Mar 23, 2009

We Made the Play Dough This Weekend! Play Dough Recipe Great for Home Schooling

We made the play dough and it was easy, I never made the cooked play dough before and I only made the uncooked kind once. We followed the best play dough recipe let it cool and then I divided it in half, I had my son pick the food colores he wanted then I needed the drops of food coloring in with the play dough until it was well blended. The kids love it and the texture is great, it is not sticky and it works great!

I just wanted to tell you about it, I am definitely going to make this again!

Tell me what you think!

Mar 20, 2009

What is Unschooling? Home Schooling

Unschooling forum, Happy Homeschooers group at Cafemom.com Have you heard about unschooling?

It is a form of home schooling except the child learns what they are interested in the most.The child has the freedom to learn what they love, many people still incorporate standard book work with this while others may not.

For us we have the workbooks we do for math reading and spelling but everything else we just do what ever we are into and my son has so many questions and wants to know everything so we look things up learn about the holidays as they come up go to the library and get books to answer the questions my son has.

My kids learn reading, writing and spelling with work books but every thing else they learn the most from coloring pages, talking, reading books, asking questions and figuring things out!

One day my son wants to know about dinosaurs so we read a book and discus it the next day it may be something else or we can spend a whole week on one subject.

I consider us half unschooling and half home schooling I am training my kids for life and entrepreneurship not a JOB or to be like every one else. I could not accomplish this sending my kids to a school. I think structure is very important but freedom and knowledge to do and learn what you want is what America and Life is all about!, I like the fact that my kids don't go to school we just have a Passion for learning!  I would like to go unschool when my children have reached the teen years after the 8th grade mark.

Children are naturally curious learners! We need to provide them with an environment that is conducive to that natural ability to learn. Children also learn best when education is not forced on them and will learn when placed in a educational environment not a school.

Unschoolers typically don't use curriculum, tests, especially state testing. Parents are not teachers they are facilitators and only assist the child in learning what the child wants to learn. Education is not forced but done freely, naturally and at the child's lead. They don't use grades or other titles invented by schools that refer to the stage in education the child is at. In unschooling there are no stages of education like grades the child just learns at his own pace. Here are some quotes to help you understand unschooling even more.

To unschool your kids you do have to follow your states home school laws at Getting Started Homeschooling.


“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein


“When you teach a child something you take away forever his chance of discovering it for himself.” ~ Jean Piaget


“There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.” ~ William Glasser


“Education is a private matter between the person and the world of knowledge and experience, and has little to do with school or college.” ~ Lillian Smith


“None of the world's problems will have a solution until the world's individuals become thoroughly self-educated.” ~ Buckminster Fuller


“All the time you are in school, you learn through experience how to live in a dictatorship.” ~ Grace Llewellyn

See  this fun post called Famous Home Schoolers

Mar 19, 2009

Easy Play Dough Recipe

Kids Love Play Dough And It Is Super Easy To Make!

The secret ingredient is cream of tartar. This recipe makes play dough that is not grainy like uncooked play dough and keeps for a long time.

Play Dough

4 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 cups water
4 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup cream of tartar

Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan. Cook and stir over low/medium heat until play dough is completely formed and no longer sticky.

Allow to cool slightly before storing in an air tight container or zip lock bag.

Mar 18, 2009

A Irish Blessig for You!

Chatt with me at Cafe Mom
Hello I hope you had a Great St Patricks Day! We read some great stories and listened to Celtic music which I love, it is so happy! Today we had a good day and my kids and I are learning Latin, I feel language is a very important part of our life and we must have a good understanding of it. Our English Language comes from Latin and many other languages as well. I need to get some good curriculum for this and we will have fun learning with it.


I hope this post finds you and family well, please comment on my posts let me know what you think!


I Leave you with this Irish Blessing:
May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go. --Irish Blessing



To Your Families Success!
Thanks You!

Mar 17, 2009

Happy St Patricks Day!

