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Multiplication Practice Math Game

Multiplication Practice Math Game

Multiplication Practice Math Game

I am always on the search for ideas to make math learning fun. Hands-on, active games are always a good possibility for our family so we were excited to try one of the limited copies of HoliMaths X, a new multiplication math practice game.

I received this product for free and was compensated for my time to review it. All opinions are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.

Multiplication Practice Math Game

HoliMaths X is a family multiplication strategy game that can be played ten different ways and with one to six players.

HoliMaths X GameCaroline and Big Bear (David) first played Stairs (Game #2). This game is kind of like dominoes in that you lay down cards that connect in some way to another card. Each time you lay down a card, you say the multiplication problem and answer.

100_4599There are wild cards to fill the gap until you get the necessary card at which point you swap it out and take the wild card back.

100_4601If you can’t place a card on the grid, you have to draw a card from the pile.

100_4605The first one to get rid of their cards is the winner.

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Math Game for Multiple Ages

HoliMaths X is designed in such a way that it offers so many options for kids at all ability levels and works for kids who are at varying stages of learning their multiplication facts. For example, cards with all of the multiplication facts are provided to help kids who are still mastering their facts so they can participate and be fully involved with the game. For that reason, it makes it great for a homeschooling family with multiple children who can play together.

As children become more fluent in their math facts, they can also play some of the other games that are more challenging and require increasing strategy. The games are designed to be played by all ages so there will be something new to try for some time.

HoliMaths X Kickstarter

If you would like to try out HoliMaths X with your family right away, consider participating in their Kickstarter campaign. They have a very limited reward level for a small number of people so check out their campaign and sign up to get a copy right away. You can also learn more about when the game will be available on the commercial market.

You can also enter this giveaway to win HoliMaths X. (If you buy the product in the Kickstarter and win the giveaway, your money will be refunded!)

 

HoliPlay Games is a great educational company with many games already available. You can find HoliPlay Games on the social media platforms you enjoy:

Happy Multiplying!

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Creative Learning Ideas for Miss Suzy

Creative Learning Ideas for Miss Suzy

Creative Learning Ideas for Miss Suzy

Miss Suzy by Miriam Young and pictures by Arnold Lobel [Purple House Press, 2004] is the delightful story of a little gray squirrel who lives “in the tip, tip, top of a tall oak tree.” First published by Parents’ Magazine Press in 1964, this classic book has been enjoyed by generations of children. It teaches important themes such as friendship, bravery, and love in the context of the charming illustrations.

The picture book can be a great launch story for a variety of learning activities, creative writing, and art projects. It is perfect for early elementary aged learners.

Miss Suzy Synopsis

Miss Suzy is very content in her little house in the oak tree. She enjoys taking care of her home, making acorn pudding, sweeping her moss carpets, and dusting her firefly lamps. Miss Suzy has a cozy home and sings little songs while going about her work.

One day her home is invaded by a band of quarrelsome red squirrels. The six squirrels chase her out of her home, break her belongings and eat up all her stored nuts. Stuck outside in the pouring rain, Miss Suzy discovers an old abandoned house and climbs into the attic. She finds a beautiful dollhouse and decides to clean it up and live there. While looking around the attic, she discovers a box of toy soldiers sleeping in a box. She sets them free and they come to live with her in the dollhouse.

But Miss Suzy misses her old home in the tall oak tree and tells the soldiers stories about it. The soldiers decide to do something about it and march over to the tree where they surprise the red squirrels. The soldiers chase the squirrels out of Miss Suzy’s home and then tell Miss Suzy it is safe for her to return home. Miss Suzy is so happy and goes about putting everything in order again.

Write a Song for Miss Suzy

Miss Suzy loves to sing while cleaning and cooking in her home. Write a new song for her to sing while she works around her home in the oak tree.

Write a Story for Miss Suzy

Every night Miss Suzy told the soldiers stories. Write a story that Miss Suzy might have told the soldiers.

