February 28, 2014

February 2014 Family Update

February. In some ways there is nothing new to report, especially if you are a regular reader of this blog. Click the links below for details.

To recap our homeschooling highlights, we made it through our first month, went on two Field Trips, had a Valentine's Day party, finalized our summer camp plans, and did our version of the book fair.

Mike is no longer working out of town and I'm quite thankful. We missed having him around and we've settled into our Family Bedroom again.

As for me, in two unrelated events, I quit dieting and got approved to go to Uganda!!!

As for this kid, she is seriously growing up way too fast. In both physical and mental maturity. I can hardly stand it.

Well, I suppose blogging on a regular basis does have it's advantages. It sure made this update pretty easy. ;)

Until next time, click here for more February pictures!

February 2014 in Pictures

 Homeschool Room
 Making Origami Hearts
 Somebody is growing up way too fast!
 Field Trip to the Symphony
 Enjoying a sunny day this winter
 Our little Auburn fan
 Valentine Party
This kid LOVES books

Better Than The Book Fair

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Earlier this week, some friends were talking about the book fair at their school. This is the first time that tLG has really missed anything to do with public school so we needed to come up with a homeschool version to remedy this situation. She suggested that we go to McKays. Sold!

If you have never been to McKay Book Store, you are missing out. If you live outside of Tennessee, I would HIGHLY recommend you make the drive to one of their 3 locations to visit. It will not disappoint! Here's a picture of the Nashville location. Well, this is HALF of the Nashville location. Seriously, you could spend hours here.
It gets better! McKays buys and sells used books, audiobooks, CDs, records, video games, comics, electronics, DVDs, and more! If you are selling, you drop off your books to be evaluated while you shop. They will give you two offers, one in cash and the other in store credit. Take the store credit. Trust me! For starters, it's always more. Also, when you make purchases with store credit, you don't have to pay tax. It's really a great deal!

Today was our "book fair" and I must say that McKays was way better than any book fair I've ever been to. She hit the kids section and the comic books section. I hit the homeschool section. We both love to browse the blank books section. It's full of cute little journals and such. In the end, we each ended up with a bag full of books and we spent WAY less than the book fair.

It gets even better! We checked the free book bins on the way out. These are locations for customers to donate books that McKays is unable to buy, usually due to condition or inventory levels. It's typically hit or miss at the free bins. Today, we hit the jackpot. She ended up with 10+ kids books. We should have hit the free bins first and came home. LOL!

Not surprisingly, tLG was already devouring books on the way home. That's her norm these days. Kinda like Library Day.
Now, being a former PTO mom, I know that the book fair is just as much about supporting the school as it is about reading but I had WAY more fun and spent less to get so much more at McKays. The book fair is yet another item to add to my "things I won't miss about public school" list. ;)

February 27, 2014

[REVIEW] A Love That Multiplies (Duggar)

A Love That Multiplies
By: Michelle & Jim Bob Duggar
Preview Here
Back in November, we had an opportunity to meet the Duggar Family. That night I also purchased their latest book, so we could have it signed, of course.

A Love That Multiplies is the 2nd book written by Michelle & Jim Bob Duggar. It chronicles their struggles and triumphs with baby Josie who was born prematurely at 24 weeks along with their other day-to-day chaos. Kidding. It's not really chaos. To them. The fact of the matter is, they have figured out how to make a large family work and they do it well.

I've always been a fan of the Duggar family but I've just recently become truly interested enough to learn more about the ins and outs of their daily life. Honestly, I've always been in awe of their family wondering "how do they do it?" This book gives some really good insight to help answer that question.

In this book, Jim Bob & Michelle share their philosophies, tips and tricks behind parenting, homeschooling, and marriage. It was really great to see how they have incorporated their principals and values into every part of their life. This was really appealing to me as a parent who was strongly considering homeschooling at the time. In fact, knowing that she has successfully homeschooled all of her children gave me confidence that I could somehow make it work with my one and only.

I found their story rather inspiring and I was eager to learn more. This book often referred readers back to their 1st book The Duggars: 20 and Counting, which I have since read as well. Each book challenged me, in a good way, about my own principals, values, thoughts about homeschool, and approach to life.

I'm very excited that the 4 oldest Duggar girls will be releasing a book in just 2 weeks entitled, Growing Up Duggar. It will be interesting to see the Duggar ways through the eyes of their grown daughters. You can pre-order the book now and it will ship on the release date.

