Monday, December 22, 2008
So, today was the day! I made a big batch of buttermilk Christmas cookies and split it three ways. They rolled, cut, baked (with some assistance from me for this step only), frosted and decorated a TON of cookies all on their own! I let them know their cookies are THEIR cookies. They can keep them, share them or give them....whatever they would like to do!
I cannot tell you how excited they were for today and how proud they were with their little works of art! I like to consider days like today my Christmas gifts to them. They will remember them because I remember the same kind of days with my family!
Enjoy the next couple of days before Christmas!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
One of my favorite Christmas memories is pulling into the driveway of my Grandma and Grandpa's home in Casper, WY. They had a big picture window and we would just watch all the big snow flakes come down! They are now both in heaven and I miss them terribly, but this time of year always reminds me of all the Christmas celebrations at their home!
Monday, December 8, 2008
This is pretty adventurous for our group, but I think it will be fun and festive!! Please give it a try. We are a forgiving group and will love YOU and YOUR COOKIES TOO!
Come spend a fun and festive night out with other homeschool Moms! Sample delicious home-baked treats and end the party with a large batch of assorted holiday cookies to take home!
What: Mom’s Night Out
What will we be doing: Christmas Cookie Exchange
Where: Mary Hughes Home (Northwest of 180th and Center)
When: Friday, Dec. 12th 6:30pm
What to bring: 4-6 dozen of one type of cookie (we will eat some there and each person will be able to take home a nice selection to their family). See guidelines for a cookie exchange listed below.
RSVP by Tuesday, Dec. 9th...so you can get to baking!
Guidelines for a cookie exchange
All cookies must be homemade
Please bring 4-6 dozen cookies (the variation is due to the fact that some cookies are more time intensive. You are more than welcome to bring MORE than 4 dozen…please!)
Theme is Christmas cookies – no chocolate chip unless they are really different
Avoid no bake cookies
Arrange your cookies in a basket or platter…be creative (I know….but you can do it!)
Bring a large container to carry away your cookies…remember, you’ll be able to take a bunch home to your family!
Bring a copy of your recipe
If you don’t have time to bake, feel free to buy some from a real bakery!
Bake your cookies at least 2-3 days in advance. The biggest reason for not coming is you don’t have time to bake them. This means don’t bake them on FRIDAY!!! Another reason to do it early is that it gives them time to “dry out” a bit. A freshly baked cookie is not a good cookie to take somewhere.
This Mom’s night out will take a little bit of effort and it will be worthwhile!
Ideas for cookies:
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
We have a monthly meeting THIS Friday. Hope you can make it!
Friday, December 5th
KNIGHTS Monthly Meeting – 2:30 to 4:00pm Gretna Community Church. We are having a Lego robotic demonstration, large group PE activity and free gym time. We will practice push ups and shuttle runs for the presidential fitness test.
*Please bring: water bottles for the kids! Bring one curriculum item you have been wanting to share with the group. We should have time to do it this month!
Some things to keep in mind for December:
· Friday, Dec. 5th – 4-H Science (for those who are enrolled)
· Friday, Dec. 12th – Presidential Fitness Training Session (for those who are participating)
· No Field Trip Scheduled for December
· Mom’s Night Out is a Cookie Exchange - Friday, Dec. 12th looks like it will work for most.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Here is a description from their website:
Joslyn's Outreach Trunks are multidisciplinary education resources designed to strengthen students' appreciation of art. They are excellent stand-alone materials for use in the classroom, and can also help teachers prepare for or follow-up their visit to Joslyn Art Museum. Trunks can be used with any grade level unless otherwise noted.
Trunks are available for loan to schools and community groups at no charge, and can include materials such as:
Teacher guides with lesson plans
Videos and DVDs
CDs of images
In addition, we are proud to offer two new Outreach Trunks designed specifically for students with special needs. We have also included Braille and large print descriptive labels for all hands-on objects in the trunks.
