Friday, October 21, 2011

A Homeschool Fun Friday (AKA "Staying Sane")

It's been a long year. 

If you've been following along from the beginning of our traveling/blogging adventures, you have laughed with us, cried with us, and probably marvelled at us sometimes (either in a "wow" way or a "scratch your head" type of way.) 

We first started traveling in our RV for ministry purposes September 2010.  Until now (October 2011) we have lived 10 of those months in our RV. 

You may think that sounds kind of fun and adventurous.  In some ways it is, in others it means some sacrifices.  Those that have actually been inside our RV can understand.  200 sq ft of living space (which include kitchen, bathroom, beds, etc) can create the perfect conditions for explosive pressure.  Fortunately, we have defused quite a few possible eruptions.  But none the less, one's sanity is tested a little more than the average family in a regular home. 

Constant traveling also means we homeschool. 

Homeschooling itself can challenge one's sanity.  So even though we have been back home for a week +, the schooling has not stopped.  In fact, we seem to finally have some form of consistency.  And I proclaimed today and consecutive Fridays as Fun Friday. 

A Fun Friday will be a special treat for having good attitudes and good manners, I will reward the kids with an academic movie (think History Channel or Science or other) instead of their regular lesson.  We'll also be a little more lenient on the schedule for the day.  Maybe they can sleep in an extra 30 minutes, or stay in pajamas. 

We'll also have fun like having a special dessert before lunch or maybe I'll create a Mystery Jar with things like, "Skip doing a Worksheet" and "Act or tell my report instead of writing it".  You get the idea.  The point is for both the students and teacher (me) to get a little break and look forward to Fridays.

As a kick-off, today we had dessert before lunch and a special History Channel movie.  This one was on the Exodus of the Israelites.  The kids had to listen carefully and try to figure out what was Biblical fact and what wasn't.  The person with the most correct got to go out with dad for a B1G1 (Buy 1, Get 1) DQ treat.  It will probably be something different next time.

But when the movie was done we discussed it and read the passage about the plaques and parting of the Red Sea to validate what was true or not.  It was really fun and the kids learned alot.

Speaking of learning, Josh and Robert have been quite busy with projects.  Josh, as you may know, started selling jewelry he makes to get some side cash.  Because of that little venture, we actually have a couple who owns a salon who would like to partner with us to sell our jewelry (I'll be making it too.)  If this takes off, we hope to expand that into other places.

Joshua's "Shop" at our RV spot (believe it or not he was able to make over $50 profit)

Making a pair of earrings (the pink one I'm holding up)

Finished product

Making a display for his jewelry

Robert has been working on a new engine design, what he calls an "impeller" (vs. a "propeller".)  He's been experimenting with PVC pipe to see if he can design a system that can move you through the water without having a propeller on the outside of a boat.  This is coming from the same kid who hates to read, unless it's a car manual or engine book.  Go figure!!  (Wish I had know that years ago when I was pulling my hair out trying to get him to read Dr. Seuss books aloud!!!)

Robert modifying a weed-eater motor

The miniature boat he made to test on

My favorite sane spot when we are home...

So, here's to sanity and the creativity in homeschooling!  And a restful weekend...

  "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: 'The righteous will live by faith.'"  Romans 1:16-17

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