Deuteronomy 28:2 (King James Version)

"And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God." This is my homeschooling blog. Some days my cup runnteh over with the joys of homeschoolong, some days it's spilling what can only be be described as thinly veiled insanity. Either way, it runneth over...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Engineering Princess....

My girl loves power tools! Princess K joined a robot building team just to get her hands on some. The whole thing is very neat and teaches kids lots of things about science and technology. We even have a website with links to the main competitions site if any other homeschooling groups are interested.

isn't she so cute in those safety glasses?? She seems to have misplaced her tiara though....

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tuesday Challenge Check in 09/25/07

OK I found a walking buddy and we walked 1.3 miles this morning. I intentionally ate half what I normally would, and have drank all my targeted amounts of water. I guess it will take longer to feel better than one day?? :)

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Cookies and donuts and ice cream...oh my!

Since taking myself off HRT a few months ago, all I do is gain weight. I'm too the point that very little I have fits. And I'm not willing to go buy more. So its time to start making some healthier changes to see if I can rev up my energy levels and get to exercising more. I joined a challenge (see the button to the right)and I'm hoping it will really encourage me to stick to healthy food and exercising. We shall see..

Pink tools??

This one is for a tool set. I like the pink of

Did someone say Pink??

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

So we have these Guenias...

We purchased some Guenias because they are suppose to be awesome at eating bugs. Right now they are in a dog crate in my kitchen because they are so small. They've proved to be quite entertaining as well as educational. For instance, the Royal Offspring are learning about survival of the fittest...

The keets are big enough to eat small grasshoppers so it has become a great game to catch little defenseless bugs and drop them into the cage. It quickly became apparent that speed was a factor in survival as the fast bird almost always ended up with the grasshopper. So yes! There is truth to the old saying the early bird gets the worm. We also determined that strength was a factor as we watched the biggest bird step on the fastest bird and take the prize.

It didn't take long before the justice loving Royal Offspring were crying foul (pun intended) and trying to come up with a plan to ensure that all the birds got a grasshopper. So, brainstorming ensued.

They came up with a theory that if they could teach the birds to eat from their hands, then they could decide who gets what grasshopper. The dilemma being that every time someone approaches the cage, the birds all run for the far corner. So they caught another bug, stuck it head through the wire and sure enough, the fastest bird came over and plucked the grasshopper from the King's hand. After a few tries, all the larger birds were coming to the side of the cage to take a grasshopper. Plan was good...or was it?

You see, the Queen, after many years experience in cleaning up more poop than she cares to remember, is the designated crate cleaner. So, now every time the Queen wishes to open the door to clean the crate or refresh their water, she is mobbed by grasshopper craving keets, who are not very happy to see her empty-handed. Apparently these birds are smart enough to learn to come to the side when a person approaches, but not smart enough to tell the difference between Royal Offspring and the Queen who does not touch grasshoppers. The Queen is working on a plan to teach the birds to recognize she is there only to shovel waste, not hand out bug treats...all suggestions welcome. :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

the "fear" collage...

The assignment was to create a collage representing the emotion of fear. Princess A made a picture of a robber about to go into someone's house. I liked her use of mixed media. She has paint, construction paper, googly eyes, sticks, leaves and cardboard. Nice job Princess A!

What I learned today...

My children never cease to amaze me, and oddly enough, I learn from them more often than from a book. Today, I learned its OK to see the world diffrently. So what if the assignment doesn't match the work turned in? Isn't art suppose to be an individual thing? Is it really art if you do it exactly like the book tells you to?

When I think about it, homeschooling is quite an "out of the box" way of thinking to begin with. Should I be surprised when my lovely Princess A takes an assignment and tailors it to fit how she sees the world? No, I think I shouldn't. Independant thought is one of my ultimate goals here.