Homeschool Curriculum Choices: Bible

Homeschool Curriculum Choices: Bible - What we're using for our 1st and 2nd graders (plus preschooler, toddler, and two babies) @ AllOurDays.com
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I had grand plans of making this post about all of the subjects we study as a group: Bible, History, Science, Geography, and Music.

Then real life happened and there were days strung together with no time for blogging. So instead I’ll spend a few posts outlining our plans, partly to give you a glimpse into our homeschool and partly to help me get my thoughts and ideas down on “paper”.

One of my favorite things about homeschooling is being able to gather all the kids together for group learning. I love how learning together encourages family bonding and frees me from spending one-on-one time with different students all morning long.

This year, we still have only two “official” students (ages 7 and almost 6) in our homeschool, but typically everyone participates in our together subjects.

My theme for this fall is simple learning. We’ll be welcoming a new baby into the family in August (or early September) and I know from experience that if I don’t have simple goals planned for the subsequent few weeks I’ll end up behind and frustrated.

For Bible we will continue to read through Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids every day at breakfast. (I’m also enjoying the original Jesus Calling devotional during my morning quiet time).

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We are also picking back up with our Memory Verse Box after taking an unplanned break this summer. We’ll start by reviewing the scriptures we learned last year.

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Once a week, we’ll also watch one What’s in the Bible episode (there are two on each DVD). These DVDs are fun and really educational (I’ve actually learned a lot from them) and will give me a nice break to sit down on the couch and nurse the baby or maybe even sneak in a quick nap.

What's in the Bible 1-13 DVD Bundle @ AllOurDays.com

The kids will have the choice to color a corresponding coloring page while they watch or draw a picture showing something they learned about. You can find free coloring pages here or you can get the 200 page coloring book. We’ll also review the material taught by going through our free What’s in the Bible Flashcards.

I also want to read through two books about heroes of the faith. I have a couple audio books and a couple of print books from the Christian Heroes Then and Now series, but I’m afraid they might be too much for my younger children. I’m also looking at the Trailblazers Series which might be a better fit for the ages of my children.

The Trailblazers books are available through Amazon, but they are difficult to search for by the “trailblazers” title as there are several similar series by that name. I found it easier to refer to the list I linked and then search for specific titles.

Christian Heroes, Brother Andrew: God's Secret Agent @ AllOurDays.com  Christian Heroes - Brother Andrew: Behind Enemy Lines @ AllOurdays.com

Any thoughts or opinions about these series?

We’ll also be sprinkling in more Bible learning with nightly readings from different Bible Story Books. We usually pick one book to read through and then move on to another once we’ve finished. Right now, Tim is reading a section or two a night from The Action Bible. The graphic novel format fascinates the kids.
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Are you in the middle of homeschool planning or are you finished your plans for this school year? I’d love to hear about what you’re studying this year.

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Organizing Our Kitchen Pantries

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After my busy project weekend, one of the few things left on my to-do list was to clean out and organize our kitchen pantries. Our kitchen is small and we don’t have a real pantry. Instead we store canned and dry goods in one small stand-alone cabinet and in the two largish cabinets under the bar in our dining area.

Over the last couple of months the pantries had become very unorganized making it hard to know exactly what we had on hand. This meant it took me longer to make grocery lists every week and I often bought duplicates of things we already had simply because I couldn’t see them easily.

My ultimate goal for cleaning out the pantries was to get all like items grouped together and easily visible.

The three older kids each took charge of one pantry, emptying them and wiping down the shelves. After everything was out we grouped like items together (most kids love to sort) and put everything away.

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Organizing Our Pantry @ AllOurDays.com

In the end, we were able to consolidate everything into the smaller stand-alone cabinet and one of the other cabinets. The third cabinet is now holding some of the kids’ craft supplies and a stack of cleaning rags that we seem to go through almost daily (this stack is only about a third of what is normally there). I love having these where all of the kids can reach them for daily spills and messes.

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Now I’m motivated to clean out and organize my spice and baking cabinet…maybe this coming weekend :)

Do you have any cabinets or drawers in your home that have become out of control? If not, how do you keep everything organized especially when your kids (and your husband) help put things away?

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Our Colonial Williamsburg Weekend with Kids

At the end of June, Tim was able to take a last minute week long vacation. We had several projects around the house to help fill up our time, but we also wanted a little time away from normal everyday life to just relax and make some family memories.

We decided to spend a long weekend in Williamsburg, Virginia and to visit Colonial Williamsburg. We also decided to purchase passes so we’d be able to enter all the buildings and participate in the tours. Thankfully, children under six are free so we only ended up paying for Tim, Emahry, and me :)

Because I took SO many photos, I’m just going to let them speak for themselves other than brief descriptions.

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As we stopped for gas on our way out.

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The older girls enjoying the “window seat” in our hotel room.

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Visiting Colonial Williamsburg with Kids @ AllOurDays.com

Visiting Colonial Williamsburg with Kids @ AllOurDays.com

Visiting Colonial Williamsburg with Kids @ AllOurDays.com

Visiting Colonial Williamsburg with Kids @ AllOurDays.com

The kids all loved the horses. Unfortunately, at $15 per person a carriage ride was out of the question.

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During the Revolution in the Streets reenactment we witnessed a marriage proposal. Emahry was completely giddy :)

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We also saw a drum and fife parade.

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The kids enjoyed following behind the musicians.

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The kids also played old fashion games in the street near the market square.

Visiting Colonial Williamsburg with Kids @ AllOurDays.com

Visiting Colonial Williamsburg with Kids @ AllOurDays.com

Visiting Colonial Williamsburg with Kids @ AllOurDays.com

Visiting Colonial Williamsburg with Kids @ AllOurDays.com

Tim took part in a trial as a Justice of the Peace.

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Lillian enjoyed scooting around on the well-worn, wood floor.

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The older kids loved the cannons. Amelia watched with her fingers in her ears :)

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This picture sums up Jonathan’s fascination with all the soldiers we saw.

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After we enlisted in the army, we received training at the military encampment. (The sticks were our guns.)

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We listened to a sampling of fife and drum songs and learned about what they signaled.

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The three older kids also had bayonet training.

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The kids loved helping in a time-period kitchen.

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The girls made flower necklaces.

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There was also a dress up room.

Visiting Colonial Williamsburg with Kids @ AllOurDays.com

Visiting Colonial Williamsburg with Kids @ AllOurDays.com

Lillian played with wooden blocks.

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The girls enjoyed playing with dolls.

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Tim enjoyed a game of Chess.

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We toured the jail.

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And treaded clay for making bricks (they are actually made on site). Wow, that would have been a hard job!

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We were also able to watch wool being turned into yarn for weaving fabric.

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Overall, we had a wonderful time together. At five and seven years old, Jonathan and Emahry definitely got the most out of it. Colonial Williamsburg also requires a lot of walking and there was definitely some complaining about that.

We would like to go back again in a few years when all the kids are a little older and take about a week to visit Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and the Yorktown battlefield. However, we’ve decided for now, with soon to be 6 children seven and under, we’ll stick to visiting extended family for our vacations :)

Has your family taken a vacation this summer? Do you have one planned? We’d love to hear about it. Have you ever been to Williamsburg? What did you think about it?

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