Saturday, October 23, 2010

Scavenger Hunt

Because of the lovely autumn weather, the children, and I played outside. I thought of a great game to play, and it really peaked their interest - a scavenger hunt. I gave them a list of five things (a yellow leaf, a green leaf, a rock, white flowers, and purple flowers). This gave them time to explore and taught them the colors. My oldest took a pen and list and checked the things off as they found them. This also gave them an opportunity to work together (which is something that they need to learn).

I wasn't sure what to expect but they found the five items quickly and wanted to play again. I gave them a new list and they went off exploring again. The value in this game is that it engages them and they have a purpose to explore.

I also thought that this would be a cool way to share numbers and the alphabet. You could give them items that begin with A, B, C, D, E, etc. and give them different numbers of items to find like one acorn, two leaves, or three sticks. The possibilities are endless. I'm already looking forward to our next game.

Another thing that I did was give them a small container to put their treasures in. They liked the treasures so much that they brought them in with them.

We will play this again at the park and other places to see what else we can find! If you have any other ideas, please share them with me.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Picky Eater

I have been blessed (at times it feels like a curse) with a very, very picky eater. Now when I tell you that this child would eat anything that was given to him as a baby it is the truth; however not anymore at about three years of age, J.W. decided that he didn't like green beans; this coming from a child who ate green beans all the time...thus started the three year battle over food. And when I say battle, that's what I mean. What started with an adversion to green beans grew into a full blown food fight. No longer does my son like any green vegetables; don't dare serve him a casserole. It has been one trial after another.

I have gotten very creative with meals. This post is to share one of the recipes that came out of the battle. I may have lost some of the battles but I have not lost the war. I'm constantly coming up with ways to get my child to eat.

This recipe came to me one morning as I was pondering the previous day's battles and came up with a great idea. My son loves rice so I thought why not cook his rice with broth instead of water. So off to the store to buy organic chicken broth and organic vegetable broth. Here's the recipe that came out of that experiment.

Chicken Rice

2 cups uncooked, long grained rice (can use brown rice)
2 cups organic vegetable broth
2 cups organic chicken broth
1/2 to 1 cup water

Put rice in pan and add both broths and water. Do not add extra salt. Cook rice according to package directions. When finished you will have a rice that is full of good, nutritious vitamins and minerals. Serve with chicken or other main course. Season to taste: add salt and pepper to taste. Optional season with your favorite spices: I used garlic powder and onion powder. My son likes Slap Ya Mama seasoning and a pat of butter.

(Note: I use organic broth because of the health benefits. I am a huge proponent of organic products.)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It's been a while...

This blog was supposed to be where I kept a record of my children's homeschooling adventure. Boy, we have been so busy living life that I have neglected our blog. I am still homeschooling. I'm still loving it!!! I am so thankful everyday that I am able to spend so much time with my little ones. They are growing up so fast that time seems to be slipping by me.

Over the past year we have done many, many things but the most important thing that we have done is spend time together. We go places together, watch television together, play on the computer together, played outside together, read books together, visited relatives together, visited the zoo together...you get my point. Our homeschooling adventure has given us the blessing of togetherness.

For some reason since I am the first person in my family to homeschool, I have received negative feedback. For this very reason I am very private about telling others that I homeschool. This idea has changed some over the past year. Because of our conviction to homeschool we have been more open about sharing it with others. Homeschooling should not be something that is done in secret and silence. We are homeschooling because it is what we felt called by God to do. If God called us to teach our children then He wants us to share our experiences and our lives with others. The negativity that we have suffered from is from people who have preconceived ideas of what homeschooling is; not because they hate me or my family.

Invariably, we get the question that all homeschoolers face; what about socialization? Guess what, my children are being socialized by my husband and me. We are imparting our morals and values upon our children. We are introducing God and the Bible to our children. We are letting them know what we believe and why we believe it. I am not anti-public school. I am not anti-teacher. I know there are GREAT teachers out there. What I am is pro-God. I want my children to learn about God and how He is the God of love and that He created us and created this beautiful world and everything in it. That is something they will not learn in public school.

Before my son was born I knew that I was going to homeschool. I began reading and studying about homeschooling. I knew nothing about it because I didn't know anyone who had homeschooled. Thanks to the world wide web I was able to plug into some great resources which have helped me. I checked books out at the library. It is a great journey that has brought me to a place where I've had to not only get out of my comfort zone but also to learn to trust God to provide all my needs. I'm a control person; I like to be in control. This journey is not in my control. This journey is not my journey; it belongs to God.

I am going to try to update this blog a couple of times a week. I want to share what I have learned with others and to encourage those who may be thinking about homeschooling. There are many reasons to homeschool. I choose to homeschool because of my convictions from God. Others just want to homeschool their children. I am not judgmental on other people and what they choose. I am not here to judge anyone, just to share our journey and resources. If you have any questions about homeschooling that you'd like to ask, please send me an email at mightoaksacademy@gmail.com. One of the things that I've learned is that those who have previously homeschooled are a great wealth of information.

So soon I will start updating and sharing some of the resources that I really enjoy. For now I will give you three resources that my children love and enjoy on an almost daily basis:

www.starfall.com

www.shidonnoi.com

www.homeschoolfreebieoftheday.com

I credit starfall for helping my son learn to read and my daughter to use the computer. She watched her brother for 6 months then decided she wanted to do it herself (and she was only 2 years old at the time). She's three now and she can go all over the internet (with supervision of course). She has her favorite games and sites that she likes to play.

Enjoy. It's a journey and your children were given to you by God as little blessings for you. Praise God!