Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tinkering Tuesday - Homemade Playdough and Alphabet Matching Game

Today was Tuesday and we tinkered around making homemade playdough which was lots of fun! You can find the recipe here at this fabulous Montessori blog I came across when visiting http://countingcoconuts.blogspot.com/. Here are a few pics of our playdough adventures:

Drama Mama posing by the supplies

Our friend R stirs the pot

The finished product complete with
glitter sprinkles!

I have been working with both Tater and E-Bear on their lower and uppercase letters and have been getting creative with ways to make it fun. There are tons of ideas for clothespin matching games on the internet superhighway and so I made a simple version of my own. Here it is:

I had no idea this was going to be such a hit and am probably going to need to make another one so that each child can have their own. Another benefit of this game is that it helps develop the necessary motor skills and muscles for writing which we are working on with both kiddos. It's a blast looking for new things to do that are fun and educational. Keep checking back to see what we are up to next!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Things We Do

I love being a mom - especially to these sweet little ones! There are days where it is tough to muster up the grace and patience needed. There days when life feels so mundane and pointless but I know that feelings do not equal truth (my girls in the youth group hear this over and over and over and over and...). Thus, I am striving to cherish each moment spent with my little ones. Even the snotty nose wiping, poopy diaper changing, teary-eyed whining, high squeaky voices repeating things a hundred times, wanna-snatch-myself-bald-headed kinda days! You know the ones I am talking about! Yet, I believe that God has called me to be a stay-ay-home mom and to homeschool my children and even though it's not always easy, it's a blessing and a privilege - an honor.

A passage in God's word that I have been meditating on lately is Philippians 4:6-9 which says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." So, when Satan tempts me to dwell on all the other things I could be doing outside the home, when I start to wonder if I am a good enough mom or think that I can't do this, whenever I am worried or anxious, I repeat these verses to myself and combat the enemies antics with the sword of truth. The enemy comes to steal and kill and destroy but we are told in John 10:10 that Jesus came so that we could have life abundantly. So my goal is to live the life that God has called me to with abundance, to enjoy my husband and children, and to serve with a cheerful heart just as my Savior did. 

Here are some small ways we are living life to the fullest and enjoying each other as a family:

Creative Expression :)

Music (Pots and Pans and a Leap Frog Radio)

Eating! Enjoying some pizza!


I think Wiggle Worm was scared of the pink goggles
daddy was wearing!

Drama Mama in her float!

Baking! The way to my family's heart is through
baking cookies of any assortment!

Remember that enjoying each other doesn't have to be a big ordeal. It doesn't have to wait until that big vacation or until you have a lot of money. Just savor the every day moments...I hear they fly right by...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Homemade Crayon Fun!

Today we made homemade chunky crayons by recycling our old crayons and melting them in muffin tins. Tater Tot and Drama Mama have had a blast coloring with these. Here is how we did it:

We started by preheating the oven to 350 and
tearing off the wrappers of the crayons

Then placed them into a muffin pan

Like this

Then we turned the oven off and set our muffin tin in the
oven for 10-15 minutes, until all the crayons melted

Voila! The finished product! ENJOY!!!!

Veggie Tales

Well, we have really enjoyed our garden, weedy though it has been. Somehow we have still been blessed with yummy vegetables! The kiddos are having a blast working outside and watching things grow and become colorful. Here are the first finds - yellow squash, green peppers, and some cherry tomatoes:

Then, our big princess (AKA Drama Mama, and don't mind the cookie residue on her mouth) "found some color" and wanted to go pick "batoesies" and here is what she found (plus a green pepper we discovered):

A garden is a lot of hard work but well worth the effort, kind of like parenting. Children need to be planted and rooted in Christ, showered or watered with God's love and pruned or weeded by discipline and hard work. Only when we put in the hard work will we reap the benefits of the fruit of our labor. And nothing is guaranteed is it? Because in reality, our children are not our own - they are the Lord's. I am praying that I will be continually reminded of this truth but still press on in doing the right thing while trusting my Savior all the way. I hope all you parents will do the same! Blessings to you all!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

An Update

Well, it has been a while! I really have good intentions concerning this blog...and then it never pans out. But alas...here we go.

We are gearing up for our first year of homeschooling which we are very excited about. This is a new and somewhat scary adventure but from what I have read and heard from others, these are normal feelings. We are confident that this is what God is calling us to do and, although we have been questioned and even had people try to talk us out of this, telling us that we are wrong, we are pressing forward with great expectations! 

One of the questions people ask the most is "what curriculum will you use?" So - 
I purchased curriculum for five-year olds from handsonhomeschooling.com as a base, and we will also be using hooked on phonics, teach your child to read in 100 Easy Lessons, plus various printable worksheets and projects from some of my favorite blogs such as confessionsofahomeschooler.blogspot.com & homeschoolcreations.blogspot.com among others. We will be doing LOTS of reading, hands-on learning, singing and making music, bible reading and activities, crafts, nature walks, cooking, playing and having TONS of fun along the way! I hope to record our journey along the way but I am not making any promises. I know many of my friends and family members will be interested to see what exactly we do and so it would be fun to provide a glimpse into our fledgling little Jewell school. So we shall see! I pray all is well with everyone and God bless! Hopefully more to come!