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Homeschooling a Large Family | First Day Back | Nature Journaling + Read Alouds


– Good morning, friends. Oh, that light is just
highlighting my fuzzy hair. So today is the first day of our brand new homeschool year. I set my alarm super early, I did hit snooze and add an extra hour, ’cause Benjamin and I
were up a little extra in the middle of the night, but I still got up at 5:15. Hello first day beautiful whiteboard. So I’m going to put in some
time for reading my Bible and doing some Bible journaling. Of course, loving my quiet coffee time. And then I have “write books”. You know me, doing all the things, I have two books that I’m trying to write very gently. Again, there I am with my gentle word. And what I’m doing is, I’m actually using just
paper and pen journals. Since I do work on the computer, I don’t want all the creative things I do to be on the computer. Just more brain food to
write the old-fashioned way in my journal. So I’m just kinda splitting it up. This morning, I’m just gonna try to write about 15 minutes on each. One is my kind of
interesting childhood memoir, and then my other one is a special book on my heart for homeschool moms. Then, from seven to eight, I need to get a video up, I’ve got my email, I have lots in my email waiting for me, and then I’m hoping to get it cleared, and at least the ones I
need to address prioritized. One hour is not enough
time for me to work. Futuristically, I wanna work up to working two to three hours every morning. That’s when I am my freshest, and honestly, years ago,
when I built my blog and turned everything into
an accidental business, it was the morning hours where
I really busted things out. Then I have about a
half hour to get ready. Now, because the kids
aren’t up bright and early, you know, catching the
school bus at 7:15 or 7:30, they, during this time, are gonna just be waking
up, about eight or so, some of them will probably
still be sleeping until 8:30. So my plan is, at 8:30, I’m gonna roll into making breakfast, getting that prepped and ready, and then everyone else will be up and working on their clipboards, because we have our new
clipboard responsibility chart system I’ve been working on. We’re gonna have breakfast and Bible and do a quick clean-up. For the Bible, I have no luxurious plans, other than I think we’re
just gonna open it up, start at Genesis 1 and have a goal, hey, let’s read through the entire Bible as a family this year. And we’ll have a little bit
of time for quick clean-up, and then we have two
hours for getting outside. It has worked better over the years for us to get outside first, to burn off that early morning energy, to get our exercise in, we will probably walk two miles or so, and then I’m adding in the
nature journaling aspect. Now several of my kids have
never done nature journaling. I plan, again, to do this very on the fly and gentle as well, I’m just gonna look for something cool, and we’re gonna draw it. I found what looks like one of those African Rhinoceros type beetles yesterday, just on my porch, I shared it over on
Instagram in my stories. Anyway, we have all kinds of
cool things in our forest, so I think doing some nature journaling will be a wonderful addition
to our homeschooling life. And then I have an hour
for lunch and audiobook, because we have some chores and other, I have some phone calls to make, we have just regular life things, I figure we need an hour for lunch today. And we have started to listen to Anne of Avonlea on audiobook, and I know even if the
kids just sit for half hour and listen to that audiobook, it’ll just be a good time. I have three hours set aside for our sit-down tablework time, I’m gonna rotate the kids
with one-on-one time, and then also rotate them
with their independent work. I have two hours for today
set aside for our read alouds, we’re gonna do our Sonlight read alouds and start the Narnia series. Then we’re gonna have about an hour to work on dinner and more Bible reading. At seven, I have for the
kids, job and free time. And I also have seven,
mom in bed and chill. So Travis has not been feeling well, he did not feel well yesterday, I don’t know how he’ll be feeling today, but even if he isn’t feeling too super, he can still supervise
the jobs and free time while I go lay down and rest, especially if I’m trying
to get up earlier. My goal would be to be
able to lay down in bed no later than eight most nights, so I can flip myself
around getting up earlier. Here’s also just my brain dump on how I’m rotating the kids today, I’ll do 30 minutes with
Daniel and Amelia together, meanwhile Gabriel, Naomi and Liam will work on handwriting. Then I’ll do 30 minutes with Liam, and Naomi and Gabriel will
work on their story writing. Then I’ll do 30 minutes with Gabriel, meanwhile Naomi and Liam
will have their reading time. Then I’ll do 30 minutes with Naomi, meanwhile Gabriel will be reading and Liam will get a trampoline break, ’cause he’s only seven and
he’s Liam, he’ll need it. And then three to four,
I’ll work with everyone, we’re gonna work on spelling
lessons and story editing. And then I just put a note here, we’ll also have days where we
