Fab Fall Festival

October 31, 2008 at 8:46 am (Uncategorized)

Here are my kiddos ready to go to Fall Festival Thursday night, (Darth Vadar is our friends little boy and my 4 yo best buddy. The 2 pirates and the princess are mine.)


The Fall Festival was a BLAST!  There were about 20 bouncy houses, a bungie bouncer my kids loved and a velcro wall!  LOL  There was also a petting zoo and pony rides.  Inside there were TONS of carnival games.  They also had face painting, tatoos and hair painting.  I think we did it ALL!

Here is my daughter on the Bungie Bouncer
I had never seen one of these before!  You run and then the cord snaps you backwards.  Sounds painful to me!  LOL  But all 4 kids loved it!

Happy Pirate!

This is our friend on the velcro wall. 
If you look close you can see that after he stuck to the wall he slipped through the bottom of the suit!  It was hysterical!  He loved it!  Thankfully the attendant was there and caught him.  LOL

Here  is my daughter in the velcro suit.

And on the pony

My little man in the petting zoo.

Our friend in the petting zoo.

This was my little mans favorite game.  Donut fishing!

He was laughing SO hard!

What a "sweet" face!  LOL

It was a night fit for a princess!
Click HERE to see the rest of daughters princess pictures.

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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What Homeschoolers Do for Recess! LOL

October 30, 2008 at 10:07 am (Uncategorized)

Okay, we don’t take traditional recess.  Usually when we are doing school we are set to get it done and then get on with whatever is next on the schedule. (park, errands, co-op classes, housework, etc.)  But, it does seem that frequently we all need a short break from the books to have silly time!  Many times at our house this is accomplished by the 2 little ones pestering their big brother until he agrees to chase them through the house acting like a monster!  LOL  (It doesn’t take much coaxing!)  They all eventually end up in a loud wiggly pile tickling each other and laughing until mom sends them back to get their school work done. (Thankfully I have a high tolerance for happy noise!)

But, this week my 4 year old had a different idea for "silly break".  He wanted to be a mummy!  Here he is in all his glory after he convinced his big brother and sister to wrap him in an entire roll of toilet paper! 

I kept telling them NOT to cover his nose!  LOL
Obviously they did not listen!

No preschoolers were harmed in the making of this mummy!  LOL
Can you tell he is happy?

It may not be what I remember as recess from my childhood!  But, I am glad that my kiddos, who are 10 years apart from start to finish, are educated together!  These are the moments they will forever remember.  That is worth WAY more than the price of a roll of T.P.!  LOL

This will be a special memory for a boy who loves his mummy! :^)

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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Our Pretty Princess!

October 30, 2008 at 6:56 am (Uncategorized)

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American Girl Club Week 4 – Samantha

October 29, 2008 at 9:05 am (Uncategorized)

For those of you who are following along with our American Girl Club here is what we did for week four.

  1. Each girl read chapters 4-6 of Samantha book 2 before coming to club.  Answered discussion questions together.
  2. Did deep knee bends and arm circles.  Talked about the popularity of calisthenics in 1904.
  3. Read about the importance of sewing in the early 1900’s and made hand stitched potpourri sachets.
  4. Snack – Corn Oysters.

Here is the front view of our sachet.

Back view

This was our least successful craft.  We had 11 girls attending and only 2 completely sewed their own sachet.  It was a lot of stitching! 

Here is my daughter working on her sachet.
She was one of the two who did her own.  :^)

Here is the other girl that stuck it out and made the sachet.
I love that happy proud look on her face!  She is accompanied by some dedicated mom’s that took up the stitching when their daughter little fingers gave out!

The rest of the girls had plenty of fun anyway.

Here is my daughter with her pleased with her finished project.

I am torn as to whether or not to do any more sewing project for the club.   I think it is good for the girls to experience what it would have been like to have learned to sew as girls did in the early 1900’s. (There is a big emphasis in the Samantha books that she spent one hour every afternoon sewing with her grandmother to properly learn how to sew.) But then if the mom’s end up doing all the sewing what’s the point?  (Although it was fun for all the mom’s to chat while sewing together. So not all was lost!)  I’ll let you know what I decide.

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

Here is the first post I did about our American Girl Club
Here is the my post about weeks 1 & 2
Here is my post about week 3

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These Are The Moments

October 28, 2008 at 9:38 am (Uncategorized)

Yesterday we had a rare moment where all three kids were working on school at the same time and I wasn’t working one on one with anyone!  So I grabbed the camera and got a picture of each of them hard at work.  While these pictures may not be thrilling to anyone else, these are moments I will cherish forever!

My oldest checking his biology study guide on my computer.

My daughter working on her Getty Dubay handwriting
at the school room table.

My little man working on making his letters on a dry erase board at the dining room table.


BTW, if you have a little one that would like to decorate and redecorate his pumpkin everyday we learned something quite by accident yesterday.  If you draw on a pumpkin with dry erase markers it looks like magic marker, but you can take it to the sink and wash it off!  My 4 year old is quite happy with this new information!  I am pretty sure we will have a newly decorated pumpkin every day from now on!

