Saturday, February 2, 2013

Hello Homeschool!

It has been over a year since my last blog post...I even considered deleting my blog.  However, it seemed very sad to wipe out everything that I have shared and comments from sweet readers.  So, where have I been???  Well, last year (January 2012), I entered the world of homeschooling.  Always be careful about saying, "I would never do that!"  God had different plans, and I am thankful that He did, because it has been such a wonderful blessing to my family!  Do I still craft and sew?  Yes, but not as much.  My children have grown to be a 5th grader, 2nd grader, pre-K(er), and an almost 3 year old!  Homeschooling keeps us tremendously busy...then you add in extracurricular activities and...whew!  I do try to carve out time for myself, whether it is a little soak in a hot bath or on occasion, sewing a project for the kiddos.  I really am going to attempt to be a better blogger!  Only now, I will also include things that may help other homeschooling families.  I was a kindergarten teacher for 7 years before having babies of my own, and I really feel that God used that to give me a comfort level that I needed to ease me into being a teacher again...this time to my very own children.  The thought of being completely responsible for my children's education was terrifying at first, but now, it seems like the most natural thing in the world!

I'll close this post with a few pictures to share our homeschool area and my kids in well as a picture to show my latest sewing project.  :)  Please excuse the blurry photos!  They were all taken with my phone... I must get back into the swing of things!!!

Sombrero Cookies for Spanish class! 

I highly recommend BJU Press Spanish Kit A for elementary kids.  It is so much fun for all of us!  Kit A only concentrates on speaking and understanding Spanish.  The kids sing songs, memorize Bible verses in Spanish, and learn so many fun and interesting facts about Spanish speaking countries.  It is so much better than any Spanish class I ever had!  Kit A can last 3 years, so it is worth the money.  Kit B is also available and meant for older elementary children that have completed Kit A.  It focuses on writing and reading in Spanish.  My 5th grader is enjoying Kit A with the rest of us, and it does give suggestions on things to do with an older student.

My little preschool group!  


I'm VERY glad we replaced the dining room table with a sturdy, play-doh safe table!


Baby Girl Loves!!! 

 2nd Grader hard at work!


5th Grader...posing!  :)


100th Day of School

Earlier this week, we celebrated the 100th Day of School!!!  Woohoo!!!  We did many activities, but they really enjoyed working together to color a 100" Inchworm.

Lastest Sewing Projects...

This is my first attempt at a soft sculpture baby.  I used the Dinky Baby pattern, and it was a lot of fun to make.  The dolly diaper bag was sewn up on Christmas Eve (nothing like the last minute!), and I stuffed it full of goodies that every little mommy needs to take care of her new baby.
Well, that is just a smidge of what we have been up to!  I will continue to share project that hopefully inspire my crafty readers, but I hope to share ideas with fellow homeschoolers as well!  :)

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