Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Do you Celebrate Halloween with Your Children?

I can honestly say that the Lord has dealt with me strongly on this topic over the past few years.  We didn't see it as a problem to dress up and get candy.  If we kept the evil out of it, it's okay, right?  Well, every family is different, this I know.

As a Christian family, we have explained that Halloween in general can be viewed as an evil day and shouldn't be celebrated in some cases, but we do alternatives.  I don't see anything wrong with dressing up in cute costumes and getting candy, just not door to door.  Instead, we do family-friendly costume and trick or treating events like at the library, etc.  Even churches have fun alternatives like "Trunk or Treat."  We also don't mind carving pumpkins, but lately we have been decorating them instead with markers, glitter, etc. Will my girls be dressing up and going out tonight?  No, we will be having a family pizza and movie night.  They are allowed to dress up in a costume that they already have in their dress up boxes.  We will do a candy hunt in the backyard etc.  There have been times that we handed out children Bible tracks with candy to the neighborhood kids as to be a light, but this year, we just want to sit in.  We will do that next year.

The last time we went out trick or treating at night was two years ago.  When scary and evil costumes appeared, my girls cried and said, "this isn't right, God doesn't like this night."  Talk about a humbling experience for me.  Now, I am not saying that because your family goes trick or treating this is wrong, every family has their own beliefs and that's awesome.  God deals with every Christian family differently on this topic and this just happens to be ours.

What do you and your family do?  Are you absolutely against Halloween or for it?  I look forward to hearing from all of you.

Many Blessings!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Unit Studies, Lapbooks, and Libraries, Oh My!

In my last post I know I was in the valley of homeschooling.  I said that I was on the verge of giving up and just felt completely lost at what to do.  I realized the problem was me.  The Lord has given me a revelation that I most definitely needed.

As a former teacher, I have been stuck in my ways with solid routines and lesson plans.  Boy, as a homeschooling family, this has been a tough thing to break.  Okay, I am one tough nut to crack when it comes to this stuff.  I am one to be super organized and have a plan set in place, and if it's broken, I go crazy.  So, you kind of can see what has happened to me with three girls at different stages of development.  Things weren't going the way I had "planned."  I guess you can say the whole thing kind of blew up in my face.  Hec, if I want my girls to have this, I should just send them to school right?  I mean, a part of homeschooling is having flexibility and learning how to roll with the punches.  Don't get me wrong, having some sort of routine and plans are good to have to keep your kids accountable, this is very important, but being willing to allow flexibility, well that is key!

I have researched hi and low and received endless encouragement from fellow homeschoolers and here is what I found will work for us: Unit Studies, Lapbooks, and frequent visits to the library! Oh yeah!  I am all for that!  This has been working awesome.  I will now just be using A Beka as a supplement two days a week.  Here is what I came up with for our new schedule:

Unit Study Mondays
A Beka Tuesdays
Homeschool Connections Wednesdays
Library and Lapbook Thursdays
A Beka Fridays

Next year, we will  be switching over to Heart of Dakota.  This was another revelation the Lord gave me thanks to a homeschooling acquaintance.  God is so good! My brain is clear and I see my girls starting to shine and be happy again.  Behavior issues can stem from curriculum not working.  Well, this I have discovered.  I am willing to make this work and not give up on my girls! I know there will be days where there will still be challenges, but I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

We are thrilled at the variety of Unit Studies and Lapbooks available!  The girls are excited about weekly visits to the library again.  Joy is returning! Praise the Lord!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Time to Revamp our Homeschool

Well, yet again it has been quite a while since I have posted here on my personal homeschooling blog.  It's hard keeping a balance sometimes and some days more than others.

I have hit a "home educators" wall so to speak.  This past week (on our family northern adventures trip) I had a mommy meltdown. I almost gave up on our homeschooling completely.  The enemy just kept whispering things to me that made me feel defeated like: "I'm failing my kids" or "I am better off sending them to school." 

It's all been an issue of behaviors due to age gaps of 9,6, and 3.  A Beka curriculum was perfect for us last year, but now with two out of three using the curriculum it's been quite hairy.  As a former early childhood teacher I thrive on schedules and lesson plans.  Yeah, this isn't working in our homeschool.  There is definite routines and plans in our homeschool, but I need to revamp and really pray and search out another alternative that will work for my girls.

In my situation it was suggested to try multi-age unit studies.  I have been searching high and low which method would work for us.  I just need a supernatural peace and strength to not give up.  I know that the Lord has called me into this so he will carry us through.  I have added a Biblical character training to the mix.  Behavior struggles have surfaced I believe because A Beka is not really working for us or them for that matter.  I guess I stuck with it because I am familiar with it.  I used it in the private school system.  Doesn't really seem to work for homeschooling, at least our homeschool anyway.

I personally need to learn how to let go of all of those rigid lesson plans as it's all I know being a former early childhood educator.  Have a plan yes, but being flexible, yeah that's a struggle.  I'm trusting that the Lord will bring me to a point that I can just relax.  This I do not know how to do.

Hopefully, I can post once a week like I originally intended.  This is a place for me to just really lay out my feelings and seek encouragement etc.

Many Blessings!

Lindsey Clair
Blessed to be a wife and mom

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