With the start of the Sochi Winter Olympics this week, I have been looking for activities for my kids to do around this theme. Enchanted Homeschooling Mom has a great pack that can be used for Pre-K through 6th grades. Perfect for those families with multi-age kids. This is not just for home schooling, but would make good weekend actives for all kids surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Much of the US is covered in snow, and here in the southeast we are actually expecting some of it today too. Our kids are so excited. The town has shut down for 2 days even though it is 1:45pm and we haven’t had a flake of snow at our house. In hopes that the forecasters are correct, here is a fun snow activity – making Snow Cream.
To “catch” good snow, set a large clean bowl outside where animals cannot get into it. Then use your snow and this recipe from Disney to make your own snow cream!
- Bible: YouVersion plans Lead Like Jesus: 21 Days of Leadership (we read this many times each year) and Project 51 . Project51 is designed to start on a Monday and take you through the New Testament in one year. It also includes Psalms on the weekends to prepare your heart for worship.
- Personal Growth: How People Change and Vertical Church
- The girls (6th and 4th grades) are working through The Chronicles of Narnia.
- Our son (K/2 depending on the subject & day) is reading Stuart Little, Frog and Toad Together, Breakout at the Bug Lab.
- The girls continue to do reading plans from YouVerison. We encourage them to pick shorter plans (7-21 days) to increase the likelihood of success. Our son isn’t reading the Bible on his own yet, but continues to read from The Jesus Storybook Bible.
The links provided for these books are from www.cbd.com. These books are also available at many libraries and through e-readers such as the Kindle. We prefer the Kindle. You can download free software to use Kindle books on your computer, tablet, or smartphone for free. You don’t even need to buy the tablet!
Every once in a while the time I spend on Pinterest actually yields a good idea. I want to thank I Life Heavy Things for the pinspiration!
This mom made a poster for her kids that deals with the “I’m bored” whine. Because I am all about pointing to a menu or poster until they learn to check there first, I LOVED this idea. I will never draw a poster and I cannot resist the chance to do some graphic design work, I created this printable Bored Poster that you can download and print yourself.
If you like this, check out the THINK poster!
Every family has one. Some of us get two or three. But there is a picky eater in every group. That kid that won’t try something just because it is new. I recently saw a post from a Facebook friend discussing her child’s unwillingness to eat something she prepared as a snack. This reminded me of what our family did when the kids were younger. Our oldest daughter resisted trying new foods on the simple premiss that the food was new. No other reason. There was no way to logic her out of this so we decided to embrace the adventure of new. We created a “Food Passport” for her. Every time she tried a new food, she got a stamp in her passport. Initially, she was allowed to purchase items out of the prize box for 2-3 stamps, and over time we increased the price of things to 5-10 stamps. Eventually she stopped asking to buy things with her stamps and stopped requiring stamps altogether. However, almost 10 years later as a tween, when she tries something new, she still says it is for her food passport. She embraced the adventure of trying new foods and that became a platform for her to embrace all kinds of adventure as we have traveled and lived in different states and foreign countries.
Making a Food Passport can be as simple or complex as you like. We cut pages to be ¼ sheet size, but you can use any size you want or purchase a blank notebook or journal. Decorate the cover (get your kid to help). You can keep it simple, and just have blank pages, or theme pages by type of food (vegetable, fruit, pasta, etc.) or country (American, Mexican, Italian, etc). Being creative and getting the kids involved in the production of the Food Passport will help increase they excitement of using it. If you don’t want to take the time to make something, click on the picture for a kid’s food journal that you can purchase. (Disclaimer – I have never used the journal in the picture. I am always going to opt for saving the money and making it myself!)
Today, November 19, 2013, marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s address at the Gettysburg battlefield and cemetery dedication. Partially because I am from central Illinois, I enjoy all things Lincoln. Here are some sites to help you learn about the Gettysburg Address with your students.
Abraham Lincoln Online – a collection of Lincoln history and information
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum – I highly recommend you visit if you are ever near Springfield, IL.
Under His Hat – A collection of information from primary sources about President Lincoln, in collaboration with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Gettysburg.com – A collection of information about the Gettysburg area
History.com – Information from the History Channel
Yep, a second post about patching jeans. The way my kiddos seem to tear through knees requires a lot of creative sewing to keep coming up with new ways to make the jeans wearable. Plus they have learned that this is a great way to personalize their clothes, so now they have requests about patterns, shapes, and stitches!
Step 1: Make the basic patch. I cut pieces of off old jeans that are still good and use these as the base for patching the kids clothes. These mostly come from the lower legs of my husband’s old jeans as that is usually the best material left. Cut this good denim into a circle that will cover the entire knee area. Think of the way a suede patch is on the elbow of a jacket. This is what you are going for.
Step 2: Reinforce patch and add a pattern. Using scrap fabric (i.e. “good” parts of a shirt that has been ruined) cut a circle the same size as your denim base. I tend to use blues, reds, and yellows for the boy, and purples, pinks, and teals for the girls as these colors match most things in their wardrobes. Using fabric glue, attach the decorative fabric to the denim base. Allow to dry 24 hours before continuing.
Step 4: Embellish! Depending on if you have boys or girls, the shapes might change but I usually stick with hashes, stars, and twinkles. You can use embroidery thread for this or if you are like me and never have that around, just quadruple up the thread through the needle. Use a pencil to draw on any shapes you don’t feel comfortable doing free-hand with thread. Secure everything well with knots on the back. I also add a dab of fabric glue over the knots to help hold them. The embellishments look cute and also act to hold the patch in place.
Around our house we have many assigned chores. We use MyJobChart.com to keep track of everyone’s responsibility charts and the kids are expected to do all their work every day. However, there are often some jobs that come up that are not scheduled and don’t have to be done weekly. For example, we don’t need to rake leaves or pick up sticks out of the yard every week. When these jobs come up, some of the time the kids are expected to help without pay simply because they are part of the family. But there are other jobs that we are willing pay the kids to do. For example, the baseboards need to be dusted/wiped down about once a month. I hate doing this chore and am more than willing to pay the kiddos to do it.
Enter Extra Job Cards! These can printed and then the job is posted on the corkboard attached to our family calendar. The first child to claim the job and do it well gets paid.
TIP: If you use MyJobChart.com extra jobs can also be added there. We have found that the cards get more attention. We also add the job to the children’s online profiles and that is how the actual pay is given.
TIP: Print on and laminate! You have an instant dry-erase card that you can use over and over.
It is once again time for Amazon.com’s annual laminator sale. This is a great way to get a laminator for very little investment. Two years ago I got mine, like the one in the picture, for less that $20! Check out FrugalHomeschoolFamily.com’s list of the current sale.
For those of us who home school or who do any crafting, you know finding a spot for your or the kids items that are regularly used can be a challenge. Wouldn’t it be great if your pens and scissors, or the kids pencils, crayons, and rulers, were all handy right on your chair? Today’s project gives you just that! The folks at Creating Keepsakes have put together this video tutorial for making your own fabric tool caddy for chairs. Think of all the fun fabric patterns you could use to keep yourself and the kids organized!