Used Curriculum Sale

June 30, 2007 at 10:27 pm (Uncategorized)

If you have never been to a used curriculum sale I would encourage you to go to one.  Not only because you are going to save A LOT of money, but because you are going to get to see a wide variety of cool curriculum  up close and personal.  Not only are you going to get to see it, you are going to get to talk to actual homeschool parents that have used the material and know a lot about it.  Even if you buy nothing the learning experience is going to be worth the trouble of going   The chances of buying nothing are not good though!  LOL

Here is what I bought yesterday at the used curriculum sale I attended. 

A really cool set of wooden blocks for my 3 year old.  ($1.00)  And yes we already had blocks, but these had some really cool Aztec stair step pieces and warrior guys we didn’t have.

160 piece word tiles, ABC Bible Memory Cards, States & Capitals Music CD, Fractions Stax & Cuisenaire Reading Rods.  ($6.00)

3 American Girl Books, On Yonder Mountain, Through the Gates of Splendor (For ME!) and Teaching With Favorite Magic Tree House Books. ($5.50)

Felt Board Sets – Faces and Expressions (new), The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, Letters and Numbers (new), A-Z Finger Puppets. ($5.50)

Total spent $18.00.  Total fun had looking around at cool stuff, seeing friends and hanging out with like minded Mom’s…priceless!



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How To Make 3 Kids Happy for .79 Cents

June 29, 2007 at 10:07 am (Uncategorized)

My husband came up with this idea about 10 years ago and all 3 kids LOVE it!

Frozen Lemonades!!!!

One .79 cent can of Lemonade from Trader Joe’s, 3 trays of ice, 1/2 can of water. Combine it all in the blender until it is smooth and slushy.

Then watch them SMILE!!!

Sometimes it’s hard to see the smiles for the puckering!

These are soooo delicious and wonderful on a HOT day.  It actually makes enough for all 5 of us to have a glass and Mom and Dad enjoy them as much as the kids.


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London Bridge

June 29, 2007 at 9:53 am (Uncategorized)

My 2 little ones asked me to play London Bridge with them.  I told them I would after I brewed some tea…  So I am in the kitchen and I hear them singing  "London Bridge is falling down, falling down…"  and giggling…

Did I mention what a good sport our dog is?  LOL I wish there were more duties I could get the dog to do for me!

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The Curious George Philosophy

June 29, 2007 at 12:10 am (Uncategorized)

My kids checked out the Curious George Movie from the Library and I just LOVED the following quote:

…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

I made the kids rewind the movie so I could write it down!  (They are so patient with their Mother.)  Who knew The Man in the Big Yellow Hat was so smart!  This is the kind of homeschool Mom that I want to be!  I want my kids to experience educations, not just get through it.  I want them to be excited about what they are learning and to love learning.  I want them to ask questions and push buttons and dive in to what interests them!  I want them to let their curiosity lead them!  I want them to be ready to learn.  The truth is I don’t always have the time and energy to lead them through all the things they need to learn.  But if I can just inspire them to experience things and follow their own curiosty then the world is their oyster. 

Who knew Curious George could be so inspiring?


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Rockin' Girl Blogger

June 28, 2007 at 10:56 am (Uncategorized)


Thank you so much to Cindy of Our Journey Westward for bestowing the Rockin’ Girl Blogger Award on ME!  (I don’t know which I am more excited about being called Rockin’ or being called a Girl at 42! If anyone is passing out Rockin’ Old Lady Blogger Awards PLEASE pass over me!! LOL)

So I am suppose to pass the honor on to 5 bloggers…Here are my picks!  (Which was REALLY hard since there are soooo many blog I love to visit!)

1. One Child Homeschool Policy is so fun to read.  Not only does have share great pics of China, but she makes awesome lapbooks I just can’t resist looking at & learning from!

2. Life Without School is a blog I have been enjoying lately.  It is actaully a bunch of "Girls" that all contribute to write about Unschooling.  Very inspiring and encouraging!

3. I have to honor my real life friend Michelle at Filled with Joy. She is one of those people that just calmly goes about what she is doing and shares the amazing things she does with her kiddos.  (Plus her kids are soooo cute!)

4. I have to mention Dena’s Deiberations because not only does she make me laugh she teaches us how to get groceries for FREE! 

5. Last, but certainly not least is Yesterdays Hope.  I like her blog for a lot of reasons.  My children and I enjoy her blog because of the awesome Animal News she shares on a regular basis. 

So go visit my Rockin Girl Blogger picks and tell ’em Jamin sent you!

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Wordless Wednesday

June 27, 2007 at 10:48 am (Uncategorized)

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What About Friends?

June 26, 2007 at 10:09 am (Uncategorized)

One question new homeschooler and skeptics seem to ask alot is "What about friends?"   Last year I heard a friend, who is also a phsycologist, speak.  One thing she mentioned is that people only need one real friend in life to find happiness.  Now, I am not suggesting that homeschooled children only have one friend, but what I am suggestion is that being in a classroom with 29 other children does not guarantee friendship.  I remember one Mom who has children in public school telling me her 10 year old son had never been invited to a birthday party.  A few popular kids in the class didn’t like him, so the whole class treated him poorly and no one was brave enough to be his friend.  To me that is so sad and sadly I don’t think it is that unusual. 

So here are my thoughts on the BENEFITS of homeschooling and friendship…

1.  Because I homeschool I  tend to be much more invovled in my children’s friendships.  My kids tend to spend a lot of time at home (Imagine that!  LOL) and I am there too!  This means as there parent I get to know their friends really well.  I can be active in helping guide them through problems and conflicts that arise.  I can recognize good and bad influences that my kids are picking up from different friends and guide their child to proper actions. 

