Homeschool ID Cards

May 31, 2007 at 8:57 pm (Uncategorized)

The kids and I have had Homeshool ID Cards for the last 3 years.  The State we currently live in provides us with a Exemption from Compulsory Education Letter one we have notified them we will homeschool.  Then we can take that letter to a company they contract with and get and ID card.  It has come in pretty handy for me over the last 3 years because having an Home Educator ID card qualifies me for all kids of Educator Discounts.  Bookstores, Craft Stores, Teacher Supply Stores and even a few Museums have given us discounts.  By next school year we should be living in another State that does not provide these ID cards.  Although I have never found a use for my kids ID cards, my oldest son will soon be 13 (YIKES) and I fear will be venturing out into the world a bit without me!  I think it would be a good idea for him to have an ID card on him when this begins… So I started looking for online places to get an ID card.  There are actually quite a few places that provide ID’s to homeschoolers.  But my favorite of course is FREE!!!

This one I  will probably use for next year.  You fill out a form on their website and they produce the artwork and email it to you in a pdf format.  Then you print it and take it and have it laminated.  Of course it is…FREE!!!  I printed out one for myself and one for my son last night to see what they look like and they are really well done.  They suggest that you take it to Kinko’s and have it laminated for $2.50. 

Here are some other options for you…

This one and this one also have templates to make your own ID cards using your own computer and printer.  They are not as jazzy as the one above though, but they are still FREE! The only benefit i can see to these over the 1st one I mention is that you don’t have to give anyone your child’s name, phone number and address. 

This one is more of a general kid ID card.  It has a lot of info including a place for the parent to sign and give permission for medical treatment.  They recommend attaching one to your child’s car seat in case of an accident.  Interesting idea?  This would be good for smaller siblings that are not of school age yet. (But it is expensive, IMO)

This one looks pretty snazzy and is made of PVC just like a driver’s license.  The only thing I don’t like about it is that you have to print out a form and then have it notarized before you send it back.  I cannot for the life of me figure out why it needs to be notarized?  Seems like a waste of money to me.  But, if you just wanted someone else to make the card for you this might be a good option.  They claim that this card is recognized as legitimate by police and truant officers.  I have my doubts about that to be quite honest.  I have talked with 3 different Policemen in our City and asked them if they are familiar with our school district approved ID card.  All three told me they had never heard of or seen one before I showed it to them.  They did think the ID card was a good idea though and would be helpful if they stopped a kid out and about during school hours.  I just can’t imagine that there is one card that is recognized by officials all over the U.S. (But, I could be wrong.  hehehe)

So, while an ID is not a necessity, it can come in handy.  I just thought I would share some options for obtaining one.  Now, go out there and get your discounts!!!! 

Oh, one more thing…They also make for a cute scrapbook page at the end of each school year!


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Memorial Day Lapbook

May 31, 2007 at 9:12 am (Uncategorized)

My friend Michelle has done a WONDERFUL Memorial Day Lapbook with her children and posted pictures on her blog.  She has also posted a ton of links to resources they used to create the lapbook.  It is absolutely beautiful!  HERE is the link to click over and take a look!

This is one talented and creative Mama! 


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Making Baby Slings

May 30, 2007 at 12:19 pm (Uncategorized)

I was an avid baby wearer when my kids were little.  So I have made MANY slings not only for myself, but as gifts.  Over the weekend I made a couple for my niece so here is my 2 cents on making slings…

HERE is the pattern I have used for years.  It is to make a Maya Wrap, which I really love because there is no padding to make Mom hot and lots of extra fabric for covering up while nursing, shading the baby, using as a clean spot for diaper changes, etc. Here is the one I made over the weekend for my niece:

One of the Mom’s in my Mom’s group posted a link to this site it has a bunch of pattens for cool slings.  There is even one for a crocheted sling I just LOVE!  Almost makes me want to have another baby!  LOL  (Just kidding honey!) I also would love to try out one of the wraps.  These seem to have made in on the scene in the last couple of years.  Here is a pattern for a wrap. I also would have loved to have had one of these Mei-Tais (Or as they call it with this pattern a Man-Tai!  LOL)  I always wanted a way to put the baby on my back when I was cooking!  (Never, ever, ever cook with a baby in a front carrying sling!!!!)

