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Things to Remember~

Sunday, February 28, 2016

SJ visited the orthodontist last week to have a spacer removed, 
and was SO cute in the truck coming home with her legs crossed~
Because we have been schooling in the kitchen, it has left our desks empty
so we moved our sewing machines in.
The girls are making all kinds of cute things like dolls and bags.
I also made an activity area with drawers and drawers of things to do~
EC has taken a big interest in writing, and the girls sewing has given me the fever.
Making boutique bottoms for the three bitties~
 Savannah sent us this precious photo of BC, and SJ fried her own egg~
Just some things to remember!

Art Story Routine: Notebooking

Thursday, February 25, 2016

I wrote a blog post HERE   about Jodi Mockabee's HS HERE and I really loved the painting portion of it. We began our free draw/painting/writing routine two weeks ago, and the kids have loved it!

We are calling them Art Stories!

We have gathered around our table to learn, talk, read, and create~
It it Around the Table that we Understand BEST the Warmth of being Together!
The kitchen is the heart of the home and we are thinking it is also the heart of our homeschooling too. Being able to see each other bonds us as family and encourages community too!

I am amazed at the beauty they are creating to be treasured always~
They have each painted 9 paintings now with beautiful words written on each one and they LOVE looking at them all!

As we have painted, written, and laminated their creations, the biggest question was where were we going to put them? Jodi files her kids' work in separate binders but I really didn't want 6 binders to store. SJ suggested we put them all in a family binder~ Brilliant!!!

It is just as loved as their Life Books and our blog books!
Setting up for the day and sitting the laminator out, sure builds the excitement~

This week we read the Mr. Gumpy books and today after reading the Motor Car one, we watched a few videos as well as how to draw a police car~
They followed the tutorial and came out with beautiful masterpieces~

I can see growth over the last two weeks especially in the youngest four~
The benefits I am seeing from this practice~

  • Free write is encouraged OR a narration from our story.
  • They have something set to do each day while I read.
  • Spelling, grammar, and handwriting are all being practiced.
  • Creative outlet with drawing and painting with everyone around the table.
  • There is excitement in planning what they will create.
  • Laminating is a great way to publish and add to a book.
  • No planning involved for me; just setup!


Try it! I think you will like it!

My Nature Loving Children~ {Nature Walk Wednesday}

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

We gathered around our table for Bible and prayer before heading out into nature for inspiration to draw and paint~

Everyone pulled on their rain boots and instead of me leading this nature adventure, they lead me! Back into the woods we went~
 They shared their hideout where they play Boxcar Children collecting trash treasures~
 They crossed logs and stood at the foot of the base of a tree that fell over in the wind~
 They scampered down a deep embankment into the creek~
 AND the scariest part for me was watching SJ walk across a fallen log covered in ferns {over the creek} to the other side AND back~
 She was quite proud and I was quite relieved!
They swung from vines and pointed out the back of our house~
 They showed me all the collections and  beauty in our backyard~
 We ended up at our big outside table to listen to a cute story Mr. Gummy's Outing~
While sketching and painting about our own.
We are SO thankful the weather is giving us beautiful springlike days outside!!!

"We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things."    ~ Charlotte Mason

My Nature Loving Children~ {Nature Walk Wednesday}

We gathered around our table for Bible and prayer before heading out into nature for inspiration to draw and paint~

Everyone pulled on their rain boots and instead of me leading this nature adventure, they lead me! Back into the woods we went~
 They shared their hideout where they play Boxcar Children collecting trash treasures~
 They crossed logs and stood at the foot of the base of a tree that fell over in the wind~
 They scampered down a deep embankment into the creek~
 AND the scariest part for me was watching SJ walk across a fallen log covered in ferns {over the creek} to the other side AND back~
 She was quite proud and I was quite relieved!
They swung from vines and pointed out the back of our house~
 They showed me all the collections and  beauty in our backyard~
 We ended up at our big outside table to listen to a cute story Mr. Gummy's Outing~
While sketching and painting about our own.
We are SO thankful the weather is giving us beautiful springlike days outside!!!

"We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things."    ~ Charlotte Mason



Office Grand Opening~ {Spelling You See & Brave Writer}

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

For spelling this year, we chose Spelling You See using three of the levels~
It has been fantastic! There has been huge growth in all four of our kids using it. There are two activities that kind of bores EK when she comes to them so this week, we found a solution. Actually she thought of it, and I just said yes.

We opened an office with old computers, and our spelling became super fun when the girls came to the TWO boring activities...

