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Homeschool Essentials – IMO

Homeschooling is one of those things that everyone does a little differently. That’s actually the beauty of it. Kids of all different learning styles and parents of all different teaching personalities can work together to achieve maximum learning (hopefully). ūüôā

This post is about the resources I’ve found and like. Take it or leave it!

If you are in Idaho, I highly recomment www.idahoidea.org or IDEA. It is a homeschool charter school. The idea behind a charter is that the state funds allotted to every school age child enrolled are put to work most effienciently by you for your child.

At first I was nervous about the IDEA, ūüôā thinking that I would not have freedom and authority in regards to my children and schooling at home but after I met my helper teacher I knew it was going to be good! It’s been a great two years now¬†and I’m planning to continue next year. If you’d like more information about that just ask, I’ll email you!

When it comes to curriculum I like to have some flexibility so I don’t choose the whole package approach. Though if I did I already know I would go with Sonlight curriculum. In fact, much of what I use (even some that IDEA pays for) is in the Sonlight cores. I love the literature based learning and the fact that they incorporate great curriculum and books¬†that¬†are already out there into the school year.

More to come on the homeschool topic….


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Toddler walking or talking late, walking or talking early, whatever! Smart kids don’t always start first.

Please join me at my new web home¬†JessieGunderson.com¬†and don’t forget to like the Blog Schmog Facebook community¬†HERE.

I’ve got four kids, is it weird that I’m obsessing over when my littlest walks?¬† She is 15 months and only just started walking.¬† Yesterday she had an audience and she finally¬†said, “Today’s the day.”¬† Well not really, talking is another thing she hasn’t been eager to do though she does some sign language.¬† Ever since she has been toddling around.¬† I was beginning to wonder what is up with her!

The other day her biggest brother spotted a cute little pair of brown loafers.¬† Do the “kids” even call them that these days.¬† Boy, I sound old!¬† At any rate, cute little brown shoes with a strap across the front and a light pink flower.¬† He said “Sister needs a pair of shoes Mom.”

To which I answered a bit annoyed, “No she doesn’t, she doesn’t even walk!”

Yesterday when she started walking Thing One said, “Look Mom, now we should buy her those shoes for Christmas!”

It’s funny that I was so worried because come to think of it my kids have all walked at drastically different times.¬† They all seem fine now.¬† Unless it worries you that one stands on his hands, another does backflips off the bed and my four year¬†old rides a motorcycle.¬†¬† Okay maybe the walking thing isn’t the only indication of a successful toddler career.

Will she be denied acceptance into prestigious¬†colleges on her late walking challenge?¬† On the other hand maybe it is an asset.¬† I mean Thing Two walked just before his 10 month birthday.¬† Wow!!!¬† Except with both walking and talking, he was very awkward!¬† He did the monster walk for ages and often fell down.¬† If anyone was going to have long term¬†problems it would be my dare devil second born, who does EVERYTHING early and with great difficulty. ūüôā¬† We couldn’t understand a word he said for a long time but he is the most mechanical of all my kids.

Very smart too, he learns by osmosis.¬† Did I tell you about his Kindergarten exit exam designed to be¬†taken at the beginning of the year to help the teacher (me in this case) determine¬†what needs he has.¬† Well, he aced¬†it.¬† The only thing yet to master?¬† Skipping.¬† Last year I didn’t teach him a single thing on purpose, I was focused on surviving PPD and caring for my new infant along with homeschooling my oldest for the first time.¬† He literally learned to read by soaking it all in while coloring monster trucks all year.¬† I’m an AWESOME teacher! ūüėČ

The oldest?¬† Well, he is detail oriented to the max.¬† A guy after my own heart¬†except when it comes to his closet but that’s another story.¬† It took him longer to walk as well.¬† He neither walked nor talked until he figured he had it mastered.¬† We decided that he “practiced” during his nap and only pulled out the stops when he knew he’d wow the crowd¬†and never before.¬† The kid seriously “talked” with his mouth closed almost to his second birthday.¬† When he finally opened his mouth, full sentences came out!¬† But for my oldest, while he loves to learn the process doesn’t always come as easily as it does for Two.

Thing One struggles to do things right and psyches¬†himself out while Thing Two trusts his instinct and isn’t afraid to mess up.¬† Pee Wee, the youngest has it figured out, “wait for an audience” and Bubba, the youngest boy survives on his innate¬†ability to make people laugh. He is a born story teller.¬† Hmmm, is that like anyone I know?


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Faith-Family-Fun & Fiction

I’ve moved!

Please join me at my new web home¬†JessieGunderson.com¬†and don’t forget to like the Blog Schmog Facebook community¬†HERE.

I’m an anti-blogging, mom of five, living¬†the redneck¬†life on a small Idaho farm. God gave me the gift of¬†creative story telling¬†and a passion for life.

Check out some of the posts in the following categories…

Long and Short of It:    Stories and Bible study. I love the Lord with all my heart soul and mind.

Motherhood Uncensored:  Raising four boys and one redneck Tinkerbell.

Craft/Art Coral: Mixed media art, paint, crayons, collage, crochet, fabric creations and more for kids and adults from a home school mom.

Farm Friends: From my big ol’ draft horse¬†to chicken bums.

Journey to Publication: Ideas, resources, becoming an author.

My current novel in progress:
co-authored by my husband Matt

National talk show host, Clark Jacobson¬†seeks to expose the Egyptian politician whose life work is planting “churches” designed to bring the three monotheistic religions (Islam, Judaism and Christianity)¬†under one roof.¬†When the Egyptian senator announces he will run for US President and his exotic secretary allegedly accuses Clark of being Islamophobic and Anti-American, the struggle¬†gets even more¬†personal.

A redemption story inspired by the biblical account of Joseph

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Purpose, Passion, Strength!

“Like a shot of vitamin J”


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Window on the World

The boys and I absolutely love this missions minded textbook.  It was recommended by a blogger friend and is a must have! Thanks Karen!

Each two page spread gives you a thorough look into a different people group of the world, mostly through the eyes of a child in that nation.  It details struggles and successes in reaching that group for Christ and has a section on how you can pray.  My boys practically fight over the prayer requests each day.  They love to hear the stories about boys and girls in other countries and even my two year old is learning.

When Matt came home from work the other day, a good 5hrs after we read about how God healed Niki in Albania and learned to say hello in Albanian, Bubba hollered “Tungjatjeta¬†(toon-jat-yeta)¬†Dad!”

Window on the World: When We Pray God Works [WINDOW ON THE WORLD]

Window on the World: When We Pray God Works

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