Monthly Archives: July 2008

Homeschooling “real school” earlier and earlier?

I have seen a trend  of starting school earlier and earlier. At first I thought it was everywhere, but slowly began to realize that it was not everywhere, it was mainly among homeschoolers. I hear pretty much everyday about someone buying workbooks for their 2.5 year old. Some mothers fretting because their 4 year old  does not know how to write his name, cannot recite all the alphabet and does not color in the lines yet. 
<p> I was  a early reader,  I started first grade at 5, but not everyone is ready for that. I watch these little children being forced into a mold of overachieving, mostly because  their parents feel it is fun, it  is a good reflection on them as parents and if they do it, why not try? Then we see the struggles with reading, the people who are suddenly not normal because they are starting first grade at age 6. I was 5 in first grade, but I was 10 in 4th grade.  I was not behind at all, but some people would probably say I was now.
<p> I am just wondering if we are really doing what is best for our children when we push them too fast, and too soon. Do we cause more problems?  <p> I love the first stages of school when they are are just starting and love it.  But  there are children who cannot handle 8 subjects in one day of school at age 5 or 6! Does this put them in a spot where they are abnormal and not as smart as other children?
I think not, but I may be a minority! <p> I want my children to be smart,  it may mean though that I will have to re-adjust my expectations and allow them to work at a slower pace at times than some children.

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Giveaway- Bic’s Baptism by Miss Robin

I am giving away a copy of this book which I reviewed earlier this month.
I am re-posting the review for you!
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Bic’s Baptism
By  Miss Robin
Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko<p>

This little book is a short story that talks about the details of baptism in a simple, easy to understand way for young Christians. It is written for ages 4-8 and has color pictures on every page. Bic has become a Christian and when he is at church, he witnesses a baptism. It starts him asking questions, he wonders what was in the water and  thinks about how he should be baptized.  He feels very nervous about it and listens to more sermons on baptism, which  he is glad to learn that baptism does not save him, so maybe he does not have to do it. He learns though the reason for baptism and the symbols behind it, but he still feels nervous. He was afraid the pastor might drop him and gets more nervous. He wisely seeks out an older person to talk to about his fears, where he encourages him and prays with him. God helps Bic and he is able to be baptized. <p>
This short story is a great way to explain to children the symbolism of baptism, how o conquer fear of things and learning to follow the Lord. It would be a fun lesson to do in a Sunday school class or in your own home classroom. (It details baptism by immersion) <p>
It is available from Little Light Press www.littlelightpress.com
It is 32 pages long, color pictures in an easy to read style, and retails for $12.95<p>
To enter to win this book, please leave a comment saying  how you teach your children about things like baptism. Please a leave an email address to contact you by or the entry will be deleted!
<p> You can see many more giveaways here at Bloggy Giveaways

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Tagged…

I was tagged by Tanya
Here are the rules:
1) Link to the person who tagged me.
2) Mention the rules.
3) Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about myself.
4) Tag 6 other blogger´s by linking to them.
5) Go to each person’s blog and leave a comment that lets them know they’ve been tagged.

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Well, I am not very good at these things, so we will see how I do!

  1. I like to read cookbooks
  2. I enjoy spraying perfume on myself to try out the scents…I used to drive my sister crazy because I would spray it on her too. Now I do it to my boys, they do not appreciate it!
  3. I used to work at a library
  4. I listen to adventures in oddessy still and enjoy it
  5. I lived without electricity, running water etc and survived..
  6. Can’t think of the last one…

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4 years old…


Isn’t he a cute little guy? We had alot of fun this weekend, spending time together.
I discovered that even when you are with him  all the time, that he still managed to get into something that
he was not supposed to. He was there, I glanced away and he was gone. One time it was Carmex in the bathroom and the other time it was glue. He thought he would fix his broken toy and instead worked on gluing some blocks together!
<p> The rest of the boys and my husband went camping  on Friday and Saturday,  so we relaxed, went to stores to find just the right candy and stuff for his friends to do at his little toddler birthday party. It was very nice! We had a cake covered in candy orange slices, gummy worms, and peach rings with rainbow sherbet. <p> He was very specific about what he wanted and he wanted a cake with lots of colors, but especially orange. It is his favorite color! He was thrilled! We played with playdough, we beuilt block towers and knocked them down and just had a great time!
<p> I cannot believe he is four already! <p>
Books I read this week:
Orchid House by Cindy Martinusen 330 pages
Just Jane by Nancy Moser 367 pages
Never marry a ranger by Roberta McDonnell 259 pages (Old book from the library, true story by a forest rangers wife)
Finding Stephanie by Susan Warren
I did not get alot of reading done, too much other stuff to do.

