Solomon Bunch Movie Giveaway

I'm excited to share that "2" of my readers have the chance to win the movie The Solomon Bunch. I will also be receiving a copy so right now I cant really tell you to much about it besides it looks like a GREAT family night movie! We tend to have movie nights quite often and it's hard to find movies that are appropriate for everyone. From the trailer I watched here it looks like a funny movie that I'm sure the kids will love.

UPDATE

Congrats to the winners  Christy Maurer and Apple Blossom. I have sent you both emails. Thanks you to everyone who entered.

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The Solomon Bunch


Trailer:

Sample of a bonus feature on the DVD:
A clear presentation of the gospel given by one of the young actors in the film.


Link to purchase the DVD:
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If you and your family love good clean movies then this one is for you! Check out the links above for further viewing options.


About The Movie

"A group of elementary-school children in small-town Georgia form a special club with the goal of becoming as wise as Solomon. Almost before they begin, however, they stumble upon a man in the woods who is speaking in strange voices--and he sounds dangerous! They immediately take it upon themselves to investigate and soon find themselves in trouble.
Through misguided efforts and a series of embarrassing failures, they eventually learn a few lessons the hard way. The moral of the story is that it is a foolish person that jumps to conclusions before getting all the facts--something King Solomon "wisely" warned about more than 2,000 years ago."

There's No Homework In Finland


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Classroom (Homeschool) Organization

In my classroom, I like to keep everything organized. For me it helps ensure our homeschool day runs a lot smoother. When I know where everything is located it makes me and my OCD happier. I figured I'd write a post to help those, who are trying to add some organization to their rooms and or school supplies.


I'll start with the desk/table that is used as your spot. This is a big one for me because if it is messy, it throws me off. My desk is like a command center, it's very important to me ;)


Here I have my calendar that has every important/non important event written on it, my daily planner that gets filled out Friday nights and folders that hold my projector sheets. I look at this calendar so much, it's crucial I keep it up to date. Writing everything down helps tremendously and always keeps me on track.





Next to my desk I have another desk I keep the kids binders on. I've touched before on how I use them but for those who missed it, I keep all important papers, things I want to save and report cards/progress reports in them.  All you need is a regular binder and some page protectors and you're set.


Under that table I have drawers that hold things I don't want the kids to touch without supervision. I keep art supplies, construction paper, seasonal things and future curriculum in there.


To the right of my desk I have the cabinet. This cabinet holds our Science accessories. I buy a lot of science kits so they need to have their own spot. To save room I remove everything from the boxes and store them on the shelf.






To the left of my desk I keep the math and phonics materials. I also keep these things close to me so I can monitor when the kids have them or else they could be lost. Each bin contains the smaller math supplies like teddy bear counters or pattern blocks. The blue shelf is all about phonics. I keep games, flash cards, etc here for the kids to play with during the day. Most educational toys make it to the blue shelf. I don't place a lot on here because I don't want it crowed and I like to rotate the toys after a few months.




Whether you have a room or you use the whole house, it helps to organize things. If you don't have a room you could even buy a box of Tupperware and store your supplies in them and buy a bin to hold them. Not only does being organized help our school day, it also helps teach the kids to put things back where they go. Ikea is great for buying shelving, if you have the room I recommend checking them out.




Husbands Chunky Chicken Noodle Soup

During the cold days of winter, it's nice to enjoy a bowl of hot soup. Lucky for me my husband loves to cook and he's a great one at that.



Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1cup sliced celery 
  • 1 bag mini carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 onion-peeled
  • 1 container chicken stock
  • 2 containers of chicken broth
  • 1 12oz can tomato sauce
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp pepper
  • 6 potatoes
  • 1 pkg kluski noodles 

Directions

Rinse chicken and place in pot. Add carrots,celery, parsley, onion, chicken stock and broth, salt, pepper and fill pot 3/4 way full with water after adding above ingredients. 

Bring to boil for 1 hour, remove chicken and add potatoes and tomato sauce. 

Begin cooking noodles in separate pot till soft.

Cut up chicken and remove bones. Place back into pot and continue cooking. 

When potatoes and noodles are done, the soup is done. 

(Keep noodles out of soup until it cools. Best if bowls are made by adding noodles 1st then adding soup.) 




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Cleaning Up For The New Year

If you have been following me for a while then you know I have some serious OCD.  Over the past few weeks I have stuck to my NY Resolution and have been cleaning and organizing each room. Last year I found some awesome printables that had 1 thing to clean/organize each day of the month. After 6 months my house was completely organized in every way possible so I didn't have a big job this time.
Whether you are super busy or just lazy, the plan I have developed is sure to work and help you maintain some organization in your home.

Steps to organizing your home and life...

Set a goal to spend 15 minutes a day for the next 30 days doing 1 task a day.

I recommend starting a family binder (binder w/ page protectors, add in important papers, menu plans, etc. Here is a site to help give more details and also has printables.

Make a list of the number of closets and drawers you have in your home and they will be 1st on the list.

Within 2 weeks (maybe less) all closets and drawers will be cleaned and organized. REMEMBER if you don't use it, toss it or donate. It's always a great idea to have 2 bags on hand, 1 for trash 1 for donations.