Here is the pattern for a cool pouch style sling.  I made this one for  my niece over the weekend.  Here it is modeled by my 3 year old!

Now he wants his own to carry his baby brother doll in!
(Oh, and if that fabric looks mysteriously like my new background….
Well, that’s because it is my new background!  LOL)

Here is a picture of me slinging my youngest at Disneyland in 2004.  Doesn’t he look comfy?  He was 6 months old in this picture.

Here I am slinging my daughter when she was 6 weeks old in April of 2001.  We were at my husbands best friends wedding.  (THE most fun wedding I have ever been to BTW!)

Here I am slinging my daughter again when she was 6 months. 

Notice every picture I am using a different sling.  I told you I have had a lot of them through the years!  I have no idea what she has on her head, but she appears to like it!  LOL  We were at the California State Fair August 2001.

Here is a picture of my 16 year old niece carrying her 7 week old cousin.  This was taken January 2006.  This is a stretchy pouch type sling I made.  It is great for newborns, but it’s really hard to find the right fabric to make it.

Last but not least here are some doll slings I made for my friends 3 daughter when their baby brother was born.

And if it good for a doll, it is even better for carrying the brother!

Okay, I am done rambling on about slings for now.  But, I reserve the right to resume sling talk later!  LOL

Click HERE to read about the benefits of Baby Wearing.

Click HERE to read more about Baby Wearing.

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Carnival Of Homeshooling – Alaska

May 29, 2007 at 12:20 pm (Uncategorized)

The new Carnival of Homeschooling is up!  You an read it HERE

Have fun and enjoy the beautiful pictures of the hosts recent Alaskan Cruise.


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Memorial Day Fun

May 29, 2007 at 11:41 am (Uncategorized)

We had a lovely Memorial Day!  We spent the day with 2 of our neighbors BBQing and visiting.  The food was great, the company was great, the kids were well behaved  The weather was HOT, but decent if you stayed in the shade. 

Here the kids are playing with Moon Sand which I bought at Wal-Mart Saturday.
This was a new product to me.  It is some kind of coated sand that stays damp and will not dry out.  The kids really seemed to like it.  It kept 5 kids ages 3 – 13 entertained for quite some time, so it was a winner in my book!  LOL  I do think it needs to be an outdoor toy and also it needs to be played with in a pan of some sort.  Otherwise is spreads everywhere and in a few minutes you have none left! 

After all the sand fun we tried out our new water slide

My daughter and one of our neighbors like it!
I bought this for the kids a few weeks ago because living the in desert we HAVE to have something to keep cool in the Summer.  We have a 3000 gallon above ground pool we have put up the last 3 years.  But, with the house being for sale I just didn’t want to deal with putting the pool up.  When we have it up we have to put up a fence around it and it makes the yard look really messy.  Soooooo this summer we will be sliding instead!

My 3 year old LOVES it!
My 12 year old is a little big for it, but he still had fun with his siblings and was able to cool off!

It was a great day!

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Education Quotes & My Philosophy

May 28, 2007 at 9:59 am (Uncategorized)

I have been collecting quotes on education for a loooooong time. Recently I have been sifting through my list of quotes and working on putting them together in a way that will explain my educational philosophy……

The number one reason I homeshool my children is because I want to teach my children is to love the Lord Jesus and serve Him.

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6

Knowledge begins with respect for the Lord, but fools hate wisdom and self control. – Proverbs 1:7

"I am much afraid that schools will prove to be great gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures,engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not increasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt." – Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Finally, brothers, whatever is true,
whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable–
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–
think about such things.
Philippians 4:8

The next most important thing to me is to create kids who think for themselves and think outside the box!

Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality. – Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)

I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas. – Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn… and change. – Carl R. Rogers (1902-1987)

Anyone can memorize facts and figures.
The real way to learn anything is to go experience it and let your curiosity lead you.
Who’s ready to learn?..
.Man in the Big Yellow Hat — Curious George The Movie 2006

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. – Malcolm S. Forbes (1847-1904)

Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors! Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888)

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

Another thing that is important to me is to teach my children in a way that will making learning a joyful experience!

