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Playdough Creations - Fun for Everyone!

I was reading an email from a friend earlier this week and she shared something about how she thought free time was really important for her children. I responded with a sentence about how play really is a child's work.

Home Education is so much more than just the academics in our home.  To me, it includes character training (often taught through chores - smile), life skills (the list grows longer the older your child is!), and I really think including fun in our home school day is really important, too.  (My experience has taught me that fun extras are what makes home education FUN.  What a thought, hey?)

Anyway, I watch for fun ideas online to add into our home education plans *weekly*. 

The site below is one I have bookmarked.  A little young for my children, perhaps - but sometimes *easy* ideas that are memories of children are the MOST fun.  smile  AND it is fun to do something that is easy / easier vs. always trying to accomplish things out of your expertise range.  They have Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced sections.

Step by Step Instructions for Play Dough Creations

Why not check it out? Might even be fun for a Family Night Activity OR for big kids to do with their siblings OR for big kids to have on hand for babysitting ideas.

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Letter of the Week Website

Wow - this is seriously one of the best resources I have ever seen for teaching little ones.  Everything is there and you choose what you use with your little one.  Even though I have no young children now, I still have this site bookmarked so I can share it with new home educators. 

Letter of the Week

She has added Science and Country of the Week extras for Kindergarten, too.  That was neat to see.  As well, she has whole sections on how to prepare the young child to start reading.  Really good site.

Why not check it out?

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Make sure to share some love this week!

Smile.  Valentine's Day is a great reminder to me to think about loving things to do for my husband and children.  No, mind you, that isn't the only time of the year that I spend some time and energy on them, but it is one day that counts next week.....

First of all, I think it is soooo important to work on our marriages.  Life is busy and everything seems to pull time away from spending time together, but I have learned to not take my spouse for granted.  There are many things I do to make my husband happy and it is not a chore to me.  Everything from having a tidy home, to spending time together with him (his love language - Have you read the book Five Love Languages yet?  It's very good!), to having fun together, to saying YES often to what he wants, and more..... 

I want to be married for a lifetime AND I want to enjoy our marriage, too.  If you are not at that place today, perhaps spending some time thinking about why that is, would be a good thing, as well. 

Anyway, I have enjoyed looking through this site for ideas. 

I esp. liked:  I love you because , Heart Attacks , Emergency Romance Kits , Candy Grams AND M and M Messages of Love .  She has an idea for each of the 25 days before Valentine's Day.

I'm going to use some of her ideas next week, but also through the rest of February.  Showing our love to the ones we love is always the right thing to do.

Hmm - How does this relate to home educating our children? 

Well, I think adding fun into our home educating is a good thing to do AND having a strong marriage WILL bless our home educating journey and children.  It's a good time to think of our marriage *today*.{jcomments off}

 

 

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GREAT Article on Supporting Home Educators that are Home Educating Children with Special Needs

Wow - you know every once in a while, you come across a great link to a great article that needs to be shared with the home educating community.  This is one of them.  It is actually one of first links that I saw that made me think of doing a blog on the AHEA site. 

It shares a bit about home educators who are home educating children with special needs AND how the home educating community can reach out to AND support those families.  I think it is a must read for all of us AND esp. Support Group Leaders.

 Supporting Home Educators with Special Needs Children  {jcomments off}

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GREAT Article on Supporting Home Educators that are Home Educating Children with Special Needs

Wow - you know every once in a while, you come across a great link to a great article that needs to be shared with the home educating community.  This is one of them.  It is actually one of first links that I saw that made me think of doing a blog on the AHEA site. 

It shares a bit about home educators who are home educating children with special needs AND how the home educating community can reach out to AND support those families.  I think it is a must read for all of us AND esp. Support Group Leaders.

 Supporting Home Educators with Special Needs Children

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