Friday, February 19, 2016

Making the Change to Traditional School

I always thought I would homeschool my kids all the way through high school and I never imagined it any other way. And then one day, I just couldn’t do it anymore. The school room started to pile up around me and all of my fun creative ideas were just gone. And poof! They vaporized! And then I went back to work and the guilt started to set in. I realized I had no “exit plan.” Thankfully, for the time we were in this overwhelming, surprise transition, I found Keys of Arizona. Keys is an intense homeschool coop where you can pick and choose classes taught for your child by qualified teachers. The kids are still homeschooled, simply from a different perspective. Keys turned out to be a huge part of my kids’ transition from homeschool to now traditional schooling in Wyoming. You can read about our decision to move to Wyoming at Consideringfrugal.

But first, I want to back up and tell you how awesome, supportive and non-judgmental the leaders of Keys were in our transition. When we first started Keys, we had no idea where God was taking us. We didn’t know if we would enroll in private school or continue to homeschool. We had no idea what was ahead and the leaders simply responded by loving our kids and praying for us. They truly wanted what was best for us as a family. 

Over the course of a year and a half we eventually made the decision to move back to the heartland where they could experience growing up the way I remembered. Homeschooling just wasn’t working for us anymore and it was time for them to learn a different way of life outside of the big city. Now they each attend an amazing school here in Cheyenne where the teachers know them by name and appreciate their uniqueness and creativity. They are both ahead of the game in different ways. They love school and I love sending them.

I won’t be posting regularly on Homeschool Arizona anymore, however I will be continuing to post about our honey bees and urban homesteading activities on Considering frugal.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Arizona Field Trips/Butterfly Wonderland

butterfly wonderland
Butterflies as Big as Your Hand!
We took a great field-trip last week to the new Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, Arizona. I recommend it highly. Here is the rundown, it is expensive, $9.95 for kids and $18.95 for adults and it doesn't take very long to explore the Butterfly Wonderland especially if you have energetic or older children, however, for the experience alone, you have to go at least once. I recommend going before your children are too old to really enjoy it, although some adults have said they could spend hours at this place.
We are studying pollination in Apologia Botany, so this field-trip fit into our lessons perfectly. My son, who is seven enjoyed it the most. In the butterfly garden they have butterflies as big as your hand that land on you randomly. It is just beautiful. They also have a room with poisonous Arizona insects, a traditional aunt farm and an aunt farm crafted for a space mission. One of the highlights of the trip was the in closed bee hive where you could find the queen bee and watch her in action.
Butterfly wonderland
Thousands of Butterflies in Flight
These are actual pictures that we took. Aren't they beautiful!? They also have a fantastic movie on the migration of the Monarchs that is included in the price. I highly recommend this field-trip, just know that you need to budget for it. There is a cafe, however it was pricey as well. I recommend taking a sack lunch or leaving for lunch and returning for the afternoon to get your moneys worth. Finally, the gift shop did have some lovely items, however highly over priced. Are you catching a theme of "over-priced"? We purposed to stop by the Dollar Tree for souvenirs at the end.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Overcoming a Rough Week

Overcoming a Rough Week
The Lost Princess
I have to say it has been a rough week or two around here and I am always amazed at how God pulls us through and rounds things out! If you read my other blog, Considering frugal, you know I had a huge case of Blogger's Block last week. I called the post The Truth About My Life and you can read it here. Most of our homeschool lessons surround whatever Apologia chapter we are working from and this semester it is Botany. Last week we studied the seed all week. I planned on making Ezekiel Bread as Apologia suggested however God had another plan found in the tiny little Mustard seed. He even arranged a Wednesday night lesson in Mustard Seed Faith without my knowledge. I love it when He does that! We ended the week trying to sprout wheat that didn't sprout but in the end we made our own homemade mustard and it was delicious. We learned about faith by working it out.

This week is a short week so my plan was to catch up on our homemade soap making and have a fun game extravaganza for our math lessons. We don't do this often, but everything easy I ever learned about money, I learned from Life and Monopoly, so we like to play once in a while and then we had a field trip planned too. Anyway, that being said, my kids just didn't like each other this week, so most of our week was spent on relationships. But just when I thought the week was unproductive and they just weren't going to get along at all, they surprised me with a group project. A story penned, typed and illustrated. I was so excited I had to ask if I could share it. It is short but full of interesting words and it has a fantastic plot! And here it is...

Overcoming a Rough Week
The Princess and the Dragon

The Lost Princess   
 As Told by Richie Fuller and Illustrated by Chloe Fuller
Once upon a time there was a princess and her name was Demi. She was taking a walk one day and a big fire breathing dragon took her into his evil lair underground but then the very handsome prince Richie swooped in to save the princess. But the dragon chased them and tried to catch them on fire. The dragon caught the evil lair on fire but the prince and princess where safe.
The End
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