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Back To Homeschool Picnic

Several years ago, we discovered a fantastic support group with like-minded families and some pretty terrific kids, too.

Since then we have participated in their annual Back-to-Homeschool Picnic.

This event is for member families and anyone interested in learning facts about homeschooling.

This year I thought it was bigger than ever! I heard others say the same thing.

There were inflatables for the children and lots of games being played on a large, open field.

Each family brings picnic foods to share and everyone eats together under the pavilion.

During this time, we also set up display boards with information of upcoming clubs, activities, and teams to get involved in.

It is such a wonderful time to gain information and to reunite with old friends we may not have seen since before the summer break.

This is a tradition that we'll definitely keep enjoying for many years to come.

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Funny Things Kids Say

Recently, my six-year-old son asked why we don't go to visit my mother-in-law at her house. So, I explained to him that my husband's mom sold her house and now resides in an assisted living facility in PA.

At first he didn't get it but I explained that she lived with other elderly residents in a family setting and that their meals are prepared for them, there.

At that, he commented, "Oh, we should live in a place like that so we dont have to cook our food anymore."

I was so tickled I had to run and share that with my husband who was home for lunch at the time. We all had a good laugh at that one. We never know what to expect from him, sometimes.

If you are willing to share some of the funny things YOUR children say, please contact me and I will try to include them in this area.

Field Trip Update

homeschool field tripOne of our children's favorite places to visit here in middle Tennessee, The Adventure Science Center, was the site of our first field trip this year.

It is such a colorful attraction especially for children with lots of places and things to explore.

They got to walk into a room that simulated space and see an incredible array of stars.

homeschool field trip They could view the inside of a "human torso" and practice putting all the organs back in place.

I have to admit this one "stumped" us at first. We kept ending up with a left-over piece so it required several attempts to get it right.

homeschool field trip Hats off to "Wes-man" who solved the "human puzzle" for us all!

They were able to pick up an automobile to demonstrate the effectiveness of pulleys which is super cool for kids to experience.

Probably, the best part of this field trip was the fact that Dad was able to go along with us.

Words From Wayne

Let me introduce you to my husband, Wayne. back to homeschoolThe Lord often uses him to teach me things about home education and family although I am the primary educator in the home.

I thought I would share some of his comments here:

Q: What suggestions can you give to other dads to help the homeschooling mom who needs some "Rest and Relaxation" from the daily commitment of home schooling?

A: I have found that it helps my wife a lot when she knows that I am praying for her and willing to help her in whatever way possible.

She often needs to share the daily joys and challenges she faces so I make myself available to listen to her. I have learned now to ask her whether she wants me "to listen" or give her a solution so we're on the same page.

It helps too when we can get away by ourselves to talk. We try to go out for breakfast to one of our favorite places or get away for an overnight trip once every quarter.

Incidentally, she asked me this question during such a trip. It was during our anniversary and after we celebrated, I gave her some additional time alone at the hotel to spend however she chose.

The time away was very therapeutic and she returned home charged up for the start of school!

Next month, he shares an answer to what area, if any, he thinks he can help out more with the homeschooling in our family?

The Back Page

If you remember my dilemma from last month when some shelves fell down, I managed to solve my storage issue with this fairly easy and inexpensive solution.

homeschool I already had one of these RTA organizers from Target that I was using for the childrens games, puzzles, and manipulatives.

So, I purchased another and had my sons, ages fourteen and thirteen, assemble it to add on top.

There was a little drama when we discovered that the floor isn't level in that spot and the added height of the second unit seemed dangerous and impractical.

But, when you rarely throw things away, such as in our home, we happened to have some pieces of thin wood lying around (known as "shims" in the carpentry/construction world.)

In the end, they were able to work with my hubby and level the tower and complete the job. I love my new area and they were so happy to help Mom.

Great job, boys!

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