The boys have been busy today coloring, cutting, arranging and flipping about cells.
You rub your eyes and look again. Sure enough, there he sits quietly working on his math for the day.
Can you imagine?…
From my past… Praying I have a better first day of school this year!
What I wanted to share with you was how amazing our first day of school was this year. This was especially true since I am getting ready to teach a class to homeschoolers this week about “homeschooling More than One Student”. I am supposed to know what I am doing…
Dream with me… The kids get out of bed bright eyed and bushy tailed. They eat breakfast and do a few chores and meet me at the table at the pre-determined time. We work through all of our lessons and they all stay focused and work diligently… (Can you hear my bubble pop?)
I wish I could write that my kids were not only were they begging to be taught, but that I had one of those awesome teacher days where everything I did was a total success.
Nope. That was not our first day of school….
with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers:
- Maintains parental control over baby’s environment
- Provides safe play area
- Keeps baby/toddler right where you need them to stay
- Provides an area of focus
- Encourages self entertainment
- Stimulates concentration
- Unlocks creativity
- Creates peace and stability in the child’s day
- High Chair
- Baby gate to keep child safely in the room I chose.
- Pet corrals (like the one picture above. This one worked beautifully for outdoor play!
- Car Seats. That’s right. I used a car seat in my home to help little ones sit for a short period of time.
- Kids learn to focus
- Kids have time to really explore a toy, story or idea
- I could use these pockets of time to focus on older kids and their harder subjects.
- Kids developed and created incredible “inventions”
- This pocket of time transitioned to quiet reading time (or Lego Time) as the boys got older.
- Encourages self-control
- Still a highlight of each boy’s day
I love studying the Bible. God is truly amazing and wonderful.
He faithfully takes whatever I am reading about on any given day and gives me very practical ways to apply what I am learning. Is anyone else with me here?
I know that some of my readers are not Christians, and I respect your beliefs.
Me personally, I love teaching our kids about the Lord. Funny, we have very few formal learning materials so far. We rely on the Bible itself and then life unfolds and makes it practical.
I am in the process of writing and creating units to share with my children, my future grandchildren, and all the sweet faces I am blessed to teach during Sunday School. It’s a lot of fun.
How do you teach your kids about the Word of God?
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We are going to have 1 or two kids studying geology this year.
We haven’t quite decided yet.
In preparation I’ve been studying all about rocks, minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes
and the like.
Can I just confess that science isn’t my subject.
Well, I love science, I just don’t do so well at teaching it.
And then I created an Oreo lab for plate tectonics.
OREOS. You know, the cookies?
Ok, I’m in now. (As long as there’s milk too…)
Although I am nowhere near ready for school, I am ready to jump into geology with at least one son.
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Are you ready for school?
- Onions being diced by an 11-year-old.
- Broccoli being steamed by a 13-year-old.
- A mouth watering, oh my goodness I cannot believe he just made that, sauce being whipped up by an 18-year-old.
- All to the soundtrack of the movie 300 playing in the background.
My husband wisely decided that each of our five boys would take over a meal a week to help the house fun while I am down.
Kids love to cook. My oldest son began his cooking debut when he was about three-years-old. He had decided to make eggs on his own. Imagine his surprise to find his scowling mama frozen in her tracks as she looked upon a dozen broken eggs just outside the refrigerator door.
The boys have come a long way.
We have made it a goal to teach the kids to cook.
They love to be helpful in the kitchen and find great joy in making new dishes.
5 and a Half Great Reasons to Teach Kids to Cook
- Children who cook become children who taste, and sometimes eat.
- Children who cook say “I can,” not “I can’t.”
- Cooking is a way to talk about health.
- Cooking is a way to talk about healthy ingredients.
- Cooking brings cooks of all ages closer.
Thanks to my husband’s brilliance I immediately saw and tasted the benefit of having children who could manage a kitchen. My boys are older and had already had practice, but this raises awesome to a whole new level.
Matha Stewart agrees that there are skills that every adult should master before they are 30.
It includes everything from knife skills to kitchen clean up and all the cooking and preparation in between.
- Suiting up
- Name Tags
- Setting the Table
- Food Safety
- Knife Skills- Foldable
- Knife Skills- Flip cards
- Knife Skills Certificate
- Kitchen Measures Chart
- Recipes: Includes recipe, shopping list, kitchen jobs, and schedule
- Chicken wraps
- Shepherd’s Pie
- Cooking staples: potatoes, sweet potatoes, chicken
- Chicken Divan
- Sweet Potato Sloppy Joes
- Baked Taquitos
- Gluten-free Pizza
Included in Cooking Camp-Thanksgiving Treats
- Food Safety- Booklet
- Suit up: Name Tags
- Kitchen Conversion Chart
- How to Measure Booklet
12 Kid Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes
- Pilgrim hats
- Turkey feather pretzels
- Turkey Pops
- Oreo Turkeys
- Acorn Cookies
- Sweet and Salty Trail Mix
- Chai Thumbprints
- Carrot cake (gluten free)
- Pumpkin eclairs
- Chocolate bananas
- Turkey puddings
- Apple Turkey
Thanksgiving Cookie bag Tags
Teaching kids to cook is as wonderful as learning that chocolate is a good source of energy and a glass of red wine is as good for you as an hour of exercise. (True!)
Pick out some music, choose a great recipe and get cooking today!
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- Get chef name tag holder
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