Keto Baked Eggs

I didn’t always eat breakfast but now I eat breakfast every single morning. I feel such a difference mentally and physically when I take the time to eat breakfast. As a mom of 4 and always on the run I like to make breakfast that I can forget about or thats very easy and quick.

Baked eggs are super easy and once they are thrown in the oven you can forget them for a few moments to get something done or to finally drink your morning coffee that you keep rewarming.

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 Keto Baked Eggs

 Serves 4

6oz of ham or pancetta, diced

3 TBSP butter

6 TBSP heavy cream

8 eggs

8 oz gruyere cheese, grated

parsley, garnish

ground black pepper to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 450˚.
  2. Melt butter in cast iron pan, brown ham or pancetta on stovetop – remove from heat
  3. Add cream and crack eggs over
  4. Place pan in oven
  5. Bake until eggs are set to desired  doneness
  6. Sprinkle gruyere cheese over eggs and broil until browned
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle with a little pepper and parsley [/recipe]

Enjoy

Finishing Up 2017-2018 School Year

It is April already and the end of 2017-2018 homeschool year is coming to an end and I wanted to reflect on what we are ending our year with.

 Let me start by saying this year was hard. Homeschooling with a baby is hard and rewarding. 

Also this year seemed a little tough for us because we switched thru a lot of curriculums again, but in the end everybody is happy and we have found our comfort spot. We all feel ready to end the year strong and start a new in August with a set plan, that will probably get very little tweaking. Finally arriving at this point is such a blessing and relief and a rewarding feeling since we stuck it out thru the hard times. 

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Morning Basket:

Little House on the Prairie Series, we are currently starting On the Banks of Plum Creek and will just continue with the series

Cheaper by the Dozen

The Omnivore’s Dilemma Young Readers Edition

Wicked Plants

Peril and Peace Volume 1: Chronicles of the Ancient Church

What Really Happened in Ancient Times

Truth and Grace Memory Book 1 & 2

Elementary Geography Charlotte Mason

Under the Egg

Reading thru Beautiful Feet Books Early American Primary Jumbo pack and Intermediate Pack

Starting America’s Story Vol 1

Kinder:

Bible: The Action Storybook Bible

English: The Wand Level 1 Issue 1 –  Hop on Pop and Fox in Socks and Code A – C and follow Bravewrite Jot it Down, she also like to work in The Good and the Beautiful Primer, I bought the PDF and downloaded and printed for her

Readers: McGuffey Primer’s the Eclectic and Original, Reading Literature The Primer and, Dick and Jane, and I Can Read Books

History: Story of the World Volume 1 with Activity Book and Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans

Science: By Pond and River, Parables from Nature

Nature Study: Exploring Nature with Children

Copy Work: Draw Write Now

5th grade:

Bible/Devotion: Following reading sequence suggested in the back of his Bible for a year

English: The Arrow Book Club – currently reading From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Franweiler

Writing: Bravewriter Faltering Ownership Writing program, works on a monthly writing project

Copywork/Dictation/French Dictation: Bible, Bravewriter selections from books, anything that really stands out to us

Reading: I let him choose his readers, right now he is reading Lemony Snicket Series book 3 and Huckleberry Finn

Science: Elementary Science: Soil, Sea and Sky from masterbooks.com

History: World’s Story 1: The Ancients Set from masterbooks.com

Nature Study: Exploring Nature with Children

Typing and Spanish

6th grade:

Bible/Devotion: Following reading sequence suggested in the back of his Bible for a year

English: The Arrow Book Club – currently reading From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Franweiler

Writing: Bravewriter Faltering Ownership Writing program, works on a monthly writing project

Copywork/Dictation/French Dictation: Bible, Bravewriter selections from books, anything that really stands out to us

Reading: I let him choose his books as well, he currently is reading Lemony Snicket Book 2, The Rescuers by Margery Sharp

Science: General Science 1 from masterbooks.com

History: The World’s Story 1: The Ancients Set from masterbooks.com

Nature Study: Exploring Nature with Children

Typing and Spanish

 

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It seems like a lot but we don’t do everything everyday, that would be crazy. Some mornings we just do morning basket and have big juicy conservations and savor the moment. At sometimes I make them write more then what they want. But we have finally found curriculums and a rhythm that works for us as a family and as individuals. We are all happy, nobody is unhappy and complaining anymore and we just found our nitch and as a family that homeschools we couldn’t ask for more right now. 

