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Friday, May 20, 2011

Castle Academy?

    I "researched" and visited MANY blogs in my attempt to start my own, and I always wondered where some of the names came from.
   So you may be wondering, Castle Academy, well the name was "born" the summer of 2009. That summer was when "that" light went off and we started our adventure, anyway I figured let's be all techy and give ourselves a name. There was not much deliberation, the kids had already chose "their" colors, which I knew from the beginning we were going to have to be color coded to keep organized. We ended up with a rainbow of colors, so our mascot, per say, became a rainbow but I also wanted to use our last name so the rainbow became a castle over the rainbow, which we use for our planners and other paper work.
     So keeping within our "mascot" we chose Castle Academy (which is a play on our last name) as our school name. After the name was chosen the perfect school motto came to mind, "where we serve the KING of kings". VOILA! It all fit perfectly!
     And so the name got transfered to the blog since this will be our unofficial record of happenings within our school years.
     So without further ado, here are the students of Castle Academy and my Heirs to HIS kingdom:

Prince
(Born Again on 5/06)

           Prince is our oldest and only son, for now, my DH keeps saying ;) He is in the 5th grade, and enjoys reading and video games. He loves reading anything that pretains to the Greek myths, which I allow only because he has a firm understanding of God in relation to these mythical characters. He struggles in Math and Spelling, so those are our areas we will emphsize in the fall. He excells in Reading, and History. And he loves Science! especially expirements ;p

Princesa
born again on 7/09

          Princesa is our oldest daughter. She is in 2nd/3rd grade. She enjoys reading, computer games, drawing, and writing. She is the little mommy of the group and enjoys her role as such. She also likes to sing and does so in church when she can get someone else to muster up enough courage to join her. Princesa has also recently been diignosed with ADHD and ODD along with other sensory issues. So we have a road of great trail and error ahead of us! She does great in all her studies and only struggles when she has a bad day with her issues. She is my first expirence through these medical issues so I am still learning.


Lady Jey
(awaiting title)

       Lady Jey is our middle daughter and is in an awkard stage. At 4 she wants so bad to be independant but still needs Mommy. She is at times jealous of baby sis, so then she wants to be a baby.  She is in pre-school (sometimes) and doing well. We are using a LOTW type study with her. We get most of her things from Erica but we also add in more sensory activites. She enjoys TV (which we limit) and wants to meet the Veggie Tales and Hermie ;) She is much of the same kind of learner and has many of the same mannerisms as Princesa so we anticipate having some of the same issues with her.

Lady Bells
(awaiting title)

           Lady Bells is our youngest, for now! Yes we want a big family (which may be uncomfortable to some). She is my tornado, a non-stop whirl wind. I was pregnaunt with her when our adventures began so she knows nothing more then everyone always being together. She is almost 2 (in july) and thinks she is 5. This year was new to Lady Jey with doing pre-school stuff but Lady Bells wanted in on everything. So I have decided, with the help of Carisa's materials over at 1+1+1=1, that she is ready for Tot School. This will be an adventure, because she is very strong willed, but we will take it one day at a time. I have learned within this short time to make it as fun as possible, especially with the littles so they think you/they are playing, while actually learning. Carisa has lots of fun stuff, check out her tot packs and if this is a little to advanced for your little one, she now has Tot letter printables, check them out in action here.

         So just in case you were wondering, that is the story behind the name. As for the children, I enjoy teaching each one, although I have to admit it is a struggle some days :) But I would not expect any less with 4 all on different learning levels and with different learning styles. There are some days when mentally I would like to throw in the towel, but looking at them and actually getting to see them grow before my eyes, I am reminded why I chose to commit heart, soul, and mind to this journey. I am also gently (sometimes shaken) reminded that this is GOD'S path for me and I know that where he puts/leads  me he will always be there for me. So it is with much prayer, guidence, and lended strenght that we as a family: make it through our days at CA!
         








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