The way the curriculum works is EK has a passage every week she copies parts of each day. There are also word chunks she must code in the printed passage then in her own. About the 4th lesson, she must write a short passage of her own but this is often overkill because she is writing everyday anyway.

The 5th lesson I dictate the passage to her, and she writes IN CURSIVE (yay, getting handwriting in too) the whole passage being mindful of her spelling. THIS was getting stressful and boring SO...

I pulled out my old Dell and Macbook (SLOW as a snail), and we opened a Kid Home Office. NOW when they girls come to the oh so boring pages~
They aren't so boring anymore. They are learning to type with correct finger formation and loving every minute of it~
When they typing is complete, we print it out and glue into the spelling book.

The BEST news is the Home Office has appealed to ALL the kids and they are found to be typing (WRITING) all the time. I hear them say, "I'm writing a blog like mom. I'm working for Cisco like dad. I'm making a list for the grocery store." They don't realize THIS is REAL writing, and they think it is FUN~


We also use Brave Writer for our Writing curriculum, and have introduced a few projects to the girls. One was a secret code project where EK had to create coded message and have someone decipher it. It was fun for a couple of days and she lost interest. Yesterday I saw her in the Office and asked, "What are you doing EK?" She answered, "Making a secret code for SJ." 

Confirmation that the right time AND the right medium is what makes learning fun, meaningful, and healthy for children. 

Maybe a Home Office is just what you need for a Learning Boost!!!

Office Grand Opening~ {Spelling You See & Brave Writer}

For spelling this year, we chose Spelling You See using three of the levels~
It has been fantastic! There has been huge growth in all four of our kids using it. There are two activities that kind of bores EK when she comes to them so this week, we found a solution. Actually she thought of it, and I just said yes.

We opened an office with old computers, and our spelling became super fun when the girls came to the TWO boring activities...

The way the curriculum works is EK has a passage every week she copies parts of each day. There are also word chunks she must code in the printed passage then in her own. About the 4th lesson, she must write a short passage of her own but this is often overkill because she is writing everyday anyway.

The 5th lesson I dictate the passage to her, and she writes IN CURSIVE (yay, getting handwriting in too) the whole passage being mindful of her spelling. THIS was getting stressful and boring SO...

I pulled out my old Dell and Macbook (SLOW as a snail), and we opened a Kid Home Office. NOW when they girls come to the oh so boring pages~
They aren't so boring anymore. They are learning to type with correct finger formation and loving every minute of it~
When they typing is complete, we print it out and glue into the spelling book.

The BEST news is the Home Office has appealed to ALL the kids and they are found to be typing (WRITING) all the time. I hear them say, "I'm writing a blog like mom. I'm working for Cisco like dad. I'm making a list for the grocery store." They don't realize THIS is REAL writing, and they think it is FUN~


We also use Brave Writer for our Writing curriculum, and have introduced a few projects to the girls. One was a secret code project where EK had to create coded message and have someone decipher it. It was fun for a couple of days and she lost interest. Yesterday I saw her in the Office and asked, "What are you doing EK?" She answered, "Making a secret code for SJ." 

Confirmation that the right time AND the right medium is what makes learning fun, meaningful, and healthy for children. 

Maybe a Home Office is just what you need for a Learning Boost!!!

ZTA Brunch~

Monday, February 22, 2016

Saturday we were invited to Rosie's ZTA brunch to visit with her sisters and families. It is always so wonderful to experience R's life because we miss her something fierce~
 Food was delicious, company perfect, and time for photos~
 Then we were off to visit Rosie's cute cottage for next year~
 Completely renovated and perfect for her and two sorority sisters~
 We met the owners and how wonderful that they live less than 3 miles from us. Super nice~
SO very excited about this beautiful home away from home.
I think you are going to be very happy RGA!!!
We love you SO very much!!!

A Bungalow for Sale~

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Scott has finished his latest house flip.

Perfect Bungalow to enjoy Lake Living inexpensively. One mile from Hartwell Marina where boat can be dry docked and waiting in water with a quick phone call. Complete renovation and ready for you!!! 678-428-3502
 Great 2BR/1BA Bungalow $57,500
1223 North Forest Ave, Hartwell, 30643
1.8 acre private wooded lot
1 min to Hartwell Marina and Lake Hartwell, 2 min from downtown Hartwell.

2BR/1BA house completly renovated, metal roof, refinished hardwood floors throughout, new appliances, new paint inside and out, central heating/AC, fenced yard, garage, 2 storage buildings


Please contact me @ 678-428-3502 for more into or showingAgents protected.Will not last long at this price.Available now!


The before and after speaks for itself. You NEED this little bungalow! 
It is the perfect location near town and Lake Hartwell.