Friday, March 30, 2018

Letter of the Week ~ L


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?
    • Library ~ so many to choose from, such a great resource, go for a story time or to just explore and maybe find some new books to read
Art
  • Ladybugs
    • Using coffee filters color on them using washable markers.  You can do read, or think outside the box and make other colors or tie dyed.
    • Spritz with water until colors start to run.
    • Let dry and add details the black head, the line down the middle and black spots.  Add google eyes too if you have them for a little more fun.
You can see more curriculum ideas on my post about our 2017/2018 curriculum by Clicking Here.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Mom ~ A Mix of Motherhood and Love


 
When the quiet is defining and you get lost in your thoughts, listening to your heart and your inner you...

My youngest, still asleep. My oldest, playing in his room.

I stand in relative quiet in the kitchen. The only sounds I can hear...the fridge, the clock, the birds, and the cars

Outside is snowing

I listen and watch the birds

Looking around the house are pops of Spring color.

I get to thinking and listening to my heart...

I am a mom...motherhood is hard, messy, and imperfect, but has a lot of fun, adventure, and wonderful moments too.  My personality has a hard time with the messy and imperfect side of things.

Through it all, I still love my kids and I wouldn't trade what I have for anything.  I am blessed to be able to stay home with my kiddos.  To watch them grow, to learn, to be the awesome kids that they are.

A friend of mine once said, "there are two parts to being a mom...Motherhood and the love for your kids".  You can watch her video on it over on YouTube at https://youtu.be/s8bnP1S-XPo

Here's my take away from it and what got me thinking more on this whole parenting thing.

Your love for you kids will never, ever change.  No matter how tough things get, no matter their age, no matter the life season you are in...it will not change the love you have for your kids.

Motherhood~ all the ups, downs, and in-between, the good days the tough days, the simple days the busy days, the positive behaviors the negative, the successes and wins, the mistakes and failures, the discipline, the smiles the tears ~ all of that and more ~ the day to day.

Two parts with an easy line in between that gets blurred sometimes, especially when you add in emotions, energy, sleep (or lack there of), and more. We moms know that we love our kids and we know that sometimes we don't like parts of motherhood.  Though, most of us will not say anything about the parts we don't like. On the surface it feels like if there is some aspect of motherhood we dislike than it is a reflection on our love for our kids.  But deep down and in reality, that is not the case.  Motherhood and our love for our kids can be separated into two parts.  And it is okay to not like motherhood at times sometimes.

We love our kids.  We always have, always will, always do.  We may not love some of their choices, behaviors, aspects of motherhood, but our love for our kids will still be there.  If we can find a way to recognize these two pieces of being a mom, we can attempt to separate them into the areas they are for what they are. 

Easy?  No, not always.  But with time and practice, we can begin to recognize the difference.  We can learn to accept that motherhood isn't always something that we like, but through it all we love our kids.   Our love remains strong, we learn more about our kids, and we can connect more deeply.  But also we can lay down some of the weight on our shoulders.

Life is messy and imperfect.  There are going to be days that run smoothly and days that run rough, and days that run somewhere in between.  We may not like some parts of motherhood some days, but love it later or look back on it fondly or accept it as something we don't like.  And that is okay.  All of it.

Through it all, we love our children for who they are and who they are becoming.  They are forever a part of us, no matter how old they are.

You got this mama!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Been a Bit Too Long



Hi All!

It's Spring here in Minnesota and has been for about a week.  But now it is starting to feel more like it.  The robins have returned, the weather says 50 this weekend, if there isn't mud and puddles everywhere it is potholes. 

It is a great time of year!

I know I have been a bit M.I.A. for the past few months.  I have lots of ideas to write on, but when I could get my fingers to the keys the time had passed by too far.  Generally, I try to write what is currently going on, going through, etc.  So, if too much time goes by, I don't write it out.

Lots has happened behind the scenes and lots to share. 

My homeschool letter of the week lessons have been posting as I decided to write out the ones to come yet and catch up on the ones I missed.  I realized I put too much weight into trying to get something letter of the week posted about.  We still are doing letter of the week, but it doesn't always involve an art project or an activity or adventure.  It was great, in theory, when I came up with the lesson ideas back in September.  But as the year went by, I realized that even my art loving kiddo, didn't enjoy doing a letter of the week art project.  Nor did we know what to do with them all when done (times 2 projects, if my youngest decided to join in).  We have now look at what the letter focus is and just utilize learning about it throughout the week.  It is a great car ride activity to play I Spy using specific things that start with the letter or even just see how many words we can think of.  For now, it works and it works best for where we are at. 

I have recently finished a class, Abundant Mama Program, which has left me with a lot more to share about, along with some ideas for others to try out.  It was a great, much needed, self care, perspective changer for me.

Some of you know about my previous blog, My Infant Loss.  As the website is coming due for renewal I have begun to take a different phase and direction with it.  I am laying it down, as a stepping stone of sorts, and taking the next step on this journey.  It has been moved over to www.myinfantloss.wordpress.com, for now at least.  I have no plans on adding anything more to it going forward.  I will also be closing down the Facebook group that goes along with it.

In the next weeks I am going to be posting fun things, creative projects, changes, happenings in the moment, digging in deep and tugging at the heart a little, and connecting with the moment.

Thanks for sticking around and I hope you continue on this journey along with me!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Letter of the Week ~ O


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?
    • Sea Life Aquarium: You get to learn all about ocean animals
Art
    • Ocean Scene
      • Draw onto card stock paper an ocean scene with crayon
      • Then with blue water color, or tinted blue water with food color, or very, very, very thinned out blue paint, paint over entire ocean scene 
      • Watch as you go along how the paint won't stick to crayon, but you still get an ocean colored background.
    You can see more curriculum ideas on my post about our 2017/2018 curriculum by Clicking Here.

    Friday, March 9, 2018

    Letter of the Week ~ Z



    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?
      • Zoo:  We have to awesome zoo choices nearby.  It may be too chilly for some animals to be outside, but you can still visit them usually.
    Art
    • Zebra or Zoo Scene
      • Draw, trace, or cut out the letter Z shape.
      • Draw on stripes, a nose, ears, eye, and some hair
      •  Draw a picture of the zoo you visit or a zoo scene
      • Picture found on Pinterest

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