Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Our chicks hatched last week, so here's some fluffy cuteness.  Enjoy!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Homeschool vs. Public School Graphic

I think on an almost weekly/biweekly basis I have to defend my choice of homeschooling my kids.  It's refreshing to get numbers, real numbers that help me recommit to my decision to continue home schooling my children.

Home schooling is hard.  It's a commitment to learning and taking charge of your child's education, often with out any outside help.  So mom's who homeschool, take a look, a deep breath, and smile knowing you're doing great.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Primal Menu Plan

We don't have a lot of cooking to do this week.  Monday night I'm teaching in the evening so no dinner there.  Then we're going out of town Friday morning.

Monday: out
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Smokey Roast
Wednesday: Chicken with Cauliflower and Olives
Thursday: Paleo Sausage Stuffed Peppers

We are going camping this weekend so I thought I'd tack on some snacks that we'd like to take with us.

Linking back to Organizing Junkie

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Last week was a busy, but productive week.  Here's a couple things we did.

We added festive lights to our chicken coop, tis the season?  No, actually we're trying to fool them.  Fall and winter will usually see a drop off in egg production, but it's due to a lack of light.  So come dusk, we turn on the lights for a few hours to let them stay up a little later.  Hopefully it works!

One of the perks of homeschooling is being able to whisk your kids away on a quick trip.  Last Friday we went to a local farm that has an enormous corn maze.  Acres of corn to get lost in.  Totally fun, we had a blast, and we really needed the break from schoolwork.

Lastly, this cute little table was an awesome yard sale find.  My dad bought it for me and paid a cool $10 for two of them. Oh, and those are not my son's shoes you see in the corner.  Just your imagination playing tricks on you...honest.

Be sure to link up so I can see what you've been up to.  Have a great week!!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Roman History and Latin Curricula

Ok, slightly obscure.  My son has expressed interest in all things Roman.  He wants to learn Latin, and for history this year he wants to study the ins and outs of Roman History. The beauty of homeschooling is child directed learning. However finding homeschool curricula on this has been challenging.  Here's a list of what I've found to save you some time.  I'm inspired to write a curricula...because there's nothing out there that is the way I want it to be. I don't even know where to begin, but I just might work through it.

Anyway, here are some links to curricula that I am considering until I can space the time away to write my own.

  1. Heritage History: Ancient Rome: At $24.99 for a CD of the entire curricula and study guide, this is a bargain and will be a great resource.  It's definitely being purchased.
  2. Roman History Pockets: These are great supplement when combined with other forms of study.  They are fun projects that my children have enjoyed in the past.  Last year it was American History, and they just loved them.
  3. Literature Pockets: Greek and Roman Myths: Another great project resource.
  4. Rome Unit Study: This is a free unit study you can download and print out to use as needed. Free is fabulous...isn't it?
  5. If your child learns best through worksheets, then Ancient Rome Thematic Unit may be a good supplement, too.

Latin Resources:
  1. Latin: First Year: I was drawn to this one because of it's quizzes and tests book. I am a secular/classical schooler, so this test booklet is super important to me. Before purchasing though, I do suggest reading the comments listed below.  It got some not so great reviews.
  2. Beginning Latin for the Homeschooler looks like a strong contender for us. This has great reviews and is very basic.  It seems to me that this book may be used before you begin the first book I linked. 
  3. Latin's Not So Tough is a classical curricula with pacing, tests, study seems to have it all.  It seems difficult to obtain, and I suppose you are lucky if you get your hands on one. It also seems to be geared towards younger learners.  It looks appropriate for 2nd and 3rd graders, or maybe even a gifted 1st grader.

Any resources out there that you think I should add to the list?  Just comment below and I will take a look. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

So, hubs and I have had enough of the drinking and chips, and have decided before it gets any closer to the holiday season, we'd like to shed a few pounds. We've decided to go absolutely strict paleo for the month of October. The year is almost up, and I haven't lost the weight I wanted to so it's now or never right?

Here's my clean eating menu plan for the week!

Monday: Asian Meatballs
Tuesday: Spinach Beef Frittata
Wednesday: Oven Braised Mexican Beef
Thursday: Leftover mash up
Friday: Paleo Pork Chops with roasted sweet potato
Saturday: Pumpkin Spice Chicken Cacciatore
Sunday: Grilled Chicken legs with the hub's marinade, and grilled veggies

Lots of times lunches will be leftovers from previous night's dinners, but I wanted to have a few fall back recipes in case there weren't enough leftovers.

Tuna and Avocado Wraps

Be sure to check out my facebook page for meal photos.  :)

Linking back to Organizing Junkie

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Gratitude Sunday

I hope everyone had a great week.  Here's some gratitude for you. ;)

  1. That view from my back porch that made this photo possible.
  2. Corn mazes that are acres big, and the energy of my kids who were able to run and run and run through them, and then ask to go again.
  3. Afternoon naps after marathon mazes.
  4. Good neighbors who are simply happy to be helpful, and the challenge of trying to give back.
  5. Great friends who seem to have exactly what you need when you need it.
  6. My dad's unending supply of juicy knowledge bits.  He really does seem to know just about everything.
  7. My mom's bargaining skills. 
  8. The kind hearts of my children, and being pleasantly surprised by their kind choices.
  9. The hubs' willingness to continue to put up with me.
  10. Crisp fall air, and pumpkin everything (yes, I'm one of those).

What are you grateful for this week?

Linking up with Taryn, over at Wooly Moss Roots 


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