Friday, February 16, 2018

Letter of the Week ~ U


Recognize upper and lower case letter
  • Color sheet with the lower case letter on it (my oldest knows all the letters in their Capital form)
Activity
  • Letter Hunt: Throughout the week search for the letter of the week
  • Word Hunt: How many words can you come up with that start with the letter of the week? What around you starts with the letter of the week?
Adventure
  • Where can you go that starts with the letter of the week?
    • Underwater World: It is an aquarium to visit
Art
  • Umbrella
    • Make the top of an umbrella shape (color and decorate)
    • Make a lower case u at the bottom of a blank piece of paper
    • Glue umbrella shape to top of paper
    • Draw line connecting the two parts to make the rest of the umbrella
    • Picture found on Pinterest
You can see more curriculum ideas on my post about our 2017/2018 curriculum by Clicking Here.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Letter of the Week ~ Q



Recognize upper and lower case letter
  • Color sheet with the lower case letter on it (my oldest knows all the letters in their Capital form)
Activity
  • Letter Hunt: Throughout the week search for the letter of the week
  • Word Hunt: How many words can you come up with that start with the letter of the week? What around you starts with the letter of the week?
Adventure
  • Where can you go that starts with the letter of the week?
    • What ideas do you have? We just went to some of our favorites places as I couldn't come up with something that started with a Q.
  • Quilt
    • Using the letter Q shape on paper glue on tissue paper or construction paper cut into squares to make it look like a patchwork quilt.
    • Picture credit to Pinterest

You can see more curriculum ideas on my post about our 2017/2018 curriculum by Clicking Here.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Letter of the Week ~ B



Recognize upper and lower case letter
  • Color sheet with the lower case letter on it (my oldest knows all the letters in their Capital form)
Activity
  • Letter Hunt: Throughout the week search for the letter of the week
  • Word Hunt: How many words can you come up with that start with the letter of the week? What around you starts with the letter of the week?
Adventure
  • Where can you go that starts with the letter of the week?
    • Beach
    • Too cold for a beach? create an indoor beach
Art
  • Butterfly Stained Glass
    • Layout clear contact paper double the size of your butterfly template
    • Cut out a butterfly shape, using the wings to form the letter b shape
    • Peal contract paper baking off, place butterfly outline on one side of the contact paper, then press tissue paper into the wing area
    • Fold over the contact paper, trim around shape leaving a border of contact paper
    You can see more curriculum ideas on my post about our 2017/2018 curriculum by Clicking Here.

    Letter of the Week ~ D



    Recognize upper and lower case letter
    • Color sheet with the lower case letter on it (my oldest knows all the letters in their Capital form)
    Activity
    • Letter Hunt: Throughout the week search for the letter of the week
    • Word Hunt: How many words can you come up with that start with the letter of the week? What around you starts with the letter of the week?
    Adventure
    • Where can you go that starts with the letter of the week?
      • We had a really cold snap in temperature and the kids didn't want to go anywhere, so we just turned on some music and danced around
    Art
    • Dinosaur Scene: My oldest got a giant bucket full of craft supplies for Christmas and there were foam dinosaur stickers in it.  So he used the stickers and then added some more details.

      You can see more curriculum ideas on my post about our 2017/2018 curriculum by Clicking Here.

      Letter of the Week ~ G



      Recognize upper and lower case letter
      • Color sheet with the lower case letter on it (my oldest knows all the letters in their Capital form)
      Activity
      • Letter Hunt: Throughout the week search for the letter of the week
      • Word Hunt: How many words can you come up with that start with the letter of the week? What around you starts with the letter of the week?
      Adventure
      • Where can you go that starts with the letter of the week?
        • Gardens ~ We have a beautiful conservatory that has many different garden types and that is a great place to visit.
      Art
      • Gumball Machine
        • Cut out the bottom shape of a gumball machine and the top.
        • Cut out a bunch of circles
        • Draw a circle shape onto clear contact paper onto contact paper double in size.  Stick the circles on to the sticky side. 
        • Fold over.  Cut out circle shape
        • Glue bottom shape and top shape to contact paper circle

      You can see more curriculum ideas on my post about our 2017/2018 curriculum by Clicking Here.