You can also watch the Duggars on TLC. Season 8 of 19 Kids and Counting returns on April 1st.

*Affiliate link included. My love of Amazon never ceases. 

February 24, 2014

A Girl and Her Library Books

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On Mondays, while tLG is at her Engineering for Kids class, I run over to the library and load up on books for the week. I try to pick a variety of picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction books. Ideally, I would like them to last until the following Monday but, inevitably, this is what happens as soon as we get home. Tonight, she's already polished off 6 new books. 
I have no idea what I've done to have a kid who enjoys reading this much. If I ever figure it out, I'll be happy to share. Honestly, I think she just takes after her mama. Either way, I'm not complaining. I think it's fantastic and I hope she always enjoys reading this much. 

February 18, 2014

Our Family Bedroom

Our Family Bedroom
I know that family beds are a controversial topic but this is what works for us. Here's why.

Background

tLG has always been a terrible sleeper. We attempted co-sleeping in infancy. She thought it was an all-night party so we moved her out of our bed. Around 15 months, she crossed a developmental milestone and began sleeping through the night. Ironically enough, I read today that gifted children need less sleep and it comforted me in a way that only moms of other nonsleepers would understand.

Over the next few years we went through various bouts of fighting sleep and then she magically became a piece of cake to put to bed around age 4-5. Except that she was always up at the crack of dawn sometimes waking as early as 4 am and coming to our bed only to pass out again. I didn't mind her coming to our room but, once I'm awoken at 4 am, there is no hope of getting back to sleep. Our solution was to set up a mattress on the floor of our room. We told her "If you wake up, you can come to Mommy and Daddy's room. But, you don't have to wake us up. You can just lie down right here on the 'little bed'." It worked! She followed those directions to a T and we all got sleep again.

In the mornings, we tiptoed around afraid that any sound would wake her, as it had in the past. To our surprise, that summer, she became a much sounder sleeper. She started sleeping in until 7 or 8 even when we were up and about getting showered and dressed. Eventually, she started falling asleep in our bed and we would move her to the "little bed" when me and hubby came upstairs to go to sleep, usually around 10-11 pm. There were times when she would randomly announce that she wanted to sleep in her "real bed" but it would only last 4-5 nights and she would come back to the "little bed." We never made an issue out of it either way but we secretly missed her when she wasn't sleeping in our room. I also found that I slept much lighter when she was in the room across the hall, as if I were always needing to listen for her.

Present Day

When we did our homeschool room makeover, we made a decision to move the guest bed from the office into her room. She was quickly outgrowing the "little bed" so we moved her twin-sized bed to our room. I really wanted a California King but this is the compromise we have come up with for now. She still likes to fall asleep in our big bed but we just move her over when we come up to go to sleep. We all sleep really well and I've found that it has simplified things. For example, her room stays tidy because there isn't a bed to make every day. Other benefits include lots of snuggles and laid back Saturday mornings, which I wouldn't trade for the world!

Lots of folks are concerned about her having privacy. Here's the thing. When she's old enough to be concerned about privacy, she's more than welcome to move right back over to her room. For now, she's only 7 and being self-concious and modest aren't even on her radar. The idea of being close to Mommy and Daddy when she wakes up is much higher on her list of priorities.

Other folks are worried about me and hubby having "privacy". Here's the thing. There are plenty of other places in the house to "get busy" and various times of the day to (insert your favorite euphemism here). It doesn't have to be in the bed right next to our kid while she's sleeping. Even so, she is out. She wouldn't know a thing. Trust me.

A family bedroom isn't for everyone. I've just found that it works well for us and, until it doesn't work anymore, we are going to keep enjoying the simplicity of it.
Disclaimer

There have been many times in parenting where I felt led to do "this" or "that" but was hard-pressed to find someone else doing it the same way. Over time, I learned to trust my instincts and just go with whatever I felt was best for my people, even if it wasn't the norm. Eventually I would come across another mom who shared my belief in "this" or "that" but it was always hush hush for fear of being judged. So here I am posting about our family bedroom in hopes that it will help someone else know that "this" isn't a crazy idea after all.

February 17, 2014

Educational Nashville Summer Camps

It's that time of year again. Summer camp registration. In order to get into the best camps, you must register early to reserve your spot. 

Even though we are homeschooling, I still wanted tLG to participate in summer camps. It's a once a year opportunity to get to explore and learn in a unique and fun environment. Besides, this will totally count towards our homeschool hours as it will fall under the "tutor" category. It will be great to get a head start on the school year!

