My daughter has a love of painting. She sometimes paints pictures but she paints a lot of abstract pieces. I found a really good deal on canvas and some acrylic paints and she’s having a blast letting her creativity flow.
My personal favorite.
To be honest, her preferred medium is watercolor paints, and I continue to buy them for her, but she is learning to use a variety of paints and seeing how they work with her creations.
Sometimes her paintings are “unique” but some I just fall in love with immediately. I have never been a big art person, but my appreciation for what someone can create is growing. We have a small collection of her artwork lining various walls and doorways in our home. She’s even had an offer to buy one of her pieces.
I am incredibly proud of my lil miss. She isn’t afraid to show people her work. She is having fun but also learning a variety of skills. Sometimes, she will paint just to paint. Other times, I’ll assign something for school. Regardless of the reason she paints, I truly hope she continues to develop her art; wherever it may lead her.
School may be winding down, but we still had time to get in another creative, clay creation. I stopped off at the store to get a few new pens and my daughter HAD to have some clay. Who am I to crush her creativity? So we purchased more clay. We normally go through a couple tubs a year.
My daughter loves using her imagination to create. Normally, painting is her primary form of art, but I encourage her to explore and play with different mediums. I was pretty impressed with her two clay creations. She made a couch; complete with pillows. Her other piece..hmm…not sure what to call it. It reminds me of something you’d see in a city park or something. Regardless…it’s cute.
Not sure if she will paint the pieces after they fully dry. I do enjoy the simplistic look they currently have. No matter what she decides, I love seeing her imagination come to life.
I believe in the power of prayer. Today, I received more bad news; not about me though. I am asking for anyone who prayers to lift up a prayer for my son. I am feeling helpless and there’s not much I can do.
He knows what it’s about. I just pray truth and justice are brought to light. This family has had far too much to deal with lately.
In the UK, May has 2 bank holidays, I have no idea why, but there you go. Its also half term next week. With all this fun going on lets have a blast this weekend If you have never done this before, give it a go, you lose maybe 30 seconds of your life adding […]
Every Memorial Day, for the last 5 years, I have taken my daughter to a cemetery; to the veteran’s section. This is a tradition I started so she will know the true meaning behind Memorial Day. It’s not just a day off of work or school or a time to barbecue. Please do not thank a veteran for his/her service either (that’s Veteran’s Day). Memorial Day is the day we use to honor those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
When we first started visiting the veteran graves, I would let my daughter pick out the graves to visit. Then, I would read the name, branch, rank, birth/death and any wars he/she may have served in. She would then place a penny on the grave and say, “thank you for your service.” Now that my daughter is older, she does this on her own.
As the daughter of a Vietnam vet, niece of a Desert Storm vet and mom to active-duty soldier, who served in Afghanistan is now state-side, I uphold this tradition as it something I believe in with all my heart.
In past years, we have had people following us around, trying to get a glimpse of what we were doing. Some new and when we made eye contact, they would give us a smile and a head nod.
There are four options you can leave on the tombstone:
Penny – means you visited and paid your respects
Nickel – means you trained in boot camp with that person
Dime – means you served with that person
Quarter – means you were there when they passed
One year my daughter was so moved by the young age a Marine had lost his life, she hugged the tombstone. I have to admit, it made my eyes leak a bit and my heart swelled with pride.
If you would like to learn more about this age-old tradition, you can read more about it here.
My daughter is very much looking forward to next Friday; when her 6th year of school officially ends. As a homeschooling mom, while she gets to enjoy a couple months off from academics, I am not so lucky.
Ok, it’s not that bad. Today, I began my curriculum search. I’m a “book geek”. I enjoy reviewing the different options and what might suit my daughter best. I typically order from one Christian site. I add everything I want to my cart, then compare the books on Ebay and Amazon. After all, no need to overspend, right?
When all is said and done, I’ll typically spend between $200-$300 for all her school books. It may seem like a lot to some, however, when you factor in the public “school list” of all the supplies they ask the parents to provide, school shopping, etc., I definitely save more by homeschooling.
I’ve already purchased her spelling and first set of math booklets (they are workbooks that the student moves through at their pace). I selected her science, grammar and language art books today. We will finish the second half of her history at the start of 7th grade and then I’ll figure out what we will do for the rest of the year. There are so many options. I have 8th grade history already selected. If you homeschool, I highly recommend Notgrass for history.
I have to purchase her books early, so I can start reviewing them and planning out the upcoming lessons. I know many parents like to take each day as it comes, but I am a working mom, so planning out the coursework helps me accomplish her studies and my work.
I am grateful and blessed to be able to home educate. With all my medical issues that we faced this year, my daughter would have missed a lot of school. I was able to teach from my hospital bed and while I was recovering. I am so glad we returned to homeschooling. I know we were led to do this. It has brought us closer together and we’re constantly reinforcing our faith through her lessons.