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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Crafts

Isaiah 61:10a

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God

With homeschooling this year, we've definitely had a little more time to get crafty.  Our snowman mason jars have been our favorites!  

Snowman Mason jar...paint with craft glue and sprinkle with craft snow. Glue on button eyes and mouth and an orange pony bead nose.  Ear muffs are made of pipe cleaners. There is a battery tea light inside!  Too Cute!

Fingerprint Candy Canes

Sea Shell Christmas Tree...with a starfish on top!

Reindeer Candy Canes to share with friends!
(Don't you love the JOY background!)

Candy Sleds...candy cane bottoms, rice crispy treats, and different candies taped with double sided tape on top!  So Fun!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Crafty Pumpkins

When I felt the tug on my heart to homeschool, I was beyond reluctant.  I would close my eyes and envision two scenarios.  One, our days could be filled with the most crafty, cool projects that were fun, educational, and adored by my girls.  Or, the more prevalent, my girls were running crazy and I was a complete wreck wondering what had I done.

Well, two months in and we have our great days and our not so great days.  We have crafty days, and then again we are several weeks behind on our art curriculum we purchased.  Both my daughter and I can list pros and cons to this experience, but we still know we are following God's will for this year.

We have tried several great pumpkin projects recently.  Most have been awesome, but we did have one major fail.  But it was ok, we laughed it off and maybe we'll try in again.  Here's what we have done so far this fall...

We entered the pumpkin and apple decorating contest in our State Fair!  This was a fun experience and one we hope to continue.  My oldest decorated pumpkins and left the pieces all over her display with the sign "Do you want to build a snowman?"  Super cute for all Frozen fans.  My littlest decorated apples like Elmo and Oscar.  She painted glue all over the apples and cut small pieces of ribbon and stuck all over the apples.  The eyes and mouth are just cotton balls and foam sheets.  And of course Oscar needs a can, so we used an empty bean can.  Both girls placed in the top 10 so we were super excited!

We also made pumpkin shakers in my littlest's preschool class.  They were a hit!!!!  We took our glue sticks and covered 2 paper bowls with glue.  My oldest cut orange streamer paper in 1 inch squares. We glued them all over the bowls.  We then placed a handful of pumpkin seeds inside.  The teachers and I stapled the bowls together with a construction paper stem and pipe cleaner vine.  It was perfect!

My oldest will be making orange pony bead pumpkins this weekend with her Indian Princess group. Here is our example.  This also uses pipe cleaners and then the beads.  Simple, but a little more sophisticated.  :-)  http://cutesycrafts.com/2013/09/kiddie-crafts-pony-bead-pumpkins.html

Our big fail was trying to wrap a balloon with orange yarn dipped in a glue mixture.  You are supposed to pop the balloon after it has dried and be left with a yarn pumpkin, but ours collapsed.  Not sure what we did wrong, but a great lesson that not everything can work out every time!

1 Thessalonians 5:16 - "Rejoice evermore."

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Telling Time

Wednesday night is pizza time in our house!  It's easy to get on the table quickly and be ready to head out to church in time.  We've got several pizza recipes over on mansionmoms.blogspot.com

I've told several people about our new clock we use for telling time.  Nobody seems to get it unless they see the picture, so here it is.  It's simply 2 paper plates glued together.  The bottom plate has the minute values...:05, :10, :15, etc and the top plate has your basic clock 12, 1, 2, etc.  Cut the clock plate so when the strips bend back it reveals the minute value underneath.  Add the clock hands with a pin and this is a great learning tool!

1 John 1:4 - And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

Monday, September 29, 2014


Over on mansionmoms.blogspot.com I had a picture of an amazing sunset I witnessed last week!  It reminded me of a color project the girls and I did a few weeks ago.

What do yellow and blue make?  What a cool way to find out...

We filled two glasses a third of the way with water and added a few drops of yellow food coloring to one, and blue to the other.  We placed an empty glass between them.  We then carefully placed paper towels from the water glasses to the empty glass.  Slowly by the end of the day, the waters had absorbed and worked their way up the paper towels and into the empty glass to create...you guessed it...green water.  So cool!

Romans 15:13 - Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Keeping Busy, Having Fun, and Learning Along the Way!

My daughter asked a simple question.  "Mom, did you buy any whip cream today?"

I laughed.  I laughed a lot.

I don't know why it was so funny to me.  I think for one, the Lord was sending me the laughter I needed at the end of a rough day, but for whatever reason it was too funny.

My reply..."Honey, we are now together 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We did not go to the store today. So, the question is, 'Did you go buy any whipped cream today?"

Thankfully, my sometimes tender hearted child, laughed along with me.  

There have been a lot of adjustments with homeschooling this year, and being together every waking moment is definitely one of them.  Yes we are separated at co-op, but I am only a few rooms down. And she does have gymnastics, but I usually stay and observe. I am one of the workers in her church group, and her dad is the coach of her soccer team, so I usually hang out for practices too.  Her dad is away most nights, so that leaves little time completely apart.  If I go to the store now, she is usually right by my side.  

With all that said, there has to be some time of separation.  She needs her me-time just like I do.  I have to find ways to keep her busy, let her have fun, and keep her learning even if she doesn't realize she is learning :-) while I'm getting things done.

Last week we played a measuring game while I cooked supper.  I cooked in peace, while she and her sister ran around the house, inside and out, looking for things to measure.  I provided the lists, the ruler, and a pencil, they searched for the objects, measured and recorded their findings.  It was fantastic!  I even watched the news for a few minutes while I cooked...not that the news is positive, but I had felt like I didn't know what was going on in the world!  

Now we are blessed with a back yard I can easily keep an eye on them while I cook, and it was the perfect weather to have the windows open.  But this can easily be a list of just indoor things as well. I hope your family will enjoy a measuring hunt soon!

On this list...A pencil, crayon, cup, book, leaf, rock, stick, and bicycle seat.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith," Gal 5:22

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cursive Writing

On MansionMoms.blogspot.com I chatted about the process of learning to write in cursive.  We have practiced and practiced, but there have still been some tears.  Here are the cursive craft sticks I did for my daughter to copy and play games with.  One set is numbers 1-20 written in cursive and the other is colors.  These have been a big help and I'm sure there will be more to cursive craft sticks to come!