Saturday, June 25, 2011

Circle C Beginnings

I was a little overwhelmed looking at all that the vendors had to offer.  So I decided to just to look at a couple of booths and see what was out there.  In doing so, I stumbled across this one booth that had books with a little girl and a horse.  I was very interested.  My little girl is in love with horses!  And she is learning how to read.  I was looking for something that was longer than our normal picture books.  So I bought this book.  On our trip home from the conference, I read our very first chapter book of “Andi’s Pony Trouble.” This was a treasured find!

I love that the story centers around a little girl who is turning 6, and she just wants to be bigger...something that we can relate to at home.  My little girl who loves horses could relate to Andi’s desire to be bigger and wanting a real horse. 

One thing that I really appreciate about this author is that the experience does not end with the book.  If you go to her website, you will find FREE activities that go along with the book.  You can download and print coloring pages that are pictures that are taken directly out of the book.  I loved the experience so much I ordered the rest of the series. 
Here is a link to her website so you can check out the activities.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Take a deep breath!

This week starts my daughter’s first week of swim lessons. I watch her as she remembers skills from the past and realize that it is for real now.  Take a deep breath and jump! 

Take a deep breath and jump is how I am feeling right now.  We have set some things in place with our trial year.  The year that I knew that if it didn’t work out that I could send her to kindergarten and there would be no harm. Now as I stare down the kindergarten year, I realize that this is for real!  It has always been for real, but somehow it is “More Real” now. 

Back in April, I went to my first ever homeschool conference.  I really needed to be there.  The Lord knew that I needed to be there.  I needed to be encouraged and reminded that I can do this, and I am equipped to do this.  I was reminded that there is NO supermom out there.  That we all struggle with different areas and we all need to take a deep breath.  If you have a homeschooling conference near you, I would highly suggest you attend.  There is something about being around like minded people to show you that you are not as alone as you think you are. 

I will tell you that going in to the vendor area is a little or rather a lot overwhelming!  I knew what I was looking for but, I am not sure that I really found it.  I know that my child learns better if she can do while learning.  So I found a lot of things that told me that this was not for her.  But really find something that worked for her.  I ended up with a curriculum that I have since found out that I will need to supplement it.  I think that I have found those areas that I can supplement it with. I felt like I made a wrong choice, but in the end I did okay.  I am also realizing why there are so many homeschooling parents out there that are eclectic and pull from different areas because not one place is going to give you everything you need for your child, because every child is unique. 
Right now, we are taking a break.  We will finish swim lessons and other fun summer activities and then we will jump into the deep end of the homeschooling water.  But we have been prepared and we will not sink.  Is it scary?  Yes it is!  But we will have fun and we will learn.  I will watch as my child blossoms in the environment in which I believe she is meant to learn in.