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My week was off with a bang…

on Sunday when not only did  we fill the house with gas fume and have to leave for an hour or so, but then I almost lit the kitchen on fire too later that same day. Do you think I am not quite here all the way? I should be sleeping now, but I wake up with grand plans of how I want to organize and then look at the mess and feel so overwhelmed. There are boxes still in the basement that have not been unpacked as we need to figure out furniture and shelves, organizing and money we want to spend. I spent a bunch of money on school books, I bought WriteShop Primary for the boys, Easy grammar/Daily Grams, Handwriting without tears, Spelling Workout, Math U see, (except for P. who is BJU) and I have some fun history reading guidelines for books to read,  the only one I am not certain about it science and geography. Anyhow, I also got some fun schoolbooks to review so you will hearing about those too. Hopefully we can get it all done, I have to make up a functional lesson plan somehow. <p> So, grocery shopping was rushed this morning, we had a bunch of near incidents  and went to scrapbook and I was too wound up to relax to scrapbook. So, I drank some tea, ate some cookies and thought about all I had to do! <p> I figured though I had better write my menu plan up so I feed people……
Wed: Um, salad, leftover soup, hot dogs and some weird apple and peanut butter sandwiches
Thursday: Lemon chicken, broccoli, rice and cookies
Friday: Boys gone, except for T.and I, Vegetables probably and leftovers
Saturday: Birthday for my youngest son….Chicken, salad, cake
Sunday:  Rice pilaf with meat
Monday: Stir Fry and rice
Tuesday: A big pot of soup, bread, cookies<p> We are having alot of rice this week, but we have alot of rice! I have to bake a bunch of cookies tomorrow, so hopefully things go smooth!

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Reading contest

This reading contest
is a fun one for everyone to join in. Even those who only read books to their toddlers…..she challenges us to keep track of how many pages we read, what we read and authors. I am excited as  it is fun to look back and see what you have done.  This week, amazingly, I had alot of books to read so slowly worked them in  amongst the chaos! Most of the books I read were fiction, but I re-read a book called The Family Nobody wanted by Helen Doss and was touched to no end by it. It was such a wonderful story of how God brought children into the life of a childless couple and how they were willing to give up peace and quiet  to help children no one else wanted because  of their race. Since I read several long books, I think this last week, I read about 2000 pages, I am not sure though!<p>
Here are the books I have been reading <p>
Books I have read:
A boy to Help by Mary Joyce Zimmerman- 32 pages
God loves me by Leora Zimmerman- 32 pages
Bic’s baptism-  by Miss Robin 32 pages
Read to your bunny- 10 pages
Santa Fe Girl- Gilbert Morris- 450 pages
A mile in my flipflops- by Melody Carlson 330 pages
A Man for Temperance by Gilbert Morris 331 pages
Someday- by Karen Kingsbury 323 pages
The Moon in the Mango tree by Pamela Ewen 470 pages (This was classified as fiction, but was actually based on a true story of the authors grandmother. You can tell the difference when you read it)
Get Cozy, Josey by Susan May Warren 344 pages
The Family Nobody wanted by Helen Doss 274 pages.
Wow, that is a grand total of 2628 pages….
I will probably just add what I have read and the total at the bottom of my posts.

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Budget food shopping-1970’s

I like older cookbooks, they are fun to look at and read. 1970 was not that long ago, yet I am surprised at home much our foods we eat have changed. I often wonder  if so many people’s issues with food allergies and other issues which seem to be much more rare just 20-30 years ago, would go away if we went back to  no fast food, simple food without as many preservatives etc.

Anyhow, in this Family Circle Illustrated Library of cooking Volume 3, is a section on how to save money! Many of the tips are great still for now, but some I found interesting in how far we have come.

