I can almost hear the school bell

Next Monday we begin our new school year here at the Crazy House Baldwin Academy Baldwin School of Misfits… um home. This summer, Mr. Daddy Principal Man helped me squooosh all four kids into one room, move all my sewing stuff downstairs and turn our third bedroom into an official school room!

The kids are so very excited! I’m almost done getting everything ready for Monday, just a few more things to print out and get in their folders!
Next, I’ll write up what our curriculum is going to be this year….other than fun, fun and fun!
Where do you school?
and…uh.. does your school have a name?
 

The Joys of Teething and other fun stuff

I think this is week three of teething. I could be wrong. I’ve been wrong a lot lately.  Like when I wrote my rent check out of the wrong bank account. The drool has started draining out of the little Peanut Man like a broken hydrant. I’m praying that is a sign that we’re almost done.  If not, I may have to resort to using his little razor blade fingernails to slit his gums and move things along. I’m an thankful every day for my Hyland’s teething tablets and gel. (I know the tablets have been voluntarily recalled, we’ve just never had an issue with them, so I’m using up what I have left)

We’ve been trying to do some easy science experiments in between fussy spells.  I’m working on reviewing an experiment eBook from Touch of Home Learning and so far the kids are LOVING it!

This is from one of their experiments!

I’ve also missed a week in my #7virtues book study (click here for last chapter’s post) because I’ve been trying to focus on what it was painfully reminding me I was supposed to be focusing on.  So instead of keeping up with The Blog Dare I was paying attention to the “bugs” and trying to pay some attention to hubby. 

We’ve been struggling with school lately as well and while I had been just doing what I could and making do I have decided that I’m tired of just “making do”.  My girls have been making do with whatever mom pulled together that day for a couple years now, because of new babies, and I needed to give them something more structured.  I was reintroduced to Time 4 Learning and am so excited to be offered a chance to try it out for FREE in exchange for an honest review on my blog. My disclaimer is posted in my sidebar.  I cannot wait to get started!  I am already thanking the Lord for His blessings on this.  Two years ago we could not have afforded to let one kid be a member on that site now we can afford to sign up both of our girls!

I am also very excited about a couple of blog graphics I’m working on!  It’s challenging to try and design with Lil Peanut on my lap (or nursing!) but SO VERY excited that these wonderful moms are trusting me with their graphics!  My kids are going to my moms house this weekend for a “It’s Nanny’s Birthday Not Quite Spring Yet Break” and I’m hoping to have lots of time then to finish these up and fix up my own blog for spring time.

How could I forget?  I am also anxiously awaiting a package from Butt Naked Baby!  Isn’t that name adorable?! I’ve been offered a chance to review one of their products and after spending some time on their site I must say I’m stalking my mailman!

Enough rambling….  totally lost my focus again. I’m pretty sure I need to go fish something out of Lil Man’s mouth again.

 

WAIT…. I wanted to share with you guys the little sheets I made Taderbug for school this week.  They are simple, for learning to read.  Take the letter at the top of the page and add it to all the word endings.  Then circle the words that are REAL words.  She loved it.

You can get it here.

TTFN!  Lisa

Game Day at the Schoolhouse


This year I’ve done a few things different.  Planning different. Teaching different. Stressing out differently.
I also scheduled our Christmas break. A LONG one. It will feel great waking up next Monday morning knowing that we are not doing school and it is OKAY.
That makes today our last day of school for 2010.  The girls are excited.  This mom is excited.  I can’t imagine what they are going to do when they find out our last day is going to be “Game Day”.
Last Tuesday, The Homeschool Village held a twitter Christmas party and one of the questions asked was “Do you use games in school?” (or something like that, it’s hard to keep up with parties that rockin’!)  I use fun and games to teach all the time but must admit I have never sat down with my kids and a board game and played with them as a planned part of our schoolwork.  The list of games came pouring in over tweetchat and made a point to pull up the party on Wednesday and start making a list.
Today, Daddy is home from work.  Today, our last day of the school for the year, we are going to play games.  No Wii games (great idea, we just don’t have a game that everyone can play yet).  No computer games.
I think we’ll start with Skip Bo, then UNO, and see if I have any hair left before moving on.
They will be excited.  Once I get the game going, Daddy will be excited. I am the one that struggles with this.  I love games, and I love my kids.  I simply have a hard time enjoying it while bouncing a 20 pounder on one knee and distracting the 2 year old so she won’t move around all the pieces.
Here are a list of games they mentioned at the party:

Non “Board Game” Ideas that were shared:

  • Cooking
  • Counting down until…bedtime, dinnertime, etc.
  • Playing store with coupons, boxes from kitchen, empty containers
  • Dress up, act out stories you have read
  • Minute to Win It! Practice some of the games from the game show!

What games do you play with your kids?  Do you ever do it as part of your planned schoolwork?

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Some of the links here are Amazon affiliate links.  If you were to purchase it, yes, I would get a few cents to go towards our school fund.  This link offered a great description of the product and reviews and I only included them on games I had never heard of before.

He made it look so easy… Our "Jim's Pancakes"

Pancake Mix….Check
Food Coloring…Check
Condiment Bottles….Check
Inspiration from Jim’s Pancakes …Check
How hard could it be right?  They did it on TV.  Just squirt an outline, fill it in with another color, cook, flip, eat, right?!

Talent? Skills?   None.
This was harder than it looked on his blog.  They tasted good, and the kids were very excited.  Next time I should follow one of Jim’s recipes since these kind of fell apart under the pressure of syrup.
This WILL be tried again.  Maybe then I’ll get pictures of the actual pancakes.
Have you tried any as-seen-on-tv recipe lately?  How did yours turn out?

Music to fold towels by?

My Folding Towels Pandora Station

Yep, even I need a good beat to get things going!  How about a little A-Ha, INXS, or Duran Duran to get your laundry folding jiggy on?

I love Pandora Radio, even have it on my Blackberry. 

I’m hoping I’m not the ONLY momma out there who could use a little mood music to get moving on cleaning, so I thought I’d share one of my fav stations.

Enjoy the flashback!