St Patricks Day, Irish recipes Irish Soda Bread Recipe
Ingredients : 2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup sugar, plus additional for sprinkling on top 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup raisins 1 teaspoon caraway seed 1 egg approximately 1/2 cup buttermilk (or soured milk)

Preparation :
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.In a bowl, mix together flour, salt, sugar, baking soda and baking powder. Cut in butter, then add raisins and caraway seed. Break egg into a measuring cup and add enough buttermilk to equal 3/4 cup. Add the egg mixture to the flour. Mix until blended and knead dough. Shape into one large or two small rounds. Make a cross on top with a knife and drizzle with melted butter. Sprinkle lightly with sugar. Bake in a greased iron skillet, or on a greased cookie sheet, until golden (approximately 30 minutes).


Mar 13, 2009

How to Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor, GET THIS BOOK!

How to Raise a Healthy Child : In Spite of Your Doctor by Robert S. Mendelsohn

Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, renowned pediatrician and author advises parents on home treatment and diagnosis of colds and flu's, childhood illnesses, vision and hearing problems, allergies, and more. PLUS, a complete section on picking the right doctor for your child, step-by-step instructions for knowing when to call a doctor.

He instructs parents how to diagnose and treat their children without medical intervention, how to determine if their child is sick enough for a doctor, and how to recognize the correct medical treatments.

He teaches you how doctors/hospitals make healthy kids sick and how to protect your self and children from them!

This book is a common sense care of children which puts YOU the parent in CONTROL of your children's health! I love this book and have read it and am reading it again I would get this into the hands of every parent if I could you got to get this book and it makes a great gift.





















How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor

Thanks for reading!

Comments always Appreciated.

Mar 12, 2009

Abortion: Join Me and Thousands of Others RED ENVELOPE PROJECT!

What: Get red envelopes or postcards and mail them on March 31st to the White House

When: March 31st, 2009 Get a red envelope. You can buy them at Kinko's, or at party supply stores.

On the front, address it to President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington , D.C.20500 On the back, write the following message.

This envelope represents one child who died because of an abortion.It is empty because the life that was taken is now unable to be a part of our world.


We will mail the envelopes out March 31st, 2009.

Put it in the mail on March 31st, 2009, and send it.


Then forward this event to every one of your friends who you think would send one too. I wish we could send 50 million red envelopes, one for every child who died [in the U.S.] before having a chance to live.

I know this is off topic but I am very passionate about this and would like to get as many people involved as possible.

Please Help!

Let us Be a Voice for those who do not have one!

Mar 11, 2009

St. Patrick's Prayer.



St. Patrick's Prayer

I bind to myself this day the power of God to guide me, the might of God to uphold me,
the wisdom of God to teach me, the eye of God to watch over me, the ear of God to hear me, the word of God to give me speech, the hand of God to protect me, the shield of God to shelter me, the host of God to defend me against evil, against the lust of nature, against every person who meditates injury to me, whether far or near, whether alone or with many.
I have invoked all these virtues against every hostile, savage power warring upon my body and soul, against the evil laws of paganism, against the false laws of heresy, against the false promises of idolatry and against all knowledge which blinds the soul of humanity.

Amen

Mar 10, 2009

St Patricks Day Shamrock and Links to Color Pages for the Kids

Meet me at Cafe Mom The word "shamrock" is an old Irish word "seamrog" which means "little clover."

Saint Patrick used the plant to illustrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. Shamrocks have been considered by the Irish as good-luck symbols since earliest times, and this superstition has persisted in modern times among people of many nationalities.

On March 17th, St Patrick's Day is celebrated around the world, with the "wearin' o' the green".


Many folk ask the question 'Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland ?' The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.


Mar 9, 2009

St. Patrick History

Saint Patrick

St Patrick's Day is coming soon, It is one of my favorite holidays it is on March 17Th. There are also so many fun color pages and projects you can get for free online this week I will share some that I found with you.

Lets start off with a little about St Patrick himself..

Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works, the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish Christians. Saint Patrick described himself as a "most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God."

Saint Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland. It is true there are no snakes in Ireland, but there probably never have been - the island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age.


As in many old pagan religions, serpent symbols were common and often worshipped.
Driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of putting an end to that pagan practice. While not the first to bring Christianity to Ireland, it is Patrick who is said to have encountered the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites. The story holds that he converted the warrior chiefs and princes, baptizing them and thousands of their subjects in the "Holy Wells" that still bear this name.