The next week you will pick 1 room each day. Spend 15 minutes dusting,wiping the room and vacuuming and or mop floor.

During the 4th week, focus on papers, mail/magazines for the 1st 3 days of the week. During the next 3 days focus on cabinets in kitchen/bathrooms. Keep in mind shouldn't take longer than 15-20 mins.

On day 30 your last day, look around and see what is left and tidy loose ends.

After the 30 days, dust, wipe and vacuum 1 room a day for 15 mins and your house should stay organized. Besides the normal daily chores like dishes, laundry and picking up things, following this plan should make them things a lot easier.



The household binder has been an awesome help. It helps keep all my records and menu planning together. Along with a few other things that are important to our household.


You can find more ideas on some of my Pinterest boards

A Day In The Life- Homeschooling

It's been a while since I have updated on our homeschool journey. I figure with the new year here, it's a great time to evaluate this past year and what's to come.

For the 2012/13 year we decided to go with Saxon curriculum all the way around. I also use Pinterest to add in some extra lessons.

During our morning circle time (start of class) we do the pledge, date (and pattern ex- AABB,AB), meeting book and answer some Social Studies questions like our address, birthdays, where we live and learning the map of the US. I now start at 10am so both kids are awake and ready to learn with no meltdowns.



After circle time on Tuesdays and Thursdays we begin our morning work that consist of worksheets from a workbook or Pinterest. These worksheets usually focus on writing letters, letter sounds and letter picture matching. Also sometimes we do math worksheets on counting or writing the numbers.


Once finished we begin Saxon Phonics. I cant rave enough on how much I love this curriculum. Very easy to follow and my 3 and 4 yr are able to pick it up. (for the record I use it w/ the 4 yr old and the 3yr old takes part by listening to us) For the most part each week Saxon has a few activities then you have a worksheet. Every 4th day the kids have an assessment to go over what they learned the following week.



We then have math and we also use Saxon for that as well. For most projects I use my projector instead of cutting the shapes extra out so both kids can take part. You could also use the whiteboard if you have one so the kids can all take part by seeing and doing it.



Once the kids complete the worksheets, assessments, etc I put the things in a binder and add a report card in the front so I can keep track of what we need to work on. You can pickup workbooks at the Dollar Store or Target.


Since my 4 yr old knows her letters, I put the letter cards in my 3 yr olds desk workbox and I put the word cards in the 4 yr olds desk box.


On Mondays we have gym, Tuesday and Thursday is music, and Wednesday is Art. For gym I use the Ondemand because they have different activities for kids. The kids love it and it gives me a workout as well. For music we either make instruments or learn different songs or church songs for Sunday School. It's been "He's got the whole world in his hands" for a few weeks. Most art projects come from an art book or Pinterest.


I moved their desk together and they seem to be working better. Books, legos and blocks are always accessible but they can only use paint and play-dough during Creative Learning time.  During creative Learning I start the house cleaning once the kids are set up. During nap time at 12/12:30pm I start the laundry. If the kids dont have a nap they know they have quiet time so that way I can start dinner , clean or do whatever I need.


What's your day like?

Cleaning With Kids -Guest Post



Cleaning can be a daunting task especially with little ones running around the home, making a mess and tracking in muck and mud every time. Toddlers can be a lot of fun but also a complete nightmare when it comes to dealing with the damage they can do to your home. We have prepared some solutions to help with that which we hope will be of use to you:

1.    Have your kids help out
This is an important step if you want to inspire a sense of achievement in them from that young age. Having them help with the cleaning tasks is a great way to get the much-needed help and for them to explore the results of the messes they make for themselves. Be kind and nice to them while you do it of course since you want to inspire interest in cleaning rather than fear or boredom. You can have them helping you with minor tasks around your home such as putting their toys back in their place.

2.    Keep your expectations real
Kids aren't exactly very skilled with their hands at any tender age so make sure you praise them for a job well done even if its not perfect. A few good words can go a long way when it comes to providing your kids with self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment. Never forget that and be patient with them.

3.    Give clear instructions
Forget about complicated lists of tasks given to your kids or toddlers. Tell them what to do one thing at a time and give them enough time to get it all done. You can help them by visually illustrating what you need done as in done in children's books. This will help stimulate their interest and at the same time it will make the whole exercise of cleaning look like a game.

4.    Make it a game
There is nothing better when it comes to stimulating the imagination and making kids complete their tasks than working with them in the form of a game. Make sure they will be rewarded for their efforts in the end, even if it is something small as this is a powerful incentive which will help them get used to the effort needed for cleaning. A great way of doing this is adapting the game musical chairs to the tune of cleaning. When it comes to picking up and keeping things in order you could have a nice long song which kids will be able to work with and by the end of it they should be done putting their toys back together or helping with a single task.

5.    Making it a contest
If you have more than one kid and you're not afraid of encouraging them to work together against you in a game where they're supposed to deal with their room faster than you deal with your chores then this is the move for you. Give them a proper reward for a job well done and they'll be more than happy about it.


Philis Chapman is a stay at home mom and a devoted wife who loves to indulge her beloved men and who gladly provides tips and ideas on how to ease the life of a housewife. For more information, please visit: CleanNGone

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