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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Lost Sea Adventures

This past Friday we went on a field trip to the Lost Sea.
It is an underground cave near Sweetwater Tn.
The cave has a 4 acre underground lake.




This is the entrance to the cave.
We walked a little ways and saw this big rock in the ground.
We also rode on a boat on the underground lake.
We got to see some of the huge rainbow trout that they put in the lake.
This is one in a case, because I couldn't get a good picture of them
in the dark cave. But we could see them splashing all around.
A 2000 year old rock, and we got to touch it! Cool!

We learned about stalactites (They hold tight to the ceiling.) and stalagnites (with a g,

they hold on to the ground.) So we learned the difference between them.

Awanas Funky Flip Flop Night

The kids are in an Awanas program. Last Wednesday night was funky flip flop night.
Here was theirs. Neither one of them won, but they participated and had a great time.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears






Yesterday we read Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears. We used the free unit at HSS. We used some of the lapbook components and I added in some of my own. Today we read through another book called Mr. Mosquito puts on his Tuxedo. (This fun book also mentions quite a few other insects that we may cover a little.lice, dust mites. etc.

We learned about mosquitos, their life cycle, the diseases they carry. We also went over the story with story cards. We learned about onomatopeias. We made up our own response that we thought the mosquito might have had.

Gangster Government-Wake Up America!

You need to hear this. If you think this is something, just wait till you have to answer to the Health Care czar (who also will be able to bypass our elected officials!)



Monday, August 24, 2009

The Power of the Tongue


This week I really want to focus on the tongue. I was sharing with a friend -something God had shown me, and was reminded that I really need to work on this myself.

In fact, God has opened my ears to hear what I have been saying, lately. Many times we say things out loud. Perhaps we believe that speaking down about ourselves is humble.
But most of it is just plain destructive. (And go opposite of the goals and plan that God has for us.)

So many times I hear myself saying things like: "I'm just not good at that. I am so forgetful, I can't keep up with all the daily demands, I am so tired." This is one I know I say several times a day. Many times I tell my children "I am sick and tired of....." (You fill in the blank.) But you know what I am confessing over myself?

I am sick, tired, forgetful, unable, uncompetent, etc. Now I am not trying to overspiritualize these matters. I know that simply making a statement doesn't make it a fact. (But if you keep on saying things like this over and over, soon part of you starts believing it.)

I would say the latest thing the Lord has shown about my mouth really has to do with things I am very unhappy with regarding the direction our government has taken.
Watching the news upsets me, which makes me say negative things about the circumstances. (Then before long I am feeling doom and gloom over it all.)

But you know what? God is still God and he says I am blessed, and that things work together for my good. (And that despite the governments that rule the world, I am His and He is faithful in regards to my life. )


Here are a few scriptures I read over today. I hope to meditate on a few each day this week, and also share these with my children. Many times I hear them speaking to one another in unwholesome words.

I used to have a saying "If you can't use your mouth to bless someone then remain silent." (I need to take my own advice.)

The following scriptures were taken from the New King James translation.

Provbers 12:18
There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise promotes health.


Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,
But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.


Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.


Proverbs 21:23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue
Keeps his soul from troubles
. (Wow this one is really good, or bad if we can't learn to guard our tongues.) I know that through God's grace we can
learn do discipline our tongues. But it takes prayer and practice.

and this verse in James 3 is worth reading in a few different translations.

James 3

The Untamable Tongue
1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed,[a] we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.
[b]

Articles for further reading.

http://www.bible-knowledge.com/power-of-tongue.html

(If you scroll down in this article there is a point well taken here. I love the way this is brought out.) There is enough in this article for an extensive study on the subject.


So that you can fully grasp both sides of this coin, I will first bullet point all of the positive things that are in the above verses and then I will bullet point all of the negative things. Here is the positive side of the coin:


The tongue of the wise promotes health
The truthful lip shall be established forever
A man's stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth
Let your speech always be with grace and seasoned with salt
The mouth of the righteous is a well of life
The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life
Pleasant words are sweetness to the soul and health to the bones
A good word can make someone's heart glad
A soft answer turns away wrath
The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly
He who guards his mouth preserves his life
He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from trouble


When you read all of these key phrases one right after the other, you can really start to see how powerful of a thing it really is if you can learn how to properly express yourself to other people in this life. Notice in 3 of the middle bullet points - that someone who can speak to others in a righteous and godly manner will be like a well of life, a flowing brook and a tree of life to that person.