      Tuesday, January 30, 2018

      Moms, We Can Be Brave ~ We Can Raise Heroes


      I have been looking into deepening my faith, helping my kiddos to develop theirs, and setting aside my fears.  That is when the book "Brave Moms, Brave Kids: A Battle Plan for Raising Heroes" by Lee Nienhuis came into the picture.

      Back in November I was offered the chance to be a part of the book launch team.  I jumped at the chance to read along with other moms from across the country, some with itty bitty kiddos, some with grown up kiddos, some with grand kids.

      Through reading the book, being a part of book discussions and utilizing the free resources that come with pre-ordering the book I have been able to grow on what I wanted in my faith and can begin helping my kiddos grow theirs.

      (click here to pre-order, but do it fast because the freebie resources end today January 30, 2018 http://leenienhuis.com/brave-moms-brave-kids/?utm_content=buffer24bee&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer#preorder )

      Despite how mom life goes, and well life with some major holidays from November until the first of the year and kids being sick, I was able to finish the book this past Friday.  I will admit, it took me longer than I had hoped, but with life things are unpredictable.  I also spent a lot more time taking in the first part, the part all about fear.

      From the book I learned a new perspective on fear.  Fear is a gift given to us from God.  But, as Lee says "it is the enemy that takes it and turns it into anxiety, guilt, worry".  Realizing this has helped me change my perspective on those strong emotions and slowly begin to learn how to control them or in all honest, recognize them.  Then I can process them and figure out what is behind it.  Pray about it and let it go.

      Lee has taught ways to deepen my prayer and how to teach my kids that.  Sure, we say grace and my kiddos say the "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" prayer.  As my kids are growing we have added in talking about what we are thankful for each day and who we want to pray for, as well as what else we need to add to prayers depending on the season we are in.  But my oldest has been doing the prayer for the past almost 5 years.  He does it from memory (while rolling on the floor or skipping around his room).  After going through the book, I know now how to equip them and teach them to pray and pray more deeply.

      As mamas we are models.  Monkey see, monkey do.  We can talk, we can teach, but where are kids are more likely to follow is in our actions, in our literal footsteps.  "Modeling faith begins with our children catching us believing God".

      Believing God, is the first part of being BRAVE.  Then we move into R: Reflect, A: Ask Forgiveness, V: Vigilantly Pray, E: Equip Them.

      We work through the first part, our kids catch us and catch on, we can then equip them.  What better way to show kids about forgiveness than to be the one to go first.  Apologize when something goes wrong, when mistakes are made, emotions are off, when you are impatient, when you don't truly listen.

      If you think about it we are warriors.  We face battles every day.  From inside forces in ourselves to outside forces (the ones within others around us) to outside forces beyond the walls of our house out in society.  What armor are you putting on and how are you taking your stand?

      After reading the book, I am finding myself praying differently and more deeply.  Though I still do bullet prayers throughout the day.  I start my day off with a scripture and prayer to go with.  Then to end the day I give praise to God, give my thanks, ask him what I need, and close it out.  I also do a special prayer over each kiddo each morning.  I am hoping to start changing up my kiddos nightly prayer time to follow a similar path.

      I am starting to memorize scripture and turn more to it when I feel in over my head or my emotions and anxiety run higher.  I have these awesome brave cards with a scripture on one side and prayer on the other.  I use one at a time, right now each relating to the letters of BRAVE until it feels right in my heart to move to the next letter.  When I am done with those, I have a stack of cards I can just pick my way through.

      The picture above is from our vacation.  Hubby was driving and I was reading, kiddos were watching a DVD.  Yes, it is flagged.  I flagged stuff I want to write on, add to a prayer journal, find a way to have it in my line of site every day.  My thoughts are scribbled in the margins.  There things underlined, asterisked, bracketed.  Questions I asked myself to think more deeply and to go back to afterward.

      If you are looking for a book to add to your reading list, make sure to add this one.  Pre-order now, by the end of today and get some awesome freebies.  Otherwise, the book is officially released on February 1st.

      You can head over to Lee's website to order.  Yes, you can order from Target and Amazon, as well as many other book store options (see Lee's page for more options for ordering).

