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When You Don't Feel Smart Enough To Homeschool



Insecurity.

It's an ugly thing.

It robs us of confidence, peace, and blessings!

Unfortunately, I have seen a lot of parents decide not to homeschool because of that very reason. Their fear of failure stops them from taking that leap into one of the biggest blessings a family could experience.

It's totally understandable! The last thing we'd ever want to do is fail our children. We don't want to limit them by not helping them reach their fullest potential!

HOWEVER, what if I told you that even if you are weak in some areas, there are a lot of resources that will help you and your child succeed?

"Where there is a will, there is a way." 

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Why I Call Myself "The Caver's Wife"



In a world saturated in feminism, identifying one's self as "my husband's wife" is SO taboo.

"You're setting us back a few decades, sister!" 
"You shouldn't wrap up your identity in your husband! Be your own person." 

Ouch!

Sorry. It's just that I rolled my eyes so hard, I hurt myself.

You would think that a culture that celebrates the woman's right to choose, a woman CHOOSING to immerse herself in God's plan for her life (i.e.,serving her family) would be encouraged.

On the contrary.

The world's lust is not indulged by the biblical family model, instead, it is pepper sprayed with conviction.

Talk about a buzz kill!

So instead of being celebrated, a woman that spends her days cleaning the home, preparing the meals, educating her children, and doting on her husband, is bullied at every turn.

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5 Tips For Successful Homemaking



I will be the first to admit that I am not a master homemaker, but it IS a passion of mine and something that I am constantly working on improving.

When I married my husband, I was 18 years old. That was almost 18 years ago, people.

I see you doing the math! Cut it out!

Aw. Just look at us.

Thankfully, my parents taught me how to cook, clean, and do laundry. (If you aren't doing that for your children, start today! It's never too late or too early)  Thanks, Mom! <3

However, the art of homemaking is something that I am still learning.

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Behind Every Successful Man...




I am constantly amused by what I observe in my own home.

It's funny how things get communicated between the members in my family. I see and hear them expressing one thing, but it's what they're not saying that I'm picking up on more and more--especially with my husband.

When I began deciphering his code--which I will reveal to you in just a moment-- I began to see a pattern in his behavior. I tested my theories in controlled and uncontrolled environments until, finally, I cracked the code.

I then decided to branch out a little. I asked the question: Is it just my husband or are there others that have this unspoken language?

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Our 2016-2017 Homeschool Curricula


It is that time of year again and I think I am more excited about this year than I was in years past. Sounds crazy...I know.

Our homeschool curricula choices are a little bit different because I won't be doing as much teaching as I have before.

This is a huge help for this work-at-home mama!

Bible


For the most important subject of our day, we are doing whatever I think we need at the time. We started the school year reading and discussing the book of Daniel. After our daily reading, I would have the kiddos either draw or write a few sentences in their journal to document what stood out to them the most.

After we finished that, I found 31 Days of Drawing Through The Bible from Susan Evans. The kids like it because they love to draw and create scrapbook style journals. It's a good review on the bible stories that they have learned growing up. I think after we finish this series, we will do something a little more thought provoking.

Reading


You guys know that I love the Charlotte Mason approach to learning. We are a reading family and I love that by following this style, my children read good QUALITY literature that teaches them the correct forms of language and is so engaging they don't even realize that they are learning!

The books that I select for the children's reading are listed on the free curriculum guide from Simply Charlotte Mason.

Fifth Grade 

Parker is starting the year reading through C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia   {affiliate link}. He is starting with The Magician's Nephew. To go along with his reading, I found these resources to make Parker a lapbook .












Ninth Grade

Emily is experiencing the magic that is J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. {affiliate link} She has loved reading The Hobbit and tends to read a little longer than she has to during reading time. I love it! I also found these chapter questions for her to answer as she finishes each chapter.










Math & Language Arts

 

After taking their loooong placement test, we've finally settled on the curriculum and levels for the children's math and language arts. Both of the kiddos are going to be using Switched On School House. It's a Christian curriculum that teaches the subjects and assigns the work. It's all done on the computer. I will be nearby to answer any questions they have, but other than that, it takes a huge burden off of my shoulders. I'm really excited about giving this a go this year!

US Geography

We are loving US Geography! We are using Road Trip USA from Confessions of a Homeschooler. She has put together activity sheets, recipes, websites to visit, songs to learn, and animals to classify. Even my ninth grader is enjoying it!