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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BIG Church

October 27, 2008 at 9:06 am (Uncategorized)

We took our 4 year old to "BIG Church" for the first time yesterday.  It was a last minute thing.  We were running late and when we were getting out of the car he said he wanted to go to church with us.  We figured why not?  It really hadn’t occurred to me that we had not taken him before.  I mean, of course he went many times when he was a baby, but as long as he can remember he has gone to Sunday School and we go to church.  (My 7 year old just started going to church with us this year.)

So when we come in the singing has already started.  We join in and after a few minutes the pastor comes forward and says something to the effect of "Please find someone you would like to meet and go shake their hand this morning."  So my 4 year old, who happens to be sitting on the aisle takes off running to the stage.  I happen to be on the far other end of the row with my other 2 kids and my husband between me and the aisle and a gave my husband a desperate look that said "GO AFTER HIM!"  My husband dashes off and catches him just as he hit the top step to the stage.  He brings him back to our row.  My other 2 kids and I were laughing so hard I thought we were going to explode!  (I haven’t laughed that hard in church since my daughter was 3 and singing in the Christmas pageant and decided to perform her own ballet performance while on stage! LOL) 

Next it is time to pray.  My 4 year old, who is still sitting on the aisle kneels in the aisle, put his hands together and then puts his head to the ground.  He stays in this position throughout the prayer, much to the delight of everyone seated around us.

Now it’s time to pass the offering plate.  Remember my 4 year old is one the aisle.  So when the usher comes to pass the plate my son jumps up and wants to shake hands with the nice man who is handing him a plate of money.  Then he proceeds to flick his fingers through the plate to see what exactly was in there!  LOL  (I can only imagine he is looking for a $20.00.  I mean if they are passing a plate full of money you want to take a $20.00 right?)  My husband quickly explained that the plate was for putting money in NOT taking it out!

Time for some more singing.  About 20 minute into the service little man works his way down the aisle to me.  He leans over and whispers "Is there going to be snack?"  I smiled, thinking for a moment how in the world he would react to Communion if this happened to be a Communion day!  LOL  Then I told him NO there would not be snack.  He thought for a moment and then said "My class has snack.  I like snack.  I am  ready to go to my own class now." LOL

So he and I head out of the sanctuary.  When we get into the hallway I ask him why he wanted to go onto the stage.  He said "Well Mom, the man said to shake hands with someone you would like to meet and I wanted to meet the 3 guys with guitars on the stage!"  ROFL!!!!

I guess there are a couple of ways I could look at this.  I could be upset with him that he didn’t do things the way he was "supposed" to.  But, instead I started thinking about the lessons I could learn from him.  It reminded me of a sermon our pastor in California gave many years ago when he was talking about the early Christians and how they would have worshiped.  He said something to the effect of "How would Christians worship if they didn’t know how they are "supposed" to act?"

So here are the things my 4 year old made me think of yesterday…

  • How many times have I seen a friend of mine up on the stage in the praise team and just meekly waved at them during the greeting time instead of dashing up there and giving a big hug? (Which may have been just what we both needed!)
  • How many times have I felt like kneeling down on the floor and pouring out everything to God, but instead stood tall and held everything in so I wouldn’t draw attention to myself?
  • How many times have I had a financial need and it never occurred to me to turn to the church?

I can only imagine what worship would look like if we followed the lead of my little man and worshiped from our hearts.  What if we didn’t follow what has been put into our heads through years of training and just poured our hearts and love out to the Lord instead?  Wow, what a thing that would be!  Who knows, maybe we would even include a snack?

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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The Swap

October 24, 2008 at 9:59 am (Uncategorized)

Well, the Preschool Activities in A Bag swap was AWESOME!  I completely recommend this project for anyone with a preschooler!  First off just let me say our new homeschool group rocks!  We had 20 mom’s sign up and all 20 completed their projects and got them to the swap.  I was completely expecting at least someone to drop out. So I was impressed!  I am equally impressed with the variety and quality of the activities we received!

Here is my little man playing a matching game.
This is a plastic trading card protector with 3 little items in each pocket. (taped shut.)  Then in the bag loose are matching items of each that are in the protector.  As you can see my little man approves!

Of course, his interest in these draws his big sisters attention too!
Here are a few examples of the other activities we got in our bag.  They are:

  1. A bottle of rice with little treasures buried in it. (My oldest son made one of these years ago for my daughter when she was a baby.  So my 4 year old was very happy to have his own!)
  2. ABC Matching Game
  3. Straws and paperclips building set.
  4. mini chalk board with chalk and eraser. Also included letters and numbers to copy.
  5. Magnifying glass and items to look at.
  6. Upper and lower case letter matching with plastic spoons.

WOW!  I really had no idea what would be in my bag.  I hadn’t looked at any of the other activities, I just knew about the one assigned to me.  Boy, am I impressed with all the ideas that were put together in this book!  Another thing that I really thought was impressive about the book we did these from is that there was a wide range of projects for every skill level.  If someone was not crafty they could still do one of the projects that was primarily a shopping and assembling project.  That is really awesome because I have heard rumor that not all homeschool mama’s are crafty!  <le gasp>

Here is a shot of my little man with one of his creations he build with straws and paperclips! 
You can find the Preschool Activity in A Bag books HERE.

