American Girl Club – Felicity – Week 3

April 30, 2009 at 8:18 am (Uncategorized)

This week for American Girl Club we made a Tussie-Mussies

Here is my daughter with her finished project.

More cuties!

I love these pictures because it shows the big difference is size of the girls that come to club each week.
The lovely thing is that no one cares who is big or small or how old anyone is.  (The girls range from age 6 to 11!)  They all just love each other and have a great time being together.  I should get audio of all the squeals each week when we all are arriving and they see each other!  LOL

Seeing these smiles each week makes the effort of putting together the club SO worth it!
I spend as much time smiling as they do!  This week the girls got mer laughing my head off because while I was reading to them about Colonial medicine kits I stubbled over the words and said something about "The doctor being able to fit in the bottom drawer."  before I got the whole messed up sentence out of my mouth they were all giggles!  I am not sure the mom’s heard what I said, I think they all thought I had finally lost my mind as I was doubled over laughing at myself.  (You probably had to be there!  LOL)

Anyway,  as I write this I can’t help but think about the fact the a year ago Tuesday was my first post after our big more across country!  A year ago I didn’t know anyone is our new location.  God has blessed us so much!  What a year it has been!

We also talked about colonial medicine and the importance of dancing in Colonial times.  (Both were topics from book 3 we read this week.) We also worked on our curtsy!

It was another FUN evening of learning and laughing!

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

Click HERE to view American Girl Club – Felicity Week #1
Click HERE to view American Girl Club – Felicity Week #2

P.S.  If you had trouble opening the Travel Notebook Pages I had in my post yesterday I have re-saved them so they are NOT in docx anymore. (That docx is always causing me trouble!  LOL)  You will find them HERE. Also, if you are looking for more worksheets try HERE.  If you are looking for writing prompt for your travel journal go HERE.

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Travel Notebook

April 29, 2009 at 8:19 am (Uncategorized)

We are getting ready to leave on a BIG trip!  We will be driving MANY miles through MANY States, and I want to make it as fun and educational as possible!  In preparation for our trip I put together a travel notebook for the kids. 

Since my kids have been known to ask the universal kid travel question, I figured it was a good name for the notebook!  LOL

Inside I have a map for us to track our progress on as we drive.

Then I have a sheet for each of the states we will be traveling through.
The map in the previous picture as well as the State stickers above I got at Dollar Tree.  I put a sticker of the USA on each page so they can circle what state we are passing through.  I also plan to have them write the State Capital under the sticker.  The next page in their notebook I have a quiz about each of the states we will be passing through. (You will find the quizzes here: 

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/statesbw/)

Then I also have a clear pocket page for each state so we can add any mementos, receipts, brochures, etc. we pick up along the way.

I also have a calendar so we can write down when we will be doing what. 
http://www.freeprintablecalendar.net

Here are the pages I made for them to journal each day.
I have other sheets I made up for the kids to record their thoughts, memories and what they have learned.  I know this is something we will all enjoy looking at for years to come!  Below is a link to the sheets I typed up. 

Travel Notebook Pages
http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/view.php?id=1172604&da=y

HERE is another great resource for worksheets on the 50 States.

I also found a great list of writing prompt for our travel journal HERE.

Click HERE for coloring sheets for each State in the US.

:^)

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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The Letter T

April 28, 2009 at 8:59 am (Uncategorized)

T is for:

Tomato
http://www.dltk-kids.com/nutrition/mtomato.html

Wondering about the new look?  LOL  He was bring "tall"!  You can’t tell in this picture, but he’s standing on a chair!  I guess in his head being tall also means having a big nose and facial hair!  LOL  He had to run get his funny glasses for the picture!

And Turkey
http://www.first-school.ws/t/alpha3_turkeybw.htm

and Tape!
Yeah, I know you can’t see the tape it’s clear Scotch tape.  He thought it was a lot of FUN to be allowed to play with tape though!  LOL  (Not that he doesn’t do it all the time, but usually it is NOT with my encouragement! )

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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My Grandma's School

April 24, 2009 at 9:27 am (Uncategorized)

I gave the girls at American Girl Club last week an homework assignment.  Each of the girls are suppose to talk to someone older than their parents about what school was like when they were young and report back to the club what they learned.  My daughter talked to her Grandma (my mom) yesterday.  This is what she learned.

My grandma went to a little school in the country that was just one room. First through 8th grade was in one room with one teacher.  There were about 18 kids in the entire school.  There were no hot lunches, everyone had to bring their own lunch.  Just like my mom gives assignments to my brother and me the teacher gave the older kids worksheets to do while she taught the younger kids.,  The younger kids had things like spelling worksheets to work on while she taught the older kids. 

If they needed to use the bathroom they had to go outside and use the outhouse!  If they needed a drink of water they had to go to the well and pump water.  Every kid had their own tin cup that they would use for water. 

