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Homeschool Journey: Christmas Craft Day

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On December 5th my homeschool group had a Christmas Craft Day. We had 6 different crafts for the kids to do.We had 17 children ranging in ages from 1 to 15 in attendance. The crafts that we done was, Ginger Bread Houses, Wooden Ornament decoration, Snow Globes, Christmas stars, Prayer Journals, and Plastic Ornament decoration. I am very thankful for my homeschool group. We have some of the best families anyone could have for friends.The kids really enjoyed making their crafts.




The crew of kiddos we had for Craft Day




Mr. Mike helping with Wooding Ornaments




Mrs. Michelle helping with Snow Globes




Mrs. Shellie helping with Christmas Stars




Working on Ginger Bread Houses


Mrs. Mary Ann helping with Plastic Ornaments

Mrs. Peggy helping with Prayer journals


We would like to also Thank Mrs. Mitzi, Ms. Becky, Mrs. Tiffany and Mrs. Amanda for helping out. With out everyone's help this day could have not been possible.




Peggy McCoyle

SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

To agree with Phil or NOT? My Soapbox.

In today's society we find all kind of things that are acceptable, and thing that are not. This morning as I was checking my Facebook news feeds all I am seeing is Support Phil Robertson,him being suspended from the A&E Channel has caused a big uproar. I myself have watched Duck Dynasty, and really do enjoy the show. Alot of people still need to realized alot of it is made up for the show and not real. MY OPINION! But back to my SOAPBOX!

When did it become alright to not call sin, a sin?

In his interview article with GQ Magazine Phil makes a statement “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” he says. “Sin becomes fine.” then the interviewer asks What, in your mind, is sinful? where Phil responds “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male pr…

Thanksgiving with the IN-LAWS

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Thanksgiving Day, It's that day that you spend with your family and friends and enjoy a meal together.  Today I got to spend time with my husbands side of the family.  My nephew and his wife fixed a wonderful meal for us to enjoy.  We had deep fried turkey, baked ham, mash taters, mac-n-cheese, dressing, potato salad, gravy, pumpkin and apple pies.  That was enough for a herd.  I got to see my brother in-law, nephews, and my great niece and nephew, my mother in-law and my father in-law, and my nephews mother in-law, and my other nephew's spouse.  We had a house full, but it was so much fun.  The bible tells us 

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;(Romans 12:10) 

I believe that is what was shown today.  Brotherly love to each one.  So Thankful for my in-laws.  They are both good people and so much fun to be around.  As for the rest of the family, they are who they are and will always be great.  I love each and everyone of th…

Homeschool Journey Math Day 53

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Proverbs 18:15 - The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Today was once again a Math Day for the girls to come over and have a math lesson.  As the verse states above, I am trying to teach them to be prudent, and seek.  To be prudent means to show care or thought for the future, and to seek knowledge means to search for or achieve.  Math is not either child's strong point, as its not in alot of people.  My desire is to see them grow and come to love it.  Math is something they will use throughout their lives and they need to know how to use it and apply it.  When all the English, History, and Science is said and done with Math is the one subject that will continue to be used in day to day settings.
We started off by doing some math worksheets with the youngest child. Working on her 4X's multiplication facts.  She did very well with those today. We also worked on the 2's, 3's as a refresher course today.  Since she knows her …

Season of Thankfulness.

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As we go into this month of November we are reminded that Thanksgiving Day is just a few weeks away.  To understand Thanksgiving, we must know the beginning.  Where it came from. Lets look at the History of the day itself, and them examine what it means to us in present time. 





Native Americans
Long before settlers came to the East Coast of the United States, the area was inhabited by many Native American tribes. The area surrounding the site of the first Thanksgiving, now known as southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Rhode Island had been the home of the Wampanoag people for over 12,000 years, and had been visited by other European settlers before the arrival of the Mayflower. The native people knew the land well and had fished, hunted, and harvested for thousands of generations.
The Settlers
The people who comprised the Plymouth Colony were a group of English Protestants who wanted to break away from the Church of England. These ‘separatists’ initially moved to Holland and aft…

When a Storm Comes

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What do you do when storms come into your life? Is it hard or do you just ignore it and think it will eventually go away? What can family do to help you through these storms? What can friends do to help? Who do you turn to? These are all very good questions. They are all hard to answer. Sometimes when a storm comes there is no one or anything that can help you through it, but GOD. I seem to rely on my God alot, and here lately it has been quiet a bit. As my latest two storms have came, I have felt like there is no one that I can turn to but Him. I know I should not feel that way. The storms that I face can only be taken care of in time. It can not be hurried, rushed or even put aside. The bible states in

Psalm 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still .
Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

This gives me great comfort to know that He can calm my storms.