You can find my first post on this project HERE.

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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Preschool Activities in A Bag

October 23, 2008 at 8:50 am (Uncategorized)

Our homeschool group is doing a Preschool Activity in A Bag co-op swap.  Twenty mom’s are each making 20 of one activity and then we get together and swap, so we all have 20 different activities.  Today is the day we swap, and I STARTED my project yesterday!  LOL 

Here is where I started yesterday morning.  I had all my printing done and all my supplies collected and I was ready to go!
My preschooler was SO excited that I was doing this JUST for him! He can barely wait to get his hands on 20 new projects!

I had 140 pages of card stock I had to cut out.  It took me FOREVER!  (I should have started much earlier!  If you ever do this DO NOT be like me and start the project the day before it is due!) 

Here is the finished project!
Yes, they were suppose to be "in a bag", as in a ziploc.  But, you know me, I think file folders make everything better! LOL So I improvised and made my number matching game into a file folder game. 

Here is the inside of the folder:

Here it is with the flaps up:
You can see the little baggie I attached to hold the numbers used for matching on the right side.  (See, I DID use a bag!  LOL) There are plenty of numbers to match in this activity!

Hopefully no one will mind my improvising when we swap today.  Surely they are already getting use to me!  Soon they will all know that I cannot follow directions and I always have to tweak things to my them "better".  I was actually going to put the whole thing in a big ziploc bag when I was finished.  But, then it was too big.  So I just gave up the bag idea.  LOL 

If you want to organize your own Preschool Activity in A Bag co-op you can buy the book HERE.

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

P.S. In case you are wondering I am NOT a procrastinator!  This is very unusual for me.  I usually have things ready to go far in advance!  My daughter was quite amazed that I had put something off so late.  She kept asking me what would happen if I didn’t get it done in time.  I kept telling her that wasn’t an option and that I would stay up all night to get them done if I had to.  It made quite an impression on her!  This was just one of those things that got pushed aside because I had too many commitments and not enough time.  I noticed when I went to dismiss the reminder for this on my Outlook Calendar that this project was completed 12 days late!  LOL  Sometime it just happens!

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American Girl Club Week 3 – Samantha

October 22, 2008 at 9:34 am (Uncategorized)

Several people have emailed me that they are starting their own American Girl Clubs and would like me to post what we are doing each week so they can follow along. 

Here is the info on what we did for week three!

  1. Before club the girls read chapters 1 – 3 of book 2 for Samantha.  At the beginning of club we sat down and discussed the chapters and they answered questions about the chapters.
  2. Learned how to curtsy.
  3. Played Charades.
  4. Read about the discovery of the terrarium and the fascination with them that people from  the Victorian era had with them.  Made a small version of nature under glass using a baby food jar, rocks. silk flowers, pearls, ribbon, etc.
  5. Made fun foam gingerbread magnets.  (These chapters had several mentions of gingerbread cookies.  When I mentioned this to the mom that was hosting us this week she headed off to the kitchen to whip up some gingerbread cookies!  This was really fun because the girls got to cut out the cookies and then while they were in the oven we did our craft.)
  6. Read the next section of our victorian era cookbook and from In Samantha’s World. 
  7. Had carrot soup for snack and gingerbread men.

Here is my daughter taking her turn cutting out gingerbread cookies.

Here is our nature under glass project.

Here is a gingerbread man
(This one was made by my 4 year old when he was "helping" me get things ready for class.)

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

Here is the first post I did about our American Girl Club
Here is the my post about weeks 1 & 2

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Pet Rocks

October 21, 2008 at 9:14 am (Uncategorized)

I was 10 years old in 1975 when the pet rock fad was at it’s height, so it is no surprise I owned one!  Don’t worry my parents were not insane enough actually pay $3.95 for a rock for their daughter to play with.  I was just resourceful and found a nice rock to carry around in my pocket.  LOL  One weekend a friend from school asked if she could take my rock home for the weekend.  I let her and when he returned her mom had spiffied him up by painting on eyes and his name, Herbert. (Don’t ask me why I called Herbert.  If there was a reason I can’t remember it now.) While it is not surprising that I had a pet rock, it is kinda weird that I STILL have it!  Somehow even with moving at least a dozen times since then, Herbert has been with me all this time. 

My kids are fasicinated with my pet rock.  So finally the other day they both adopted rocks and we decorated them.

Here they all are!  The one with the red writing on the back is Herbert.  The one with one eye is my 4 year olds and the one with the lace skirt is obviously my 7 year old daughters! 

There probably isn’t too much educational value to making these.  But, we had fun!  Eventually when I find my felt I will let them make houses for their rocks with beds and pillows and etc.  I remember doing that too and it was SO much fun!

I wonder if my kids will still have their pet rocks when they are 43?  LOL

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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