Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What To Do When You Have a Bad School Day

Whether you homeschool or go to school, bad school days happen. Maybe not so much bad but rough days. Those days where your child just wants to throw their hands up in the air and quit. They have tears running down their cheeks or sniffles going and aren't sure what they should do. We had one of those days yesterday.

They happen to all of us and sometimes you gotta take a step back. For me, I get frustrated wondering what the problem is. It's something he has done a hundred times. Why is it so hard this time??? So here's what you do:

- Stop and breathe. Both of you. Take a minute to hug your child and just breathe deeply together. Let those great endorphins that kick in when you hug take over for a second. And relax.

- Ask them what's going on. Maybe there's something outside bothering them. A headache. Not feeling well. Can't focus. You get the idea. Talk with them to see what's going on.

- Redirect them. If math is the issue, take a break and work on spelling or do some quiet reading. Take time away from the problem and come back when you are both refreshed and ready to tackle it again.

- Realize it will be there tomorrow. Just because your calendar says today is the day doesn't mean it will be. Give grace in your schedule to your child and to yourself. Somethings take longer than you might have planned and that's okay!

- Try a different approach. Learning styles of each child are extremely different. Even in your own family they are like daylight and dark sometimes. Maybe the way the material is presented in this lesson doesn't work for your visual or auditory learner. It's okay! Improvise an try something new. It might just help it click.

So yes. Rough days do come. They can be varying in degrees of roughness but they do eventually leave too. Take a breath and let yourself relax. Enjoy this time as you'll blink and your child will be in college.

How do you guys get through rough homeschool days? What are some tips you can share?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Week In Review - Last week before a break...

Wow! This week has been jamming all week long!!! We had a ton of stuff going on this week as it's our last week before a break. We are trying the 6 weeks on, 1 week off schedule this year and boy do we need next week! My parents are coming to visit too so it's perfect timing for us to relax.

So we started off the week working on our regular school work. We are finishing up review chapters and closing off chapters with tests before starting our next session. I tried something new with the Apologia science this year. Instead of the notebook journals, we are using the lapbooks you can find here. They are working fantastic and he has such a great time doing them.

We had our second science class this week and the theme this month is cooking. He is having a blast as he is learning all types of things. He made me a delicious taco in class Thursday that he was so proud of. He was yummy!!

We also had lunch with friends Tuesday at the park and Thursday at the park. It was a beautiful day and such a nice one to be outside. It is finally starting to get where we can tolerate the park days again. It gets soooooo hot during the summer here it will take your breath away when you walk out the door. 

He came home that night after class and made dinner for his dad and I. (with a little assistance from Mama). He made tacos and a delicious apple crisp from his first class he took.

We also took time Thursday to remember those many lives lost on 9/11/01. We put our flag down at half mast on Thursday and talked about some of the things that happened. It's hard for me to teach about because this one is different. This one I actually experienced. It's not something I read about but I actually saw it happen with my own eyes. I remember those emotions that flooded the country. This one is different.

Our week has started each morning, except for one, like this.

Tis the season for breathing treatments and allergy flares. Thankfully it's just in the mornings that he is tight and hopefully it stays that way.

We did have a blast yesterday at our very first co-op of our homeschool group. This was a lovely time of learning, playing and growing together as a group. We have quite a talented group of children and Mama's that share their talents with us. I love that we started our "school day" like this... in prayer.

So how was your week? Did you have lots of fun and exciting things going on? Check out the other weeks and link yours up with Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers, Our 4 Kiddos and Homegrown Learners. 

Mega Mesh Screen Door Review

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 Recently I was given the opportunity to review the MEGAMESH Screen Door by Easy Install. This is a magnetic closing screen door that is very simple to install on your door frame. This is a great screen to add to the outside doors of your home to keep the bugs and nasty's out while you get the fresh cool breezes of the fall or spring.

This screen door takes a minute or so to install and can easily be taken down if needed. The velcro attachments make it easy to keep this up as long as you want and leaves no harm to your existing door frames.

Another great aspect of this door is that it is easy for your pets to come and go as they need to. The door closes back with the magnets and seals for a great bug free zone.

This fits doors sized 34" X 82" so make sure you measure your door thoroughly to insure a tight fit. Our front door, as you can see in the picture below, is a little wider but it still worked for us to try it out.

The only thing is my dog is slightly new to the going through the screen aspect so she didn't try it out for me.

I can't wait to try this out when our weather cools down some. Right now in the South it's still 90 and above so keeping the doors open is not really an option. When the fall truly hits, This door will be opened with the screen so we can get that fresh breeze in.

The Mega Mesh Premium Screen runs for a little less than $30 and you can order it on Amazon. Be sure you check your door and measure it before ordering. Some of the ways the company says you can use this is for your RV and home doors where normal swinging doors wouldn't normally fit. This is a hands free door so you can walk through the screen and the magnets let go to allow you in. They then close back up and form that tight bug free seal.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Do you like to leave the doors open in the fall and spring?

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thankful Thursday... Never Forget

Today is more than just thankful Thursday. Today is a day we will always remember. A day that we will teach our children about in history books or with our first hand experiences. Today is a day we will never forget and hopefully, neither will our children. Today is the day that lives in America changed forever in a blink of an eye.

Even now, 13 years after the tragedy of 9/11, we still sit around and can remember exactly where we were. We remember what we were doing when we first heard the news. We watched in horror as one tower fell. Then the other. We waited with hopes that survivors would still be found, until the last one was. We huddled together and cried. We hung on to our families and that day like we haven't in quite some time. We called those we hadn't talked to and we were all a little kinder. A little more patient. A lot more patriotic than this country has seen in ages.