Have you found your homeschool sweet spot? Are you finishing the year strong? Let me know.

Ambleside Online Are We Still Using It?

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Boys reading thru their daily reads.

 

My last post was about starting Ambleside Online and I am here to say that it didn’t work out for my family. Not because we didn’t like the books, or that we didn’t want it to work, or that we didn’t give it our best effort and time, it just wasn’t for us regrettably.

We love reading and surround ourselves with living books, but it just want enough for us. Let me just say we tried it for a full month and then had a sit down as a family, we talked about whats working, what isn’t, are we learning and enjoying ourselves. Homeschooling to me as the mom and “teacher” the learning needs to be enjoyable and fruitful. Ambleside Online just didn’t work for us for one big reason. My kids felt rushed, and had to switch gears between books a little to often for what they are capable of right now.

My oldest son E has Aspergers and ADHD/ADD, he doesn’t do well with starting and stopping to do a bunch of little things, he likes working in blocks. M the second oldest boy just didn’t like having to read so many books at once, he much would prefer to sit back and enjoy 1 or 2 books at time. And A just like’s to read her McGuffey and primer readers right now so everything else is just extra for her and she goes with it like a wildflower.

Even though Ambleside Online didn’t work for us, I am grateful we tried it or I would have always wondered if this would work for us. I don’t like living with what if. With this ultimately
failing for us and this season of life, we have come to a good place and really have found what works best for us.

Its rewarding and refreshing to try something new in our homeschooling especially if wasn’t all roses and daisies with unicorns around us. Its okay for to take a while to feel comfortable as a homeschooling family, you will always have questions floating in our mind: are you doing to little, to much, is it to much like public school, should we do Charlotte Mason, Classical and the list can go on and on with what if’s. The only way to find your answers to actually try it and see what happens. The worse that can happen is having to find something else that works for you and your family.

If Ambleside Online is on your radar I would highly recommend and give it try, it is a beautiful curriculum that works for many families.

 

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 

Galatians 6:9

Starting Ambleside Online Late

We have been homeschooling officially for 3 years about, and I feel like we are finally getting into a homeschool groove, who knew that it would take this long to feel confident! We have decided to go with Ambleside Online for a few reasons but mostly because its free, my kids love reading and its great literature.

We almost started this last August, but I got cold feet; with just reading books. How would that be enough? How would they actually learn from just reading living books? Why don’t we need 10,000 parts to make a curriculum whole. I was feeling like I was going to make the kids miss something because we weren’t going to buy all the new fancy curriculums that I see plastered all over the internet. We had actually bought almost all the books for year 5 and 6 and then I sold them on Facebook. Now I am kicking myself in the behind.

On one hand it is good that I actually second guessed myself, because I have learned to just trust myself and go with it. It has taken me much longer to de-school then it has taken my boys.

Now that we decided we are going to go this route, I was looking over all the years 0-7 to see what books have been missed, and to see which kid is suppose to be reading what. As I was looking I discovered that boys would be missing a lot good books that they will enjoy and learn from. So, to go with our crazy plans of changing mid year and actually focus on what we want from the rest of the year I have picked a few books from years 1 to 6 that they will read.

We have decided to finish this year with the books that we have in the house, and finish all the interesting books that I want them to cover and any that they choose next school year. Then they will do 7/8 year lite and then high school in the three plan or little quicker, depending if they decide to enroll in junior college  while still in high school.

To finish out 2017-2018 school year this is what we plan to use.

For A – year 0 ( she will be the only one on schedule) she will be reading and using:

Beatrix Potter Series

The Little House by Virginia Burton

The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Make Way for the Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey

Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Ox- Cart Man by Barbara Cooney

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman

Mother Goose Collection

Lots of Poetry

A is also using All About Reading Level 1,Reading Literature Primer and McGuffey Eclectic Primer,  a whole bunch of science readers and Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans and in math she is using Mathematical Reasoning A

For E and M  (suppose to be years 6/5, but we decided to do a mash up to finish out the year): some selections are just based on what we had in the house, we will buy recommend book for next year

Christian Liberty Reader Nature Reader #5

Paddle to the Sea H.C. Holling

Trail in the Tree by H.C. Holling

Child’s First Book of American History by Earl Schenck Miers

The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton W. Burgess

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity  by Robert Cwiklik

Pocahontas by Ingri & Edgar D’Aulair

Abraham Lincoln by Ingri & Edgar D’Aulair

George Washington’s World by Genevieve Foster

Augustus Caesar’s World by Genevieve Foster

Greek Myths by Olivia Coolidge

Tales of Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green

Story of Inventions by Anna Claybourne 7 Adam Larkum

Math: Teaching Textbook Year 5 and 6

Each child is able to pick any self interest book at the library weekly and each child has projects they work on by themselves.