There are several accounts of Saint Patrick's death. One says that Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits, and as a preservative against the "evil eye." Another account says that St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury, England and was buried there.

The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Today, many Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York and Dublin city.

Why
Saint Patrick's Day?

Saint Patrick's Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick's Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide. So, why is it celebrated on March 17Th?

One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17Th.

Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17Th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.In American cities with a large Irish population, St. Patrick's Day is a very big deal. Big cities and small towns alike celebrate with parades, "wearing of the green," music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams green!

Have a Great Day!

Mar 5, 2009

What do You Love to Make for Your Family?

Post Your Favorite Recipes Here, What do You Love to Make for Your Family?

cafe mom, cooking groups for momsWhat is one of your favorite thing to make I thought it would be fun to share just comment on this post with your recipe I will add some to start!

What does it have to do with home school ? A lot if you home school you will need lots of healthy things to cook so your kids can have the best chance of learning and clearer thinking!

For me being a stay at home Mom and home schooler I am constantly cooking and feeding my hungry boys, at the same time I like it to be healthy.

I am always on the look out for new great recipes and you probably are to LOL!

Cooking and baking can also be a fun learning family experience kids learn so much from you and they love to help!

Mar 4, 2009

The Key to Health Make Everything You Eat from scratch!

    Yes it seems hard but really it isn't and it is fun once you get into it and some people really love to cook and bake. Over the years I have found it to be a process and a learning experience now I prefer to just make it rather than go out and buy it! I also have learned it cuts your grocery bill in half!

I thought I would share with you some of the things I have make lately, last week I made focaccia bread first I made it with garlic and olives then with jalapenos and garlic!

I made lemon bars for the first time ever and they were good not a healthy recipe it had butter and sugar in it but they are way better than buying junk at the store that cost way more and is loaded with chemicals and partially hydrogenated oils!

Another thing I love to make is pasta, and it is so easy, you will never want to buy noddles again!

I got all of these recipes in my Betty Crocker recipe book but you can experiment with all kinds of recipes you probably have books with these recipes in your house right now!

Make it a point to make more things from scratch for your family it is much healthier and you will save money!

Mar 3, 2009

Bobs Red Mill Flaxseed Meal

cafe mom, joanne27, recipe groups for momsI wanted to share with you all about one of my favorite foods flax seed meal! I get the Bobs Red Mill Whole Ground flax seed Meal you can get it at health food stores and in most grocery stores I get it at a discount bread store for less, flax seed meal is ground flax seeds...

You can't go wrong with flax seeds or any seeds for that matter, but flax seed are so good for you, you deserve this info!

Flax seeds contain Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids
Potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin B3, vitamin E, They are high in fiber and protein.

It is a fact the better the foods that you consume the clearer you will think and the better you and your child will learn!

Flax seed is also good for controlling asthma and ADD, ADHD symptoms as well as calm your kids down so they can think better and how it applies to home schooling they learn better!

I use the flax seed meal all the time in our home, I use a tbs in the pancake batter to add extra fiber, protein and nutrition. I also use it in smoothies which is great and adds the same benefits!

I make cookies, muffins, I also add it to bread crumbs or alone to use for oven fried chicken!

You can get recipes on line as well.

The more you can get flax seed in your families diet the healthier you all will be!

I suggest you get some of the Bobs Red Mill on the back is a recipe for some great muffins that are so good for you!

Don't get the whole flax seed it is way to difficult to ground and it takes time.

Flax seeds are great in salad and in bread but I just use the ground then I can use it for anything!

Mar 2, 2009

I am Back and it is March I Hope all is Well With You!

This week has been pretty good my son is doing well with his work and I ordered the curriculum for his 1st grade year, this next school year! I am happy with what we picked out it looks great we will have a great time learning.

I am starting to get the hang of the home schooling thing and I am finding a good balance with our time and I am learning a lot about patience LOL!

We are having fun with it and I have to remember to just relax have fun and learn, that is what it is all about and kids learn the best this way.

I hope to get you some great information here on this blog I want to talk about Health and Healthy foods which I also am very passionate about without health we have nothing.

The Healthier you and your kids are the better your home school experience will be, more on that in other post.

Thank You for Reading!