Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Homeschooling Info

Homeschooling is a hot topic amongst me and my friends lately. Several of us have kids starting kindergarten this or next fall. Today we discussed reasons and philosophies to choose homeschool over public school...we were surrounded by running preschoolers so it was a fairly brief conversation...but so good to listen to different thoughts and opinions.

Here are a few links to resources I have found helpful (there are a plethora of websites available on homeschooling so this is just the tip of the iceburg...keeping it simple helps avoid becoming overwhelmed):

Heart of Dakota Publishing
- I use their Little Hands to Heaven for preschool

Sonlight Curriculum - this is what we are going to start using for Kindergarten

A Beka Book Curriculum
- plus this for math and writing

Lisa Whelchel on Homeschooling I have really loved her laid-back style of writing and common sense approach to choosing homeschooling!

Families for Home Education
- details on the Homeschooling laws in Missouri

Midwest Parent Educators
- this is the HUGE group based in Lenexa that sponsors one of the largest curriculum fairs in KC. Looks like it is April 25 & 26 for 2008. I believe membership is required to attend.

Discovery Homeschool Academy
- one day a week enrichment program at First Baptist Raytown

Raymore Home Educators
- local support group

All in all, I think the best thing to do is educate yourself about homeschooling...and then if it looks like it might fit for your family---jump in! There's no way to know w/o trying. And remember, if you've been home with your kids to this point, you've taught them all they know so I bet you can keep it going longer!

Baked Oatmeal Supreme

Here's the snack recipe from today's playgroup! I got it off the web sometime I made it with the almonds and dried blueberries for the options. I was actually surprised about how quickly most of the kiddos gobbled this down!

Baked Oatmeal Supreme

2 c. oats
1/4-1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4-1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
1 t. baking powder
1/2 c. slivered almonds or walnuts
1/2 c. raisins or other dried fruit
1 1/2 c. milk
2 eggs

Use a fork to mix all ingredients together thoroughly in a mixing bowl. Bake 40-45 min @ 350 in a greased 8x8 dish or pan. Cool and cut into squares. Keeps well in the fridge for a healthy snack.


Monday, March 03, 2008

And she lives on...

I received a big box of unused note cards, stationary and greeting cards from my Grandma Ruthie's estate. The last couple days I've been sorting through them and have found mingled with in the many, many envelopes (ack!) trademark Ruthie notecards with little diddies wrote on them, various articles, old Christmas letters from family and friends and a few letters from me, my sisters and cousins.

I thought sharing a few of the contents of one little ziplock baggie might be entertaining for well as give you a glimpse of what you could always expect along with your next love-gift from Ruth (wrapped in a plastic grocery bag, of course):

Rules for Living Each Day (handwritten on a note card)...(BTW I received a card with these rules so many times that they always come to mind almost every time I mop/shower/get gas etc...):

1. Scrub only when the sun is shining
2. Don't fish when the wind is in the North
3. Don't let your gas tank go below 1/2 full
4. Make your bed and put on clean underwear before you leave home
5. Always dry the nape of your neck first after showering
6. Always eat applesauce when eating fat or fried foods
7. On a heavy, rainy day: play a game, stay in bed or sew
8. Always place toilet paper roll with wipe-side next to the wall--Military Rule!

Next up was a wallet-sized picture of the infamous picture of Jesus standing at the door and knocking...Job 23:10 on the back.

A couple math puzzlers: Take your age--multiply by 2; add 5; multiply by 50. Subtract 365; add loose change in your pocket, under a dollar; add 115 and the first two figures are the answer to your age and the last 2 the change in your pocket!

Would you want $312,000.00 or 1 penny each day for 30 days & double it each day--figure it out!

A copy of a newspaper article about the history of the Star Spangled Banner.

Three letters from different grandchildren...Paige, Pud and Leslie.

Finally, my favorite, typed and ready to hand out:

Christmas Greetings

I'm sending this note to remind you
That taxes have taken away
The things I find most essential
My workshop, my reindeer, my sleigh.

Now I'm making my rounds on a donkey
He's old, crippled and slow.
So, if you don't see me at Christmas
I'm out on my ASS in the snow...
**** ***** *****

What else is there to say? That's all folks!

Funny Bunnies

Just a FYI that my kiddos have updated their blog with some fun pix and stuff from Kai's here or on the Silly Rabbits link on the right!