Thursday, March 16, 2017

An Inside Look.

A little more of an inside look to how the curriculum works and what we do at BCS.

The students learn to read quite effectively and efficiently between preK and Kindergarten. This gives them a great platform to learn and discover on their own. The entire allinonehomeschool curriculum promotes children learning to think on their own.

For math, the students spend Kindergarten learning to count - not just a little, but really well and comfortably to 100, making it a seamless transition into math sentences, fractions, measuring, etc.
I have wonderful stories from watching the kids discover on their own - it works! Plus, they retain so much more through discovery verse me preaching rules. I just guide. It's quite effective.

We do emphasize a few additional things like piano (music), sign language, cursive, stretching/yoga, and quiet. Plus we read books and just enjoy life.

We promote working together, and what it means to be a peacemaker not just in words, but action. We focus on the importance of obedience so that the children will learn to hear God's plan and His voice above the craziness of this world. We try to help them focus, even with distractions - and yet be respectful and not be a distraction. Life's a dance! :)

I pray all the children find God's plan for them and understand the depth of His love and grace.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

His Grace is Sufficient. 2 Corinthians 12:9

One truth I continue to grow into: His grace truly is sufficient. I believe much, if not all, of our planning and toiling is done in vain. I believe God has a plan for each one of us - far more amazing than anything we could plan. He came up with the universe! :) Our job is to trust Him.

I am convinced that God brought me to BCS because I want to walk with Him and teach others to trust His grace. The creator of allinonehomeschool.com, Lee, is a missionary, mom, and Christian. I think it is good for the parents of students at BCS to read what she wrote about how education and His grace are directly related and to learn a little about the curriculum we use. I strongly agree.... and at BCS, when we give students the opportunity to explore, they only reinforce this truth. They also learn how to make good choices and work together...  to become peacemakers. "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God." Matthew 5:9.

Here are the articles, please read!
https://allinonehighschool.com/2017/03/09/the-key/
https://allinonehomeschool.com/2017/03/10/is-it-enough-part-2/

A couple pics from this morning... exploration time.
God truly is good - and He is enough!
God Bless.









Friday, March 10, 2017

Group Strategy

 


I love this school for so many reasons. One, we acknowledge we are 'one'. Learning together, growing together, all ages. This is a strategy game where the students work as a team.



Pictionary is also awesome. :)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Reading Time

Jesus makes my heart very happy, and I'm so incredibly thankful for this school and everyone I've met. God is good.

The kiddos enjoying reading time.

 

 



I read the following today by Andrew Murray : Just like a teacher wants their classroom to be a place of light and joy, a place students want to be, so Jesus also wants this for us as we rest in His presence and walk with Him.

Thank you God for blessing us.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A couple pics.

 


Chemistry experiment. The dragonflies couldn't stop watching!

 

Snow angel in the dusting of snow.

 

History. Had to sneak a pic otherwise Tyler hides. :)

 

Exploring art!

 

Painting with wheels. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

April 27 - End of Year BBQ, Garbage Pickup, Recital, and Graduation.

Hope everyone had a very blessed weekend and enjoyed the sunshine.

We have put together a plan for April 27th. Everyone is welcome - parents, grandparents, community - whoever wants to take part.

April 27th Schedule
8:30 ish : Leave to clean up ditches.
11:30 : BBQ - Tyler's choice. I believe we will be grilling burgers. Play outside. Hopefully the sun is shining!

2:00 : Recital. Walk over to church and let all the children play their piano/guitar pieces.
2:30 ish : Present Tyler with his diploma.

Play until everyone wants to go home.

Hope to see you all there!


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Flying Carrots

Today we read a story about flying carrots. One of the characters kept saying it wasn't possible, and finally with a tear in his eye, farmer rabbit said, "If you don't try to do great things, you won't go far, my dear."

With Jesus, the impossible is possible. He beat death. If we trust His way and walk with Him, He will show us a most amazing life. 

The kiddos then each shared something they wanted to do that just doesn't seem possible, and then illustrated their dream... Riding eagles and  unicorns were just a couple. God is so good to us.... He defines grace, unmerited favor.

My dream is walking with Jesus every moment and allowing His light to spread.


 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Parent Teacher Conferences

Hi!

We are already almost to the end of quarter 3 (next week, Feb. 23). All of the kids are doing great!

The Flamingoes (PreK) are getting very comfortable with their letter sounds and are even starting to sound out words and recognize sight words. They are learning numbers, piano, how to mix colors, puzzles, and are extremely creative.

The Dragonflies (K) are becoming quite the little readers and have great hand writing! They are becoming very comfortable with their numbers - forward, backward, by 1's, fives, tens - causing them to naturally progress right into math sentences. Pretty awesome. They also have piano, typing, bible, and spelling lessons.

The Crafty Falcons (2nd) are fantastic readers and continue to work on comprehension and self-sufficiency/motivation to get their work done. They are doing great! They are very comfortable with math as well, addition, subtraction, money, time - and taking everything to the next level with excitement and ease. They are now quite fluent in cursive - copying bible verses and writing words on their own. Sign language, piano, and typing are also coming along nicely.

The younger students absorb from the older and everyone is learning bible verses, piano, chess, sign language, bible, cursive, typing/computer, and most importantly, about Jesus.

