Friday, March 24, 2017

Homeschool Group- Hidden Falls Park


We met our friends from the homeschool group at Hidden Falls Park. The kids had so much fun with their friends that they did not want to leave.


Marie-Anne

Bagging Lunches for homeless

From time to time we meet homeless people. We want to help them, but in a way that we feel comfortable with. We can't give money to everyone who asks, nor do I think we should.


However, We can buy enough food to fill a gallon Ziploc bag for a limited number. Having a limited number and a limited size also helps to set a budget. I chose six mainly because most of the items I bought, (applesauce, fruit cups, freeze dried apples, granola bars, goldfish crackers) came in packages that had at least 6. We also included snack packs of tuna with crackers and ham (non-refrigerated) with crackers. We recently started a small food pantry with the same type of items at church.

Be the change that  you wish to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi

Marie-Anne

Homeschool Club- Acacia Park


We met the homeschool club at Acacia Park so the kids could play while moms talked. This time we brought some of the homeschool curriculum we use to discuss what works for us.


Marie-Anne

Spread the Word Nevada


On Thursday we spent about an hour cleaning books.

Marie-Anne

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hospitality

It has been a while since we had somebody over. Tonight we invited a pastor's family that is new to the area for dinner.



I almost always make something in the crockpot when we have guests. I also get a veggie tray, fruit salad, and individual bags of chips.


I kept my kids' Imaginext toys, even though they have pretty much outgrown it. So when we have guests with young children, I get it out of the garage. It is "new" to both the guests and to my kids because that is the only time we use it. Every single kid, (under 13) that has come over has enjoyed playing with the Imaginext.

Marie-Anne

Send Kids the World- postcards for sick kids


We have been participating in Send Kids the World for a while. The site has a list of kids' bios, first names, and addresses. We choose a family from the list and then send postcards to the sick child and their siblings. You do not have to give any personal info or sign up to do it. 

http://sendkidstheworld.com/ 

It is a simple and quick way to brighten someone's day.

Marie-Anne

Boulder City Park


As usual, we met others families from co-op at the park across the street. It is nice to relax with the other parents, and grandparents this time, while the kids play.


Marie-Anne

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Game Night


We had a short game night with only one very fun game; Carcassonne.

Marie-Anne

Benefits of Volunteering:


  • Improves your community
  • Helps others
  • Meets needs
  • Saves resources so more can be done
  • Encourages civic responsibility
  • Personal growth
  • Gain experience
  • Learn new skills
  • Strengthens resume for job/college
  • Meet people
  • Gain confidence
  • Explore your interests
  • Networking
  • Promotes teamwork
  • Lowers stress
  • Lowers risk of depression
  • Develop a sense of purpose
  • Increases happiness
  • Improved health and quality of life
  • Sense of accomplishment
  • And so much more...

Marie-Anne
 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Million Thanks- Thank you cards for Military Members

We have a lot of veterans, one Active Duty, and one full-time National Guard member in our family. Sandy, Paul, and Frank were all in the Army.  I was Air Force. Michael was Navy. Chris is in the Navy. Barron is full time National Guard. That only includes us, our siblings, and their spouses.

Therefore, I want for my kids to learn to show appreciation to members of the military. They have been taught to thank veterans, (they look for those wearing military hats or shirts) and active duty service members, (in uniform).

 
The kids are writing a few thank you letters for service members at a time to send to A Million Thanks. Armed Forces Day is May 20th this year; we want to have as many letters written as we can by then. Our goal is a bit ambitious; 100 letters written.

You do not have to sign up or give out any personal information to write letters.

http://www.amillionthanks.org/

Marie-Anne

Friday, March 17, 2017

Homeschool Group- Paeso Vista Park

We met our friends from the homeschool group at Paeso Vista Park. I really enjoy spending time relaxing with the other homeschooling moms. I have made a lot of very good friends in this group.


Sabrina had fun with her two buddies. Alex was with his own group of green shirted friends, (which made it really hard to spot our kids at a distance).

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Marie-Anne

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Lake Mead Visitor's Center


We stopped at Lake Mead's Visitor's Center on the way home from the fish hatchery. The kids talked me into taking the short hike around the Visitor's Center.



They visited the museum part while I bought postcards.

Marie-Anne

Homeschool Club- Fish Hatchery Tour





We took a tour of the Willow Beach Fish Hatchery with the homeschool club. They raise several types of fish and release them when they are grown.



We also enjoyed a picnic and playing in the very cold water.


Marie-Anne

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Engineering



With Frank's help Sabrina transformed some ordinary cardboard boxes into a very highly imaginative mech and rocket.


 
Marie-Anne

Benefits of pen-pals or postcrossing:

Reading and writing skills improve

Learn about different culture

Develop relationships

Delayed gratification- you have to wait to get a response

Teaches responsibility- responding in a timely manner

Promotes empathy- helps to see things from another perspective

Networking- many start out as pen-pals and later meet

Improves communication skills

Learn geography- my kids look up the country/state their mail comes from

Learn phrases in foreign languages- the internet even teaches us how to say them

Increases curiosity- Sabrina was curious about a picture on a postcard so we looked       up opossums and learned a lot from YouTube.

Fun!


Alex and Sabrina have become pen-pals with several of their far-flung relatives, friends who moved, and even a friends' adult son. They also receive and send postcards from postcrossing (though not as pen-pals). To them it is simply fun; they do not realize that it is also an educational part of their homeschool.

Marie-Anne

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Postcrossing


Alex and Sabrina have sent their second postcards. This time Alex's is going to China. Chinese for hello is Ni Hao and good-bye is Zaijian. Sabrina's is going to Finland. Finnish for hello is Terve and good-bye is Hei Hei. 

We are having fun looking up the words for hello and good-bye in the different languages. It is even more fun to listen to how it is pronounced and trying to say it. It certainly takes practice. We will also look at a map and read the country's page on National Geographic Kids.

Marie-Anne

More decluttering


More stuff that left the house! (Mr. Cow insists on being included in these pictures.)

Marie-Anne

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Park Challenge- Downtown Park



After leaving City Hall we went across the road to a new to us playground. The kids enjoyed it, but since we rarely go downtown, I doubt we will visit it often.

 

 Downtown Park has some features that I have not seen at other parks. They really liked the slide and the bar they were sitting on.



Marie-Anne

Homeschool Group- City Hall Tour

We were privileged to be able to join our homeschool group for a tour of city hall. The kids got to learn about how the city is run.


They really enjoyed sitting in the city counsel's chairs. "I am the government! You have to do what I say!" - Sabrina

Marie-Anne

Spread the Word Nevada- Book Cleaning



Once again we cleaned books to be distributed to local kids in need.


Later, when the box was less full, she ended up inside the box. We found all kinds of non-book items in that box- a broom, a yahtzee game, movies, toys...

Marie-Anne