Living in Vermont the winter seems to be almost half the year. So when the weather lightens up a bit we need to take advantage of it. What do we consider lightening up? Anything above freezing. This week we have been blessed to have the temperature be above 35 degrees almost every day! Some days it was even raining. Really, raining in the winter here is crazy. Typically this time of year we are shoveling ourselves out of mountains of snow. So, with there not being much snow on the ground we are taking to the great outdoors. It is time to enjoy an amazing break in the long dreariness of winter and soak in some much-needed sunlight. When people think of Vermont […]
At this time of year, everyone is starting to think about what they are thankful for. There are so many things to praise God for, but a big one for our family is homeschooling. We are so blessed to be able to homeschool in this country. Even with all the busyness of the day-to-day lessons, planning, cleaning and chaos that goes with homeschooling, we have so much to be thankful for. Homeschooling is a LOT of work, but so worth it. There are days I wonder what it would be like to send all my kiddos on the yellow bus and have the day to actually do what I want to do for a change. Other days, I love teaching but feel like […]
Let me start by saying that I am by no way a decorator. I don’t even have the decorating itch or gift at all. It just isn’t my thing. So when I say that I have found something to help decorate, you know it has to be easy or I wouldn’t even be talking about it. So if you are like me and just don’t like decorating or if you are like a lot of my friends and have the decorating gift, this post will help you. I was lucky enough to be approached to review the company Canvas Factory. They gave me a coupon code to “purchase” one of their products(for free) and share with you all about them. Whenever anyone says the […]
Today is another exciting day here at Faithfilled Chaos. Not only am I bringing you another FREE printable, but today is also the first day of the Homeschool Days Blog Hop. Each month on the third Wednesday, myself and several other great homeschool bloggers will be linking up some awesome posts to share with you. I hope after you are done reading my post that you will take the time to explore what these other bloggers have to offer. Now onto the Project I remember from when I was in school, public school, that every year we would do lots of projects centered around the upcoming holidays. I loved doing that and have always wanted to bring that fun into our homeschool. Homeschooling however, is […]
Christmas is over, and the New Year has hit. During our break from school and work, we had a great time visiting with family and friends. Lots of mindless TV was watched, yummy food devoured, and just some good old family fun time was had. It was so nice to not have to think about what we had to do each day, and just relax. However, as vacations go, they inevitably come to an end. That jolt into reality can be hard, and this jolt was no exception. We got back from visiting family out-of-state on Friday and had the weekend to prepare for reality to set back in. The reality of work, school, activities, and schedules. We did good at making sure the house […]
School amidst all the chaos of the Christmas season is challenging to say the least. The kids nor I really want to be focusing on school. Our minds are on happy things like Christmas lights, sledding, hot chocolate, wrapping presents, and just being cozy in our little house. But, school still needs to get done. So how do we manage the wandering minds of adults and children alike, and still focus on our job of homeschooling?
Let’s face it. Homeschooling takes planning. Yeah, we can get some school work done each day without much planning, depending on which curriculum we choose. However, taking the time to plan out our lessons, makes the school day go by so much smoother. I want to share with you some of my tips to get those lessons planned out, ahead of time.
As a Homeschooling Mom with very busy, active kids, I do not have much time to menu plan. I have, in the past, sat down for hours putting a week’s worth of meal plans together. I would go through my cabinets to find out what we have, pull out our recipe books and pick which meals we could eat with what we have, write out a shopping list of what I would need to buy, pull out coupons to match and then finally go shopping. It really did take hours and hours, with most weeks at about 4 hours per week’s worth of groceries. I decided about a year ago, enough was enough. Something had to give.
The strangest, coolest, most awesome experience happened to us, the boys and I, around mid December. Something that gave us learning and enjoyment, in the most unexpected way. We had not started school yet. In fact, I was still in my pjs and bathrobe, on my computer preparing for our school day. I hear from downstairs “Mom, come quick!”. I rush down the stairs to get the story quickly retold by two kids at once.
Scheduling is a hard topic for me, since I really do not like schedules very much. I would rather go with the flow and see where things lead, but I know that does not work for us as a family. When I do this, the housework doesn’t get done and school takes a back burner to my desires at the time. To keep from letting things slip, we have to have some sort of schedule. Not so much a schedule, but a routine.