do science during this time. We won’t start that today though. And not how it’ll go every day, but this is my overview for our first day. So this is one of our baked chocolate chip oatmeals from the freezer, that I’m gonna serve up for our first day of homeschool breakfast. I just made some egg salad out of one of those pasteurized chickens that we got in our meat
delivery the other day, and I cooked this meat in the instant pot and thought, I want chicken salad, so I had one of these flatout breads left, had a bunch of spinach, and I’m going to layer this and roll it up now with
chicken salad on it. Kids here are finishing up, yes. I’m just reading to them from Genesis 2. Naomi’s gonna load the dishwasher, and I’m just getting this bag ready, since we’ve never done
nature journaling on the fly. (baby babbling) Is that what you think about it? Ninja sword, check. Next side. Bungee cord in case you have
to scale a mountain, check. So I got everyone loaded up. We’re still waiting on Naomi, she was getting her shoes. We have some water and such, we’re gonna walk down
to our mailbox and back, that’s about a mile, and then we’re gonna take
our paths through the forest. Bragging on Travis, he’s been working a lot in this area with his different yard tools, and so we’ve got our playground set up, and our hammocks, a
trampoline, a picnic table, and he’s just been working to make this a nice backyard area for us. There ya go! Okay, Liam got ahead,
but the cool thing is, we can get him driving back. Go speed racer! Go speed racer! Hold on! Hold on to your wheel, buddy. Silly, nobody do this with no hands. Use your hands there, mister. So we have great hills down, but then there’s more hills going back up, so they have to pull
their pedal cars back up. We got a couple big hills, then we’ll go on our forest. Anybody else want some more water? Okay, super hot and sweaty mom, coming right back at ya from the forest. So Naomi has picked what our first nature sketch is going to be, I’ve handed out their nature journals. I’m gonna show you the set-up now. There’s a tree there, a dead broken tree and
another tree laying on it. She has picked that to be our subject. Once you get that done, we can then go through and you can add other pieces of greenery
in if you’d like, okay? So I’m gonna hand you a pencil, and you just do your very best. Amelia, you working on yours? Good job, keep going! Benjamin, are you supervising? Right now, we’ve been
talking a lot about shading, because the light is really coming in. You did your tree? Good. I’ve been working on mine. I’m working on, there’s obviously some sort of dead tree laying down underneath it. – [Naomi] It’s like a board from it. – [ Jamerrill] Yeah, so
I’m, I’m working on that. Well, it doesn’t look natural yet. This’ll be so fun. When you’re a big man, in your monster truck with your beard, it’ll be fun to look
back at the first page of your first nature journal. Tell me, what is happening here, Daniel? – [Daniel] There’s a
broken tree right there. – [Jamerrill] Broken tree. – [Daniel] And a floating boat. – [Jamerrill] A floating boat. “Daniel’s Broken Tree,
September 6th, 2018”. We got your name on it. It’s looking really good. So Liam drew a bear and
an owl and the moon, he added to it. I wanted them to draw what they saw first, and then they could add other creatures that would normally, they’d normally be in
this kind of habitat. And we do have these creatures, so that’s really cool. – Those couple snails were the snails I did wrong. – [Jamerrill] That’s okay,
they look really good though. Amelia named hers “Forest”. – [Gabriel] I accidentally
drew a dinosaur. – Gabey did, yes, Gabriel did a dinosaur. Here’s what Gabriel, this looks so good. And then here is Mommy’s, I’m calling mine “Only Trees”. So Naomi added mushrooms to hers. She’s gonna call her
picture “Mushroom Madness”, that looks great, Naomi. We’ve spent about 45
minutes nature journaling, and the 13-month-old baby has been happy and enjoyed the whole thing. I believe it’s because we did that big, sweaty, stinky hike first, and he got so much exercise just watching everybody
goof off and fool around, so now we’re gonna finish up, go back to the house for lunch. We’ll just jump in and start with these handwriting notebooks. These “A Reason For Handwriting” books are just the ones that I have picked up. Liam has been wanting to learn cursive. Liam is seven, I know some
moms do cursive first. I had never done that, but
that always sounds cool. Anyway, we just usually
transition at some point, so this workbook is their
transition worktext, and so the first half, all print, and then it starts in
the middle with cursive, so I told Liam to do, every day, he’s gonna do a page in
his cursive in order, and then I want him to pick any page he wants from the print, just to have more practice on that. So you get to be in charge, you’re the Lord of the Print-Page Picking. So you can get started on that. Daniel, you are doing fantastic. Haha, go back and watch my
vacation videos for July, where I was like, I’m gonna take a day real soon here and get these together, and here we are, September and starting, and they’re not together, so what I’m gonna do, we have science, we have history, and we have language arts, and I guess I’m going to put it together, put one week together and show you, but I’m going to take the individual weeks from each subject and put them, like I’ll have week one, science, language arts and