Science

 

Fifth Grade

Currently, Parker is working Earth Science from Easy Peasy, but we've decided to use the Science program that came in the Switched on Schoolhouse curriculum.



Ninth Grade

Emily has been showing a lot of interest in Marine Biology lately and I decided that Biology would be a good subject for her to study this year. Might as well strike while the iron is hot, right? I love how the Apologia {affiliate link} curriculum teaches apologetics. It's a fantastic approach to building a solid Christian education.

Foreign Language 

Spanish


I've always heard that the best way to learn a foreign language is to learn it in a conversational form. My mom, who minored in Spanish in college, found this Spanish curriculum, Excelerate Spanish, and thought that it would be a great way for us to learn to the language. It's been a lot of fun so far. You learn a dialogue for a certain situation {i.e., waiting for a bus}. You then learn hand motions to go with phrases so you are engaging multiple parts of your brain. The program comes with a DVD, workbook, and teacher's guide.


For art, music and other electives, we will just do what we feel like when we feel like it.We take a more student interest led approach in those subjects.

That wraps up our curricula choices for this school year. Here is my video talking about it as well.


I hope you all have a wonderful school year!

Tangi
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My Norwex {Just Add Water} Haul!

My Norwex "Just Add Water" Haul. I can clean my WHOLE HOUSE with just water!!


It's finally here! It felt like a lifetime to get my Just Add Water Package from Norwex, but it's finally here.

You guys know that I am a pseudo-crunchy mama. I like things as natural as possible, and that includes my house!

We have all heard about what the chemicals in conventional household cleaners can do, but sometimes it takes a hit close to home for those things to sink in.

When Jack and I got married, I moved almost 400 miles away from my family. Thankfully, there were people in my new hometown that were ready to love me and make me a part of their family. One of those people I lovingly refer to as Aunt Nito.

A couple of years ago, Aunt Nito had a stroke. The Lord was with her and she pulled through. During all of the testing that she had, she learned some detrimental facts that she was quick to share with me.

You see, during one of her tests, the doctors found that she had neurological damage--the kind that's found in folks exposed to a chemical spill. After interviewing her for the cause of this, it was determined that her years of being a professional housekeeper exposed her to enough chemicals that she now has permanent neurological damage. That is some scary stuff! She didn't use commercial grade cleaners, just your everyday household stuff that most all of use on a daily basis.

This information had a great impact on me because, 1} I love Aunt Nito! and 2} I was also a professional housekeeper.

I had already started using homemade cleaners in my own home to cut down on the chemicals {and the money}. The frustrating part is that every time I would use my cleaners, my family would complain about the smell of vinegar. Even using essential oils in the cleaner didn't keep them from dramatically exclaiming how the smell was going to make them vomit or was giving them a headache. *eye roll* To be honest, I didn't love the smell either, but I got used to it and it was better than using chemicals.

I am so thankful that I was introduced to Norwex. I can clean and disinfect my home with JUST WATER!! Really. From top to bottom. The cloths clean, scrub, dust, and disinfect; essentially, the cloths replace all of the surface cleaners that we use! They're fun to use {because it's AMAZING what they clean and how well they clean} so my house is as clean as a museum. HA! I also love that it saves me money over time. There's an initial investment, but since I'm replacing consumable products with non-consumable products that, with proper use and care, will last for many years, I am saving hundreds of dollars in the long run. I don't have to worry about the air quality in my house after cleaning (we're allergy sufferers here),  AND my kids can help me clean with no worries. Woohoo!!

I love it so much I became a consultant. I had my first party and used my commission check to invest in the Just Add Water package. IT'S SO COOL!! Here are the items that come in it {click the caption to read more about the products}.


Click here to see the Just Add Water Package



If you want to see how truly excited I am about this stuff, here's my unboxing video! Enjoy. :)











Tangi





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The Beautiful Purpose of Homemaking

Dishes.

Laundry.

Floors.

Beds.

Meals.

Menu planning.

Groceries.

Bills.

    ....the list goes on.

Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Saturday....

I'm pretty sure the reason that I have become a protective weirdo with my routine/schedule is because it helps me to know which day is which. Without them, the days run together and I start to feel like Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day. 

 I love being a stay-at-home, work-at-home, homeschooling mama. As you know, I have waited years for this. But even still, I can sometimes loose the joy in homemaking. 

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