Monthly Archives: July 2011
Last week, while attending a family camp, I learned of this prayer bracelet idea. A mom of six boys explained that she has one for each of her sons and she wears them on days that she knows they will need a little extra prayer. I can’t imagine that she would wear all six on any given day, but she mentioned wearing one or two at a time.
I really liked the idea and wanted to get some for my girls. When we got home from camp we looked at several stores, but couldn’t find anything that we liked and could afford. I started looking on Etsy and found some that I really liked, but then had the idea that I should just make my own. This is the dangerous part of Etsy for me. I am not in danger of spending money on the things that I like, but I am in danger of finding new hobbies. After about four trips to Michael’s we had the right supplies and I put together my prayer bracelets.
The girls wanted charms with their initials and each picked out their own colored beads. Now when they see me wearing them they will know that I am thinking of them and praying for whatever they have going on that day. And you can bet that I will be wearing them both on the first day of school.
I love the idea of brand new school supplies. There is just something exciting about opening a fresh box of crayons, having markers that work and a stack of blank notebooks. It means a fresh start and hope for organization and a great school year.
Unfortunately, the first public school we tried with Emma sucked the joy out of this experience. The supply list was so long. It included all of the standard stuff plus everything that the teacher was going to need for the year, but the school could not afford to supply. They even used a check list to make sure that each child donated every item on the list. Including cash donations for certain items that the teacher would be purchasing for us. We ended up spending a ton of money and sending our little kindergartener off to school with about twenty pounds worth of supplies. It was a sad sight. I understand that the public schools are short on funding. I know what it is like to live on a teacher’s salary and have to pay out of pocket for classroom supplies, but there has to be a better way!
This year we are trying a new school for both of our girls. The kindergarten supply list came in the mail and I was nervous to read it. However, this school takes a completely different approach to the supply list. They actually follow the education code, which states that the school, not the parent, is responsible for supplies that are essential for learning. Wow! What a relief. The letter suggested that I may want to supply a backpack for my child and that the classroom teacher would greatly appreciate donations like pencils, tissues, and baby wipes. The list was short. The items are on sale right now and there is no pressure to donate.
We just finished our school supply shopping for the girls. Many of the items we will keep at home for homework time and the rest will be donated. I imagine sending the girls to school with their backpacks and a small bag of donation items light enough for them to carry themselves. Thank you, Campus Canyon, for putting the joy back in the Back to School Shopping experience. I can get behind this approach and attitude towards donations. It makes me want to donate the things that the teachers are asking for.
The girls and I decided to have a girls only movie night tonight. We popped some popcorn on the stove, which was exciting. Luckily I had a large pot because apparently 1/2 cup of kernels makes a lot of popcorn! It started popping so I was holding the lid while shaking the pot. That’s when I started to feel the pressure on the lid. I was getting nervous, so I took the pot off the heat and slowly lifted the lid. The girls were very impressed! We ended up with a perfectly popped pot of popcorn. How’s that for alliteration? We each grabbed a bowl: one plain butter, one butter and salt and one butter and cinnamon sugar.
Our chick flick for the night… Lemonade Mouth. I don’t know if it actually qualifies as a chick flick, but it’s what the kids are into right now. They are learning a clogging routine right now that goes with the last song of the movie. So, we watched the movie, ate our delicious snack, danced the dance and it’s time for bed. I would say that our first official movie night was a success. I promised them that we would make it a once a month event. I am looking forward to it!
Today we decided to clean out the coat closet in our living room. The top shelf was full of artwork that my five year old brought home over the course of the last school year. We pulled it all out and piled it on the floor. It was rather overwhelming once we unleashed this mess from the closet. Morgan was excited to see it all again and instantly fell in love with all of it all over again, which of course means we can’t part with a single picture or project. Luckily she got bored and I was able to sneak away some of it. I am sure she will never notice.
We actually have four of these neatly stacked in our now clean coat closet. Each girl has two from their two years at preschool. I don’t know if they will keep them forever, but it was my way of saving their work just a little longer.
I just finished a year and a half of homeschooling with my oldest daughter. We had a blast doing it, most of the time, and I set up a blog to record our adventures. At Adventures in Homeschooling, you can read about our journey from start to finish.
I will be writing more about education once the girls go back to school in the fall. My youngest will be starting kindergarten and my oldest, who isn’t very old, will be starting fourth grade. I know I will have a lot to say about it come September!