The Best Part About Home Schooling?

Oh, and I meant to write a longity-long blog post today. But we ran for groceries after school and then I spent the best evening with girlfriends (just got home, really, and it’s late). I’ll post about the little get-together we had (courtesy of the Wishbone salad dressing peeps) tomorrow. But for now….

The money?

I wasn’t in my purse or under my purse or in Papa Bear’s pocket or Lil Prince’s bank.

Nope.

It was in my Bible.

No joke. My Bible was sitting on the counter, near where I remember putting the money, but I do not remember putting it in there. And the really strange thing is that I shook (and shook) every book in the general vicinity in my wild, frantic searching. But, nope, it didn’t fall out until someone knocked my Bible off of the kitchen counter during breakfast on Saturday morning.

The moral?

Whatever you are searching for….look no further.

It’s alwaysin the Bible.

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Another Crafts Post

My kids like to paint. I like to paint. It’s not a coincidence that so many of the pictures I post here are of kiddos…covered in paint. My babies paint with water and my toddlers paint with ketchup and mustard. And once the paint brush stops going into the mouth…everyone gets big messy globs of washable, water based paint. And we paint and we paint and we paint.

But even big messy globs of brightly colored paint can get boring. And water color paper is a little expensive…especially considering that most of my kids’ masterpieces will end up in the trash (I have a 24 hour rule for displaying and saving crafts…except for the occasional one that so-and-so is especially proud of).

So on Monday, I let everyone paint my dishes.

Which gave me bonus points for coolness (which you can never have enough of as a mom).

And I gave myself a little pat on the back. Bonus points for easy clean up, too.

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Small Town on a Saturday Night

If your small town with less that five hundred full-timers was invaded by twenty-thousand bikers (which makes for a fun weekend, but not so much with kids), how would you spend your Saturday night?

Maybe not with a group sewing lesson, but that’s what we’re doing tonight.

 I hope you’re all enjoying yourselves this weekend…in whatever you’ve found to do!

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To Reward or Not to Reward

My mom is a teacher at a very good school. It is a school that specifically prohibits individual rewards (i.e. “You did the best today and therefore you get this way cool sticker!”), however. And personally, I think that’s dumb. I’m pretty sure God is pro reward (sowing and reaping….treasures in heaven and all that). So, I feel justified in good about my “Student of the Day” stickers and….

my frogs.

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(Aren’t they cute?!)
They perch (ummm….do frogs perch??) on top of my blackboard until the beginning of school time. Then, the race begins. With each “great” act (remembering to raise their hands, high-fiving a sibling who got the right answer, paying close attention, etc.) I silently reach down and slide their frog one space forward. For every “not so great” act (interrupting, whining, saying, “Can I go, I’m sooooo tired?” Ahem etc.) I slide them, uh, their frog, one space back.
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(Don’t worry, I do know about the errors on the board! Finding them was the game. I didn’t really mean to take a picture of it, though!)

It’s such a simple little trick, but it greatly aides the productivity of our school time. I also think it would work well at a restaurant, church service, etc. Game pieces and a small homemade game board is all you would need (let me know if you try it for a purpose other than homeschooling). Anyway, it works well around here!

Aaaannnnd…..that’s why I’m sharing it today:)

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Practical Homeschooling

The most popular question I am asked about homeschooling is the practical one: “What does Baby Bear do during school time?” And I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to formally answer. Because, really, that question can be answered with a simple snap shot.

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He does interrupt occasionally to ask, “Me see?! Me See?!” But when I show him the page, he usually nods happily and returns to his “work”.

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He’s happy to be included. And I think he’ll be way ahead of the game when it comes time for preK.

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