Thursday, August 24, 2017

"Fire"


“Fire”

Dark days and even darker nights,
Tired of being in this fight.

Falling, crashing, and hitting the floor,
Yet rising to do battle once more.

From deep within me arises a song,
The darkness will not have victory for long.

I have power that cannot be contained,
I turn a small spark into a fiery flame.

I burn brightly, and I leave my mark,
Unforgettable, I am a shining star.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Beginning of the School Year: 2017-2018


It's hard to believe that another summer break has come and gone, and yet here we are two weeks into our school year already. Things have gone well so far. Other than the usual difficulties that arise as the children and I readjust to waking early, things are going quite smoothly overall. This year is also a bit challenging for me as a homeschooling parent, as I am now teaching two high schoolers. My youngest child is attending our local public elementary school, which has an excellent special needs program, and she has a fabulous teacher.

I am often asked what program I use to teach my children at home. I always laugh when I get asked this question because I am definitely an eclectic homeschooler. I use varying companies and methods with each of my children, depending on individual learning styles and preferences. Some children are visual learners, while others are auditory or kinesthetic learners. Tailoring curriculum to fit my children's needs is one of the advantages that homeschooling offers. For this year's lineup, here is what we are using:

Ninth Grade

Saxon Algebra I
Sonlight Core 100 (U.S. History & Geography)
Literature (Taking at homeschool co-op)
Analytical Grammar
Biology
Greek
Catholic Theology
Physical Education (various sources)
Photography (Taking at homeschool co-op)

Eleventh Grade

Math U See Geometry (She has already completed Algebra 1 and Algebra 2.)
History and Philosophy of the Western World
SAT and ACT Grammar Workbook
Spanish
Chemistry
Literature
Foundations in Personal Finance (Taking at homeschool co-op)
Photography (Taking at homeschool co-op)

Fourth Grade

Attending the local public elementary school; in a special needs classroom.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Beauty Giveaway Winner: Five Fun Fridays Series


Congratulations to Lorna! She is the randomly selected winner of the beauty giveaway. I really enjoyed this blogging series. Be on the lookout for another series soon! Happy weekend to all!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Frozen Silence


“Frozen Silence”

Did you see the leaves
As they fell from the tree?
Did you notice the frost
As it settled and covered the city?

Did you feel the wind
As it blew hard and cold?
Did you hear the secrets whispered
As a new season unfolded?

Did you hear my cry
As I slipped further away?
Did you heed my call
When my thoughts began to decay?

Do you feel secure
In your sheltered little world?
So high above me
Yet one step and you, too, are submerged.

"Rising"

"Rising" With your words, you tried to kill me, and I lay hurt and wounded for some time. I had to fight and claw my way b...