Friday, August 17, 2012

one thousand gifts...

once again i'm right with the current trends {eh-hm}.

i tend to buck trends.  if a movie is popular, i wait a year to see it,
if a book is on the best seller's list, chances are i read it way before or way after the craze.
but i finally picked up ann voskamp's book thanks to a friend's gifting it to me.

and oh my goodness!
this book is amazing.
ann talks about life... a bit autobiographical, a lot poetic,
and 100% faith.

she has walked a hard road
and yet she is honest in her struggles with her faith.
she shares the revelation she had in pursuing after Christ through a constant heart of thanksgiving {eucharisteo},
even in the hard things.
she came to a deeper place in her faith, an intimate relationship with the creator, by habitually finding the gifts He gives us in every day life.
 challenging herself by counting these gifts all the way to one thousand .
to live a full life, everyday treasuring what you've been given and dwelling in that place.
and she challenges her readers to do the same.

i have started my own one thousand gifts smash book,
which i will share once i am further into it.
in the mean time, if you are a slacker like me who has yet to read it,
please do.
you won't regret it!

a tid-bit:

i look down at the pen, this pen i keep wielding, one writing her way all the way to one thousand.  this pen: this is nothing less than the driving of nails.  nails driving out my habits of discontent and driving in my habit of eucharisteo.  i'm hammering in nails to pound out nails, ugly nails that Satan has pierced through the world, my heart. it starts to unfold, light in the dark, a door opening up, how all these years it's been utterly pointless to try to wrench out the spikes of discontent.  because the habit of discontent can only be driven out by hammering  in one iron sharper.  the sleek pin of gratitude.~ ann voskamp

Monday, August 13, 2012

curriculum 2012-2013

time for school is almost here!!!

i get many questions about our curriculum,
so this is for those that care.

those who come for everything but my homeschool posts...sorry;)

for my5th/6th grader:

language arts: intermediate language lessons,
writing strands 3

math: rod & staff 5

the 2nd/3rd grader:
language arts: primary language lessons.

math: rod & staff 3

my k/1st grader:
language arts & math:
the first grade package from rod & staff

&  a science class taught by a friend:)


together,we will be doing science/geography/history using
My Father's World Countries and Cultures.

i am super excited about the my father's world program!
we basically will be 'traveling' the globe,
learning the cultures, climates, ecosystems of that particular country.

it is a precursor to the history program, and sets the kids up for knowledge of the 'wheres' .
we will be doing the activities that go along with the my father's world with a couple other families on fridays which makes it all the better!

i will also supplement language arts with books like the explode the code series {love these!}

i am also super excited to try a charlotte mason, 'gentler' type of learning with the language lessons.

charlotte mason's ideas of schooling immediately resonated with me upon first reading them last summer,
but i got caught up in the school way of thinking anyhow.
this year, we are fully going to the charlotte mason approach. 

we will also have lots of read alouds, poetry, art study, nature walks, etc.

our school year will begin september 10th, and go through the end of may,
with about 4 weeks worth of scheduled vacations within there.

of course, we all know how best laid plans go...

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