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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Peek Inside!

Welcome to a day in the Crunchy Household. I wanted to find a way to allow you to have a peek into a 'typical' day of learning in our house. A think a picture journal is the best way. We don't follow a super strict schedule, but rather we have a rhythm that has kinda developed over the past year that really works for us. I hope you enjoy!




We try to start our learning around 9 am. Daddy leaves the house at 8:30 and that gives us time to get ready and complete morning chores. We always start with Bible time and prayer. Lately, we have been using Grapevine (review coming). We love learning about the Bible together. Popper has been reading our daily lessons and then we complete the timeline and stick people pictures together. Brother Bear loves to add to his drawings while Popper reads.





Next, we work on math. Popper is using Math-U-See (another upcoming review). It is very hands-on. He loves doing math now. Brother Bear has Count and Color for Boys and Sister has Kitty Doodle Math. Both of these book are journals made by Sarah's children over at The Thinking Tree. They love that they get to be involved more with learning numbers!





From there, it's Dyslexia Games time. I cannot express how much this has helped my right-brained-boys! Not only do they love working on it, they are learning letters, numbers, and Popper's reading has improved so much! Sister has decided that she wanted to join in. Thankfully, I have the PDF and was able to print her off pages of her own.




We are starting a listening time where we either listen to an audio book or classical music. I allow them to play in kinetic sand or Play-Doh during this time. This is quickly becoming my favorite part of my day. We are finding that there are some great classical artists that we love. Our newest favorite is Lindsey Stirling! 




After our group learning, the kiddos have independent learning time. This is delight-directed time. Popper loves Word Hunts from The Thinking Tree. He also enjoys listening and reading stories on the EPIC app. His interests this year have included Egypt, space, origami, pop-up books, and more! I love watching him learning to love learning!




Brother Bear has special time with me in the afternoons working through 'Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Steps.' We enjoy the cuddle time! He also enjoys building with his blocks, drawing, and watching educational shows. He is the hardest one to get pictures of. He loves to explore and he is very good at hiding from my camera!




Sister has a lot of different things that she enjoys and she loves to pose for the camera! She likes to draw, do puzzles and play learning games on Nick Jr. She also is my big helper in the kitchen at lunch and snack time. She has learned to sort and count all while making lunch plates!

This is a 'typical' day in our world. Some days the learning continues outside in the afternoons, some days we continue looking through the microscope until bedtime. My favorite part about our days is that learning is a natural part of our lives. We are learning to love learning as a family. I think that is the most important part!


A Day in Our Homeschool




I am also linking up with Linda at Homeschooling 6!




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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Discernment.

I ran across this quote and it really caused me to stop and think. 
I thought that I'd share it with you and allow you.



Sunday, February 14, 2016

My Midnights With Jesus-Psalm 37:4


This week really got to me. I have taken to starting at the beginning of the chapter of Psalm that we are looking at and reading through until the Lord stops me. This week it was right on our verse for the week. Psalm 105:4 My Bible is the Modern English Version. The words of this verse jumped off the page at me! 

I have been dealing with depression and breaking free from it. You can read more about that here. This verse was so incredibly eye opening in this process. 

"Seek the Lord and His strength;
seek His presence continuously."

It was like God highlighted this verse for me. It was like He handed me the key to unlock the chains of depression that had been holding me down: Seek His presence continuously!

Now I just need to figure out how to do that. Verses 1-3 tell me just how to do that. 
Verse 1: "Give thanks unto the Lord."  If I am looking for reasons to be thankful, I don't have time to worry about what I don't have or how things could be better.  It really helps shift my focus from my problem to my Problem Solver!

Verse 2: "Sing unto Him"  Praise is the ultimate mood shifter! I had a pastor tell me once that when life gets hard, 'Practice your praise!'  I love that thought! It's not always easy to keep that mindset, but crank up that music and sing unto Him!

Verse 3: "Glory in His name" It is the Name above every name, including, in my case, depression. I will find my freedom in His Name alone!!!

That is how verse 4 is possible. I can seek Him continuously by finding Him in the small stuff. I can make it a point to look for Him in everything. If I am actively looking for Him, seeking Him, then there isn't time for me to worry and get depressed. 

It was such a breakthrough week for me! These 4 verses have become my new life verses! I am putting this card in my kitchen where I will see it on a regular basis. I need this reminder everyday!




Each week has been better than the last. I can't wait to see what this week holds.
We will be focusing on Psalm 37:4 

"Delight yourself in the Lord;
and He shall give you the desires of your heart."



I am really enjoying this series. It is helping encourage me to seek God. Let me just tell you, God is meeting me in that time. I am hearing from Him in a real way! Please, join me. I would love to hear how God is speaking to you during this time. You can leave a comment below or, if you write a blog, link up with me at Mama's Coffee Shop Blog!

If you are just joining us for this series you can find the beginnings and printable PDFs of the verse we are using here.

I am linked up with Callie again this week over at Mama'a Coffee Shop Blog. We would be delighted for you to join us. Just click on the link below: