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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Petroglyph art

You need :

Plain A4 white paper

coloured chalk

teabags

paint

small brushes

First you scribble with the coloured chalk over the white paper,then you wash the paper with the warm tea. Crumple the page,then straighten it out and leave to dry. It gives a textured rock effect. Once dry you can tear the edges and then paint your rock paintings.

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Curriculum for 2014

Language

LLATL (Learning Language Arts Through Literature)

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Math u See

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Konos 

Unit study

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History 

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Science

Apologia

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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Passion for baking

A wonderful thing about homeschooling is you have TIME and you can find out what each child is passionate about and run with it. Ethan loves to cook , bake and make money! He is a young entrepreneur at age 11,whether it be making tents and charging his brothers to go in or making sweet packets and selling them to his friends, he has a great creative mind for business already.

Ethan bakes cupcakes for my ladies meetings…

Chocolate moulds with food colouring

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Icing the cupcakes

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The finished product

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These autumn themed cupcakes Ethan made at a cake decorating workshop (Tea Cake and Create) with a group of adults.

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Cake pops workshop at Tea Cake and Create

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A closer look at the detail

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He made me cake pops for my birthday….

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Ethan’s hamburger and chips made from icing

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Ethan also held a little cake decorating demo of his own for his friends…….

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The finished products…..

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Monday, 19 August 2013

Fun science: singing glass

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Fill the glasses with different levels of water , dip your finger into the water .

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Hold down the base and slowly move your finger around the rim. You should be able to hear a ringing sound from the vibrations.(The rubbing imparts energy to the glass molecules and causes them to resonate.)

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Accidental learning: Jonathan found out that water makes a good magnifying glass too.

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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

LIGHT :inverting images with a magnifying glass


1.Draw a picture with permanent marker on transparent plastic and hold it upsidedown next to the light in a darkened room.
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2.Someone else must hold a magnifying glass and a piece of white paper in line with the light and picture.
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3. The image is then inverted and projected onto the paper
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This is the image of the boys bedroom window inverted through the magnifying glass
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The bedroom window image projected onto the paper placed on the wall.
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Monday, 5 August 2013

How to make ‘cookie cutter’ kids



Send them to school

Their individuality is sure to be squashed and they will turn out like everyone else. Going through school learning unimportant things that they are likely to forget in later years.Then coming out not knowing who they are or what they want to do with their lives and studying a 4 year degree ,that they were forced into by you the parent , either dropping out or going into a totally different field to that which they studied anyway. Yes send them to this institution which ‘prepares them for the real world while actually isolating them from it’ http://www.hslda.org/

A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success.”
Robert Orben

 Make them do lots of extra murals

Send them to as many extra mural  or sports activities that you can! The more they do the better YOU will look,also it will totally burn them out so that they become too exhausted to enjoy the real things life has to offer.They wont have time to learn how to run a household ,do chores or banking,so they will grow up entitled and ungrateful just like all the other teenagers.Don’t find out their passion and let them just run with one thing they are good at,no,that seems to simple and you may look like a bad parent because you didn’t ‘give them many opportunities’. Give them options Moms and Dads, because they not confused enough already!


 
“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs."  Farrah Gray
Give them a access to technology

It is the age of technology!! so Dumb your kids down and give them a TV in their room, why do they need to go outside and get dirty creating. Why re-invent the wheel rather watch it being invented by someone else on TV.This way they wont become free out of the box thinkers ,pardon the pun.
While you at it throw in a cell phone,why? because they are so useful!They can ignore you as parents! you don’t want them paying attention to you anyway,you have important things to do!They ignore creation around them as that is boring anyway,nature has been around for too long anyway,we should just do away with it all together and make way for more technology!And a bonus,they get to exercise their thumb muscles texting their friends they saw a very long 5 minutes ago!
Oh and the computer!of course!Sex education in one click,it may be porn but oh well,that's the “real world” might as well learn now! *

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*l,before i get hate mail. let it be noted i am a fan technology when properly used Winking smile





Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Raising boys

I am a mother to 3 boys, aged 13, 11and 7 years old. My boys are excitable; eat all the time, enquiring, eager and energetic. They don’t stop till they sleep. So being a mom to these 3 is quite a sizable, sedulous task. So I need all the help I can get and I am always learning. I have two secret weapons. One is the Holy Spirit who leads me everyday and the other is my most amazing husband who Fathers well and helps me 100%.