history under this tab, and week two, so it’s gonna take me
probably 20 minutes or so to get this binder together. Liam is done with his handwriting book and his math book, and him and Amelia both are gonna work on some story writing. Of course, along with my
dishes that are dirty, we can see how this is going. Week four, now we’re gonna do week five. I have finally made it to week 35. So we have a lot going on, it’s been a little bit, but Travis is serving up some steak here for a quick dinner, we’re kinda doing dinner, and then it looks like
we’re gonna do read alouds. Well, that was a full afternoon. I am glad that we just jumped in and said today is the first day, jumped in and got started. But I did, and I still,
have odds and ends, and little aspects of things
that we’re gonna be doing that I will be pulling together
over the next few weeks. I think it’ll probably
take us two to three weeks to get everything settled
and wrinkles ironed out. Overall, I feel like tablework
time went very well today. Daniel really surprised me, when he just started tracing
all of those letters. I said, okay, Daniel, well, check that off the box,
you got that, mister. It was great that Travis just went ahead and got dinner settled for all of us. So, you know, on my whiteboard, the whiteboard said we would do read aloud and have a late dinner, instead we had a little bit earlier evening/late afternoon dinner and now, let’s see, so right now, it is 6:15, and we have, oh, wait til
you see this book stack, it’s a big old stack of books. So we’re gonna read probably
for two hours or so, I cannot wait to get
into this stack of books, because it has been a
while, a month or more, since we’ve done any heavy
read aloud time here. Actually, it’s probably been two months. I have to get my months straight. So it’s September, it’s probably been since early July that we’ve
been doing read alouds. Just doing all that summer fun, so I’m ready to dig deep
in with these kiddos and do some great books. The Magician’s Nephew has
absolutely nothing to do with anything that we’re
doing with Sonlight. This is just, hey, I
want to read the entire Chronicles of Narnia to the kids. And then we have some Bible reading that was on our Sonlight assignment. Starting Strong, and so,
this is a Sonlight book, looks like it’s a Bible study book, so we’ll be starting that. We’re gonna read the first chapter of One Voice, The Story
of William Wilberforce, and I love, love love love,
the William Wilberforce story. We’re gonna read the first chapter of The Great Turkey Walk, and then we’re gonna read
the first chapter tonight of By the Great Horn Spoon,
A Gold Rush Adventure. So, so many great time periods here, and historical figures that we’re gonna be chatting on this evening, and then we also have our
fantasy book going on, so it’ll be lots of good fun. Almost pitch-black out here, let’s see, you can see the sky there, yeah, so we got through most of the books and we worked on our memorizing of Psalm 103, Verses 1, 2, 3. We’re gonna head inside now though, see what needs done in the house, and then I told the kids, even though I’m gonna head to bed early, if they get some jobs done, they can probably get in my bed and we’ll read a little longer. We’re getting started with school and routines and life here, and towards the end of the week, today is Thursday. But the kids will, after they turn in their checklist to me, I’m just gonna give them
a check for the day, if they’ve done all
their responsibilities, and then, every seven days, they will earn half of
their age in dollars. So like, Naomi, I’m counting her as 12, she’s gonna earn six dollars a week, that’s 24 a month. Zion is 7.50 a week, that’s 30 a month, ’cause he’s 15, and so on. Let’s hope Daniel can earn a dollar 50, or six bucks a month, that’ll be fun for him. Then I’ve also made
myself a master list here, where I can just check
’em all for the week, and then also an area
to write for the month, and we have kids melting down. I’m having the kids bring me
their checklist for the day, and Naomi and I were just discussing, she wasn’t able to set
the table for dinner and get everyone drinks, ’cause Travis jumped in
and did that this evening. And she wasn’t able to
clear the table for dinner and put it away because
we had paper plates and we had called up
someone else to help clear, so that kind of then falls under the I listened to my mommy and daddy, and we’re gonna just go
over these clipboards now for everybody. You gonna do some work
check marks, Daniel? Now let’s see here. What about, I was kind to
my brothers and sisters? Were you kind to your
brothers and sisters today? What about, I listened
to my mommy and daddy? Uh-huh, you did that one. You got wild here, don’t
care by the end of the day. Did you have a good day? – Yeah. – [Jamerrill] Did you like
all your school stuff? – Mm-hm. – [Jamerrill] What about
that nature journaling? – [Naomi] Oh yeah, that was really fun. – [Jamerrill] Was that fun? That worked out well, yay! – [Liam] It was really fun. – [Jamerrill] It was really
fun, it was really fun. Sometimes you have to get
caught up at the end of the day. Yours? Hold on, buddy. Yours is here. You erase yours. You wanna do the blue. Okay, well, put the lid on that one.

