Homeschooling

Homeschooling my 5yr old daughter in preparation for Kindergarten is the best way to prepare her for educational success. Share my journey as I prepare her to join the school system.

What’s In My Daughter’s Swim Bag

This week my youngest will begin swim lessons at a nearby swim school.  Sadly, in our family my husband is the only one that knows how to swim.  My two oldest can barley swim which to me counts for not being able to swim.

The swim school she’ll attend has swimming lessons all year round and I’m excited about that because it will help her become a strong swimmer.  While making sure she had everything she needs for swim class I think I threw in everything, but the kitchen sink.  In the video below I’ll share everything she has in her bag.  If you think I left anything out be sure to let me know in the comments below.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Marriage and The Family: Brookfield Zoo 2014

I think the last visit we took to the zoo, I was pregnant with my youngest.  Brookfield Zoo was on our schedule for this week’s summertime family outing.

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Last week I picked up passes from our local library.  The passes covered two people, my husband and I.  So, we only had to pay for my son and daughter.  The forecast said rain all day, but it only rained the night before and on our way there.  The weather was beautiful.  Not too hot and not too cold. 

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This little fella right here put on a branch swinging show.

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You don’t go to the Zoo often, right?  However, Jala was attracted to this.

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Really?  We can go here anytime.  We had a good time with a lot of walking.  I fell asleep on the way home! And took a nap when we made it home.  I was wore out! 

Any summertime fun family outings on your family’s agenda this week? 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Summer Homeschool Week Wrap-up ep. 1

We started this week off bike riding.

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Tuesday we went to the library to get passes for Brookfield Zoo and Jala signed up for the summer reading club.  Picked up 5 books which included 3 to read for the book club.  Today we’re going to finish them up and take them back to the library.  There’s also a reading list and summary form that must be turned in too.

One of my favorites was Ruby Bridges goes to school.  The little brown kindergartner that went to an all white school in 1960.  This book had me all in my emotions.  With Jala just completing kindergarten, there’s no way I would have had the courage to send her in harms way.  It definitely gives me a grateful heart for Ruby Bridges and her parents to put themselves on the frontline for us. 

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Yesterday we made bubbles.  Honestly, I didn’t follow the bubble making directions.  I had about 2 cups of water and added A LOT of dishwashing liquid to it.  We took 2 drinking straws and threaded a piece of thread through the straws.  Tie the thread in a knot and your straw and thread should make the shape of a square.  Pour bubbles in a large baking sheet. Lay straws in bubble mixture and when you pull it up and blow you have a huge bubble.

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We had a really good week. Let’s see what next week has in store. How are you keeping your kids busy this summer.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Repurposed Ashtrays into Oriole Feeders

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Monday I took a trip to one of the local thrifts in the area for their 1/2 off day.  Found these beauties. Not sure if they’re vintage ashtrays or current.

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The first thought that came to mind was to make Oriole Feeders. One for oranges & one for jelly. 

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So far they have a feeder for oranges I hang from the tree and they have the nectar available too.  For some reason they’re not a fan of it.  I’ve seen the male Oriole eat from the suet that I have for the Woodpecker.  The female comes daily to eat the oranges and if the male is coming more often, I don’t get see him.

To pull this project together I used some beads and rope from Home Depot. Pretty simple and took me a few minutes per dish.

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I absolutely love the way they came out.  Sad to say that now I don’t want to fill them. LOL I’m having trouble with ants and flies eating the oranges.  As soon as I get control of the ants I’ll see what I can do about the flies.  Hopefully I’ll be able to fill it soon. I’m sure by then the Baltimore Orioles will be long gone.  But seeing these beauties fly in the wind satisfies my heart 😉

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Kindergarten year in review

Seems like yesterday this cutie walked into her kindergarten classroom while I held back tears.

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Armed with her book bag, she was ready for the classroom.

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Jala loves being around people and LOVES to talk which is an understatement.  By the first week she had all her bffs picked out. Surprisingly, none of the names changed. She was consistent with her picks.

The highlight of the year was grandparents day at school.  Jala took her grandad to school with her.  Well, actually I think this was his highlight of the year.  That day my father took my iPad with him to take pictures.  His first time ever using an iPad.  He still talks about the kindergarteners in Jala’s class teaching him how to use the iPad.

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We lost teeth this year.  Looks like she lost all 32, but losing those two front teeth will have you looking that way.

Colds, colds and more colds.  This was definitely our challenge this year.  Seems like Jala caught every cold and germ there was to catch.  Towards the end of the school year things were a little better until allergy season hit. 

She learned Mandarin Chinese the entire year and will continue to have Mandarin until she completes 3rd grade.  I think this is a great opportunity for the kids and worth our high price tax dollars.

Then there was last Friday

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My beauty celebrated completing kindergarten.

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A funny thing happened

The day before graduation, my mom was telling us that doctors aren’t shaking patients hands due to germs.  We discussed it a bit and gave our opinion.  After graduation Jala says, ” I didn’t shake Dr. Jones (the principal) hand because grandma told me not to shake a doctors hand. LOL

Love this kid. Congrats, baby girl on completing kindergarten.

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Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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