Snakes and Spider Plants – Removing Snakes and Rooting Plants

Snakes Spider PlantsI’ve been wanting to root some of my moms Spider Plant – I know, I’m on a plant kick lately.  I wanted to do it in water so the kids and I could see the roots grow.  I’ve got these cute little clear tubes (look like scientific test tubes) that I wanted to build a little rack for.  ‘Cause, you know I love building. 

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Keeping a Plant Alive – Are Your Kids up to the Challenge?

Keeping a Plant AliveOne of the long-term assignments I have for my kids this year is to care for and keep a plant alive the whole year.  Keeping a plant alive.  That’s the challenge, I mean assignment 😉

DS quickly settled on a Venus Fly Trap.  Well, we were at Wally World the other day and they had them for $5.  Sold.  We brought him home, and this week DS did a little research to determine the best way to treat and care for his plant.  Location in the house, watering, what to feed it, etc. Continue reading

Sewing for Boys – It’s just building with Fabric!

Sewing for BoysMy little boy loves forts.  Throw a blanket over some chairs, and call it a fort.  Done.  He’s getting close to 11 and still loves the coziness of fort play.  But, we live in a little house, and constantly having chairs in the middle of the floor (and not having any to sit at the table with) is driving me a little coo-coo.  

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Art lessons with Geography, History, Nature Studies, Astronomy & More!

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Chalk PastelsLast year I was looking for something a little more unique or “meatier” when it came to art in our little homeschool.  Drawing, painting, clay work we had done.  I happened upon this site for chalk pastels.  ChalkPastel.com 

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Do You Let Your Kids Write in Colored Pens on their Schoolwork?

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Colored Pens
Do you let your kids write with colored pens on their schoolwork?  GASP!  Well, never fear – erasable pens are here!!

Why is that a rule anyway in public school – blue or black ink only –  #2 pencils only?  I think the #2 pencils are for those lovely bubble sheets to be read by a machine, but what’s up with the pen color?

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Top 5 Tips for Scheduling Your Homeschool Year

Homeschool ScheduleHave you planned your homeschool schedule yet?  I’m looking at it this way:  remember when you were pregnant and didn’t feel like doing anything late in your pregnancy, and then right before you gave birth you went into hyper-everything-mode and got the whole house and universe ready? That’s gonna be me this year.  I’m just enjoying summer too much. Continue reading