Randall Smitham

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100 COMMENTS

  1. 78rawbanana Posted on September 17, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    I always love when you do these videos! But I have a few questions ๐Ÿ™‚ What do you do with the littles during your day? Daniel, but particularly Benjamin. Also, when do you make time to work with Zion? I'm schooling this year: 12th, 11th, 9th, 8th and 6th and I have an almost 4 yr old and a 12mo old who demand constant watch and attention (my 4yr old is a very inquisitive and active little girl and VERY curious) ๐Ÿ™‚ . My highschoolers need my help daily, particularly with science (Apologia for the 9th and Friendly Chemistry for the older 2) and math (Math U See). I also need to work with my 8th and 6th grader on their 'together school' (we do My Father's World so I do the 'family cycle' with those 2, however my 8th grader is doing Apologia General Science this year which I have to do with her as its too hard for her to do on her own so my 6th grader is the only one doing the 'My Father's World recommended science which I have to do with him as well).
    As you can imagine, I still have to do all that schooling PLUS spend time w/ my littles, nurse the baby (he's still 90% breastfed for reasons I won't go into here so he's nursing every 2-2.5 hours during the day), do chores (kiddos do chores too) and make meals and by the end of the day I've still not got the schooling done I needed to for the day. Add in to that the fact that I have to leave on Tuesday afternoons to take a couple of the kiddos to orchestra practice 30 min away and then on Monday afternoons I take the olders to a Spanish class given by another homeschool mom about 10 min (2 yrs of foreign language are required in our state)….
    WHEW! I want to know how you can get all the schooling done w/ all your school age kiddos in that 3 hour chunk in the afternoon and what do you do with Benjamin during that time? If that is his nap time what do you do on the days he doesn't nap as long or won't nap at all? Thanks!

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  2. jp whataboutit Posted on September 17, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    I always wonder what anyone would have a reason to thumbs down this video. You did amazing Jamerrill. It's 6pm my time and just cracking his books open now to do bookwork. The days can get past you so fast! God bless.

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  3. roxy Jinks Posted on September 17, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Do you come across bears on your property?

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  4. Fabiana Marquez Posted on September 17, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    I'm a teen Mom of a little boy and watching this makes me want to homeschool my son ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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  5. Crochet Queen Posted on September 17, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Sword and Shield has a great Bible study download for free! Started mine today, includes scripture reading, scripture writing, journaling and questions!

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  6. Melissa Nash Posted on September 17, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    There is a movie (Disney) that is a retelling of By the Great Horned Spoon! Bullwhip Griffin. My boys loved it! It's pretty faithful to the book.

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  7. It's 8:18 Posted on September 17, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    So many great ideas in one video! Love this.

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  8. Voyage of The Stars Posted on September 17, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    This was inspiring! I love the clipboard idea!!! And I would love love love to read your book for homeschool moms… if itโ€™s anything like your channel I know I will love it! โœจ๐Ÿ’—

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  9. Lisa Mbarak Posted on September 17, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    Jamerrill and all the things! Hmmm, good book title? ๐Ÿ˜„ And I'm here with all the other women to say you are a wonderful woman and a wonderful human being!โฃ

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  10. Angela Posted on September 17, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    You spoke to my mama heart today with all those wonderful books and nature journaling, thank you for sharing! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  11. Sabrina Simmons Posted on September 17, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    My 3 son's & I read the bible each year from front to back it is awesome and amazing how the bible speaks to your heart every time๐Ÿ’

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  12. Chelsea Divel Posted on September 17, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    You are so pretty! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  13. jamie prince Posted on September 17, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    When I grow up I want to be you๐Ÿ˜

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  14. Donna Terry Posted on September 17, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    The entire Bible is an excellent goal!

