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5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials ~ Quiet Time with God

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HE lead me into homeschooling…and HE will continue to lead me on this journey with my family! To think that I could homeschool without my quiet time with HIM each day, would be a joke. Just as a gas tank in my truck needs to be filled, so does my faith tank within me. My coffee gives me a caffeine boost in the morning, but I have learned that I need something more than that.

 Everyday I get up and I start my coffee. After the coffee has begun I take the time to read from my Jesus Calling Devotional written by Sarah Young. I love this book…it takes the Word and makes it real. I love it so much that Ray Ray got his own Jesus Calling Bible Story Book for Christmas (Little Miss loves to sit in on the readings too). I was lucky enough to win a Jesus Calling for Kids Devotional for Moe Man. It is the same topic as mine, but easier for kids to read. Our school day starts after I have my time with God and the kids have theirs. I notice when we skip this step of the day…it doesn't work right…trust me!

 

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After a good start to the morning we are able to continue on with our day. We don't just  stop our time with God after Devotionals are done. I have put Bible verses up throughout the house. Taking a few minutes whenever you see the verse is a perfect way for us to refill throughout the day. I love watching Ray Ray as he looks at a verse and sounds out the different sounds to see if he can make out the words. What better way to learn how to read?!

We are a Catholic family. We are learning the Rosary together and we have just started learning about the Saints of the day. We are using My Journal of Saints from Heather over at Upside Down Homeschooling. The kids love doing this, and I love that I am able to easily teach them more about our faith.

 

I want my kids to have God's Word hidden in my heart. The best way to do that is to have them memorize the bible. Ray Ray is working on shorter verses that go with the letter we are working on for the week. Of course Little Miss has to do what he is, so she is learning them slowly as well. I have started a new program with Moe Man this week. We are working together to memorize The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). We are using an awesome program from Kimberly at Brookdale House (watch for a review coming). It is so nice to quiz each other throughout the day and help bring us back into focus that way.

I love the homeschooling journey that HE has lead us on. I couldn't imagine it any other way. I also can not imagine a day without some refueling from HIM also. This is my number one essential when it comes to homeschooling. I could say it was the curriculum or any of the "things" but without HIM and HIS Word, I would have nothing. And having the kids home full time has actually brought me closer to HIM in the last year. 

Did you guess my number one? What are your essentials for homeschooling? I would love to hear. Leave me a comment below.

 

Now you have read all of my essentials, go and check out these lovely ladies and what they need to have for their homeschools.

 

Jennifer @ Royal Little Lambs Let Go

Sarah @  My Joy-Filled Life A HUGE List of Christian Resources for the Whole Family

Debbie @ Debbie’s Homeschool Corner

Lisa Marie @ The Canadian Homeschooler Never stop learning

Laura @ Four Little Pengins Essentials for Kids

Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses Mother Culture – Time Out

Dinah @ The Traveling Classroom Teacher Friends

Dawn @ Guiding Light Homeschool

Erin @ Water on the Floor  Successful Homeschool Days Require a Housekeeping Plan

 

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5 Days of Homeschool Essentials ~ Support

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Support. What does that word mean to you? I hear support and I instantly think of my husband.

Without him, I would not be able to homeschool or blog! He is what makes this all possible! I am able to work on lesson plans or anything else (like some mommy alone time) with his help and support with the kids. when it comes to homeschooling, support from your spouse is very much needed!

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Now, my hubby isn't the only one who gives me support. I have had support from my whole extended family. When the hubby is on the road driving truck, I am able to lean on anyone else. I can still find a way to make it to the store by myself, or even just sit and clean the house by myself! Knowing that others are on my side make it so much more fun to spend the time with the kids and teach them their school lessons. 

So, my hubby and my family, they are awesome support systems. But a homeschool mom needs more than just that at times. She needs other homeschool moms. When you are new to homeschooling, there are so many questions. Where do you start, what do you need to do and how do you do it? Other moms who have been there and done that. I started by looking to homeschool mom bloggers. I loved reading their stories and I wanted to just keep track of mine. 

After a year of blogging, I have found many new homeschool mom friends. They are my "in the computer" friends…but they have answered so many questions that I have had and supported me when I didn't know what I was doing. Finding support through different Facebook groups and than branching out from there. It is funny at times to look back a year and see all that has changed in our lives. 

Without the support of my husband, family, friends and homeschool mom friends, I would not be able to continue doing what I do every day. That is why I feel that support is one of the five essentials of homeschooling. It is not a physical object, or place you can go…you can reach out and hold it…but you can feel it and it is needed!

I hope all you homeschoolers out there have found some support to help you on your way. Where did you find yours at? Do you agree that support is just as important for homeschooling as curriculum?

Have you been following along with these other lovely ladies? I sure hope so! They have some wonderful essentials listed as well!

