Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sibling Conflict Course opens on June 1!



Do you have two or more children?
Do your kids get along ALL the time?
Or do they have sibling conflict which causes parent anxiety and distress?

I can answer that I have two children and they do not get along all the time and I get anxious and stressed at their behavior.  I would really like to know what I can do to help them.  

Wait, I just read about this online course called Sibling Conflict from the authors at Connected Families.  Hmm, I really enjoyed their book called Discipline that Connects With Your Child's Heart.  I value what they share and I have used their techniques in my parenting.  I'm sure this new course will add many more tools to my parenting kit.  

What about you?  
Do you see yourself in these situations?

Situation #1 - 
The kids are fighting - again! The harder you try to make it stop, the worse it seems to get - and the kids seem more and more resentful. 
Situation #2 - One minute they love each other and the next minute they’re arch enemies. The older they get the louder and angrier it gets. You hate the way this affects everyone’s mood, including your own.
Situation #3 - Time-outs, required apologies, and firmness temporarily curb the fighting, but it soon comes back with more intensity. 
Situation #4 - Your young kids are beginning their rivalry and you worry where it’s heading if you don’t learn some better strategies.

This course will help to answer these and many more questions.  Parents will be taught the Peace Process which is practical, easy to understand and implement.

Here are the course session titles: 
Session 1: Getting “Unstuck” from Sibling Conflict
Session 2: Taking the Step from Crazy Mountain to Calm 
Session 3: Building Understanding Around Sibling Conflict 
Session 4: Facilitating True Conflict Resolution
Session 5: The Superpower of Celebration


If this course appeals to you, be sure to register before June 30 (the last day to register before the course closes).




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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Our curriculum choices for 2016-2017 Kindergarten


Here are my choices for Kindergarten curriculum.
OK, this is going to sound like a LOT, but I don't do everything everyday.  See below for weekly schedule.  Sorry that I'm so late in sharing this, but we have really enjoyed the curriculum we have used this year.  Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks!

Bible:
*Grapevine Bible Study- Old Testament Overview
*Character Concepts- Character Trails
*Morning Time- verses, poems, songs

Language Arts:
*Language Lessons for Little Ones Volume 1 (I love how this program is designed.  My son started here and is now on the 4th book in the series.)

*Reading
-All About Reading Level 1 (LOVE this program!)

-Reading the Alphabet- we do this off and on
-Reading Lesson- slowly working through this book
*Skills and Math- Rod and Staff Preschool books
*Handwriting- Handwriting Without Tears (I love this way of teaching handwriting!)

Math:
*Math Lessons for a Living Education Volume 1 (I used this with my son and we really liked it, but we have an older edition).

Extra:
*Give Your Child the World- reading books from different countries
*Nature Friend Magazine
*A Living History of Our World Volume 1

I also use Usborne books and I read aloud  A LOT (see ideas from Read Aloud Revival).

Electives:
*Piano- PiAnimals
*Awana
*Swimming co-op
*Kids Cook Real Food
*Homeschool co-op

Online:
Reading Bear- FREE

Each morning at breakfast I read from Nature Magazine, The Story of Inventions (Usborne Books) and we listen to Daily Audio Bible for Kids.  After breakfast we do a few chores and then we start Morning Time.  We spend 15 minutes quietly reading and looking at books.  Each child has their own box of books.  Then we have 15 minutes of moving and dancing.  After that we sit on the couch and read from a book recommended by Give Your Child the World (we are reading through books from a different continent each month).  We also are memorizing famous paintings with Usborne art cards and we read a page from the Usborne Encyclopedia.  Then we move to the coffee table and go through our Morning Time notebook with songs, poems and verses.  We then do our Grapevine Study (Stick figures through the Bible).  We have a little break and snack.  Then each child moves to their independent work.  My daughter usually finishes earlier than my son, so then I move on to her one on one work with me.  We do Handwriting Without Tears, All About Reading and some math skills.  Then she's off to play!  We do a few of the other things listed here and there.  It's been a fun year so far!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Our curriculum choices for 2016-2017 2nd Grade

These are the curriculum choices for 2nd grade.  See below for a weekly schedule.


Bible:
*Grapevine Bible Studies- Old Testament Overview
*Character Concepts- Character Trails
*Morning Time- verses, poems, songs



Language Arts:
*Language Lessons for the Very Young Volume 1
*All About Reading Level 3
*All About Spelling Level 2
*Handwriting- Printing with Pictures Book E
*Creative Writing- Here to Help Learning- Paragraph Writing Flight 1 (I love this approach to teaching creative writing!)  Here is my son's first story: click HERE to see video



Math:
*Math Mammoth for 2nd grade (My son has really done well with this curriculum)
*Xtra Math- He finished the addition section!
*Math Wrap ups


Science:
*Patterns of Nature- Rod and Staff 2nd grade
*Nature Friend Magazine

History:
*Which Way USA
*A Living History of Our World Volume 1
*Our Father's World - Rod and Staff 2nd grade
*Give Your Child the World- reading books from different countries

Electives:
*Piano- Hoffman Academy
*Awana
*Swimming co-op
*Kids Cook Real Food
*Homeschool Co-op

Online:
*Xtra Math


Weekly Schedule:

Monday-Wednesday
Morning Time (includes Bible)
Daily Learning Notebook- Clipboard with various independent work pages or books
One on one time with Mom for Reading, Spelling, Creative Writing, History

We also added gymnastics to our Spring PE program

Thursday
Swimming co-op in the Fall
Electives- Cooking, Piano

Friday
Homeschool co-op
Library day

As you can see we are very busy.  I would love to share more of what I do in my homeschool, but I'm so focused on my kids during my homeschool day and I do lots of cooking, cleaning, working out and I always feel like I can't keep up.  My husband also needs me to help in things he does around the home like the garden, canning and dehydrating.

If you want to keep up with what we are doing, you can follow my FACEBOOK page.  It's much easier for me to post a few pictures and share what we are doing rather than writing up a blog post.  So, please check out my page and see what we are doing.  I would love it!

I hope this has given you some ideas for what you can do in your homeschool.

I'm sorry this was shared so late in the year, but I hope it gives you some ideas for what you might like to use with your kids.  Let me know if you have any questions. 

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