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  15. Donna Terry Posted on September 17, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    I hope Travis gets well soon.

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  16. Heather Jolly Posted on September 17, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    You should make a vlog on how to do read aloud… Aside from reading out loud. I can't get my boys to sit still!!

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  17. Hazel Hammond Posted on September 17, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    You have great older helpers. why not use them to put the all the the books together for themselfs and the younger ones. you can hand them in the order you want them in. and they'll be done quick. great first day. I hope the whole years goes so smooth. Hazel from Seattle

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  18. Katie Trapnell Posted on September 17, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    What a great video. Encouraging and raw. Love it.
    We need to get back into our natural journal (a simple
    notebook). We just pick items from nature too and draw. Fall is the season to do it!! Thank u!!

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  19. Julie Anne Price Posted on September 17, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Have you said Naomi is special needs? Are you willing to share more on how you deal with that please. I have started preschool with a as he boy. Smart as all but can't stop his body or mouth

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  20. Camille Coopersmith Posted on September 17, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Your great Jamerril

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  21. One Mama To Another Posted on September 17, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Oh my goodness you get up at 4:15?! I thought my 5:30 goal was ambitious ๐Ÿ˜ฏ What a dreamy place your yard is for kids to grow up in. It looks like you ahve a great routine down.

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  22. Shawna with this Blessed Home Posted on September 17, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    You are so organized!! Lv watching you! Also would love to see a video how you dicipline your children and tips?

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  23. Melissa Newell Posted on September 18, 2018 at 12:18 am

    Rocking it mama #inspiration

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  24. Ann matthews Posted on September 18, 2018 at 12:23 am

    Love your videos. Have a great school year

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  25. jennifer freytag Posted on September 18, 2018 at 12:28 am

    The thing I love your homeschooling is the fact that you take your children out to enjoy nature. They are not tied to technology.

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  26. YT4Me57 Posted on September 18, 2018 at 12:30 am

    I'd call that a successful day, and an example of how to roll with it when things are off-schedule (Travis' early help with dinner, which was surely a blessing)! I can't believe how quickly the children are growing. My goodness, "Baby Daniel" is drawing. writing and expressing himself so well!

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  27. Maihie B Posted on September 18, 2018 at 12:41 am

    I just love the Anne of Green Gables Series and Anne of Avonle. I try to watch them every year. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š You have me using a whiteboard now. Helps a lot. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  28. Ashley Andro Posted on September 18, 2018 at 1:01 am

    Benjamin in your little twin!

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  29. DivineTimesTwo Posted on September 18, 2018 at 1:02 am

    Love โค๏ธ the books and the drawings! Love the way you get their imagination going ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

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  30. Crystal Ferry Posted on September 18, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us! Your videos really help me keep a positive attitude when I'm feeling grouchy with my kids.
    How do you stay so calm all the time?! I'm sure you have your moments (we're all human lol) but you seem so much more calm and pleasant with a large family than I am with my two kids. I'd love a large family but I'm afraid that with more kids I'd lose my cool more often and no one would be happy.

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  31. holy church Posted on September 18, 2018 at 1:11 am

    I want to be as patient as her๐Ÿ˜™

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  32. My Blessed Life Posted on September 18, 2018 at 1:15 am

    I am amazed at how great Daniel does on his letters for being 3!!

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  33. Keshia W Posted on September 18, 2018 at 1:17 am

    Fun day of school! Your kids have the prettiest eyes!

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  34. Little Creators Homeschool Posted on September 18, 2018 at 1:18 am

    look how good daniel was tracing!

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  35. HousewifeLife Posted on September 18, 2018 at 1:23 am

    How did you manage to get eggs from a butchered chicken?? ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  36. Selina Richardson Posted on September 18, 2018 at 1:26 am

    Love your videos and your family. Curious as to why so many different books are read at one time during read aloud time? I have a hard time reading one book!
    Thank you for sharing.

