• Education, Parenting, and Homeschooling

    Bird Seed Bird Feeders

    Growing up in Georgia, there are pine trees. Literally everywhere. Can’t get away from them, or their sap. Ugh. In fact, pines are probably one of my least favorite tree. The needles are, like the trees, everywhere. The sap in the summer is a bother if you happen to get it on you. And it’s been my experience that ticks and other creepy crawlies seem to enjoy the needle beds, so no. Not a fan. But. I do like the many arts and crafts available to those who have another pine tree commodity. Pine Cone Crafts Pine CONES. The cones are awesome when used for art. I remember looking for…

  • Education, Parenting, and Homeschooling

    Incredible Edible Silly Putty Frosting

    The theme this week is edible arts and crafts, obviously. So I’ve been experimenting with various mediums in the kitchen with my kids and this edible silly putty made with cake frosting is awesome. Part of it is simply they need to take a more active role in what lands in front of them at the table. Read into this: My kids need to learn to cook. But in their defense, they may be a little young. And today were just looking for some fun, indoor activities. So edible art it was. While I’m a fan of Jiffy because they’re “just add water,” instant biscuit mixes aside, we’ve been trying…

  • Church and Faith,  Education, Parenting, and Homeschooling

    No School Sponsored Prayer

    CYA. It means Cover. Your. Assets. Having worked in the public school system for two years I came across this advice more than once. Although this particular rule is a good one to follow regardless of where you’re employed. For those that have never been told to CYA, it’s a nice way of saying keep everything. Paper copies. Records. Receipts. Beware *cough* I mean, be Aware. And it applies, as I said, to any company. A company that takes you under their wing assumes at least a LITTLE responsibility for you- although I’ll say this too, that if your ship is going down, you’re probably on your own. It’s a…

  • Education, Parenting, and Homeschooling

    Boredom Boxes for Young Children

    With all the snow in our area, my poor kids have been stuck inside. Having said that, they’ve taken it pretty well, all things considered. But as bundling up takes a lot of time and energy, and we’re from the South, we’ve spent considerably more time indoors than out lately. This is when cabin fever sets in, and we find ourselves craving summer weather. Since summer is still months out, aside from going to Chic Fil A and taking up space in the play area (which we do often, since it’s free), we’ve had to come up with some creative ways to find fun inside. These boredom boxes are one…

  • Education, Parenting, and Homeschooling

    Elementary Menu: Our Kids Are Eating What?

    Yesterday I’d mentioned a couple of items about schooling and daycare. The kindergarten assessment survey and toddler daily schedule. While it may seem only appropriate for those parents with children in that phase of life, that wasn’t my objective in posting. One, I wanted to start some conversations. Having worked for more than a couple of schools over the course of a couple of years- Not to mention, having had children in school for 6 years, plus daycare prior to that- I know a thing or two (or at least I’d like to think I do) about what my kids do while there. But not every parent is as aware,…

  • Education, Parenting, and Homeschooling

    Student Skills for Kindergarten

    Preschool is the new kindergarten, and kindergarten is the new first grade. When I was in kindergarten, I remember playing outside in the sand, beating a pinata to pieces before having it rain down candy on us, sliding down a hot metal slide in the blinding sun, playing with boards with nails on them and having handfuls of rubber bands that I was trying to make stick on the nails in various patterns- you get the idea. School has changed. A lot. And this is coming from someone who isn’t just a product of a public school education- I went back and taught in it for two years. Yikes! I…

  • Education, Parenting, and Homeschooling

    Daycare: What Do Our Kids Do All Day?

    Working parents have only so many options. I know, I’ve been there and I am there. If you’re fortunate enough to stay home with your children and do the most important job any of us is ever tasked with- raising the next generation- then God Bless You. But if you’re like most American families, one if not both parents, are now working outside the home. It is what it is. Inflation. Rising costs of everything, from housing, to school, to gas for your car, and don’t even get me started on insurance. So again, most of us have to, not necessarily want to, but HAVE to drop our child off…