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Homeschooling Updates…

October 9, 2012

A quick post this morning!

It’s fall….that means we’re reworking our homeschool day. We’ve thrown out the things that didn’t work to replace them with new ideas, projects, and supplies.

This year, I’ve found some great things at the Dollar Tree.

This little puzzle was one of several we picked up. I think Target normally has some really nice little puzzles for a dollar, as well.

This was a super cute, super frugal idea I found some place on the internet.

It’s a color matching game for the littles. (I’m going to have the paint chips laminated for long term use. We’re also assembling a set of these for Courtney. Should the Lord decide to bless her with children of her own, she’ll have a head start on creating homeschooling supplies for her litles.)

They store neatly in a zippered pouch and binder! (Walmart has these little pencil pouches for .75!)

These types of games have been great to use while we’re working on school with the older children orare just looking for something productive for a little one to do while everyone is busy during the day.

I also gathered supplies for making an inexpensive magnetic board:

I’m trying to find time to create some new file folder games for my children.

Do any of you have a favorite resource for this??

In addition to our normal school work, the children are always working on life skills. This week, Matthew has been learning to sharpen garden shears.

There were several pair left in this house by the previous owners. I couldn’t bear to throw them away so Matthew has a new afternoon project!

We’re using this You Tube video:

He’s excited to learn a new skill and we’re excited to have sharp shears to use in the yard (and just in time to clip herbs for the winter).

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Just for Laughs

October 3, 2012

Jessica is constantly coming up with new outfits for Zoe, our youngest cat.

Playtime or torture?

You decide.

Still Working ….

April 22, 2012

We are still working to clean our backyard from last year’s storms.

Our damage was limited to the trees in our yard. Looking around other areas of our state, it could have been much worse! We’re thankful to just have trees to cut.

We finally purchased a new chainsaw a couple of weeks back. It’s really been a long-needed tool in our home.

Jacob, has spent his extra time cutting apart trees and directing our younger family members on how to sort the pieces. Some, we’re planning to chip up for garden mulch. Others, we’re hoping to use as firewood for our home.

These are the latest pictures from our backyard….it doesn’t look like much, but he has done a massive amount of work on these trees!