S…

History of Halloween and Participation

Those that know me and my family know well that we do not participate in the Halloween Festivities. We being Christians feel as though we should not allow our children to dress up for anything ungodly. I know the argument will be that not all things are ungodly about Halloween. Not all people participate in Satanism, or Witchcraft or anything to that subject. They see Halloween as fun for their children. They will say that there are other holidays that are just as pagan as Halloween. My response to that is, If God does not convict you and your family on this matter then it is what is best for your family. God's conviction was placed on me and my family about this. We choose to follow Christ and listen to what he was telling us. I do not down grade or belittle anyone that participates in this holiday or any other. It is not my place to judge you on the choices you make for your family. Only God can be the judge on that. I have read some interesting history today of Hall…

Wonderful day with my MOM

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Today when I awoke it was 31 degrees out side, but I was glad that God allowed me to rise one more time to see the sun rise. Usually on Friday's it is the day that I spend with my Momma.  You see my mother is one of those ladies that never got her license and doesn't drive.  There are several of those ladies still here in the south that is just like her.  So today is the day that I take her around to do all her business in town.  Every week we go and pay bills and shop at thrift store. This is the most precious time that I have to spend with my mom.  She is getting up in years and she is all alone, my dad past years ago.  So you see it give me great pleasure to spend this time with her.  She gets to spend time with her grand-children, which gives her pleasure as well.  It blesses me each and every time I see her smile and have fun with the kids.  I know they bring joy to her heart.  Proverb 17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are th…

Homeschool Journey "Corn Maze Field Trip 2013"

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The good thing about homechooling is that we get to take field trips whenever we want.  I love that I have a homeschool group that we can enjoy going with. This week we went to the Eliada's Annual Corn Maze. They have awesome corn mazes, hay-bale maze, giant tube slides, tractor rides, corn cannons, spider web climbing, pumpkin patch, and a corn play box.  The kids really had a blast using all the amenities that was there for them to do.  Some of us with the littler ones went through the storybook maze.  We went through the maze, led by the pages of the adventure story of Spookley the Square Pumpkin. It was such a wonderful day to see all the kids enjoying the area.  Such joy that shows on each ones face.  Can't wait till our next trip. Below is some pictures of the fun.










Special thanks to our photographer, she is amazing with our kids even though some will not cooperate.(haha)
My prayer is that this will be a blessing to you and your families.  May God bless each and everyone o…

Homeschooling Journey Day 36

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Proverbs 4:12-15When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.


Today in my little homeschool class the girls came over to do math. I enjoy teaching them, although I wonder if they love it or hate it. I do not let them just get by with what ever thy put down as a grade, if I feel as though they rushed through it or just aren't getting it I take the time to go back over it and let them do again. Math is one thing that you will use in this world and knowing how to use it will help. Today the oldest worked on how to add your hours and figure out your wages from your hours, and how to get your pay from piece work plus minimum pay for hours worked.  The middle child is working on turning fractions into decimals.  The youngest girl …

Gossip!!

The Bible tells us in Ephesians 4:29 - Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.Why then is it so hard for people not to gossip. I have been around so many people that just sit there and continue to talk like its nothing to be talking about something that doesn't involve them. I myself am guilty of being drug into that kind of situation. All I can do is ask God to forgive me on this matter. I have asked God to take that away from me and hold my tongue when it begins to say things it really shouldn't. 

When dealing with Gossip you should think about what you are saying before it comes out, and whom it will hurt if said. I have seen so many times that once its said, you can't take it back. It is a hurt that stays and is seldom forgiven from the person hurt.  How do we know what is truth or not unless we see or witness it with our own eyes. We are minister grace unto …

Strength

This whole week I have been dealing with Strength.  There are times that even I get weak and need comfort knowing that I can turn to Him who provides my strength.  Philippians 4:13 says I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.  He is my strength, as the bible say.  I was sick at the beginning of this week and felt really bad cause there were things that I needed to do but couldn't, then later in the week I was wrestling with finding scripture for a project that I am doing and the devil keeps sending me the wrong way because of the subject it deals with....... So therefore I had to lean on him all week.  Not that I don't all the time, just a little more this week than normal.  
2 Samuel 22:33 God is my strength and power ; He maketh my way perfect.
You see God gives me not only strength but also Power to over come what obstacles that the devil throws at me. Whether it be sickness or the devil keeping me from finding what I need. He makes the way perfect it says,…

Satan, Destructor of Lives

(1 Peter 5:8-9)
(8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (9) Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in you brethern that are in the world.

