Schoolhouse Rock LIVE

March 31, 2009 at 8:56 am (Uncategorized)

Being a child in the 70’s Schoolhouse Rock was from MY generation!  I LOVE Schoolhouse Rock and my children cut their teeth on the songs and videos.  So we were all thrilled when we got to go to a local production of Schoolhouse Rock LIVE!!!

Here is my little man before the show began.

The premise of the play is that it’s the first day of school for a new teacher and he’s nervous.  He turns on the TV to calm his nerves before school and Schoolhouse Rock is on TV.  The characters come out of the TV and start singing all the different songs showing him that learning can be fun!  They started out with A Noun Is  A Person, Place or Thing, then went on to some of our other favorites like Three is the Magic Number, Conjunction Junction, Inter-Planet Janet and Do The Circulation.  (In Do The Circulation we all got to get up and dance along!:^) Last but not least they closed with Interjections!  in which appropriately the final line is "Darn, that’s the end!"  LOL

It was a GREAT show!  My favorite part was just as it ended and the lights we coming up my 14 year old looked at me over his little brothers head and said "That was AWESOME!"  It’s not everyday I get to hear that during schooltime!  LOL

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

Click here to read Schoolhouse Rock lyrics and view the videos on YouTube.

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Pie Night

March 30, 2009 at 8:35 am (Uncategorized)

Last night was Pie Night at Awana.  What is Pie Night?  Well the kid who passes the most Bible verses for the  night gets to throw a pie in the face of an Awana leader!  Guess what 8 year old was one of the two Sparkies who tied for first place this year?????

Any guess what leader she chose???? 

Here she is ready to throw her pie!

Ans here she is "creaming" her BIG BROTHER who is a Cubbies leader!

What a good sport!

A moment she will never forget! LOL
I suspect she has been hoping for this day all her life!  LOL

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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American Girl Club – Kaya – Week 6

March 26, 2009 at 9:21 am (Uncategorized)

This week was our final night of Kaya for our American Girl Club.

This week the girls made their baskets

Here are a couple works in process

The baskets were challenging for the girls and therefore very mom involved.  But, I still think the girls enjoyed it and have a greater appreciation for what it takes to make a basket.  We are all still marveling at the fact that Kaya’s baskets had to hold water and they cooked in them!

We also made Talking Sticks. (You can see part of one in the picture above.)  I read about Native American Talking Sticks online and I thought it would be a fun thing to make with the girls.  The concept of the Talking Stick is that when they would have meetings the person who "had the floor" would hold the Talking Stick".  This way everyone knew whose turn it was to speak and would give them the respect they deserved.  I really liked this idea because my kids frequently fight in the car over who’s turn it is to talk!  LOL  I end up being the referee saying "Okay, now it’s so and so’s turn to talk."  this especially frustrates my 5 year old.  Usually by the time it’s his turn to talk he has forgotten what he wants to say, so he spends his turn complaining that he never gets to talk!  hehehe  (It’s hard to be the baby especially when your seat is in the far back of the van and no one can hear you!)  So since I read about the talking stick we now have an imaginary one in our car!  Instead of telling the kids they have to stop talking I can just say "So and so has the talking stick now."  It seems to be working!  Occasionally I will hear my 5 year old yell "Give me the talking stick!"  LOL

For American Girl Club last night we took turns passing ours around as the girls took turn answering the chapter questions I ask each week.  It was fun and more challenging for some than others!  (It was hardest for my daughter and I who both like to talk!  LOL)

So that is the end of our Kaya study!  It was very fun, we all enjoyed it!  Next week we start Felicity!

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

Click HERE to view my post on  Kaya – American Girl Club week #1

Click HERE to view my post on Kaya – American Girl Club week #2

Click HERE to view my post on Kaya – American Girl Club week #3

Click HERE to view my posrt on Kaya – American Girl Club week #4 & 5

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Autograph Pillow

March 26, 2009 at 7:25 am (Uncategorized)

One of the sweet girls from American Girl Club is moving away. I wanted to send her away with something special to help her remember all her American Girl Club friends.  So my daughter and I made her an autograph pillow.

Here is the front

Here is the back

It is very simple but I wanted to leave plenty of room for everyone to sign it.  We used a rub-dub fabric marker and all the girls signed the front and all the mom’s signed the back.  It was very cute once it was all signed!

I am thinking I might have to make one for me at the end of the year to have all the preschoolers sign from my ABC Preschool Class. Wouldn’t that be cute with all their adorable preschool handwriting!  :^)

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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Julie Album and Thank You Notes

March 25, 2009 at 9:16 am (Uncategorized)

I found this cute little chip board album at Michaels for a dollar and it just said JULIE to me!  LOL  Last weekend I made a little album about getting my Julie doll to hang on the kitchen wall.

