Tuesday, March 3, 2015

My Favorite Resources for Learning About Africa

We are studying Africa this year, and loving it! Here are a few of my favorite resources... 
Wonderful Books

A really neat book recommended from SCM (Simply Charlotte Mason) is Material World by Peter Menzel. It's a unique project from a talented photographer who traveled the world to put a face on the human condition from all around the planet. He features a statistically average family from a variety of countries all over the world, and includes large portraits of their family, home life, and all their material possessions. (See in the photo below the entirety of this family's earthly possessions.) It's eye-opening to see just how much and how little people have from different parts of the world, and interesting to get a glance into their daily life. We'll be using this book for the African families it features this year, and families from other countries in our geography studies in the years to come.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Home Schooling in the News

Home schooling seems to be a very misunderstood phenomenon. It's an amazing journey, a hard-to-beat academic choice, and a rewarding family lifestyle. It ISN'T school-at-home minus the peers, a cop-out, or a bunch of awkward weirdo's.  After viewing a recent news report and reading more articles about today's home schoolers, I've updated my "Why Homeschool?" page to include the links below. Enjoy! 
Many Tulsans Choose Home School Over Public... Here's a recent news story and video about home schoolers in Tulsa. 

15 Key Facts about Home Schoolers Home schoolers are everywhere! Did you know home schoolers do better on the ACT, they're more likely to attend college and consistently have better college performance? Read what college is typically like for today's home school students. 

Home School Teens Ripe for College "Myths about home schoolers are false, and most are well-prepped for college, experts say." Check out this article from U.S. News & World Report. 

Home Schooling Makes Me Happy  Check out this video of a thirteen year old boy's lecture at a global conference! He was taken out of the education system to be home schooled and shares how he's been able to tailor his education to his interests and style of learning, and a few of the amazing opportunities he's been able to seize as a result of it.

Do Schools Kill Creativity?  In one of the most famous TED talks ever given, Sir Ken Robinson suggests that creativity is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status. His engaging speech will leave you with plenty to think about.

(For my other favorite articles about why on earth anyone would WANT to homeschool, click HERE!)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

My Marvelous Map Box!!!!!

I love when something nice to look at doubles as a smart solution of some sort, like hidden storage or dual-purpose use. You know, like most everything at Ikea. Well, today I'm going to show you what I consider the most exciting addition to our home school room that I can possibly think of.

Drum roll please................

I present to you, our window cornice....

Oh but wait, you haven't seen the best part!!

This isn't an ordinary window treatment my friends..... for inside this cheery yellow chevron covered box you'll find THIS.....
Only the BEST set of pull-down maps EVER made! (Notice my enthusiastic map pointers!)

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Cutest Little Baby Food I Ever Saw!!!

After making my own fresh baby food purees for three babies, I think I may have it figured out.  Just as I'm about finished... isn't that how it usually goes?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pretty Storage Solutions

I'm a rather big fan of pretty storage. I mean, I love for everything to have a place, but sometimes space restriction requires that the "place" is in plain sight. I figure if I'm going to be stuck looking at something, it may as well be pretty! With that in mind, I'll share a few of my favorite "pretty storage" solutions...

Since some of our bathroom storage space is visible and open, I found some pretty boxes from Hobby Lobby to hold all my miscellaneous stuff, and rolled the towels to make them look nicer on the shelf...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Organic Bug Killer

Today's post is the result of my finding a scorpion... In my closet! 
And then two more in the hall, one in our school room closet, one in the kitchen, one more on the front door, and another in the garage. NOT. COOL. And did I mention that we had multiple run-ins with brown recluse and black widow spiders as well? NO MORE! 

Day ONE after finding the first scorpion I did some online research and concluded that I needed two things: diatomaceous earth (which I'd never heard of before) and lavender (which apparently spiders and scorpions hate). 

Day two I had no less than 14 new lavender plants in my garden, 10 lbs of DE (diatomaceous earth) on its way, along with this book telling me how to use it. 

Fast forward ONE YEAR...  We are scorpion free! *knock on wood* And we've only seen a few house spiders when we're long over-due for a re-application outside.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Peek into Our Home School Room

Want to see where some of our magic takes place? This is our school room...
I found the desks on Amazon, and think they're just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. Well, except for the boys that use them. :) The legs will extend up to make them into full-size desks in the future.

Here is a closer look at our art lines...
I made them using cute red drawer knobs and picture-hanging wire from Hobby Lobby. That's also where I found the little red wall baskets.