Ever wondered why things happen to you in the most enjoyable times of your life?  In just this past month we have had things to seem like they are just falling down around us.  See Satan likes to try and get in by any means necessary.  He will send in a path of destruction to try and get your focus off the Lord.  We have had sickness come in, people trying my patience and temperament, works for that could have gotten done.  I haven't been to a Sunday service for two Sunday's now. Satan knew that I was excited to be going to the baptism at church, and used this opportunity of sickness to stop me.  Since my husband announced his calling to preach the Word, we have been going through some trials.  Not hard ones but lit…

Math, such a small four letter word, for such big Problems!

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Today I had my wonderful students again for their weekly math lessons. Its so funny cause when you tell them how much they have to do, they just look at you with a blank look like "DO What??".


We had three different math's going on. The girls are real troopers though. Patient with each other until I could get to the next one.


For the youngest girl I used worksheets from Math-Drills. She is working on refreshing up on 3-digit minus 3-digit Subtraction. Next week we will be adding a 4-digit Subtraction. That should have her refreshed enough to go on to the next level which will be Multiplication.


The middle girl is working on Pre-Algebra and we are using Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum. I really enjoy using their curriculum. It is so easy to follow and it explains each sections in terms that they can understand it on their own. We worked on Division by Primes, Factoring Trees, Common Factors(gcf), Multiples (lcm) and Proper, Improper and Whole Fractions. She did …

To Be Bridled!

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When we think on the word bridle, most of us think about a horse's bridle. We seldom ever hear it used in any other way. However the Bible speaks of it at least five times and only one of those times is it talking of a bridle for a animal. So you are probably asking yourself, "Where is she going with this?". Well lets examine what that word means and how the Bible deals with that word. I use the King James Bible for my bible to study.



What does the word bridle mean anyways according to the bible? The word BRIDLE means 1. The instrument with which a horse is governed and restrained by a rider; consisting of a head-stall, a bit, and reins, with other appendages, according to its particular form and uses.

2. A restraint; a curb; a check.

3. A short piece of cable well served, attached to a swivel on a chain, laid in a harbor, and the upper end drawn into a ship and secured to the bits. The use is to enable a ship, when moored, to veer with the wind and tide.

Now that w…

Field Trip #2 Day 12 Pre-Schooling

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Today we went on a little field trip with my homeschool group.  We went to Dellinger Grist Mill in Bakersville NC in the Cassandra Community.  It was such a beautiful place and a quiet place at that.  It is the only running and operating grist mill of its kind left in NC.  It is being ran by the 4th generation grand son Jack Dellinger.  They make Cornmeal, Grits, and Polenta.  
Mr. Dellinger gave us a tour of the water wheel and of the inside of his mill.  He explained to us how he became the owner of the mill, and how he is working on restoring the other building.  How the miller use to get paid was he would grind the corn for his customers for a small portion of the meal. He never charged them money.  There was a saw mill on the land, and a church.  
The kids had a great time as well as the adults that went today.  Below is some pictures of the mill I hope that you enjoy, and if your ever in the area you should stop in and see how its all done.












Pre-Schooling Day 10

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Well today on our Pre-schooling Journey we got a little bit accomplished.As I told you before I went over to help out a friend with her homeschooling today.  So my little guy and I didn't have much time to school today.  But here is what we did get done.

We had a little devotion on Genesis 3 The Terrible Lie. We are using the The Jesus Story Book Bible for our Bible devotionals. He seems to like it because it has very vivid pictures, and he loves to be read to.  I also read to him from the King James Bible Version.

We also got to singing our ABC Song today. Plus we recited the Three Little Pigs story from memory. He loved helping out with the part where the little pigs say "Not by the hair of our chinny chin chin". Don't know why but he thinks this is just a funny saying and giggles when he says it.

Last but not least we read a story called The Tale of Two Bad Mice. It is a story by Beatrix Potter. The story is about two mice named Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca.  Such silly…