      Here is Lee's page: http://leenienhuis.com/brave-moms-brave-kids/

      Here is an amzon link: https://www.amazon.com/Brave-Moms-Kids-Battle-Raising/dp/0736970037/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1517367156&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=brave+moms+brave+kids&psc=1

      Target: https://www.target.com/p/brave-moms-brave-kids-a-battle-plan-for-raising-heroes-paperback-lee-nienhuis/-/A-53233995#lnk=sametab


      This book has truly given me a diferent perspective on how to face the day and how to raise my kids all while having God as a part of our lives. Lee takes you through fear and anxiety, then works through what it truly means to be BRAVE, and finishes with how to take it into action and move forward with a plan for you, your kids, your family. 

      The book takes you into a deeper relationship with God and connects that with your kids through you. As moms we are warriors who face battles every day, in every form, from every direction. We need to stand, put on our armor, and be ready to face them through believing God, reflecting, asking forgiveness, vigilantly praying, and equipping our kids to do the same. As you read through the book you will read about real heroes, everyday heroes...not just ones found in the bible, but ones that Lee has come face to face with. We all have a true hero inside of us, let's raise our kids up to be BRAVE and to be true heroes.

      If you pick a copy to read, let me know your thoughts.

      Sunday, January 14, 2018

      Brave Moms, Brave Kids Book Giveaway




      Thank you all who entered the giveaway for Lee Nienhuis’ book “Brave Moms, Brave Kids”.

      Congratulations to the winner Carla!

      If you didn’t win, you can preorder the book still through Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble.
      Check out Lee’s page for more information about preordering the book and other places you can order.

      http://leenienhuis.com/brave-moms-brave-kids/

      Tuesday, January 9, 2018

      Our Strengths vs. Our Weaknesses


      Let's talk about strengths.

      Do you know what your greatest strength is?  Could you list off your top three strengths?

      On the flip side...weaknesses.

      Do you know what your greatest weakness is? 

      Let's go a little deeper.

      Looking at each of your children:

      Can you list their top three strengths?  Can you identify a weakness of theirs?

      If I am asking for you to answer those questions, I need to turn the questions on to me to be fair.

      My strengths: compassion, creative eye,

      My weakness: I am very hard on myself

      T: creative, imaginative, observant/has a hard time using words first instead of actions

      A: strong, determined, helper/he is two, he gets stubborn sometimes

      Knowing the strengths and weaknesses within ourselves can help us to learn more about who we are and our tendencies.  It helps to grow and helps to understand deeper.  If we focus for too long on one end or the other it can leave us feeling unbalanced.

      As it goes with our kids.  If we focus on their weaknesses, they never continue to build on where their strengths are.  They won't be nurtured deeper.  But, if we only focus on their strengths, they don't learn to identify it, how to handle their weakness in a suitable way, to understand failure is a part of life and it is okay.

      We can't all be good at everything all the time.  And we can't all be good at the same things.  Our strengths and weaknesses do define us to one degree or another.  But they also shouldn't limit us either.  We need to know where we are strongest and be able to identify where we are weakest.  Because through our strength we can help others and fill in where they are weakest.  On the flip side, through our weaknesses, we can gain help from others who are stronger in the area.

      If you want a chance to win a copy of the book "Brave Moms, Brave Kids" by Lee Nienhuis comment below by answering the questions:
      What is your greatest strength? What is your greatest weakness?
      or
      What is your child's greatest strength? What is your child's greatest weakness?

      And then head over to the "Brave Moms, Brave Kids" Book Giveaway blog post to enter.

      "Brave Moms, Brave Kids' Book Giveaway


      Starting today, Tuesday, January 9 at 3 p.m. you can enter to win a FREE copy of Lee Nienhuis's book "Brave Moms, Brave Kids".

      Just use the entry form below to get your entries in

      The contest ends on Friday, January 12 at 11:59 p.m.   A winner will be picked randomly Saturday and when the book is released a copy of the book will be shipped to the winner.

      I will notify the winner by email and also announce it on my website.

      You can enter the book giveaway below


      "Brave Moms, Brave Kids" by Lee Niehuis Book Giveaway