Friday, July 31, 2009

Finger Knitting

My 5 year old daughter has been begging to learn how to knit. I was hesitant to teach her; I thought it would be too difficult. Then I learn about finger knitting and stumbled upon this video. All you need to make a scarf is yarn, scissors, and your hand, no fumbling with needles.

No Needle Scarf Knitting from Sajata Epps on Vimeo.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Sight words

I have been looking for a way to help my daughter learn sight words. I finally made flash cards that I printed out on card stock and things have been improving rapidly. I saved the cards as a word document and saved it online. Here is the link if you are interested. Feel free to print it out. If anyone knows how to make attachments right on a blog, please let me know.

Here is the link:
Sight Words.doc

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Back to School Planning

I just mailed in my home school notification form. Yikes, it is official now. I am in the process of moving my home school room out of the laundry room and into the family room. It already looks so much nicer. Of course I would like a couple of book shelves but things are shaping up nicely.
This weekend I am going to brave it and go stock up on supplies at Walmart's back to school sale. I am not looking forward too it. I would go during the weekday but I need my husband there for the heavy lifting.

I have all of my school books for the fall. You can take a peak by checking out the widget on the side. I am really excited about starting the new school year. So are my girls...I had to hide some school books.

Friday, July 3, 2009

In the beginning...

there were 3 am feedings. I knew that it would be tough having a newborn and homeschooling but knowing it an actually doing it are two different things. Even though AJ is my easiest baby, it is still tricky to home school with a newborn. Over the last few weeks I have found ways to make it happen. I discovered tools that make it manageable: a slow cooker, bread maker, a baby sling, and a boppy pillow. Here is a loose schedule of my mornings. You'll notice I don't bother using actual times for anything, it makes me feel like I am failing if I am behind 15 minutes.

Wake up
Nurse the baby and he goes back to sleep
Get dressed
make beds
make breakfast
Empty dishwasher
Prepare slow cooker and the bread maker for for dinner
Put in a load of laundry
Home school while nursing again

I guess I could skip the bread maker but it is so easy and makes me feel so fulfilled when the incomparable smell of bread fills the house. I am currently in search of the perfect bread maker cookbook. This one is in the lead. I have made the burrito bread, the Parmesan corn bread, pizza bread, and our favorite white bread.

I would love to hear other recommendations.