Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Share some of your favorite homeschooling sites. The only “rule” for this assignment is that you have to list at least one “free” site. Many homeschooling families have made the choice to live on very little income to do what they believe is best for their children and I want everyone to be able to benefit from this assignment. If you have other sites that are “paid” sites, feel free to include these also as it might be something someone would really appreciate. If you feel led, share your curriculum choices with us. I always love to learn what is out there that I don’t already know about. Please make sure to include links to the sites you share.
My favorite Sites:
Of course I could list more... I was just scanning my saved links and have several hundred (I need to purge them) but the above are my all time favorites for free homeschool stuff.. I have a list of fav's for blogs, mom stuff, ect but that is another post.
Cameron tried out some new toys at the park and found out you can fly!
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Nathan is usually so talkative you wonder what he is thinking about as he experiences a boat ride for the first time.
Cameron can get lost in thought often, he reminds me of myself sometimes.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Next week we will be changing gears and studying the stars. Day 4 of Creation... The boys have been looking forward to this unit for the last month... I'm glad it gets dark earlier and I can take them outside to see the stars (praying for a clear night at least once...)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I have creatively come up solutions to problems, cut corners where I can and simply given up most of the conveniences of my former life. That is basic family economics.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
My family and I rarely do anything apart from each other. We don’t really have quality time together because all our time is together. We feel like the more special moments are when we have dinner together or when we worship God together. For this assignment, tell how you and your family spend QUALITY time together.
This assignment is timely... Following Cameron's birthday I let him pick out a couple of gifts with his Gift Card from Walmart (Thank you Auntie Karla and Uncle Matt!!!). He picked out art supplies including an art pad, paint brushes, and a set of Crayola kid paints (washable and in easy to close containers)... so for the last 2 evenings we have been doing art after dinner with Daddy. Tonight Nathan joined in and the 3 boys painted pictures (works of art!!! I'm not biased or anything.), while they painted I sat at the table and created a couple scrapbook pages of my nephew... We are enjoying this creative time together that is not "school" or eating time... Of course I will be saving the boys' works of art in their school notebooks and scrapbooks.
Share a field trip/lifestyle learning experience where you really felt you were bringing good things to life for your children, where something came alive for them, or ignited a passion.
I can think of several field trips that have given the boys something to really grab hold of... OMSI teacher night back in September was a great trip for them to see things in action as well as reinforce several mini units we were working on... The dinosaur exhibit as well as the forest life area struck a cord with Cameron. Nathan loved playing in the children's museum water works and sand box. The other field trip was our trip to AC Gilbert House/ Discovery Village, the boys love going there and seeing what is new and exciting. I know even a trip out to Daddy's shop can be a enlightening "field trip" for them as we strive to make learning engaging and fun.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
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Then we stopped to show off the Vote Here sign.
Then home to work on our lapbook.
Cameron colored tons of election themed bits and pieces for his book. As the news started coming in about different states we colored the map red and blue. Cameron even included his own ballots.
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I am praying for our country and my children. I am hopeful but not ignorant to reality. I hope those of you the voted feel the pride in knowing that you did what you could do to help, it doesn't matter if we agree on the different points or not, voting is a privilege and an honor.
As we completed our ballots last night I felt a solace in knowing I was doing the right thing for me, my family, and my country. The only thing left to do know if pray. Pray that what has been said about certain parties is not all together true, pray that God continues to protect and care for his children, pray that better days are to come in Christ.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
File folder games go along with our love of lapbooks and are great games that store inside themselves.
File Folder Fun is a great website for sharing ideas and finding some fun games.
Stop by the website to enter a great giveaway Valerie is having the celebrate the Grand Opening.