Doll Slings

March 31, 2006 at 7:00 pm (Uncategorized)

One of my friends mentioned that her
daughters wanted a sling like Mom's, but they got frustrated because
their dolls would fall out of the cotton ones.  So I made them
some out of an stretch fabric.  Aren't these about the cutest
little girls ever?

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But, why carry  doll when you can carry your baby brother instead?
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And I thougt I was being brave letting my daughter push her brother in the doll stroller!  LOL
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This is one of the reasons I most like sewing….Being able to make little girls SMILE!


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Kid Teacher

March 31, 2006 at 11:05 am (Uncategorized)

Over on The Company Porch Jennie has suggested letting our kids make there own assignments when we are stuck in a rut.

When my now 11yo was little he was always wanting to teach me!  So
what we did was if he “let” me be the teacher M-Thurs. he could be the
teacher in Friday.  He loved it!  He came up with amazing
things to do.  He would make up board games, read me books, plan
field trip. 

Once we had just gotten home from a trip
to Texas.  He came up with the idea of setting up a Museum and
inviting other homeschool families to come see it.  We worked on
it for several Fridays.  He made an exhibit on each of the places
we had visited.  (Zoo, Aquarium, Book Depostitory were Kennedy was
killed, Art Museum, etc.)  We put out the word to our
homeschooling group and had 7 families show up. He had everything set
up so the kids could wander around the “museum” reading and
learning.  He even stood up and did a presentation on our trip
while the kids had a snack.  We made a pizza sized chocolate chip
cookie for snack (Because everything is BIG in Texas! LOL) He had a
blast and so did the other kids! It was a very successful learning

Letting him be the teacher was very fun.  It
boosted his confidence and made him  lot more cooperative the rest
of the week.  It also taught me that I don't always have to be
teaching for my kids to learn.  If I instill a love of learning in
them they will use that love to have a lifetime of learning.

“Give  man a fish he eats for a day, teach a man to fish he eats for  lifetime.”- –Lao-Tzu–

Here is one of the exhibits we made for
our Museum. Each of the white cards has a question about something they
read at another exhibit.  You could lift the flap to find the
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BTW  No, I don't save everything, just the really cool stuff!  LOL

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A School Is A Building…

March 31, 2006 at 9:46 am (Uncategorized)

A School is a building…
Education is wherever we are.

School   n.

   1. An institution for the instruction of children or people under college age.
   2. An institution for instruction in a skill or business: a secretarial school; a karate school.
    3. A college or university.

Ed·u·ca·tion   n.

   1. The act or process of educating or being educated.
   2. The knowledge or skill obtained or developed by a learning process.
   3. A program of instruction of a specified kind or level: driver education; a college education.
   4. The field of study that is concerned with the pedagogy of teaching and learning.
   5. An instructive or enlightening experience: Her work in the inner city was a real education.

Huh, interesting….Maybe I will start calling it Home Educating?

Education is what remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught.
George Savile, Marquis of Halifax (1633-1695) English statesman and author.

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer.

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March 31, 2006 at 12:21 am (Uncategorized)

One of the very few fond memories I have of
my schooldays is playing hangman on the blackboard in 5th grade. 
Imagine my excitement when I found Hangman for my blog! (Like I needed
one more thing to kill time with!  LOL)  Go ahead, give it a

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Hey, it's educational too!  My 11 year old is loving it.

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Shakespeare Lapbook

March 30, 2006 at 10:48 pm (Uncategorized)

My 11 year old son has
completed his 1st lapbook!!  He has been studying Shakespeare this
year, so it was easy to make this the topic of his 1st 
lapbook.  The research was already done. 

On the cover he put a picture of Shakespeare, a copy of Shakespeare Signature and a bunch of Shakespearean quotes
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build the lapbook we used 1 trifolded folder.  In the middle
inside part I sewed 6 ziploc bags onto  piece of cardstock to make
6 lift flaps.  On the side flaps we used 3 folded pieces of
cardstock on each side. (For a total of 6 flaps.)

