School UPdate

7 12 2008

We are moving along pretty well, so I thought it would be a good time to do an update.  (I am also doing this so that I can look back and remember how it was going thus far)  🙂

Sonlight PreK 4 and 5  Core: This is going really well.  There are somethings I would change if I wrote the material, but over all it is going really well.  We had a hard time the first 8 weeks because we read the same books every week, we wouldn’t read the same parts of the books just the same ones.  It would have been nice to have some different books added in earlier.  The kids are learning a lot and I really enjoy all that we do with it.  Also, I love that the company calls to check on me every few months!  Isn’t that great?  If I have a question I know I can call or they will be calling very soon.  That is an awesome perk from buying the material straight from them!

Math U See:  Still love it!  I love it just as much as I did last year too.  Isaac is skip counting right now and is really catching on.  The best part of this is that this is daddy and Isaac time!  Daddy teaches this part of school to him.

Handwriting Without Tears:  Awesome!  I love the way they teach it and Grace really gets it.  Isaac was already doing well with handwriting so I wasn’t very worried about him.  I was worried about Grace, but she is doing great!

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons:  That is still going well.  Isaac can read many little, short stories and can find words in other books and sound them out!  It is great!  We are going really slow and just enjoying this time together.

 

We are adding in more fun preschool type things during the day.  Painting, crafts etc.  Also, our playgroup on Monday’s is AWESOME for time to explore new things etc.  So far this year is going great, now I am already thinking about next year.  Should I keep them schooling together?  That is the big question in the Ferraro home right now.





Myths about homeschooling

30 09 2008

I have come across many myths about homeschooling….feel free to add your own.  These are just ones that have be said to us or I have read.

1. Our children have no friends.  TRUTH: My children have many friends, some who are on the other side of the world, others that are just right down the street.

2. We (moms) think we are the best teachers. TRUTH: I am only going to talk for myself here, but I know that there are many moms and teachers that are better at this than me.  I just feel that God has called me to be home and to educate my children.

3. It is awesome because we can change the schedule whenever we need to.  TRUTH:  This statement is 1/2 true.  We can change the schedule whenever we need to, but it is not always AWESOME!  I had to drag all 3 children to the laundry mat because our washer died this weekend.  At one point I was wishing they were in school and I was there with just 1 of them.

4. We love being teachers.  TRUTH:  I struggle with sin everyday and one that I struggle with a lot is laziness or filling my day with useless stuff.  So I don’t LOVE doing this EVERYDAY.  I do love doing it, just not everyday.

5. Home-schooled kids are always excited to do every assignment.  TRUTH:  My kids struggle with sin just like every other child does.  This includes pride and obedience.

6. We (moms) like to do crafts everyday.  TRUTH: I love to do crafts, but it is work for me to pull out paint and play do…see my post here.

7. We (moms) have endless joy for “teachable moments”: TRUTH:  This is hard to do and is even harder to keep consistent with!!!!  It is just easier to let it go.  I don’t want to let it go, but I don’t have endless joy over it.

Okay, this post is kind of a downer.  I am writing it because I don’t like when people put unrealistic expectations on my children or myself because we have chosen to home-school.  I enjoy teaching my children, just not every moment.  It takes discipline, just like any job.





Converstaions with my Children….

10 09 2008

Isaac this morning:

Mommy, how is God going to get us all in heaven?

Me: well, when you love Jesus and make him your Lord, when you die you go to heaven to be with God and Jesus.

Isaac: No, mommy how are we going to fit?  He is so big He is going to crush us up in Heaven! (using his hands to show how big God is and then pushing himself up against the wall, showing how it will be in heaven)

 

 

Mommy, how do babies come out of your belly?

Me: God made a special place for them to come out of mommies.

Isaac: Can I see it?

Me: No, you can’t.

Gracelyn (3 years old): Mommy is it your Vag**na? (I stared it so I don’t get tons of weird searches on my blog) ( I think she said this because her and I had just talked about how we don’t show or let anyone touch her there etc, we tell them that starting at 3 years of age, so she too smart, she put that together on her own)

Me: umm, uh, well, yes Grace that is right.

Grace: Yeah, but it is just mama’s, not little girls.

Me: Your right Grace, only mamas.

Isaac: Are you sure?

Me: Yes, Isaac, but you can ask daddy when he gets home from work if you would like. (That is exactly when he did when Dave came home…..you should have seen his face at dinner that night when Isaac asked)

 

Grace: Mommy, when you have my sister I will help with her.

Me: Grace I am not having a baby right now.

Grace: Okay, can I have the baby for you?

Me: No, only God gives babies to mommies.  You are a little girl, you can’t have a baby yet.  You have to grow up first and get married.

Grace: Okay, but when you have my sister I will change her diaper.

Me: Grace, I am not having a baby right now.

Grace: Okay, I will tell daddy.  He wants me to have a sister.

Me: Okay, but you might want to ask God instead.

 

Me: Owen what do you want to wear this morning?

OWen: (does the sign for dog) *dog* (he is asking for a new shirt I just bought him that has a dog on it)

Me: You can wear that it is long sleeves and it is too hot out.

