my random homeschool post

I have learned a lot homeschooling my youngest. I learned that I love having him here. I love the fact I get to control his education. And the fact that my state doesn’t require standardized testing is also a plus. I pray that that law doesn’t change. My older two go to public school, by their choice. However, my daughter (she’s in the 6th grade) wants to homeschool next year. My oldest is in high school and I think he likes being around his friends, which is fine with me. My daughter has friends, but I think she’s a little envious that her little brother gets to stay home all day. However, I told her that she will have to do her school work and she’s not going to just sit on the computer all day. She will do her school work, and help me around the house. And of course, she’ll have time to do what she wants as long as she does her chores.

The public school my kids go to is actually a great one. But it’s still a public school so they are required to take standardized tests every year. I think it’s starts around the 3rd grade. The teachers spend most of the year stressing the importance of these tests and doing test prep. Yes, I realize the teachers are required to do this. I don’t think it really benefits the children though. The teachers put so much pressure on the kids to do well that they get stressed out. My oldest was never really that stressed, but my daughter gets extremely worried about the tests. So I guess I will start researching some affordable jr high homeschool curriculum. I may start out using Time4learning like I do with Trey and then supplement it with other stuff. The thing I love about homeschooling is that I don’t have to limit what or how they learn. Trey loves science so we look up things online or he finds documentaries on netflix about animals. He’s currently really into snakes and other reptiles. We also visit the science museum quite often. He reads and comprehends what he’s read very well. When he was 6, they tested his reading and he was on a 4th-5th grade level then. He is a very inquisitive child so he is always asking questions. Lately, he’s been asking me the definitions to random words LOL. He is also mildly interested in social studies. The only subject I struggle to get him to work on is math. But I’m going to order some math workbooks that someone recommended last week and see if that helps. He is ADHD and has a hard time focusing and so he needs a lot of one on one teaching. He just couldn’t get that in public school. He didn’t like going to school at all but when I say “It’s time to do your school work”, he just says “ok” and never argues with me. Even if we have to work on math 🙂 .

Continue Reading

Ultimate Blog Party 2013!

Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Hi! I’m Nikki, a 34 year old Christian wife and mom. I’ve been married to Will for 13 years and we have 3 kiddos. Jake is 16, Rhiannon is 12, and Trey is 7.

This is me, I’m not really this cool, but in this photo, I look like I am 😀
 photo 285778_10152584234805029_459466222_n1_zps476f5c6c.jpg

I’ve been blogging at southernpixie for around 8 years. I wish I had the posts to show for that but my site was compromised(which has now been fixed with updates) a few months back. I have a backup but could never get it to load up properly. So for right now, all I have are posts from around January of this year.

I stay busy by homeschooling my youngest as I felt that public school really wasn’t a good fit for him. My other two children are in public school by their choosing, however, I may be homeschooling Rhiannon next school year. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family, watch movies, listen to music, and pursue my passion for photography.

Yes, I use this blog to vent sometimes, but I also use it to rave about my super duper family.

If you’d like, you can check out my website facebook page here
and my photography facebook page here

I look forward to meeting a bunch of awesome people at this years UBP! Comment here and I’ll be sure to check out your blog!

Continue Reading

My first attempt

at macrophotography. So I found a cheap nifty way to do macrophotography without dropping some serious moola on a new lens.  It’s not the easiest set up though and I really need to get a tripod (I have one but someone lost the camera mount plate to it).  It’s hard to get any decent shots holding my camera.  But here’s a couple I did manage to get.

Continue Reading

Another short road trip!

If you’re here from a blog hop, then welcome. And if not,well then you’re still welcome here.  Leave me a comment and I will stop by your blog and do the same!

Will, the kids, and I were going to go to this place called Mynelle Gardens in Jackson, but it was closed (even though the website and a sing on their door said they would be open). Who knows, maybe the person working overslept LOL.  But we were in Jackson and there’s always something to do there.  This is one of those times when I’m really glad I have a smart phone. I looked up nearby places to get an idea of where we should go and the Old Capitol Museum popped up.  I haven’t been there since I was in elementary school and I figured the kids might enjoy going.  It had been renovated since I had been when I was a kid so it was like I had never been. I’m still trying to learn how to shoot indoor pictures.  Some of them turned out pretty well.

Jackson as seen from the 2nd floor of the Old Capitol

View of Jackson from Old Capitol

The Rotunda inside the Old Capitol

The back of the Old Capitol

Continue Reading