Design a Treehouse Picture or Shoebox Diorama

Miss Suzy loves living in her house in tip, tip top of a tall oak tree. Design the perfect treehouse.  What would it look like? What would be in it? What would someone do there? Draw a picture and label the different parts of the treehouse. Or create a shoebox diorama that shows the inside of the treehouse.

Acorn Art Project

Miss Suzy liked making acorn cake and had acorn cups. Collect acorns and use them for an art project such as a picture frame decorated with acorns. If you live somewhere where it isn’t possible to find acorns, you can purchase both real and faux acorns online.

Firefly Lamps

Miss Suzy’s lamps had fireflies in them. Learn about fireflies and how they light up. Catch some in a jar to observe up close.

Squirrels Copywork

If your learners would like to explore more about squirrels, check out this free Squirrels Copywork pack in my learning shop. It includes fascinating facts about squirrels to write in both print and cursive.

Squirrels CopyworkRetell the Story

Purchase a small gray squirrel and have children retell the story of Miss Suzy. They can make a home for her out of a box and draw soldiers that stand up on cardstock.

Young children are captivated by the story of Miss Suzy and her band of toy soldiers. The charming illustrations add to the warmth of the story that focuses on friendship, bravery and love. By completely art projects and enjoying writing prompts, children can find their own way of expressing their joy with Miss Suzy.

Daily Life and Priorities in a Creative Family

Daily Life and Priorities in a Creative Family

Daily Life and Priorities in a Creative FamilyOne of my homeschool parenting aha moments came when I realized we had the freedom (and responsibility) to fully embrace that we are a creative family. Prior to that moment I had always felt that I needed to structure life and homeschooling responsibilities in such a way as to allow time to be creative as much as we could fit it in. Instead I realized that above all else we are a creative family and the rest of life needed to be structured around that fact.

It might not sound like a big deal, but the shift in my mind was significant. In a family of three very creative people, creativity is what we do. It is who we are. It’s not a nice add-on after we fulfill the demands and expectations of others. While someone might have a creative hobby they do after work to unwind, our creativity is central to how we were created. God made each of us to be highly creative people in a variety of ways and so using that creativity should be our focus.

Once I realized this, I felt a new level of freedom as I thought about our homeschooling, our time, our energy, and our schedule. I’ve always been willing to think differently about how to structure our homeschool day which eventually evolved into becoming unschooler-ish. This freedom allowed us to take it to another level when I fully embraced some fundamental truths about creativity and what it means to be a creative family.

Creativity Requires Time

Creativity requires time and lots of it. Yes, you will hear about people who write a great novel while on the subway commuting to work. But creative expression generally does not happen in twenty minute or even sixty minute increments. Oftentimes, creativity is just starting at that point.

If being creative people is our calling, then I realized we did not need to feel badly about carving out huge amounts of time to be creative. Nor did we need to feel obligated to do things that took away from the time we needed to be creative. We have long been focused on living simply, but we are constantly tweaking how that looks as life changes from year to year. Lately simplifying has been a means to an end in terms of freeing us up for extended creative time.

Creativity Requires Space

Making physical space for creativity has always been a priority in our home, even before Caroline was born. Over the past few months I’ve done even more to make sure that we have the space we need.

One of the major things we did this spring was moving this large desk into Caroline’s room. Prior to this she had a small desk that left her no room to be creative. I had a large long desk we had made out of an eight foot countertop for my office in our previous home. It was in the basement and not really being used. I suggested to Caroline that we move her bedroom around a bit and put the desk along her long wall.

Long desk or craft table made with countertopShe loves it! She has tons of room to keep her computer, projects and supplies out. Storage drawers full of crafting materials fit neatly underneath. When I used it, I had curtains that hung across the front and sides, but she wanted it left open. So most of the crafting supplies that were once in the learning room are now in her room where she prefers them. I love that I could provide her with space to be creative.

Creativity Requires Investment

I have spent virtually no money on homeschool curriculum or supplies for this year. The money I have spent has been for two co-op classes (history through literature and gym) and an online art class through DIY. When we do our limited academic work, Caroline prefers workbooks and worksheets. (Go figure.) She doesn’t like open-ended work, but wants to sit down and just do the page and be done with it. So I have some workbooks we’ll use for math. We’ll do handwriting. Both required minimal investments.

