Flexible!

Life throws curve balls from time to time. Some are really good curve balls…like sunshine on a regular old Monday AND Tuesday. What’s a mom/teacher to do?!? And then there was the morning I had to go buy car tags. We left the house early so we would have time for J. Christopher’s! And we are still getting our school work done! Math and Science and Grammar and Reading and Writing and History and scripture memory and more! I have to remind myself to Be FLEXIBLE!!! Take advantage of the ability to not have to stick to a schedule! This is such a great time of life.

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Looking out for me!

I realize that God is a personal God who loves me. Sometimes that realization is a bit more easily recognizable than other times. Thankfully, this home school year, He has helped me! I decided to have the girls study Astronomy with Apologia this year. Timothy Ministry, a co-op for home school families, offers science as well. I signed Mack up for science, and wouldn’t you know that astronomy is the topic! I am teaching US History this year to all of them. I signed Mack up for History at Timothy Ministry, and I thought I was signing him up or Middle Ages, which would be fine because we covered that last year and he could likely use a review. However, I signed him up for Westward Expansion, which means he is getting our history on his level AND he gets to hear about history of the US here at home as well. I really couldn’t have planned it any better. I happened to already have Explode the Code Workbook 4, and wouldn’t you know that my Sonlight Language Arts for Mack encourages the student to use Explode the Code 4! I’m telling you—only The Lord knew what I needed and helped piece it all together, despite myself. Today we created the solar system out of some construction paper and tape. Not anything to write home about, but we all worked together on it and continued to remind ourselves of God’s […]

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Molly is 9!

Happy Birthday to Molly!  I’m always reminded at times like this…when I am looking for pictures of Molly from over the years…that we accidentally deleted a huge amount of photos, most of which were taken during MOlly’s baby years.  Of course this would happen to her.  She is the middle child.  Just one more reason she will have to feel […]

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Week One Under Our Belt

It has been a great, full week here at the Dorminy home!  Our first full week of school went very well.  I have enjoyed being back into our school routine.  I absolutely love the “no screen” time!!  The kids are so much more creative this way.  Molly is quickly learning that her whining, “What can I doooo?  I’m so boooorrreeed” is met by me answering with a list of cleaning opportunities for her.  She sighs and walks away.  She also likes to ask, “Do you have anything, like for an adult, that you don’t use anymore?”  I tell her no.  She asks again anyway.  I then tell her that I have a broom (very much an adult thing) that she can use….unless she’d rather use the vacuum cleaner or the dust spray.  Again, she sighs and walks away.   We have had a little friend outside our school room window each day.  Ruby has even given him a name, Chunky.  It’s a chipmunk!  He eats all sorts of things from the ground. He was quite the distraction the first day for all of us, but we’ve gotten used to his shenanigans.  Today, Ruby noticed a flock of birds had landed on our back lawn.  She said, “Oh, look.  They’re having a social in our back yard.” The kids started Timothy on Tuesday; it is a co-op where they each take a few classes. Ruby (10), Molly (almost 9), Mack (7) […]

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First Day of School 2014/15

Well, well, well…the day came to wake up and get a little more done than swimming. We started our curriculum today! “Hello! My name is Mom. I will be your teacher…again.” I got up bright and early and did my usual routine and then I wrestled with whether or not to wake them up at 7:30am. I opted to do some Sunday School admin stuff and just wait for them to wake up. It was 8:30 before I saw any of their smiling faces. We had a busy and fun weekend with my sister and her family, so I think they needed rest. Hilarious picture. They were about to leave to go home here, and my kids are still in pjs/ old art shirt! We so enjoyed having them here. Ok, so back to our school day. We read the Bible together. We had a prayer focus on the Mayan Indians. We started memorizing Matthew 4:4 Then, it was time for my second cup of coffee. And a quick prayer to, once again, thank God for the freedom to home school and for the time I get to spend with my children. We are learning patriotic songs this year, which I think is fun. “Stars and Stripes Forever” kicked off our first day! And then there was math and English and reading. Molly and Ruby are reading the same books, which I think will foster great conversations. I’m also trying […]

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