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Better Conversation Starters

When Michael comes home from a day at work, I generally ask him how his day was. This does not generally elicit much real conversation. It is usually later, when he has been home for a bit and unwound a little that he actually tells us specifics of his day.

I read this post that had some good suggestions of other ways start a good conversation. :) 14 Alternatives to “How Are You?”

I’ll just keep this short so that you can jump over there and read it too.

I hope this is a benefit to you and your family,

Michele ºÜº

Sand: Up Close

Have you and your children been to the beach this summer? Have you seen sand lately? I bet you didn’t see it like this. :)

Yeah, I think it is a cool science link. It shows what sand particles look like magnified three hundred times. Yep, 300 times! I thought it was amazing. Then I remembered that sand is nothing but small bits of shells and such.

I won’t keep you any longer because I really want you to go check out what sand looks like magnified 300 times. :)

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

 

State Geography Study Resource

Thanksgiving and Big Stuff ~ Lifeofjoy.meBefore I share today’s resource, I just want to remind you that since it is July 25th, it is technically Christmas in July. ;) If you’d like to read a fun cozy murder mystery (that reads like a romantic comedy at Christmas time), go check out my daughter’s first book, Murder Mystery and the Gingerbread Cookies available on Amazon (and a few other places I can’t recall right now ;) ). She started writing it when she was 12 years old. We published a few years ago in ebook and finally jumped through all the hoops to get it into paperback this past February.


My sister told me about this wonderful resource last week when we got together. I had not seen this one before but looks really great.

The resource is 8 For Each State: US Geography. On this page you will find an overview and links to each state’s webpage. Don’t forget to go to the introduction page to get some more state study ideas.

Some links that Jessica used are no longer working but some can be found by pasting the link into the wayback machine at archive.org. I’ve had some success finding some broken links, including pdf files, there.

This could be used as a two-year geography study. What I saw of it is really good. I hope it is helpful to you and your family in the education of your children.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Reading and YA Distinction

Do you have a pre-teen or teen? Do you struggle with books for them to read? Do they think they must get books from the YA (young adult) section of the library? Do you know that YA is NOT a reading level?

I read books from all over the library. Yep, children’s department too; see these posts I did recently about some juvenile fiction I’ve read in the last month or so. I’ve got one more checked out that I want to read yet. But I digress. ;)

I’ve read some YA books and I have to say that I would be very careful about which books my kids read in that area. They are generally filled with angst and teens experimenting with all sorts of things. There are soooo many good books in the juvenile section that are worthwhile reading.

Here is a really good article and even a podcast (but I haven’t listened to that) about the YA designation and that category. It is not a short read but does have some book suggestions as you scroll to the bottom. I’m looking forward to reading some of these myself. :)

I hope this helps you steer your child through their reading adventures.

Michele ºÜº

Help in Praying for Your Marriage

Sometimes I don’t know how to pray for my marriage, myself, or my husband. That’s one reason I’ve loved Lori Byerly’s site, The Generous Wife, because she encourages me in this area.

Well I recently found out that there is another Christian marriage blogger that is doing a daily marriage prayer too. It’s a succinct prayer. I don’t know how long she has been doing this daily but there are quite a few pages so she must have been doing it a long time. :) You can sign up to have them delivered in your mail if that is helpful to you . . . it would just get lost in my email. :D I’m better off setting it as my home page. ;)

I hope you will head on over to Unveiled Wife for a daily marriage prayer and it will be an encouragement to you. :)

Michele ºÜº

Summer Ideas for the Kids

I read this article about some ideas to keep your sanity this summer. I don’t know why I never thought to create an outside bin for my kids but it is a great one! You can fill it with water guns, sidewalk chalk, kites, balls, or whatever else your children enjoy playing with outside.

Another idea was to gather those messy crafts into a bin and let them make those messes outside. :D

She even has ideas for snacks and how to organize them.

Well, that’s enough from me, except to say, if you hurry, you can enter the giveaway too. :) Click here to head over and read the article.

Until next time, keep cool, ;)

Michele ºÜº

Help for Homeschool Moms

Sarah over at My Joy-Filled Life is hosting a month long series for helping homeschool moms. It appears that each day she or one of the blogger friends are posting a helpful post.

She also has a bunch of sponsors. The actual post links are below those sponsor links. I recommend scrolling past them for now and jumping right to the article links. (I think you can guess that I’m not affiliated with this at all. ;) )

I saw that there would also be some freebies and giveaways throughout the month. So, head on over and check it out. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

 

Dandelions and Home Education

Dandeliions ~ Lifeofjoy.meMy father told me dandelions were weeds. I remember seeing him digging them out of the yard he had sodded. I didn’t understand why they were bad but Daddy didn’t like them, so neither did I.

Mom did not like them because it brought back sad memories of when she was a little girl. She knew things were tight financially when her mom would send her out to pick dandelion greens for dinner, which would be made into a gravy . . . a gravy Mom did not like.

Fast forward MANY, MANY years and I realized dandelions were just a wild flower. Sometimes it had the poor taste of growing in people’s well-manicured, lush green lawns. But I live way out in the country now and have grown to appreciate dandelions for what they are. :)

So when I saw the title of Sarah’s post over on her website, My Joy-Filled Life, I was intrigued. The title was “Discovering Dandelions“. I had to go see what she had to say on the topic. Knowing she is a homeschooler, piqued my interest all the more.

I love how she did not influence her children’s opinion of that ‘flower’ but instead allowed them to discover for themselves and make up their own minds. But she didn’t stop there. I encourage you to go read her article; it isn’t very long, so won’t take a lot of time.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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