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Teach By Example ~ Mom School Week 1 (2017)

I'm really excited to host Teach by Example ~ Mom School. I love deciding which books I want to use and I'm pretty excited about some of them, well most of them.


The Thinking Tree has some journals that I will be using during the Six Week Teach By Example ~ Mom School Challenge!

Winter Homeschooling Journal ~ I really like the idea of using a journal that the kids use. I think it gives them a visual with how to use the journal and it also gives mom the chance to "show" her kids what is expected of them without really telling them. It's a neat way to talk and discuss in a non threatening way too because you can use your (mom's) work.

365 Day Thanksgiving Journal ~ Sometimes I can be quite negative so I'll be using this journal to keep me continuously being thankful (did that make sense 😁). I plan to ask the kids what they are thankful for and put that it in the journal as well.

A Devotional Coloring Book: Bible Time Journal ~ I'll use this for the days when I don't write a verse in one of the other journals.

90 Day Pocket Planner ~ This will be used daily. Sometimes there is an illustrated to do list in the Winter Journal so I'll most likely just copy what I put in my Pocket Planner this way when I look back in my journal I'll have it there. I keep my Pocket Planner open in the kitchen, not my Winter Journal so I SEE what I need to get done.

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My books I have chosen:

Slow Lane The Beautiful Art of Slowing Down ~ this one I'm reading through with some friends. I want SLOW in my life. Not lazy or being slow like a sloth, nope. Just slowing down in my walk with Christ and with my family. For me SLOW looks different. I want to stop and be in the now with my kids, to breath and SLOW. Spiritually I want to SLOW and take the time to listen to God.

Teaching from Rest ~ kinda goes with my whole SLOW theme for the year, yes, my word for the year is SLOW and Rest goes with that.

Silver Boxes the Gift of Encouragement ~ This gem of a book is based on Eph. 4:29; Don't say anything bad but only what is good, so that you help where there's a need and benefit those who hear. I want to work more with being an encourager, putting others first, making them feel special. As one little girl put it, "Our words should be gifts to each other, little silver boxes with bows on top."

Different: The Story of an Outside-the Box Kid ~ This is Sally and Nathan Clarkson's story. A child with OCD, ADHD, and ODD and how his mother loved him. Moms are like that.

The Power of a Praying Wife ~ I have read this book before but thought I should go through it again.

The Secrets of Mental Math ~  I'm going through this DVD Course and book with three of my kids.

Optimizing Brain Fitness ~ I had Brent choose any course in the Great Courses Catalog and he chose this one so we are going to do this together.

The Joy of Relationship Homeschooling ~  It's been a long time since I've read some encouraging homeschooling mom type books. A friend recommended this one to me so I'm excited to add it to my stack of books. I don't have it yet, it's on the way.

Who Moved the Cheese ~ this one is a fun read and one I have had on my shelf way too long collecting dust. My hubby has read it and I plan to have the kids read it too. It teaches how to deal with change. There is also a kids version that I might get for Lance.

The Go-Giver ~ What one man learns the power of changing ones attitude from getting to giving - putting others' interest before your own, continually adding value to their lives ultimately leads to unexpected returns. A book that my kiddos will be reading too!

Chronological Expressions Bible ~ of course my Bible reading for the day. I'm reading the Bible chronologically with some Facebook friends.


Now that may look like a lot of books and it is for this homeschooling mama of six but I don't plan on reading each book daily, except the Bible of course.

The Winter Journal has the Circle Today's Date pages. I plan to use it at least three times a week. My goal is to use one days worth of pages but if I can only do one or two that will be fine too. I'm not going to overwhelm myself.

I hope some of you will join me in this 6 week challenge. You don't have to own a Thinking Tree journal to jump in. Feel free to use whatever works for you. It might even be working in one of your kid's workbooks, or read one of their textbooks or a stack of books you've been meaning to read but haven't had the time.

So grab your books, read, and share what you are learning. Monday I'll have the linky go live so you all can start sharing your Teach by Example Mom School moments.

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Mom School ~ Teach by Example (2017)

It's been almost a year since I've hosted Mom School ~ Teach by Example! I had so much fun. I'm excited to start this up again.