I have, however, become accustomed to purchasing markers that cost $3-4 EACH. We are long past the cheap stock-up during back-to-school Crayola markers phase. Above all else, Caroline loves to draw and markers are her medium. And so we print off the Hobby Lobby coupons and buy the markers a couple at a time because they are currently her number one art thing. That’s where I’m investing my money.

Being a Creative Family

I love that all three of us are highly creative individuals. Now that Caroline is old enough to self-direct a lot of her creative endeavors, it frees me up to embrace my creativity at a greater rate again. I feel like I’ve received part of my life back as Caroline has become more independent in this way.

I also love that because we are all creative, we can spend a lot of time doing our individual thing and the others understand it. We now have long stretches during the day when we are each engrossed in our projects. Because we’ve made the commitment to embrace our creativity and make the most of it, we’re all much happier and more content with the flow of daily living.

And that’s an amazing blessing.

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3 Books Featuring Girls Changing Their World

3 Books Featuring Girls Changing Their World

3 Books Featuring Girls Changing Their WorldToday I would like to introduce you to three pictures books featuring girls worth knowing. The three girls lived in different places and different times, but they all share one thing in common – a desire to imagine, create, and change their world.

(Sidenote: I receive free books to review all the time and only share a small percentage of them with my readers. These three are very good!)

Ada’s Ideas – The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer

Ada's IdeasAda’s Ideas introduced me to someone completely new from history. Ada Lovelace was the daughter of Lord Byron (famous poet) and Anna Isabella Milbanke (a mathematician and member of society).

Ada's Idea - Ada's FatherMilbanke left Byron when Ada was a month old due to Byron’s reckless ways so Ada never knew her father. But she inherited from him a great imagination. And from her mother she inherited a mathematical mind. When put together, Ada Lovelace was a creative, inventive young woman.

Ada's Ideas - Ada's MotherThe book takes the reader through Ada’s life from the the time she is born to her friendship with Charles Babbage (engineer, mathematician and inventor) to her work that resulted in becoming the world’s first computer programmer (nearly a hundred years before people actually created computers). It includes her childhood learning, her marriage, and the thought processes behind her discoveries.

Ada LovelaceThe book is creatively illustrated with a design style that pops off the page. (It could be a wonderful launching point for paper crafts with children.)

This would be a great book to tie in with STEM/STEAM, history, or biographies. It could open up many discussions about what life was like for women in the past when they were expected to marry well. It also could lead to discussions about how while parents might think they “know” what is best for their child, it’s hard to keep the child’s true passion from coming out.

Ada Twist, Scientist

Ada Twist ScientistCoincidentally, the next book is also about an Ada! Ada Twist, Scientist is set in the present and is the fictional tale of a little girl named Ada who doesn’t talk until she is three, but when she does – oh my! All she asks is, “Why?” She needs to know about everything. And she gets into (and on to) everything.

Ada Twist Scientist ParentsThis is a great book about a little girl who fits the gifted/2e profile to a tee. She’s inquisitive to the point making her parents frustrated, frazzled and mad, but who are committed to figuring her out.  While I was reading the story, I kept thinking that this is the life that so many parents are living and it’s great to see it in a picture book.

Ada TwistThe one caveat I have with this book is I don’t like how her parents handled it when they finally blew their top at one point. I think it is realistic, but it’s at odds a bit with my own parenting philosophy so I feel compelled to point that out. Otherwise, it’s a great book. If you have a gifted/2e child, get the book and read it. You’re not alone. LOL!

Diana’s White House Garden

Diana's White House GardenDiana’s White House Garden is based on the true story of a little girl who lived in the White House during World War 2. Her father was President Roosevelt’s chief advisor so Diana enjoyed life (and pulling pranks) in the White House.

