Thursday, February 24, 2011

Do YOU need an "Encouragement Infusion"?

Today, as my Gabby Moms Mission #2, I was asked to review Encouraging Moments- the weekly e-newsletter of Teach Magazine

I highly recommend you go to this site- and look for the little sign up box at the top right hand corner of the page. This is an absolutely FREE newsletter that will arrive in your email box by Thursday of each week. (Mine came Wednesday night this week!)

This month, I'd like to show you what you are missing if you aren't subscribed to Lorrie's newsletter and givge you an idea what you can look forward to from the newsletter!

Here's what this week's newsletter contained:

* A short message from Lorrie, Which I enjoy, since its SHORT and we all know how much extra reading time i have right now!! (yeah, about as much as all the extra BLOGGING time I have :-) She, in her own clever style can make a profound point in a short amount of time and space, which I for one, really appreciate.

* Teach Magazine SALE! (YAY!!!) I love to see what will be on sale next! i'm working through a recent product purchase- the End Morning Madness bundle Haaa!! Anyone that knows me knows what a challenge that is, but with my buddy and accountability partner, Heather, i'm making MORNING happen!

* An update of the goings on on facebook- Are you a subscriber yet??

* An opportunity to hear Lorrie speak live, for locals (including me!) Which i'm hoping to go to if i can a. get up the courage to drive out of my town at night, or b. find someone to carpool with :-)

* A description of the upcoming Eternal Encouragement Magazine Here's a peek of the cover

* A timely tip The One Word Men Fear by Donna Venning Which I enjoyed this month, particularily. It discussed the danger of expecting our husbands to read our minds and know what is wrong when something is wrong. Of course "I" don't ever do that... bwahaha...

*Quick links and contact info- which I like! i HATE getting emails and newsletters that show me all kinds of cool stuff and then expect me to figure out their website address and dig around to find stuff! Perhaps i'm a tad bit lazy, but in the age of the internet, this is easily preventable :)

But, i've left my favorite part for last!

Chick Flicks for Mom!!!

What? (pray tell, you may ask) are chick flicks for moms??

Well, I'll tell you! They are a short (just a few minutes long) video of Lorrie, teaching on a subject that you will almost inevitably find to be one you can relate to. What I like about it is its SHORT, succinct, practical, and I feel like i'm taking a little break from my day, even if it is just a short one. Previous subjects have included:

*Not messing with Gods perfect plan.


*What actually constitutes obedience

*Supporting Your Husband

And more...

Today's is on COMMUNICATION, an issue we ALL struggle with.

SO that's my review for the Month, and i'll be saying "over and out" to let you all get on with your day and for me to do the same! Sick kiddos has meant MUCH left undone these past weeks! I Hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the Teach Magazine Newsletter and I hope you subscribe! Good stuff!!! Have a beautiful day loving your families!!!


Ps. I am reviewing Encouraging Moments as an official member of The Gabby Moms blogging program for Eternal Encouragement magazine. I did not receive compensation for this post and all opinions are solely my own.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

yes.... we really DO homeschool on occasion!

I know you might think that is not the case since i've not posted an actual project in months! AAK! I have to say the time has escaped me- BADLY, and when we DO have a good school day, i BARELY have squeezed in enough time to do that, let alone photograph and blog our activities! I must say- this year has been rough. I've manipulated our schedule, our curricula, our activities, and i think i might have FINALLY found a plan that will work- AGAIN!


But by the grace of God, today was a good day! We started our school work with science- Nik, Chloe, Anna, and Leif all learned about the periodic table of elements using their new science curriculum- Real Science 4 kids- pre level 1 for anna and leif, and level 1 for chloe and nik By the way, this site, has the FULL LENGTH texts for you to view online! AWESOME! that's what sold me, love these!

Anyway, Chloe and Nik learned about the periodic table, about how protons and electrons have the same number, how the number of neutrons can be determined by the atomic weight minus the atomic number (not too shabby for 4th and 6th graders, i must say!) and researched common household items and what elements they contained.

Anna and Leif learned about atoms also, and how things are different based on their atomic and molecular structure. they learned also about the difference between remembering something and observing something. they all had a great time.


Wow. What a fun project! I got the idea from the Art projects for kids site February is Black History Month and so i thought i'd start with an African American artist, and who better to start with than Lois Mailou Jones, an amazing painter who lived from 1905-1998. We used her piece "Les Fetiches" Which she painted oil on linen, but for the sake of my house and sanity we used black artist paper and chalk pastels. Here's the original piece

Isn't it GORGEOUS?? So mysterious, and the colors on black thing is so striking!
So my assignment to my kiddos, and myself, was to make a face based picture on black with chalk pastels, and try to add mystery to the piece. here's what everyone came up with, oldest to youngest.


Alex- age 15

Nikolas- age 12

Chloe- age 9

Annabeth- age 7

Leif- age 4

Nice huh??? i was excited. I think Nik's was my favorite. He also followed directions the best :)

So after art, each went on to work on their own independent core subjects, and I went off to work with Annabeth on reading, math and geography.

Then since everyone did such a great job at school, we watched "groundhog day".

Off to read the readaloud story to the middle kids! thanks for visiting!!!