7 Habits Of The Highly Effective Homeschool Blogger

May 31, 2006 at 10:14 am (Uncategorized)

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Over at the TrinityPrepSchool 
blog the challenge has been thrown out for homeschool bloggers to write
about what we consider the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Homeschool
Bloggers.  Here are mine…

1.  Make friends! 
The greatest thing about blogging to me is reading what other people
are doing in their homeschools and sharing what we are doing in
ours.  When I come across a blog with posts that interest me I add
them to my friends so I can read them regularly. Did you know you can
read all your friends blog in the Manage Friends section when you sign
in to blog? What this does is put all your friends current post on what
looks like your blog.  You can quickly read through everyones
posts without clicking from blog to blog.  Here is the link for my
friends:
http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/jaminacema/friends/

2.  Leave comments. 
No one likes a lurker!  LOL  Receiving comments is fun and
leaving comments increases traffic to your blog.  So, don't be a
lurker!  (I know who you are!)  LOL

3.  Be safe! 
Don't use your real names or say where you live.  I try to just
refer to my children as my 11 yo son, my 5 yo daughter, etc… Protect
your families!

4.  Post pictures to express your message. 
A picture is worth a thousand words!  I will always click on a
blog if I can see there are pictures there, I am a picture junkie
though!

5.  Get your kids involved. 
Some of my best ideas for blog posts came from my kids! (Plus it is a
hoot when we are stuck in a traffic jam and my 5 yo says, “Mom, make
sure you blog about this traffic jam!”  LOL  Now, wouldn't
that make for fun reading?  LOL)

6.  Be prepared to
meet real life people who read your blog and know all about you! 
This has been the oddest part of blogging for me.  I will run into
someone and they mention something about my life and I realize they
have been reading my blog.  Now, what did I say about
lurking!  LOL

7.  Manage your time…Don't
spend so much time blogging that you miss out on the joy of what is
going on within the walls of your own home…This one is something I
struggle with.  When I have my laptop propped open and I realize
all 3 kids are tying to sit on my lap too I know it is time to log
off!  LOL  This is the one I need to work on the most!

Thank you to TrinityPrepSchool
for coming up with this idea.  Make sure to stop by their blog and
see what other bloggers have to say about the 7  Habits of Highly
Effective Homeschool Bloggers.

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Puppets

May 31, 2006 at 10:12 am (Uncategorized)

My children made puppets of themselves out of wooden spoons yesterday
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We will be using these for a Father's Day Puppet show for Dad.  We got this idea from the book  I Can Cut And Stick.

And speaking of puppets! 
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My kids made these Monday at our neighborhood Memorial Day BBQ. 
These were made from one of those group activity kits they carry at
Michael's.  I paid $4.00 for this kit and it had enough supplies
to make 40 puppets.  This kit was well worth the money, it took 8
kids from running wild putting ice down each others shirts to sitting
quietly at a table making puppets.  Ahhhh…$4.00 well spent!

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Being 2 Is Fun!

May 29, 2006 at 10:38 am (Uncategorized)

What is the best thing about being 2?

You are still little enough to sit on your brothers head…
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But, you are big enough to make your own pizza!
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I hope you and your family are having a great Memorial Day
weekend.  May we all remember that carefree times like these are
ours to enjoy because of the Men and Women who have fought to keep this
great Country of ours free! 

Freedom
Is Not Free

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Service man saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.


I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.


I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers' tears?


How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.


I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant “Amen,”
When a flag had draped a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.


I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.


I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.


By LCDR Kelly Strong, USCG – Copyright 1981

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Dice

May 27, 2006 at 10:34 am (Uncategorized)

We love playing with dice.  Several years ago I bought a
mulit-sided dice set at a gamestore.  We have everthing from a 3
sided dice to a 20 sided dice.  We switch them out with the dice
from different games.  It is a great way to reinforce counting
skills with little guys.  It also throws a whole other element
into games like Trouble when you may move as many as 20 spaces at a
time.  It doesn't always pan out the way you think. 
Sometimes you need a 2 to get finished with a piece and you keep
getting 18's!  LOL 

We have also used other types of
dice.  One of our favorites are dice with letters on them. 
You can roll the dice and try to spell words with the letters you
get. 