High School Boys - They are doing great as well. They have their strengths and weaknesses just like the rest of us - but are growing into very kind young men and continue to work hard and explore their passions of music, drawing, and whatever else. They play lots of music! :) We have our first BCS graduate this spring - Congratulations Tyler!

We have a very beautiful group of students. Jesus is our center and we put a huge emphasis on working together and what it means to be a Christian, to love, to forgive, to be kind, to share His love. These are not always easy - but the idea is simple and Jesus makes it possible. It seems crazy, but we also still have lots of time for all of the children to explore their passions and talents that God blessed them with. We want every child to embrace life and all that God has in store for them - He created the universe - so His plans are pretty awesome! :)

If anyone would like to schedule a parent-teacher conference, please let us know. We would be happy to meet. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please ask.

Thank-you to everyone who helps and supports the school. We are so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with your children.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Joseph

Dragonflies are reading about Joseph this week, pages 64-75. Plus a couple pics from the other day.

 

 
 
 
 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

BCS - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

As if getting pizza from Keller's isn't awesome enough (Thank You Barb!), the kiddos decided to take the pizza party to the next level by turning the pizza boxes into sleds. To give credit where credit is due, the idea came from the V-man!  :) AND, in true peacemaker form, without any adult intervention, the kiddos decided to tear the pizza boxes in half so every one could have one!

My heart is very happy and I feel incredibly blessed. Enjoy the video! God is good.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

God is good, everyday!



The Son is shining! I will do better getting pics of the older boys, I'm just with the younger ones all the time. 

Music: Neon Intro by David Crowder

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Reading

Crafty Falcons need to keep reading a chapter every night.

Dragonflies are reading about Abraham and Isaac this week. 

Flamingoes keep reading with your parents!

Everyone is doing great!

What a beautiful couple days. Thank you God for blessing us. 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Update for 2017

We just wanted to give an update on how things are going at BCS in 2017!

Students are learning to sit and be attentive, or at the very least quiet, while lessons are being taught to all levels. I feel very strongly that this is a major benefit to the one room school-house. Children learn that it's not always about them and that it is important to work together and it is not necessary to be entertained or busy every second. An even bigger hope is that this setting will help the students understand that Jesus, our Savior and example, came to serve not to be served and that being a peacemaker and working together and putting others first is the source of joy. 'Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God.' -Matthew 5:9 - They even earn 'peacemaker points' by working together! These points earn them extra recess minutes. :)

Not to mention scholastically, students hear the material multiple times. Even if they aren't listening they are still hearing the material.

This situation is a little more prevalent now. With more help, we had a tendency to tag-team the situation and split the students because we could... but 'God makes all things work for the good of those that love  Him.' -Romans 8:28. We make mistakes and change is a guarantee - but we do love Him - that I promise.

Students also have exploration time - if they finish their assignment, we let them work together or alone... as long as they are respectful to those working. (This is a work in progress.) They do a huge assortment of activities - puzzles, checkers, drawing, painting, play dough, creating together, reading, making stories, music... the list goes on. This is something we have been working toward all year - and continue. While it is important to learn, we also think it's important for children to expand on their God given talents and try and figure out His plan for each of us.

Evan, Mr. Wilson, and Mr. Postal have also been helping with reading - so students still get a chance for one-on-one reading time - which is pretty awesome.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions. God Bless!

And, a couple pics. Evan and Noah got the first BCS class rings. I believe their Grandma had them made for Christmas presents. Pretty neat.





Piano to Keyboard

We are going to be getting rid of the piano at school and replacing it with a keyboard. This will open up our back entry so that we can move some of the younger students to the back to give everyone more room and in anticipation of a few more students next year. Plus, the kiddos will get to learn on an in-tune instrument! :)

So, does anyone want the piano or know of anyone who wants it? And, does anyone know of a used keyboard (full size) - that we could purchase for the school? We wanted to start here and will expand the search if necessary.

Thanks!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Dragonflies' Reading

The Dragonflies are reading Noah's Ark this week. Also read the stories up to that point in the Old Testament, if they want more. :) I would love it if they could read it every night.

Thank-you!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Reading

Quick Update :

The Crafty Falcons (2nd) need to read at least 1 chapter every night in their chapter book.

The Dragonflies (K) need to read the bible story we are working on from their Learn to Read Bible every night. Please let me know if it would be helpful for me to post which story - they seem to know but sometimes forget to try it at home.

The Flamingoes (PreK) : Please continue to read with them.

Thank You!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2016 Year End Report

Thanks to everyone for a really awesome 2016!!!

Here is the BCS year-end report.

Lots of blessings to all and Happy New Year! Can't wait to see what's in store for 2017!

2016 BCS Year End Report

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Kindergarten (Dragonflies) Update

Just a reminder, the Dragonflies will go full days, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday when we start after the new year.

Hope everyone is staying warm and safe!

God Bless. :)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas from BCS!

We feel so incredibly blessed to be part of this school and to meet and get to know all of the people that have come into our life because of BCS. It continues to be an amazing yet humbling experience. God is so good... and wow does He love us. Merry Christmas! Thank-you to everyone for being a part of this school. God bless us everyone! Jesus lives!!!!!!!!

Enjoy the pics :) - and PS. Thank you Mrs. S.... from the bottom of our heats.