Jennifer @ Royal Little Lambs  Supplies

Sarah @ My Joy-Filled Life Books Every Family Should Own

Debbie @ Debbie’s Homeschool Corner  Books!

Lisa Marie @ The Canadian Homeschooler  Have a Plan

Laura @ Four Little Penguins  Non-Essential Essentials

Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses <a data-cke-saved-href=" http://everybedofroses.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/support-network-homeschooling-essentials.html target=" href=" http://everybedofroses.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/support-network-homeschooling-essentials.html target=" _blank"=""> Support Network Dinah @ The Traveling Classroom

Dawn @ Guiding Light Homeschool

Erin @ Water on the Floor Successful Homeschool Days Require Prepping Schoolwork

 

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Tomorrow is the big day…my number 1 homeschool essential…what do you think it is?? Check on back and find out!! 

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5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials ~ The Library

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The public library. What better place is there for homeschool families? Do you understand how much money you save by borrowing books when you need them versus if you had to buy all those wonderful books that you use for a few weeks? Our library is wonderful! I couldn't ask for a better library! I wasn't homeschooled, but I grew up at the library. I love the librarians and they know our family. In fact, one of them has been working there since I was little. Having a librarian who knows your name and your children's names makes it so much more fun to go there.

 

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We go to the library every week. In fact, today (Wednesday) is our library day. We start the morning out by going to the preschool story time. Moe Man is able to sit in and read his book, or work on a project while the littles sit and listen to the story. Than we all work on a group project together. It is nice to have open "arms" to the older homeschool kids when going to something like this.

After we have some fun, we walk the hallway over to the library. Return our books, hopefully before they are late, and the adventure begins. We are able to play on the kid computer for a while, sit down with books and pick out our new books. 

 

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Our library was recently remodeled. I LOVE how it is set up now with smaller shelves for the kids books and an open design that welcomes us in. Normally we are not yelled at for being too loud, but I have found that there are better times to go with the kids (after story time is that time!). I am able to look at my books, and still see the kids and what they are doing. This makes for a more enjoyable visit for everyone.

 

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We are also able to request books with an interlibrary loan. This makes it more convenient for me. After I plan out the school week and see what I need for books, I hop online and put in my requests. I have it set up so I get emails as to when the books arrive. Usually within a day or two. I love being able to walk over and grab a pile of books and go back to spending time with the kids instead of searching for the books I want/need.

The library holds so much fun and adventures. When we do our Five in a Row books, I am able to find them at the library (although I like to add them to our wish list after). When we do a unit study, I can find a huge supply of any books I want and pick and choose. 

 

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And the fun doesn't stop when the summer months arrive. We have a fun reading program over the summer. Each year is different and changes based on the ages. There is something new each week to make the kids want to come back again and again. They give out prizes and reward the kids for a job well done.

I love my library. I couldn't homeschool without it. I would be so lost. They have helped me open doors for my kids and show them the love of reading as I have. I would not change my library for anything!

Do you have a good library near you? What are some fun things you have done at your library?

Are you following along with me and my 5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials? Have you checked out any of these other ladies yet? I have been! 

Jennifer @ Royal Little Lambs Know Your Enemy

Sarah @ My Joy-Filled Life 5 Homeschool Supplies I Can’t Live Without

Debbie @  Debbie’s Homeschool Corner Fun With Hands-On Science

Lisa Marie @ The Canadian Homeschooler Find Support

Laura @ Four Little Pengins Essential Tools

Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses Homeschool 4 FREE Resource Lists

Dinah @ The Traveling Classroom Family Friendly Field Trips

Dawn @ Guiding Light Homeschool Hands-On!

Erin @ Water on the Floor Successful Homeschool Days Require Meal Planning

 

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I can't wait to tell you more tomorrow. We are getting closer to my main essential on Friday. I can't wait to share it with you!

 

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5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials ~ Internet and Pinterest

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Day 2 of 5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials includes my Internet and Pinterest. Where in the world would I be without these wonderful addictions?!? These two resources are truly essentials in our homeschool. I use them both daily!

First the Internet. I don't think I could homeschool without the internet. First of all when I needed to get started with homeschooling in in a short amount of time, Easy Peasy was there for me. If you have ever thought you couldn't homeschool, you have never looked at Easy Peasy. Lee has done it all for you and I love it!

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Over the last year of homeschooling we have tried and used many other online homeschool websites like Time4learningTime4writing, K5Learning, and currently we are exploring Science4Us and Mango Languages (watch for reviews coming for these two) and of course Google for finding more resources. There is such a wealth of knowledge out there and the internet brings it right into your home for you.

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To go along with the internet, is Pinterest. I found this site by accident and haven't turned back since! When I first started to homeschool I was keeping one board with everything on it. It was my homeschool/worksheets board. I am slowly starting to clean and sort this board out among my many other boards. Once you actually start looking on here, you can find ANYTHING!!

