American Heritage girls awards

Evie is growing up so quickly. She earned lots of badges and patches from AHG. I’m having fun being the assistant in her classroom this year.

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Master Kitz The Starry Night Review

With I can easily add homeschool art to our school schedule.  With Master Kitz The Starry Night even us less artistic can create a masterpiece!  Art and artists are a few of those subjects that totally intimidate me.  Here are a few reasons:

  1. I can’t draw so I don’t think I can help my kids with their   projects.
  2. Time always seems to slip away for “extras” like this.
  3. there’s a lot of prep, researching the artist and getting everything ready for a project, most of the time I forgot I needed supplies

Kidzaw kits fixed all of those problems for me!  We set aside a few minutes after lunch, I opened the box, read the information and instructions on the paper and started our project.  It was all right there, no prep!  It really was just that easy.

We recently watched an episode of Doctor Who about van Gogh.  We were fascinated by his life and his art.  We seem to talk about it a lot recently, so I was very excited to try this kit.

I loved the information that was on the sheet.  There were two different sections, one was in paragraph form with detailed information and one was in more of a timeline and included information about art styles.  I read over it myself and paraphrased for my younger children.  Many times when we read about von Gogh it focuses on his mental illness and says that he cut off his ear.  Here we learned about how von Gogh grew up, we learned about his parents and also about the locations he traveled and lived to pursue his art.  We learned that at one point he lived in a community for artists, it was here that he got in an argument with another artist, Paul Gauguin. Guaguin left this community and this is when von Gogh cut off his ear.  It was from this time forward that plummeted him into a depression that he would not recover from.  This was great information that lead us on a search for more history.  I was very glad to not only have this project to do, but to learn so much about the artist.

The kit contained everything we needed to create two projects.  We now have the rollers and stencils to make more another time.  We still have a little bit on paint left to start with.

First we covered that table with brown paper.  The instructions do tell you to cover your table and encourage you to get a little messy.  We had no problem with the messy part and were glad for the heads up.

Next we added the stickers for the places we wanted stars.  I would have liked some more stars.  We had a total of 6, each child used 3.  The picture in the example does show more that 6 on one project.  We did like our final project though.

We put blue paint on a paper plate and rolled this neat roller all through it and all over our paper.  Then we used this roller with white paint to make the “wind” part.

After that we took off the star stickers and put the big template on and used the foam roller to add the black.  We forgot to put the yellow on the white star area, it didn’t effect the finished project.

After removing the big stencil we let it dry a little and used the pastel crayons on add some detail.  This is the step that my 6 and 7 year old lost interest.  I finished my 6 year olds project since we were doing it together.  I think my 7 year old will come back and finish it in the future.

I absolutely loved this kit and information about the artist. They offer other kits featuring many tinted artists. I am looking forward to adding to our schedule.

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Balancing Diaper and Deadlines Review

Lisa Tanner Writing provides work at home moms productivity tips in her Balancing Diapers and Deadlines course.  You don’t have to have your own business or have littles in diapers to get some great information from this course!!  Lisa Tanner writes from her experience of a mom of many getting her priorities done.  She explains how she has maneuvered through many stages and phases of being a homeschool mom, a mom of a special needs child and a work at home mom.  She has so many great ideas and tips.  No matter your stage in life there is something in here for you!

This 30 lesson course is broken down into 8 units:

  • Welcome to Balancing Diapers and Deadlines
  • Building Your Foundation with the Basics
  • Minimize Your Decisions
  • Minimize Your Decisions: The Annual Meal Plan
  • Sustainable Growth
  • Growing a Business with Your Kids Around
  • Boost Your Productivity
  • Closing Thoughts

Each lesson is easy to read with children around you.  It’s short enough to get in a lesson here and there while life is still going on around you.  Many lessons have an action step for you to work on and each lesson and unit have a button to click when completed.  I loved this because I was distracted many, many, (many), times while taking this course.  I was able to easily jump back in where I left off or go back to review the last lesson I did.

Don’t let the unit names discourage you from checking this out.  I don’t have children in diapers anymore, I do have a business at home, but it is very different than hers and my deadlines are much more homeschool and child activity related, but her information was very helpful!

I do have to admit that I’m a planner who is working on productivity this year, so Lisa was speaking my language!  I love how she thinks and plans.  She’s real and has a busy life.  She has taken a good look at what works in her house, homeschool and business and shared that information in this course.

One area I have been working on specifically is reducing the number of decisions I need to make.  At first I didn’t think this was a major stress point for me, but I realized that I was getting frustrated after I have been asked what’s for dinner 17 times, what are we doing tonight 10 times, where’s my “insert clothing item needed” and many other daily questions.  I was not exactly as kind to the last person who asked me, as I was to the first.  I needed to revamp how some of this worked.  Lisa’s chapters on minimizing decisions and annual meal plans were my favorite.

I recently changed from weekly menu planning to monthly plans.  This is working so much better for us because I don’t have to think about it so often and I can work ahead on other months.  Lisa’s step by step guide to annual meal planning was just what I needed to organize what I was doing.

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