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  37. Elis R Posted on September 18, 2018 at 1:33 am

    I've taught my first two kids cursive rather than manuscript. After researching I thought that would be the best thing to do. But to be honest we've had some difficulties. I know there are good reasons to teach cursive in kindergarten, but after over a year of struggling I have switched my daughter to manuscript. It is a big relief to her. We'll do cursive in a couple years. (She's in first grade.) My son had good handwriting in the beginning, but not so much now. (He's in 4th grade.) Probably tries to write too quickly.

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  38. xthexcolorxredx Posted on September 18, 2018 at 1:34 am

    That steak looks so juicy! Can Mr. Travis do a video on it?

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  39. Linda Wilson Posted on September 18, 2018 at 1:35 am

    Good Evening, Jamerrill, Would it be possible for you to state, in the "down bar," the ages & "grades" of your children? Many thanks….and have a GREAT school year!!

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  40. Laura Sharpton Posted on September 18, 2018 at 1:44 am

    You ADDED an hour and got up at 5:15? Iโ€™m a slacker then… ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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  41. Jholland77 Posted on September 18, 2018 at 1:52 am

    I enjoy your videos so much! Weโ€™re a Sonlight family too and weโ€™ll be reading some of the same books this year! Youโ€™re such an encouragement to this homeschool mama of 6!๐Ÿ˜€

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  42. C's Soapbox Posted on September 18, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Lol…"cuz he's 7 and he's Liam" ๐Ÿคฃ. Love it! Nice drawing Naomi!

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  43. Vacant Vaper Posted on September 18, 2018 at 2:13 am

    Wow what a busy day I got tired just watching the video! You're an amazing woman thanks for sharing

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  44. Patricia Hernandez Posted on September 18, 2018 at 2:36 am

    Mr. Travis did a good job it feels like a mini park.

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  45. A. J Posted on September 18, 2018 at 2:36 am

    I remember Amelia being a tiny toddler in one of your first videos I watched where she helped herself to some butter along the way to put it away. I can't believe how grown up she is looking now! She is beautiful (like her sister) and looks just like you. Fun to see her grow up and now doing actual school (vs hello kitty school!) Love this video!

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  46. Ashbananas !!! Posted on September 18, 2018 at 2:43 am

    you can do a cross over with nature journalling and have the older kids research the bugs they find. Do a life cycle study on them, collections, leaf study (which leads into osmosis, photosynthesis etc) Nature walks can lead to a lotmore detailed study options for the kids.

    what denomination are you?

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  47. Gloria Peel Posted on September 18, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Looks like the kids enjoy drawing!

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  48. K_reeves7g Aumaurie's Adventures Posted on September 18, 2018 at 3:26 am

    Can you go into details about your bible journaling? Curious to know what this entails.

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  49. Jenny Knight Posted on September 18, 2018 at 3:49 am

    Wow. Good job Daniel!!

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  50. Maltese Mom Posted on September 18, 2018 at 4:11 am

    You ROCK mom!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  51. A Lin Posted on September 18, 2018 at 4:28 am

    Please do more of the check lists you are using. ! This homeschool mom of 7 needs some ideas

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  52. Retta Parker Posted on September 18, 2018 at 4:50 am

    You and the children are amazing! I love your videos and God bless you and family ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚

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  53. Rebecca S Posted on September 18, 2018 at 5:03 am

    I wish I had your patience and I only have 4 kids xx

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  54. Ann Mittelstadt Posted on September 18, 2018 at 5:58 am

    What a devoted mom you are. You are so very blessed with many beautiful children. God Bless, luv and huggs for you and your family.

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  55. The Baby Buncher Posted on September 18, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Your responsibility clipboards seem to be working wonderfully. I am tempted to follow suit. Does it matter if the kids can read or not? I have little ones and my oldest who is almost 6 is a late bloomer.

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  56. Kimm Munsey Posted on September 18, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Luv Forest Walks

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  57. Life With Mrs B Posted on September 18, 2018 at 8:01 am

    oh my goodness!! Daniel's little voice is far too cute!! I was thinking about you are church on Sunday Jamerrill. We were talking about the fruit of the spirit, how its one fruit but with many flavours, joy, peace, etc and that people can see through us that we have jesus. It just made me think of you in that people ask you so often, how are you so calm, where does your patience come from, etc and your reply is always Jesus!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  58. Elizabeth Jones Posted on September 18, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Hi ๐Ÿ‘‹! Really enjoy watching your v-logs. Where do you work on math? What about 21st century skills?