After being overwhelmed by the resources I could find on Pinterest, I decided I needed a different board for each different subject and grade level…Now I have boards for ABCs, Astronomy, Books, Five in a Row, Geography, Lapbooks, Math and so on. You are more than welcome to go and check out my boards and follow along if you would want more ideas!

I have found out that I need to limit my Pinterest time to when the kids are in bed, and I have to go there with an idea in mind…no aimless wondering around the site. Have you ever been in a bookstore and than you realize you have just spent 2+ hours and you are only half way through the store? Yeah, that is what Pinterest is like if your not careful. But used in the right way, Pinterest is one of my favorite essentials when it comes to finding resources or extras for the different subjects we are learning about in our homeschool.

Tell me that you feel the same way about the internet and Pinterest! What are some of your favorite websites that help out with your homeschooling adventure? Do you have any good Pinterest boards you think I should follow? What are they?

Please don't forget to head over and see what these other lovely ladies are writing about this week! 

 

Jennifer @ Royal Little Lambs Know Yourself

Sarah @ My Joy-Filled Life 12 Must-Have Books for Homeschool Moms

Debbie @ Debbie’s Homeschool Corner Fun!

Lisa Marie @ The Canadian Homeschooler Understand The Rules

Laura @ Four Little Pengins Community

Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses Magnetic Book Marks

Dinah @ The Traveling Classroom

Dawn @ Guiding Light Homeschool Essential Skills to Getting a Job

Erin @ Water on the Floor Individual Learning vs. Group Learning

 

 

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Two days down…three more to go. I hope to see you again tomorrow! Here's a hint about my esstential for tomorrow…it is not in my house and we get to leave for this one! The kids love it and I enjoy it also.

 

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5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials ~ Daily Planners

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Today is the first day of my first 5 Day Series: 5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials. I am going to go backwards down my list and start with an essential, but it is not the most important one. You will have to keep checking back all week and see what I am going to be sharing.

Today I want to share with you about planners.  Yes something I could not live without in the house during homeschooling. Planners come in all shapes and sizes. You can get the pen and paper kind or go all high tech and get a digital format. You can have multiple planners for multiple kids,  or one planner that works for multiple kids. If you can dream it in planners you can find it!

I have done both when it comes to planners. I still don't know what I truly like yet. I fell in love with Jolanthe's digital planner when I started homeschool with just Ray Ray and than added Moe Man into the day. I love that it is just one type-able PDF that can be used over and over for multiple kids.

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Another digital planner would be the wonderful customizable planner from The Old Schoolhouse and Schoolhouseteachers.com. I told you about them in my review of the Schoolhouseteachers.com. This planner is another type-able PDF that allows you to type in your plans than print them out as you wish. 

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This year I am trying out the Well Planned Day planner in print format. Both me and Moe Man have our own copies. I of course, have the family homeschool planner that works for multiple kids and Moe Man has the fun tech design student planner. He loves being in charge of his own assignments and I love that he is being responsible for himself.

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Now finding a planner and using a planner are two different things. You can plan the whole year out, go semester by semester, month by month, or by the week. I started with planning a whole semester.  Not bad. However, in our house things change…a lot!  With Daddy driving truck, we take time off when he is able to get home. I am thankful for white-out, let's just say that!

My learning mistake of filling out the planner that far ahead is over, and I am now working on a week by week plan. I am able to sit down and fill out the weeks worth of work for both boys and throw in a few fun things for Little Miss. Than I can easily print what is needed for the week, bookmark the webpages we will need and request the books from the library. As we sit down each morning, I can tell Moe Man what he has to do and he is able to copy that over to his planner. This than helps him to do what he needs while I help the littles get their start on the day.

Planners…what fun! Yes, they are an essential in my homeschool. Are they an essential in yours? What do you use? How does that work? I would love to hear. Leave me a comment below!

Are you enjoying this series so far? There are a lot more of us writing about our Homeschooling Essentials this week. Click the big picture above, or check out any of these ladies here:

Jennifer @  Royal Little Lambs Planning

Sarah @  My Joy-Filled Life Our 2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Debbie @ Debbie’s Homeschool Corner A Plan!

Lisa Marie @The Canadian Homeschooler Know the Reason Why

Laura @ Four Little Pengins Seeing Your Vision

Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses Stationary

Dinah @ The Traveling Classroom Ten reasons why food is important in our homeschooling

Dawn @ Guiding Light Homeschool The *MOST IMPORTANT* Thing in Our Homeschool

Erin @ Water on the Floor New Year, New Curriculum

 

I am having so much fun as I write these! I hope you will stop by tomorrow to see what my next homeschooling essential is!

 

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