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