Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Approaching Moving Day

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This week has been full of sorting, tossing and packing.  Yes, we are finally getting ready to move even though we don't yet know exactly what the move date is.  It is very frustrating to know that something is going to happen and preparation must continue toward that end, yet not have a definitive date to accomplish the feat.  Oh, well, Lord God is the leader of this household and His timing is always perfect.

Meanwhile, as we prepare for this move, little man has begun to fret just a bit over it.  His comment is "Mimi, things just keep disappearing."  Yes, they do.  But as I explain to him they are only disappearing into the boxes that will be moved to the new home.  I have described his new bedroom and his closet.  Why his closet?  Well because it is big enough to be a small playroom as well.  Since his indoor play is usually just a circle around him that is within arms reach, this closet allows him that space as well as space for his over sized toy box.  This also will give him much more space in his bedroom for bookshelves for his beloved books as well as a small table with lamp and sitting chair for reading time, with room left over.  He is now more excited even while being a little bit anxious.

So here are a couple of tips for moving with little ones.

1.  Make sure to describe in detail what their new room looks like, draw it out if you can and then include them in the planning of where their things will go and the color their room will be.  Little man's room has chair railing around the room so he has chosen green for the bottom and sky blue for the top portion and has asked me to paint clouds and birds in the sky.  At first his choice was as most little ones, more of a primary green, we have shown him all the shades of green available to him and he has settled on more of a muted grass green.  I think this is going to be perfect for him.  Green is a peaceful color and with the brightness of his blue sky, he will feel very at home in this room.

2.  Make a play date away from the hustle of moving on moving day.  We have asked a family friend to keep little man at her house the day of our move.  He loves being with her and his little friend lives just down the street from her so he will be very happy for the day.

3.  Set up the child's room (and playroom, if separate) first.  Get it done according to all the things you and your little one have already talked about, but leave a few little things for him to do for himself.  For us this is putting his books on his shelf and deciding where his reading area will be.

4.  Living area should be set up second.  With that done, when the little one arrives home he immediately feels the comfort of familiar things as soon as he walks through the door.  Once that is accomplished, you can move on.

After you have made sure that little ones will be comfortable and have some familiar things to see and touch, you can move on to the rest of the house. Moving does not have to be traumatic for children, even though change is sometimes difficult for them and there will be some things that need to be adjusted, let your child help you plan out the details of their room and even the living area.  After all, they live there too.

I will post pictures throughout the next couple of weeks of our move and the new set up.  I hope you enjoyed this post and I appreciate your supporting my efforts.

I have also placed some items that you might want to check out for your children's reading pleasure below.

Be blessed

Monday, July 15, 2013

A Minute in Time

Today I was just cruising my facebook page and the Internet.  I think I had about 12 different tabs open on my browser and had 2 different browsers open.  Yeah, and I wonder why my computer wants to crash. LOL.  At any rate.  I came across a short article about a professor and a mayonnaise jar.  Perhaps you have heard this story, perhaps not, if not then stay tuned.

A professor was standing in front of his class waiting for the class to settle in and then when it was quiet, he brought out a large mayonnaise jar, empty of course, he proceeded to fill it with golf balls and asked the class if it was full to which they responded in the affirmative.  He then took a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar, gave it a bit of a shake and asked if the jar was now full, again the class responded in the affirmative.  Next, he brought out a bag or box, I don't remember which of sand which he poured into the jar.  He again asked if the jar was now full and again, now the class responded unanimously 'yes'.  Next he pick up two cups of coffee and poured both into the jar.  Now is the jar full?  Of course as the class laughed.

He began to explain to them that this was a lesson for their life.  The golf balls represented the important things in life, God, family, friends, etc. The pebbles were pretty much the basics of life, car, job, home, etc and the sand was all the little stuff.  His point was that the golf balls were THE most important things in their lives and if everything else were gone they would still have a full life, however, if they filled up their lives with the 'little stuff' the sand, there would be no room for the golf balls, the important things in life.  A student rose her hand and asked what the coffee represented and he responded with, this just shows you that no matter how full your life is there is always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.

Now of course I have paraphrased pretty much all of the article I read, but the point is to tell you the story the way that I told my now 6 year old grandson 'little man'.  I was just a teensy bit shocked that he actually listened to me tell the story quite attentively, but not only that, I said to him, "now let me read it to you from the article that I read."  He sat down and listened again, attentively.  We then talked about it for just about 2 minutes, but during those 2 minutes of time, I saw a light in my grandson's eye s that told me, "hey, Mimi, I get it.".

What he actually said to me was this. "Mimi, so you, mom, Mrs. Nancy, Mr. Joe and Cam are my golf balls, right."  he said.

"Right." I said.

 "Sooooooo, my toys and cartoons and math and writing, they are the little stuff, right?"  he said.

Now, how do I answer that one.

Well this is what I said. "while those things are very important to you and math and writing will one day become much more important than cartoons and toys, yes, they are part of the little stuff, but maybe we should make some pebbles, what do you think?"

"I think you are right, Mimi, but later ok?" "'Cause you know I'm on vacation right now." he said.

"Ok, later is fine." I said

As he runs off to play, he turns to me and says, "But MIMI, can Bumble Bee and Optimus be my golf balls too?" I nod as he happily turns to play and I turn back to cruise the Internet for more interesting things to impart to this 'little man'.

I happen to think that this was a great moment in time.

What has been one of your best 10-15 minutes of time

May God bless you all abundantly.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Here We Go Again

I must apologize for my absence of late.  My computer was acting really weird for awhile and I thought I had it taken care of but then, well I wound up spending over a week getting all of my saved homeschool printables, unit studies, notebooking studies, lapbook info and geez, all the tons and tons of photos that are on my computer to rewritable disks and flash drives.  I barely made it happen.  Computer was crashing every few minutes, but I managed to get it done and was advised to restore it to factory defaults.  I did this and it seems to be working fine for now.  It is a bit sluggish but other than that we are up and running again.  So my apologies and here we go again.

Got some freebies to share with you.
Drawing Ideas Just Objects

Drawing Ideas Just People

Imaginery Friend
Fun Facts
Knock Knock Jokes for Kids

Algenon Saves The Day   

These should be some fun summer reading for your children, let me know how you like them.

Til next time.  Have fun and be blessed.