Please note that Joslyn will ship trunks via UPS to teachers outside of the Omaha metro area. Teachers within the Omaha area are to pick up and return the trunks to Joslyn Art Museum.
For more information please call (402)342-3300 or click here to email Joslyn's outreach staff.
Other trunks are also available through the Nebraska Humanities Council. They have 4 cultural encounter kits available.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
6949 S. 108th St.
2:30pm – 3:30pm
RSVP Required * Cost is FREE!
Plan to arrive a few minutes early and enter through the retail store. We will take a tour through their new facility and plant. We will see 3 different mixers that can hold up to 1600 lbs of dough, ovens, cooling conveyers and bread lines.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
This election is a very important time in our life! Our kids will be 4 years older the next time we have a Presidential election! We have decided to spend some time today and tomorrow just focusing on the election and what exactly is going on in our country. It may seem strange, but I am excited about doing this! I have always loved politics and government and what a great time to share that with my kids!
So, try not to be so tied down to your curriculum or your plan. Work and study hard with your kids so you are able to take a few days off of your normal schedule to do those special things that your kids will remember!
Here is a great lapbook to get you started:
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
We homeschool so that we can: answer any question our kids throw at us, take our time...even on our busiest day, let our kids touch and feel anything in their surroundings (including logs!), let our kids run and jump on anything in the outdoors (including more logs), let our kids participate together, have fun with the boundaries that are appropriate for our family, challenge our younger kids to levels we feel they can handle, make decisions about our kids education, and have fun!
So, on your next hike in the outdoors, take the ENTIRE family along. Take your time, touch the outdoors, collect things, answer questions and enjoy one another at a slow, casual pace!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
If for some reason, you are interested but have a conflict on the 24th, please also email me.
Any homeschooler between the ages of 6-18 can join us!
Presidential Fitness Challenge
The Gretna KNIGHTS are participating in the Presidential Physical Fitness Test this year. The program encourages students to make staying active a part of their everyday life. We are partnering with Fast Forward Fitness to do this as they are a qualified instructor! It is going to be a very fun activity and each child will feel a sense of accomplishment! Anyone is welcome to join us! Our goal is to have at least 50 kids between the ages of 6-18. If we do this, we can get a State Champion Award!
The plan is to have 8 sessions with the Fast Forward staff and then participate in the testing in April. The first session will be a benchmark type of test for the kids. The remaining 7 sessions will be training and conditioning sessions where the staff will work with our kids on the components. The final step is the actual fitness test in late April.
Fast Forward is willing to do it for $25 for the 8 training sessions plus $10 for the test, for a total of $35 per child. This is a GREAT deal! We will space the sessions out over the coming months.
For more information , a “Get Fit” handbook is available at this website: http://www.presidentschallenge.org/pdf/getfit.pdf
Our 1st session will be Friday, October 24th from 2:30-4pm at Fast Forward Fitness. The address is 13405 I Circle. It is located on the North West side of 132nd and Industrial in a business park. All kids are welcome to attend, however, only children age 6 and older are able to participate in the actual test in April.
If you would like more information about Fast Forward, their website link is listed below. The owners are great to work with and are very excited to be working with homeschoolers!
Please email me and let me know if you are interested in participating!
The State Champion Award is given to one school in each of three categories with the highest percentage of children earning the Presidential Physical Fitness Award. Winners receive free special awards for the students who earned the Presidential Physical Fitness Award as well as a certificate for the school. You must have at least 50 students in order to be eligible. If your home school is part of a co-op that has 50 or more students combined, you can enter as one home school using your results.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
*RSVP Required by Tuesday, October 14th *
$5 per child or adult. Bring check or cash the day of the field trip.
Feel free to come have lunch at 12:30 or 1pm at the picnic tables(before the field trip)!
