Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Introducing our NEW HOMESCHOOL NAME!!!:)

My daughter Morgan was in the kitchen last night and said "hey mom, wouldn't it be cool if we could make an a Crysalis,like a butterfly has?" I said yes it would be! And of course it landed me online researching butterfly stage models..I found a good one by the way that I can't wait to do with them! hehe..

It also got me thinking about how this relates to our transformation in Christ as believers! Before it becomes a butterfly, a caterpillar goes through a growth stage during which it is called a "chrysalis." On the surface it may not look like much is happening, but the delicate chrysalis process changes the fuzzy caterpillar into an awesome butterfly with wings of intricate designs and intense colors. The chrysalis process symbolizes how Christ can transform you into something beyond your dreams. It happens when you grow beyond yourself, opening your life to Jesus' power and love. How awesome is that?!?

And it also lays a beautiful picture of our homeschooling journey..

My children start out as those fuzzy little caterpillars, so full of life, wonder and excitement of the world around them, but have no idea what God has in store for their lives!

And our homeschooling journey filled with life learning experiences, character building, serving others and raising them up to have a heart of Christ acts as their Crysalis process:

Until one day the time will come when they spread their wings of vibrant colors and become that butterfly that radiates to the whole world who God created them to be!!

So it seemed PERFECT to change our homeschool name to The Chrysalis Academy: which is for the years of transformation, it is like the cocoon which surrounds my developing butterflies!!:)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Robin's Nest:)

Our state for today was Connecticut and we learned that the state bird was a Robin so we created Bird's Nests!! Eeeek so fun!! We haven't tried them yet..maybe tomm;) check em out!

And the FINAL product..with our M&M eggs! hehe;)

Happy V-day!:)

We had a AWESOME start to our Valentines Day by visiting a new church( http://www.121church.org/) and then we came home for lunch and to celebrate with cookies and pink lemonade! Here are a few pics;)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Goodies from the Library:)

We made an adventurous trip to the Library Thursday and look at all we picked up! Oh how I LOVE books:)

We are studying about the founding of our country and various states and also studying Birds so we picked up these goodies to go along with our lesson:

We the People( The Constitution of the United States of America)

To form a More Perfect Union( The story of our constitution)

Carolina Shout

Molly Bannaky

It Happened in America( True Stories from the Fifty States)

From the Hills of Georgia

Cornstalks and Cannonballs

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution

Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing The Birds

Fine Feathered Friends

FUN FUN! I can't wait to dive into these goodies with the kiddos:)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Homeschooling on a Budget;)

I wanted to start posting more resource type posts for those who are considering homeschooling, new to homeschooling, or just need new ideas!;)..

For those considering Homeschooling but think there is no way your family could afford it and thinks you have to spend hundreds of dollars on curriculum every year..Well I am here to say that is so NOT true!!:) You can have a very succesful homeschool year without breaking the bank!;)

Homeschooling on a Shoestring Blog has great links for cheap or free homeschooling materials


here is another:


also take advantage of free online websites such as ,http://www.starfall.com/, http://www.homeschoolshare.com/ etc

And also board games with a educational theme, I can't tell you how much my kids have learned just by playing games!:)

If you are considering in purchasing a curriculum, I HIGHLY recommend My Fathers World!..Its one of the cheapest on the market, that I have found and my family truly LOVES this curriculum!!


So in love with

HISTORY!!..We are having so much fun learning about our country with My Fathers World and how it came to be and watching my kids get excited, just makes me wanna.. well dance! hehe;) We have been learning SO much lately, recently though we started our State Sheets and today was Delaware! Did you know that Delaware is only 100 miles long and 9 miles wide at its narrowest?!? AND it only has 3 counties!..Morgan replied "WOW Mom thats a pretty small state! Yea all say! lol;) Here are a few pictures of Ms.Morgan working:)

Map of the First 13 colonies:)

Delaware State Sheet:)