Tuesday, June 30, 2009
We took the dog to a vet around the corner and they scanned her and she was chipped. They found the owners who had been looking for her for 2 days. We were so glad to have a happy ending for her.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I also have to remind myself that teens still need their parents. They want to spend time with you. They need your positive influence when there is so much negative everywhere. They may not be playing Barbies or cars and trucks anymore but recreation with parents is important still. They need our time. Some things that come to mind that you could do with your teen are taking a walk/hike, going swimming, seeing a movie, just talking, riding bikes. There are lots of things you could do, but talking and more important, listening are in the top two. A friend and fellow homeschooler has a really cool way of talking with her kids. Of course we need face to face conversation, but sometimes kids have things to say that they may not feel bold enough to say to your face. She has her kids write in a shared journal. They write to her and then she responds. Or she writes to them and they respond. And it goes back and forth that way. That's not to say the entries are always something they wouldn't want to say face to face, but it's just a neat way to communicate on a personal and private level especially if there are other kids in the house. Teens don't always want their siblings in all their business. So for those of you raising teens that is just a tip of the iceberg of information out there. If you need support or help don't assume it's hopeless just do a little searching. It's out there.
Here are some links for great ideas for parenting adolescents.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Some things I like to make with strawberries are yogurt smoothies, strawberry pie, chocolate dipped strawberries, and of course strawberry shortcake. Here are some links for all kinds of delicious strawberry recipes.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
- Lightning bugs are actually nocturnal beetles
- Most fireflies have wings, which separates them from other luminescent insects of the same family, we know them as glowworms
- There are 2,000 firefly species
- Fireflies have dedicated light organs, they take in oxygen and combine it with luciferin to produce light with almost no heat
- Firefly light flashes flash in patterns unique to each species
- The blinking pattern helps the firefly find a potential mate
- The light may also be a defense mechanism to let predators know that they taste terrible
- Female fireflies deposit their eggs in the ground, there the larvae develop into adults
- Underground larvae feed on worms and slugs by injecting them with numbing fluid
- Adult fireflies usually eat nectar and pollen, but sometimes don't eat at all.
I will also be adding this handmade bug keeper to my Etsy shop later today. Have fun with a kid you know. Go out and catch some lightning bugs together. Now you can awe them with your great knowledge of lightning bugs.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The cost of homeschooling is dependant on the curriculum and materials you choose and the activities you take part in. You could spend a few thousand dollars a year to homeschool, if you choose a fancy curriculum with all the bells and whistles. On the other hand, you could put together a curriculum with local library materials and a few purchased items for a very inexpensive school year. A lot of homeschoolers go for somewhere in between.
The kind of curriculum you choose will be determined by how much you can or want to spend and also the method that you choose. That's right, there are several homeschool methods to choose from. New homeschoolers may try out a few before finding one that's comfortable. Take a look here at some of the methods used. http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/methods/Methods.htm
I recommend doing an internet or library search on these different methods of homeschooling.
Some new homeschoolers have gone out and purchased an expensive packaged curriculum and found out that it didn't really fit. Just because one is more expensive doesn't mean it will be better for your homeschool. In another post I will look at some curriculum choices by subject.
Record keeping will be something that has to be done. You will want to keep an attendance record. What records you need to keep will depend partly on your state regulations. Here are some things you will need to record...
What you have done- Keeps track of progress and is a precautionary measure in case there are any questions or complications.
Some sort of records will be needed to document the student’s work and for placement purposes should you ever need to put your child back into a group classroom situation.
As the homeschooling parent, you are responsible for keeping adequate records. You should keep a listing of the curriculum you use.You will want to keep a record of the activities done each week; this can be in the form of daily or weekly lesson plans or a journal.
Keep all tests, projects, and lab reports. Most families keep a portfolio that contains a sampling of the student’s work, including writing assignments. A simple way to collect this information is to have a file drawer, file crate, or file box for each student, with a folder for each subject.
Most families have a way to keep track of progress (grading system), whether with formal grades or informal evaluations of goals and objectives.
You can get record keeping materials at teacher supply stores or find them on the internet to be printed. I would recommend a purchased lesson plan book to keep track of what you've done.Here are some more links to help you. There are lots of topics on these links. Spend some time exploring them.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
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Monday, June 8, 2009
So there you have it, my sluggish Monday post. At least there are beautiful pictures to look at. Have a great Monday!
Friday, June 5, 2009
The reason there are two senators for each state is so that one can be the designated driver. --Jay Leno
I went into a McDonald's yesterday and said, "I'd like some fries." The girl at the counter said, "Would you like some fries with that?"
Politics is just show business for ugly people.
The crime problem in New York is getting really serious. The other day the Statue of Liberty had both hands up.
The New England Journal of Medicine reports that 9 out of 10 doctors agree that 1 out of 10 doctors is an idiot.
You can't stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh.
You're not famous until my mother has heard of you.
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish and he will eat steak.
"CNN said that after the war, there is a plan to divide Iraq into three parts: regular, premium and unleaded." -
"If Arnold is elected, you know who I'd feel sorry for? The people on death row. Imagine, you're about to be executed, the governor calls, you think it's your reprieve, and you hear 'Hasta la vista, baby.'" -As Jay leaves and Conan O'Brien takes over I have to leave you with a quote from the Year 3,000 bit on the Tonight Show with Conan O' Brien. In the year 3000 "Youtube, Twitter and Facebook will merge to form one super, time wasting website called YouTwitFace."
So it's out with the old and in with the new. Or, well, I guess that would be out and back in with the old X 2. Anyway, everybody have a fun Friday today!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The first thing you need to do is find out the laws and requirements for homeschooling in your state. Here is a link to the Indiana Department of Education. It has requirements for Indiana homeschooling. Another site for Indiana is here. For those of you in different states look here for your state. Also look at this link http://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp and find your state then click the Legal Analysis link.
The next thing is to read, then read and then read some more. Look at your local library. There are lots of books on homeschooling.
- Homeschooling Handbook by Mary Griffith
- First Year of Homeschooling Your Child by Linda Dobson
- The Homeschooling Book of Answers : The 88 Most Important Questions Answered by Homeschooling's Most Respected Voices by Linda Dobson
There is a lot of information in all of these links. Read through it to get an idea of the legalities and homeschooling basics. Next Thursday I will be posting about the cost of homeschooling, general curriculum concerns and record keeping.
I just wanted to blog a little shout out to say thank you.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
This week I have also been able to get a couple of bags finished for my Etsy shop. These rag quilt bags are so cute. My daughter and I both use them. This one is ladybugs which is a favorite of mine.