Friday, March 29, 2013

“Mom, Can I Do Extra School?” ~ Our Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

Happy Easter!

In our homeschool this week…

Snow day on Monday! We all know people who think that homeschoolers aren’t socialized and don’t know how to get along with others.

I present to you Exhibit A.

The 9yo submitted to being buried in the snow, despite his older sister wielding the shovel. {Note: No Carvers were harmed in the taking of these pictures.}




And since this snow was close to Easter, the children made a bunny.


Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

When your children want to do extra work, let them! Don’t even hesitate!

The 13yo ~ “Mom, I know you wanted me to write the research paper in language on creationism and evolution, but I really want to do a lapbook too. Can I do that also?”

Me, turning cartwheels ecstatically ~ “Honey, sweetie pie, darlin’, you don’t ever have to ask if you can do a lapbook!”

Yeah, kind of like that….
{A work in progress.}

Later that same day….

The 9yo ~ “Mommy, I’m supposed to write a two-paragraph astronomy report for science. Can I do a lapbook instead?”

Me, cautiously ~ “Sure, but it still needs to contain the same amount of information. Let’s say ten facts? Plus the pictures and drawings and neat little doo-dads.”

The 9yo ~ “Okay.”

Me, dizzy from cartwheels so just jumping up and down ~ “Okay!”


Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

Last week, I said we were looking forward to going to a professional basketball game. I was a bit cautious in my enthusiasm, since events like that can be breeding grounds for alcohol consumption, foul language, and attitudes I’d rather my children not imitate.

However, we were pleasantly surprised at the family-friendly atmosphere. I think I only saw three people drinking the entire night (I didn't think that was very many in a stadium full of fans), and I never heard a bit of profanity.

Lesson learned? Go on Family Night. 
{The nosebleed section!}



We’re looking forward to…

Our traditional Easter night viewing of The Passion of the Christ. {Adults only!}


Things I’m working on…

Polishing up a couple of children’s books I’ve written for the Littles and wondering if I should self-publish them as e-books. Perhaps for free on the blog? Thoughts, anyone?


On the blog this week…

Ten Tips for Traveling with Children. Summer vacation is coming. Are you prepared?

Craftilicious Links for Easter. I’m craft-challenged, so I compiled a list of links for your Spring-y inspiration.


I’m reading…

iPad: The Missing Manual. I know there is so much more I can do with it besides FB, e-mail, and Evernote.


I’m grateful for…

A God who sent His Son for me, the Son who was willing to endure the cross, and the resurrection we celebrate this Easter Sunday!


I’m praying for…

My children to grasp fully the meaning of Easter Sunday and to choose to live their lives based on and resting in that meaning.








How was your week? What are your Easter plans?





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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Links for Easter Crafts ~ Since I’m Craft-Challenged

If you’ve been reading here for long, you know that I don’t post about crafts. I love the idea of crafts, and I love the pictures of completed crafts. I love daydreaming of crafts and perusing the aisles of Hobby Lobby or Michael’s. But somehow I missed that gene that actually enables me to do a craft. However, Spring is the season that makes my heart thumpety-thump with the anticipation of crafting. So, instead of showing you my miserable failures, I’m just going to share links to other great bloggers for your craftilicious inspiration.


The Happy Housewife provides links to seven different activities to share with your children, some crafts and some recipes. I thought her Empty Tomb Chocolate Donuts sounded perfect for my children!

Classic Housewife is completing art projects with her children in preparation for Easter. If you’re brave with paint, the watercolors sound like a beautiful project.

Sew Can Do provides a clever alternative to a big chocolate bunny ~ a plush velour bunny. Sew cute! I wonder if I have the time for this between now and Sunday?
Easter Candy Alternative: Plush Chocolate Bunny Tutorial

You all know how much I love the Holy Spirit-Led Homeschooling blog. She’s provided a free download of Easter printables, including coloring pages, mazes, etc.
Free Easter Printables

The Homeschool Classroom provides a printable pattern for cutting out an adorable Easter basket.
Free Printable: Easter Basket Cutout Craft

My blogging friend Crystal at Serving Joyfully shared her recipe and devotional for Resurrection Rolls with a free printable. We did this recipe last year for the first time. When we broke them open, my then-6yo asked, wide-eyed and solemn, “Did the marshmallow go to Heaven?” We're definitely doing these again this year.

3 Dinosaurs has a free downloadable resurrection pack filled with coloring pages and other printables for ages two through seven. Super cute!
Easter Resurrection Pack

Finally, Denise in Bloom posted a tutorial for a table-top resurrection garden, complete with the empty tomb to open on Sunday morning. Love. It.
Make a Mini Resurrection Garden for Easter

I’ve created a Pinterest board called Easter Joy, and I’ve pinned these there, if that’s a better way for you to access them.

Don’t these activities look fabulous? Okay, ladies…. Ready? Set? Go!








What activities, crafts, or recipes are you doing this Easter?




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