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  59. lea vaudevire Posted on September 18, 2018 at 8:52 am

    I love when you do homeschool vlog!! I homeschool my 9 years old twins, in France, and there are not many vlog in french. so thank you!
    your kids are so cute, and I find Amelia really pretty.

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  60. Valerie G Posted on September 18, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Love the natural journiling ideas! So inspiring you are Jamerill!

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  61. c hr Posted on September 18, 2018 at 9:59 am

    What lip gloss are ya using at the end?it's beautiful!thanks for the homeschooling vlogs.we love it!

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  62. Lee P Posted on September 18, 2018 at 11:35 am

    There is a movie based on By the Great Horn Spoon – something like Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin- it was fun when we finished the book. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  63. Carole Austin Posted on September 18, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I never heard of William Wilberforce. I looked him up. I canโ€™t wait to read more about him!! Thanks for sharing the books youโ€™ll be reading.

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  64. Thirtysomething Posted on September 18, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I inspire to be like you. I am currently homeschooling by children. This is my 2nd year for my daughter and my 1st year for my son. I need to get more organized lol

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  65. Thirtysomething Posted on September 18, 2018 at 11:54 am

    We have trails in the back of our house. But I'm so afraid to walk them by myself with my kids. Lol all the little creatures.

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  66. Thirtysomething Posted on September 18, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    How do you get your kids to pay attention to the books? I find my son is soooo fidgety and seems like he is not paying attention.

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  67. J.T.Farrier. Posted on September 18, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Daniel is going to move along very quickly, he's so bright! ๐Ÿ’• His picture was so good, it did look natural, his shading was 100% perfect! His little handwriting was very good too! He has his siblings as awesome role models. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  68. mollys mayhen Posted on September 18, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Is there a video on the check list??? Love it

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  69. Kelly Schurger Posted on September 18, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Do your kiddos ever get mixed up reading so many books? Not being critical, just curious. Thinking about starting the chronicles of narnia with my boys, but afraid it may go over my five year olds head.

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  70. Rachel at day2dayjoys Posted on September 18, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    I love all your read alouds! You had a great first day!!

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  71. Our Home of Many Blessings Posted on September 18, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    I cant seem to find one voice.iv tried looking for it several times. ….and I love ur homeschooling videos so much!!!!!

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  72. T G Posted on September 18, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Question for you as I don't understand the homeschooling plan all that well. Who determines the education plan, or what they actually must be taught day to day. Is there a state guideline for the program you use? I noticed you have lots of reading and writing, but I didn't hear much about math … is that something you incorporate daily or do you spread it about? I really loved their nature journals, great pages from all the kiddo's. Would love a recipe for how you create your chicken salad, it's my favorite. Thanks for sharing your time with us.

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  73. Candice Morse Posted on September 18, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    You are such an encouragement to us moms and the homeschool community!! You are showing us how realistic and doโ€™able a day can be. I am highly considering the 1-4 time frame for school for my older girls so my younger girls get good mommy time.

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  74. Maria Olker Posted on September 18, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    How do you make sure you don't run into bears out there?

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  75. April P Posted on September 18, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    1. Please name your book "All the Things" ๐Ÿ˜† 2. If you've never read Chronicles of Narnia, be prepared to read ahead and get a feel for the Cockney accent ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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  76. Mitchell Madness Posted on September 18, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Our family is currently reading the Bible from beginning to end. We started in Genesis and are now in Proverbs. We don't get to it every day because we make sure all of us are there. Your family and vlogs inspired me to do this with my family and I'm so grateful we have this special time together!!!

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  77. Living Life Academy Posted on September 18, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    You are changing lives.Love this video today.

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  78. NextGen Designs Posted on September 18, 2018 at 11:58 pm

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  79. JLane Hardy Posted on September 19, 2018 at 1:02 am

    I wish I had a forest in my backyard. We live in Phoenix and itโ€™s hot and being outside during the cooler months means we hv to watch out for scorpions, Gila monsters, and rattlesnakes when we go for hikes.

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  80. Winter Posted on September 19, 2018 at 1:52 am

    Homeschooling is such an incredible blessing youโ€™re giving your children. Traditional school was so hard for me, as a child, emotionally. I still have times where I recognize how those early experiences affect me negatively to this day. If Iโ€™m lucky enough to be a mom one day, Iโ€™ll follow all your homeschooling tips. Wishing you a wonderful school year!