Prek-1st grade Seedlings/Outdoor nature
2-3rd grade Saplings/Outdoor nature
4+ grade Friends of Discovery ProgramPlease email me the child’s name and grade level
When: Friday, October 17th 1:30pm-3:30 (you can plan to have lunch there before the field trip)
Where: GIFFORD FARM 700 Camp Gifford Road Bellevue. NE 68005 http://www2.esu3.org/esu3/index.cfm?dept=gf&action=31&ID=107
Gifford Farm Education Center provides educational programs to area youth and the community, serving over 25,000 visitors annually. A working farm, this multifaceted education area has more than 400 acres of farmstead, pastures, crop land, woodlands and a small pond. Located along the Missouri River bottom just outside of Bellevue, NE, it is surrounded by 1,200 acres of woodlands known as Gifford Point, which has over 5 miles of river front.
How much: $5 per child or parent
Virtual tour (really good for little ones!): http://www2.esu3.org/esu3/fanfarmfun/horse/horse.htm
What we are doing:
We will have 2 to 3 groups of kids going on a tour, depending on the number of kids participating.
Prek-K and 1st-3rd : Woods program (Seedlings and/or Saplings & outdoor nature classroom)
3rd or 4th and up: Friends of Discovery program
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
This year we thought it would be fun to take a school holiday (not even doing grammar or math!) on their birthdays! It seems to be a hit with the kids! It is almost 10am, they are in their pajamas and still watching cartoons....a kid's dream come true!
Enjoy your October and remember to have LOTS of fun when celebrating your birthdays!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
We have been starting our school day by reviewing their assignments and what the schedule looks like for the day (which seems to really help my middle child...she likes to know what to expect!). After our morning huddle, we do our one on one time, which has been really fun. A good friend of mine shared how she spent her mornings with her kids (Thanks Mary) and I thought it was worth a try! She spends one on one time with each of her kids in the am...sometimes it might be one hour, other times it might just be 30 minutes. Either way, the kids seem to really LOVE this idea! I rotate who starts out the one and one time and they are curiously excited to be with just me! They get to pick what we work on together. Sometimes it is grammar, sometimes it is math and sometimes it is a game with just the two of us! When they are not in their one on one time, they are doing work that can be done independently (and yes, even my 5 1/2 year old can work on her own for a while!)
If you have more than 2 kids and you haven't tried the one on one time, I would highly recommend it! It has been a fun way to change up our school schedule this year!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 19th – Lauritzen Gardens
RSVP Required by Wednesday, September 17th
We will gather outside Lauritzen Gardens at 1:45 to collect payment and get organized. The tour starts at 2pm, so please be on time. If you would like to come early, you could check out the locomotives and even have lunch up by the locomotives (that area is free).
Come take a one hour guided tour of the garden and then play in the Kid Structure Outdoor Exhibit. The gardens are open until 5pm, so you can stay as long as you like. It is located close to Henry Doorly Zoo. You take the same exit, however, it is on the North side of the interstate and east of 10th Street. The signs will direct you to the “Botanical Gardens”.
Kids $3 (kids under 6 are free!)
*Please bring exact payment the day of the field trip.
Imaginative KidStructure exhibit to run through October 5, 2008
A Project of the Lauritzen Gardens Guild
Never before has a garden visit spurred such whimsy, magic and fascination for children. KidStructure, an outdoor exhibit of structures custom-designed by area architects and contractors, will ignite the imagination of all who experience these creative structures for the young and young-at-heart.
KidStructure stretches the definition of traditional playhouse design. These unique and adventurous structures will encourage interactive learning, garden exploration and, most importantly, imagination!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park is hosting the Stargazing 2008 parties. May 9th, June 13, July 11, August 8 and September 19, join the Omaha Astronomical Society and Prairie Astronomy club and view the spectacular sky using the powerful telescopes! Stargazing begins at the golf driving range from dusk to 11 pm. Weather Permitting. Don't forget to join the 15th Annual Nebraska Star Party at Merritt Reervoir, near Valentine, NE at the Snake River camp ground. It starts July 27 and goes to August 1. A Park Entry Permit is required. Contact: Administration OfficeContact Phone: 402-944-2523 , ext 7122 Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Here is a neat prayer:
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Here is another one...same idea
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
T-shirts are $5.99. Shipping is 0.75 cents. If we order 10 or more the group name can be added to the back of the shirt for $1.50. If we order 26 or more it can be added for $1.