Give all dairy foods good care at home. This means keeping milk, butter or margarine and cheese tightly covered or wrapped and chilled. Another reminder:To enjoy these products at peak flavor, buy often and only what you can use within a few days.”

“If you shop only once a week, avoid waste by using up fresh produce and other perishables first. Rely on canned and frozen foods to carry you through the latter part of the week”

Buy according to your storage space. Family size bags  of frozen foods, are economical, but do not hold well in a ice cube compartment of a refrigerator”

Considerable savings are possible on fresh  fruits and vegetables. Asparagus on special may be .23 cent per pound, while in comparable supermarkets the price is .59 cents per pound!”

I bought this cookbook awhile ago, it was weird the memory that surged through me when I read a recipe I wrote in the front of the cookbook, isn’t it weird how certain sights trigger a feeling. We were staying in a basement apt. with my MIL and FIL and it was very hard. I was very pregnant with my second son and had a busy, very busy 2 year old. My MIL likes things almost silent. If you scraped a chair noisily or clanked your dish, she would say “Shhh, the lady upstairs will hear you!” She was convinced the lady upstairs was very mean and would be upset if there was the tiniest noise as she had newspaper on her windows. I managed to survive though, and escaped before my baby was born as I had nightmares of what would happen if I happened to go into labor there.

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It has been a interesting day….

Do you ever have a day where you want to just crawl back into bed? Well, today was one of those. It started out okay, it was quiet, things were peaceful and I had grand plans of  doing some organizing. Well,  the two older boys and my husband went off to work for the day. I packed them a ice chest full of food to eat while they were working  and I started on my work. Soon the next two children were awake, and hungry. I fixed them breakfast, they wanted to be read to, so we read a couple books, they ate and  then I went to try to get back to work. It seemed like though every few minutes, they were either in trouble or quiet so I had to check on what they were doing.  As soon as i got busy, they were busy trying to not do what they were supposed to be doing.  Anyhow, they are in bed, not asleep, but I do not really feel like spending much time with them right now. I  do not feel very well, probably from eating dark chocolate in the middle of the day without any protein and eating eggs despite the fact they make me feel ill. <p> Anyhow,  we had pigs in a blanket for dinner, well, they all did. i had a whole wheat biscuit and a big salad. i made the biscuit dough in my food processor as it is almost as simple as using already made biscuit dough, except you have to wash the container. It is super easy! They turned out flaky, the boys liked them and that is what counts, right?
Tomorrow is another day and hopefully we can do much, much better, here is hoping! <p> We did get our new refridgerator drawer today. When we bought our new fridge, one of the drawers was cracked, so hopefully this one holds up better! I think I will take a shower and crawl in bed myself.

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Discount schoolbooks

Are you looking for  a good all around source for schoolbooks this year? Check out Discount Homeschool Books
http://www.dhss.com
<p> She is having a sale this week, July 15th-22nd, with free shipping on orders over $25. It is nice to support a homeschool family too! She also has some great specials on things too. I am thinking about getting this Young Mans Handbook with a free fishing set<p> Check out all the sales by clicking on the link above!

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Book Review: Bic’s Baptism

Bic’s Baptism
By  Miss Robin
Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko<p>

This little book is a short story that talks about the details of baptism in a simple, easy to understand way for young Christians. It is written for ages 4-8 and has color pictures on every page. Bic has become a Christian and when he is at church, he witnesses a baptism. It starts him asking questions, he wonders what was in the water and  thinks about how he should be baptized.  He feels very nervous about it and listens to more sermons on baptism, which  he is glad to learn that baptism does not save him, so maybe he does not have to do it. He learns though the reason for baptism and the symbols behind it, but he still feels nervous. He was afraid the pastor might drop him and gets more nervous. He wisely seeks out an older person to talk to about his fears, where he encourages him and prays with him. God helps Bic and he is able to be baptized. <p>
This short story is a great way to explain to children the symbolism of baptism, how o conquer fear of things and learning to follow the Lord. It would be a fun lesson to do in a Sunday school class or in your own home classroom. (It details baptism by immersion) <p>
It is available from Little Light Press www.littlelightpress.com
It is 32 pages long, color pictures in an easy to read style, and retails for $12.95

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