Ok, so I just had to share this conversation I had with my 5 yr old this morning.
Just a little history first — Last night right before bed he found a keychain with a verse on it & asked if he could have it. My answer was “yes, if you go to bed good”(I know, bad grammar, sorry).
Here’s how it went this morning when he woke up and came to me in the kitchen.
Him: Here, Mom(handing me the keychain). I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news.
Me(mom): What is it? (As I’m taking the keychain from his hand into mine)
Him: Well, The Good News is that I went to bed good last night
Me: What’s the bad news?
Him: The Bad news is that I dropped that keychain in the toilet.
Me: (Now noticing that the keychain that I now have in my hand is dripping a little)
This little exercise came about one day when I asked my legomaniac son to work on his math drills. Here’s how the conversation went:
Me: You need to go write your 1, 2 & 3 addition families.
Him: Mom, I really wanted to play legos.
Me: No, you need to practice your math.
Him: Mom, What if I use my legos to practice my math?
Me: What do you have in mind? Show me.
This is what he came up with……
That’s the 2 family, notice that he used singles for the one & doubles for 2 rather than 2 actual pieces.
I know there are math manipulatives aplenty that use this same idea, but I was very please that he used his creative thinking skills to come up with this on his own.
I got a major punch in the gut yesterday. Yesterday we found out that my sweet 4 yr old has severe hearing loss in his left ear.
At this point we don’t know the cause, and we don’t know what lies ahead on this journey. Of course I pray that it’s something easy to fix, but what if it’s not?
I’m not sure, but what I do know is that God has a plan for this special little guy. He’s being prepared for something big, I just know it!
Whatever it is, Bring it on! No, I can’t handle it myself….But My God Can!!
Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September of each year. It was established as a tribute to all the hard workers that make up our nation. As one of the first holidays of the school year I’m planning to set aside a couple of hours this week to teach my kiddos about this important holiday.
Here are a few ideas if you’re planning a Labor day lesson for your Homeschool or classroom.
Review Labor Day Facts:
- The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City
- Labor Day is a holiday dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
- It wasn’t until 2 years later in 1884 that the first Monday in September was chosen as the holiday
- 10 Years Later in 1894 Congress made Labor Day official in all states.
Go over 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10 & Discuss. This scripture warns about the dangers of laziness & idleness, and shows the importance of hard work.
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” you received from us. — 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10
Make it Personal
This is a good chance to ask the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. Depending on the age and choices you can discuss/research their chosen professions. Discuss certain aspects of the jobs.
- Here are a few discussion questions to get you started:
- What type of uniform or clothing would a person in that job wear? Why?
- What are the basic duties of someone in that position?
- Why do you want to be one when you grow up?
- Have them draw a picture of somone working in their chosen jobs.
I’m sure I’ll have a wide range of choices to discuss like Inventor, Scientist, Firefighter, Policeman, Daddy, and not to forget the little girl who wants to be a princess & a mommy when she grows up.
Do an Activity
- If you have litle ones here’s an idea. Have them dress up as firemen, policemen, princesses, or whatever & have a Labor Day Parade. March them around the house. My kiddos are going to love this one.
- You can find a few great ideas from Danielle’s Place.
- There are several great Labor Day Craft & project ideas at Enchanted Learning.
- CurrClick has several Labor Day resources for download including a FREE Labor Day Lesson Plan — LOVE this one!
I’ve been asked this several times lately so I thought I’d write a little post about it. One of the biggest costs when homeschooling is purchasing curriculum. It’s very disappointing when you find the perfect curriculum, but just can’t quite swing it.
I have several resources I go to to try to find what I’m looking for used. You can usually get a great deal while also helping another homeschooling family purchase for the next year. Here are a few of the places I use:
- The Well Trained Mind Swap Board is a great place to buy & sell. I’ve purchased many a book from there.
- Homeschool Classifieds is another great site to find what you’re looking for.
- Another great resource is the Veg Source Homeschool Boards.
Yahoo Message Groups also has several groups dedicated to certain curriculums:
Neither of those interest you? Go to the Yahoo Groups Main Page & search for your curriculum to find a group.
I do feel that I should add this one little warning. I’ve ordered tons of curriculum through these sites & have mostly never had any problems. Most homeschoolers are very honest, but due to one bad transaction I always ask for shipping insurance just to be safe if you’re making a big purchase. It’s not much, but worth it IMO.
I’m sure that’s not all. Do you have any to add? Please leave it in the comments!
My 5 yr old(aka Little Speedy) came running into the kitchen this evening very excitedly. “Mom, Come look at this!” As I asked him what it was he said “There are some pretty pink clouds in the sky, come look!”
I followed him to the window he had been sitting at only to see the most beautiful sunset. It made me smile to see the excitement of a little one who had just noticed his first sunset!
It made me smile even more to know that the 1st person he wanted to share it with was me!