We also follow a Bravewriter literature style, which does cross over into other areas of study.

This is what is planned to finish out this year, we are excited and ready for Monday morning to start.

 

10 Veggies to Eat

Kale – Tons of fiber, vitamin C, beta carotene, and vitamin A.kale

Collard Greens – K – rich green that supports bone growth and reduce inflammation, contains micro-nutrient choline that can help with sleep and overall mood.

Watercress – Dietary nitrate that been shown to  help with high blood pressure.

Swiss chard – vitamin K, and minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium.

Bok Choy – The glucosinolates gives bok choy its flavor, but it also has cancer fighting compounds.

Spinach – Contains potassium, vitamin K, vitamin A which helps lower blood pressure and maintain bone health.

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Arugula – Contains alphalipoic acid which a antioxidant that has been shown to lower glucose levels and help with diabetes symptoms.

Brussel Sprouts – Part of the cruciferous family, Brussel sprouts are a great source of protein, iron and potassium.

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Carrots – Beta – carotene may help with vision for people with a lack of vitamin A, the carotenoids in this root vegetable have been linked to help reduce of cancers such as lung.

Cabbage – Sulforaphane found in cabbage may show some promise to help with autism symptoms.

Homeschooling

Why We Decided to Homeschool?

Growing up I was the last person to ever think I would homeschool my children. I was a public school kid and I survived. I thought it was part of life, you send your kids to school, they learn some quick facts, take a test and then you forget everything you just crammed to learn the last week.

Don’t get me wrong some of my best friends were homeschooled, but I always thought their parents were crazy for wanting to. Why didn’t they get to socialize, why study at home all day, what the heck did they really do?

Then I became a parent, to my eldest child E and he was different from the beginning. His first word was ball, he walked at 9 months, looked twice his age because of weight and height, but he didn’t talk until almost 3. I had that mom feeling that something was up with this kids from the get go. We did want any responsible parent did, we had him evaluated for speech, put him in speech, received news that he has apserger’s, got him an IEP, and then we lost the IEP because he made honor roll and surpassed everything we ever wanted for him.

Continually from 2nd to 4th grade school got worse for him and us parents. He didn’t care about school, learning was not enjoyed, and receiving punishment’s everyday for not being able to sit still or keep focus was to much for him and me. Everything came to a   climax at the beginning of second semester 4th grade year, mind you he was in a 4th grade – 5th grade combo class (for the “smart” kids), were he was expected to work by himself a majority of the time and keep on task.

I called for a teacher conference because I was tired of having text message notes sent everyday about what my child did wrong, or how he wasn’t doing what he was suppose to. I was fed up a parent, I felt how am I failing my child so bad. We talked with the teacher, explained that he was also being evaluated for AHDH,  we had expected and known he had for 3 years or so, but wanted to make it official.

To my surprise the teacher didn’t care that he may be ADHA, that he has asperges’s. For the first time in my life I felt let down by a teacher. With my child sobbing in his chair durning the meeting asking for help, he didn’t understand why he couldn’t focus like the other kids, why he got distracted so easily. That teacher just looked at him with the coldest face I had seen and told him to suck it up and figure out how to focus and sit in a chair.

Let me just say as a mom I was shocked, angered and ready to jump over the table. Thankfully my husband was their and thanked the teacher harshly for the meeting and we left quickly.

Right then and their in the car I asked my husband, and E about homeschooling. We all agreed and have never looked back. My middle boy M finished the year, and joined us the next school year and my daughter A joined in pre k.

Now homeschooling  is hard and tiring and takes strength and patience I didn’t know I had, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. My children like to learn again, they are thinkers and doers. We don’t always have perfect days, but they are never as hard as they once were.

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