Diana's White House Garden - In the White HouseDiana wants to help the war effort and when President Roosevelt suggests the idea of what would become Victory Gardens, she knows she has found a way to help. With Eleanor Roosevelt, she plants the first garden on the White House lawn. She helps tend it and is even featured in the paper for her hard work that inspires many others to grow their own Victory Gardens.

This is a sweet and gentle book that would fit well with a study of history, biographies, girls in history, or character traits (perseverance, determination, helpfulness, etc.). There are lengthy author notes at the end that give more information about the real Diana as well as a photo Diana with the First Lady.

3 Books Featuring Girls Changing Their World

So there you are! Three very different books about three very different girls all with one desire – to understand the world and make it a better place! Enjoy and happy reading!

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Back to School Shopping Spree

Back to School Giveaway!

Back to School Shopping Spree

It’s that wonderful week of the year when a bunch of bloggers from the iHomeschool Network do a massive Back to School Giveaway.

This year I’m doing a Back to School Shopping Spree and giving away two gift cards. The first is a $25 Amazon gift card so you can buy pencils or sketchpads or graphic novels or chocolate (or whatever else you need this year!).

The second is a $25 gift card to my Sallie Borrink Printables Shop. You can pick out copywork or fun fact cards or a printable homeschool planner. There is also a wide variety of products for just about every subject and topic including autumn, apples, pumpkins, Thanksgiving, Christmas and winter!

Printable Planners Banner Ad 728x92(The shopping cart in the picture is Caroline’s and is not included in the prize.)

Enter my drawing here and then be sure to check out some of the other 51 (!) other giveaways that are linked below in this post. There is something for everyone!

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Gift Baskets 2016 Collage 252 homeschool bloggers from the iHomeschool Network have joined together to provide one massive back-to-homeschool basket giveaway! Take a peek around these 52 sites and enter to win as many baskets as you like. Each blogger is conducting her own giveaway, so you never know…you may end up winning more than one! All giveaways will be live on Monday, August 15.

(1) Our Favorite Literature by Milk and Cookies
(2) Civitas Family Game Night Basket by Bright Ideas Press
(3) Back to Homeschool Giveaway by Blog, She Wrote
(4) Elementary Homeschool Curriculum Giveaway by Starts at Eight
(5) Geography Basket For All Ages by Classic Housewife
(6) A Collection of Disney Luxuries for Mom by Education Possible
(7) A Few of My Favorite Things by Family Style Homeschooling
(8) Nature Study Through Art Bag by Weller Momma
(9) Back to School Shopping Spree Giveaway by Sallie Borrink
(10) Family Fitness Fun by Mama Teaches
(11) All About Art Basket by Table Life
(12) The Homeschool Sisters’ Favorite Books by The Homeschool Sisters Podcast
(13) A Gift Basket for High School @ Home by BJ’s Homeschool Encouragement
(14) Writing & Journaling Gift Basket by Sprouting Tadpoles
(15) Nature Journaling Giveaway by Faithful With the Little
(16) Art Study Coloring Book Basket Giveaway by Look! We’re Learning
(17) Super Science and More Basket by Great Peace Academy
(18) Alicia’s Favorite Things Gift Basket by Investing Love
(19) Homeschooling Kindergarten (Math, Reading, Science, and More) by Line Upon Line Learning
(20) Science Workbooks & Elementary Math DVDs Giveaway Basket by Busy Boys Brigade
(21) Art Appreciation Basket by Flourish
(22) Mom’s Back to Homeschool Gift Basket by Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling
(23) Homeschool Organization Motivation: 11 Gadgets To Get You Going by Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
(24) STEM Basket by Teach Beside Me
(25) Preschool Play by Faith Filled Parenting
(26) Cultivate a Love of Beauty in Your Homeschool by Everyday Graces
(27) ThinkFun Back To School Basket by My Little Poppies
(28) Mom’s Break Time Gift Basket by Embracing Destiny
(29) How to Build a Connection with Nature in Your Homeschool by Eva Varga
(30) At-Home Mom Retreat Basket by 2:1 Conference
(31) Eclectic Learning by From the Desk of Adena F.
(32) Eclectic Homeschool Fun by Raising Lifelong Learners
(33) John Grishom Adventure Pack for Tweens by The Kennedy Adventures
(34) All About Learning Level 1: Reading Basket by All About Learning Press
(35) Explore the World This Year by Pat and Candy
(36) Harmony Fine Arts and Draw Squad Bundle by Harmony Fine Arts
(37) A Grace-Filled Home Basket by Amy’s Wandering
(38) Explore the World Through Literature Giveaway by Enjoy the Learning
(39) Fall in Love with American Sign Language by Rochelle Barlow
(40) Catholic Kids Back to School Basket by The Kennedy Adventures
(41) New Millennium Girls Language Bundle by New Millennium Girl Books
(42) Poetry Teatime Starter Kit by Homeschooling Without Training Wheels
(43) Circle C Milestones Literature Unit Study by Circle C Adventures
(44) Boy’s Gold-Rush Adventure Literature Unit Study by Circle C Adventures
(45) Young Pony Lover’s Reading Unit Study by Circle C Adventures
(46) Horse Lover’s Literature Unit Study by Circle C Adventures
(47) Favorite Fast and Fun Games by The Hmmmschooling Mom
(48) For the Birds! by Handbook of Nature Study
(49) My Favourite Things for Back to Homeschool by Up Above the Rowan Tree
(50) Sensory Resources Gift Basket by Mama of Many Blessings
(51) Back to Homeschool Planning Giveaway by Sam’s Noggin
(52) Tween Girls Book Basket by The Kennedy Adventures

