Sling-Shot Cross Bow Tutorial

If you’ve got kiddos at home, go get ’em! Engineer has created a tutorial of a fun but simple toy that kids can make themselves (probably starting around age 5). All you need is a wire hanger and strong hands.
He’s been excited about making this tutorial but then when he saw the camera got a little shy, so watch closely, not much of an explainer yet;)

Food Cleanse

Hey Everybody! This vlog is an update of where I’m at with my 2014 LIFE CLEANSE. I’m only 2 weeks into the Food Cleanse portion. This is more of an introduction, will let you know more details in the next vlog update.
Would love to hear about Cleanses and Detoxes you’ve tried and what you think about them in general!

Little Leprechauns

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Well, a day late anyway…We had a lot of fun celebrating. We spent the last week of our exercise time learning a simple jig, which you can see a very liberal version of in the video 🙂 And during handicraft time Engineer designed and crafted his hat and the girls worked on their shamrock headbands. Yesterday we made mint shamrock cookies (oops, ate them before the camera came out 🙂 and talked about the trinity using the shamrock as a model. A simple, but very enjoyable holiday! What did you do for St. Patty’s?

Plantastic

O.K., O.K. I know the title is corny…but I couldn’t resist sharing this video of my daughter as she shared what she’s been learning about plants. We actually just started talking about plant parts and we decided to pick some classical pieces (Chopin) that we thought “sounded” like the plant parts. Then my daughter decided that a bit of costume and theater needed to be added. It’s fun to watch them learn, especially when they are doing more than just regurgitating information!
P.S. Hopefully you’ll see the edited version so she’s not sideways the whole time…yep, I’m tech-challenged!

Monarch Magic

Here’s a VERY amateur video that will show you a bit of what we did last weekend. The video in NO way does justice to the miraculous view we saw…truly a gift! We visited one of the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries in Michoacan, Mexico. It was an amazing and enlightening experience that I know we will never forget. It was a great finale to our unit on butterflies!

Baby days

I love babies! I mean what is not to love? They smell great (well, most of the time!), they love you unconditionally, they are so beautiful and it’s the most amazing thing to watch them learn and grow.
Yes, they are a lot of work and sometimes it’s a bit frustrating to deal with all their many needs. Especially when you are homeschooling. It can get a bit tricky to juggle all the different needs of a growing family AND accomplish some learning.
I was pondering my role as teacher and mother again as our family is in the “baby phase” once again. Then I decided to re-read this great article by a lovely woman that has given me lots of hope and ideas for my homeschool.
She talks about how everything we do in our homeschool is teaching a lesson, especially what we do with the baby. You can read the whole article here: http://www.homeschooling.net/blog/homeschooling/the-baby-is-the-lesson/
All in all, I think anyone that has loved a baby knows that all the work is more than worth it! I think loving and caring for a baby is part of God’s plan, so we can start to understand His love for us and thus become more like Him. In homeschooling we have an additional opportunity to learn and grow as we teach our children that life is all about love and learning!