Are You Ready for Change?

No matter how you plan ahead, changes are bound to happen.Are you ready for change? Personally, I am not a fan of changes, I think most of the people are not. But for the past years, I have learned to live with change, even to anticipate it. Here are some truths I’ve learned over the years about change.

Change is necessary if you want to grow. Therefore, expect that changes are bound to happen in your relationships and your life situations sooner or later. God allows these changes to come so we can mature and learn from them.

Change

Change can be uncomfortable but choose to put your trust in an all knowing God. If you want to live life without carrying so much weight of the unknown, trust that God knows what is best for you. He allows these things to happen because it is all according to His plan for your life.

Change is constant. Because we are living beings, change is a constant part of our life. We need to adapt to these changes and see the blessing in the process of change. We can choose how we react to the changes that God brings in our life.

Either we resent it and lose the chance to grow or we embrace it and live richer lives.

 

When I Am Weak Then I Am Strong

weakstrong-500x500

As I was reflecting on God’s word yesterday, I felt great peace and amazement. I knew Christ was with me the whole time and He has reaffirmed in my heart that I should NOT LOSE HEART. Because I am not to look at the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Choosing to continually homeschool my children comes with a price. A lifestyle committed to learning God’s word, developing our family relationships and building our character. It is never easy and has no end. But this has been the calling of God to my family and today’s time with Lord further strengthened this call in my life.

I may not have all the money that I want because my time is devoted to raising my children but certainly God has always provided for all my family’s needs. He has shown me time and time again, how faithful and reliable He truly is.

For the past years, Christ has become more real to me. I experience His leading first hand. If there is something that we want to do and is it for our good, then God provides for it. But if it is not, then God provides the assurance that as we yield our lives to Him, He shall guide and lead us to where and who He wants us to be.

As I am reminded not to lose heart — I also marvel at the privilege of knowing Christ through my life’s journey these past years. He has won my heart so many times with His loving and faithful ways.

As the apostle Paul says, “For the sake of Christ, then I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Our Summer Updates and Some Artworks

Summer break has finally started for us. After completing our school year requirements last week, my kids and I are just enjoying what’s left of the hot summer days.

My son has been playing all day long, either  with his basketball or football  or toys, while spending some time doing his online Bible with Veritas Bible. He continually goes to his football training with Kaya FC Academy.

We have decided to let my daughter take a break from her ballet classes this summer. Aside from finishing her history lessons with Veritas Press Self-paced History , she has been working with her crochet and her paintbrushes. So far, here are her creations…

 

This is her first Acrylic painting.

IMG_3630

And her succeeding works.

IMG_3638IMG_3686

This is her first crochet creation.

IMG_3681

Since she is quite good with Rainbow Loom, she didn’t have a hard time learning crochet. She watches videos from YouTube and learns them on her own.

Our summer break didn’t go as planned. I originally wanted my daughter to attend ballet classes ad painting classes but due to schedule and financial reasons, we weren’t able to do so. But praise God, she is still able to work on her skills and develop her talent.

As for me, I have been decluttering the house. I started with our study room. I have sold old books which we no longer need, gave books to others, looked through my post card collections, sorted books on our shelves and portfolio works of the kids.

I will also look through more cabinets. I hope to clean up more parts of the house and eventually have the house repainted before school starts again.

I also have more time to read books and blogs which inspire me for our upcoming school year. Praying for direction and the changes we need to implement as we move our next school year to September.There is ample time to evaluate our curriculum choices and schedules.

I also have some time to write on my blog and think about where I want to go with The Mommy Journey.

 

I just love that summer break is finally here. We all need to recharge, regroup and refocus. Thank God for this time.

 

Homeschool Help: Project Portfolio

For the past 5 years, my children has been putting together and presenting their project portfolios as part of the requirements from TMA Homeschool. I personally believe  that this is an important skill they need to learn and gain as the years pass. It has been a tool to assess what my child has learned throughout the school year and it has helped preserve memories about our homeschooling journey.  I have kept all of their projects so far. Most are done manually but some of them are done digitally.

So what exactly do you include in a project portfolio? According to TMA Homeschool, “A portfolio is a collection of material to showcase your child’s learning. It is tangible evidence of what your child or student has learned and accomplished during the quarter. It can include anything you think is important and which showcases your child’s milestones.” Highlights of the the child’s learning and achievements are included.

Here are some suggestions of what to include:

– Cover page with your child’s name, age, grade level, picture

– List of goals like improve his writing, completing a project

– Sample of child’s work like drawings, book reports, creative witing

– Life skills learned like cooking, baking, gardening, swimming

– Field trips

– List of books read

I have already shared some of my daughter’s work previously in my post about her 4th grade portfolio as for my son, I’ve shared his 1st grade portfolio.  They used clearbook to store all their work.

Here are some more samples from my daughter’s 2nd grade work a few years back. She used cartolina to put together all her projects.

IMG_3651

IMG_3653 IMG_3654 IMG_3655 IMG_3652My daughter is very art oriented as you can see from her work. She incorporates art with her projects.

