Saturday, September 29, 2012

Farmers Market

In honor of Saturday, aka Farmers Market day here in Wilmington. I thought I would post about a recent Farmers Market Trip.

Since moving back to North Carolina, I have really developed a love for Farmers Markets. I enjoyed them while in Va Beach, however, the veggies here are way more inviting. They just seem larger, more fresh, and less bruised. I am sure being in much closer proximity to more farms may have something to do with that. 

Well, honestly, I have no clue. LOL

Take a look that this enormous, juicy, tomato.

My kiddos were even intrigued! 

I have a recipe post from our trip, Coming Soon!

Happy Saturday. :-)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

First Day of School??? OOPPS!!!

So, as I checked my facebook it was flooded with pictures and posts of my homeschooling friends sharing their successes of their first day of homeschooling.... OOPPSS! 

Tuesdays are extremely busy for the Thornton Gang here... Our Tuesdays are filled with Prayers meetings for our One In Christ ministries beginning at 8am until 2pm. We try to make a point to take our girls so they soak up all this intercession as this young age... I love exposing them to those with zealous prayers! 

So with that said, homeschooling wasn't on the brain when I got up this morning... 

Can I just be honest for a moment? Some days I feel like I like the IDEA of homeschooling versus actually homeschooling... 

I know. Lame. But it's hard work, preparation included.

As I pondered how I was not schooling my girls all day today one little phrase that I had recently heard rang through my ears.


I had recently ran into an Educator who was giving me some pointers on homeschooling Pre-K and K.  Her advice and the phrase ringing through my ears...

KEEP IT SIMPLE! She said that this age is great! It's best to keep it simple for them... 

This helped to calm my anxieties a bit. 

So we all napped till 5pm today and I quickly made dinners and Hubby gave the girls baths. 

As Jordan urged me to do crafts, this mom acted on her initiative and we began a SIMPLE evening of school. :-)

 Then Sweet Cheeks came and joined us for some fun!

Jordan picked out each one that she liked and pasted it on this sheet. As she picked each item she told me what each one meant too her. The wagon she said, "I love the wagon because my Grandma use to pull me in it and take me too the park." Good Memories... Possibly my favorite is the baseball. She said, "Mommy I LIKE Baseball." I honestly insisted she didn't and well she insisted she did. I asked her, "have you ever played baseball?" She shouted, 'Oh YES Momma I have!!" I said, "When?" She exclaimed, "In my dreams at night!!!" Well I guess that is just as good baby! So as you see it made the sheet! LOL

 Here is my Sunshine with her First Day of School project (in her pajamas!)...

You all would be proud, because I did take it a step further and did the first lesson of "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons."
I've heard numerous things about this and I have to say, I am well pleased! It's approach is fantastic and seems pretty fool-proof for this Momma! It also incorporates writing your letters, which is something she needs to work on. So perfect!
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons 

So after all this wasn't a failed school day! Whew! (as I wipe my brow). I think I can... wait... I know WE can! God has called me to do this! So it shall be!! With His help! In Jesus Name!

Happy First Day of School Everybody!