Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My Favorite Quotes

I would love to move this to the sidebar, but I can't figure out how!!
I tried adding another text gadget, but it won't let me paste after I copy! :( so.. after removing this, I have to put it back as a post. I don't like how much room it takes up. It's overwhelming and I'm sorry for that. :(

"The only time my education was interrupted was when I was in school."
George Bernard Shaw

"We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today."
Stacia Tauscher

"Modern education is competitive, nationalistic and separative. It has trained the child to regard material values as of major importance, to believe that his nation is also of major importance and superior to other nations and peoples. The general level of world information is high but usually biased, influenced by national prejudices, serving to make us citizens of our nation but not of the world."
Albert Einstein

"A multitude of causes unknown to former times are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and unfitting it for all voluntary exertion to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor."
William Wordsworth

"With our thoughts, we make the world."
Buddha
...
Psalms 18:

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful;
to those with integrity you show integrity.
26 To the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the wicked you show yourself hostile.
27 You rescue the humble,
but you humiliate the proud.
28 You light a lamp for me.
The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness.

"In the many trials of life, when we feel abandoned and when sorrow, sin, disappointment, failure, and weakness make us less than we should ever be, there can come the healing salve of the unreserved love in the grace of God. It is a love that lifts and blesses. It is a love that sustains a new beginning on a higher level and thereby continues from grace to grace."

James E. Faust

"A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act."
Gandhi

"Stresses in our lives come regardless of our circumstances. We must deal with them the best we can. But we should not let them get in the way of what is most important-and what is most important almost always involves the people around us. Often we assume that they must know how much we love them. But we should never assume; we should let them know. Wrote William Shakespeare, "They do not love that do not show their love." We will never regret the kind words spoken or the affection shown. Rather, our regrets will come if such things are omitted from our relationships with those who mean the most to us."
Thomas S. Monson

"All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives."
Dalai Lama

"If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it."
Mother Teresa

"Experience is the teacher of all things."
Julius Caesar

"Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart."
Rumi

"All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Education is hanging around until you've caught on."
Robert Frost

"All significant truths are private truths. As they become public they cease to become truths; they become facts, or at best, part of the public character; or at worst, catchwords."
T. S. Eliot

"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes."
Walt Whitman

"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes."
e. e. cummings

"Dwell in possibility."
Emily Dickinson

"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell."
C. S. Lewis

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
Galileo Galilei

"I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit."
Kahlil Gibran

"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."
Albert Camus

"If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses."
Lenny Bruce
funny or not funny.. doesn't matter. the point is all about perspective.. i saw this quote as a good one.. to help explain why Mormons don't sport crosses.. or have them everywhere at church..and in homes... instead there's a picture of Jesus.. or what Jesus may have looked like..

"It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui."
Helen Keller

"No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means."

 George Bernard Shaw

"Recounting of a life story, a mind thinking aloud leads one inevitably to the consideration of problems which are no longer psychological but spiritual."
Paul Tournier

"As children of God we are somebody. He will build us, mold us, and magnify us if we will but hold our heads up, our arms out, and walk with him. What a great blessing to be created in his image and know of our true potential in and through him! What a great blessing to know that in his strength we can do all things!"
Marvin J. Ashton

"Salvation is an eternal goal we gain by a process of constant upward change. Doubt is spiritual poison that stunts eternal growth. We must first feel our way before we can see it with any clarity. We prove ourselves by making numerous correct decisions without being absolutely sure; then comes a greater knowledge and assurance, not before. Happiness is created. Love is its center. Its principal ingredients are sincere faith, true repentance, full obedience, and selfless service."
Richard G. Scott

"Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul."

Wayne Dyer

"If every husband and every wife would constantly do whatever might be possible to ensure the comfort and happiness of his or her companion, there would be very little, if any, divorce. Argument would never be heard. Accusations would never be leveled. Angry explosions would not occur. Rather, love and concern would replace abuse and meanness."
Gordon B. Hinckley

"Sometime in the eternities to come, we will see that our trials were calculated to cause us to turn to our Heavenly Father for strength and support. Any affliction or suffering we are called upon to bear may be directed to give us experience, refinement, and perfection."
Delbert L. Stapley

2 Nephi:28:29 -
Wo be unto him that shall say: We have received the word of God, and we need no more of the word of God, for we have enough!

"With the influences of evil that surround our children, can we even imagine sending them out in the morning without kneeling and humbly asking together for the Lord's protection? Or closing the day without kneeling together and acknowledging our accountability before Him and our thankfulness for His blessings? Brothers and sisters, we need to have family prayer."
Neil L. Andersen

"Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.”

Leonardo da Vinci

How to tell you're enabling your child instead of helping

link:
http://blogs.trb.com/features/family/parenting/blog/2009/09/how_to_tell_youre_enabling_you.html

It's a good article, but if you don't read it... here is the highlight:
Helping is doing something for someone that he is not capable of doing himself.
Enabling is doing for someone what he could and should be doing for himself.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Understanding Brain Development in Young Children

link:
http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/famsci/fs609w.htm

If you are friends with me, don't expect me to know all there is to know on this subject. I am learning. That is a key part of my reason for blogging. It helps to log what I am learning. Yay, record keeping IS fun!

From Play At Home Mom


I LOVE Play At Home Mom on Facebook.. they didn't know who said or wrote it, but they posted this today:
 
I tried to teach my child with books
He gave me only puzzled looks.
I tried to teach my child with words.
They passed him by often unheard.
Despairingly, I turned aside.
...“How shall I teach this child,” I cried.
Into my hand he put the key.
“Come,” he said, "PLAY with me.”

Gavin's Favorite Puddle

This didn't happen today. I just found it when I was going through the pictures on my phone. It may have been in April.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Famous Homeschoolers!

I am so glad someone did this research.

Some Homeschool Statistics

Good Morning

I love when I wake up before the kids. When school actually starts, I am going to make a habit outta this...ok.. so,
I'm thinking that I want my blog to be full of useful information. I guess I will, eventually, have to put everything into categories.. I hope the process will be fun and easy. Until then.. just one post at a time...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Abby & Her Babies

videoTest post from phone

School Hasn't Started, Yet

It was a couple months ago, when I decided to homeschool my children. I am lucky to have a husband that heard me out.. and is now on board with the plan. We have a three year old son and an 18 month old daughter. Gavin, my son, had his heart set on going to a traditional school and riding a school bus. Thankfully, he, too, is now on board with the plan. I am so grateful for all of you homeschooling, unschooling, loving, thoughtful bloggers & facebookers out there! I am so thankfull for all of your words. I would not have known about all the amazing resources and support available, if it wasn't for all of you. So, as a way to "pay it forward,"... I have become a blogger. It would be wrong of me to keep my words to myself. Don't worry. I will pat myself on the back. This, being my blog,... my outlet.. will be about how I parent, how I school, how I survive. School hasn't started, yet. Most days Gavin will ask me if it's started, yet... and I tell him, "no. it won't be until July 18th.. but that's getting sooner." and he says.."it's already school time." and I say, "you're right." He is right.. Aren't we always learning? I can't stop! Anyway, I'm very excited to see where this goes. May our Heavenly Father, please, bless this blogspot with positive vibes, peace and love.. and my family and the family of anyone that visits this site? Please bless us with joy?.. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.