Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wow, Dating Has Changed!

So, I know that I subject hop around on this blog a lot, and today is a really big hop. I want to start out by saying that Searching for Serenity is not meant to be a highly directed, focused subject blog. It is more like a dumping ground for someone who has a lot going on in life and spends waaaaay too much time on the internet. With that being said, I just have to touch on something interesting I fell into today - Dating Cards.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Homeschool Scheduling

As I mentioned in part two of this series, I am not the most disciplined person in the world. I know that if we are going to get any serious learning done we have to have some pretty hefty scheduling in place first.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Selecting a Curriculum for Homeschooling

Armed with the freedom to pave my own way I was able to decide what to teach. Even better, I was able to ask D.D. What she wanted to learn. In Missouri we are required to log 1,000 hours of schooling, with 600 of those hours being in the core subjects. I made it clear that the core subjects were not optional, but that there was some wiggle room within the subjects. I did hours and hours of internet research and found the tools we would need.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Figuring Out How to Homeschool

Once the decision to homeschool was made, I got hit by a wave of excitement and pure panic. What was I thinking?! How could I possibly take my sweet baby girl’s future into my hands and do a good job educating her while still balancing my writing career? I had experience as a classroom teacher. I knew how to take the curriculum that was provided and follow lesson plans. I even knew how to create my own units using extra educational materials… but I had no idea how to homeschool. Not to mention the fact that we live on a very small budget and I knew we couldn’t afford expensive programs and curriculum.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

How We Decided to Homeschool

Our educational journey has been a bit of a mixed bag. We started out at a very small private school. D.D. went into an all day K-4 program and loved it. The next year I began teaching at the school and was blessed enough to be her Kindergarten teacher. We stayed in that school through third grade.

The educational standards in this little private school world of ours were exceptional. Kids left Kindergarten knowing how to read, write, add and subtract. By third grade, D.D. was memorizing poetry, effortlessly flying through long division and writing her cursive letters with a perfect slant.

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Price of Health and Beauty

D.D. was out last night and Poj was occupied with a project on his computer so I had a few rare moments alone with the TV. Today, I find myself glad that this doesn't happen often since the consequences of my TV time last night won't go away. Why, you ask? Simply because I got sucked into the infomercial zone.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

LifeLight and Love Out Loud

This past weekend, D.D. and I had an amazing time at LifeLight, an amazing Christian music festival in Bethany, Missouri. It was super hot outside, over 100 degrees all weekend, but it was totally worth it. We only live about an hour and a half from Bethany. We’re close enough that we could have driven in daily, but we didn’t! Instead, we decided to camp there - and I am so glad we did!