Learning to Speak life over ourselves.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Story Writing Game

My friend Ami recently blogged about a great writing game she played with her son Elijah. My son is a very reluctant writer so I thought I would give it a try too. I was also happy to find that my library has the book she referenced. (Games for Writing by Peggy Kaye )

First, just to give you a background on my son. He HATES to write. (Anything actually.) I have tried tons of activities and he doesn't like any of them. He doesn't want to write because his hand hurts, he worries about spelling, etc. Now he does like to make up long, stories and narrate them. (But I quit writing for him after 1st grade. He is capable.)
Anyway, as Ami explains you take turns rolling the die and writing the number of words the dice indicates. He began the process.

First, I drug out his old Starfall journal. Since it was only partially completed I thought it would be the perfect thing to use. I allowed him to pick any story in the book that had not been completed. He chose Humpty Dumpty. (They give the title and the beggining sentence, then you fill in the rest. (I do also love that they have a word pool to choose from. I believe it really helped him by giving him words that he did not have to spell on his own, plus they are suggested words for the story line.)
Now he did try to end the story early a couple times, but I told him we were going to fill up all 3 pages. It took us about 20 minutes.
He wrote all his own words, I did help him a little with spelling.








Here is the story in type. Ds rolled a 6. He asked if he could do more than 6 (Of course I allowed him to.) Then I rolled a 2. and added my words and so on. (I tried to add words that would force the story on...


I put his words in black and mine in bold so you can see how we went on.



He broke apart and he was hurt. Just then, some men on horses came by with a bandage and an ambulance and they helped. First, they put a bandage on him. They took him to the doctor but, He could not help him. He suggested they should take him to the king. Unfortunately, he could not help him either, But just then he was healed as if by sudden magic. Humpty was really happy and he ate a huge sandwich with a toasted muffin. The people were really happy too. They shouted loudly. The End

Dragonflies

This week we learned about Dragonflies. We utilized the free Dragonfly
unit study and lapbook at HSS. This was such a fun and great study.
The children were genuinely intersted in learning all about dragonflies. I must say they are very intersting creatures. I did not know that most of them are first water creatures. (Being born in the water, and then later they come to land.) In fact many live underwater for 2 years, then emerge into adults that fly and only live 4-6 weeks.
Our dragonfly craft. We created these with Pipecleaners and googly eyes.



Lapbook cover page and mini books.

Inside mini books










The Extreme Cuisine mini book I made up myself. It is based on a book called BugALicious.

It tells about people around the world that eat insects and how they are prepared.

We learned that dragonlflies are eaten in Thailand. They are caught with a sap covered stick.The wings are removed and then they are grilled, boiled or fried in coconut milk and ginger.

Vocabulary words, dragonfly has word, definition is under.








Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pulling the plug on Greek

Well I started out the year with great expectations for Greek. We are using Hey Andrew Teach Me Some Greek Level 1.

Now I based my decision to go ahead with greek this year because so many people
have given great reviews. Most said they used it with younger children and it
is even designated for early elementary.

In fact, both children made 100 this morning on their first quiz. But I have seen several red flags with my youngest child, and see a struggle here. So here is my review of this product.

Basically the lessons are laid out so that you learn the letter and the sound.
Each day you sing along (the greek alphabet) with the song CD.) You review the flash cards. The flash cards are can be reproduced from the back of the book. But mine came separately.

In the workbook lessons are laid out as follows: 2 pages are for handwriting practice. Then there is another page for connecting the sound to words. Then another page is a review of previous letters and sounds.(If you plan to use the workbook with younger children, they should not still be using a program to help them in handwriting for the English alphabet. (This should already be mastered.)


When we first began the lessons, we were able to whiz through the lessons. The greek "a" looks like the English "a". )So no problem there.) Likewise the greek letter Beta is similar to our B and the sound is the same. Then we come to gamma, which does look unfamiliar, but sounds like our g. Delta is similar to our d (but written a little different.)
Even epsilon looks similar to our e and the sound is similar to a soft e.

