Funny Fridays: Crazy/Parent Teacher’s Conference

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Hahaha!!!🙂

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry, UCHU Owner/Director/Administrator

Thought Provoking Thursday: Pray for SC

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Many of you may be aware of the saddening act that occured in Anderson, SC on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016.

I will not go into details of it in this blog post as you can find the details all over the news but will instead focus your attention to prayer and God’s faithful Word.

Please pray for the families who are affected in some capacity due to this unfortunate event.

                 Psalms 46:1 

                          “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

 

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry,

UCHU owner/director/adminstrator

Wednesdays Words of Encouragement: Your Biggest Homeschooling Fan

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Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry, UCHU Owner/Director/Administrator

Teach Them This Tuesday: “My 3 year old is EVERYWHERE. How can I homeschool with a toddler running all around?”

Nursing Baby.

Toddler on the move.

Littles that will not sit still.

Yep….I’ve homeschooled through all of these situations.

After 16 years of homeschooling creativity was a must and I figured out a thing or to.

  1. Nursing Babies. I homeschooled between the feeding schedule or napping schedule. If they were awake and needed my attention…….AHH…..BOUNCY CHAIRS were a great distracting tool for periods of time.
  2. .  Booster seats or high chairs (not sure if high chairs are still considered safe…Ha). But….these were used when my little tykes wanted to run all over the place.  I fully expected them to remain entertained for 1 hour while I homeschooled.

Then give a snack in between the time and start another set of two videos. They each            are around 30 mins in length.

I also ran a home day care in the early years of my homeschooling. I had a booster seat with a safety belt for each of my littles.

Then I discovered these:

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Letter Factory. The top two on the left are the same. The far left is the original one I purchased over 16 years ago. The 2nd is the replacemnt one after all the scratches on the first. The Great Numbers game on VHS. And yes, we still own a VCR.  It still works. These can be purcahse don Amazon or WalMart online (not in the store.)

I hit the jackpot for YEARS!!!! And still using them to this day.

My five year old knows all of his letters and numbers from watching these videos for  years!!

All of his siblings learned their numbers and letters THE SAME WAY.🙂

3. Homeschool your littles using these vidoes. Back during the time I discovered these videos we only had PBS. And that was a PRECIOUS PRECIOUS jewel.

But every day littles up to 4 years old watched these videos ad naseum.

Over and over and over and over.

“Time for your schoool.” I’d say it like it was a BIG PARTY about to happen!!!

So all they knew was to be excited about watching their *homschool* videos.

I also had a Spanish video too that they watched daily. Professor Parrot. I still have it but don’t use it much now.

So at four years old guess which childen knew every letter, the sound of every letter, ever number, what it look like etc. AND they had fun watchng them every day.

4. If you are homeschooling younger students 2 hours is the most that should be needed for schooling. Two hours is about the time the littles can sit to enjoy the videos. They only watched four videos a day. I switched the videos around day to day of what they’d watch.

Two leap frog vidoes. Professor Parrot. Great Numbers Game.

or

Professor Parrot. Code Caper. The Alphabet Jngle. Letter Factory.

etc.

Give it a try!

These videos are provide music, visual stimulation, education, clean learning and lasting memories.

My older children each have fond memories of these videos. I still catch them watching them every now and then with Benjamin (the youngers Perry).

Even though Benjamin is Kindergarten now….I still have him watch Letter Factory, Great Numbers Game, Alphabet Jungle and Code Caper EVERY DAY while I school my 3rd graders and 6th graders. That gives me two hours to work with them.

Then when I’m done…I have a good 40 min. to 1 hr to work with him.

School day is done by NOON (almost) every day.🙂

On this week’s Teach Them This Tuesday…..I hope it provides some ideas of how to Teach your littles how to enjoy learning why you are teaching your other children.

Items needed:

*Booster seat with a safety belt (to keep them in the chair). Just to keep them in one spot. The open sofa will *not* work

*Some entertaining videos (perhaps the ones I suggest)

*Maybe small snacks that will not make a mess for them to enjoy while looking at the videos.

*Nearby room. Make sure they are in your eyes sight.

*Patience. Understand that this is a season and it will pass before you know it and they’ll be off to college, or military or missions or working……but they will not be small forever. <<sniff sniff>

If you have questions let me know. I’ve been doing this for a while and it’s been a successful {HARD AND TOUCH} journey.

Share your thoughts by commenting down below!🙂

Serving Your and Yours,

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Monday’s Message:”I’m going to trick you.” “I ‘betcha’ I win.”