There are some fantastic camps in Nashville. It's always really hard for me to choose. Here are the camps we have selected for 2014. Each of these have several different themes to choose from. I love that Nashville has so many options that you can do something completely different each year depending on your child's interests. 


Learn about propulsion by making explosions & about life on a space station, eating astronaut food & disposing of astronaut pee! 

Note: Last year, Mr. Bond came to a different summer camp for one day only. It was tLG's favorite day, by far, so I was thrilled to find that he has his own week-long camps. 

Engineering For Kids - Survivor's Cove

Stranded on an abandoned island - surrounded by darkness, cold temperatures, wild animals, and other dangers. Students in this camp will join tribes and compete in various engineering-related challenges against other tribes to survive and eventually escape the harsh island conditions. 

Note: We are currently enrolled in their 6-week series and couldn't wait to try out their summer camp.  

Traveller's Rest Plantation - History's Mysteries

Every museum harbors a mystery...an unexpected artifact, a haunting tale or perhaps something far more strange. Travel on an adventurous journey through some of Nashville's most interesting museums. Gather clues on the hunt to solve the mystery. 

Note: After taking a field trip to this location, tLG begged to go to their summer camp. 

The Clay Lady's Studio - Clay Camp

Handprint plate, turtle, fruit bowl, name pot, rattlesnake, alien, angel, wreath picture frame, bunny, pottery wheel class. 

Note: I have several artist friends who are involved in a co-op here and have heard wonderful things. 

Nashville Zoo - Operation Survival

Dive into a world of camouflage, defense, and adaptation! Campers will learn how animals survive in their environments by looking at animal movement, diets, and what makes each animal unique.


Note: This camp always gets rave reviews and fills up quickly. tLG loves animals so I was super excited to get her into this one. 

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Overall, I think tLG has a nice, well-rounded summer to look forward to. She's got access to art, history, and science which aren't always everyday subjects in homeschool. We tend to focus more on language, math and Bible on a daily basis, so this will be an exciting change for her. Plus, all that socialization she's gonna get. LOL! ;)

We are planning to travel for the remainder of the summer, but we also have some plan B camp options in case those plans change. I really am hoping we can get in at least one of the music camps. 

Adventure Science Center - GoodVibes! 

Where better to explore the science of sound and acoustics than in the heart of Music City? Come experiment with sound waves, tone and pitch, and even build your own instrument. Experience the science of music where music is done best!

Adventure Science Center - Super Hero Science

Spider Man! Captain America! The Hulk! Come investigate the anatomy of a super hero. What makes them so special? How do human genetics make us super? Learn about lung capacity, compete in Body Battles, and try your hand at your own super skills.


Held annually in June, our Vacation Bible School challenges our kids to trust God and learn more about His love for them, all in a fun, themed environment. VBS is always a free week-long event, typically held from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. If a morning of excitement wasn’t enough, children have the option of staying longer after the VBS session has concluded. On Monday through Thursday until 5 p.m. and Friday until 7 p.m., we’ll have more crafts, more snacks, and more games! Off-site activities are often scheduled as well, including swimming, a visit to the Nashville Zoo and a longer trip to a fun destination to conclude the week.

First Baptist Nashville - Music Arts Camp

Held each July, children who have completed Grades 1 through 6 will experience a fun-filled week of activities, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., including percussion, handbells, the recorder, drama, art, dance, puppets, and martial arts. Along with Bible study, snacks and recreation, these activities culminate with a biblically-based children’s musical presented on Sunday evening.

Hermitage United Methodist - Basketball and Soccer Fundamentals


Hope everyone has a great summer full of fun and learning!

February 13, 2014

Family Valentine Party Ideas

My girl loves a party. She's a lot like me in the fact that she enjoys the planning and preparation almost as much as the party itself. This is our first year of homeschooling, which means no school card swap or box decorating (hallelujah!) so we decided to do our own thing at home instead. By our "own thing" I mean copy ideas from Pinterest (see my Valentine Board).