But then the letters really start getting crazy zeta, eta, theta, iota. etc.
Zeta is wild looking, and eat resembles an English "n".
This is where things got confusing to my daughter. a letter looking like an "n" but sounds like a long a in the word lake.

And it keeps on going. Now don't get me wrong.

I think that it is a great beginner Greek course. I believe that some children in early elementary may be ready for this program if:

1. They have completed phonics.
2. They are very good readers.
3. They have no struggle with inverting letters or writing them backwards.
4. They have good handwriting skills and have mastered writing the English letters.

(I would only attempt this with a very advanced 1st or 2nd grader, in my opinion.)

I think for my 4th grade son-this program is great! But wrong right now for my 2nd grade daughter.

I don't want to teach something twice, so we will be putting it on the shelf for now.

The only problem I forsee is that we will need to refresh ourselves with the letters in the future, so I may have to order another work book. Since the first 30 or so pages have already been worked through.

I may teach it at a co-op in the future or just keep it until I think DD can handle it.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

13 Years Ago today...

I said "I do" to a new life with my husband. I am very thankful to have a husband that loves and follows God!

During the last 13 years we have been through good times and bad times, and it has made us stronger.

I am also thankful for the wonderful children God has given us-that are the fruit of that love. (Ages 9 and 7).

My husband and I didn't know each other very long. (About 2 weeks before we got married actually.) We had grown up in the same town, but we really did not know each other. We spent a very long night at our old High School Parking lot talking. We talked into the wee hours of the morning-probably until around 2 am. (I saw 3 shooting stars go over his head. When the third star went by - "I knew". It was like a veil that had covered my eyes had fallen off. I knew then we would be together.
2 weeks later-we were married.

Last week we were out with the kids at the dam, laying on a blanket looking at the stars (we got to see a few fall to the earth). I asked my husband-Did you have any idea, that night we talked in the parking lot that 13 years later we would be out under the stars with our children?

Neither one of us did...God is amazing, I am blessed!

Monday, August 17, 2009

On my Soapbox. Welfare..Is it Constitutional?



I found a great article today that I believe deserves consideration. In my opinion Welfare reform would have been a great place to begin legistlation.

If you scroll down to the bottom of the article you will learn about Davy Crockett
addressing Congress about legistlation they were considering passing. (Giving money to a widow.) I love his response.

Crockett, the poorest man in Congress, donated a great portion of his salary to the widow - more than any other Congressman. The lesson: Congress often claims great compassion by offering the public money to charity yet when it comes time for private charity the very same people refuse. It is he who contributes under his own initiative to charity who is the truly compassionate, not he who gives the money of others only to credit himself. My message to Congress: Rather than claim compassion in fraud by appropriating the money of others as charity, engage in true compassion by giving from your own pocket!

This week's learning adventures

Last week we finished up Chapter 1.
Today (Monday) we skipped over to Chapter 9 (Insects).
We learned that Entomology means the Study of Insects. We learned about the characteristics of an insect. (3 main body parts, compound eyes, 6 legs) all insects have these in common. Some have wings, some don't. We had fun with this online quiz today. Based on your personality the quiz tells you what kind of insect you would be. (Both the kids turned out to be Yellow Jackets.) And they had many different answers.

We also did a little experiment to get an a look at how an insect sees things with compound eyes.

I gathered up about 20 straws and put a rubber band around them. (You could put it in a toilet paper tube if you wanted.) You look through the straws to see how an insect would see.

I am finding it hard to plan unit studies around the Aplogia lessons, because they group things together differently, and cover things more generally.

For Example they may have a short exerpt about bees, being important to flower production, etc. The study is not in depth enough at the time for a bee study. (But then later they come back to bees again.)Don't get me wrong they know what they are doing and it is a great course of study.

The problem arises in trying to plan a bee unit around an excerpt since it would have us waiting a week to go on.

So I will just choose books and units as best as I can to tie in what we are learning. We may just go on and learn about a particular insect more indepth even though the book has went onto another topic.

Tomorrow we will be learning about beneficial insects and destructive insects. We will focus on Termites. I plan to just pull together some stuff from various books to read up on Termites.

I also found this lapbook on Termites at Lapbook Lessons.

Wednesday and Friday we will be learning about Dragonflies and Damselflies utilizing HSS resources.

