Fun in the Summer Sun!

Welcome to the next Fun in the Summer Sun event!

Thanks so much for all the great link-ups so far!

Each Monday until September 7th, Mama to 4 Blessings along with Adventures of Mommydom, Sweet Diva, Harvest Moon By Hand, and Sweet Phenomena will be hosting Fun in the Summer Sun link-up events.

Here’s the line up:

  • The 1st Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer activities”
  • The 2nd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer crafts”
  • The 3rd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer recipes”
  • The 4th Monday of each month: link up your “How to stay cool in the summer heat”

One way we like to stay cool in the summer heat is to make ice cream in a bag!

There are several ways to do this, many of which don’t involve a bag, but I found a site with directions on making ice cream in a bag.  I figured it looked easier and cleaner than making “real” ice cream.

We followed the directions and what do you know-we had ice cream!  It wasn’t Ben & Jerry’s, but it was still good and cold, quite refreshing.  I’m thinking that’s due in part to the use of half and half and not straight up cream.

Next time I think we’ll add vanilla bean paste instead of extract and I’ll look into the logistics of using cream instead.

Words of caution:

a)  make this outside – our bags started to break a bit from all the shaking and salt; I had salt water everywhere

b)  this is a workout…

What ways do you stay cool in the summer heat?

Sweet Plans: Homeschool Planning – Gathering Your Tools

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This is the second post in the “Sweet Plans: Homeschool Planning” series.  You might find it helpful to check out the first post in the series, Sweet Plans: Homeschool Planning – Where to Start?  Here are posts three, four and five.

So we’ve consulted blogs and websites to help determine what our specific homeschool planning strategy will be.  Remember, one of the ways to epically fail at homeschool planning is to copy somebody else’s system verbatim, so the point here is to pick and choose only what might work for you, combine it all into a pretty little package, and leave the rest.

You’ve got an idea, so what do you do next?

I don’t know about you guys, but I have a bad tendency of wanting to do something NOW and going till it’s done.  That might work for some things, but when it comes to homeschool planning {and most other things for that matter}, it’s usually best to gather your tools beforehand.  This allows you to sit down and get busy, with minimal interruptions.

So what are some of the tools you might need to do your homeschool planning?  I’ve got several listed below.  Again, pick and choose!  Some of these are what works for me, some of these are what works for others, and some of these are just other resources available.

Weekly Homeschool Planner by Homeschool Creations – This is an editable PDF, which means you can use it year after year and tweak it as you need to.  At only $20, it’s a great buy.

The Old Schoolhouse Planner by The Old Schoolhouse – This planner is available as an e-book and has just about everything: forms, helpful articles, lists, etc.  In addition, TOS offers several other planners, including student planners.

The Well Planned Day - This planner offers a great deal of stuff, just like the TOS planner.  Student planners are also available.

Donna Young’s Homeschool Planner – Many of you are familiar with Donna’s site and all the great {FREE} resources she has.  Here are her many planning resources.

The Printable Homeschool Planner by Heather Bixlar - This planner is a newcomer, designed by a homeschool mom.  It can also be used year after year.

Family_Time.Mine Planner - I’m in the process of reviewing this planner right now, and I LOVE it.  It’s what I’m using this year.  {Pssst, I’ll be giving a family and student planner away next month…}

PensGood Erasable Pens – These Pilot Frixion pens are awesome.  They write great, come in a variety of colors, and really do erase well.

Desk ApprenticeThe Desk Apprentice – I discovered this little guy over at The Kelley Eight and ran out and bought him.

CurriculaCurricula – You’ll probably want to gather any curricula  materials you have:  books, notebooks, workbooks, magazines, etc.  Anything that you will be using to teach throughout the year.

Teacher’s Guides – These will come in handy, too.

Fun stuffFun Educational Products – I listed these because I always forget to use them.  We have all these cool kits and lapbooks and workbooks and I forget to ever incorporate them.  This way, they’re part of the planning process.

SupplementsSupplemental Resources – Again, I don’t know about you guys, but I have these and always forget to use them.  These are workbooks and other items that help reinforce learning.

Computer – Never know when you might need it…

File folders - They have so many uses…

Printer/Copier and Paper – Very useful.

Chocolate – OK, not necessary, but very helpful I’m sure…

I’m sure this is just a drop in the bucket and that there are tons of other things I’m not thinking of.

What are some of the tools you use during homeschool planning?

Next week we’ll discuss what to do with all this stuff.

Free Alabama History Mini Course

We actually live in AL, so this is probably a bit more pertinent to us, but I thought I’d share anyway.  You never know when this might come in handy.  Or maybe your kid just really wants to learn about AL…

Visit this website to get a free AL history mini course.  I’ve signed up, so I know it’s legit; it’s written  by a homeschool mom.

Simply provide you first name, email, and a question about AL history {I don’t think this part is mandatory} and you’ll be emailed the course.

Apparently she has written an entire course, and this is just a chunk/teaser.  The whole course looks interesting and relatively well-priced.

Fun in the Summer Sun!

Sauce

Welcome to the next Fun in the Summer Sun event!

Thanks so much for all the great link-ups so far!

Each Monday until September 7th, Mama to 4 Blessings along with Adventures of Mommydom, Sweet Diva, Harvest Moon By Hand, and Sweet Phenomena will be hosting Fun in the Summer Sun link-up events.

Here’s the line up:

  • The 1st Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer activities”
  • The 2nd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer crafts”
  • The 3rd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer recipes”
  • The 4th Monday of each month: link up your “How to stay cool in the summer heat”

Here’s our “kid friendly summer recipe!”

Grilled Lasagna!

 

We’ve slowly been chipping away at our summer bucket list, and one of the things we had yet to do was use the fire starters Babydoll made at camp.  She also wanted to make hobo dinners, so I figured we could kill two birds with one stone and make hobo dinners using her fire starters.

I didn’t really want to make a beef, onion, pepper hobo dinner, so I decided we’d look for something else.  I happened to get the new Food Network magazine and inside were a few recipes for grilled items.  We saw the grilled lasagna and thought, “How freaking cool!”

I’m not going to post the recipe here only because we didn’t really use it…  We pretty much did our own thing…

Sauce

We made our sauce.

Layering

We started to layer our lasagna.

More layering

More layering...

And more layering

And more layering...

Finished

Finished layering...

And then we wrapped the little lasagnas tightly, cooking ten minutes on each side.  Let ‘em sit for a few minutes, and they’re ready to eat.

Be sure to use no-boil lasagna noodles, and have your Sensa ready if you’re on a weight loss diet; other than that, have fun with it!

Have any great recipes you’d like to share?

 

Sweet Plans: Homeschool Planning – Where to Start?

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This is the first post in a new series about homeschool planning.  I’m by no means an expert, and I definitely copy and tweak the work of others often, but I think that it is absolutely OK to do that!  As I plan our next school year, I thought I’d share with you what I do.  You can find the second post in the series here.  Here are posts three, four, and five.

It’s homeschool planning time for many of us!  Tons of posts, tweets, and status updates revolve around this task right now.

This series will take a look at some of my favorite homeschool planning posts, some of the tools available to tackle the planning, digging in and getting started, staying the course, and putting the final touches on your system.

If you’re anything like me, you love looking through the posts of others, eagerly looking for anything useful for your own situation.  Below are some of the posts I’ve found as I’ve searched for ways to plan our homeschool year.

These are just a small portion of what’s out there!  Hopefully you’ll find something that will get your creative planning juices flowing and give you an idea of what you want to do so you know where to start.

Do you have any posts about homeschool planning you’d like to share?  Leave them in the comments, I’d love to check them out!

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