Thursday, February 12, 2015

Field Trip: Tinkertopia

I am always looking for fun and unique places to visit with my kids.  Recently I found this very cool store in Tacoma called Tinkertopia.  It's a creative reuse center and alternative art supply store.  There is also an area for anyone to come and "tinker."  Spend 2 hours using any of the materials to make your own creation. 

Recently I scheduled our little homeschool group to visit this very FUN store for a field trip.  It was great to watch all these kids finding "junk" and making such unique projects.  My son couldn't quite figure out what he wanted to make so he just gathered all of his supplies.  But while there you can use any of the tools they have like hammers, hot glue guns, drills and more!

Here are a few pictures from our fun morning:

Jessna found these butterfly wings!

And here is the final project that my son made:
It's a fire engine.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Learning God's Word: Reciting Psalm 1

Do you teach your kids to memorize Scripture?  Our children learn verses every week at their Awana program.  My son even learned to recite the New Testament books of the Bible this year!  Also, as we learn verses we talk about what they mean. 

This past year we started learning Psalm 1.  I found a very cute (free) printable to make into a book at Ministry to Children.  Every time we colored a page we learned the verse and also the meaning.  We did some acting, role play and games.  It was fun, but the kids also got another layer of who God is and what his plans are for our lives.

Cover for Psalm 1 coloring book

Coloring pages of the Psalm 1 book from Ministry to Children

Here are my two children reciting their verses: (click here and here to watch the videos if you are receiving this by email)

We've been learning this since the beginning of last summer.  We review it often and the kids were excited to share it with you!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Homeschool Update #2 (Second quarter)

Hi Milk N' Honey Friends!!  We are halfway done with our school year.  I have to say that things are constantly changing in our homeschool.  As expected, second quarter is a busy one with Thanksgiving and Christmas along with a birthday and fun parties and places to go. 

Here is a glance at some of our homeschool days and vacation time:
Journal time

Jessna colored this horse by herself!

Book-It Pizza!

Disguising a turkey for homeschool buddy class

6 years old!

I can build with blocks, Mom!

Love made from popsicle sticks

Lighting the advent candle at church

Starting a new book from Rod and Staff

Making pancakes

Gingerbread house making at the library

Making reindeer cookies

My precious kids at Christmas

Snow in Leavenworth, WA

Shrade wrote a story about camping with dad

Building forts in the living room- it never gets old, just messy!

School in Mom's bedroom

I read my first chapter book!

I earned 100 Bible Bucks at Awana!

Playing Bingo with Luvie Lamb

As you can tell, we were busy going here, there and everywhere. 
Be sure to check out the curriculum that I'm using  my Preschool/Kindergarten page.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Homemaking 201 DVD Review (and SALE!)


Homemaking 201 is the next in the series of DVD's for homemakers from Family Vision Films.  Jennifer Ross and her family have a very welcoming home and a refreshing perspective of motherhood as being a servant of God.  Bible verses, quotes, poems and articles of encouragement are shared throughout the hour of this film.  I love the many ways that Jennifer not only ministers to her family, but also teaches and trains in the process.  She shares many ideas for saving money by making baby wipes, homemade dryer sheets, organizing recipes and creating a homemaking binder.   She sets up many simple resources that allow her day to go smoothly like a hospitality basket, chore chart, homeschool baskets and maintaining home tools like vacuums.  She shares some easy recipes and shows how to properly wear an apron (the "uniform" for a homemaker).  My favorite part was seeing how a focused and unfocused day is like.  I identified in both areas and I know that a mother who is focused pleases the Lord in her daily life.  This DVD gives instruction and vision for a homemaker who seeks to glorify the Lord.   You will be blessed and encouraged to be a more focused and humble homemaker as well as gain some valuable skills and tips for your motherhood journey. 

For more information on:
*Homemaking 201
*Joyful Aprons- handmade by Jennifer

Be sure to order this week (by December 5) to get the SALE for the Homemaking 201 and 101 DVD's.  These would make great gifts for a new mother, sister, or friend.

If you enjoyed Homemaking 101 from Jennifer Ross and her family, you are in for a treat.  Homemaking 201 is here! Join Jennifer and her large family as they share more!
In this video we cover:Homemaking 201 DVD cover
  • Ministering to your family
  • Household maintenance
  • Homemade products
  • Preparing for guests
  • Organization
  • Chores and projects for children
  • Cleaning outside your home
  • Adjusting any apron for a perfect fit
  • An unfocused day vs. a focused day
  • Easy dinner recipe
  • Creating a Homemaking Binder
  • Home decorating
  • and more!
    Homemaking 201 on SALE for $12.95
    Homemaking 101 on SALE for $10.95
    SALE ends December 5!
    Click HERE to order!
    *I am an affiliate for this company.  Thank you for your support.*

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday SALE (11/28/14) at Queen Homeschool Supplies- 25% off on that day only!

Queen Homeschool Supplies for all your Charlotte Mason Curriculum Needs!

Are you ready to try something new for the school year?  We are enjoying using Queen Homeschool materials.  We look forward to adding more as my children get older.  We have used Language Lessons, Printing with Pictures and Math Lessons for a Living Education.  This Friday, there is 25% off all curriculum (except Life of Fred).  Take a look and see what would be a good fit for your family!  I love it!