The entire school had to play baseball at recess. 

To get to school she would either walk, ride her bike or have her parents bring her.  When she was in 5th grade there were no longer enough students to keep the school open.  So they shut it down and she had to go into the city school.  That was a big change for her!  She was use to 10 to 15 kids in the whole school and now she had 20 to 25 students just in her grade! 

Then when she was in 5th grade she had a schoolbus that came to their house and brought them to school and back home.  At the new school they had a separate book for each subject. 

I think my daughter is still pretty shocked about the outhouse and pumping water!  LOL  She had fun listening to grandma talk about what school was like when she was growing up. 

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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Me of Little Faith

April 23, 2009 at 8:34 am (Uncategorized)

My daughter finished her 3rd Awana Sparkies book last Sunday!  This means that she has finished all 3 Sparkie books in 3 years and will win a award called the Sparkie Award.  By completing this book she has memorized 146 Bible verses in the last 3 years! 

I wish I could say that she accomplished this because of the loving support of her Mother.  But, sadly that is not the case.  Yep, I was "me of little faith!‘  You see, my oldest son earned the Sparkie Award many moons ago when he was in 2nd grade.  With him I did help and encourage him along the way.  Each child that earns a Sparkie Award receives a beautiful wood plaque.  My daughters whole life she has admired the plaque her brother earned and wanted to get one herself!  I would have never doubted that she could do it except for one thing.  Last year when we moved she missed 5 months of Awana.  That is nearly a fourth of the months that comprise the 3 years she had to finish all the books.  To me it looked hopeless!  At the beginning of this year she was just starting book 2.  I hate to say it, but I never encouraged her.  I didn’t want her to be let down.  So I was the cheerleader for her NOT finishing!  All year I have told her that it wasn’t her fault that we moved and she missed those months.  That I know she could have done it if she had enough time. That no one expected her to get all 3 books done, etc., etc. 

Thankfully she ignored me!  Each week she would happily tell me how many verses she passed that week.  Ten to twelve per week was not uncommon!  I even thought a few times what a shame it was that she had worked so hard and she still wouldn’t finish in time!  LOL 

Well, our little "go getter" showed me!  Not only did she finish 2 books this year, but she did it with 1 week of Awana to spare!  Wow, there so many lessons learned here that I should have already known!  It only seems appropriate that I tell you what they are using a few Bible verses!

  • Matthew 19:13-14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
  • Psalms 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give me the desires of my  heart.
  • Proverbs 20:11  Even a child is known by his deeds, By whether what he does is pure and right.
  • Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.


Needless to say I am proud beyond words of my daughter!  Once again the teacher becomes the student!

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

P.S. Just a reminder if you are voting daily for the bag I designed…you can vote HERE and read my post about my bag HERE. THANKS!

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20 Years Ago Today…

April 21, 2009 at 8:58 am (Uncategorized)

20 years ago today these were the wedding vows my husband and I exchanged;

ME – I will follow everywhere you lead me.

DH – Face the things you face go where you go.

ME – I will be there when you say you need me.

DH – Hide the things you hide show what you show.

ME – Your land will be my land,

DH – And your people will be my people too.

ME – Your God will be my God.

DH – Only death can separate me from you.

Wow, it’s been 20 years?  As I look back over the vows we took I know that we truly had no idea what we were getting into all those years ago. 

Did we ever dream that the following would lead to 3 different States and 5 homes in 20 years?  We never thought about the fact that some of the things we would face could be job losses, the loss of our parents, and the loss of our first baby.  Did we understand that the times we would really need each other would often be the times when we were at our worst?  Being there when we need each other has not always been a walk in the park, but it has been worth it!

One of my favorite lines from this is "Your people will be my people too."  How true that is all these years later!  I can’t imagine my life without my husbands family!  And, yes we have shared a love for the same Lord all these years.  I can’t even begin to tell you all the things my husband has taught me about following Christ.  And most of the things he has taught me about Christ he has done without saying a word. 

Yep, they are good vows.  We said them again when we renewed our vows 5 years ago on our 15th anniversary.  Honestly though, we renew them every day when we decide to continue to love each other.  There are some days that each of us are more loveable than other days!  There are some days that the vows are easier to keep than others.  But, that is where the last one comes in. "Only death can separate me from you".  That is the really important one!  In the end that is the one that makes it all worthwhile….

For whither thou goest, I will go;
And where thou lodgest, I will lodge;
Thy people shall be my people;
And thy God my God.

Ruth 1: 16-17

Happy 20th Anniversary my love!

Click HERE to read my post on Marriage

Click HERE to read 18 Things I Love About My Husband

Jamin

P.S. Just a reminder if you are voting daily for the bag I designed…you can vote HERE and read my post about my bag HERE. THANKS!

P.S. again…  I happen to walk through the room and heard something funny on TV the other day.  An older man was asked what it was like to be married 50 years. He replied "Being married 50 years has been as easy as taking a deep breath….while being at the bottom of the ocean."  ROFL!!!!  I am not sure what show it was, but it made me laugh!