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Using Audio Dramas for History

Using Audio Dramas for History

Using Audio Dramas for HistoryHistory is one of my favorite subjects, but I never had the opportunity to listen to high quality audio dramas when I was younger. At least not the kind that Heirloom Audio has created. I was excited to receive copies of four of their audio dramas to listen to. Now I am excited to share with you my thoughts about how I would suggest using these dramas with your own family (as well as a great offer at the end!). This post is sponsored by Heirloom Audio. All content and photos are my own.

These are the four titles I received. (They have since released another title – Beric the Briton.)

G.A. Henty Audio DramasThe audio dramas are based on books by G.A. Henty so they feature adventure, history, and faith. Heirloom Audio believes that it is important to help children understand history from a Christian worldview including showing how God is sovereign in history, how history is Christ-centered, and how history gives us the opportunity to remember and learn as we prepare our children to take a biblical worldview into their culture.

Heirloom Audio Productions

I found Heirloom Audio dramas to be top notch in every way. They truly exceeded my expectations. The production value is outstanding. The voice actors are some of the best in the world including John Ryhs-Davies (Indiana Jones movies), Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), Kirk Cameron (Fireproof) and beloved storyteller, Jim Weiss.

In Freedom's Cause Audio DramaAs a musician, I was so pleased that the music is well done. Oftentimes music is skimped on in audio productions to the point where it almost seems like an afterthought. That is definitely not the case here. The music on each CD is rich and adds a great deal to each story.

One Word of Warning

One word of warning is necessary for those of you who have sensitive children. Some of the adventures are graphic, even in an audio story. For example, in With Lee in Virginia there are the graphic sounds of an overseer beating a slave and then later a plantation owner doing the same. Some of the adventures are intense. There is no lack of talk of conflict and death and other heavy topics such as someone being asked to recant their faith in Christ in The Dragon and the Raven. These are, after all, life and death adventure stories from history and history was, well, often violent. They are tastefully done in the context of the story and none of the violence is gratuitous. But I would suggest listening to each story before letting your sensitive children listen to them, especially if they are younger.

Audio Drama Homeschool Curriculum

Beyond the audio dramas themselves, Heirloom Audio is also creating homeschool curriculum to use alongside the stories. This is the one I received for The Dragon and the Raven.

The Dragon and the Raven Homeschool Curriculum The books are high quality, printed on a heavy, glossy paper. They are full of dozens of learning ideas that fit every kind of learner and age from 6-16.

