Feb 28, 2013

Game Day

Sometimes you have to go off road, do things differently, add a little fun to the day.  That is exactly what we did today.  Actually I have noticed that the kids have gotten sucked into the technology world and despite doing school work, reading books for 30-60 mins a day they spend quite a bit of time playing games, mainly Minecraft on the computer.  It has bothered me a lot lately so we made the decision to spend some money on some board games.  We bought quite a few of the classics such as Monopoly, Life, Yahtzee, checkers/chess, Jenga and then added Clue, Blokus and Doctor Dreadful Scabs and Guts ( a science game).  So today instead of doing the typical school work we had planned we had a game board day.  We played Monopoly (math), Scrabble (spelling), Doc. Dreadful (science) and watched a video about President George Washington.  Three hours of Monopoly was enough for me but the kids had a great time today.  It helps to change things up not only for them but for me as well.  We were all learning new things about the human body while playing Doc. Dreadful.  What a neat game that is!

    I believe we may make one day every couple of weeks a board game day.  We spent a total of five hours playing different games to day and all of them had a great time and it was a fun way to learn as well.   Try it with your kids some time!

Feb 21, 2013

Valentine's Day Blessings

Life is moving along and I am barely hanging on and definitely not been anywhere near writing.  I miss writing daily.  I know that this blog is not informational or even for anyone else but family and friends that care to stop in.  Last week we celebrated Valentine's day and I wanted to share a few of the blessings I was surprised with.
Beautiful flowers from my husband.

My wonderful card made by my Kris! 
Breakfast in bed, made by Kris and Sara.  Love them so much!

Sara's card.  It included little activities for me to do as well.  Made me smile every time I looked at it.

Ended the night with a nice surprise from one of the youth kids.  Ellie brought us white choc. covered strawberries and sodas.  Totally surprised us and made our night!  We love working with the youth group!

Feb 11, 2013

Big Brother Teacher

Best part of homeschooling for a parent is to watch the older brother step up and jump in and help the younger brother with his school work.  Eli was struggling with understanding what a new word was and Jaron, without being asked jumped in and helped.  Made me smile!  BTW, yes this is a staged picture...only because my camera refused to turn on immediately, but it is what I saw when I looked up from grading Jaron's history papers.