Best free educational websites I've used, so far: As a homeschooling mom, I want the time my kids spend online to be educational as well as safe, fun, and engaging. These are sites my son (five) and I use and we both love: http://www.timeforkids.com/around-the-world (world culture; people/places), http://artpad.art.com/artpad/painter/ … [Read more...]
Get Kids Involved in Organizing and Cleaning, the earlier the better
Seems like the theme of the month is organizing. This subject keeps popping up. People must have put off spring cleaning and now, realizing it's already summer, are looking around their cluttered homes wondering how in the world they accumulated so much crap and what the heck to do with it all?!! I know I am! Maybe it's just me? If you're a … [Read more...]
Forcing my kids to have fun
Why do I have to drag my son, kicking and screaming to do something incredibly fun?! He loves his Karate class! He started last year and we tried out a bunch of other martial art studios, but he fell in love with this one (I highly recommend Rod Sanford Martial Arts in Soquel! http://sanfordkarate.com/ ) and only wanted to go there. So we've been … [Read more...]
Evil little monster named Self Doubt
I had made a decision! I was sticking with it, no turning back. But in one afternoon self doubt came crashing down and I was suddenly filled with anxiety and back to square one! I don't like having things up in the air, if I have an important decision to make I will research obsessively, ask questions of anyone and everyone until I'm sure they try … [Read more...]
Summer Art Camp
I'll be teaching art camp this summer at Kruz Kidz Summer Day Camps at Twin Lakes Church in Aptos, Ca. I'm now official! We finally updated the web site with my name on it! http://www.kruzkidz.com/camps/creativearts/ woohoo! Classes are filling up fast, so sign up quick! I've been losing sleep thinking of all the fun things we will do! There are … [Read more...]
Easy Solar Eclipse Pinhole Viewer and Kidzilla Breaks my Laptop!
We made a pinhole in cardboard so we could watch the eclipse, or at least the projection of it on a white piece of cardboard! Well, as white as I could find. After quite a search (of course I did not prepare in advance!) I found one that wasn't completely painted on. I searched quite a while online to find easy directions with materials we already … [Read more...]
Green and clean
I lathered my son in soap, as he was in the bath, rinsed him down, then reached for the shampoo. A normal occurrence for every mom, I'm sure, until he asks what shampoo is made of! "Umm, soap and some other stuff" is my lame answer. "What's in soap?" he asks. Now I feel really stupid! I don't know, I've never really thought about it. I do read … [Read more...]
Fun learning outdoors this week!
We've had such a fun "school" week outdoors! We went to Harvey West Park, I don't get over there very often and forget how beautiful it is! I should know, it's where I got married after all! We went to play with friends at the playground, but as the nature lovers we are, were drawn into the forest. We walked along a path and found a little stream, … [Read more...]