacher, that our child had a hearing issue,
the teacher never informed the other teachers (music, art, PE etc) and never thought to
tell us that we needed to personally inform those teachers in writing.

We homeschool because when our child was in public school, in first grade, there were 3 or 4
incidents, where something had really bothered our child. When I asked the teacher about it,
EVERY TIME,the teacher started with how she was responsible for X# of other kids and
couldn’t come to parents with every little thing that happened in school that day.
(Every incident was big enough to our child that she lost sleep over it.      Can you say mama bear?)

We homeschool because the only crazy people we have to worry about breaking into our school,
are the family members who have already graduated from our homeschool. LOL

You can spend nothing and homeschool with a Christian curriculum.
See easy peasy all in one ( sorry, I am new to blogging and don’t know
how to add the link. Google or Bing it and you will find it).
Or you can spend as much as you want.

If God is calling you to it, you just have to do it.

Homeschooling: is mom qualified?

Through a very specific set of circumstances, I realized my high school diploma,
coupled with my mothers heart made me as qualified as any teacher; even a good teacher
with a masters degree in elementary education.

As long as I am at least one day ahead of my kids (in the lesson plan), I know enough to teach
them that day’s lesson. (There are many ways to handle even the harder high school subjects:
co-ops, on-line classes- again google or bing currclick, taking the harder subject like Science
or Math at a local Christian School, or taking dual credit classes at your local College
and that’s just to name a few.)

Christian schools are a great alternative to public schools, but consider that not all send
their kids to Christian school for a Christian education. Some families only put their children
in Christian school to avoid public school or because they have been thrown out of public school.

Four of my Children have already graduated from our homeschool. I may not have all the answers,
but can point you in the right direction to get those answers. If you want to talk with me,
send me a message.

Do you homeschool? Were any of your reasons similar to mine?

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Still getting settled in

I’m new to blogging, so this feels like I’ve moved.

I was asked, in a comment to let you know if I like this site or the other one better.
I like this one- it seems easier for me to navigate.  Yet as I say that, I can not figure out how to reply to the comment, so I am replying here. ( oh the challenges of being technologically un-savvy)

I will say, I really like the outlook mail.  

There are many things I want to post about but for now, I’m just glad I could find my blog and was able to put up a second post.  Go me  : )

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Changing Accounts

When it comes to technology, I procrastinate.
(I procrastinate at lots of things, but that’s a topic for another day)

 
But today, I decided to claim a new Blog name and “just do it”
 
I am happy to report, that I have set up this account for blogging, 
and also the same on  Blogger
 
My plan is to play with them and find out which I like best and then consolidate to one.
 
That’s my blog for today.
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