Thursday, August 30, 2012

Our Routine

There have been many posts on the homeschool blogs I follow lately about their daily schedule, so I thought I would also post ours!  We follow more of a routine, no set amount of time for anything, and it helps us all stay on task to get everything done.  Every family is so different and I've found what many other homeschoolers do would never work for us - and others have great ideas that we use.  While we try to go with the flow within our routine, I MUST have a routine in place for my own sanity.  (I'm type A like that!)

Since my kiddos are only preschool age, our school time is only about 90min a day.  As they get older we will convert more of the playing time into school time.  This is our ideal plan, please note that this doesn't always happen all the time!  But we try. =) It usually works so well.....IF I STAY OFF THE COMPUTER DURING SCHOOL AND CLEANING TIME.  Self-control - I'm working on it.

This is what we do on Mon, Tue, Thur, and Friday (most weeks)

  • 7am - Mom's devotion, exercise, and shower time (all others are sleeping and usually wake around 7:45 or so)
  • 8am - Breakfast including family devotions and BSF verse memorization (when BSF starts!)
  • Chores - kids have their own chores.  Mom cleans the kitchen, starts laundry and assists with chores
  • School Time! 
    • stretching/yoga
    • Rug time (calendar, We Choose Virtues, weather, letter, color, and shape of the day)
    • Calendar binders (they each have their own with printouts from HERE
    • Work boxes (they each have 3 boxes with the work for the day)
    • BOB books or God's Big World magazine (Keanan reads the BOB's books to me)
  • Snack and Read Aloud Time - I read them a book that goes with our school theme from the library
  • Cleaning/Play Time - mom cleans one thing and kids either help or play, depending on the cleaning activity
  • Lunch
  • Bible Story Book Read Aloud Time
  • Nap/Rest - in their rooms for 1.5 to 2 hours (this is when mom does bible study, folds laundry, computer...)
  • Snack and Outside Play - rain or shine, we all go outside
  • Get ready for dinner - kids play
  • 6pm - Dinner - and Dad comes home!
  • Family Time
  • 8pm - Kids are in Bed

On Wednesdays we are out the door by 8:15am to get to BSF (or 9am for summer bible study).  We also go to the library on Wednesday before we get home for lunch.  The rest of the day follows the same schedule as the other days.

There you have it - our day.  I love it! =)


Monday, August 27, 2012

Meet With Me - Ten Shekel Shirt

Being a stay-at-home / work-at-home mom can sometimes be lonely.  When this song came up on my pandora station I just had to smile - I'm never alone! =)

"I'm here to meet with you
Come and meet with me
I'm here to find you
Reveal yourself to me

As I wait, you make me strong
As I long, draw me to your arms
As I stand and sing your praise
You come, you come and you fill this place
Won't you come, Won't you come and fill this place"

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Life and Death

It has been a very emotional week for me.

On Monday I had the joy to support a sweet couple in welcoming their new baby girl!  It was a very beautiful (and quick) labor and birth with a very hard working mama.  There were tears of joy as she made her entrance.  What a head full of hair this little one has!  And such a sweet face =)

This morning I had the joy to support a sweet couple in saying goodbye to their baby boy who was stillborn last week.  They were students from one of my childbirth classes.  It was a very beautiful and emotional funeral and I was amazed at the strength of these dear parents.  I have never been to the funeral of a baby or child and the sight of the casket took my breath away.  After leaving the graveside service I sat in my car and sobbed.

Life and death.  We face them every day - but they both hit me hard this week.

I don't understand why.  And a lot of times I don't like it.  But I do know that God is good.

Please pray for both sets of parents as they journey down very different roads.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The fastest 4 weeks ever!

At this moment Yukari is on a plane heading back for Japan.  We so enjoyed our home-stay experience with her and were all sad to say goodbye.

Besides her weekday trips and adventures with her group, we had lots of fun "showing her America".  Some of the highlights were taking her to church and our small group (she had never been to any church before - she said she liked the music), going camping at the ocean, going grocery shopping (she bought so much chocolate we weren't sure it would fit in her suitcase!), going to Mt. Rainier, meeting lots of our family, going to my cousin's wedding, going to the fair, eating lots of food with us, and playing with the kids.

As a going away gift yesterday Keanan gave her a little American flag that he had, and as a family we gave her a bible in Japanese - it took Zac about an hour to figure out were Luke and Acts were so he could mark it!

It has been so much fun learning about Japan and speaking a tiny bit of Japanese.  I loved hearing the kids say "oyasuminasai" (means goodnight) to Yukari before bedtime. We will most likely be home-stay hosts again in the future =)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A new tool in the Vawter house (so far I LOVE it!)

I was tired of making emotional judgement calls (read that as "yelling") about discipline when my kids were disobeying.  Enter, the if/then chart!  We wrote this "together" and it was then approved by daddy.  So nice now to say, "let's see what your consequence is".   We have 3 simple rules in our house (from the "We Choose Virtues" program that I will blog about later): 1. Obey  2. Be Kind  3. Be a Helper  Here's what happens if they get broken:

Consequence Chart


Don’t obey/  listen/ show respectEphes. 6:1   Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.1. Age time out
2. Apologize & ask forgiveness
3. Clean for ½ age minutes
Whining/ complaining/ throwing fitsPhil. 2:14  Do everything without complaining or arguing.1. Don’t get what you wanted
2. Sit on landing until calm
3. Calmly count to 10 and take 2 deep breaths
Unkind words/ tone/ actionsEphes. 4:32  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.1. Apologize & ask forgiveness
2. Say/do something kind
Arguing with each otherEphes. 4:3  Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.1. Loose object
2. Sit on landing until calm
3. Touch noses & apologize
Hurting someoneProv. 25:28  Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.1. 10 minute time out in room
2. Apologize and ask forgiveness
3. Say & do something kind for them
Out of room during night or napPsalm 4:8  I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.Door gets locked
Great Helper or Super Kind1 John 4:7  Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.1. Hug/ high five/ thanks
2. Star on chart

Monday, August 6, 2012

Our First (of many) VBS!

Last week was VBS Space Quest 2012 at our church and BOTH Keanan and Kyla participated and absolutely loved it!!  I am the children's ministry administrator (think all think paper/computer related) for our church, so I was also there all week.  We had 155 kids come through the doors with 76 amazing volunteers.  There were actually 2 programs running: one for the little kids (3ys-K) and the big kids (1st-4th).  5th & 6th graders were helpers, so they still were participating, but with added responsibility (they LOVED this!).  Technically, Kyla was supposed to be in the nursery - and she was on the first day.  But she then asked to be in a rocket with the big kids, so I snuck her in! (It pays to be in charge of registration, and be BF's with the director!  She's also pretty advanced in her language skills for a 2 year old, so she fit right in!)

The kids were "on a mission with Jesus Christ, cause He's the Way, the Truth, and the Life" (from the theme song).  They learned about Jesus' mission and their mission with Him.  They loved snack, crafts, games and the bible story time - mostly snack =).  They also adored their "commanders" and helpers in their rocket groups!  One of my favorite parts was that they learned a hymn and sign language to go with it (this is part of the Lifeway VBS curriculum) - Oh, How I Love Jesus.  They preformed this and the Space Quest theme song at church on Sunday - so cute!

This was my first time helping with VBS since college, and my first time ever on the leadership team.  Everything was way smoother than anticipated, and while we were all exhausted after the week, we are also very excited for next year.

Sorry, no pictures - we were all way too busy having fun!!