August 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
I tried this day boxes system, based on the system called, “work boxes,” which I did not like, as I am an Alfie Kohn fan, and it worked well. It works well as long as I have time to get the day boxes ready that morning early, or the night before.
I found that the kids like new and different things in there. They despise having very similar things, day after day. I found that even a toddler has to have things, because he wants to be like the others and have something made for him to do, so he can work, too. He did get bored fast, so I must have always had very boring things in there for him. I tried to get something from each subject we were doing that day. I also put the book they are currently reading for fun, in there.
I also put the ruler, the scissors, the glue stick, the markers, the pencil and the paper they needed for that day’s stuff, in their box. This makes it so nobody has to go look for something they need, giving them about a 100% chance of getting distracted and not coming back for quite some time!
They really liked them and they made my job much easier during the homeschool day! One thing I did not like was that the boxes took up so much space on the table that it does not give them much space to work. I solved that by getting out a card table, but then they fought over which table they wanted to sit at. Oh, my! That’s the way kids are!
May 23, 2015 § Leave a comment
Do you have a new baby and trouble sleeping with the new erratic schedule? I am so sorry! Hang in there!
I have had that problem many times, but being a mother to new babies many times has taught me a lot. I discovered over time: Calcium/Magnesium supplements, Serenity and Calms Forte will help me sleep. Lack of exercise and the effects of salt and chocolate on my system keep me from sleeping.
Chocolate, sugar and salt will not help you sleep at night. If you have been eating salty things too much, cut down! If you eat chocolate during the day to keep you awake, or if you take in things which have the same effect (caffiene), cut down on it. Sugar during the day will keep you wired at night.
Magnesium supplements do wonders, DoTerra essential oil Serenity is awesome. Calms forte is a milk-based homeopathic tiny pill that is all natural and helps you sleep. I love it.
Exercise during the day helps you sleep at night. Getting enough to eat in the day helps you sleep at night. Not having a crazy long do list helps you sleep. Not worrying helps you sleep. If you worry a lot or have a long to-do list, write a new do list that is similar to this one:
Mom’s Do-List With a New Baby
1- Get up when you have to and sleep whenever you get a chance.
2- Keep the baby (and other kids, if any) and yourself alive.
3- Shower and get dressed. Showering every day is a luxury when you have a newbie. At least get it in every other day!
4- Eat 3 healthy, balanced meals a day and feed the kids when they need it.
5- Dress and change kids when needed.
6- Pray and read scriptures.
I do not even have a newbie anymore. I still use this list. My youngest is older. However, I still stick to this list. It keeps me sane. Having a newbie makes it extra necessary to have a do list like this one. When you have a newbie which makes it so you never get a normal 8 hour night of sleep, you just have to forget housework. Buy disposable dinnerware and buy easy to make meal items (from a can or microwave dinner or easy fresh foods) for a while. Arrange around your husband’s or a hired helper’s schedule, for regular, scheduled naptimes. If they are at the same times daily, your body will accustom itself to them.
I also made a 24 hour clock chart every week, and wrote when the baby is awake and asleep, with the goals of:
1- knowing when I would get to go to sleep so my brain could plan on it (not just at night but in the day)
2- being able to gradually manipulate awake times so as to have sleep times for the baby, at closer to normal times
May 23, 2015 § 2 Comments
This is my advice regarding preparedness:
Before you worry about a tent, a pandemic, an emergency radio and a camping stove, please do the basics. The basics recommended by the church should be your priority. Once those items are in place, then worry about all the other things people recommend for you.
2 weeks of water
choose a water purification method and be prepared for that
Second: Food Storage
3 supply of the basics of what your family normally eats which will last 30 years
The basics are the things in the food storage calculator here:
Why I cannot find it from the providentliving.org or on lds.org anymore, I know is because of the new law. Religious institutions cannot require of their congregations, to have certain amounts listed for food storage, anymore. If they do, they must report to the federal government how much each member of the congregation has, each year. This I learned from Jack Monnett’s book “Awakening to Our Awful Situation.”
About the “things your family normally eats” part: If you eat more oats than rice and more rice than bread, buy accordingly. They mean if you use jam for pb&j a lot, make jam one of the main “sugars” items you buy. If you use honey instead of sugar in your diet for sweetening, buy accordingly. However, get things you normally eat “which will last 30 years.”
Third: Financial Reserves
The link leads to this https://www.lds.org/topics/finances?lang=eng which says to:
1- Pay 10% tithing and fast offerings
2- Avoid Debt or get out of debt using a debt calculator. I recommend following the Dave Ramsey Baby Steps plan because it works very well, he is funny and his plan motivated us and got us excited so that we actually do stuff instead of just talking about it.
3- Gradually build a financial reserve which is for emergencies only
4- Teach family members financial management, budgeting, hard work and about the importance of an education
No amount or number of months for the financial reserve is listed, so decide on this with your spouse.