As my son is older each anniversary, we talk a little more about what happened that day. We discuss the things that took place and each year we dive a little deeper. I don't want my son to forget that day. He wasn't around then but it's something that none of us should ever lose sight of.

So today, as we remember the lives lost and forever changed that day, we will also be thankful for the lessons taught that day. We will be thankful for every breath, every moment together and every opportunity to thank the service men and women who don't hesitate to run at the enemy to protect their own.

I'm thankful for:
 - An amazing man I call my husband. Yes I'm thankful for him a lot but he's a blessing I couldn't have ever imagined. I met him the year after this tragedy happened on September 14th. I remember talking to him on the anniversary of the first year and I was in tears still then. He and I talked about where we were and what we were doing when it happened. Little did I know that a few days later I would meet my husband.

- I'm thankful for this amazing blessing we get to call our son. He makes me smile, laugh and cry on occasion. I have never known that my heart could live outside of my body until I met him. He's smart, handsome, talented and compassionate. I couldn't ask for a better son than him. I love you Boo Bear! Don't ever forget that!

- I'm thankful that I can homeschool that wild bundle of energy. That we can talk about this day and research it for his understanding. That we can chase the rabbits down the whole that might trail off of this and whatever else he may want to learn. I'm thankful that even though there are days I want to pull my hair out, the days that memories are made and sweet laughter is heard are far more and outnumber those bad days.

So take time today and cuddle with your children and family. Pray for those who were forever changed by this day. Pray for those children who lost their parents and will be turning 13 this year. Pray for the families of those service men and women who gave their lives on that day by running into the fire and not away from it. Pray for those who have lost their lives over the past 13 years fighting for our freedom.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Pure Shea Butter Review

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 Recently I received Cleopatras Choice 100% Pure African Shea Butter to review. I have used products with shea butter in them before, but this was my first experience with pure shea butter.

The shea butter is unscented which is great for those who are sensitive to smells. (which is me) This product is quite dense and you get a lot for the money. This runs an average of around $12 on Amazon.

You can use this to make your own body butters or lotions and add oils to make it smell as you want it to. I think that is a great option for gifts for holidays, birthdays or just for yourself.

I have very dry skin most of the time due to living in the South and also some health conditions I have. Diabetes can make you have extremely dry skin year round. I never find many lotions that can make me look moisturized but this one does. It only takes a little and goes a long way. I loved that I could have smooth silky looking summer legs without worrying if it was dry and flaky looking.

This is great to use for a massage therapist as you can really rub it in and work on trouble spots. It is made from the highest quality shea nuts the company can find.

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I am excited to use this in making my own lotions later on. I want to try and see what we can come up with here. I love that this is also great for people who deal with skin issues like Eczema as my son does. Your skin feels moisturized and comfortable while applying this lotion.

I recommend you check this one out if you are looking to get an unscented lotion to moisture with or if you are interested in making your own body butters and lotions at home. It's affordable and it is a whole POUND of butter.

Have you made your own lotion before? Share your favorite scents to use with me!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Weekly Review: Science Class is Back!!

We had a great homeschool week here. We are gearing up for a full week next week so this was a great down week for us to progress with our school work. We are learning how to fit in new fun things like co-op, going back to Science class and lots of fun field trips. 

This week our Science class at the local center started up again. We go three times a month throughout the school year to learn science themes. This month is cooking and at first, Boo Bear wasn't interested. Yesterday he had an absolute blast! They came home with an apple crisp they made and we cooked it last night. It was quite tasty. Next week is knife skills. Umm.. yep. Knife skills. Better he learn how to handle it than cut himself like his Mama does. All. The. Time. 

Oh and one of the kids favorite parts of the science? They have these crazy creepy crawly creatures around the center. They just give me the heebie jeebies. 

We are progressing right along in our curriculum. We are in a review chapter for most of our language arts program. I do see a potential issue. Not really a problem but an issue I'll have to resolve. We are moving rather quickly in our science book and may be done before the end of the year. While that's not a bad thing, it does leave me trying to figure out the rest of the year :). 

This kid loves science. I mean LOVES it. He soaks it up like a sponge too. So I try to do fun experiments along the way that through in other lessons. Sometimes we do an experiment and don't quite get why it does what it does. When that happens we call Papa. :) He knows it! 

This week we did an experiment we found on Steve Spangler's Science site. It was a cool air pressure experiment where we learned about Bernoulli's Principle. Did I fully understand all the science speak in the definition of that principle? Absolutely not. Will we ask Papa to explain it in 3rd grade terms? Absolutely. It was still cool! 

Basically we made an empty soda can jump from one coffee mug to another by blowing on it. :)

So what have you been up to this week? Any cool sciencey things? Hope you had a great week! I'm linking up with Our 4 Kiddos,  Homegrown Learners and :

Weekly Wrap-Up

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thankful Thursday...

It's my favorite day! Thankful Thursday!! It's also a favorite day because it means the weekend is right around the corner. Whew! Just because we homeschool and I work from home, doesn't mean the weekends aren't exciting! LOL We look forward to them and all the adventures they bring.

So here's what I'm thankful for this week. What about you?

- My Bible and the freedom to read it. Each morning I start my day with my devotional. It makes all the difference in the world. I'm telling ya. If you haven't tried it out do!

- Great friends we have made in Cub Scouts. The relationships these kiddos make and skills they learn will last a lifetime.

- Routine. Getting ourselves back in a routine with our Science classes starting and other fun outings is a great thing.

- Taking some downtime for yourself. Downtime is always good ;). It helps you be your best for your family.

- Throwback Thursday posts. It's so much fun to see them. Here's one of my own. My how he has grown. I'm afraid to blink! He'll be 6 feet tall and in college if I do! See what I mean?

What are you thankful for this week?