Loving Nemo

June 30, 2006 at 9:23 pm (Uncategorized)

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Isn't this pathetically cute!  My 2 year old, as I have mentioned before,
LOVES Nemo.  Well, yesterday at the store I happened to grab a
roll of Nemo paper towels for the trip we are leaving on
tomorrow.  As soon as I put them in the cart he grabbed them and
started hugging them!  LOL  Well, as you can see 24 hours
later he's still hugging Nemo!  I guess I may have to invest in a
stuffed Nemo to for him at some point.  I wonder how long the roll
of papertowels will hold up to the rigorous life of a 2 year old?

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10 Terrific Weeks

June 30, 2006 at 10:20 am (Uncategorized)

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Usborne Books have come up with these wonderful little teaching units
based on their books.  The original idea was to give parents
something to do with their children over the summer break.  They
were designed by a Mom who also sells Usborne.  I think they are a fabulous idea for homeschoolers!

I am going to use the 10 Terrific Weeks Adventures In The Human In Body
for Science this year with my 5 yo.  I ordered the Human Body
teachers guide just to check it out before I ordered the whole thing
and I love it.  I think it will be a great study and also a great
basis for a lapbook.

The Guide is very Sonlightesque! 
It has a sheet that tells you what you will be covering week by
week.  For Adventures of the Human Body Preschool/Lower Elementary
it is:

1. Skeletal System and your Joints
2.  Muscular System and Your Skin
3. Circulatory System
4. Digestive System and Your Teeth
5. Eating Healthy
6.  Respiratory System and Your Voice.
7. Your Senses
8.  Nervous System and Your Genes
9.  Being Healthy
10. Exercise Olympics

The books that come with the set are:

1st Encyclopedia o0f the Human Body IL
Flip Flap Body Book
Going To The Dentist
Going To The Doctor Kid Kit
Science and Your Body

There is also a list of other Usborne books that could be used to add to
the program.  They are:
Why Do People Eat?  $4.95
What's Inside You?  $4.95
Why Are People Different? $4.95
How Your Body Works. $8.95
I think adding these books will allow us to have 1 Terrific Semester!

There is a shopping list sheet that tells you any items you will need to buy or collect for each week.
Week one is:
Thin  Cardboard or poster board
Paper Fasteners
Tape
Black Construction Paper
Glue
Q-Tips

The reading and assignments broken down week by week.
Week: 1 Skeletal System and Your Joints
Monday – Read “Bones” from Ist Encyclopedia of the Human Body.  Page
20-21. Sing Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes, but change it to Cranium,
Clavicle, Patella and Phalanges.
Tuesday – Read: “Joints”  from 1st Encyclopedia of the Human Body page
22-23. Try moving around without bending your knees and elbows.
Wednesday – Make a model arm from Science and Your Body, page 14.
Thursday – Do Internet Links from 1st Encyclopedia of the Human Body.
Print out and do word search joint activity.
Friday – Cut body shape out of black construction paper.  Glue Q-Tips on
body where b
ones go.  How many can you name?

There are also a few page of charts and graphics to copy and use with the
assignments.  The final thing is a certificate to celebrate completion.

I think they are pretty neat and very well done.  The teachers
guide comes loose with a little slide on binder spine to hold it
together.  I put mine in a binder with sheet protectors for each
page.  It makes it easier to handle.  I am hoping they come
out with more of these.

Right now they have these titles in stock:

Adventures In Literature
Adventures In Space
Adventures In Art
Adventures Of  Fairy Princesses
Adventures In Knighthood
Adventures Of the Human Body (Preschool/Lower Elementary)
Adventures Of the Human Body (Upper Elementary)
Adventures On Apple Tree Farm

The following titles are currently out of stock: (But will hopefully be back soon!)

Adventures Around The World
Adventures At Sea
Adventures In Egypt
Adventures In Creativity

Click here to read more about 10 Terrific Weeks.

Visit my Usborne Bookstore usborne2u.com

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5 Year Old Knitter

June 30, 2006 at 10:05 am (Uncategorized)

My 5 yo daughter finally finished the hat she has been knitting!

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She has been working on this for months.  Sometimes she would only
do a few stiches at a time…But, she stuck with it and now it is
done!  She can hardly wait for the weather to get cold so she can
wear it!

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Concluding Father's Month!