They also have tote bags and other things.
Here is a link that takes you to the shirts they have:
Let me know and I would be happy to put together an order, but it has to be by end of day on Wednesday!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Enjoy CoCo Key - they're glad to have homeschoolers back!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Gretna KNIGHTS Homeschool Group Monthly Meeting
This is a kid focused meeting so they can have some fun with other homeschooled kids! Moms come and have fun WITH your kids and the other Moms.
Gretna Community Church (the church next to the Speedee Mart on Hwy 31/6)
321 S. HWY 6 Gretna, NE 68028
Friday, September 5th from 2:30-4:00pm. Please be ON TIME! We are going to start the meetings promptly this year so we can all get home on time and make dinner! We will meet on the first Friday of the month from September until May.
What we’ll do this month:
1. Round Table Time – Introductions and birthday recognition. We’ll talk about what we are going to do this year as well (field trips, music concert, Mom’s nights, play dates, etc.)!
2. Show-n-tell – Please bring something from summer to share with a small group of other kids your age (from vacation, from family things, from school projects, from the creek, from the ER, etc.)
3. Presidential Fitness Preview – Daryl Kucera from Fast Forward will come visit with our group about some neat plans for the Presidential Fitness Challenge.
4. Free Gym Time
What to bring:
1. Bring ONE of your favorite curriculum finds this year…Only ONE thing! Please make sure it is labeled with your name. We’ll have them in one of the classrooms for you to browse through during the meeting. Feel free to ask questions!
2. Bring your calendars so we can set our 1st Mom’s Night Out!
Kids: Bring a water bottle and something for show-n-tell!
Just for Moms: I’ll have some sign up sheets for some things this year. Please prayfully consider how you can help us out! We will have sign up sheets for you to:
· Host a Mom’s night out (ie: playing bunco, curriculum share, cookie exchange, wine/cheese/cracker night, game night, etc.).
· Lead a large group PE activity during our monthly meeting once during the year (you pick which one…Oct, Dec, Jan, Feb, Apr)
· Lead a craft activity in November or February
· Someone to help out with helping the kids do some short plays for the year?!?!?!?
We would like to work on communication skills this year with the kids, so you will start to see something small every month that will help them become more confident with speaking in a group setting! Please start to talk to them about this and introduce this concept. We know every child is different and each child’s comfort level varies, however, everyone has expressed an interest in spending time on this skill!
I look forward to starting the year off! Please call or email me if you have ANY questions! Don’t forget to check out the new blog site! There is lots of info on the site, including a calendar of activities!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
- Friday, September 5th - 2:30pm KNIGHTS Meeting
- Friday, September 19th - 2pm Lauritzen Gardens KID Structure Field Trip
- Friday, September 26th - GO (General Outing) Day at Omaha Children's Museum
- Tuesday, September 30th - Vala's Pumpkin Patch Homeschool Day
- Wednesdays all month - 2:30pm - Gretna Girls PE Activities (Softball & Tennis)
- TBD - Mom's Night Out (Game night)
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
For our first day of school, we always have a special breakfast (usually made by Dad!), we take their pictures out by the ash tree (which reminds me I need to mow this weekend!) and then start the day out with a treasure hunt for their new supplies! They love doing this and giggle with joy at finding their new things! We usually do just 1/2 days until Labor Day, so we have time to still get to the pool. We are going to start with Math, Language Arts and History and then fold in the other subjects after Labor Day.