I really think it will be fun. Peyton said Dragonflies are his favorite insect.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Grammar Punk

Today was our first day to use Grammar Punk! I have to say I LOVE LOVE LOVE this program!

If only grammar had been this much fun when I was learning it. (Oh yeah, I am still learning it.)

We worked on Lesson 1 "Words"

The first thing we did was played with 2 dice. Lexi rolled the vowel dice and Peyton rolled the consonant dice.

Our first letters were M and E. So we formed words using M and E.

The words can be in any order. Some of the words we came up with were:

Me, medic, met, melt, men, female, male, home, came, shame, same, mess, hem.


We continued this game a couple times using the dice getting different letters and making up words.

Then we went on to Lesson 2 "Words into Sentences"

After we brainstormed a list of words we rolled the number dice. This told us how many words to use in our sentence. If we rolled a 3 we used 3 of the words in a sentence. (I also told them the sentence could be silly, but it had to be a complete sentence.) After making a sentence I would ask them to make up a question instead.

We did most of it orally and had a good time doing it. (It was a little harder for Lexi to come up with words, becaues she does not have the same spelling skills Peyton has . I think if we continue to play it every few days it will help her develop her skills more.) After noting her struggle I gave her some letter tiles so she could add them to the letters to try to make words. (That seemed to help.)

She did really well at coming up with sentences. I am so glad I found out about this program.

If you want to learn more about the program you can do so by visiting their website.
They have a cool video that shows how the program works and how you use the dice.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Hey Andrew Teach Me Some Greek

I decided to review this program. It sat on my shelf for a whole year, but this year I decided it was time to try it out. We are only on our 2nd week, but I must admit it really is the highlight of our day. It is fun, there is a cute little song where you sing the letters. We do that every day.

Then we read through the reader, which is just one page, describing the next letter and it's sound. (They also give a cute reference to how it is drawn.)

The kids each have their own work book. Usually 3 pages per letter. Two pages focus on writing the letter, another will focus on matching the sound, and writing the letters in the alphabet that we have learned up until now. (It also has built in review features to review the other letters and sounds.)

It is very easy to do each day in 15 minutes or less. I am really excited about us really learning to READ and pronounce greek words. I plan to continue it this year, and hope to go on to Level 2 next year.

I have the TM, 2 Student Workbooks, the Reader, the flashcards, and the audio tape.

Zoology 1 Flying Creatures of The Fifth Day Lapbook

Our Lapbook Cover

The Text Book


Inside Pocket for Classification cards

Chapter 1 helps

What is zoology mini book.
What is a zoologist?
Why do scientists use Latin to classify?
What is Binomial Nomenclature?



Taxonomy mini
Difference between vertebrates and invertebrates
Every Winged Animal

I will be adding more through the year as we do them.

Ice Cream Lapbook

Last Week we finished up our Ice Cream unit. Here are the pictures of our lapbook.
They each designed their own ice cream carton.

We used this as our cover page.



Inside view of Lapbook

History of Ice Cream Mini book

Taste Tesing sequence book


Alphabetizing the Ingredients (cards and pocket.)


Different types of Ice Cream treats book.


Double the Recipe book (math)

Vocabulary and definition.


From Cow to Cone Wheel and Luis Pasteur info book.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Keeping our Home in the center of our Homeschooling.

I always take time to reflect just before starting a new school year.
So this post reflects some of my recent ponderings.

When I first considered homeschooling, I had a few why's listed.
Why I wanted to homeschool. Of course like any family there are many reasons people choose or choose not to homeschool.

For me, one of the main considerations was that I didn't want the fast paced life.
I didn't want the typical family life that many American families choose.
I did not want to work full time, send my kids to government schools all day,
then run to and from activties all day and night, hurry up and do homework, try to cook a quick supper, do a load of laundry on the run, bathe and say goodnight, and then wake and repeat it again and again. That lifestyle did not appeal to me. Being away from my children day after day letting someone else be the main influencer in their lives did not appeal to me.

Now, I do want to just add a few things in here, so that people don't get offended.
(While I must insert a disclaimer here, the content of this blog will reflect the opinions of the author. So if you do not agree, don't leave a nasty comment, just feel free to leave.)

So anyway, If that is the life you choose, that is great for you. (It just isn't for me.)I left corporate America (unsatisfied with the status quo.) I left and went to the Mission Field and I think that Mexico got to me. (The simplicity of life, the importance that the people there place on family and family time.) The afternoons siestas and the overall moderate pace of life.

