Saturday, September 26, 2009

Flip Calendar

For me, usually after about four hundred times of doing something I finally have that epiphany that maybe, just maybe there is a better more efficient way of doing that particular thing. I may be a little slow but I usually deliver. That brings me to my new creation. This is what owning a binding machine will afford you...

You see the blocks are still good and we still use them but we were always having to rewrite the date in this format so that the girls could date their work...

Here you see I just printed 12 cards with "Month" and each number month "1-12". I did the same for "Day" (1-31) and Year (I think I went up to 2015)

See on the base where I printed two slashes. The base is just one larger piece of cardstock with holes punched at the top and bottom and scored to make the tent fold.

I am all about making things easy. So am I doing my girls a disservice by creating this "easy-way-out" instead of having them write this out daily? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Weeks 3&4 Jamestown Settlement

It seems like ages since I have posted homeschool stuff. I guess we have been too busy with it all but we have slowed down a bit and taken 3 weeks instead of 2 for both our Jamestown and Indian studies. Part of the reason is that we finished Squanto early and I decided to read aloud Blood on the River. I can't say enough good things about this book. At first I was a little apprehensive and couldn't find many reviews online to find out if it was appropriate for my girls. I decided just to go ahead and read it and it is a great read! There are parts that get a little (unnecessarily) graphic. But all-in-all it is a wonderfully written living history book. The characters John Smith, Reverend Hunt, and Samuel Collier (the main character) all teach some great character values - channel your anger, you don't work you don't eat, act out of love not fear, and rely on others/have many legs. Although it is not a blatant Christian work it does have positive Christian elements and influence.

We are even thinking about going to Jamestown for a couple of days. They have homeschool days going on right now. Even if you can't attend I recommend virtually visiting their site. There's lots of resources there.

WWJD Bracelets

Jesus the Light of the World Candle

Paint with Glue and attach the "Jesus the Light of the World" label
Sprinkle with glitter


We've been burning this at night for dinner. Simply wonderful.

Scripture memory verse - John 8:12

I made Ms. Priss' a little more difficult by cutting apart every word. For Lil Bit's I printed what I could fit on a 3x5 card and let her piece that together. By the end of the week they could say it and put it together no problem without looking at the white board with the written verse. So, as a little treat we decided to hone our sewing skills and make some room decorations.

Punch holes

String together with some of Mom's ribbon stash - if you've read much of my blog you know I have a little bit to spare!

There you have it!

Making Wigwams & Teepees
tip #1: Use Tacky Glue and clips

Tip #2: label the inside of your wigwam with two 1's, two 2's, two 3's, and two 4's directly across/opposite from each other to help the kids know where to place their strips.

Tip #3: Secure the strips around the ring with paper clips

Tip #4: Thin the glue with a little water

Could this be Powhatan Territories? I got this idea from Erica. I just love her blog!

We're moving on to the Pilgrims next. I have LOTS of books for that. I'm thinking we'll be through with this curriculum in about 4 years.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Pack Pride

Thanks to my wonderful and generous sister (Auntie A) and brother-in-law (Uncle Fun) we get to see NCSU football games in a really cool way.

Tailgating: a thing of the past

Bring it on "all-you-can-eat-brownies"

Uncle Fun

This makes my heart go pitter patter

Moon Over Murphy

This is where Mommy and the girls usually end up (especially during the night games) although Ms. Priss is really getting into the games and probably knows more about what is going on than her Mother does. (refer to my pretty pictures of the moon and the marching band :-)

Here is Little Bit posing in front of one of the camera guys (who I might add was having technical difficulties). No lie, I actually saw him leave and come back with - get this - a hammer, of all things, to "attempt" to fix the camera with. I'm no film-school expert but I'm gonna say a hammer aint gonna fix camera problems, buddy.


There's nothing like Breakfast at Big Ed's in Raleigh.