Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My awesome homeschool moment

I had to share this awesome homeschooling moment.....

I'm eclectic in my homeschooling style so school work yesterday was a field trip and today was  a day off for the holiday.  Now I've tried to be pretty relaxed in what we study - always trying to find things to do the girls will enjoy so it isn't so much of a chore.  We recently did some worksheets on the solar system, read a book on the moon and discussed it orally and currently we are working on a lapbook on the colonial days.  We follow a daily math curriculum too.

Now my youngest daughter hates to write...give her anything to do with writing and she complains and moans and groans.  Well....she just walked up to me and showed me a full paper front and back of writing.  She has taken a book we have called "The World of Animals" and I think she has wrote every fact about elephants she can find on this piece of paper.  She also says to me, I learned how to spell "Elephant" and successfully spells the word to me.  Now she is back out in the other room on a 2nd piece of paper writing more facts down.  WOW!  I never thought I'd see her write so much on her own.

I just had to share :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Green Tips - in honor of America Recycles Day - November 15, 2009

1.   Print on both sides of your paper.  I have 2 printers an colored all in one ink jet and a duplex laser printer. When I use my ink jet I'll set my software's printer settings to print odd pages then flip the pages over and change the printer settings to print even pages, therefore using both sides of the paper.  I bought a duplex laser jet printer to make this easier.  I can choose to print on both sides right in my printer menu without having to flip over pages.
2.  Continuing on the subject of printers.   Use re-manufactured ink jet cartridges and laser jet toner.  Send or take in your used cartridges for recycling.  I don't like the refill services offered but I use Cartridge World because they guarantee their I take in my old cartridge and buy a re-manufactured one.  

3. We have been going through our house and replacing our light bulbs with the new energy efficient ones.  They have really expanded what is available so we can even get candle shaped ones for our dining room chandelier.  For safety, please make sure if you have a 3-way bulb you buy one designated as 3-way and also if you need one for your outside fixtures you buy one designated for outdoor use.

4. Currently, my daughter's Girl Scout troop is researching Styrofoam and it's effect on the planet.  The local school district uses Styrofoam trays to serve lunch on and they go straight into the trash.  They are looking for alternatives and facts to present to the community and school district to educate them on the bad effect these trays have on the environment.  They also hope to offer either a recycling alternative or another type of tray they can use.

5.  We have donated jeans to be recycled into housing insulation locally for habitat for humanity.

6.  We donate old toys and clothes to charity for re-sale.

7.  We save our paper craft scraps for other projects. 

8.  We are collecting used crayons to send to the Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, GA.  They melt down the crayons and re-sell them as turtle shaped crayons to raise money for the center.

9.  We are collecting the rings around milk containers for a friend that will take them to the local animal shelter as toys for the cats.

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