January 04, 2011
Posted by: Kris Mazy : Category: homeschooling
, Just Being Family
It always amazes me how fast time flies. It’s 2011. How did that happen? Lar had 17 days off in December (love when he actually uses vacation time) then he was called in 4 times over that period. So, we got part of our vacation or rather our staycation.
It was GREAT to have him at home, especially since he helped me with ideas that I had for Berlyn. We are still having a bit of difficulty adjusting to the autistic tendencies that he has. God made him perfect – God made him Berlyn. So we are trying something NEW. Learning the alphabet has been – should I say – a CHALLENGE.
I found a Star Wars scrapbook with paper at Hobby Lobby. (THANKS HL – LOVE that store!!) I found and printed up Characters from the movies that match different letters of the alphabet. We have made it through “D” so far. He is starting to “get it”. Although he was resistant in making each page into ONE letter… so we are going to run out of pages long before the alphabet is done. The fact that God has blessed us with him is more important on how fast he learns specific things. Lar and I are constantly researching and relearning how to teach him (out of our own boxes) and I believe that is the key!
Griffen got up this morning and decided that his bookwork would wait and made a lunch sack owl. SERIOUSLY CREATIVE!!! He would just prefer to do hands on any day than bookwork! HAHAHA That’s Griffen!
El is booking her way rather quickly through 2nd grade – and asked if she could start the 3rd grade on the computer today because she was bored!
Shelby moved her squishy chair in my studio where I snapped a quick photo before she stuck her tongue out at me. OOPS I forgot to take down the Christmas wreath.
I have a list of activities that we have planned out that I can’t wait to share with everyone. Happy New Year to everyone!!
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December 18, 2010
Our Scout family put together an AWESOME display at the Home-town Christmas. Each of the Cubbies created ornaments for the tree.We cut out camping diecuts and glittered pine cones. We used rope as garland and even made a tree topper of pinecones (my mom got on a kick while helping us organize the ornaments and saw my pinecone Chrismas tree in the kids schoolroom)
Larry, Joan(our Tiger Leader), 4 boys (and one other parent) put up our display to be judged and we got 3rd place out of about 30 other trees!!! WOOHOO!! I am SO proud of those boys!
Luke 2:13 – Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, —
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December 15, 2010
Our move this last year was rough on some of my decorations. I had several wreaths in a big bag and they got crushed. Larry told me to just throw them away and start fresh… I am SO glad that I didn’t.
I picked up a few $1 sets of flowers (poinsettias and some snow covered pine) at the craft store (LOVE 50% off days!!!) And my mom brought me over a bow that she made – She is SO tricky and makes the most BEAUTIFUL bows with her bow maker contraption.
Luke 1:69-71 He has raised up a horn[a] of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—
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December 10, 2010
I have been looking all over for fun activities to do with the kiddoes and I came across this post on http://catholicicing.blogspot.com/ and on Tip Junkie. I was SO excited to see it. I had to share with you!!! A printable 3-D Nativity to make with toilet paper rolls.
I copied their entire post below. Have fun this weekend with your kids and make this. (you can also use paper towel rolls cut in half)
I made a printable nativity set for kids, and the best part is, it’s free!
- About 13 Toilet Paper Tubes*
- Glue Stick
- Printed Coloring Sheets
Directions for Completing Nativity Craft:
- Print the Coloring Pages (links below)
- Color with crayons
- Cut out as indicated on the sheets
- Glue around toilet paper tubes with glue stick. For most, just glue the bottom even with the bottom of the toilet paper tube and let the heads hang off the top. A few of the weird ones have directions below.
When gluing the angel, let her wings flap free where you cut them at the dotted line, and then curl them out slightly with your finger.
When gluing the empty stable, just glue each edge to a toilet paper tube half way around.
When gluing the palm tree, let the leaves you cut on the dotted line flap free so they stand out.
That’s it! Now, here’s the free printable sheets to get started on your nativity!
All printable coloring pages are my own artwork and are free for any not-for-profit use by individuals, families, or educational organizations. Copies may not be sold or reproduced for profit. If you’d like to post this project for others to find, I would ask that you link to my post and not my individual downloads. Thanks!
*If you don’t have 13 toilet paper tubes, try using tubes from paper towels or gift wrap!
You could also consider leaving out some of the pieces.
Luke 1:49-50 – for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
December 09, 2010
Time to start (or finish) making gift for Christmas time. Shelby is working on gifts for people in her youth group and was going through my book of ideas when she came across these. So, I thought that I would post them.
Shrinky Dink Earrings
You will need the following
- Shrinky Dink
- your computer with a color prints (or you can rubber stamp images onto the shrinky dink),
- hole punch
- needle nose pliers
- earring fish hooks
- (and your oven!!!)
- clear spray paint (not necessary however, if the earrings get wet they might smudge without)
Yes, these are all things that I have at my house (remember I am an all-around crafter) but your can easily get them at Walmart or any craft store.
Draw, print or stamp your image. Cut them out (I did a circle on each of these so there would only be smooth edges). Punch a hole in the top and heat in the oven per the directions on your shrinky dink. Once done shrinking, spray with clear paint and add your fish hook. You have a FAST and FUN gift ready to give!!! ***TIP: watch your finger prints when cutting or it might smear!!***
Luke 1:46-47 – And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,