There are books for all ages from Preschool to High School.  I have heard great things from the Nature and Science series which we will start next year.  And A Living History of Our World is a great story told with a Christian emphasis.

Check out Queen Homeschool  on Friday for 25% off.  Enjoy!!

Queen Homeschool Supplies for all your Charlotte Mason Curriculum Needs!
25% off
Friday (11/28/14) only!!

Black Friday Sale  
*I am an affiliate for Queen Homeschool.  Thanks for your support!*

Monday, November 17, 2014

Look Inside The Time of Jesus (Lift the flap Discovery Book) by Lois Rock Book Review

Look Inside the Time of Jesus is a hardback illustrated book of the life of Jesus with colorful pictures and lift-the-flaps.  This book has authentic scenes from Bible times.  Children will see towns, seashore, farm, banquet room, temple, Roman trial and the garden where Jesus was resurrected.  Spread throughout the book are lift-the-flaps where children can explore beyond the story.  There is a short paragraph sharing the story for the page and several flaps to lift as well as objects that are labeled.  This will create some great discussion as you share this book together with your child.   
*I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications for the purpose of this review.*

Friday, October 31, 2014

Homeschool Update #1 (First Quarter)

It's the end of our first quarter.  I figured every 45 days of school will be a quarter if we do 180 days.  So here we are!!  I am going to share what we do in a typical day and also some of the curriculum we are using that I am loving.  This has been a much better year because I feel so much more responsible teaching Kindergarten as we will be moving on to 1st grade next year.  I was so ready for this year!!  (Lots of pictures in this post!)

So we really don't have a schedule, but more of a routine.  I usually do the learning time with Shrade since I have a lot to cover with him and I want to keep up with our curriculum, but most days I do a Circle Time which includes both children.  We have been SO busy, that I hardly have time to blog, but I do post every so often on my Facebook page, so keep updated with us there!

Night Before School Starts Banana Split!

First Day of School:
My 3 year old girl

My 5 year old boy

I gave them "school" packs with rulers, $1 calculators and a pencil case with pencils, crayons, glue stick and scissors in a cute little 31 bag.  Some of this was for fun, but it's easy to move from one place to another and keep them busy.

First Day of Homeschool Co-op:

Breakfast- During breakfast I usually read from a Preschool Bible, a chapter book like Boxcar Children and sometimes our History book- History for Little Pilgrims.  We also review our Bible verses for Awana.

Circle Time- I do this almost every morning.  I bought some carpet squares at the dollar store and they sit on these during circle time.  I set up the table with all my stuff that I will be using like books to read, notebooks, CD's, flashcards, song books and anything else.  We usually start with prayer and then the kids want to snuggle.  So we all lay on the floor giggling, tickling, hugging and wiggling.  Then I usually do a combination of quiet activities like reading a book, working with letters and sounds or shared writing and reading lessons and active things like exercises, singing and running!  This is something I do with BOTH kids at the same time.  I try to do things that interest both ages, but playful enough so it doesn't feel like learning.  This lasts from a half hour to an hour on some days.

Shrade writes "heart" words (words he knows by heart) from Nellie Edge

Jessna's learning her letters and sounds

We are part of a postcard exchange where we are sending and receiving postcards from each state.

Learning Time/Box Time
This is the main portion of our day as far as moving forward academically.  While I work with one child at the table, the other child gets to have box time. 
Place Value Village with our Math curriculum

Playing memory with educational cubes (BOB book activity)

Jessna's learning her numbers by counting with cheerios

BOX Time:
Box Time is a bunch of baskets that I put together that the kids play with while I work with the other one.
See my post on BOX TIME.

Lunch- During lunch we often listen to Karen & Kids or I will read some more from our chapter book.  And after lunch we try to work in our Daily Learning Notebooks (calendar, weather, skill page). 

Other- Beyond what we do on a normal day, we try to add other things like Bible crafts, cooking, and other fun activities.
Tower of Babel Bible Craft

We read Mouse Paint and made colors and painted paper plates.

Jessna is helping to mash bananas

Shrade is stirring the mixture for baked oatmeal
Field Trips:
Recently we took a trip out to Mt. St. Helens and Spirit Lake

Picking apples on our homeschool field trip

Riding tractors at the Fair

Taking advantage of the free day at the Zoo

Bowling with the family

Recent trip to Yosemite this summer- Half Dome

A fun train ride with friends- Tacoma Rail 100 years old

Check out my list of our curriculum choices for this year.  I am very pleased with what I chose to use to teach my children this year.  Highly recommend! 
If you are looking for a fun math curriculum check out Math Lessons for a Living Education from Queen Homeschool Supplies.  This is a story about twins who visit their grandparents and learn all sorts of interesting things on the farm that can be related to math concepts. At the end of each week they write a letter to their parents which is a review of what your child learned in the lesson for the week.  The first day begins with a story and there are 5 days of short, but effective math skill lessons.  My son absolutely LOVES math time.  He begs to do it first everyday!  So far there are 5 books in the series.  Be sure to check out the samples and scope and sequence of each book.  I am glad were able to start at the beginning.
Living Math Curriculum for the Charlotte Mason Homeschooler

Next month I'll share a little bit about my report card and school memory book system.
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