Monday, August 30, 2010
I finally joined The Family Vision Library. For $75 a year, I get 6 checkouts of 10 items, each time. This is the absolute best home education investment that I have made this year. My children and I are learning so much. They have loved watching and listening to God-honoring dvds and cds. (Their favorites are Jonathan park cds and the George Washington dvd.) I am loving the Financial Freedom seminar and Cancer: Step Outside the Box. Cancer: Step Outside the Box is my favorite book of the year. WOW! I cannot recommend this book enough. This book has been a huge encouragement to me to live as healthy as possible to improve my odds that I don't get cancer. (The current odds are rather sobering. . . 1 of every 2 men will get cancer and 1 out of 3 women will.) The author of this book delved into the topic when several of his relatives died of cancer within a few years of each other. I will definitely be blogging more about this book and sharing a few things that I have gleaned from it, in the future.
I would love to hear how your August has been! Blessings!
Posted by Christine at 1:58 PM
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oatmeal is a huge hit in the morning at my house. It is a cinch to make, is healthy , and it makes my home smells like apple pie, which are all very good things. We double this recipe since everyone in my family is pretty much ravenous in the morning.
2 chopped apples
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups old fashioned oats
3 cups water
1 pinch salt
Posted by Christine at 1:26 PM
Infantino has launched a brand new line of baby carriers. The line includes six baby carriers, which you can see on Infantino's blog. As an Infantino try and tell mom, I was able to test drive the Infantino EcoSash Wrap and Tie Carrier. I have tried several baby wraps and baby carriers, over the past few years, and I must say that this is one of my absolute favorites. There are no buckles to deal with, it is just wrap, tie, and go! It is very comfortable, and I can wear my baby for long periods of time without discomfort.The wrap comes with a detachable, washable hood to protect baby from the elements. The EcoSash Wrap and Tie Carrier comes with a mesh bag so that you can machine wash your wrap.
This wrap is so versatile, as the baby can be worn on the front facing in, out, or on the back. The EcoSash carrier adapts to the size of the wearer, very nicely. The head support is the best that I have ever seen in a baby carrier. My babies fall asleep all the time when I am babywearing. It is really nice to know that my little one's head won't slouch when she falls asleep.
The EcoSash Carrier is available for purchase at Babies R Us. The Balance and the EcoSash Carriers will be $10 off from August 11th- September 21.
Win with Infantino
Would you like to win one of the Infantino Fold and Go Bouncers? Check out the Infantino facebook page and their blog for a chance to win one of five bouncers. This giveaway will be live until September 1, 2010.
I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for Infantino and have received various Infantino products as part of my participation.The opinions expressed herein are my honest thoughts on this product.
Posted by Christine at 12:42 PM
Friday, August 13, 2010
Teaching the Trivium, depicts the freedom of home education. Mother is seen reading to her little ones, while the toddler is keeping his hands occupied with blocks. Older son is completing his lessons, on the living room floor. Older daughter is completing a science lab in the kitchen, while another sister prepares a snack for the family. This book shows a realistic plan of study and helps frazzled moms to move from rigid homeschooling to the latter, more relaxed model.
Home education, to me, is education for life. There is no way that I can teach my children everything I want them to know, even if I taught them from dawn until dusk. But I can teach them to use the Bible as a compass for life. I can teach them to focus on people, not on accumulating possessions. I love this list of 10 Things to Do Before 10 years , because it covers the basics and focuses on the most important things. I prefer to do less bookwork, if that means I have more time to do service projects, such as visiting the nursing home with my children. I would rather not just crank my little ones through a system, but want to ignite a passion in them to learn for themselves. In the words of Yeats, "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." I want my children to have a fervor and a passion for learning throughout their lives. The Lord has also been showing me that my attitude and my behavior impacts my children far more than anything I say in lesson format. I can speak of the greatness of Christ, but if I don't live it, I am nothing more than a hypocrite, and my teaching will be for naught. Only through His abundant mercy and grace can my children see Him in me. What a privilege and honor it is to be a home educator!
Ten Things to Do Before Ten A fantastic starting place for beginning the home education journey. This easy to implement plan is geared towards educating a child for life.
A Formidable List of Attainments for a Child of Six This was a list of goals for each child, in Charlotte Mason's schools.
What has been your inspiration in your home education journey?
"I believe it would be much better for everyone if children were given their start in education at home. No one understands a child as well as his mother, and children are so different that they need individual training and study. A teacher with a roomful of pupils cannot do this. At home, they too, are in their mother's care. She can keep them from learning immoral things from other children." -Laura Ingalls Wilder
Posted by Christine at 1:41 PM
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Yesterday, my littles and I had popsicles for breakfast. . . and I have no guilt. ;) I bought these fun Tovolo popsicle molds a few weeks ago and we have enjoyed coming up with new, icy concoctions.
Strawberry Banana Pops
1/2 container of Strawberries
2 cups strawberry yogurt
5 ice cubes
Blend ingredients in a blender and freeze in popsicle molds. Enjoy!
What treats have you been enjoying during this balmy summer?
Posted by Christine at 5:38 PM
Sunday, August 01, 2010
It seems that almost every book or movie that I have wanted to read or watch isn't available at my local library. My local library stocks what is currently popular, rather than carrying edifying Christian movies and books. I wish that I could buy just about everything in the Vision Forum catalog. Having a smaller home (lack of space) and a limited budget means that I can only afford to buy a few quality books and movies, on occasion. I was so thrilled when I happened upon a Christian lending library, the Family Vision Library. They offer 9,000 Christian resources, including dvds, books, and cds to borrow for three weeks at a time. The shipping is free both ways, you just decide which subscription plan you are interested in. The most expensive plan is $125 for the year, allowing unlimited check outs and 10 items per check out! The Family Vision Library would be such an invaluable resource for home educators, since they offer a plethora of items which could enhance one's homeschool. Imagine reading the latest Voddie Baucham book or letting your children hear a new Jonathan Park cd series! I am very excited about this program and am thinking about saving some money towards joining the Family Vision Library.
Posted by Christine at 8:11 PM