The Dragon and the Raven background materialThere are so many ideas you won’t be able to do all of them, but will have to pick and choose what will work best with your child and your time.

The Dragon and the Raven teaching ideasThere are also helpful graphics and printables to use for a variety of ages.

The Raven and the Dragon unit study ideas

History Unit Study Extension

My suggestion is to use these as a part of your history curriculum as a history unit extension. You will definitely want your children to know the basics of the story before they listen. Unless your children are already history junkies, they might find it challenging to keep up with the storyline. They will get much more out of listening to the adventure if they have a framework in place and have an understanding in advance of who the main characters are and the events involved.

If the events of the stories don’t fit neatly into your homeschool history scope and sequence, then they would make great stand alone unit studies. You could use them for a week or two when you want to do something different. They would also be great to have on hand for those days when you realize you need to shake things up with something different and exciting.

Amazing Discount Code and Offer! Seriously!

I definitely recommend investing in Heirloom Audio dramas to use with your children. If you don’t homeschool, the adventures will be fun to listen to in the car or at home. If you do homeschool, they offer a great way to engage all of your learners in a fascinating unit study with each CD set or simply enjoy them as part of your family time together as you would a read aloud book.

If you click through here to Heirloom Audio dramas and use the code they will give you as a reader of my website, you can see the amazing offer they have put together.

Celebrating the Homeschool Successes2

Celebrating the Homeschool Successes

Celebrating the Homeschool Successes2

As we wrap up with the last day of the 10 Days of Homeschool Encouragement, I’d like to ask you to get involved. I’d like to celebrate our homeschool successes.

It’s easy to focus on the things that don’t go well. That’s why I started out with The Real Phases of the Homeschool Year and a printable you can download. But the truth is that we all do so much well and we tend to overlook it.

We play it down.

We think the successes aren’t as important as the obvious failures.

We don’t allow the successes to shape how we view ourselves in a healthy way as homeschool moms, but instead focus over and over again on what we perceive as failures in the areas where we think we don’t measure up.

The successes are vitally important and they are everywhere – if you allow yourself to look.

I would like to encourage you to take two minutes and share a bunch of your homeschool successes in the comments. Yes, a bunch. You think you don’t have a bunch, but you do.

You need to write them down. Other moms need to see them. People who are thinking about homeschooling and find this post need to read them. We need to celebrate all of the tremendous good happening every day in our homes.

If you have one of my homeschool planners, you’ll know that there are a couple of pages in every planner called “Moments to Remember in _________________” with 31 numbered lines – one for each day of the month. They are in there for a reason. They are in there to help us remember the funny things, the profound things, the important things, and the amazing things that happen every. single. day. in our homeschools.

Please don’t be shy. And don’t feel like it’s wrong because you are bragging. We’re celebrating. We’re celebrating all the hard work we all do every day. We’re celebrating the long hours we’ve put in to make sure our children have the educational experience they need. I want to celebrate with you! So please tell me your homeschool successes!

This is part of my 10 Days of Homeschool Encouragement series.
Click the graphic to see all of the posts in the series!

10 Days of Homeschool Encouragement

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Choose Your Five People Carefully

Choose Your Five People Carefully

Choose Your Five People CarefullyI don’t know who said it first, but the idea is that you become like the five people you spend the most time with. So if you want to see who you will be in ten years, look at the people you are spending the most time with every week.  I’ve looked back over my life in ten year increments and I find this to be quite accurate in many ways.

Who Are Your Five People Right Now?

Today I want to encourage you to think about the five people you spend time with who most influence your homeschooling. Who do you talk with on the phone? Who do you text with? Who do you read? Who do you listen to? Who do you interact with on social media? The five people you are interacting with on a very regular basis are going to shape your homeschooling experience and, in turn, are going to shape your children. In some cases one of those “people” might actually be a group of people. It could be a co-op, a Facebook group, or a forum. These kinds of groups can have a tremendous impact on your homeschooling – for good or bad.