In deciding to homeschool, we decided I would not work, we decided we would learn to live without an additional income. (It was hard at first, you learn to give up some material things, for some better things.)

So-back to my recent ponderings... I was struggling with decisions. Lately so many great opportunities have come to us. Homeschooling classes are becoming more and more available, opportunities for Karate, gymnastics, choir, piano, scouts, clubs, etc, etc. It is great to have such wonderful opportunities but also overwhelming.

And, I must admit it is tempting to be on the go. We went and did alot during the summer months, and I am glad we did. I know the kids learned alot about nature and had many fun play dates and outings. But I must admit I am glad to be HOME again. I am looking for a slower paced schedule for this fall. I am looking forward to getting our home back into the center of our homeschooling.

Of course our activities will pick up considerably. Awanas starts next week, the following week Gymnastics starts along with our Weekly Homeschool Co-Op. Boy Scouts follows after that. So that will have us out and about plenty.

I have found for our family, I really have to pray about our activities. There are SO many great activities to get involved in. There are so many things out there that compete for our time and attention. But as good stewards we need to choose wisely which activities are most important and which support our top priorities and goals.

While I was pondering and praying about these many opportunities, one of our associate pastors gave a message regarding the seed and the weeds and thorns. (Does God ever do that to you?) You walk in and it seems that he has the perfect message that you need to hear, if you are only willing to listen.

He went on to talk about how the seed is the word (or God's will for you) but the weeds and the thorns are all the things that are competing for your time, your energy, your attention, etc.

We are blessed to be in an area where there are many good opportunities and sometimes it is hard to decide. Is the class more important than our family unity and time. Is it more important than a relaxed, moderate paced life? Is it more important than learning to "be still" in His presence? Do we in our American lifestyles have a problem being still? I think we do. (Are we teaching our kids, that they always have to be "doing something" or "going somewhere".

He did a great illustration, he asked everyone to just be quiet and listen to God.
Then he was silent....For 3 minutes. Everyone in the room was silent. (Not even a cough.) It seemed like forever. It was hard to be still,it was hard to be quiet.
(My flesh doesn't know what to do.) I kept thinking about this or that. I would find myself praying about something. Then I would try to make my mind hush...and just listen, listen to God, and it was hard.

We live in an entertainment driven society. Voices clamoring for us to listen.
"Lend me now your ears." (The TV, the radio, the computer, the kids, the dog, the doorbell, the phone, a neighbor, the oven timer, it is endless.) So many times we go from one activity to another to keep ourselves stimulated. (And then we wonder why we can't sleep at night.) And we can literally go all day (even many days) without the calm of silence.





So, that day I had my answer to my recent ponderings. I was trying to decide if we would take in one more class. (One that would tie up 4 more hours of our week.)
I really began to weigh tbe priorities before me.

I guess once the priority becomes high enough, I too will hit the road with my kids in tow. But until then, I am just happy at home. Martha wanted Mary to come into the kitchen, but Mary chose what was best. (I want to choose what is best for our family.) And once I made the decision to say no, I knew I had made the right choice, because I made another decision. A decision to enjoy being home, more. A decision to keep our home (and Jesus and his peace and his rest) at the center of our lives. Maybe it is only for a season, but I plan to enjoy it while I can.

When I first began homeschooling, one of my friends gave me some advice I have never forgotten. She said "Stay home while you can, Michelle, because soon enough, you will be running them here and there."

Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Smokies Game




I went to my first Smokies game Saturday night. We had a good time. They did a great job and won the game. (It is baseball minor league for those who haven't a clue.)
For those wondering why these pictures are so blurry. It is because the scrapbook queen here forgot to put the memory stick back in the camera. (It was in my computer,I left it there after downloading my pics.)
So dh used his blackberry to capture these for me.

Don't you just love this idea?



Aren't these pot people cute! I saw these at Dollywood and got the perfect idea for those empty places in my garden. We are adding a rock garden around our deck and have some places under the deck that will need something.

Dh was just telling me a couple weeks ago I needed to do something to my back flower bed. (Of course when I brought the pictures of these adorable pot people home, his response was not in MY garden.)

