Friday, September 28, 2012

This blog has MOVED!!!!!!!

Okay, guys...I suppose this will be my very last post here.
We have officially MOVED!!

Please redirect your subscription to my newest blog:

This is where I will be posting from now to stay updated on my family life, plus info and news on homeschooling, homeschool videos, book and curriculum reviews, and a podcast just for Christian homeschool moms, you'll want to go there...


Hope to see you over there!

God bless.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Christian Homeschool Moms

When I looked back on the last date I've posted to this blog I could hardly believe I've let that much time lapse, and yet I don't feel that I have really.  Mainly, I've been busy uploading loads of videos on YouTube which has kept me pretty busy...and I started a new website for Christian Homeschool Moms- an info and encouragement website for homeschoolers.
I'll most likely be posting there more often, so come check it out when you can.
I haven't decided if I'll keep posting here from time to time or not...but I do know for sure that most of my energy will go toward the new web project.
There, I plan to host a podcast (let me know if you'd like to be interviewed), send out encouragement newsletters, and just pretty much be as much of a positive resource as a I can to the homeschooling community.
So I hope to see you over there?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Absence Explained...and A New Project!

Oh my word!!!  Has it really been since JANUARY since I last posted????

Okay, I have an excuse.  Actually, many excuses.  :-)

First of all, I FINALLY got to go back to Alabama and visit my family for a few days.  I'm so glad we went.  It's definitely helped with the homesickness and now I'm definitely glad to be back in California and moving forward with the new life God has for us here.  I still miss my friends and fam back home but I feel so much better having gotten to see them again, even if just for a few days.  That first year was just especially tough because it was my first time away from them with thousands of miles in between.  My parents and I were very close.  We were not only great friends, but we were neighbors.  That said, I am finally at this new place in my life here where it feels okay to be here.  West coast life is beginning to feel very much so like home, but a "new" kind of home, and it feels right.

After our trip down South, we had Easter/Resurrection Day.  And boy do I have loads of pics but just haven't gotten around to it.  Sorry!!!!!

Here's my other excuse for not being around lately:  I've been YouTubing a good bit about our homeschool.

And while busy with that I'd been praying about an outlet besides blogging (and as if YouTubing wasn't enough) to keep me happily busy helping others with home education.  So, the Lord gave me an idea about starting a community-based website for christian homeschooling moms.
Still working on the site, but I hope to have it up by mid-summer.

And I am SOOO excited about this project!  I loved podcasting back in '05-'09 and I miss it.  I enjoy people- talking to other women, encouraging women to keep on going through life...that sort of thing.  I also love learning about other cultures or even just other lifestyle within a similar culture.  My quest for learning about people really helps when it comes to podcasting because I LOVE asking questions!!!
On the new homeschooling website I plan to create a  podcast, and I'm hoping to find some candidates to interview.  If you're a homeschooling mama and love to talk (or answer questions about your lifestyle with homeschooling), I'd absolutely love to have you be my guest on the show.

More about that on this vid...

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Letter C and muffin tins

This week in our preschool we are learning about the letter "C".

We read the book "Caillou Tidies His Toys"

It's a fun little, cute book and encourages my preschooler to clean up.  OH yeah...clean (starts with a little C).

As you see, we're getting some good use out of our cookie sheet for our projects. 
All I did was draw the letters on construction paper.  Then my daughter is using cotton balls to glue along the outline of the letters.

We could have used beans or glitter or any number of items to glue on it, but when I realized "cotton" started with "C"!

Also, I  got the idea of using  muffin trays for my kids' lunch from two of my favorite bloggers, Muffin Tin Mom and A  Mommy's Adventures.  Muffin Tin Mom has tons of different meals and tutorials.

This particular meal idea is purely- whatever was in our fridge at the moment.  So, we have ramen noodles, carrots and dip, and grapes.

I'm also working on a student binder for my preschooler so she can proud of all her work this year.  I'll share that with you once I've got it together.