She made cards to send to some of her cousins, family members & friends, both near and far. I found packs of 8 red cards and envelopes in the $ spot at Target. Score! She wrote special notes inside, decorated them with stickers, and added a special origami heart before we sealed them up and attached her custom return address labels.
Here's the plan for the rest of the day. First up is heart-shaped cinnamon rolls and bacon for breakfast. For dinner we are making our own heart pizzas with special pepperoni! For dessert, we will whip up a batch of Valentine whoopie pies sans the red dye. Here's my recipe.
  • 1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
Mix all ingredients together with a mixer. Scoop 1/4 cup of mix into heart-shaped silicone molds (found mine at Hobby Lobby). Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Let cool and remove. 
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 T. milk
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
Mix butter, vanilla, and milk with a stand mixer. Continue to blend adding 1 cup of sugar at a time. Pipe in between 2 of the cakes. Be generous! 
A party isn't complete without decorations. We made these wax paper crayon hearts (note: skip the iron and go straight for the oven at 200 degrees). tLG decorated the sidewalk with chalk hearts and also set up some tic-tac-toe boards. After all, those X's and O's sound like hugs and kisses to me. We are also planning to tackle these secret message watercolor notes, mainly because they seemed simple. Paper, white crayon, water colors. Check! Our evening will wrap up with a batch of chocolate slime, Valentine BINGO, Mad Libs and a few games of hide the heart (very similar to hide the thimble)!

For gifts, I'm planning to ask my hubby if he will "BE-er" my Valentine. In my book, V-day is pretty much the single-handed most cheesy holiday there is.
tLG is getting this Auburn tumbler filled with candies. Because nothing says true love like buying alcohol and your rival's emblem (GO BAMA!) for your sweeties. ;)
Mainly, I'm just looking forward to hanging out with these people that I love so much!

P.E. on a Sunny Winter Day

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It's no secret that I loathe winter and embrace summer. When I say loathe, I mean barely speak it's name.  Today was one of those days where I just flat out ignored Old Man Winter.

We've had some miserable stretches of cold over the last 6 weeks. Some days were just #StupidCold. For the first time, in I couldn't tell you when, we made it above freezing and... wait for it... into the 40's!!! After hitting a low of 1 degree a few weeks ago, today practically felt like Summer outside. Well, you know, all things considered.

It was bright and warm (enough) so me and my girl BASKED in the sun. We broke out the bubbles and sidewalk chalk and went about about our merry way like it was any other summer day.

tLG chased bubbles for quite a while. Then, we moved on to hop scotch. All that jumping surely counts as P.E., yes? Indeed. And it was glorious!

REVIEW: Wild (Cheryl Strayed)


I use Grammarly's free online plagiarism checker because I had a football coach for an English teacher in high school. Nuff said. 
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
By: Cheryl Strayed
Preview Here
I have this really bad habit of choosing fiction books based on whether or not they will be made into a movie. This usually results in me jumping on the bandwagon late in the game but at least I know I'm gonna get a movie in the end. Back in January, I saw the book-to-movie guide for 2014. As I was scrolling through, I saw a picture of Reese Witherspoon and decided without hesitation that I would read Wild, simply because she was in the movie.

When I read the cover I was kind of intrigued and kind of bored. Wild is based on the real-life account of a woman with zero backpacking experience who sets off on a journey to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Apparently this is a journey that would take her across 1,100 miles over 3 months. Seemed to me as if the story line could get a little stale over time. After all, hiking is laborious and monotonous, yes? But the movie stars Reese Witherspoon, so I read it anyway.

This book kept me engaged the entire time. Throughout her journey, she flashes back to the events that brought her here, and boy did she have plenty of troubles that pushed her in this direction. Between the flashbacks she details the ins and outs of her adventure and rarely were two days the same. She also shares the people she meets along the way and the kindness that was shown to her over and over. This part alone renewed my faith in man. There are indeed good people in this world.

Cheryl encountered a variety of situations along the trail. Obviously, she lives to tell the tale but I was constantly amazed at her ability to overcome whatever circumstance she was presented. She eventually is dubbed The Queen of the PCT and I can see why. This woman does not give up, which is surprising after learning the life experiences that brought her here. I would have quit a long time ago. Cheryl was on a mission to find herself and heal her hurts. I'll be honest, I was skeptical that this rigorous vacation could be possible of such a feat. I felt certain it would beat her down even more, but something magical happens along the way.

I can't wait to see the movie later this year! Wild is due to release in October. I'll be interested to see how they weave in her backstory and pitstops in order to keep the momentum of the movie going. This is a big role for Reese seeing as she is the only main character who spends large chunks of time alone in the wilderness. I'm sure she will handle it beautifully, just like these pictures she's been tweeting.