I hope you enjoy your first day of school. I know many of you have started already and some will start after Labor Day. Enjoy these moments. Take pictures and have fun.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
About the show
To listen from your computer
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
As homeschoolers, we have the benefit to create our own vacation days. Please be purposeful in doing that! Mark out time on your calendar and in your schedule for your special days with your kids and family! Make it special and take advantage of the flexiblity you have!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The Schoolhouse Planner
Many of you may have seen this planner advertised and if you were like me you were mildly intrigued! Could all the forms you need really be in one fantastic planner? I downloaded the sample pages and read all the bullet points, but still wasn't really sure! The marketing and the sample pages don't even come close to how cool this planner is! From a planner-a-holic to the non-planner, this is a GREAT and easy tool to use! I downloaded mine into a pdf format. The planner starts out with calendars and lots of them as well as tidbits of really useful information (ie: timeline of inventions, countries & capitals, and period table of elements just to name a few). One of the great things about this planner is that you can make it your own. With the pdf format, you just type in your information and print! EASY! There are literally hundreds of forms in the planner. You pick which homeschool, household or calendar planning pages you like best, customize it to your own and you are set!
Digital The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Subscription
The magazine comes to you in an email and then you click a link to view it. I am in favor of ANYTHING that reduces the paper in our houses, so this was a neat idea and email is a great way to get it to me! I am still, however, someone who still likes to "flip" through the pages of a magazine or a book. Luckily, TOS has considered that and the graphics of their digital magazine provides that feeling! My favorite parts of the digital magazine is the ability to link to the websites or urls from the actual article or advertisement for more information as well as the convenience of being able to send the article to a friend!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Practical Tips for Home Schools
Home's Cool: Get Organized for Homeschool
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
What is lapbooking?
For those of you interested in lapbooking, notebooking, or foldables I found this fabulous website with free printable sheets to use. There is even a whole page on American Girl books and printables to use for those books!
In the Hands of a Child
Lap Book is a trademark owned by Mike and Tammy Duby of Tobin's Lab http://www.tobinslab.com/
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
"Free Gifs & Animations" http://www.fg-a.com
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
- Aug 7th 7pm - 2008/2009 Planning meeting (Scooters at 180th & Q)
- Aug 24th 3pm – Ice Cream Social – Peterson Park in Gretna. We will be having Banana splits, sundaes, and root beer floats. Everyone will volunteer to bring goodies for it. RSVP Required!!!! Note: Former homeschoolers are STILL welcome!!!
- Aug 29th 9am-11am – Mud stomp at the 4-H center in Gretna. More details will follow. Get ready to get muddy! Tennis shoes or teva style shoes required! No flip flops for the mud! We will be hosing off the kids afterwards before they come home!
- Sept. 5th – KICK OFF Meeting! Gretna Community Church
- Sept. 19th – Lauritzen Gardens and Kid Structur Field Trip
- Sept. 30th – Vala’s Homeschool Day
- Oct. 3rd – October monthly meeting
- Oct. 7th – Vala’s Homeschool Day
- Oct. 17th – Gifford Farm Field Trip
- Nov. 7th - November monthly meeting
- Nov. 21st - Rotella Italian Bakery Field Trip
- Dec. 5th - December monthly meeting
- Dec. 19th - Tentative Field Trip
Monday, August 4, 2008
- The only "gang" your kids belong to is your family
- The teacher-pupil ratio is great
- You don't need security guards or metal detectors
- Your kids enjoy socializing with people of all ages
- You don't have to run to catch the school bus
- You can sleep in on rainy days
- School prayer is encouraged
- You don't have to buy "back to school clothes"
- You don't have to develop a taste for cafeteria food
- You can celebrate your birthday with a school holiday
- Vacations can be called "extended field trips"
- You get to read more books than you ever realized existed
- The latest fads usually never make it to your house
- You don't have to worry about what your kids learned in school today
- You don't have to raise your hand to go to the bathroom
- You can wear pajamas to class and not be kicked out
- Chores may be called "Home Ec Projects"
- There's always time to bake cookies
- Learning becomes contagious
- Your family is right where they ought to be...home!