2.  Homeschool parents know each other!  My children have never had any friends whom parents I didn’t know!  Actually I have not only always known the parents, but I have almost always been friends with the parents.  You could even say I have picked my kids friends!  LOL  This is a natural process of homeschooling.  Mom picks activities to participate in,  Mom meets other Mom she likes.  Mom sets up times to get together,  Kids meet.  Kids become friends.  Mom’s keep hanging out together so the kids form friendships. 

3.  Homeschool parents can help their kids pick good friends. Because I am always with my kids I can truly guide them in good relationships.  I can see the qualities of the kids they meet and lead them towards the kids whom behavior I find appealing.  I can encourage right relationships by making an effort to take them where the kids I feel are a good influence on them are!  My husband heard a speaker at a conference a few years a back that said studies have shown that we act most like the 5 people we spend the most time with.  If that isn’t a good reason to help your kids find the right friends I don’t know what is!

4.  As homeshcoolers my KIDS are friends to each other!  They have never been separated and told that siblings are not "cool".  They spend unlimited time together, so they become friends with their siblings.  Sure, the fight and drive each other crazy some of the time.  But, for the most part they have built in friends who are being raised with the same values as each other! These siblings are NOT going away, so they HAVE to learn how to deal with them! I remember when I first started homeschooling a wise homeschooling Mom told me "If my 4 kids can learn to get along with each other, they can learn to get along with anyone. God does NOT pick the most compatible children to place in a home together!" LOL 

5.  Homeschooling offers a much more realistic model of how friendships are made in the grown-up world.  In the grown-up world we do not make friend just with people who live near us and are the same age as us.  Yes, some of us make friends at work, but we usually have a common interest with people we work with.  We have to look around in the real world to find friendships.  We meet like minded people at church, in clubs, homeschool groups, sport activites, etc. 

So in answer to the question "What about friends?" I can only say that homeschoolers do make friends in a different way than kids in traditional school.  But, in my opinion…different is good!

 A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.– Anonymous

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Online Drawing Lessons with Jan Brett

June 25, 2007 at 10:40 am (Uncategorized)

Jan Brett now has FREE video drawing lessons on her website!  Here is the link:

If you don’t know who Jan Brett is she is the wonderful author and illustrator of:

The Mitten

Armadillo Rodeo

Hedgie’s Surprise

and many MORE!!!

My kids really love all her books and my 12 year old can’t wait to start getting drawing lessons from such a talented lady! 

What a great way to spend a Summer day!

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Autograph Quilts & Luau!!!

June 24, 2007 at 10:24 am (Uncategorized)

This weekend was our homeschool groups End of Year Party.  We have been VERY blessed to be a part of a WONDERFUL homeschool group.  A lot of people make it great, but 3 ladies in particular put in a lot of hours to bless us all!  So as a thank you for our 3 fearless leaders I made them each a little Autograph Quilt.

Here are the 3 lovely ladies who lead our group!

Here is one of the quilts I made.  They are all them same.They are 30 inches X 30 inches and hang on the wall with velcro that is sewn across the top.


Here is a closeup of the fabric. It looks like a green chalkboard from days gone by. The black edging has a little white dusty look that reminded me of chalk on a blackboard.

Here is one of the quilts after it was signed by members of our group.

 These were put out on a table at the party and everyone signed them with fine line Sharpie Markers.  I hope that these will find a special place to hang in their schoolrooms and they will be reminded of what a blessing they are each time they look at them.

Now for the Luau!

The delicious buffet catered by one of our members who is a professional chef!

Signing the quilts


Kids filling water guns!

Dunk a Leader! $5.00 for 3 balls!  They made $100.00 for our group!

My 3 kiddos going down the BIG slide!

I wonder if she’s having fun?

Did I mention that these folks know how to throw a PARTY!!!!!




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Power of the Blood!

June 23, 2007 at 11:07 am (Uncategorized)

I got a new Selah album for my birthday in February and my 3 year old is in LOVE with the Song Power of the Blood on the album.  You really have not lived until you have heard a 3 year old sing …"Power, power, wonder working power…"  LOL

There is Power in the Blood

Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you over evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful power in the blood.

There is power, power, wonder working power
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb.

Would you be free from your passion and pride?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide;
There’s wonderful power in the blood.

There is power, power, wonder working power
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb.

Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Sin stains are lost in its life giving flow.
There’s wonderful power in the blood.

There is power, power, wonder working power
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb.

Would you do service for Jesus your King?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you live daily His praises to sing?
There’s wonderful power in the blood.

There is power, power, wonder working power
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb.


Words & Music by Lewis E. Jones, 1899

 One thing that this makes me realize is the "power" (pardon the pun!) of playing CD’s in the car.  I have never in any way tried to "teach" him the words to this song, yet he knows a good portion of it. I do not play it regularly.  But, every so often he will request to hear "The blood song"! LOL  So with that thought in mind I thought I would re-post my list of educational CD’s we have and listen to often!  Here it is:

For phonics  we  use Sing, Spell, Read and Write.  (The Leap Frog DVD’s are also excellent.  My kids LOVE them!) For learning multipication we use Skip Counting CD’s.  We have used History Songs, Geography Songs, Wee Sing Songs for learning Patriotic Songs and facts about Dinosaurs. We have memorized the Books of the Bible and Bible Verses.  We love Lyrical Life Science and if those are not enough suggestions…Check out this site!

There is also a bunch of great CD’s at The Old Schoolhouse Store to help with teaching.  HERE is the link. And make sure not to miss these free downloads you can burn to a CD for FREE! 

"Power, power, wonder working power in the blood, of the Lamb…" 

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