February 12, 2014

Field Trippin' in Nashville

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Yesterday we took our 1st homeschool field trip. We actually did a morning and afternoon field trip with some other homeschool families. Because if you are gonna go, you might as well go all out. I was a nervous wreck. Meeting new people is not my favorite thing to do. My husband gently reminded me that today was more about tLG. Now, do you think that stopped me from painstakingly choose my outfit and accessories? No way Jose. My girl, on the other hand, had no issues in this department. She threw on her Auburn T-shirt, jeans and sneakers. That's just her style.

First up was The Young People's Concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony. Today's focus was the brass instruments. We had intended to meet up with 9 other homeschool families but there was some confusion on site and the ushers just started seating folks wherever there was room. Somehow, me and tLG magically ended up with box seats. Sweet!
The program was about 60 minutes long and I thought it was perfect for the age group. They played 6 songs total with introductions of each brass instrument and some instruction in between. The highlight, for me, was the story of Tubby the Tuba and the accompanying music. It was the most interactive part of the show and I was tickled to see that the narrator was none other than The Professor himself (he's kind of a local celebrity).

tLG spent the first half of the program sulking because I wouldn't let her bring her favorite stuffed animal inside to the show. I thought it would make her look silly and ill-adjusted to be 7 years old and still carrying a stuffed animal around as a security item. Lesson learned. Who the heck cares! She ended up pouting in my lap instead. She did warm up towards the end and decided she liked the trombones best of all and her favorite song was Stars and Stripes Forever, so we ended on a high note. < ---- See what I did there? Ha!
I let her choose our lunch destination. She was really wanting The Pharmacy but ultimately decided on the Nashville Farmer's Market. She's a little foodie in the making, I tell ya. She ate from the gyro deli and I had sushi. Of course, we both had dessert from The Sweet Stash and then immediately fell into a sugar coma.
We killed a little time running errands before our next destination, Traveller's Rest Plantation. Here, we did meet several homeschool families and everyone was really nice. The field trip in itself was pretty awesome too. We were able to take a peek inside the home and learn some of the history. For the record, I hate history but I seem to learn quite a bit if there is a home to be toured. ;)
Today's program had a Valentine theme and the kids were able to make cards using real ink quill pens.
Afterwards, the kids made homemade bird feeders and learned a folk dance. Surprisingly, tLG said that the dance was her favorite part. Here are a few highlights from the dancing portion.
I thought the staff did a really great job of keeping the kids and parents engaged. tLG liked it so much that she has asked to attend their summer camp program. I liked it so much that I signed her up last night!

Overall, I thought our 1st field trip went really well. We got in a little music and a little history. It was a nice, well-rounded day! Special thanks to Christie who runs the Nashville Homeschool Calendar for setting up both of these events. 

February 11, 2014

Engineering for Kids

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After tLG received her green belt, she decided she was done with TKD. Yes, I know I have that rule about sticking things out and not quitting, but I was never 100% on the whole karate thing anyway. Knowing that we were potentially going to homeschool, I was eagerly trying to find an extra-curricular activity that she could participate in. For socialization, of course. ;)

She had been big into building things and constructing something from nothing for a few weeks. At the same time there was a viral video going around encouraging girls to become engineers. I didn't buy their product but it led to me to type "engineering class for kids" into my Google search bar. I was thrilled to find out that such a class did, in fact, exist and found several class opportunities around Nashville including one just a few miles from our house. So, I promptly signed her up for two 6-week courses with Engineering for Kids

She's currently in week 4 of Mechanical Engineering. So far they have studied wind & sails, momentum & roller coasters, trajectory & catapults, and speed with race cars. She's always excited to go to this class and really enjoys the hands-on aspect. She's currently the only girl in the class, which is not surprising, but she could care less.

Here's a quick video of her catapult she made last week. 


The next session is Aerospace Engineering and she's pumped about that! We've liked it so much, that I've already signed her up for a week of their summer camp. I think this is a great supplement to our homeschool curriculum plus it's something that she enjoys. EFK is nationwide so I would encourage you to check out class options in your area. 


February 9, 2014

One Month Update

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Our official start date was January 6th. We've just completed our 5th week so technically we've been homeschooling just a little over a month. Here's a little update on how things are going.

I remember how anxious I felt to withdraw her from public school. I nearly drove myself crazy over worst-case scenario possibilities. It all seems a little silly now. As I anticipated, homeschool is easier than what we were doing before. Things have been going well. So well, in fact, that this month has kind of flown by. It's certainly been an adjustment but wasn't nearly as terrible as I imagined it would be. We found our groove pretty quickly, in my opinion, and have been swimming along ever since.