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For the 6 ziploc bag lift flaps my son choose 6 topics:
Who Is Shakespeare?
What Is A Tragedy?
What Is A Comedy?
What Are The Historical Plays?
The Language of Shakespeare
Shakespeare Today

When you lift up the flaps you get the information for the topic on the other side.
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Here is what he wrote:

Who Is Shakespeare?

Shakespeare was a writer/poet that was born in the late 1500's. 
His plays are highly regarded as some of the greates of all time. 
Among these are Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth, Hamlet, Antony &
Cleopatra, The Tempest, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing and many

What Is A Tragedy?
A tragedy is a play with a sad ending.  Examples are:
Romeo and Juliet
Titus Andonieus
The great tragedies were written at the height of his career.  They were:

What Is A Comedy?
a tragedy, a comedy is a play with  happy ending.  A comedy
is not necessarily funny.  Some comedies are:
Much Ado About Nothing
The Comedy of Errors
A Mid Summer's Night Dream
Twelfth Night

What Are The Historical Plays?
Historical Plays were plays about…Well, History.  They were
historical events modified to be more dramatic.  Examples are:
Antony & Cleopatra
Juilius Caesar

The Language of Shakespeare
Shakespeare spoke in a way some of us might find a little strange.  Examples are:
    Alas, poor Yorick!  I knew him well Horatio.
    Come thee three corners of the world in arms.
He invented many words such as:
    submerge, fretful, lonely, countless, leapfrog dwindle & barefaced

Shakespeare Today
Shakespeare still influences us today.  I recently watched the musical Westside Story
it is the story of Romeo and Juliet set in 1950.  In it two rival
gangs, the Jets and the Sharks are having a gang war.  When Tony
of the Jets falls in love with the sister from the Sharks, Maria, they
cannot stand it.  And, it doesn't end well!

On the lift
flaps he has pictures of stautes and paintings of Shakespeare and
inside is the info on the art.  He also has some everyday saying
from Shakespeare and a picture of the Globe Theater.  Lastly, he
has a few Shakespearean Insults…He is an 11 year old boy after all!

My handsome son working hard on his lapbook.

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For more information on studying Shakespeare and a lot of cool online links click here to go to my other Shakespeare post.

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Our 1st Lapbook

March 29, 2006 at 10:26 am (Uncategorized)

My daughter and I have
completed our 1st lapbook!  It was so fun!  She just turned 5
and has recently developed a interest in money, or  more
specifically collecting money for the poor.  So I decided to
exploit her interest and teach her a little about money.

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make her lapbook we used 3 folders.  One was trifolded and the
other 2 were left half folded.  We placed the trifold folder on
the right side flap of one of the folders and then glued the 3rd folder
to the back of the trifold folder.  On the 1st folder we took a
piece of cardstock and sewed 3 ziplock bags onto it making a little
booklet.  Inside I got some worksheets about money from this
We placed 2 worksheets in each ziploc bag (back to back) to make a
total of 6 pages.  On the trifold folder we did a little worksheet
on matching coins to there amounts.  We also put an actual coin
next to each drawing of a coin and a dollar bill at the bottom. 

On the flaps we put poems and song I found online about money.  Here are the ones we used:

What I'v Got
5 pennies make a nickle
2 nickles make a dime
2 dimes and a nickel make a quarter everytime.
4 quarters make a dollar
and that is quite a lot.
And a dollar in my pocket
Is exactly what I'v got!

Piggy Bank (For this one my daughter drew a piggy bank to go with it.)
Don't Ask Dad…He never has any.
Grandma's purse has a nickel and a penny,
Mom has a 5, but the car needs gas.
Here's a dirty quarter I found in the grass!
Checked all our pockets…nothing but gum.
Piggy bank, piggy bank, here I come!

What's It Worth
Penny, penny
Easily spent,
Copper brown
And worth one cent.

Nickel, nickel
Thick and fat.
You're worth 5 cents
I know that!

Dime, dime
Little and thin,
I remember
You're worth ten.

Quarter, quarter
Big and bold,
You're worth twenty-five
I am told!

In the back folder we put copies of a 1, 5, 10 and 20 dollar bill.

