New Princess Items at Deborah & Co!

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Royal Pink Princess Dress!

 

We have new princess items at Deborah & Co. I’ve received nothing but good feedback on the play dresses we currently sell. We now offer this Royal Pink Princess dress for girls ages 1-9.

We also offer a matching doll dress!

Royal Pink Princess Doll Dress

This sweet dress will fit a 16″-20″ doll or stuffed animal.

No princess is complete without a crown!

A pink princess crown for a sweet little girl!

My girls went crazy in excitement when they saw this new princess crown! They are just stunning and any little girl will feel so special when they are wearing one of these!

They are perfect for dress up play, and birthday parties.

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Keeping a Balanced Approach to The Pre-K and Kindergarten Years

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Keeping a balanced approach to preschool and kindergarten is wise for the sanity of mom and child!

Since I was homeschooled all my life I had a good idea of what homeschooling my own children would be like. I remember the fantastic days of school, singing civil war songs around the piano, nature studies, reading so many wonderful books, and watching Andy Griffith during lunch time. :)

But I also remember the days where we started really late, my brother and I laughed during the entire devotion, my mom breaking down in tears and getting so frustrated, her worry over our weak areas in school, and trying to juggle school in between doctor appointments and moving six times in six years! Homeschooling takes a devoted mom with a steadfast vision to continue year after year.

When our oldest was approaching pre-school age I was very much into the Charlotte Mason method of letting young children learn through playing, being outside, reading to them, etc. We didn’t do very many workbooks, and I didn’t push him to read young. I still remember being pregnant with our youngest, and being in bed during a very difficult first trimester. He was seven at this point and still hardly reading anything. I was beginning to get frustrated, even though I knew all the statistics about boys being late readers. As I lay in bed I overheard him reading a book to his sisters, and he literally started reading overnight! I couldn’t believe it. He now is an avid reader, and we can’t keep him supplied with enough good books to read!

I have changed my opinions concerning the preschool/kindergarten years as I’ve had more children. Surprisingly, I’ve gotten a little more proactive about what we do, instead of relaxed. It’s still a season of life that I don’t stress about though.Children learn through observation, through living life, and yes, through workbooks! (Olivia writing her letters in a one room schoolhouse!)

There are two different approaches that I’ve observed when it comes to preschool and kindergarten.

The first is the super excited first time mom that can’t wait to get started. She takes her baby to infant music classes, teaches her sign language, and at 2 years old is trying to teach her the ABC song. By 3 she is hoping to have the child reading some simple words, and excelling in Kindergarten at age 4. A strict school routine and a formal school area is found in their home. The parents are so proud of their smart child, and they are quick to show off the child’s work to everyone.

The second mom lets the child simply live life, play with lincoln logs and dolls and cars, help the mom in the kitchen, play outside for hours, and teaches him to count using blocks. She traces letters in the air with her finger, and has a special box of salt or sugar that the child makes his first letter shapes in with his finger. Formal workbooks and teaching him to read comes much later, at the age of 6 or even 7.

Both approaches can work. However neither approach works perfectly for the large family. My 4 year old is the 4th child, and I have a 5th, 3rd, and 1st grader that must be engaged in school work every day.  By the time I get done with all the necessary schoolwork, I just don’t have the energy to go make letters out of clay, or sit and play blocks with my 4th child by herself.

What I do have the energy for is some scheduled workbook pages that she can do while I’m working with the other children. Olivia begs to do her Horizon’s Preschool workbook, and when we don’t get to it she actually gets pretty upset! Workbooks sometimes have a bad name to them, especially for little ones, but at this point that’s exactly what she needs.

Preschool years are so much fun! (Yes, that is a princess in the background! She loves her play dress.)

Olivia already knows how to count to 10, her ABC’s, colors and some shapes. Did I sit down and do one on one instruction with her when she was 3? No, not really. She learned most of these things by simply being the 4th child, observing her older sister as she counted and sang the ABC song. She watches Preschool Prep videos, and I sing the ABC song with her about once a week. :)

When I started homeschooling I had a hard time getting settled into a routine. I switched curriculum a few times, and I focused so much on teaching my child to read I think I neglected a few other areas. Math does not come easily for him, and we struggle through it every day. Grammar and spelling is another weak area. Those are all textbook related subjects that are learned through sitting down and studying from a book and filling a worksheet out. It’s not a bad thing, unless your child has a learning disability that makes worksheets very difficult. Children learn through observation, through living life, and yes, through workbooks! 

I really don’t stress about the preschool and Kindergarten years – I’ve grown to really enjoy them. When my child hits first grade, that’s when I get much more intense with them. I’m doing math, reading, science, grammar, handwriting, and reading out loud with my first grader this year.

 

 

 

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I’ve seen the list of books that are included, and I’m already trying to figure out how I can get every single bundle in the set. It’s that good! This is a new and creative bundle, and I don’t think homeschooling moms will be disappointed with the wonderful options.

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Are You Raising a “Know it All” Homeschooled Child?

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Homeschooling has many blessings, and I never want to discourage anyone from pursuing it. I was homeschooled all my life, and plan on homeschooling my children all of their life as well. But it’s good to stop and examine homeschooling as we can get so caught up in curriculum, lesson planning, and defending ourselves against family and friends that we never allow ourselves to look at it with a critical eye.

As a homeschool community, are we raising “know it all” children?

By this I mean children who are so confident in their beliefs and convictions that they refuse to even listen to a different opinion, and truly feel they have all the answers.

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Here are some questions to ponder, particularly for the high school age:

  • Does your child respect other people, even though they might not be exactly like your family?
  • Does your child constantly belittle and mock the world in general? While admittedly it is a fallen and corrupt place, we should be grieved over the state of the world instead of being angry and cynical.
  • Can your child be taught by someone that doesn’t hold the strict conservative homeschool values that you do? For that matter, can you? While I’m not talking about listening to watered down truth, your first critique of a minister or a person wanting to encourage you should not be whether or not they homeschool their children.
  • Does your child take pride in the fact that your family is different? Does he not like to be in a group of young people his age, but would rather be apart because he feels he is better then they are?
  • Does your child like to gossip about how other people in your family or church are struggling with weaknesses or sins?

Most people homeschool because they believe it helps them draw their children closer to Christ. If however, our children care nothing for those who know not Christ, or those who are weak in the faith, are you really succeeding in your goal behind why you are homeschooling your children?

We need to raise children who have a tender heart. We need to raise children who have a servant’s heart. Developing a servant’s heart starts in the home. Teaching our children to be loving to their siblings, helpful to those younger and older than them – these are all good steps towards teaching them to be loving and kind towards those who need the Lord.

I am certainly not recommending sending your child off to public school. Public school often makes it even more likely that your child will not develop a heart to win souls for Christ.  Rather, searching your own heart first to see if you have taught the child these things, and what kind of spirit is present in your home overall. Is it critical, harsh, and discouraging? Or tender, loving, and optimistic?

Set the tone of your home. Guide your children towards the Lord, and pray for them often. Ultimately it is the Lord that has to touch their heart in order for them to acquire the humility and compassion that will cause them to move out in service to the world, not in spite of it .