I'm still using the Easy Peasy All In One Homeschool online curriculum. We started with 1st grade and year 1 because, basically, I didn't know where else to start. A lot of it has been review for her, and I don't consider that a bad thing at this point. In Math and English, we've been completing a few days at a time to try to move forward to a place where it's slightly challenging for her. Her handwriting has improved tremendously and we are making a weekly run to the library because she's blowing through books, even chapter books. She's also involved in an Engineering for Kids class each Monday which she loves!

As far as socialization is concerned (because isn't that everyone's 1st ridiculous question/concern when you decide to homeschool), she plays with the neighborhood kids after school on the days that it's warm. Unfortunately, there haven't been too many days above the freezing mark but we take advantage on days that we can. She sees her friends at church each week and in her Engineering class. We also have family friends that she gets to see and hang with quite often. This coming week, we are going on our first homeschool field trip with several other homeschooling families. Basically, she's getting plenty of socialization. No worries.

My hubby started a new job this month and he's been on the road 4-5 days each week. That has been an adjustment in itself as we are used to having him around at least every evening. Being with my child 24/7 for days on end hasn't been as awful as I anticipated. Our homeschool room makeover has turned out to be perfect for us and we spend the majority of our day in that area. Even when she's finished with her schoolwork, she still likes to hang out with me while I do my work. This typically is fine but there are moments when I really just need her to be in another room for a little while. LOL!

Naturally, in the beginning, I was scared to death that I wouldn't be able to accomplish my work tasks and be a homeschooling mom at the same time. So far so good. Granted, I haven't really had to go into the office this month because it's the slow time of year but working from home hasn't been bad at all. Now that we've found our groove I'm able to work alongside her for a good part of the morning. We break for lunch and then I work another 2-3 hours in the afternoon. To stay on track, I typically need to work 4-5 hours each day and, so far, I haven't had had any problems achieving that. I've been very pleased at how well she stays quiet when I have a phone call. If she needs something urgent, she writes me a note. I have scaled back on doula work but it's a sacrifice that I knew was coming. I actually have enjoyed the break of not being on call constantly. Besides, it would have been super difficult with Mike's new travel schedule. Once again, I feel like the Lord timed all of these changes perfectly. I'm also pleased to report that TV isn't the babysitter every day. She keeps herself entertained pretty well which has been a blessing. However, I'm not ashamed to let her watch a Jessie marathon if needed so I can complete a project in peace and quiet.

Another item of note is that we are well ahead of Metro as far as school days. We have completed 5 extra days since they have been out quite a bit for inclement weather and holidays. I love being able to continue our regular routine without wondering what Metro is going to do and scrambling to find childcare or Plan B at the last minute.

Overall, I feel like we've had a great first month and a pretty easy transition into homeschooling. For this, I am thankful beyond words. Over the last week, I've noticed that she's growing up right before my very eyes. She suddenly seems much more confident and mature. She looks and acts so grown up sometimes that I can hardly fathom it. It makes me beam with pride, yet my heart aches at the same time.  I was reminded this week that she's going to be grown (for real) before I know it and definitely before I'm ready for it to happen. I don't know how to explain her sudden change but I am grateful that I now have the opportunity to spend more time with her on a daily basis.

February 6, 2014

Origami for Kids

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origami giraffe and ball
My girl has been interested in origami for quite some time now. This fascination has been going on for about a year. She loves the idea of making little animals and what not. Mostly cranes and ninja stars. She discovered YouTube tutorial videos and gets all excited to try something new. However, origami isn't easy and she usually gets frustrated pretty quickly and the fascination fades.

The origami interest rose again last week and I decided that part of the problem is the fact that we don't have origami paper. We have been using regular printer paper cut into a square. Since she was making the cut, it usually turned out anything but square. So, I hopped on the trusty Amazon and found 500 colored origami sheets for $10. Done! Granted, it's not high quality origami paper but it's the right size and many use it for practice paper, which is just what we needed.
It arrived yesterday and I think she's gone through half the pack already. She even knows some of the YouTube instructors by name. We've made several things today and I'm sure there will be more to come in the days ahead. One of the easiest things she found was an origami heart, just in time for Valentine's Day!
 
Origami is intricate work. It's also an art form and following directions is necessary. That totally counts towards homeschool time, right? It does in our world.