HOMESCHOOLING AND A GIVEAWAY!

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christian family blog and stuck on youchristian family blog and stuck on youAle and I both grew up in public school. both our parents worked full time and homeschooling was not something they were familiar with. homeschooling our kiddos has been a topic of conversation for quite some time for ale and i.  we’ve talked about our options and have come to the conclusion that homeschooling is the route we would like to pursue.

i’m sure it’s going to be challenging when the time comes, but i am really looking forward to planning out school for our little ones.

We wanted to get a jump-start on prepping gracie for “school” and have been setting goals and mini-lesson plans for her. Last week we started school at our home, and although gracie is only 2, we have a strict one hour block of school daily. Every day is a little bit different for us (as far as our to-do’s) but regardless of what we have planned, we are sure to include our one hour of “school.”

So far we have the alphabet down and most of the major colors and shapes. we’re working on the difference between a hexagon and an octagon but it’s still a hit or miss with that one.

One of gracie’s favorite things to do is to prep her back-pack and head over to the pool to review her letters, shapes and numbers. The pool is by far her favorite classroom and when the jitters kick in, we jump in for a swim.

I think what has made this “homeschooling” experience so exciting for grace, is the fact that she has a designated space to keep all of her school supplies (notebooks, crayons, flashcards etc.) We came across a family owned company called Stuck on you a few weeks ago that provides practical solutions for parents. They personalize labels, designer bag tags, stationary and even clothing! Stuck on you sent us their junior back-pack that you see in the pictures (with the name grace olivia on the front pocket). When it arrived, grace pulled it out of our mailbox and said “mommy look at all the apples, it’s so pretty!” i thought so too! i was very pleased and pleasantly surprised with the overall look and quality of the backpack. The backpack is made of a poly canvas with a coated front panel making clean-up a breeze… which will come in handy after all of our outdoor homeschooling. it also has a mesh side pocket for her water bottle AND an insulated compartment on the bottom meaning we can bring our favorite snacks wherever we chose to have school that day. win win win!

here’s the great news… Stuck On You is offering 4 gift cards of $25.00 each to some lucky ale & tere readers!!! to enter, click on the Rafflecopter below and follow the instructions. You can win extra entries by visiting the Stuck On You website and leaving a comment below letting us know what you’d spend the gift card on. I’ve had my eye on these write on lables for some time now. i think they’d help my closet organization now that grace and our new babe are going to share a room. Also, this canvas clock would make the cutest gift!

The giveaway closes on Saturday September 14th at 12:00 am so go on and tell all your mommy friends. Good luck!!!

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10 Comments

  1. Im guessing Gracie had a slip and fall..lol. too cute! I love her hair and expressions!! Best of wishes with homeschooling! I would have loved to have had a class by the pool ;p oh and with a stylish backpack!
    -Jen

    1. HAHA! She did! At first I thought about running up to her and “saving” her, but she was having so much fun I thought I’d let her enjoy it and capture her expressions instead. I would have loved to have a class by the pool as well!!!

  2. Gracie is just a d o r a b l e ! They grow so quickly Tere. Another Blog and friend I follow are 4 Little Fergusons she just set-up her classroom in her home for her 4 children, check it out. It is so darling! Best. Cheryl

    1. Thank you Cheryl! I checked out 4 little fergusons and they are just too cute!!! thanks for linking us up!

  3. We are seriously considering homeschooling too! Karyanna will be two next week so we still have three years until kindergarten, but I know it will be here too soon. It’s a scary and a big step to decide to homeschool, but I think it will be a good one. 🙂 Kudos to you, I can’t wait to see how it grows. I think having an hour a day is a good start…time to get some flash cards. 😉

    1. jessica, flash cards are working really well for grace right now. sometimes she just throws them around but she loves them. i agree with you that it’s a big step to decide to homeschool and the truth is that it’s way easier said than done. the awesome part about it is that there are so many incredible resources that are meant for rookie mommas like us! ps: i love your idea of fitness fridays!

  4. Gracie looks so proud of herself in these pictures! How sweet! My husband and I were both homeschooled and the recourses available today are kind of amazing. My experience seems so primitive now!

      1. How awesome! Maybe you’ll help shed some light on the subject. I was not homeschooled but grew up around families who did homeschool their kids. Some kids have turned out AMAZING while others not so much. I guess there’s no guarantee on the process but I have seen more good than bad. also… grace really was proud of herself. She wears the backpack non-stop, walks towards the door and shouts “bye mom, I’m going to school now!”