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Exploring the World of Astronomy Review

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This months book for the Moms of Master Books was Exploring the World of Astronomy. As usual Master Books has delivered yet another awesome resource for your children. This could be used as a supplement to you homeschool, as well as just a great read for the members of your family.

Exploring the World of Astronomy Review

The book is laid out wonderfully. It is packed with great information, and at the end of each chapter there is a questions section to quiz your student on what they have learned. Of course, the book is written from a Christian perspective. So, there is no need to worry about hidden agendas or content while your little ones are reading. You can be sure that it is written from a creation outlook.

Exploring the World of Astronomy has 11 chapters that are jam packed with information. Not only did my children learn a lot just from flipping through, but as a mom, I learned a lot of great information as well. We will be using this in our homeschool throughout the year to dive a little deeper into the world of astronomy.

Be sure to visit the other Moms Of Master Books to see the other great reviews!

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Our 2013/2014 Homeschool Curriculum

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It never fails that I always change things up in our homeschool curriculum. I get introduced to something new, or just want to try something new to keep things fresh. There is also life changes that play a part in my choices. For instance our newest addition to the family will be here in December. So, I am planning around her birth as I am doing things too.

2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum

Everyone will be using the following on their appropriate level.

Bible-Who Am I by Apologia

Grammar-Growing with Grammar

Spelling-Soaring with Spelling

Writing-Winning with Writing

Math-Life of Fred

History-American History from Bright Ideas Press

Americanhistory

Geography- Little Passports USA edition *NOW THROUGH AUGUST 20th GET 40% OFF OF YOUR SUBSCRIPTION WITH CODE: OFF40*

Little Passports

Science-God’s Design for Life from Answers in Genesis

God's Design for life

Reading-For the older 2 they are using the library with journals. For the twins they are using All About Reading Level 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the bulk of what we will be doing this year. I am really excited about our choices, and am looking forward to getting started. The first few boxes have already arrived, and with each delivery the kids are getting more excited.

What are you using this year?

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Sacrificing To Homeschool

Sacrificing to homeschool doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. To me though, homeschooling is the biggest blessing, but with that blessing there are certain sacrifices that sometimes we must make. There are always different phases of life. Sometimes, finances are tighter than we would care to admit. Other times the mental strain that a rough homeschool day can take on us is more than we would like to bare.

Sacrificing to Homeschool

Trust me I have been there. I’ve had those days when the pressure of things not going right starts to weigh you down. I’ve had the thoughts that make me want to march to the closest school and enroll them all. After all wouldn’t that be easier? Wouldn’t it be great to have 8 hours to myself everyday to clean the house, or even get a job that would eliminate all of our financial hardships?

The financial end of things alone is enough to cause most to think twice about jumping into homeschool. The curriculum costs, having to give up that second income, never having a spare moment to yourself. Those are all things that can weigh on a homeschool mom’s mind. However, I firmly believe that if you are called to homeschool your family, then God is big enough to fill in the gaps that may happen financially. Through our obedience comes His blessing.

I can tell you I have had years where I didn’t even know how in the world I would afford the curriculum that I needed. But, God has always come through for us. Whether it be through an amazing sale, someone blessing me with the books, or an odd job that is the amount I needed to pay for what we needed, it always works itself out.

I know when we have been in hard times, so many people wonder why I don’t just give it up. After all wouldn’t that be the responsible thing to do? Send everyone off to school so that I could get a job to help with the financial end of things. Thankfully my husband is not one of those people. He fully supports me being at home to homeschool our children. I do know this, that even though it may not make sense to someone looking in from the outside, we are doing exactly what God has called us to do. In the end that is all that matters. Not what other’s think of our decision, but what HE thinks?

Is all the sacrificing really worth it? OF COURSE! There is no greater gift to me than being able to homeschool my children. Sure there are times I have had to give up a modern convenience, or set out from an activity that we really wanted to do. In the long run, those are just things, and hold no eternal value. What I am imparting into my children is so much more.

Have you had to sacrifice something in order to homeschool? It’s not always easy, but it is always worth it!

 

 

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