Education is not the filling of a bucket but the lighting of a fire."   W. B. Yeats (1865-1939)

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. – Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC)

Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants. –  John W. Gardner (1912-2002)

Developing a great relationship between my kids and myself is also of paramount importance to me!

The secret of education is respecting the pupil. – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Expecting all children the same age to learn from the same materials is like expecting all children the same age to wear the same size clothing. – Madeline Hunter (1916-1994)

With great power, there must also come great responsibility.  – Spiderman (1962)

I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

“A student…that is fully trained will be like his teacher.”  Luke 6:40

You can use most any measure when you’re speaking of success. You can measure it in fancy homes, expensive car or dress. But the measure of your real success is one you cannot spend — It’s the way your child describes you when talking to a friend. Martin Buxbaum

I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education
which I received from my mother.

–George Washington 1732-1799

One final goal I have is to grow my children to be lifetime learner’s!

Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

The best educated human being is the one who understands most about the life in which he is placed. – Helen Keller  (1880-1968)

The one real goal of education is to leave a person asking questions. – Max Beerhohm

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them. – Mark Twain (1835-1910)

One’s work may be finished some day, but one’s education never. – Alexander Dumas (1802-1870)

All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education. – Walter Scott (1771-1832)


Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten. – B. F. Skinner (1904-1990)

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.

Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success. Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Last but not least I want my kids to have a well balanced education so they can go out into the world and impact it for Christ teaching others what they have learned.

And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation."
Mark 16:15

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."  John 8:32

Only the educated are free. – Epictetus (55 A.D. – 135 A.D.)


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A Harvest of Hats!

May 27, 2007 at 10:59 pm (Uncategorized)

Yesterday I loom knitted some hats!



Won’t these be prefect for a Fall newborn?  

Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it,
and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth
seeking the successive autumns.
–   George Eliot

Can you tell Fall is my favorite Season????  I am ready for Summer to be over and it hasn’t really even begun yet!

This is the basic pattern I used, except I didn’t close the bottom of mine and stuff it to be a pumpkin!

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Garland & Octopi

May 26, 2007 at 11:53 pm (Uncategorized)

My daughter and I found another cool knitting loom!  It is called the Clover Wonder Knitter.  This one is the spool size and it self wraps!  You just twist a little disc and it wraps the yarn on the next peg for you.  Wrapping that yarn around is the hardest part for my 6 year old.  Now she can make enough knitted chains to wrap around the world!  LOL 

She is so proud that she can do this all by herself!

I am going to look for some red, green and white variegated yarn.  Then she can start making a whole lot of Christmas Garland for our tree!  That should pass some time this Summer!  LOL

Ad now for the Octopi!  My 3 year old saw the picture of the knitted Octopus on the computer screen and begged me to make him one!  So, I decided to make him one as kind of a prototype so I will know how to tell my daughter to make hers.  Here is what I came up with:

I of course did not follow the pattern I saw online.  I made the 8 legs (Each 9 inches long) on a small loom and then stitched them together.  Then I used the newborn hat size loom to make the head.  I put the legs up inside the head and then stuffed around them with fiberfill and stitched the head to the legs.  Finally, I  crocheted a long chain to make the bow. (The bow covers up were I sewed it all together.) I should have used a double thread to make the head, but I didn’t have enough yarn left.  (I was using scraps.)  So the fiberfill shows through the knitting on the head.  This bothers me, but not my sea life loving son!

This guy loves it!

He has already drug it outside and is carrying it around by the legs.  So I’ll tell you in a week if it has fallen apart!  LOL

Now he wants a boo (blue) one! 

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Fun with Bleach?

May 25, 2007 at 7:48 am (Uncategorized)

Can bleach be fun???  You bet!  LOL  Yesterday the kids and I made Nature T-shirts.  I saw this idea years ago when I use to get Family Fun Magazine.  Every year at the start of Summer we make some kind of t-shirts.  Usually  we tye-dye.I like the kids to have matching t-shirts because when we go on field trips it is easier to keep an eye on them if they are all dresses alike. This year Micheal’s had these really nice cotton color t-shirts  on sale for $2.00 each!  So I decided now was the time to try this:

We started out by laying our t-shirts out flat in the sun.   Then we collected leaves, palm fronds, sticks and anything else that was an interesting shape from the trees and bushes in our yard.