It was sooooo much fun to make together and I know we will go back to
this lapbook again and again to refresh her memory about money.

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Inside of trifold folder
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Final folder with copies of bills
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The coloring sheets we found for this project came from a really great
site.  It is a search engine for coloring sheets.  It goes
through 6992 coloring sheets to find what you are looking for. 
All you do is put in a key word like “money”.  It's awesome! 
Here is the link:

Ivy's Coloring Page Search Engine

Well, that is our 1st attempt at lapbooking.  I don't know if we did it “right”, but we sure had fun! 

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Story of 1

March 29, 2006 at 9:00 am (Uncategorized)

From the PBS webpage….

The story of the number one is the story of Western civilization. Terry
Jones (“Monty Python's Flying Circus”) goes on a humor-filled journey
to recount the amazing tale behind the world's simplest number. Using
computer graphics, “One” is brought to life, in all his various guises,
in STORY OF 1, airing on PBS Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
ET. One's story reveals how celebrated civilizations in history were
achieved, where our modern numbers came from and how the invention of
zero changed the world forever – and saved us from having to use Roman
numerals today. …more…

My husband saw this in the TV guide.  Don't know anything about it
except what is on the PBS webpage, but we have it set up to TIVO. 
Sounds interesting!

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Just Call Me Jamin!

March 28, 2006 at 4:20 pm (Uncategorized)


I have had several people comment that they don’t know what to call me.  My “name” is jaminacema, which to the untrained eye may be hard to pronounce….Let me fill you in.  You have to break it up into it’s 3 parts:  Jamin, Ace  & Ma

JaminVery busy; working quickly, being in your groove!

AceA expert.  (On my own kids!)

Ma [Short for mama.]

So how did I come up with this?  Well, each part of my name is letters from each of my children’s “real” names.  Because I have an 11 year old who we are trying to teach proper internet saftey  I have opted not to use our real names on my blog.  He’s not allowed to use his real name, so I am not allowed to use mine.  (Mine does show up occasionally in comments IRL friends have left, so if your really curious….) 

However, this name does fit me! 

I am a fast moving, fast talking kind of person.  I have a lot of energy.  I take on a lot of projects and I like to have my finger in a lot of pots!  (In case you haven’t noticed!  LOL)  That’s the Jamin part of me!

Ace to me means I m an expert on my own children.  This goes along with my parenting philosophy that my kids are my ministry.  God made me their Mom, He made me especially for the job.  I am an expert on them!  All the credit goes to Him, I just try to follow His lead.

Ma is what I most wanted to be all my life.  It is the most important title I will ever have and the job that I will always be the most proud of! 

So there you have it! Now that I have clarifed my "name" I have decided to change my blog name to Just Call Me Jamin!  I hate change, but I think it is a better description of my blog.

So, just call me Jamin

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Ziploc Bag Books

March 28, 2006 at 10:58 am (Uncategorized)

So what is a Ziploc Bag
Book?  Well Take 3 (or more) zipper type bags, they need to have
no writing on them.  Sew them together make the spine of the
book.  Now cut one piece of cardstock for each bag.  Let the
kids decorate or write a story on the cardstock with whatever theme you
are doing.  Make sure to do both sides.  Place the cardstock
sheets inside the bags.  Your book is completed. I can see these
being a great addition to a lap book.

Here are some pictures of our letter Z book:

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Pages 1 & 2
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And The Winner Is….

March 27, 2006 at 2:53 pm (Uncategorized)

Congratulations to lucky #13 homesklr
who was randomly drawn as the winner of my 1000th Visitor
contest!  She will win her choice of either a Capri Sun Purse or a
set of my ABC Stomps.  She will also win a prize button for her
blog stating “I'm A Winner” made especially for her by  my 11 year old son . 


Thanks so much to all of
you who entered my little contest.  I wish I had enough time (and
empty juice pouches) to make a prize for each of you!  Thanks so
much to all of you who come here and read my ramblings.  When I
started this blog 2 months ago I just wanted a place to journal about
our homeschooling days to share with my kids someday.  Little did
I know I would make so many friends and get so many good ideas from all
of you!  Thanks!!!

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