Saturday, June 27, 2009
I keep my eye out for unique school supplies that I can include in my Back To School Treasure Hunt. In fact, school supplies are always the treasure in this annual back to school tradition.
In addition to a regular school supply list, I make supply lists for my various subjects. Most science courses provide a materials list in the teacher edition or student book. I photocopy this list and mark off each item as I purchase it. Then I place all of the science materials needed for the whole year in a designated box or on a shelf. Now when the child is ready to conduct an experiment in March, you don't have to turn the house upside down for a cork or piece of wire.....and you don't have to run to the store for some obscure item. All of items the child needs are safely stored in the Science Box. This school year, for the first time, I will have all 3 of my older children studying different science subjects (for many previous years we have done KONOS unit studies or used the elementary Apologia science books). Therefore, I plan to have 3 separate Science Boxes on the shelf this year.
Other subjects can require special supplies too: math manipulatives, any kind of unit study, an art course, and for Olivia this year, her Home Economics course. Unit studies or literature-based history courses provide booklists. I purchase or make sure that I can check out from the library all of the books I will need. Preschool supplies may include paint and other craft supplies. Also, every summer I purchase 3 or 4 new preschool/kindergarten activities to add to my preschool collection. These are the activities and games that I rotate on a daily basis for the preschooler and kindergartener. Finally, I go through each child's courses and determine what kind of notebook/binder/paper/folder the course will require to store the child's schoolwork in.
With my lists made, I am ready for school supply shopping in July!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Olivia, Julie, Megan, and Clay enjoying the breezy ferry ride
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
But....I found this fantastic website (thanks for the link in my comments)---Organize Your Ride. I definitely want to order this Vehicle Litter Bag for my van! Check out this website for all kinds of car organization ideas.
Today's tip is actually not my original idea. My friend Lynn shared this wonderful idea with me a couple of years ago. I have always used those plastic grocery store sacks for our van trash. The children would pass me their trash, and I would hang the plastic bag on a knob or something in the front of the van. Not very attractive!
Now I have a small wastebasket that we keep on the floor between the seats on the second row. It has to be emptied almost every day!
There is one problem: it frequently falls over while I am driving, scattering trash all over the floor! Do any of you have a suggestion about how I can keep it upright?
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Tuesday’s Tip for Mom is a blog carnival hosted at Raising Olives to allow moms to share what they have learned along the path of motherhood. Join us every Tuesday as we learn and share tips and ideas for spending time with, encouraging, training or relating to our children.
My "reading to toddlers in addition to naptime and bedtime plan"---
Each morning choose 10 or more books and place them on the large ottoman in the middle of your den. You could also place these books on the hearth of your fireplace, the mantel, or any sort of flat surface in the main room of your house. The plan is to make yourself stop what you are doing several times throughout the day, sit down with your preschooler and read a couple of the displayed books. When you finish reading the books, place them back on the bookshelf or in the basket or whatever you store them in. When all of the books are returned to their home, you have met your goal of reading to your preschooler for that day. It really is that simple!
Long ago a friend advised me to stop once each hour and spend 5-10 minutes of uninterrupted time with my baby/toddler/preschooler. We sing songs, play a simple game or read a couple of the displayed books. Making a point to carve out these few minutes each hour insures that I am paying attention to my young children each day. With older children and the time it requires to homeschool them and transport them to various activities, plus housework, I would frequently unintentionally ignore my preschoolers until they "needed" me, if I did not have a plan of action.
This works for me and keeps my preschoolers happy (mostly!).
Monday, June 22, 2009
Today is our 18th wedding anniversary! I still haven't seen my groom all day (he has been at work since yesterday morning). I am not even sure that we have any plans for the night! Jimmy will most likely need to eat supper and go to sleep as soon as he gets home. Don't we look so happy in this picture? I am still just as happy! I am so thankful for my wonderful husband!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday night the children and I traveled to Huntsville for my cousin's wedding. (Jimmy is on call this weekend, so sadly he missed all of the festivities, including Father's Day!) We met my parents at the wedding, and we all enjoyed visiting during the wedding and the reception, which were both beautiful! My cousin was the groom, and he and his bride were both beaming!
Clay, Me, and Pops
Sam was not feeling well, so I did not get a decent picture of him. He actually looks pretty pitiful...he has pink eye in both eyes, and he had a 4 wheeler wreck a couple of days ago. He has a skinned place on his forehead.
Some of the workbooks I use are reproducible. You are allowed to purchase one copy for your family, and make copies for each child. If it is less expensive to just buy each child their own copy rather than copying the book, I do that. If not, I take the book to a place like Staples and have them cut off the book binding. Then it can be easily copied. I like to have each child's copy of the reproducible book comb bound. Occasionally I use a 3-hole puncher and store the copy in a 3-ring binder, but the comb binding takes up much less space. Recently I spent $2.00 to have the binding cut off a book and $1.49 to have it comb bound.
I have more school prep posts and the rest of our San Francisco vacation to share.
It's good to be back!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Clay, Jimmy, and Pop fished yesterday. Jimmy had to leave them after just a short time, right when the fish were beginning to bite. Clay stayed with Pop and his friend, and came home around 10 last night.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Olivia is still at running camp, and Julie came home one day early from running camp because she had a sore throat and was running fever. She seems better this morning.
Look at all of those trophies! (Mr. Jackie, Clay, Carson, Jimmy, John Parker, Stephen)
John Parker, Carson, Clay
And just a little bit down the road.....you can see elephant seals!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Uncle Russ and Julie
Olivia tasting her samples