Today I remembered something that I use to do all the time with my oldest son to help motivate him to get his school work complete during his elementary years of homeschooling.

I’m not sure if you can identify with this. But I have a couple children who often like to play the “I don’t know game.”

This DRIVES me NUTS!

I tell these two children specifically that it isn’t cute to act as if they don’t know when I know they really do know the information in which I am inquiring from them.

My homeschooling time with my five year old started off just like this TODAY. Again.

Now…..he knows EVERY LETTER and EVERY SOUND of each letter since he was FOUR years old!

For whatever reason since I’ve pulled out *for real school books* he wants to act like he don’t know NOTHING!!

Ha!!!

Well…..this old homeschooling Mom. Not old in age!! But veteran in homeschooling…..I might clarify.

Showed him a thing or two. Ha!! All of sudden the GENIUS came of out this little ‘faker.’ And I had him spitting out answers left and right as if he was Einstein.

Me: “I’m going to trick you. Just watch. I bet you DON’T. EVEN. KNOW. THIS. NUMBER.”

Benjamin: I bet I do.

Me: Hhmmpph! I bet not. I’m going to trick you. Anddddd….. if you get it wrong I get a point.

( What? A Game!)

He was not about to allow me to win!!

And if he got it wrong…….I’d scream, “I won! I told you. I told you. I tricked you.”

OMGeeee!!! You’d think we were playing for money.

Well…..I eventually raised the stakes after I rememberd that I  HAD ONE piece of dark 70% CoaCoa chocolate in my purse.

I brought that out and that was it!!!

“Einstein” walked over to our kitchen table and had a seat.

I had him now!!! Hahaha <evil laugh>

We played this game through:  Letters and Sounds, Numbers, Cursive Writing, Readiness Skills for Reading, Phonics Chart.

I had so much fun!!!

Well…..I mean, “We” had so much fun.

What appeared to have been starting off as a challenging time of, “Come on Benjamin. You know the sound of “t.”

Turned in to him trying to quickly blurt out the answer before I even asked the question.

And he was right!!!

I won a few times as he was working on cursive.

I split the chocolate into four pieces. He won TWO squares. and I won TWO squares.. too.🙂

That little booger tried to tell me that I only won ONE square.

“Are you kidding kid?”

Next time you are about to school your littles….. try the,

“I betcha I can trick you.” or “I betcha I will win.” Game.

They will not know what came over school time.🙂

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Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry, UCHU-AA Owner/Director/Administrator

Angela along with her husband Tyrone are the proud parents of EIGHT children Four she birthed from her womb and four she birthed from the womb of her heart. They make their home in Campobello where they live on Shine Bright Farm while having school at Shine Bright Christian Academy.  With 16 years under their “homeschooling belt” and 13 more years to go……they have to continually finds ways to make home educating fun, engaging and memorable.

 

Wednesdays Words of Encouragment: Top 10 Reasons I Need A Break from Facebook (Guest Blogger)

 

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Social Media and I have a love hate relationship.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a great thing for most people, it’s just not working for me.

It’s more like an addiction and it’s a habit I just can’t seem to shake.

My justification for still being on it is that I have a 20th high school reunion approaching.  I need facebook to help me find classmates.  It’s been a great tool to have but after the reunion is over in a couple of weeks, we will be parting ways for a while.

Will it be permanent?

I don’t know.

All I know is that this girl needs a break and here are my reasons why:

  1. Every thought I think enters my head as a potential facebook post. “So much fun at the tea party,” or “Pajama Monday all day at the Doan house.”  My brain is just a mess.
  2. I have a facebook photo spread completely up to date but my house still doesn’t have a single picture of my now 1 and a half year old daughter hanging up. I know.  It’s really sad.  I should be ashamed and I totally am.
  3. I am tired of being angry all the time when I log on. Politics stink and this politician’s daughter just can’t handle it anymore.
  4. I never feel like I am enough. Everyone else’s Tuesday is so fantastic and I’m home telling my child to stop eating her buggers and trying to keep the 1 year old out of the dog’s food…again.
  5. I haven’t wrote in my journal in ages. I don’t feel like I’ve had an original thought that is my own in goodness knows how long.
  6. It’s just too easy to check status updates and I check them all the time. 2 am and the dog needs out, just let me check facebook while I’m up.  Y’all, that’s crazy.
  7. I need to sing more lullabies to my sweet Sadie when I’m rocking her instead of checking to see who’s doing what. My last sweet baby is growing too fast and she needs to grow up hearing You are My Sunshine and Bye Oh Baby Bunkin.
  8. I miss getting birthday cards in the mail and sending them out. Nothing good ever comes in the mail anymore.
  9. I need to call friends more and see them in person. I need to make memories or I’m very likely to turn into a hermit because I could so be a hermit and that seems pretty okay right now.
  10. Truthfully, I’ve always been a little bit weird. I’ve been a vegetarian, no shampoo for a month, poison oak eating girl for a long time.  Those that know me and love me will just shrug their shoulders and be like, “There she goes again.” and that’s okay.

