Friday, August 31, 2012

Things we should say to children

I came across this list here and LOVE it such a reminder. I know we say a lot of these things but reading them here in one list ...well I needed a copy to keep, and refer back to, and remind me that my kids (and Husband) are the most important things in my life.  

1. I love you! There is nothing that will make me stop loving you. Nothing you could do or say or think will ever change that.
2. You are amazing! I look at you with wonder! Not just at what you can do, but who you are. There is no one like you. No one!
3. It’s all right to cry. People cry for all kinds of reasons: when they are hurt, sad, glad, or worried; when they are angry, afraid, or lonely. Big people cry too. I do.
4. You’ve made a mistake. That was wrong. People make mistakes. I do. Is it something we can fix? What can we do? It’s all over. You can start fresh. I know you are sorry. I forgive you.
5. You did the right thing. That was scary or hard. Even though it wasn’t easy, you did it. I am proud of you; you should be too.
6. I’m sorry. Forgive me. I made a mistake.
7. You can change your mind. It’s good to decide, but it is also fine to change.
8. What a great idea! You were really thinking! How did you come up with that? Tell me more. Your mind is clever!
9. That was kind. You did something helpful and thoughtful for that person. That must make you feel good inside. Thank you!
10. I have a surprise for you. It’s not your birthday. It’s for no reason at all. Just a surprise, a little one, but a surprise.
11. I can wait. We have time. You don’t have to hurry this time.
12. What would you like to do? It’s your turn to pick. You have great ideas. It’s important to follow your special interests.
13. Tell me about it. I’d like to hear more. And then what happened? I’ll listen.
14. I’m right here. I won’t leave without saying good-bye. I am watching you. I am listening to you.
15. Please and Thank You. These are important words. If I forget to use them, will you remind me?
16. I missed you. I think about you when we are not together!
17. Just try. A little bit. One taste, one step. You might like it. Let’s see. I’ll help you if you need it. I think you can do it.
18. I’ll help you. I heard you call me, here I am. How can I help you? If we both work together, we can get this done. I know you can do it by yourself, but I’m glad to help since you asked.
19. What do you wish for? Even if it’s not yet time for birthday candles and we don’t have a wishbone, it’s still fun to hear about what you wish for, hope for, and dream about.

Narrations Jar

As school has started I was looking for something to liven up our narrations a little. I do require the two big kids to do a written narration once a week (twice for Jam).
However I saw a fun idea here and thought I would try this to add a twist of excitement to our day.

I changed a couple of the labels (My kids would die laughing if they read Mama). I also removed the playdoh and blocks as when my kids get those out it's hard to get them to stop.

Draw and label a map based on the reading.
Copy two important or interesting quotations from the reading.
Draw a portrait and write a short description of a person or character in the reading.
Write two important facts or events from the reading.
Tell me how someone in the reading behaved.
Find and define two new or important words from the reading.
Create a short comic strip based on the reading
Give an oral narration.
Write a letter from the point-of-view of a person in the reading.
Create a poster related to the reading.
Act out events in the reading.
Draw a picture from your reading.
Type your Narration and email it to Dad.
Type your Narration and email it to Nana and Grandpa.
Type your Narration and email it to Grandma and Grandpa.
Narrate to Mom.
Write down two sentences about what you read.
Think about another story or even that reminds you of what you just read about. Tell Mom about it.
Write down two sentences about what you read.
You have 10 minutes to plan a short skit from what you read.
If you were giving a test on this reading, what are three questions you would ask?
Skip the narration today.

I put my slips in a glass jar and then 'modge pogded' a label on it so little jam wouldn't pull it off!
Added a ribbon and Jam found it before the glue had dried and pulled out a slip!

and off we went.....

The Modge Podge was not quite dry when I took the picture...but it wasn't when Jam pulled his first slip so you will just have to forgive me.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Pinterest - ABC Scripture Book

Finally made something from Pinterest!

