Saturday, September 20, 2014

Weekend Links

This Week:

What I Made:  Lego Indiana Jones Invitations for my older son.  Have to get those in the mail this week.  Such a short amount of time between the Sept birthday and the October birthday.

What I'm Reading:  I just finished Courageous.  The book was really good, but I have seen the movie.  Need to find something new to start...

What I'm Doing:  Today?  Working out... Going to Farmer's Market... Working on birthday projects...

What I'm Watching:  Hubby and I have been watching old Friends episodes in the evening.  I'm ready for the Amazing Race to start next week.   Moving to Friday evenings.

What I'm Enjoying:  Experimenting in the kitchen... Island of the Blue Dolphin Unit Study... Pumpkin season...

What are you up to?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Goodnight, Ark {Review}

This cute picture book follows what it might have been like if the animals were startled on Noah's Ark.  First one then another of the animals are afraid of the rain and the thunder till eventually they all end up in Noah's bed.   The ark starts to tip and Noah finds himself tucking his new friends in for the night.

This book by Laura Sassi is cute, adorable, and a lot of fun to read.  It reminds me a lot of Goodnight, Moon and Goodnight, Construction Site by other authors.  The rhyme flows over the pages and moves the story.  Not only did my kids love it, but I also found myself chuckling along as we read.

This book is a great imaginative look at what life might have been like for 40 days and 40 night.  I'm sure it certainly wasn't quiet and peaceful the whole time.  What a fun way to bring it all to life for your little ones!

*Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge for review.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

On Kids and Technology

As we all know, kids are naturally curious creatures.  They want to know about everything.  The amount of questions I get asked in a typical day is overwhelming.  And if I don't answer those questions to their satisfaction, they're going to find the answers themselves.  So it doesn't surprise me at all when they start asking to use the computer.  After all, they see me blogging throughout the day and their dad organizing on his iPad for Sunday morning.  Why wouldn't they be curious?

Technology is a double edged sword in my mind.  On one hand, it's changing quicker than ever before and has become such an integrated part of our society that our kids will need to understand it for their futures.  On the other hand, access to so much information can be both inappropriate and addicting.  And it has become a cheap substitute for face to face interactions.

So how can we help our children (and ourselves) navigate through technology?

*First of all, realize that because of their natural curiousity, children will figure out how to use the computer.  It amazes me time and again, how my two oldest children have worked their way from one website to another in a matter of seconds.  Search bar?  No problem.  Bookmarks?  Got it.  They're not afraid to play around with the tool bar 'cause it's all fun for them.

*Don't be afraid of parental controls.  I know sometimes we want to let our kids just follow their curiousity.  But left unchecked, this could lead to some very scary realities.  And don't think your child is too young.  A curious child can be lead to all sorts of dangers on the internet.  Don't let your child (or their minds) become the internet's next victim.

*Establish clear time limits.  In our house, the kids read every day for 30 min in exchange for 20 min of computer time.  Computer time is not to be redeemed until all school work is complete to Mom's satisfactory.  Sometimes we allow for more computer time, but that's a rare exception and usually focuses on homework or something that the family can do together.

Technology is a great tool.  I have been incredibly blessed by the friends I've made through blogging and social media.  And there's a whole world to explore right at our fingertips.  With a little planning, parental influence, and clear limits, our kids can flourish in the world of technology.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Peek Into Our Homeschool Week--Sept 8-12, 2014

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Little Man working on the Letter D

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Noah and Lydia working on a food web 

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Noah labeling his food web

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More food web work

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The finished project

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Learning state birds
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