 

Blessings,

Elizabeth

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Elizabeth Doan is married to her hubby David for 14 years.  Mother to four wonderful kiddos: Sam (10), Sarah (8), Evie Joy (4), and Sadie Rose (6 months).  Homeschooling Momma for 4 years with 17 years to go!   Elizabeth’s favorite quote in the whole wide world is: “Life is frittered away by details.  Simplify, simplify.”  -Henry David Thoreau

 

Wednesday Words of Encouragment: Authenticity

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#UCHUHomeschoolingMorningNugget

Focus on your homeschooling authenticity. No approval needed.

#AngelaJordanPerry #HomeschoolingInSC #SCHomeschooling

 

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry, UCHU owner/director/administrator

 

UCHU Field Trip Club’s first field trip

 

We had out first of “many-more-to-come-field-trips” for UCHU Field Trip Club.

We visited the Greenville Downtown Airport. The students (and some of us parents) had the amazing opportunity to sit in one of those little planes. How small!

We enjoyed our time at Runway Cafe.

Played on the play ground.

Toured the airport tower. OMgeeeee!!!

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Their tour guide took them on a few other of the *background* tours for their learnig pleasure

Then………..

We headed over to the Upcountry History Museum. 

What fun for students young and old!!!

Check us out sporting our UCHU Field Trip Club t-shirts!

 

Next….

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Then in October….. It’s BIGGER than you think!!!

“zzzzzzzzzzzzz”  :)

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry, UCHU owner/moderator/coordinator

Teach Them This Tuesday: UCHU STEAM Academy

Homeschool Co-Ops?

Homeschool Academies?

Homeschool Learning Centers?

Homeschool Small Interest groups?

Each are wonderful assets to incorporate into your homeschooling year.

UCHU (United Christian Homeschoolers Unlimited) is a resource for the homeschooling community.

Our focus is STEAM!!

Science. Technology. Engineering. Arts. Mathetmatics.

Today was our FIRST DAY BACK!!! IT WAS AMAZING. Praising the Lord for His goodness and grace to us. 🙂

I love how the Lord brings together just the homeschooling families that are to grow in community together.

Sometimes it takes a while for the *shake down* to happen.

Eventually it happens…….

Then it’s the SWEET spot.

And many can tell and feel it.🙂

#HomeschoolingInSC #SCHomeschooling #SCHomeEducators #UCHU#UCHUSTEAMAcademy #ChangingLives #PreparingTheNextGeneration#DaveRamsey Financial Peace #Toastmasters Raising up articulate leaders #BibleMemory hiding Gods Word in their hearts #Creativity Art, Music #Engineering Solids and Liquids for K-2nd grade students also Mixtures and Solutions for 3rd-6th grade students.
#Mechanics preparing our young men and women how to be able to take care of their minor automobile necessities.
#LegoRobotics #HomeschoolPhysicalEducation gettging in action and teaching our kids how to care for their “temples”. #CulinaryArts teaching our students how to get around in the kitchen confidently

Too much to name!

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry, UCHU owner/director/administrator

Monday’s Message: Priorities

Being a homeschooling Mom of EIGHT, graduated two with one more graduating this year, the buck stops at Algebra 2 for me.

While I did well and passed Algebra 2 with flying colors in school it’s been lots of years since I worked with this level of math exclusively.

I’m actually proud to say that I still remember quite a bit of it but a lot of it I don’t.

So when my oldest was at the Algebra 2 level I did my best to work with her.

But….. having to work on other subjects and studies with my other children didn’t allow me to put the time with her that I desired. She basically worked through it on her own.

Here again with child #3 who is working through Algebra 2…..I helped her up to the point where it was effortless on my part.

But then…..more time was needed to plow through this level of math with her.

I didn’t find a tutor. Well not a physical – human being tutor that would sit down with her and help her through Algebra 2.

We found KHAN ACADEMY . com!! Whoo hooo! Best thing ever.

So today’s Monday Message…

 

Homeschooling Life Is too short

You’ll be relieved when you do.🙂

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry, UCHU owner/director/administrator

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