Believe it or not sometimes my little Jam gets restless in church on a Sunday (those who go to church with us will probably chuckle over the use of the word 'sometimes'). Anyway because my older two are quiet a bit older little Jam has never really taken anything to Church to so in Sacrament. 

I saw this idea for a Gospel ABC 4 x 6 picture book here and knew I just had to try it.

The first thing that caught my attention was that there was NO sewing involved in fact ALL I had to do was download...upload...pick up and put in a photo album! BOOM BANG DONE!!

In fact the hardest thing was to find the time to go to Walmart to pick up the pictures. I also had to make a special trip to the Dollar General to find the right kind of photo album. You need the one that has a clear front so you can slide in the picture. 

When he posed for the picture he really wanted to go take the time to put on his little suit. I told him we could take another picture Sunday morning....hope I remember!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

"Not" First Day Back at School

"Not" First Day Back at School

We had a fun day today. The school bus went past and we were all still snoozing. August is a quiet time for me and I had a morning with no lessons (I teach English to international business people) thanks to a public holiday in most of Europe! 
When I talk about a lazy morning I mean that I get up around 7:30am (I know not as lazy as some) considering I used to get up at 2:45am it is.
Anyway by 8:30 everyone was up and breakfast done. We all got down to business, I had some church work to do and the older kids got their schedule out. I was giving Jam and Boo a weekly schedule but they have decided they want be to actually break down their weekly work into daily assignments. I think it will be a good change and make sure we don't overload or fall behind.
We are very casual homeschoolers I don't mean we are casual about our work just more casual about where we do it. I have caught the kids led on their beds, led on the jungle gym or sat at the table in the sun room. Basically anywhere they are comfortable.
Our favorite place is the sun room. We have missed it over the summer but then we also increase our PE time by spending EVERY afternoon at our local outdoor water park/pool! I call it a water park because we have 2 amazing slides (twisty ones like at a water park) and 2 diving boards including a high dive. 
However the last two days we have had some unseasonably cool weather and the kids went straight for the sun room. 

I know that I have posted these pictures before but I didn't have time to take new ones.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Summer Vacation Highlights - Disney and Seaturtles

Summer Vacation Update

One of the joys that I have found homeschooling is that it is truly that... it never stops! Whether we are actually having school or on vacation it is a blast.
Earlier this year we spent 3 amazing weeks in England catching up with my husband's family and celebrating his Nana's 100th birthday it was a blast.
However we have just come back from a 2 week trip to Florida to celebrate my parents 45th wedding anniversary with all my family.
We drove yes...21 hours each way, even though my husband had to fly home early and so only had to drive one way. (My penance for an extra week of vacation was driving home with 3 kids - yep 1 adult, 3 kids, 21 hours - sounds fun right!!!)
But WOW was it worth it. The first week we spent at Disney (you have to right... Florida = Disney World!)
We were very fortunate to stay at the  Boardwalk Disney Resort it is definitely our favorite. We did however skip over to the beach club to have our family portrait done (I will add a photo when we get them) so we would have the Boardwalk in the background. 
After a week at Disney we moved to Melborne Beach. It was amazing we all stayed (19 of us) at The Bed on the Beach apart from one or two problems it was an amazing location... literally on the beach!

We stood chatting to the pool man who also was a fireman and conservationist (very interesting) and he told us it was Sea Turtle hatching time! Melborne Beach is home to LOADS of Sea Turtles and so we set out that night to see them. 

We were just about to give up when we came across this beautiful Huge Sea Turtle.  A few minutes later there were baby Sea Turtles everywhere all around our feet. We stood very still and watched them work their way to the ocean! This is a picture from the Preservation Society below and the size of the turtles we saw all around our feet. It was truly amazing.

You can't use flashlights as would hurt their eyes. However my children exclaimed "This is a once in a lifetime experience!"

Go here to learn more....


We tried to go back out every night until we left but we were always prevented by a huge storm (lightening kept us away after we were warned of the dangers - yep the handy pool man again lol)

We would have gone prepared with red lights as they are safe... hum maybe next time we go to Melborne Beach! 

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