Here it is all finished and hanging up.

Here is the inside:

Imagine my surprise when my American Girl Club gave me my own Julie doll!

What a wonderful gift for my 44th birthday!  My daughter loved it too!

Me and my American girls!

Julie and me both born in 1965!

This is the back cover.  It has a copy of the thank you note I am gave the girls which says "A friend loves at all times. Proverbs 17:17"

And speaking of the thank you notes I gave them…

I got the free printable for this at Skip to My Lou.  Here is the link.  I printed, cut, put the lollipop in the middles and wrote a little note to each of the girls on the back of the flower.  I think they are so cute! It was fun to pass them out last night at American Girl Club!

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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Another Basket

March 24, 2009 at 8:59 am (Uncategorized)

After I made the sample coil baskets for this week’s American Girl Club I just couldn’t get baskets off my mind!  I kept thinking about how the Native American’s would not have had cotton cord to use as the base for their baskets.  I wanted to see what it would be like to make a basket just from natural materials.  I already had my big bag of unruly raffia!  So I figured I would give it a try!  (BTW, my son looked it up online and raffia comes from a Raffia Palm tree and the material we buy in the craft stores is the fibrous part of the palm leaves.)

After looking around online a little I decided my biggest problem with the unruly raffia was that I was trying to use it dry.  So this time I soaked it first. 
This made a HUGE difference!

Here is my basket in the process of being made.
Basically I have a handful of the raffia going to the left and a couple pieces going up and around.  Then you just wrap, coil and tuck.  (Over and over and over.)  To add to the wrapping side I took a couple of new strands grasp the end of the new pieces into the left side and then started including it in the part I was using to wrap.  When my ends got short I just bent them over into the left side and wrapped them up to.  To add to the other side I would grab a bundle and work it in as I was wrapping.  It was really fun!

Here is the end result!
As you can see I ended up making two.  I had soaked the whole bag of raffia and I couldn’t bring myself to throw any of it away.  So I used it all up. :^)

I left a little of the part I was wrapping sticking out and used a fresh piece to tie it off and make a bow.  I like that the loose raffia showing so you can see that it is made completely of the raffia.  :^)

Now I just keep thinking about the fact that the baskets Kaya made had to be able to hold water!  LOL  I can’t even imagine how to get one to do that!

The fun thing about homeschooling is it’s not just the kids who are learning!

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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1902 House

March 23, 2009 at 8:54 am (Uncategorized)

Since we just finished up our Samantha study (1904) I was excited when I learned there was a house from 1902 nearby that gives free tours!  This weekend we went to check it out with some friends from American Girl Club.

Here is my daughter in front of the house.

The kids were impressed with the precursor to the laptop!  LOL

Circa 1900 photos

The kids liked these because we have similar picture of my great-great grandparents taken in the 1860’s. Here is ours.

Lots of fancy china.

We couldn’t get over how small the bed was. 

Vanity set. 

This was my favorite thing in the house.  I love these shoes!
Although I would not want to wear them!  LOL

The kids likes this because we have a very similar wash stand that was my grandparents.

I thought this highchair was beautiful!
But, I sure wouldn’t want to clean it after a baby ate in it!

The most modern kitchen tools!

This one my kids liked too, becuase we have a very similar old stove.

Here is a picture of our old stove.
We use it for an island in our kitchen. :^)

Butter churn.  (Ignore the modern day coffe pot!  LOL)

This wheelchair was there because this was the home of a doctor. This chair is 114 years old!

Long handeled broom to sweep the high ceilings.
I could use one of these!

Here are the kids outside the house.

It was fun to see a house from "Samantha’s time".  My daughter really enjoyed it and I know it made the books come even more alive for her.  Now I am looking for a Native American museum nearby to conclude out Kaya study.

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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First Day of Spring!

March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, today was the first official day of Spring and we were blessed to be able to be out enjoying it!  We had planned on going swimming after Preschool Class/Chess Club, but we went to the park to eat lunch before heading to the pool and met up with some homeschool friends.  So we ended up hanging out at the park instead!

My boys!

After lunch we headed over to a little pond area.

The kids had a good time exploring.

Then they started looking at the little creatures swimming in the water.  (I think they were minnows?)
Notice my kids are hanging back not sure to think of this muddy water!

My little man is still exploring the edge of the water. (But, the bottom of his shorts are now wet.)

Simple pleasure…

Of course mom is always trying for posed shot!
They are still looking pretty clean for playing at the waters edge….

There is nothing like some good old fashioned running!