June 30, 2006 at 9:00 am (Uncategorized)

Today is our final day of Father's
Month.  I must say, the 1st half of the month went better than the
2nd.  We did our best, but having Grandma come for a visit and
then getting ready for a trip (We are leaving tommorrow.) kind of put
Father's Month on the back bunner.  For the last 2 weeks we have
mostly done a lot of cooking Dad's favorite foods, footrubs, backrubs,
letting him be in charge of the remote, watching movies together,
etc.  All in all I think the whole thing was a success and I know
the kids will want to do it again.  I think the 1st few days Dad
thought we were crazy and was a little embarrassed by all the extra
attention, but after the 1st few days I think he looked forward to
coming home to a little special treatment everyday!  I hope that
he felt honored and loved, because that was the intent of the whole
project!

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you. 
Exodus 20:12

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Library Thing

June 29, 2006 at 11:29 am (Uncategorized)

Somebody PLEASE stop me before I register on this site!  I just came across the most amazing website that allows you to catalog all your books online
Why am I so drawn to this?  Because I am a complete book
nerd!  The thought of cataloging my books is something I have
thought about doing for years!  (There, I said it! 
LOL)  But, now that I see a site that will let me do it so simply
I am even more drawn!  The problem?  Well, we have 11 floor
to ceiling bookcases that would need to be entered.  I mean they
have made entering them easy.  All I would have to do is key in
the ISBN number and it searches and brings up all the info from Amazon
and 54 other libraries. (Including the Library of Congress.)  The
coolest thing of all is that once you have entered all your books you
can access them online through your cellphone!  This is just about
too much for me to handle!  I mean imagine rummaging through a
book bin at some obscure used bookstore while you are
vacationing.  (Yes, I go to bookstores on vacation! LOL)  You
find an awesome book by an Author you love.  But, do I already own
it?  Ah ha,  I can just look up my personal Library online
and find out.   What could be better?  (Of course this
means I would have to get internet service on my cellphone, which I am
too cheap to do.  But for the purpose of this dream of having my
books cataloged I am going with it!)

This service is free for
the first 200 books (which would last me about a week) Then you pay
$10.00 a year or $25.00 for a lifetime membership.  I mean that's
even tempting to The Queen of Cheap!  (aka: Me!) 

Here is my problem…Time is not my friend.  I have a To Do list for the Summer that includes:

Making 4 quilts
Making 5 baby sling (That should have been done months ago!)
Catching up months of scrapbooking
Getting things prepared for school for my 7th grader and Kindergartner.

I wonder if I could somehow incorporate inputing books into my 7th graders schoolwork for next year?

Library Thing, Library Thing...Why do you torment me so!!!!

Click here to read a Wall Street Journal Article on Library Thing.

Click here to read the Library Thing blog

Click here to volunteer to come to my house and enter 2000 books!  LOL

Oh, one more thing I forgot to mention.  Once all your books are
entered you can post a link on your blog and allow all your blog
friends to view your book collection!  Now, how cool is that?

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Jr. Teacher

June 29, 2006 at 10:47 am (Uncategorized)

My 5 yo daughter is back to teaching her 2 yo little brother school.  Here are 2 of the lessons I overheard yesterday…

Mean King Janus

There was a Mommy and she had a baby who she loved very much. 
Mean King Janus wanted to kill all the little babies.  The Mommy
decided to help her baby.  She asked her daughter to take the baby
in float him down the river.  Mean King Janus daughter found the
baby.  She took him to raise as her own.  She took very good
care of him and he grew up and SET HIS PEOPLE FREE! 

(Not too bad, except I have no idea why she thinks Pharaoh is Mean King Janus!  LOL)

Then I heard her singing him a song.  This just killed me!

IKEA was a wee little man and a wee little man was he
He climbed up in  a Sick-more tree for the Lord he wanted to see!
The Lord said IKEA you come down! 
For I'm coming to your house today!
I'm coming to your house today!!!

IKEA is my absolute favorite store. (And it rhymes pretty well with Zaccheus!)
Mostly because they have really cool children's toys and also for all
the great (cheap) organizing and decorating items.  We don't live
near one so everytime we travel I am always dragging the family to
IKEA.  They don't mind since this is one of the only times they
get toys without spending their own allowance.

