Saturday, July 31, 2010
Lapbooking is essentially a unit study that is cut out and and glued into a file folder(s). Lapbooks can be very specific such as these math lapbooks or can be themed, but broad in what subjects they cover, such as this Madeline Lapbook, which covers everything from some basic science to reading comprehension. There is a lapbook for virtually everything and best of all lapbooks offer a hands on learning approach that is a lot of fun . Lapbooks offer something for every age range and learning ability and come in a wide variety of price ranges as well from free up!
This video is a short tutorial on how to create the lapbook. Lapbooks usually come with a layout suggestion, but you can do your lapbook anyway you like.
Here is a list of lapbook resources:
Hands of a Child
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Better Oats Oatmeal Sample
Free Natural Nibbles Dog Treats
Free Dove Samples and Coupons
Free Oxy Skincare Sample and Coupons
Several Walmart Freebies
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Monday, July 26, 2010
17th Centrury Lapbook
All About Bees
American Patriots of the Revolutionary War
Be sure to check out all the other great free products at Currclick!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Now, I happen to think that the big daddy frier takes away from the casual atmosphere somewhat, but still nothing beats a summer Texas catfish fry!
To cook your catfish southern style:
Store your cleaned and filleted catfish in a bowl of ice water while you prepare the batter
Batter: 2 cups corn meal, 1 TSP flour, salt and pepper as preferred
Batter fish on both sides and drop into 350 F oil.
If you deep fry take fish out approximately 30 seconds after it begins to float.
If browning in a shallow pan cook fish approximately 2 minutes on each side.
Fish will flake easily when done.
Gas flame preferred!
Thanks to my guest blogger Regina(momma!) for helping me out with this blog post!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
If being non-judgemental means that I must never state my God given convictions for fear it might upset you...Then I am judgemental.
If being enlightened means that I must accept that there are other ways to heaven besides through the redemption of the one and only Saviour, Jesus Christ...Then I am deluded.
If being reasonable means that I must accept that science disproves God's hand in all things including creation...Then I am unreasonable.
If being free means that I believe that I can not be happy being in my God ordained roll of being a wife and a mother...Then I am enslaved.
If being educated means that I must have a degree and/or career that supercedes the above stated role...Then I am ignorant.
Yes, by the worlds definition I am all of these things. But thank God by HIS definition, when I am walking in HIS word and inside his plan, I am none of these things.
"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
Monday, July 19, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
(CNN) -- A proposed health curriculum in Helena, Montana, public schools has riled up some parents who say it starts teaching students about sex far too early.
Several hundred parents in the mountain state's capital packed a school board meeting earlier this week to debate the 62-page proposal. It includes four pages of charts listing what elements of human sexuality should be introduced at which grades.
"Ninety-five percent, if not 99 percent, is really, really good stuff," Helena parent Brian Ackerman told HLN's "Prime News." But he added, "It's not something we can attach 100 percent agreement with all of the committee members."
The proposed curriculum guide is part of a broad range of health courses that also teach nutrition, disease prevention, anatomy and environmental health. It would teach students as early as second grade that using anti-gay slurs is hurtful and teach children in older elementary grades about sexual harassment and abuse.
Students would be told as early as kindergarten to properly name body parts. The concept that people "can love people of the same gender and people of another gender" would be introduced in first grade, though homosexual relationships aren't discussed until fifth grade.
Fifth-graders also would learn that sexual intercourse "includes but is not limited to vaginal, oral, or anal penetration." Teachers would start discussing pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and drugs and alcohol with middle-schoolers, while high school students would learn about sexual orientation and the "legal implications" of some decisions.
Ackeman, who has two elementary-age daughters and a third approaching kindergarten, said parents should be told "who decided this, when did they decide it and how did they decide it?"
"We really haven't seen where that age-appropriateness comes from," he said. In addition, he said the district has not figured out how to implement the program.
"There isn't any sort of implementation in place right now that says this is how we're going to teach this," Ackerman said.
Bruce Messinger, Helena's school superintendent, said the guide was drawn up by a committee that included parents, teachers and administrators. That committee used local practices and examined national guidelines, including those put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics, he said.
"It establishes that between the ages of kindergarten through grade 4, vocabulary would be introduced so a student has an understanding," Messinger said. "It doesn't specifically say what would happen."
Implementation plans will be developed later, he said -- and if parents object, he added, "They have a right to opt out."
The last school board meeting drew not only critics but supporters. And Cathy Areu, publisher of the Latina women's magazine Catalina and a former high school teacher, told HLN the standards sound defensible and age-appropriate.
"It sounds like they are teaching body parts and things that are facts of life," Areu said. "I feel more comfortable with my daughter learning about this in a classroom than from a boy in the hallway."
What's most interesting about this whole proposal is that Planned Parenthood is actually on the committee advisory board for this whole disgusting fiasco of a plan. Talk about conflict of interests!
Besides just the obvious grossness of this proposed plan, has anyone stopped to think about how intrusive this is to parents? It is another step towards the government controlling when, where, how and at what age our children are taught their values (or lack of rather). When we will stop? Math, English, Science, Sex... Is that what their schedules need to look like?
I'm a Christian, so it goes without saying that I would also have severe problems with people teaching my child values that we do not believe in (homosexuality, sex before marriage, abortion). I pray that if this does pass that every Christian parent immediately pulls their child out of those schools. Thank goodness that at the moment we still have a way of protecting our children from this.
So there it is, I'm not so eloquent with words when I am fired up, and fired up this definitely has me! Sex education is a parents responsibility, not the schools.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
This year for Christmas I decided to get the girls a subscription to a magazine. I searched high and low and considered many different ones but finally settled on ZooBooks.com. Zoobooks is a great children's magazine that features animals. Each magazine focuses on a different animal and you can chose to from three different age appropriate magazines, Zoobies for 0-2 years, Zootles for 2-4 years, Zoobooks for up to 12 year olds.
Zoobooks magazine for kids 6-12, Zootles magazine for kids 2-6 and Zoobies magazine for kids 0-2. Founded in the 1980, we want to encourage a lifelong love of reading and nature in our subscribers. $10.50 for every paid subscription and 25% on product sales is our current offer. Zoobooks is designed for animal lovers. Award-wiinning photos and amazing illustrations captivate kids. The articles are packed with interesting, kid-friendly information. Teachers recommend Zoobooks because of the quality but also the fact that kids love animals and are highly motivated to read more about them. Zootles Magazine for Kids 2-6 is full of animal fun. It's written just for preschoolers!. The illustrations and stories are charming and educational. We have tons of activites for kids and families in the magazine and online. Zoobies is also our newest magazine for 0-2 year olds. It's like a little board book full of eye-popping photos and simple text for the youngest animal lover. Introducing our newest addition - Zoobies puts the animal kingdom into a toddler's hands.
We have had our subscription (Zootles and Zoobooks) for a while now and I can tell you that my kids can not wait until they get their magazines. If you are looking for a fun educational magazine for kids this one definitely has my recommendation!
Now for the fun stuff: I have been given one subscription for ZooBooks.com to give away to one lucky reader! All you need to do to enter is to follow my blog (you must confirm your email address). Want two more chances to win? Follow me on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook (one entry for each) and post a separate comment for each entry. That's it! I will draw a random winner using a random line picker on Friday July 23rd.
This blog is representative of my personal opinion and not that of ZooBooks.com. I was not compensated for this giveaway.