Other important items:
LDS Family Services (mental, emotional, relationship health)
Welfare Services (when you are prepared, serve and help others)
May 18, 2015 § Leave a comment
Homeschool Fiction Book Report
What is the title of the book?
Who wrote this book?
Who illustrated the book?
What is the 1st copyright date on the book?
What company published the book?
How many pages are in the book?
How many chapters are in the book?
What is the book about?
What inspiration or thoughts came to you while reading or thinking about the book?
Name something mentioned in the book that may be symbolic:
What mentioned in the book is similar to some part of your life now?
Write 4 lines from a poem, or something that could be made into a poem, which is the book.
What is a political, moral or social lesson the author may be sending to readers?
Put down a favorite quote from the book:
Describe the main character.
Describe the goals of the main character at the beginning.
What was the main character’s biggest challenge and how was it overcome?
Who or what did the main character have to go up against?
Who or what were on the side of the main character from the beginning?
How did the main character change, from the beginning to the end of the book?
May 18, 2015 § 4 Comments
I have had many dreams, visions and personal revelations which I feel to share with others. Here are the things I have learned from them in summary:
1- Three free government backed programs that originate from Karl Marx and the ancient communist Russian ideas, will be introduced this year or in Winter of next year (before the end of March 2016) in the U.S. and the majority will want to sign up for and try them, since they are great and they are free. We must think of what programs we have which originated in the U.S. for the same purposes, which are better, and stick with those. We must not fall for this trick and these 3 free programs.
I must add that we will have to REMEMBER what it USED TO BE LIKE in the American, U.S. systems and the current U.S. systems competing with the Russian ones at this time will be very poorly managed and slow, so that people determined and in need will either have to resort to having a very hard time getting what is needed, or will just go sign up for the new U.S. Federal Govt. programs from Russia.
There will be some people who will not need to try for either, as they will not need either. I hope I will be in this group.
2- A government program giving us (and helping us in managing) money, for small business entrepeneurs will be tempting to many. It will also be presented before March of 2016, but will require the freedom to run the business as the individual wishes. It will appear good and awesome and innocent, but the idea is Fascist and is to be avoided at all costs! I have an entrepeneurial small business, which is why I think God warned me about this.
3- The baby boomer generation will be great at getting their children ready and prepared, but must get themselves prepared, too. The younger adults will not be so good at preparing because they will be distracted by “devices” and other such technology fads. They will need handholding to help them focus and get it done. Those born 1984 and on are included in this group. I was specifically shown “1984.” The generation in the middle of these 2 must be warned and as soon as they completely understand the warnings, they will start to get ready well and quickly. The baby boom generation will help them in their preparations while ignoring their own preparation needs.
4- God will help each of his children find exactly what they need to get or work on next, as soon as they ask for it. They will find it easily, but will have to do the work God asks them to do to get it. God will lead them right to it. Then He will lead them right to the next thing needed, etc.
5- My friend pointed this out to me about the interpretation of my dream, and I agree with it. Each individual will be led to different things besides just the basics that their family needs, so that the whole body of the saints will have collectively what is needed by all.
6- The calamities we need to prepare for which are awful, will come whether the majority of the saints believe it will or not! These things coming to not depend on the beliefs of the saints about whether they will happen soon or not. They will happen when God knows they will happen, no matter what people think or believe.
7- There will be tent cities and we will be there with our church leadership. Not everyone will be in a tent, per se. I will be in a shack made from plywood. There will eventually be a lot of widows in the tent cities. There will be chances for dating and remarrying for single people.
May 16, 2015 § Leave a comment
This is inspired by a comment on a blog post, wherein the author has just decided to homeschool. She askes in her blog post, for people to tell her what they may be, if ther are any tangible perks to homeschooling. Why, yes, there are! There are many. Here are a few to start with.
2- Knowing immediately when something is wrong and being there for them right them to dry their tears and hold their cheek to mine, is tangible.
3- My child not being told by others what to like or dislike (fads) saves tangible money.
4- Touching trees and grass and garden plants and soil with my kids is tangible.
5- Playing with my son’s curly locks while I help him with his learning, every day, all day long, is tangible.
6- Being the one who is there to do cooking, art and science experiments with my kids, is tangible.
7- Feeling the Holy Ghost and love in my home on good days when everyone is peaceful, when we are learning the gospel and learning to sing primary songs and hymns together for our daily lessons, is tangible.
8- Being able to hold my child’s hand while he learns to hold his pencil, is tangible.
9- Having school-aged kids always sitting on my lap and around me, leaning on my chest and on my shoulders, daily, when others have their kids away from them, is tangible.
10- Touching the food my children will eat every day, is tangible.
11- Having immediate hugs, touches on the shoulder, and so forth, when I have a bad moment or a bad day, is tangible. Here is an example. I was going through a miscarriage for 6 weeks. My pre-teen daughter was always hugging me and crying with me. She was great. I cannot imagine how much tougher it would have been to go through this without her by my side!
I could go on forever…