It's Deaf History Month!

Last week I braved the library with all four kids so our 9yo Doodlebug could attend Homeschooler’s Day. They had invited the principal of the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in to show us a little sign language and teach us about what it is like to be deaf. His ‘lecture’ was wonderfully entertaining and educational!
Since it is Deaf History Month I thought I would share with you some of the videos we will be exploring today!
Starting with our ABC’s!
YouTube – ABC song/ASL alphabet – American version.

Here Ashley Michele starts her five part lessons in sign language. She lost her hearing at two years old.
 
WestwoodASL.com has great video lessons! The first set is free, then other modules are only $5 each! You have access to the module for 180 days, making it a great idea for summer learning.
Do you know of a fun sign language resource or craft? Link up in the comments!

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