Here are the sample pages from her 5th grade portfolio project.

IMG_3660

IMG_3670 IMG_3669 IMG_3668 IMG_3667 IMG_3666 IMG_3665   Here she created her fictional city called Sunshine City. She made maps of the whole city, citizens, government, government facilities and laws of the land.

IMG_3661IMG_3664IMG_3662  IMG_3663There are many ways to create portfolio projects, but what if your child doesn’t like arts? I’ve shared 3 projects for non-artsy students and hope that will give you more ideas.

As your child gets older, they can incorporate all their learnings from different subjects in a single project.

Do you have other ideas? I’d like to hear about it too!

Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Review

Learning never stops. I believe that moms, especially homeschool moms, should continually learn from others. Successful Homeschooling Made Easy has created an online course which is designed to make the homeschooling an easier journey for moms. I am blessed to be chosen to review this course. I have been homeschooling my children for the past 5 years and the journey has not been a smooth one. There were many ups and downs along the way and learning from seasoned homeschoolers has always helped me through the various seasons of my journey.

Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course  is a 26-week long subscription program for parents who are interested in homeschooling or those parents who need a fresh start in their homeschooling journey. The lessons are sent via email every week as a PDF attachment by Stephanie. Stephanie Walmsley created this course as a homeschooling 101 guide to help parents achieve successful homeschooling. Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Review

Each week, a PDF document  with at least 5 pages will be sent to my email address. Every lesson address a key component in achieving stress free homeshooling through out the years. Lessons are focused on giving the teacher tools to develop personalized ideas on homeschooling and help them apply these ideas to their own families. There are weekly assignments that needs to be completed.

Some of the topics include: How to Start Homeschooling Straight Away, Teach Math and other Subjects, Vision and Goal for Your Family’s Homeschool, Fireproof Your Homeshool, The Key Ingredient for Success and others.

The lessons can fit whether one is homeschooling a preschooler or a highschooler. It also works even if you are homeschooling just one or a group. The lessons also help you avoid burn out and unneeded stress by teaching you to choose the right curriculum and programs your family.

The whole course costs $48 but if you want to pay monthly instead, it will cost $10 a month.

How I Used the Product

As I received my email with a download link for the first lesson, I made sure that my Adobe Reader was working so that I can open the file using my laptop. I read the short introduction and was immediately starting my first lesson. The first lesson was about making a schedule that works for my family. There were a series of questions about how we spend time as a family and based from my answers, I was asked to make our 8 week schedule. I printed the file at the end of the document and followed the instructions.

IMG_3417

It took me about 15 minutes to complete the first lesson and the assignment. I took note of the tips that I think will be useful for our family like the LITERACY HOUR.

As I received the 2nd lesson for the succeeding week, I was  quite excited to see how I can make Math more easy for my children. I was reminded that Math needs to be taught 3 ways: via practical experience, talking about it and writing about it. Most of them, I just skip the first part which is practical experience and it makes Math more dull and that is probably why my daughter doesn’t like Math very much.

The very practical guide to choosing the right Math curriculum for your family is truly a helpful guide for me. It helped me evaluate if we are using the right product for our family. Then I even received a BONUS lesson which was about  Math Ideas, making Math more enjoyable to learn for the kids.

The 3rd lesson was about helping a child who has been studying in a public or private school adjust to homeschool. There were several moms who shared their real life stories and what they did to help their kids adjust.

4th lesson was about fireproofing our homeschool. It talks about the philosophy on education, what I want to achieve in my life and whyI want to homeschool the kids. This week also see my adding new things to our schedule like FUN things to do.

5th lesson revolved around 3 questions that will help me achieve our family’s goals. It was really important as this helped shaped the goal of our homeschooling.

6th lesson reminded me to take care of myself and to reach for my dreams. It is important that as a person, I do not neglect myself as it is not holy to forget myself in the name of my children.

7th week is all about homeschooling. It gave a brief background on “school” and why curriculum shouldn’t really matter. It also gave an overview of the methods of homeshooling.

What I Thought of the Product

As I used this product during the review time frame, I have gained fresh insights on Math and how to fireproof our homeschool. I was also reminded of our family’s goals and how I shouldn’t be worried about the “best” curriculum there is. It was refreshing to learn from a veteran homeschooler!

If you are seriously considering to homeschool your children, I  would recommend this product to you. You will gain valuable insights and be guided in making wise choices for your homeschool. As this product is designed to work alongside your current homeschool year, you would probably need to use it best in the beginning of the school year or even before your school year.

For a homeschool parent who needs guidance in re-organizing and restarting their homeschool, this would also be a good start. The course asks the important questions and makes you reflect on your style, goals, methods and how to be a better homeschool parent. It is like attending a conference.

The only downside of this product for me is that it takes too long to complete. 26 weeks is half a year and almost an entire school year. I would rather have all the lessons in 2 or 3 months at least.

For more information, check out the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheBroadRoom.

I invite you to read the reviews of other Schoolhouse Review Crew members to see what they think of this product!

Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Review
Crew Disclaimer