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  81. Frye Fam 7 Posted on September 19, 2018 at 3:41 am

    Question about the white board (my apologies if youโ€™ve answered this before)…do your kids follow the white board or is that just for you? I use a white board in our house for our daily plans as well, but I find that my kids get very stuck on my PLANS. (especially if I write down specific times for things) I want them to see the general idea for the day, as it cuts down on all the questions but Iโ€™m just curious if you have advice or thoughts/experience on others in your home holding too tightly to the plans. Iโ€™ve been a mom long enough to know everything can change at a momentโ€™s notice but my kids donโ€™t hold things as loosely!!

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  82. Real Life. Real Joy. Posted on September 19, 2018 at 4:00 am

    I just read The Chronicles of Narnia books to my kids this summer, we loved them! Have a wonderful school year!

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  83. LargeFamilyLove Posted on September 19, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    I love this schedule! Bible & nature journaling is a big thing here for homeschool as well. We love our read aloud time as well – love love love the little house series right now. I love letting them outside before work because mine are the same. Good luck this year! We do a baked peanut butter oatmealโ€™s and my kids love it!

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  84. mommy of 3 Posted on September 19, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    I love seeing you take the kids out and letting them get dirty! I have 3 boys and they are always in the dirt and dirty lol. We live in a big city and people act like they have never seen dirty kids ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  85. Summer Ivie Posted on September 19, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    My 4 year old son has been in public school prek for 2 months now and they do not know how to deal with him. He has adhd and his doctor thinks he has autism so I'm thinking of homeschooling him as he responds well to me. What are some tips do you have for getting kids to focus and what curriculum is best?

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  86. Rachel Ethridge Posted on September 20, 2018 at 12:37 am

    I know momma's aren't allowed to have favorites, but since he's not my kid can I just say that Daniel melts my heart! <3 I love when he's on camera.

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  87. Michelle Sunshinestar Posted on September 20, 2018 at 2:25 am

    I like it when we all go to the cabin and cook hamburgers and all the sides – baked beans, macaroni salad, and I brought cookies the last time (Labor day).

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  88. Growing Up Baseball Posted on September 20, 2018 at 2:46 am

    Thanks Jamerill. Blessings to you and family !! I always LEARN SO MUCH from you !!!! God bless you

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  89. ROSE INDIA Posted on September 20, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Hey! I just called my son Zion, was wondering what made you call your son Zion? I haven't met anyone else called zion personally or anyone who has named their child Zion x

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  90. anordinarymom Posted on September 20, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    You lost me at "got up at 5:15" ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚
    We do the bulk of our schoolwork between 1 & 4 in the afternoon as well. With the high energy and fairly demanding little guy, it just works best during naptime!! Love you, lady!

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  91. Livin4theLord Posted on September 20, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    What age do you start working on handwriting? Also, do you start right away with letters or just mimicking lines, circles etc? I have one that will be 4 in a few weeks.

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  92. raven black Posted on September 20, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    it great to see a homeschooling video homeschooling is great

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  93. D. Red Posted on September 22, 2018 at 4:27 am

    Thank you for this video. I just started homeschooling and seeing what your day looks like was great. I truly enjoyed it and found this very useful.

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  94. Oum Saad Posted on November 15, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    I'm glad you opened this account for all things not food related because I follow you mostly for the nature walks, chitchats and advice on homeschooling. I have only 2 little ones and while I enjoy a cooking day once in a while … I'm so glad to see something else coming up from you ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  95. Janie Posted on November 17, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    How did I miss the 2nd channel?? Well that one got by me lol. I so enjoy your vlogs and chats, and don't get me started me on those kiddies!!! Be blessed, xoxoxo! Keep looking up!

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  96. Tami Ivory Posted on January 22, 2019 at 4:10 am

    How is it going with your Sonlight curriculum?

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  97. SchoolinSocksNSlippers Posted on February 21, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Can you do a video on the read aloud you do? I know you mentioned some. Also great idea on the checklists! Great character training. Can you do a video on those too? I need more examples for a five year old and 3 year old.

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  98. JesusIsLoveTR Posted on May 21, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

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  99. Britt Sheehan Posted on September 26, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    "Barefoot Homeschooling Freezer Cooking Country Contessa"

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