Operation dice (ie. + & -), double dice,
fraction dice, Algebra dice, money dice, vowel dice, verb dice, parts
of speach dice.  Here is a site that has every type of dice you can imagine!  
We have used many of these and they are all fun!   And don't
forget to order some blank dice so you can make them be whatever you
want!  My kids love the blank dice.

Here is a site where you can find lots of dice games.

Here is the ebay link for multi-sided dice.

Get ready to have fun!! 

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Yet Another Confirmation For Homeschooling…

May 26, 2006 at 11:28 pm (Uncategorized)

You have to go check out this video called Animal School.

Click here to go to the Raising Small Souls webpage and then click on the purple box in the center of the page that says Raising Small Souls presents “Animal School”.

I kept thinking the whole time I was watching it that if this wasn't the confimation all homeschool parents need to keep on with what we are doing I don't know what is!

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think after you watch the video.

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Usborne Animation

May 25, 2006 at 10:19 am (Uncategorized)

Proud Mama moment…

Check out this animated banner my 11 year old son made for me!  I am amazed…I decided to purchase some online ad time for my Usborne Books business and I needed a banner.  I came up with the concept for the design and my son made the banner for me.  I am amazed and impressed that he just knows how to do such a thing.  It was so much fun watching him click, click, click and come up with some thing so great.  He used a program called GIMP which is the most discombobulated (Hey, I just looked it up and that is actually a real word! LOL) thing I have ever seen, but he still had the patience to get it done.  I am seriously thinking we need to buy this kid a decent editing program.  Imagine what he could make then!

Anyway, the proud Mama moment is about to come to a close…But, I keep thinking, his dream of being a video game designer when he grows up seems very reachable.

Okay, I'm done.  (For now… LOL!)

Be on the lookout for this banner on a webpage near you!



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Veggie Tales Personalized CD's

May 24, 2006 at 12:35 pm (Uncategorized)

About 2 years ago we came across a cart at the mall selling these awesome music CD's that incorporate your children's names into the beloved Veggie Tales music.  I was so excited, then I realized they didn't have my youngest childs name…Boo Hoo….

Well, today I am out crusing the net and came across the Just Me Music Website.  Guess what? They have his name now!  Hooray!!!!

These are awesome!  Check it out…

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Water Play

May 24, 2006 at 10:21 am (Uncategorized)

We went to the park today to meet some friends.  I thought the water areas didn't open until June 1st, but much to our delight they were open!  It was so much fun to watch the kids run and splash in the water.  It wasn't unbearable heat, so I got to sit back, talk with my friend and enjoy the squeals of happiness.

Ahhh…The joys of Summer…

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Summer afternoon – Summer afternoon… the two most beautiful words in the English language.
Henry James
Author (1843 – 1916)

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Father's Month

May 23, 2006 at 10:57 am (Uncategorized)

Honor your Father and Mother (Which is the 1st commandment with a promise.), so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth. 
Ephesians 6:2-3


I got the idea to celebrate Father's Month when I was cruising blogs and someone mentioned they were taking May and making it Mother's Month.  Her idea was get the kids to do a little more around the house and just take a bit of a break from the demands of being Mom.  I wish I could remember what blog I was on.  If anyone knows email me so I can add a link.  Anyway, the idea started growing in my mind.  I thought it would be a wonderful idea to surprise Dad with a whole month to honor him.  Here is what I have so far….

