Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bike Rides

This past Saturday my family and I got to go for another family bike ride.  This time we loaded up the bikes and drove down town to an older park with a well known paved walking/biking trail. 

When we arrived we quickly realized that there was a huge community activity taking place.  A Suicide Prevention Walk.  The parking lot was full and we had to park down the street.  But we did  not let this deter us.  We strapped our helmets on our heads, and climbed onto our bikes and headed off towards the walking/biking trail.  There were many people but we did not let that stop us.

After we rode around for a bit, we went to the park and let the kids swing and play.  I am happy to report that both of my kids are officially independent swingers.  Meaning- they can both climb up onto a swing and start swinging on their own!  No more "Mom, can you push me on the swing?" Which usually means, I have to stand there and continue to push them for 10-15 mins or more.  Not anymore.  They both started pumping their legs and leaning back and BOTH of them were swinging on their own with in minutes!

With my son learning how to ride a bike this past summer we have seen so many positive changes in both him and his ability to learn new tasks, but also a huge impact on our family activities.  It has been a nice change.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunday Blessings

I have been wanting to try a bible study with my kids for several years.  But something kept stopping me.  Fear that it would be to complicated for them.  That it would be like pulling teeth to get them to want to sit down and talk about Jesus or Heavenly Father.  I will admit, I am not the best role model when it comes to reading my scriptures, or saying family prayers or even my own private prayers.

Despite these fears I continued to bounce the idea around in my mind.  I know that Heavenly Father hears us even when we are not praying for help directly to him.  He knows what our hearts desire, and He points us in the direction that we should go to find what we are looking for.  And this desire of wanting to spend a little spiritual time with my kids was an easy thing for Him to help me with.

I found on the LDS Website some resources that I thought might work for us.

So what I gathered first was binders for each kid.  I printed a picture of the scriptures from the Clip Art link I have listed above.  I put it on the cover of their binders.

Next I printed up the pages for the New Testament Stories book for Chapter 1.  We had listened to the introduction several months ago before summer.  So I felt that it would be OK to go straight to Chapter 1.  I 3 hole punched the pages.  

I sat the kids down and said we were going to do a short scripture lesson.  I was so surprised to find that both of them were very interested in doing this, and neither of them complained.  It was peaceful. My daughter gave a short little prayer. We listened to one of the songs on the link I have posted above.  I figured it is good to listen to those specific ones as those will be the ones that the kids need to learn for the Primary Program that usually happens in November.  Singing them at home would help to reinforce them.  I knew that my daughter would love to sing it, and would know most of the words, but I had no idea that my son would know the song so well.  He sung is little heart out.  Amazing.

 Then I reminded them of the lesson we had done back in May. They know a lot already about the pre-exsistance and how we all had a choice to either follow Lucifer or Jesus.  We had a little discussion about choices that we each make while on Earth.  Good choices and Bad choices.  Jesus came to Earth to help us be forgiven for those Bad Choices that we make.  So we were going to learn about Jesus. 

Then I handed them their sheets from Chapter 1 and told them they could color the pictures in and hightlight any words they want during the reading.  I then turned on the Audio/Video recording of the chapter and allowing them to listen; they were looking at the pictures and reading along.  We then discussed what we read.  They both were very engaged and eager to ask questions as well as answer mine.  

I am happy how it turned out.  I told them that each Sunday we would be doing this.  It is nice it is only 10 mins max of time.  I know it is not that much time...but I think at this point it needs to be short and sweet.  I wish I had learned about these links above sooner - as I am sure I would have tried to do this years ago.  But at the same time, I think it was revealed to me at this time and not sooner because I was ready to find it, and that my heart was open to it.

I am grateful that Heavenly Father listens to our hearts even when we don't know how to ask for help.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Homeschooling week 3

Another week has come and gone.  It has been a lot easier this week than last week.  I pulled back on Math and some of the Grammar and Vocabulary we had planned.  I feel it has really helped with making our days run more smoothly.

Bug is really good with Language Arts in general (reading, grammar, and vocabulary).  His writing is what needs to be improved on. But that is mostly because he does not like to physcially write with a pencil/pen and paper.  With is fine motor issues writing has been a much unliked subject, but I have some tricks up my sleeves to change that.  I have him using a keyboard more and more to type up his creative writing assignments, and that has changed things.  I then have him print up the page he has typed up on the lap top.  He has to cut it out and then glue it into his creative writing journal.   I am making him work on fine motor stuff with the cutting out and the gluing...but he is much more inclined to do it and not complain as much.  *sneaky*

As for the reason for cutting back to only 1 worksheet of math a day, my reason is that there is so many questions (practice opportunities) on one page that I have found myself crossing off questions to do just to get him through the assignment.  When I was first planning out the Math for this year I took the total number of pages and divided it by the number of days for school and that meant we had to do 2-3 pages a day.  At first I thought this was completely feasible, but after getting 3 weeks into this I am back tracking it to 1 page a day.  I am a bit worried that he will continue to be behind with math, but at the same time I need him to see math as something that can be as much fun (or at least somewhat likable) as reading, or science, or art.  This past week, as I predicted Math has gone smoother and with little or no complaints.

We really like to do our lessons in our boxers.  Trust me he does have them on in this picture. We also like to sit backwards on the chair.

For Music we learned about Log Drums.  Here is a short video of him making some music and dancing.


This week we also got to meet up with the Homeschooling group again for GYM/PE.  Another great success!

I have next week planned out.  We have a few field trips planned.  Planetarium, Science with Homeschooling group, and a Scenic Train Ride to see the changing leaves.  Can't wait to let you all know how they went.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Crochet*Project~ Basket

Working on a very cute crochet project.  

I started it on Sunday.  About half way through.  I plan on trying to make a PUG Face on it instead of an Owl.  :)


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Good Vibrations!!!

My new bike arrived last week!  The day the UPS driver dragged the box up to my front porch felt like Christmas Morning to me.  I was so giddy!

Bryan quickly got to work putting it together.  Did not take much time.

I took it for a quick trip around the block before getting back to school work with Bug.  :)
It is very comfortable, and I can see myself riding it frequently with my family.  We have done one family ride so far, and I hope for many more.