Owen: Uck (truck) (He is asking for his truck shirt)

Me: Okay

Owen: (does sign for hat) *hat*

Me: okay, you want a hat.

Owen: dada

Me: yes, just like dada wears.  You little smart man.  (Owen is 14 months old)





Can I tell you something mama?

30 07 2008

My little Owen loves to tell me things….he is becoming such a great talker!  He says Mama, Dada, Isaac, Grace, Hi guys, bye, teeth and a few more I think.

He signs : more, milk, hat, flower, banana, shoes, all done and eat.

I can not believe how much he says and does to let us know what he wants and needs at such a young age (12 months).  He also has such a different personality!  When you tell him no he puts his head down and puts his lip out and whimpers, but then he obeys.  It is amazing how much “easier” he has been to  train at times…other things he is much harder at (like throwing his food)!

Just a little tidbit on my youngest man in the house.





Chicago Cubs Baseball Batting Helmet and Build a Bear

14 05 2008

Isaac and Grace have started to have chores in our home.  Isaac goes around the house and collects all the trash, then takes and puts in the trashcan outside.  Grace goes into Owen’s room and sorts and puts away his toys at the end of the night.  We stated this a few months ago and it is going great.  They each earn one quarter for each day they do their chores.  We then have them give some pennies to Jesus (which they take with them to Sunday School on Sundays) and then the rest is for them.

With the announcement that we were going to Chicago we encouraged them to save their money for a special prize.  Most days they did just that, other days they choose an ice cream from the ice cream truck.  When we got to Chicago the kids had almost 10 dollars each.  They were super excited!

Isaac picked out a Chicago Cubs batting helmet and Grace a Build a Bear bear carrier to wear on her back.  They proudly carried their things around with them the entire weekend.  We didn’t have to worry about them losing them or not taking care of them because they had earned them.  They had to do lots of work to get them and they knew how long it took them to save for their prizes.

This went over so well that we already have them saving for our Disney trip next year.  We are encouraging them to save at least 4 of their quarters a week for this trip.  Another perk is that we don’t have to save for souvenirs, the kids do that themselves!!!  How nice is that?

So Dave and Isaac just went to Home Depot and Isaac is proudly wearing his helmet and Grace is napping with her carrier. 





All Boy? All Girl?

14 05 2008

I have never been one of those moms that could say that I had a child that was “all boy” or “all girl”….until yesterday!

After returning home from a long drive from Chicago the kids eagerly jumped out of the minivan and ran to the back yard.  We had to leave really early in the morning for me to get home to work that evening so it was only lunch time and they had tons of energy cooped up in their little bodies.

Isaac ran out of the car with a Chicago cubs batting hat (more on that later) and Grace with her Build A Bear bear carrier.  Isaac ran to his tee-ball and started to hit balls in the yard, Grace went in the house and came out with her doll stroller and babies (at least 3, because all mommies have to have lots of babies, right?)  She was pushing them up and down the driveway while daddy unloaded the car. 

That is when it hit me!  My little boy is “all boy” and my little girl is “all girl”.  I didn’t have to teach Isaac how to be a boy and I didn’t have to teach Grace how to be a girl.  I am not saying that their father and I don’t have a huge responsibility to teach and train them to be the man and woman that God created them to be.  It just hit me how different they are! 

Isaac will willing and lovingly play dolls with is sister.  Grace will willingly and happily dress up as Spider-girl or Bat-girl to play superheros with her brother.  It was just a great demonstration that God made them different, He made them to be a boy and a girl!  He made them to like different things and to be different.  How awesome is that?

 





Chicago: Happy Mother’s Day!!!

11 05 2008

We are in Chicago visiting Dave’s brother.  It has been so much fun!  We all went out to eat at the Cheesecake factory, then to the top of the John Handcock building to see the sky at night time.  What a great time we had.  Had I known what a history lesson it was going to be I would have planned a school lesson last week about the fires in Chicago and the history of the town in general.  It was so awesome.

Today we went to the Children’s Musuem with the kids and it was so awesome!!  I love family vacations, I have been dreaming about them since I was a little girl and now I get to be a mommy!!!!  I thank God for this desire in my heart and the love He gives me for my family.  God is so good.

Tomorrow we are heading to the zoo and the Federal Reserve.  How cool is that?   We have enjoyed the trains and the buses and the walking in the windy city.   Grace was almost pulled down the road without us!  It was so windy on Navy Pier today.  Owen was in the stroller and he almost blew over, not joking!!!!

One thing about Chicago is that it makes me love my home more.  It is hard to get out here without extra hands, I don’t know how mamas with lots of children do it!  (well, I know, they don’t).  There are cars everywhere and the train can be very dangerous if you have children that don’t obey at all times for every minute.  Which I don’t know many of those kids!!!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mama’s out there.  Spent lots of time this year playing on the floor and playing with puzzels!!!!  Enjoy long walks down around the block looking at every bug and flower there is.  Enjoy cutting up watermelon and eating it with with a big smile, enjoy sticky hands and sweet kisses.  Enjoy the moments we have dreamt about for years and will long for for years after they are gone.

Happy Mother’s Day from the heart of Chicago!!!!