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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Inspiration

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When You Rise Up by R.C. Sproul Jr.

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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Experiment Idea

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Presenting lessons a different way makes everything more fun! You could lay everything that is needed on a table and help the kids deduce what they’ll be doing, or make a treasure map of items you need and have them find everything before you begin. Some days *I* just need to change things up a bit!

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This day called for drawing step by step instructions for a simple, inexpensive, completely awesome experiment that will get you amazed and joyful reactions like this:

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Look closely at the left side, center of the picture ~ you can see the ash left from the rocket floating mid air!

Discover the science behind it all here!!

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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Inspiration

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~ Get creative – God commands it ~
He who is Creator made us creative. That includes when we teach our children His commands!
Deuteronomy 6:5-10

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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Words

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A quick glance at one of my journal pages tonight ~ more on words tomorrow!

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Day 24

I’m thankful for pen & paper. I’ve written about my journals several times.
When I was younger I always doodled & had little notebooks but I think my journaling really took off when I started writing out my prayers. I have prayer journals full of requests from friends, full of gratitudes, pleas, and heart wrenching fears. It became easier and easier to open up to The Lord as I wrote.
I’ll share some more journal pages ~

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Peek in my journal

Grab a cup of coffee with me and I’ll let you peek into my journal.
I’ve mentioned my journal before.

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I am still at it, recording important & meaningful thoughts from books I read or conversations I’ve had. I don’t like the thought of having an experience or reading something motivating and not be able to recall what struck me.
I want to grow & learn, I never want to be stagnate or simply live to be entertained. Therefore, I record to recall.

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I also use my journal for school planning. Book lists, schedules, yearly goals, & the kids’ interests all get recorded .

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Something new that I’ve been doing is Morning Pages. I try to get up before anyone else, find a quiet corner & write 3 pages. It’s an exercise developed by Julia Cameron. I have been doing this nearly every day for about a month and I love it. Some days my morning pages are a prayer, pearls of pleas strung together on the page. Other mornings the three pages are full of grouchiness & complaints. Ms Cameron says that morning pages are a means of clearing out the cobwebs,  similar to taking yourself out for a cup of coffee.

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And of course my journal will always be full of doodles, just as my school papers from childhood always had them down the side. I’m sure my teachers loved that.

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I’ll always be a doodler, have favorite paper textures, ink pens & words, and it’ll probably always be difficult to find a normal ball point pen in my home. That happened last week when a friend asked to borrow a pen. We found gel pens, felt tip pens, pens with every color ink except black…. it was rather humorous & I appreciated that she loved the search even if we never came up with a simple ballpoint pen.

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10 things

As I’ve only posted 5 weeks of {this moment} recently, I thought I’d better take some time to share this morning! It’s been a busy “season” and while I’m thankful I can quickly document something each Friday I don’t intend that to be the only posts I share.
So today I’ll post ten topics with details and perhaps that will kick-start some more writing in this space!

Watching:
As a family we are watching The Amazing Race & Survivor, Jon and I die over Modern Family each week and the kids and I finished this last season of Face Off recently.

Listening to: Carbon Leaf’s album, “Christmas Child“, it is one of my all time favorite Christmas albums. Also Bob Dylan’s new album Tempest. When I saw my favorite blogger, Gene Veith, was excited about a Dylan album, I bought it right away & love it. Still kicking myself for missing his concert here last year.

Planning: our “handmade” Christmas. This year we are hand making all our ornaments, a advent calendar & maybe a few other things as well.

Thinking about: much. The book 7 has stuck with me, even though I did NOT like the author’s writing style. Basically the theme is we have too much & do too much and I can’t disagree with that. The author focuses on seven areas, each one for a month, and records her journey. When she only ate 7 foods for a month I thought it ridiculous. When she composted, gardened, purged items from the house, and only ate at home for a month I thought “we do that”. But as we plan Christmas and do some shopping I really find myself pausing even more and thinking about what the kids (and I) want/have/need.
I think this is going to be a less-is-more Christmas.

Loving: my quotes journal. (photos from this month below) I started this in April because I wanted to remember so much of Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts, and writing/doodling seems to be the only way I remember things lately. Since April I have written quotes from books (and sometimes blogs) I read each month in this little watercolor notebook & it is now something I treasure. And something I’ve done consistently.

Stressing about: finishing up this semester of our co-op and the concert. As always at this time of year, I’m ready for a break.

Looking forward to: the advent season, St Louis trip this Christmas, hubby’s vacation week!

Reading: Genesis (NIV), Seasons of a Mother’s Heart, & The Casual Vacancy.

Making me happy: looking forward to some of the Christmas plans we have!

Making me thankful:
time with family,
laughing hysterically while playing “The Game of Things“, Grace’s new job (that I know the Lord lined up for her!)

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