Well her heart is in the right place, I think she just needs to work on the details a bit!  LOL 

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Out My Front Door

June 28, 2006 at 10:47 am (Uncategorized)

I was wander through blogland and came across an interesting post at the Always A Work In Progress blog.  She is telling about what she sees when she looks out her front door
Let me tell you her view is much more interesting than mine! 
However, this got me thinking it would make for an fun post if I tell
what I see out my front door and then ask other people to leave a
comment or write  post and leave the link about what they see out
their front door.

Here is my view….
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So what do I see?  Well, I see the side of the house across the
street that is the exact same floorplan as mine.  This house
belongs to a nice couple who are about the same age as my husband and I
.  They live in this big house, just the 2 of them and pretty much
lead a polar opposite life of us!  LOL  The have fine things
in their house with no fingerprints or  cracks in them.  They
have parties out around there beautiful pool that include things like
catering and live bands.  (I am not making this up.)  They
are really lovely people and are gracious enough to frequently invite
our motley crew over for a swim!  I also see the block wall fence
that keeps all the neighborhood kids out of their pool and provides a
lovely canvas for the local highschoolers to graffitti on a regular
basis.  We live just about 200 feet from a highschool…This is
not something I recommend! LOL If you look closely at the block wall
you will see all the patches that have been repainted over.  I see
the sidewalk that I have spent a thousand hours pushing my 2 year old
up and down on his tricycle.  I see the street that my children
ride their bikes in.  I see the yard that all the neighborhood
kids like to hang out in.  (Which it fine with me.)  We are
one of the few yards that has not gone to desert landscaping (rocks) so
all the kids like to play in our yard.  I see the dead grass that
needs to be converted to desert landscaping.  
I see the tree that offers shade to all the kids so they can hang out
under it in the summer and play card games.  (The neighbor kids
also love it when I come out and make balloon animals for them under
that tree.)  I see the driveway where we have played many games
of  Circle Tag
I see the bush that one of my sons friends fell into just a few days
after we moved into this house. (2 1/2 years ago)  He left a rear
end shaped dent that I don't think will ever grow out!  (Seriously
it's there, on the front left hand side of the bush if you look
closely.)  I see the spot where I have spent many hours standing
and talking to my lovely neighbors about everything and nothing…I see
a little piece of my life, and I realize I am blessed!

Now, what do you see out your front door? 

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Tip Of The Day

June 27, 2006 at 1:55 pm (Uncategorized)

Did I forget to mention that I was asked to write The Tip Of  The Day for The Company Porch
for a month?  Yeah for me!  I am having fun thinking them up,
I think 5 have already been posted.  So make sure to stop on over
at  The Company Porch and say hello!

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Shirt Trick

June 27, 2006 at 12:15 pm (Uncategorized)

This morning my boys were still in their
PJ's and my oldest son announced “Mom, I can get my whole body, head
and all to fit inside my shirt.”  Then he proceeded to demonstrate.

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I warned him I was blogging it!  LOL  I love my crazy kids!

And speaking of crazy kids….yesterday my daughter amused herself for
a good part of the afternoon by taking pictures.  Here are 
few of my favorites.

Here is a view of her big brother that we
all are quite familiar with.  He is working on a major drawing
project this summer and spends most of his time bent over his
work.  (Unless he's stuffing himself in his shirt that is! 
LOL)
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Then there is this shot of her little brother wearing one of her
shirts, I wasn't in the mood to argue. (It is out of focus becuase of a
fingerprint on the lense.)  He is taking her picture with the cool
little camera my hubby got me to keep in my purse.  (As if I
didn't already have enough picutes posted on my blog, now I will ALWAYS
have a camera with me!)
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This is a shot she did of herself.  I just love this
picture.  This is my beautiful little girl who thinks it is funny
to make faces in almost every picture I take of her.  My 11 year
old said he can edit this head shot in to all the other pictures she
has ruined for me! 
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Just another lazy summer day at our house…

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ushistory.org

June 26, 2006 at 11:54 pm (Uncategorized)

My son (age 11) & I will be doing
United States History next year and I really want to incorporate a lot
of lapbooking into our studies.  Because of this I have been
reading and researching online to find information.  Yesterday I
came across the ushistory.org site.  What a tresure trove of information this site is!

This site is sponsored by the Independence Hall Association of
Philapelphia.  After spending a few hours on the site I feel like
I have been to Philly!  There are virtual tours, games,
autobiographies, works of art, videos to view and much, much
more!.  This site is going to be an awesome addition to our
schooling next Fall!

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