Cie-J and I have officially made the choice to educate Alanna at home. We are very excited about it. Yes, we will be a home schooling family. No, our child will not suffer for it. =) Here's the proof...
Myth #1. She won't be socialized!
One of my good friends here in Las Vegas and I have started a home school group that is strictly for socialization. Field trips, park days, crafts, etc. We have been meeting for a month and already have many many members. We meet at least once a week. See...socialized! Truth be told, Alanna might be overly socialized because I am an extrovert and take her to every gathering I go to. HA!
(Notice how Alanna is posing for this picture. It cracks me up!!)
Myth #2 - Home schoolers lack real world experience.
We went to a fire station and the kids learned about calling 911 in an emergency and how to Stop, Drop, and Roll. They got to see how a fireman dresses before he goes into a fire and how his mask gives him oxygen so he can breath. This is as real as it gets.
This picture is just for fun. Alanna said her favorite part of the whole trip was sitting in the drivers seat and holding the steering wheel.
Myth #3 - Where will she learn the things she would learn in public school?
Here you can see that Alanna was patiently waiting her turn to get on the fire truck. =)
Myth #4 - Parents are not qualified to teach difficult subjects.
You would be absolutely correct, however, we are only starting kindergarten and I know I can handle that one. In fact, I think I'll be good to teach until high school. We will reevaluate at that point and see where Alanna is academically and decide then if she needs a tutor, computer courses, community college classes, etc. We are very excited to start our home schooling journey and I can't wait to blog about all the fun things we will be doing. At home. In our pajamas! LOL!!
Alanna is loving ballet and doing a really great job. Her teacher tells me how she is so precise and graceful. I love watching her and sometimes when she is doing really well, I'll wink and give her a thumbs up. She smiles so big and gives me one back. =)
Alanna LOVES cake in a mug. It's easy to make and it's just the right portion when you want something sweet! We have one at least 4 times a week. The best part about it, is that there is no flour, no sugar, and it's really healthy. I got the recipe from my Trim Healthy Mama book. (pg. 379)
1. Crack an egg into a mug and whisk well with a fork.
2. Add 2 heaping Tbs cocoa powder.
3. Add 3-4 tsp of stevia powder. (or sweetener of your choice)
4. Add 1/2 tsp baking powder.
5. Add a dash of vanilla.
6. Add 1 Tbs of water.
7. Add 1 level Tbs of coconut oil. (doesn't matter if it's liquid or solid from being cold)
8. Stir vigorously. (a mini workout for your right arm!)
9. Microwave for 1 minute.
*I am not a huge fan of the microwave, but this does not work in the oven.*
I know it looks like a lot, but it really isn't that big of a deal once you get the hang of it. You can melt a little butter on top of it, put a dollip of vanilla yogurt on it, or just eat it plain like Alanna. Either way, it's delicious!! Let me know if you try it!
Alanna and I both have gray Razorback shirts. (Thanks Mrs. April!) I was wearing mine with a pony tail and Alanna decided she wanted to wear hears with a pony tail too. We took a nice normal picture of our matching shirts and hair.
And then Alanna wanted to take a silly picture. Tongues ALWAYS mean silly. Always.
And then she said "you smile and I will be silly." She cracked up over her smile here. She thought it was SO funny.
And then I took a picture of her long ponytail. Can you believe it?!?
And then she INSISTED that she take a picture of mine. =)
I took my car to get the carpets shampooed and while we were waiting, Alanna found this massage chair. She calls it a "saage" like the last syllable of the word.
She begged for a dollar and said that she really needs it. HAHA. I hear ya sister! One dollar for five minutes, deal! I said that she could take the first two and I would have that last two...minus sixty seconds or so. =) Well, she took the first two, and then I got one and then she weaseled her way back in the chair for the last two! Little stinker! She loved it and said it was the best part of her day.
We let Alanna watch a Cirque De Soleil show on netflix. To say she loved it is an understatment. She is OBSESSED with it now. She calls them "acromats" and I just can't bare to correct her. I know she will not be this little for much longer, so I just enjoy the cuteness. =)
She tried to act out each stunt while watching it. Haha.
1. (TMI) So you know it's time to shave your legs, when your child asks if she can brush your hair, and when you say yes and take your pony tail out, she says she means the hair on your legs. =/
2. I've been doing emergency drills with Alanna so she will know what to do in an emergency situation. (hopefully never!) I asked her what the first thing she would do if I got hurt and was bleeding and couldn't talk. My sweet girl said "Pray and ask Jesus to heal you!" I let her know it was okay to call 911 first and THEN pray. =) 3. Alanna often kisses our dog. One day this week, she was in the playroom and let out a huge squeal. I asked her if she was okay and she loudly proclaimed that she had found "one of Asha's butt hairs in her mouth." After laughing hysterically, I told her that we say "bottom" instead of "butt" and that is the exact reason why we don't kiss the dog! HAHA!!!!!!!!
On Sunday afternoon, we picked up Alanna's best friend Sarah and took them to the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. It was SO MUCH FUN!! The girls loved seeing all the different animals (we decided our favorite were the jellyfish) and giggled and laughed and held hands the whole time.
There was a shallow tank that had stings rays in it (with their stingers removed) that we could touch. We tried 4 or 5 times and each time, both girls chickened out. We moved on to the shark tunnel but both of the girls were sad. I asked them if they wanted to try one more time. It took some bravery, but they both touched them! They feel like slimy jello if you were wondering. =)
He didn't care who was watching or what they thought. They skipped like this the whole way to the car. HAHA. The girls thought it was great.