On June 1st the kids and I will make a sign proclaiming it is Father's Month.  We will decorate the family room with streamers and balloons.  Then we will tell Dad that this is his month and we want to do all we can to honor and thank him for all he does for us.  Some of the things I hope to do are:

Cook his favorite meals. (Dutch Macaroni and Cheese and Armenian Curry with Pilav)
Backrubs!
Bake his favorite treats.
Give him down time to go on bike rides alone.  (He always ends up taking a kid and then doesn't get to go as fast or as far as he desires.)
Memorize and recite some poems about Dad's
Go on some family outings of Dad's choice.
Do a Father's Day Word Search...
Make him a gift baskets of things he loves. 
Ask him to read books to us about being a Dad…
Spend some time together as a family reflecting on our Heavenly Father.
Make him a crown and let him be King for a day!
Watch the 1950's version of Cheaper By The Dozen.
Let him pick some other movies about Dad's.
Make a special scrapbook for Dad with the kids.
Gift Certificates: wash the car, fold your clothes, rub your feet….
Have a family picnic.
Surprise him by picking him up and taking him out to lunch.
Bake a cake and take it to his office s a surprise!
Make him handmade cards.
Make a video for Dad with each of us telling him why we love him.
Decorate the yard to welcome him home from work.
Print and play Daddy Bingo
Breakfast in bed.
Learn some lessons on the responsibilities of a Father.
Let him sleep in.
Let him tak a nap. (Or 2 or 3!)
Make Dad some gifts.
Put on a play about Dad. (My oldest son is writing it!)
Have the kids write poems about why they love their Dad.
Have the kids write a Father's Day Tribute and post it on my blog.
Have the kids make some crafts for Dad.
Make him a hand painted Dad t-shirt. (I'll post more on this later.)
Take a special picture of the kids and have it framed for his office.

That is what I have so far.  I would love any ideas and suggestions you all have.  June has 30 days I have to fill up! 

The main goal of this is to just let him know that we really do appreciate him working so hard and making it possible for me to be home with the kids homeschooling.  We all know if it were not for him it would not be possible.

Now, if I can just keep him from seeing this post and spoiling the SURPRISE!!!!

In case you were wondering….

Father's Day was the brainchild of Sonora Smart Dodd, whose mother had died giving birth to her. At a time when many widowed men sent their offspring to live with relatives, Sonora's father reared her and her five siblings alone, on a farm in eastern Washington. In 1909, grown and married, Sonora was in church listening to a Mother's Day sermon when the thought struck her that fathers deserved credit, too – especially hers. Through her efforts, Spokane, Washington, held the first Father's Day observance the following year.

By 1924, the custom had spread through the country, and Calvin Coolidge made the first presidential proclamation in support of Father's Day. Nearly 60 years later, President Richard Nixon made it permanent in 1972, when he requested that Congress pass a joint resolution making the third Sunday in June a National Day of Observance in honor of fathers everywhere. 

Click Here to take a Father's Day quiz.

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Schools Out For The Summer!

May 22, 2006 at 10:03 am (Uncategorized)

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Okay, as much as I LOVE homeschooling, there is still something wonderful about having endless Summer days ahead with nothing that has to be done and no time table that anything has to be done on.  I love Summer!

With that said, of course there are a million things we want to do every summer.  Here is our list so far for this year…

Have an Ant Farm (The ants have already been ordered!)
Go to California on vacation.  (This is scheduled for July!!!)
Go through the Children's World Cookbook
Do some Fairy Cooking
Celebrate Father's Month (Okay, I know it's just suppose to be Father's Day, but we have a GREAT Dad so we are going to honor him the whole month of June.  I'll post more on this later.)
Fly kites
Do Vacation Activities
Swim, swim, swim!
Tye-Dye t-shirts.  (We do this every summer.  Makes for great matching shirts for the coming school year pictures and field trips.)
Read (Check back for our Summer reading list!)
T-shirt bleaching (Something new I want to try.  I'll post about it when we do it.)
Water Park Days
Game Days (Our homeschool group has board game day every Friday in the summer.  We all meet at the Church that sponsors our group and play board games for 2 hours every Friday. Fun, fun, fun!!)
Explore some Art Ideas
Children's Museum
Natuaral History Museum
Aquarium
Scrapbooking
Lapbooking

That is what we have come up with so far.  Sounds like a busy fun Summer to me!

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