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Best Laid Plans…

Posted by Hallee on Sep 13, 2012 in Christian Faith, homeschooling, Parenting

I feel a little bit like a fraud. “Christian Homeschooling Mom Enrolls Special Needs Child in Public School.” I don’t know how a family so strongly homeschool minded could end up with not one, but two children in public school and a 4-year-old in a preschool. However, despite what WE thought was best, God has intervened and taken us on a different direction.

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Bearing the Burden of Sub-Par Teaching

Posted by Hallee on Feb 1, 2012 in Parenting, Raising girls, Raising teens

My daughter, Kaylee, is incredibly driven. She wants to excel at everything she does. For a while that manifested itself into her not trying anything because if she couldn’t perfectly succeed, she absolutely refused to try. As she’s matured, it has become a driving force – she must try and she must succeed.

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Decisions

Posted by Hallee on Sep 19, 2011 in homeschooling, Life, Parenting

He went home that night pondering the school and started praying about it. He felt very very pressed that we should put the boys there instead of homeschooling them. The more he prayed about it, the more he felt like that was the right decision.

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Menu Monday 08 AUG 2011 – First Day of School!

Posted by Hallee on Aug 8, 2011 in Hallee's Galley, menus & menu planning

Here’s the menu for my family for the week of August 8th. As far as desserts go, school starts this week, and Kaylee has requested miniature Cars 2 cakelettes for her first day of school lunch. Her little brother is desperate to make some, and I think that she’s accommodating him. So, we’ll be making some mini-cakes out of Yummy Yellow Cake. I’ll probably also make some Doodleroo’s Snickerdoodles as well.

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Redshirting

Posted by Hallee on Jul 26, 2011 in homeschooling, Parenting, Raising boys

Redshirting is holding your school-aged child back an extra year, and starting them in kindergarten at the age of 6 (or first grade at the age of 7). I was bouncing around the idea of writing a post about it and tried to look up the etymology of the term and came across two interesting things: (1) the term “redshirting” as far as I can tell, has its history in sports and something to do with Freshmen wearing red shirts, and (2) there is a MAJOR criticism in the world out there for people who choose to redshirt. Typically, the criticism came from people who have a different world view than I, so I decided no more bouncing around with an idea — I’ll go ahead and write it. :-)

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Menu Monday 13 JUN 2011

Posted by Hallee on Jun 13, 2011 in Hallee's Galley, menus & menu planning

Here’s the menu for my family for the week of June 13th. As far as desserts go, we’re going with fresh fruits, fresh whipped cream, and maybe some Jell-O this week. We have Vacation Bible School all week, and they’ll be eating all sorts of snacks and such there that we don’t normally have around our household. Consequently, I’m going to try to keep the white sugar consumption down to a minimum.

And since we have Vacation Bible School all week, and have to be at the church every night early, I’m going to be pushing dinnertime up by about 90 minutes every day. Meals are going to be incredibly out of whack all week long.

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Something About Me Most People Don’t Know

Posted by Hallee on May 20, 2011 in Housekeeping, Life

One thing about my personality that most people can pick up on within a short amount of time in meeting me is that I’m a very capable person. If I see a task, I figure out a way to accomplish it. I’m good at logic, I’m good at critical thinking, I’m good at math, and I have a tendency to take charge and lead. All of those things combine into one neat little capable package.

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Homemade = Yummier

Posted by Hallee on May 3, 2011 in Hallee's Galley, Life

Kaylee came after school and I made her a plate of sandwiches. Halfway through the first one, she stopped eating and said, “This isn’t your bread is it?”

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Our Curriculum

Posted by Hallee on Apr 27, 2011 in homeschooling, Life, Parenting

We use a combination of different curriculum resources for the children, and we do more than sit down daily and do book work.

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Educating Ourselves on School Lunches

Posted by Hallee on Apr 15, 2011 in Hallee's Galley, Life, Parenting, Raising teens

I think school lunches have been on the radar for at least the last year – with Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution airing last April. I know a lot of those in the “real food world” have been speaking out about them for years, but to little to no avail. But Jamie Oliver got the mainstream America talking, at least for a little while. School lunch news this week has been all freshly abuzz with the premiere of Food Revolution 2, an article in the Washington Post about flavored milk, and an article in the Chicago Tribune about a school that didn’t allow any child without a medical permission slip to eat anything but the lunches provided by the school.

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