Our School Room

It was time for a change, our current school room layout wasn’t working for us and I couldn’t figure out a new way to arrange and then finally it hit me! Honestly the schoolroom layout (plus the heating cost, since it’s an uninsulated room), was bugging me so badly that we have been doing school upstairs for awhile now.

I am happy to say we are back down in the schoolroom and both P and I love the new layout. The biggest change was moving the table into the middle of the room and keeping nothing on it (permanently at least). Before the table held the computer, and a bunch of filed stuff and was up against the wall. It didn’t provide the space we needed to spread out. P also loves to do any type of art work and this allows him to just go in on his own and be creative!

And in case you’re wondering, this room was done very inexpensively, mostly through Ikea and Target!

In the Works ~ USA lapbook

We are almost done with our America lapbook and he has really enjoyed this! We learned about 2 special states, the one we live in and the one our family and many friends live in. Here he is working on his NC mini book, which I got from Homeschool Share.

Tot School

Yesterday, P and I got into a conversation about my youngest, K, going to preschool. I told him we will be keeping K at home and we will homeschool him for preschool. Long story short…P informed me that K is already in school and it indeed does have a name…”Tot School.” I laughed and decided I like that name, so I have one in 1st grade and one in Tot School!

Here’s what our Tot School tends to look like…

This morning, K brought me the play doh and said “ball” meaning he wanted me to make balls out of the play doh for him…we did and played for awhile, working on colors, shapes and most of all…fun.
Tons of reading, thankfully K loves books, we also love the LeapFrog LittleTouch LeapPad Learning SystemLots of block building, and play with our Melissa and Doug ToysAnd he already loves the computer, his favorite “game” is KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURE JumpStart Advanced Toddlers (Windows/Macintosh) Sing a Long Songs (it’s one of the disks in that set). He climbs up on the desk and says “puter pees (computer please)” until we start it up! The boys “play” lots of games together, K just loves exploring big brother’s games and P likes having someone interested in “playing” with him! Here they’re playing Cranium Balloon Lagoon, one of our new family favorites!And, of course, art! (when I have the patience to deal with the “I’m all done,” after it took me 10 minutes to get all ready and he’s painted for less than a minute!) Anyone else have that problem? But, I know it’s good for him , so we do it as much as I can handle :). He’s got the papi in so he doesn’t eat the paint!!!This is just a small sampling, as K slowly joins our school life more and more each day. I will be honest, it is HARD having an almost 2 yr old and an almost 6 yr old. K is very loud and rambunctious, but also sweet and funny. He makes homeschooling interesting, as I’m sure all of you with toddlers know what I mean! My stress level hits peaks, but then comes back down as I learn to remind myself what a blessing it is to have them both at home. I truly love homeschooling, both of them. I pray for God to give me the patience I need day in and day out to be the best teacher and mother I can be to them.

In the Works ~ Bible Lapbook

We are working on our Bible lapbook, slowly but surely! One of my favorite things we are doing is memorizing the books of the Bible using song. I am re-learning right along with him and we are learning quickly! Here he is practicing, using his great Bible bookmarks we got from Lapbook Lessons. I am using the tunes found here:
New Testament
Old Testament

Sponsoring with Compassion

As my regular readers know, there have been bloggers in Uganda recently seeing firsthand the work of Compassion. Today on Shaun Groves’ blog he asked readers to tell their story of sponsorship through Compassion. Recently I spent a lot of time telling about World Vision through the lapbook we made with my son for his sponsored child, Albert. Now I would like to share a bit about my precious sponsored child, Christine. I sponsor Christine through Compassion and have sponsored her for many years now.

I learned about Compassion at a Watermark concert at my church, in my early days of being a Christian. I grabbed her photo off of a table and took her home with me. Her recent photo is always hanging on my fridge, we pray for her nightly.I write to her often and send photos of our family. Christine will be 14 this April, I actually just sent her bday gift $$ in the other day! Christine writes to me a few times a year and although the letters aren’t often very personal (I know it’s tough crossing language and cultural barriers) I feel close to her. My favorite letters are the ones when she tells me how she spent her birthday or Christmas money…I remember one telling me she bought a goat, a pretty dress, and a sweet Pepsi! It brought such joy to my heart to know that needs and wants were being met for this precious young lady.

My dream is to visit Rwanda where Christine lives with her Aunt. I want to take my son with me so he can meet his sponsored child, Albert (who is the same age as him). We are currently full time missionaries in inner-city America and I hope to be able to raise the funds needed to travel to visit our sponsored children in Africa one day! The Lord will provide, who knows, maybe He’ll even lead our missionary work there one day!

For now I look at her sweet photo, send my money, write to her, look for her letters, and most importantly lift her up in prayer. As I read the blogs of the group in Uganda last week I just imagined what it will be like one day when hopefully I will be able to see her face to face.

Do you sponsor a child? If not, be sure to visit Compassion’s website to see the many faces of sweet children who need sponsors. Also, visit Shaun’s blog to read other Compassion sponsorship stories, or tell your own if you’re a Compassion sponsor!