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When we first decided to home school, the first thing I did was research curriculum. Did you know there are SO many different types of curriculum you can buy for homeschooling? It was rather overwhelming. I spent days researching the different sets. But I kept finding myself going back to the same website because I felt like they had a set that would suit our daughter for Kindergarten.

If you haven’t heard of Alpha Omega Publishers, then you may not know about this curriculum. They have a few different sets but I seemed to like their LifePac set better than the others.

Here’s what I liked about LifePac and why I continue to use that set:

  1. They are affordable.
    1. Almost every set I researched was pricey. I had my budget set to spend no more than a few hundred on a curriculum. Their Kindergarten set only included Math and Language Arts but it was only priced at $99. I know that there are some free curriculum’s out there, but I felt better prepared if I had something laid out for me. I believe this set did a great job in helping my daughter for Kindergarten and I plan to use it again for our son in a couple years.
  2. They are Bible-based.
    1. When we officially decided to home school, we agreed that one of the main benefits of homeschooling was the fact that we could teach our children about God. So when I was researching curriculum, it had to be Bible-based. LifePac does a great job at discussing God throughout all their subjects, not just their Bible subject.
  3. They are student-led.
    1. The curriculum is designed to allow students to work independently. We are currently in their first grade set and my daughter can work independently most of the time. That’s a huge benefit to me since we have more that one child and I can’t be by her side constantly.
  4. They have great support.
    1. There was a time I had a question about the science materials and when to use them throughout the year. I was surprisingly amazed at how quick and friendly they were in helping me.
  5. They have kid-friendly content.
    1. The stories and graphics in this curriculum seems to be very up-to-date and interesting for my six year old. She seems to enjoy the books and pictures which is helpful in keeping her interested.

We plan to use LifePac again for second grade. I have no desire to switch curriculum’s anytime soon. As long as it keeps working for my daughter and me, then we will stick with their curriculum.

If you are looking into homeschooling your kids and you have been looking for a curriculum, try researching Alpha Omega Publishers LifePac set. I don’t think you will be disappointed. And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me!

Our daughter showing off her Math quiz.

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Fox Attack

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We live outside city limits, but not too far. Our backyard is next to some wooded area. I’ve known that there were risks to letting my flock free range, but I felt like they were pretty safe when I was home and able to watch them.

Here is Jade several months before her injury showing off her custom made saddle:

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On Christmas Eve, I let my flock out to roam the yard after lunch time like I always do. I knew I would be home all day and we would have a lot of company over so I felt like the risk of having an attack from a wild animal was slim. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case and of all days, on Christmas Eve.

I just so happened to walk and look out the window at just the right time. I saw something holding a chicken in its mouth. At that moment, I screamed and yelled “FOX”. My husband heard and right then went to grab a gun. For some reason, I grabbed a broom and went running outside barefoot. I didn’t get far before my husband shot at the fox. The fox dropped my hen and I took off after her.

I found her in a puddle of cold water bleeding. By the looks of it, I didn’t think she was going to live long. I carried her back to the house to examine her and from what I could tell at that point, was that her wing was damaged badly.

I immediately wrapped her in a towel and put her in the garage to rest. Shock can kill a chicken quickly so I knew she needed to be alone for a while.

Every time I worry about my chickens, I reach out to my friends on a Facebook group called “Chicken Butts and Crazy Clucks”. They have helped me learn about chickens so much! If you own chickens, this is the group you want to be in for advice (and you will need advice eventually)!

Here is the link to their group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1133694943320922/?ref=share

The photos coming up involve an injured chicken and blood.

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With advice from fellow chicken lovers, I got a solution they call Dakin’s and began spraying it on her wound three times a day. After two days, she began to smell horrible. I suspected that her wound was probably getting infected. I could tell that her wing was definitely broken and that I wasn’t going to be able to wrap it in hopes of it healing. I knew what needed to be done but I couldn’t stomach the idea of trying to do it myself. That wing needed to be amputated.

Luckily, I was able to find a vet that would help chickens. Three days after the attack, I took her in and had the wing amputated. To my surprise, she did remarkable and looks so much better!

Pictures after the wing amputation:

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Today is day one after the surgery and she is still doing great. I foresee her making a full recovery and those feathers covering that bald patch in no time.

I will be custom making her a new saddle soon. Once it’s done, I’ll update this post.

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How I Decorated Our Home School Classroom

When we moved into our current house, I was desperate to have a room dedicated to homeschooling. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a paint roller and make the room above our garage a classroom! Eventually, I was able to find time to start on it and even though it’s not completely finished, I cant wait to start using it!

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It may not look like a traditional classroom but when you only have two students, it doesn’t have to. It’s worth mentioning that one student is a toddler, hence the toys.

We plan to begin school in our updated classroom on January 7th following our holiday break. What makes it even more special is that the toddler will be doing some lessons too!

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I’ve created a weekly focus board for both children but mainly for the toddler. They will be learning the presidents and states each week on top of their normal curriculum.

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I’m certain we will all enjoy the new space!