CHAP and other weekend things!

We arrived here around 10am on Friday, May 7.
We left after 9am, but the traffic line-up was pretty big!
Anyway, it wasn’t hard getting in or any of that stuff since I had pre-registered.
It was amazing!
This is the part of the Farm Show Complex that the CHAP convention was held.
I didn’t get any pictures inside the building – my husband might have thought I was crazy. 😉
Anyway, Eric and I walked through each row Friday looking at all the booths.
Before we went I looked online at a bunch of the places, especially those that interested me most. It was still overwhelming, but so much fun!
Eric really liked Math U See (as I did) and we’re going with that for our Math program! Yay! I am so excited about that! We picked out a Science Course, art supplies, a basic music course, Explode the Code for Grace, history stuff, and Eric ordered a basic electronic LED-Scope Kit for the boys. He is excited about working with them on this project. It’ll give them basic knowledge of electronics. They’ll have to use Math to help them figure it out, so they can see why they need to learn Math.
We still need to figure out a Grammar/Spelling course, but I will be doing that from now until I figure out what will work best for us. I actually know what I want to use, but I gotta figure out how to make the things work together and explain to my husband why they need both subjects as separate, but how they work together. He sees all Grammar and Spelling as the same subject, but there are rules in both of the subjects that eventually work together.
Since we are done with ACE this year Eric found a book that I am starting to read right now called The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell. I’ll be learning about lesson planning and organizing our schooling in ways I didn’t have to with ACE. I am so excited about it! I have much to learn! Funny how you can home-school for years and not really know what all is out there and how to make it work best for your family.
Aside from the convention, Eric and I totally blew our points by eating at a couple delicious places! Saturday evening we went to the big Bass Pro Shop there in Harrisburg. I wasn’t really impressed and think Cabela’s in West Virginia is much better! Their mall there is 2 story, but it’s not really that grand on the mall scale. 🙂 We did walk around to burn off some of the calories we ate at dinner that night.
Yesterday morning after clearing out of our motel room (which thankfully wasn’t in the ghetto), we decided on going to Harrisburg and see the state capitol building and such. It was neat to look at inside and we did get a small tour of the place. Since it was a weekend a lot of the place was closed off, but we at least got to see some of it! I’ll add those pictures either later today or tomorrow. After touring there we went to the Museum of the Civil War in Harrisburg. It was ok, but it wasn’t like the Confederate Museum in Virginia or any of the things in Gettysburg. It was a nice place to stop and see before coming home.
I have to say that I totally enjoyed the time alone with Eric all weekend! It doesn’t happen that often at all (2nd time this year, which is amazing for us). It was also nice coming home and getting the kids. I started really missing them yesterday, probably because I knew I’d see them later in the day. 🙂 It’s good to be home!
God has blessed me with a wonderful, hardworking and sweet husband! I love him SO much!!
God has also blessed us with 3 children that are growing up way too fast! Really, they are growing up too fast! Our oldest will be 10 in August! That doesn’t seem possible! I pray the changes we make with our homeschooling will be a blessing to them and that we’ll all find the joy in schooling and being together that is presently gone.

3 thoughts on “CHAP and other weekend things!

  1. glad you guys had fun. sounds like a blast! time away always refreshes and makes you more thankful to be home:)

    i'm sure the changes will be a blessing. that and summer vacation. not to fear… every child and teacher is lacking joy at this time of year!

    hang in there:)

  2. Hi Emily,

    Thank you for your kind words!!! I hope your daughter will enjoy the copywork as well! I still have alot more to post, but hopefully there will be enough for you once you start up your new school year! 🙂

    I am familiar with A.C.E. I once tutored a girl who was using the curriculum. It will be fun to switch it up a bit. It may be alot of work making the switch, but try to enjoy the process. It is such a wonderful blessing that we are able to homeschool our children and I often try to remind myself of this when I am faced with some of the challenges of homeschooling! 🙂


  3. Kristin, we had a wonderful time! It was so educational and spending time alone with the hubby was the added plus! 🙂

    Jenn, I look forward to the coming school year! I have much work to do over the summer, but I am so excited about it!

    We were just feeling strapped down by A.C.E. and I really thought we needed to enjoy school more. I think the kids are looking forward to the change as well.
    Thanks for stopping by ladies!

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