Hmm, maybe I should let him take care of HIS garden. Anyway that is my plan if I do it. I'll keep ya posted.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Everyone loves free curriculum don't they! Read on to find out more about some great giveaways.


 Tristan over at Our Busy Homeschool currently has 7 giveaways. You can visit her blog to find out more and enter by clicking here.


 


Maureen over at Spell Out Loud also has a giveaway for Sequential Spelling.


 


Coffee and Conversation is having a also giving away a copy of Spell Quizzer software.


 

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Well we start our homeschooling schedule this coming Monday August 4th. We will school for 7 weeks and then take 2 weeks off. For our first week back, I wanted to do something really fun and out of the ordinary. So I thought we would do an Ice Cream Unit. There is a great FREE Literature Based Unit and Lapbook at Homeschool Share. We will be learning about the history of ice cream. The process, pastuerization, dairy cows, and also making some of our own concoctions.


Then for the next 6 weeks we will be using Apologia's Zoology 1 -Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day as our spine. Now It really isn't a spine book, but we will use this as our base and do unit studies from FIAR and HSS around what we are studying.


I don't have the order all figured out yet, but here are some of the units we plan to do alongside our Aplogia study.


Here are some of the resources I will be using:


Apologia Zoology Yahoo group.-They have other members that are currently using this curriculum along with notebook pages and schedules.


I also plan to use the mini books for Apologia Zoology 1. They can be obtained on Notebooking to Learn yahoo group.


There is also a notebook cover page on The Notebooking Nook yahoo group.


Truman's Aunt Farm -FIAR also using parts of the free ant lapbook.


The Bee Tree-FIAR


When Mosquitos Buzz in Peoples Ears


Honey Bee Lapbook


Eric Carle Insect Study


A Pocketful of Cricket


Butterfly Unit and lapbook


Dragonfly Study and Lapbook


Praying Mantis Animal Unit Study and Lapbook


And I will also be using theInsect Connections page at HSS. They connect studies for you.


I belive these units will keep us busy all semester. So whatever we do not get to in the first 7 weeks, we will do in the last half of the first semester. I hope to finish up flying insects before Thanksgiving.


 


 


 


 

DD's First Grade Sampler

Each year I take a sampling of the kids work and put it in a folder. (Believe me I have a whole lot more than this.) WIth all the lapbooks we do and our memory albums and each child has an art portfolio too.


But this serves as a sampler of all their work. This way we can see the progression year to year.


 


I just use an inexpensive folder. I laminated a picture of her with the grade underneath and glued it to the front of the folder. It came out really nice. (And didn't cost much.) Photobucket

Peyton's Room Art

This was one of my projects to get done this summer.


 I made these frames with my cricut for my son's room.


 


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Saturday, August 1, 2009

School Room Reorganization

I decided to take advantage of Big Lot's 20% sale the other night. I bought 2 bookshelves. I know you are probably wondering why I am putting them together... Well I wanted them done today! (And wasn't willing to wait for dh to get to them.) Photobucket


Here they are up with stuff organized on them.


Photobucket Of course this made me realize the wall was now unbalanced because of the short bookcase on the opposite side of the school cabinet. So I went back and bought a third shelf!


Photobucket Inside the supply cabinet is pretty neat now. Photobucket


The other book shelves, white board and animal classification board. Photobucket More storage in the dresser. (I know it isn't real attractive, but it stores a ton of stuff, so it is being used for now.) On the closet door I added a clear shoe organizer for supplies. Photobucket I bought this pretty little storage container at big lots too. It was the perfect size for our Science Experiments in a Bag and you can just raise the lid to pull one out.  


Photobucket Photobucket I numbered the work drawers.


This is ds's workdrawers and his curriculum is on the shelves around his set.


(So I can easily pull stuff for him each day. Photobucket Here is dd's drawers and her curriculum is on this shelf. Photobucket The storage containers on the right hold various things. One has our music curriculum (Pianimals) another I keep curriculum magazines in and another is for curriculum we are not quite ready for yet. I got these from ABC Distributing a few years back for around $7.95 for the whole set! I wish I could find them again!


Photobucket I also got these canvas storage bins at Big Lots. I just made tags to label the contents. The white hanging shelf also came from Big Lots, and I went back today to get more and they were gone! Sigh Photobucket


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