Happenings At Our House

I have no idea where the time goes. We no sooner start a week and it is over. I blink and wonder where the time has gone.

  1. I recently had a lovely visit with a sweet homeschool mother (and some of her children) and gained some Godly wisdom.
  2. There is a new woman’s ministry starting up in our complex and I was thrilled to be asked to be part of it.
  3. We flipped the living room, yet again, trying to find more space for our schooling. This place is just too small.
  4. My curriculum planning meeting with our support teacher is over now and I have the go ahead to order next year’s materials. I have been making a list - 2012 to 2013 Curriculum - but be warned, I need to purge that list before I do any ordering.
  5. Friday I had a guest post over at Mom’s Mustard Seeds – Letting God Rule Your Curriculum .
  6. I also had a guest post over at Homeschool Blogging – Make People Read Your Blog – Navigation .
  7. Hosanna (3) broke her middle toe by dropping Elisha’s hand weight on it. It was bright purple and very swollen, but it is looking a little better now.
  8. Jonah finally got outside with the kids to tend to the front garden (the neighbor cats were making it their new potty).
  9. We made the decision to no longer have a television in our living room and gave away our giant entertainment center. (I still have a television in my room).
  10. We have a rental inspection tomorrow morning, so the house is getting a spring cleaning from top to bottom.
I am linking up with Top Ten Tuesday.
top ten tuesday

Planning Your Homeschool Day

How do you plan your homeschool day?

Are you a fly by the seat of your pants (or skirt) kind of gal or do you write everything day and neatly check things off your list?

Maybe you fall somewhere in between the two extremes? (that’s me)

Whatever your homeschool planning method, I have probably found a planner just for you.

Free planning materials:

Paid planning materials:

Now you have no excuse for getting more organized!

Which planner do you use? Something not listed here?

Come join the party!

Party Time

The decorations are up.

Coffee

The coffee is on.

Cake

There is cake, but I started without you (sorry).

Licorice

I made sure to have candy. What’s a party with out candy?

Present

I even have a present for you…
because it is a party and what is a party without presents?

Blog Write Party

I am offering a 50% discount on my eBook
making it only $1.49 (use coupon code UBP2012)
- for the whole week -
so please, tell your friends!

Oh and since I am in a partying mood…

Check out Honeycomb Design Studio (that is me and my hubby).
We are offering an amazing Grand Prize for the Ultimate Blog Party.

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

Before I forget…

Have a look around and I hope you come back and visit really soon!

Tech Tuesday

Movie Making 101

technology

Malachi is 8, soon to be nine and he is so excited. Well, soon being August and I don’t know what is special about nine, but he is looking forward to it. That wasn’t what I wanted to talk about today though.

Malachi loves army men, knights and castles, and Star Wars. He got some Star Wars Lego for Christmas and he has carted it around the house in a small bucket just about everyday. If he is not playing with a bucket full of Lego he is setting up a battle scene with his army men, but that is a story for another day.

On this day, not today, but the day he took this picture, he was making a movie with my camera. Not just any movie, Lego stop motion animation. Malachi is creative with the camera and takes interesting shots or whatever he is shooting. He had his whole movie set designed in Lego and the characters were having quite the battle. Let me tell you, any day around here sounds like a war zone with our boys and their mouth noises.

Malachi's movie set

I loved this shot that he took because it is a really creative angle (with daddy in the background). Apparently some of the characters were already taken down in the gun fight.

Malachi loves taking pictures, he always has. It has taken some training and discussion for him to learn what is appropriate and what is not, but I am pretty sure he could grow up to be a photographer. Well, he could be a photographer unless he decides to direct movies or be a foley artist (because he is really good at that too).

I want to be the mom who encourages her children to follow their dreams and for some of them this involves technology. How do you use technology in your homeschool? Leave me a note in the comments or write a post and leave your link in the comments.

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5 Finger Bedroom Clean-up

bedroom clean up

I don’t know about you, but I am always trying to make things easier for myself and my kids. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT against hard work. I just prefer productivity over busy work.

My big boys often complain that their rooms are too hard to clean. I also have one that asks me to break every job down into smaller bits. I have drawn this hand so many times on paper that I thought it was high time to make an official printable (for them and you).

Cleaning bedrooms is easier when you break the job down into smaller pieces. Most jobs are easier when you do that. For us, the bedroom clean up is usually the same.

If we start with the beds that gets any blankets off the floor. The laundry is (or can be) the next largest culprit. After the laundry comes books. If your kids are anything like mine, they love to read or look at books. When those three tasks are finished we are often left with tiny toys and paper trash. You can’t see the toys or the trash if they are covered by blankets, dirty clothes, and books.

I have included the chart as a pdf printable in the hopes that it might help you and your family. If you put it in a plastic sleeve then you or your child can use a dry erase marker to check off the tasks as they are completed.

Free Download from our store: 5 Finger Clean Up

How do your kids clean their rooms?