The kids laying out their patterns.

This is for my 3 year old,   We were going for a smiley face!

This is what my 12 year old designed.

And here is my 6 year olds design.

After the pattern is all laid out Mom put some bleach in a spray bottle and misted the shirts!  We left them sitting in the sun for about 5 minutes and then they went into the washing machine.  I ran them through the washing machine twice.  Once without soap and once with soap. 

Here is the one we made for Dad.  (Shhhh..Don’t tell him, he’s getting it for Father’s Day.)  This one we used just palm fronds.  I love how it looks!

And here are my kiddos in their finished masterpieces! 
And YES my daughter was being just as rotten as she looks in this picture!!!!

The boys decided to be more cooperative…

The smiley face idea didn’t work as well as we had hoped.  I think the key to these is that more is more! LOL  They really look better the more stuff you put on them.  He really is proud of what he made and likes it just fine.  So, to me that’s all that really matters!

Pretty cool, huh? (And much easier than tye-dye!)  I still love to tye-dye though…


The Cheerio Queen brought up an excellent point in the comment she left after I posted this.  Here it is:

One tip you may want to tell your readers is that this project is better on darker colored shirts. Our troop did it on light pink shirts and we could barely see the prints at all…so we wound up tie dying them later. but great tip!
your kids are so cute!


P.S again…

Several people have asked if I made one of these for me.  The answer is no.  I am not a fan of regular t-shirts for me.  They cut into my neck and drive me crazy!  So, I didn’t make me one.

Although I have thought about taking a pair of scissors to the neckline and trying to redesign it!  LOL

P.S. one more time!  LOL

Karen (& others) asked:

Do you dilute the bleach or use it full strength?

And the answer is…YES!  You use it full strength, then you need to make sure to watch it and when it seems faded enough for you get it into water.  I had the washing machine already filled with water and then ran the shirts in one at a time and got them soaking as we worked on the next one.  The when all the shirts were in the washing machine I ran it once with no soap and then the 2nd time with soap.

Anymore questions?

Click HERE to see our HOME’S COOL t-shirt’s made with this same method.

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Knifty Purse!

May 24, 2007 at 10:55 am (Uncategorized)

My daughter spent yesterday knitting a purse on her Knifty Knitter

Here is her completed masterpiece!

Close up!
The bag part of the purse was done on the newborn hat (blue) Knifty Knitter.  The tassels were made like the directions HERE.  The strap is crocheted, it is the only part that was done by Mom.  I think she could probably crochet a chain, but I had way too small a crochet hook and it was even hard for me to work with this yarn.

The proud knitter!

And while she was making a purse her 3 year old brother knitted a hat!
ROFL!!!!  Okay, he didn’t really make a hat!  But, if you ask him he will tell you he did!  (Plus, It kept him busy for a loooong time!)

Click HERE for pictures of her 1st hat.

Now she wants to Knify Knit an Octopus

Meanwhile I started doing Google searches to fine more cool stuff for her to make.  There is a LOT out there!

HERE are some wonderful FREE patterns to make goodies on the Knifty Knitter, including pumpkins and a snowman!  (Yep, we are going to HAVE to make these!)

HERE is a blogger who has a passion for Knifty Knitting!  I will be stealing borrowing lots of these ideas in the future!  (I particularly want to try the socks, leggings, kitchen towels and pot scrubbers!)

HERE is a blog I could waste spend a lot of time at!  A Knifty Knitters Journal…This women is as obsessed with the Knifty Knitter as I am with homeschooling!  :LOL

HERE is another wonderful site.  This one has a FREE patterns to make an adorable bunny! There are also a bunch on FREE pdf files on her side bar to download patterns for things like Christmas Bells, Easter Eggs, Candy Canes and an ADORABLE Pumpkin Hat that will be just right for my new grand niece or grand nephew who is due on Halloween! ‘

HERE are even some videos to watch to learn how to do different stitches and technics!

I even found a Yahoo group for people who love Knifty Knitting!  LOL  I don’t even dare think about joining!

And if ALL this isn’t enough Knifty Knitter ideas check out this Google Blog search of the words Knifty Knitter!

This should keep her busy for awhile! 

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