Finally my kids warmed up to the water!  (You can’t see my little man in this one but is may be because he was in over his head at this point!  LOL)
Once they realized it was okay to get dirty they had a blast! 

Need I say more?  LOL
This picture made me miss my mother-in-law.  She use to tease me that I never let my kids get dirty!  LOL  This one is for you Grammy!

Here is my equally messy little man.  His dirt doesn’t show up as well in pictures, but you might recall he was wearing beige shorts when we arrived at the park!
Now his shorts are a lovely mud color and his shirt is completely soaked too! LOL

At this point I had changed them into their swim suits so I wouldn’t have to wash their car seat covers after they rode home.
I love his little mud streaked cheeks!

It was a great day! 

Happy Spring!

Jamin

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The Letter Q

March 20, 2009 at 9:37 am (Uncategorized)

This is my least favorite week of ABC Class!  The letter Q is HARD!  LOL 

Here is what I scraped together for this week…

Quilt Collages
This is made from quilt wrapping paper I picked up years ago at Borders. (See pic above.)  I have used some in my scrapbooking, but most of it has gone to preschool class for the letter Q crafts! You could also just use color paper or scrapbook paper and let them make a quilt collage.

Quarter Rubbings
I was thinking this craft was a little lame.  Then while I was making the example my 5 year old wandered in and he LOVED it!  He remembered making leaf rubbings last Fall and he thought this was quite fun!  He ended up making the sample. I also printed out a Quarter Coloring sheet for the kids.

Quarter Coloring Sheet
http://www.usmint.gov/Kids/teachers/lessonPlans/50sq/2008/_k01-6.pdf

For the letter of the week we will glue on Q-tips

Books:
May I Bring A Friend?
(It’s about going to see the Queen.)
The Quilt Story

It’s Quacking Time

Felt Stories –

I didn’t have a single Q felt story and after doing the quarter rubbings it occurred to me I could make a simple one using the poem from my daughters Money Lapbook. (Hey, it has the word quarter in it!)

Here is what I came up with.
I laminated this one because I think my 5 year old will play with it a lot. My daughter still recites this poem which she memorized in June of 2006! Kids brains are amazing!

Here is the poem:

Penny, Penny,
Easily Spent.
Copper Brown
And worth one cent.

Nickle, Nickle,
Thick and Fat.
Your worth 5 cents,
I know that!

Dime, Dime,
Little and thin.
I remember
Your worth 10!

Quarter, Quarter,
Big and Bold.
Your worth 25
I’m told!

Here are the printables I used:  http://www.moneyinstructor.com/wsp/pages.asp

Since I don’t have any other Q felt board stories I will use my ABC ones.

Chicka- Chicka ABC
Alpha Gator

Alpha-Gator  is also new.
My 5 year old thinks this one is hysterical!  LOL  He has had me do it for him many times over the last week since we made it

If you want to make this one…

The story is here:
http://www.littlegiraffes.com/lettersongsrhymes.html

The silly looking alligator is here:
http://i459.photobucket.com/albums/qq317/pauljorg31/ALLIGATOR/alligator_coloring_sheets.jpg

The ABC’s I typed up to use with Alpha Gator are here:
http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/view.php?id=1111679&da=y

(BTW, I am loving keepandshare.com!  It’s a free place to host files so you can share them.  YAY!!!)

:^)

Snack will be Quaker Oats Granola Bars!  (mini quiche are also good.)

Whew, that’s it for the letter Q!  Only 9 letters to go and we are done with preschool!!!  :^(

Now my 5 year old wants me to teach a "Star Wars Class".  LOL  He has it all figured out we can use Star Wars to teach reading, math and writing just like I do American Girl Club!  LOL  Someone please save me! 

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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Funny Stuff My Kids Said Today

March 19, 2009 at 6:30 pm (Uncategorized)

This morning my 2 littles were playing school in the schoolroom.  My 5 year old son was being the "teacher"  (I was working on getting everything ready for Preschool ABC Class tomorrow. We were already done with the real schoolwork.)  First he was "teaching" his big sister the ABC and how to count.  She was sitting on the floor in front of him and he had a little table in front of him he was using as a podium.  After he finished the ABC lesson I heard him say "Now ladies and gentlemen I need a volunteer from the audience!"  :^) I wonder if this means he thinks school is "magic"?  LOL

Then tonight my daughter and I were making dinner.  I was dumping a pot of soapy water in the sink and a bunch splashed out.  I said to my daughter "Can you grab a towel and clean that up?"  She replied.  "Sure mom, but you know in other houses the kids make the messes and the MOM’S clean them up!"  ROFL!

Oh, I just love the things kids say!  Maybe the best part of homeschooling is just having them around all the time so we get to hear everything! These are the moments I want to remember…

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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