The most important tool I have learnt so far is to just enjoy my boys. Time is short and precious and I don’t want to waste time with the unimportant things in life. I want to have fun with my boys, make memories that will last i.e. Reading their favourite stories to them, cuddles in the bed in the mornings, listening to them tell me their news and stories,making mess,cooking together, playing games together.

Allow them to be boys! We are raising men whom we want to see grow into their full potential, not our potential for them. Find their passion and encourage them to run with it. Know their strengths and weaknesses and give them the tools they need to deal with the hurdles they will face in life. Never compare them because each one is unique. Boys need LOVE, praise, discipline, and consistency, less TV and gadgets and space for more imagination.

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!

Dr. Seuss

I just love this poem……

Television

The most important thing we've learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set --
Or better still, just don't install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we've been,
We've watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone's place we saw
A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they're hypnotised by it,
Until they're absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk.
Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,
They don't climb out the window sill,
They never fight or kick or punch,
They leave you free to cook the lunch
And wash the dishes in the sink --
But did you ever stop to think,
To wonder just exactly what
This does to your beloved tot?
IT ROTS THE SENSE IN THE HEAD!
IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD!
IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND!
IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLIND
HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND
A FANTASY, A FAIRYLAND!
HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE!
HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE!
HE CANNOT THINK -- HE ONLY SEES!
'All right!' you'll cry. 'All right!' you'll say,
'But if we take the set away,
What shall we do to entertain
Our darling children? Please explain!'
We'll answer this by asking you,
'What used the darling ones to do?
'How used they keep themselves contented
Before this monster was invented?'
Have you forgotten? Don't you know?
We'll say it very loud and slow:
THEY ... USED ... TO ... READ! They'd READ and READ,
AND READ and READ, and then proceed
To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!
One half their lives was reading books!
The nursery shelves held books galore!
Books cluttered up the nursery floor!
And in the bedroom, by the bed,
More books were waiting to be read!
Such wondrous, fine, fantastic tales
Of dragons, gypsies, queens, and whales
And treasure isles, and distant shores
Where smugglers rowed with muffled oars,
And pirates wearing purple pants,
And sailing ships and elephants,
And cannibals crouching 'round the pot,
Stirring away at something hot.
(It smells so good, what can it be?
Good gracious, it's Penelope.)
The younger ones had Beatrix Potter
With Mr. Tod, the dirty rotter,
And Squirrel Nutkin, Pigling Bland,
And Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and-
Just How The Camel Got His Hump,
And How the Monkey Lost His Rump,
And Mr. Toad, and bless my soul,
There's Mr. Rate and Mr. Mole-
Oh, books, what books they used to know,
Those children living long ago!
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books,
Ignoring all the dirty looks,
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,
And children hitting you with sticks-
Fear not, because we promise you
That, in about a week or two
Of having nothing else to do,
They'll now begin to feel the need
Of having something to read.
And once they start -- oh boy, oh boy!
You watch the slowly growing joy
That fills their hearts. They'll grow so keen
They'll wonder what they'd ever seen
In that ridiculous machine,
That nauseating, foul, unclean,
Repulsive television screen!
And later, each and every kid
Will love you more for what you did.

Roald Dahl

Further reading:

Bringing up boys: Practical advice and encouragement for shaping the next generation of men by Dr James Dobson

No ordinary Child: Unlocking the leader within by Denise Mira