Meet Maizy

Meet Maizy!

 

She’s our one year old Puggle that brings a whole new distraction to our every-day homeschooling!  Puggles are super friendly small size dogs with big hearts and an ever present need to sniff!  We adopted her as a puppy after her first owner decided they could not keep another dog and were planning to drop her off at an animal shelter.  She gives an opportunity for all of us to learn lessons in patience, responsibility, and self denial.

 

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Pasta with broccoli & parmesan (one pot!)

Pasta with broccoli and parmesan

 

1/2 lb. of elbow macaroni (or pasta of your choice), uncooked

2 cups broccoli florets and top part of stem, chopped small

1/2 cup grated parmesan

1 TBL. butter

 

1.  Boil pasta according to package directions,  3 minutes before its done, add broccoli to the pot.

2.  Drain pasta and broccoli but reserve 1/3 cup pasta cooking water!

3.  Place pasta and broccoli back into pot and add in butter, parmesan, and reserved water.

4.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  (I often add in some garlic power to taste here too)

Enjoy!

 

You can easily double this recipe and you can substitute the broccoli for your favorite finely chopped vegetable (spinach, peas, mushrooms, etc…), adjusting the time when you add it to the boiling pot of pasta in order for it to cook to your liking.

 

 

Learn to Draw

Wanted to share a neat web-site my daughter and I use from time to time.  There are free drawing lessons available to you and your children! You also have several options to take classes for a fee if you wish (we have not).

Visit Drawspace to see the levels of drawing instruction provided.   I think your 7th grader and up would do very well with these lessons.

*Please pre-view the many galleries of member drawings before you let your child look through them.   Occasionally you could find something objectionable in a gallery so I encourage you to either disregard this feature or use with discretion.

Kids Chore Charts

I found a great web-site where you can create chore charts for your children for free! The neat part is you can choose different themes for each chart and total customize the chores, colors and days of the week.

http://www.dltk-cards.com/chart/

We made a Veggie Tale chart for Josh’s morning chores.

Summer is a great time to work on daily habits that need to be under control before your new school year begins!

Home-made Playdough!

Whip this up in 5 minutes and keep them happy for a whole hour!

1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 tablespoon oil
1/2 tsp cream of tartar

a drop of food coloring

Mix all but the last ingredient in a small saucepan. Cook over a very low heat until it turns into a dough – don’t leave it, it’ll will stick to the bottom of the pan! Knead the dough until cool enough for kids to touch. Add a few drops of coloring and knead until evenly mixed.

I have the kids ‘work’ on a plastic place mat at the table.  Just add some toothpicks, little toys, dull knife and let the creativity happen!

Looking forward to Free Time this Summer!

I’m having difficulty finding time to blog along with all the other things we homeschooling mommies have to do! Homekeeping along with Homeschooling is quite the balancing act!

 I’m really excited about finishing up our school year in about a month or so (Jordan and Jesse have finished some subjects already) and having a bit more free time to tackle all my house projects on the back burner as well as return to blogging.  With the HSB upgrade right around the corner,  I’m thinking our wonderful community here will be a buzz and it sure will be fun linking up with many new like minded moms.  =)

With Art In Mind

This year I used the book “With Art In Mind” from BJU Press as my guide for art lessons with Jordan and Jesse.  This book is very well suited for mixed media art with 4 – 8th grade students. The boys completed 12 lessons (one per week during our 3rd quarter) to meet our NY state requirement for Art.  While they worked we listened to lessons from “Classics for Kids” which helped to fulfill our music requirement as well!

“With Art in Mind” is a collection of 60 lessons divided into seven categories such as “Colored Markers/Crayons”, “Tempera”, and “Cut or Torn Paper”.  We took some lessons from each category.

I explained what they were to do and often completed one of the projects ahead of time as a sample.  The book also gives 2 or 3 examples of the completed project.  I chose projects that could be completed with basic art supplies we have at our home.  I’m offering a few photos of what they accomplished:

Bubble Aquarium:

Illuminated Letter:

Chalk Animals:

Torn Figures:

Abstract Still Life;

Silhouettes:

I was surprised at how Joshua (4.5 years) became interested in doing his “art” and began to ask “Can we do Art today, mom?”.  He was proud of his pictures too!

Classical Music Web-site for Kids!

I recently found what I think is a great resource for us non-musical homeschool moms who wish we could add music appreciation to our schools painlessly!  The most popular classical pieces are explained to children at the Classics For Kids website!  Complete with lessons plans (if you want to " go there") the site is so easy to use!

Maybe you have heard these broadcasts on the radio.  If not,  you are able to listen to past broadcasts right at the site – which are brought to us in a kid-friendly tone that includes commentary and snippets of music.   I think this is wonderful to put on as "background noise" while the kids are coloring or doing lego’s.  I am using it to have Jordan and Jesse listen to as they work on art. (Killing two birds with one stone!)  Of course,  you could certainly set aside 20 minutes a week and have them focus completely on the broadcast and then play one of the games on-line or do a quick work-sheet (some are provided!)

Ideal for elementary age – if you have been looking for a music appreciation web-site you have to check this one out!  Classics for Kids