That's it for now!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Creative storage bin and preschool flannel board ideas

This week has been full of changes in our home school.  I feel that I am finally (after months of throwing my hands up in the air) beginning to make sense of our home life and start to rebuild (after the moving).  Settling in has taken time and I am so glad that I didn't put the kids in school like I was tempted to a few months back.

Now I am really starting to catch the zeal for teaching my kids, investing in my family, and raising up Princesses for God.  It is actually an exciting journey (this homeschooling one), though it is a LOT of work to plan and prepare.  But the work I have put into preparation is worth every minute of the fruit I am beginning to see in my kids.  SO I love my job as a homeschool teacher.
Cubbies I made out of 6 storage crates I got from Walmart

Those crates above were purchased at about $4/crate.  I tied them together with yarn and stacked them on their sides to create a locker/cubby storage area for the girls' school work.  Here's  a YouTube video I filmed to show exactly how I did it.

I've also been busy creating a flannel board for what I hope will be the beginning of a new experience for my preschooler in our home - complete with "centers" and a "flannel board".  I have that all in quotes just so you know that this is not something that came natural for me in the beginning.  Over the past few weeks, though, I have really been turning it up on making our school at home something my kids can be proud of.  I think the flannel board will be loads of fun for my little Z.  Just so you know, I am planning to print out the pieces on card stock, laminate them, and put velcro on the back for pieces.  I am definitely not cutting out and creating individual pieces out of felt.

So here's a brief look at what I did.

All I needed to create my flannel board is:
  1. a poster board (from the Dollar Store)
  2. felt material (from WalMart)
  3. a hot glue gun
  4. scissors
Basically, all I did was:
Cut out the flannel to fit around the poster board
    Hot glue the flannel onto the board's corners

    Secure and dry

    You can also watch my video tutorial on how to create a preschool flannel board on YouTube.

    Lastly, this week has been a growing experience for me as I am tapping into my past work with preschoolers and learning to apply it to my own kiddo!  Here we are doing magnet letters on a cookie sheet, learning to piece letters together to make words.

    She loves her Curious George puzzle

    Bible Memory was loads of fun, and we got this for $1 at the Dollar Store too!

    An Evan Moor consonant sounds folder game

    CandyLand- more fun!  Colors and counting.

    We've also been doing more music together.  Ny loves to practice piano and wants to get better at playing.  I'm doing my best to help her until she passes Level 3 or so in the John Thompson's.  In my next post, I'll show you a clip of Ny and I singing a song together...

    Until then...

    Friday, January 13, 2012

    Preschool Story Starter Cards and Spinner Wheel- Free download

    I just created some story starter cards and a spinner wheel for preschoolers.  Feel free to download and use for your own students!  Enjoy :-)

    Story Wheel

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

    A is for "Apple"

    Today's preschool unit is the letter "A".

    Book we used:  "Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie"

    I let my daughter point out the letter A's in the book and we talked about how apple has the short A sound.  We also talked about other A words, like Alligator, Adam (as in Adam and Eve), and Ant.  But today's focus was the apple.

    Our craft project was really simple. 
    Here's what we used:
    1. 3 popsickle sticks
    2. construction paper - red, green, and one other color of choice
    3. glue
    4. Dot A Dot Art Makers
     What we did:
    Just  take one of the popsicle sticks and cut in half.  Have child form the letter A on the construction paper using all 3 popsicle sticks.
    Then glue onto paper.
    Using the Dot A Dot Art maker, have child dot-paint the letter A. Then using the red and green construction paper, cut out an apple and stem.  Have child glue it onto the paper beside the letter A.
    That's it!

    gluing the popsicle sticks

    "Z" forms her letter A.  She is very pleased with her creation!

    Dot-painting her letter A

    Apple and stem already glued and more dot-painting.

    Our A was a little sidways but we thought it just had character! "Z" proudly displays her work of art.
    We continued with the theme of "A" by attempting to bake an apple pie.
    We got this far:

    Ok, so we did bake a pie--- BUT let's just say it wasn't perfect.  But oh, was it fun! :-)
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