Friday, August 1, 2008
"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
Official Emblem of Summer Olympics 2008:
Titled ‘Dancing Beijing’, the emblem is a red seal embossed with the Chinese calligraphic character jing, which means ‘the nation’s capital’. This is a reference to Beijing, China’s capital city. Modern design elements were incorporated into the traditional art forms of seal carving and Chinese calligraphy, personifying the character and imbibing it with a sense of athletic motion, hence ‘dancing’. The two strokes extending to the left and right represent the open arms of the Chinese people as they warmly welcome people from around the world. The white character is contrasted against the bright red color of the seal. Red signifies good luck to the Chinese, and in addition, symbolizes the passion for sports and the Olympic spirit.
The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 8-24, 2008
Summer Olympics Printables
Kids News Network
Kids News Network Sport is a video news channel (from the Dutch media company Free Voice) with reporting by youth from six countries: Indonesia, Burma, Afghanistan, Zambia, South Africa, Surinam and Peru. During the Olympics, they will broadcast daily updates from Beijing for kids around the world. You can see their intro video by clicking on the purple China button on the interactive map. Alternatively, you can follow them on YouTube.
Kids' Turn Central
Thursday, July 31, 2008
This site has a neat one to print (make sure you click the print icon for no ads!)
This one would be neat in color, but some of the states are a little hard to read.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
D1. When do I need to have my forms in?
For families seeking to renew their exemption for the 2008/09 school year, the completed documents must be filed with the Nebraska Department of Education by no later than August 1, 2008. For first year filers, the completed documents must be filed at least 30 days prior to when you begin your exempt school. We will start processing forms for the 2008/09 school year by mid June. For purposes of the rule, the record-keeping year is July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009 (refer to Rule 12 or Rule 13, Sections 002.04 and 003.02A).
Monday, July 28, 2008
Plan to Attend the Home Educators Network 7th Annual Summer Conference
August 9, 2008
Christ Community Church
108th & Old Mill Road
Featured speaker:Steve DemmeFounder, Math-U-See
8:30 – Registration
9:00 a.m. - Keynote-Steve Demme-“The Family That Stays Together, Stays Together”
10:30 – Exhibit Hall Opens
11:00 - Noon– Workshops
Noon-1:30 p.m. – Lunch Break –Exhibit Hall Open
3:30 p.m.-Exhibit Hall Closes
3:30-4:45 p.m.-Closing Address-Steve Demme-“The Great Commission and Home Education”
New This Year!--Admission to the resource and exhibit fair is free. You need not register for the conference to visit the resource tables in the exhibit hall. We’re pleased to have The Gardener Homeschool Group joining us in presenting this year’s resource and exhibit fair, instead of hosting its annual resource night. This year’s resource and exhibit fair will once again feature representatives and resources from community groups, homeschool clubs, sports teams, and organizations, as well as businesses, and colleges, all of whom have a special appeal to those who are choosing the home education option. An extensive list of exhibitors and resources, as well as a complete topical schedule for the conference will be available on the HEN website during the last week of July at www.OmahaHEN.org.
Conference Admission-- (speakers/workshops):
*Pre-registration (by July 31st): $10 for HEN Members, $15 for non-members
**At the door: $15 for HEN Members, $20 for non-members. Those joining HEN at the door may enjoy the conference at the member price.
There is no additional charge for spouses and students aged 12 and older attending the conference with a paying participant. There will be no childcare provided, so we ask that attendees make other childcare arrangements for children under the age of 12. Nursing babies are welcome.
To register: Send your check-made payable to HEN – and a copy of the preregistration form- by July 31st-to: Phyllis TitusHEN Summer Conference17472 Orchard Ave.Omaha, NE 68135 402-895-0817