Choosing Groups Carefully

I’ve been thinking about this for myself over the past few months and realized I had to make some changes in where I was investing my time. Online groups that met a very important need for a season were no longer necessary. In some cases, they were actually destructive. I realized one group in particular was actually starting to depress me. The constant stream of struggles and problems in my Facebook feed was doing real harm to me. I didn’t leave the group because it is a valuable group, but I turned off the notifications. That way if I ever need the group again, I can go there and look for an answer. But I’m not subjected to the steady stream of problems and painful questions that constantly popped up in this active group.

Avoiding Negative Ruts

The other thing I’ve thought about is the importance of avoiding ruts and moving on when people are no longer where you are. It’s easy to keep visiting the same websites, the same forums, and the same social media channels. I fall into it myself. But I had to ask myself, “Why in the world am I investing time in this? I have precious little time each day so why would I give those golden moments to something that really isn’t necessary, edifying, or inspiring?”

The same thing can be said for negative people. If there is someone in your life who is dragging down your homeschooling by being unsupportive or undermining what you are trying to do, try to remove yourself from her/his influence as much as possible. It might not be possible or necessary to completely remove that person from your life, but you might benefit a great deal by slowly easing your way out of regular contact with a negative person who doesn’t help your homeschooling endeavors.

Thinking Ahead Ten Years

In ten years, Caroline will be of college age. Right now she is heading into fifth grade (age-wise) and so I am starting to think more of where I can find support and wisdom as I head into the middle school and high school years. Who is through that time who can help me navigate it? Who has the type of attitude and life perspective that will inspire me and encourage me?

If you think about the homeschooling experience you want for yourself and your children, it’s important to choose people who will help get you there. What might that look like and who will help you get there?

This is part of my 10 Days of Homeschool Encouragement series. Click the graphic to see all of the posts in the series!

10 Days of Homeschool Encouragement

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Creating with 3D Pens for Kids2

Creating with 3D Pens for Kids

Creating with 3D Pens for Kids2

Caroline enjoys trying almost any new art medium we discover. She especially enjoys working with three dimensional art and toys. Because of this, she could hardly wait to get her box of IDO3D Art Pens opened when it arrived!

100_4453I received this product for free and was compensated for my time reviewing the product and writing this review. All opinions are our own and I was not required to post a positive review.

Using IDO3D Art Pens

IDO3D Art has developed special pens that make it possible for kids to create three dimensional objects with polymers. The kit Caroline had to explore with included four different colored pens, forms, and plastic sheets for creating on.

IDO3D Pen KitSince we are a family of creative people, we talk a lot about practice when learning to create whether it is with words, paints, colored pencils, or some other medium. Like most art mediums, working in 3D takes patience and practice to be able to do things like you’ll see in this video. But the potential is amazing!

Creating with IDO3D Art Pens

IDO3D Art kits come with forms and outlines if you want to try building something that you assemble into a 3D object when you are first learning. This gives kids the opportunity to understand how the pens work and get a feel for them. For kids who are naturally artistic, I think working in 3D with these pens presents a new and helpful challenge they might not encounter very often.

Caroline decided to start this way by creating a pair of eye glasses. You start by following the patterns on the special plastic mat.

Creating with IDO3D PensYou can see in this picture she’s holding down the mat since it wanted slide around a bit on the table.

Using IDO3D Art PensIt only took a little angel to keep it in place and free up her other hand!

Curing the IDO3D GlassesNow she’s curing the pink part of the glasses with the special light.

Using the Special IDO3D Pen and LightNow she’s curing the rest of the glasses. The material is a bit different to work with. It has a bit of a greasy feel to it even after it is dry.

Three dimensional glasses created with IDO3D art pens!And we have glasses once the parts are put together and cured! Amazing!

Here are lots of other ideas for kids who really want to put forth the effort to practice and learn how to create with IDO3D Art pens or even take lessons. I am sure there are lots of tricks to be learned just as there is with any art medium.

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If your kids would love to try out IDO3D Pens, we’re giving away three IDO3D Vertical Kits! Just enter below!