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The Letter S

April 20, 2009 at 8:56 am (Uncategorized)

S is for stickers!


and Sewing Cards…

SMILE!

Sewing Card with Seven Star Stickers!

And Salt Dough!

Salt Dough S

Salt Dough Sun

Salt Dough Smile
For the salt dough I mixed 3 cups of salt with 3 cups water and 8 cups flour.  Then you just need it together until it forms a workable dough.  Store in a air tight container.

Read:
The Carrot Seed
God Made You Special – Veggie Tales

Felt Stories:
Stone Soup
5 Little Snowflakes
It Looks Like Spilt Milk

Snack:
Square crackers

And don’t forget to Sing!

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

P.S.  Don’t forget you can vote for the bag I designed once per day between now and May 15th!  You can vote HERE and read my post about my bag HERE. THANKS!
 

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Help ME Win $1000

April 17, 2009 at 8:41 am (Uncategorized)

I need your vote!  I have designed a shopping bag for Kroger’s for a chance to win $1000.00 gift card! 

Here is my design…


As you would probably expect from me the design is loaded with symbolism.  :^)


The 3 butterflies represent my 3 kids.  (2 blue for my boys and one bright orange for my girl.) There are 5 flowers to represent the 5 members of my family.  (And they are sunflower-ish which reminds me I was born and raised in Kansas!)  Most importantly I used the
first line from one of my favorite hymns as the text.  Those are always the words that pop in my head when I think about why we should save the earth.  I want to do my part to save the earth because it is a beautiful creation made by God!

You can VOTE for me at the link below!

http://www.designareusablebag.com/vote-for-designs/bag.aspx?BagId=21602&banner=kroger

You can vote once a day between now and when the contest ends.  I will try to put a reminder with a link to vote everyday at the end of my daily post.  (Voting ends at 5:00 pm EDT on May 15th, 2009.)

My family would be thrilled to eat up that $1000.00 in free groceries ;^) and wouldn’t it be awesome to have a bag with a verse from a hymn praising God in a major grocery store chain!

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

Folliott S. Pierpoint, 1864


Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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The Letter R

April 16, 2009 at 8:03 am (Uncategorized)

R is for

rice…

rainbow…
http://www.coloringcastle.com/pdfs/rainbows/rainbow_03.pdf

And rooster!
http://www.first-school.ws/t/craft/rooster-handprints-1xs-b.htm

We are also read

I Can Read with My Eyes Shut and Dinosaurs ROAR!

and we played with a jump rope.

This was a really low key week because it fell on Good Friday we had a low turn out.  On top of that I was over the top exhausted because we had a HUGE week with the Resurrection Party and Passover in the same week.  So maybe R was for run-down?  LOL

Other things I had prepped but we didn’t do were:

Read Rapunzel

Sing "I’m A Little Robot" http://www.everythingpreschool.com/alphabet/R/songs.htm

Roll around the ABC Phonics Ball

If I really would have been on the ball we would have opened the Resurrection Eggs since it fell right before Easter….

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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American Girl Club – Felicity – Week 2

April 15, 2009 at 7:57 am (Uncategorized)

For week two of Felicity the girls made tea towel aprons.  This is a very simple way to make a apron with minimal hand sewing.  I bought each girl a tea towel and 2 yards of 3/4 inch grosgrain ribbon.  All they had to do was fold the top down enough to  make a casing to run the ribbon through.  Then they just hand sewed the casing and ran their ribbon through.  Voila, they have an apron!

Here are a couple of the girls working on their aprons.

And another girl hard at work stitching…

A few of the finished aprons!

My daughter in her finished apron.

The girls also did the same copywork that Felicity did in this weeks book! 
"Think ere you speak, for words, once flown, once uttered, are no more your own."
I generated the copywork sheets at http://www.worksheetworks.com/english/writing/handwriting.html

For snack we had gingerbread.  I think the girls have a greater appreciation for the snacks now after the Kaya snacks!  LOL 

They will be very surprised in a few weeks when we have Bannock Cakes again!  It seems that the Native American recipe made it’s way into the Colonial diet too!

And just in case you ever wondered if the mom’s have any fun at American Girl Club…
WE DO!  LOL

Oh, and how timely that we read about The Boston Tea Party this week with today being tax day and tea parties being scheduled to break out all over the USA!  Yep, sometimes history does repeat itself!

Here is my tea party effort…
Yeah, I know the President will never see it, but hopefully some mail clerk is keeping count of how many tea bags are received. 

One last thing…While we are on the topic of taxes have you ever wondered what a trillion dollars looks like?  Click HERE for an AMAZING visual aid!  You may be inspired to send a tea bag to the President too when you see this!

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

Click HERE to view American Girl Club – Felicity Week #1

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