Passing Down the Machine

14 years ago…
(I feel a little Abe Lincoln here…)
my very new hubby did a very stupid thing and took his Sears card for a drive, buying me fancy schmancy sewing machine. (The gift was nice… using the credit card was stooooopid)
Five years ago, he sprung for a serger.
This past Mother’s Day, he upgraded me to a Singer Futura Embroidery Machine.
Yea, he’s a keeper.
Since the new machine is also a sewing machine, a fancy schmancy one at that, my poor little Kenmore machine is wrapped in plastic on the shelf waiting for someone to love it again.
The someone is here, in the house, I have just been waiting for her to grow up enough to sit still and pay attention.
This week, I let her sit and practice (on my new machine! *gasp*) sewing straight lines.  She’s going to make me crazy asking to do it again.  I need to sit with her this time, because she got excited and started stitching all my scraps together willy nilly like and stopped paying attention to what she was doing.
I might be crazy, but she really wants to learn.  So for Christmas, in her stocking, she will be getting her first measuring tape, some pins, a pin cushion, and a seam ripper.  She will also get full on access to Momma’s Sewing Machine… the first one.
I think I might print her off some of these starter projects and put them in a binder for her.

Did you teach your kid to sew? How old were they? Do you know of a fun/easy sewing idea?

Stolen from Public School…. it’s Math Blitz Week!

Salt Tray Math

My friend Laurie tweeted this morning about her local school system having a Math Blitz Week and how she was going to do the same thing with her kids this week.  Being the total copycat mom that I am I have stolen her idea and the school’s idea and am having a math blitz week of our own!

Today, made up some basic addition facts flash cards and practiced them, both grades (3rd and 1st) together.  Then we drew a giant number 10 on a piece of art paper and decorated all around it with the many facts that equal ten.  The girls earned a tootsie roll for remembering all of them without my help.  I pulled out some old workbooks and set Tader up at the kitchen table to work through the fun pages while Doodlebug and I sat on the floor to formally introduce her to multiplication.

My NON math child now knows how to multiply and filled in a multiplication table up to the nines!!  I couldn’t be more excited!

Here are some links to the resources we’ll be using this week!

Won’t you join us!?

Homeschool Resources – Sunflower Schoolhouse's Kid Links

As a homeschooling mom on a budget I LOVE to find new resources online!  My newest find is from @sunflowermommie ‘s website Sunflower Schoolhouse!

She has recently updated her Kid Links page, which is full of great online activities just for kiddos!

Subjects include:

  • Art
  • Christian
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Music
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Miscellaneous

If you want to find more great links just follow her #kidlinks hashtag in twitter!
Thanks Honey Brown (sunflowermommie) for the great links!