If you all would like to join me that would be wonderful. I will have a link-up every Monday. You can grab the graphic and link-up!

Right now I'm gathering my books to start January 30th. I plan to use my Winter Girls Journal again along with my 365 Days of Thanksgiving, Bible Time, my 90 Day Pocket Planner, and of course a stack of books.

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I still have a few books that I want to add but they are not here yet. I'll blog a little about the books I have chosen next week.

Here is a peek at some of the books I'll be reading and journaling about.
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Last time I encouraged you all to use one of the student journals and adapt it for Mom Schooling, and although I loved it, it didn't work out for some moms so of course use any journal that works for you. I know Sarah has made a few Mom School type journals since then.

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Hope you all will join me and share your Teach by Example ~ Mom School post! Until next time . . .

History Day

On this day not much schooling got done but we did get an all day history lesson.
The kids paid for lunch too. Pizza, chicken wings, and bread sticks, I bought the bread sticks, hehe.
I didn't eat any of it. Instead I had a delicious Caesar Salad and a P&J smoothie. Yum!




I was trying to get a picture of him smiling but id didn't happen. Wonder if he was nervous.








 When Lance saw all the people that attended he said, "Why do all those people go when they could watch from their living room?" he made me laugh.





















90 Day Pocket Planner by The Thinking Tree

Sarah from The Thinking Tree has come out with some really neat planners and I can't wait to get my hands on one. I'll make a video as soon as I do.

They are pocket size so you can take them with you. The Begin Again is on sale right now for half price. I'm not sure how long the sale will last. Don't expect this planner to be like anything you've used before!



Many moms are in survival mode. They are just surviving from day to day and that's not good for your family or your health.

We need to get out of survival mode to be the best we can for our husband and kiddos. This planner is meant to help moms get out of survival mode to be the best we can be. To not feel overwhelmed.
 
I'll have pictures and share more but I didn't want you all to miss the sale for the first one above (Begin Again)

On day one you choose four important things you want to accomplish. On day two you choose four necessary things you plan to accomplish. If you can't get to them all then just begin again on the next day. The dates are not set in stone, which means they are blank, you write the date. If you are sick or one day you just couldn't get to everything you DON'T have to skip that page. I love that because many times planners are predated and I really, really, don't like skipping pages (makes me feel behind and that's not good we don't want you mamas to have that "behind" feeling).

Take a peek inside.
 

Some pages in the back of the Pocket Planner.



Here's how I'll be using my 90 Day Pocket Planner. I don't feel like I'm in survival mode at this time but do need to stay on track. I'm currently in "Derailed Mode

Make-Up Travel Roll-Up Bag to the Rescue for Taming Some Clutter!

It's been a while since I've blogged. I really meant to blog something daily in December. Even if it was just a picture. Then thought January would be good but as you can see I missed the first two days already so that didn't work out either. Maybe Feb.

There's so much going on where do I even start. Haha, 

Here's a nifty little idea for you all who own craft stuff. What mama doesn't right? I don't know if I ever mentioned that I like to color so if I didn't now you know. Consider yourself informed 😁

I own a Mary Kay Travel Roll Up bag. It's pretty neat except I don't know what to use it for. I don't travel much and when we do I have another bag I put my stuff in. I didn't want to give it away because it was expensive ($35 to me is a lot!). It was a gift too so unless I was going to to give it to my sister MaryEllen it wasn't going anywhere, hehe.

The other day I got this awesome idea. Well, actually the Lord gave me the idea because I am so not creative like this.

I had a lot of different kinds of markers in one bag! Little one, skinny ones, and double sided ones. I decided to separate them but wasn't sure how. Then I remembered I had this Travel Roll Up bag and it worked like a charm! Now I wish I had a few more for my gel pens. I might search one out at the second hand stores.


And you can hang it up too if you have one with a hanger attached! Pretty neat huh? Can you tell I'm a bit excited. I don't normally think of things like this. Although I'm sure you ladies have been using one for all your crafty needs and I'm just now getting the idea, ha! Better late than never as they say.
Imagine all the other things I can use this for (now I need more, hehe). I can put white board markers in a pocket, tape in anther, scissors, and so much more!

What would you put in it? Leave a comment below, thanks!