Category: Homeschool

How I Get My Children To Start Cooking With Me: Train Them While They Are Young

Your children want to cook with you!

Yes, that is one of my own children, by age 4, in the kitchen with me helping me cook. Before you think it is a crime that I have a four year old near a burner, let me assure you that mom is, except for this quick photo snap, right there next to her, literally holding her hand as we stir and boil.

So, how do I get them so comfortable in the kitchen, so young? Well, by the time they are two, they are usually curious about what mom is doing in the kitchen, so I let them start watching on a stool or chair, and teach them some basic kitchen rules:

1) They must not touch anything!

2) Mom points to hazards and says: sharp! or hot!

3) If they don’t obey, they have to leave. If they obey, they might get a taste test, especially if we are making baked goods:-)

Once the children have demonstrated obedience, I usually give them the chance to help stir foods not on a stove / not hot. I hold their hand at first, until I see their confidence, then give them a chance to try it own their own. I always remind them to hold the bowl / container they are stirring with one hand while stirring with the other.

By the time they are 3 or so, I find they are ready and wanting to put in ingredients and may also be curious about watching mom at the stove. As for the ingredients, I usually help them pour / scoop until I see their confidence, then let them try on their own. One of my weaknesses is tolerating spills. I am still working on that so I don’t discourage them.

As for having them at the stove, the rules are clear:

1) No touch anything! Unless I let them stir with me (both of us holding the spoon / spatula).

2) If I have to walk away from the stove for any reason, the little one has to leave the stove with me. I never leave them there w/o me until I feel they are an age that is safe (about 7 or 8).

I have had a few phases where I haven’t felt “up to” having them in the kitchen with me. They will stop trying to help after a while and lose interest in the process, so I have to remember to come and ask for their help again and get them interested again (cookies almost always work).

If you have been wanting to get your children in your kitchen with you, but still feel a little daunted or unsure after reading these tips, contact me or order my eBook – Teach Your Children To Cook – The Simple, Healthy, Cheap Way!  The book starts off with some rules and tips, then has a lesson on pouring, measuring and stirring. Finally, it contains 14 recipes, starting very simple and gradually growing in complexity to do in the kitchen with your children.

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Super Simple Homeschooling: Why We Use Story Of The World For History

I confess that I have enough complexities in my life, homeschooling doesn’t need to be one of them. I have worked and learned over the past few years to make homeschooling as simple, and as few hours as possible. Therefore, I have coined the phrase: Super Simple Homeschooling. I am sure someone else came up with this too, maybe quite a few others. But since I haven’t seen it in the mainstream yet, I can state that I wasn’t influenced by anyone else:-)

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Why Story Of The World

The reason our family choose SOTW is because:

1) I can use it with the whole family.

2) The reading and writing is supportive of a younger group – my children are K, 2nd, and 3rd grades.

3) The stories are engaging, the projects are interesting and fun.

How We Do Our Homeschool History

With the exception of Math and Language Arts which we do twice a week, we do the rest of our subjects only once per week. We then divide up a chapter of Story of the World over two weeks.

1) Week 1 – Reading the story, asking the discussion and narration questions, deciding which project we want to do and making a list of supplies needed, and deciding which additional reading we want to get from the library. Sometime during the week we will get the library books, so in some ways, history is done a second day, but not formally.

2) Week 2 – We do the coloring pages, map work, and at least 1 project. The girls always have fun and talk for days about what they did and learned. Sometimes we have show and tell with family members (dad, grandparents, etc..).

The Photo Above

The photo is of two of the girls making an Assyrian Siege Tower with legos. This is from chapter 16 of SOTW V. 1 – The Ancient Times. The girls still remember that Assyria was able to conquer their enemies because Assyria was great at making these towers.

If you aren’t loving your history or if your history is too complicated, I recommend trying SOTW!

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Moms of Master Books: Bugs! A Book Review and Unit Study


As soon as our “Bugs – Big and Small, God Made Them All” book arrived, it was in the hands of my children. They looked and read through it, then did it again the next day. They loved sharing bug facts with each other. They kept calling each other over to “see” the latest bug they had discovered. In fact, this went on for quite a few days. Finally, I got my hands on the book in time to write a review and come up with a Unit Study for the first chapter.

So Many Photos, So Little Time

I simply can not convey here the amazing amount and quality of illustrations, but I thought I would try to take a few photos of the inside so you can get a better idea of what you are in for if you get this book!

Speaking of getting the book, if you would like to purchase Bugs! it is currently available on the NLPG site for $14.99.

Who knew there were so many bugs as big or BIGGER than your hand?
Fist full of beetles, anyone?
The title of the chapter says it all!
Praying Mantises are one of my favorite bugs. I never knew there were so many varieties.

 

Unit Study For Chapter 1 – Amazing Creepy Crawlers

We decided that our Master Books’ Astronomy book will not take a full year to work through, so Bugs will be a good end-cap for our homeschool science curriculum this year.

Projects based on chapter 1:

  • Draw where bugs fit into the life-cycle of a healthy garden.
  • Research the issue of declining bee populations.
  • Find a video about bees and pollination.
  • Find a chart of the kinds of mosquitoes and which ones actually are a threat to humans.
  • Copy and memorize the Bible verses mentioned in the chapter.

Fact Cards

At the end of the book is a set of 12 insect fact cards on some of the more unique bugs in the insect kingdom.

I sincerely hope you will pick-up a copy of Bugs from Master Books this year and be amazed at God’s limitless creativity!

Moms Of Master Books: A Review and Unit Study For The New Astronomy Book

The New Astronomy Book

As soon as I received my new book from New Leaf Publishing Group, I knew it was going to become our Homeschool’s Science Curriculum for this year. The updated book is from The Wonder’s of Creation series and is called: The New Astronomy Book.

I have a brief review of the book and then I am sharing the Unit Study that I created for the first chapter of the book. We will be using the study the next two weeks for our Science classes.

Review

As soon as the book arrived, my children were pouring through it. The photos are amazing and really draw the children’s attention to wanting to know more about what is in the photo or graphic. The book then offers three levels of information – level one is for the whole family and levels two and three are for progressively older children and adults.

This book presents hard science from a Creation perspective. I really appreciated the related scripture references in each chapter to tie concepts back to our Creator.

Chapters include The Night Sky, Our Solar System, The Sun, History of Astronomy, The Expanding Universe, and more.

Lastly, there is a 24 inch pull out poster of our solar system which we can put on a wall, giving the children the opportunity to visualize and memorize the planets and their moons.

Unit Study – Chapter 1 – The Night Sky

For our homeschool, we will be reading levels one and two to the whole family, then I and our oldest child will read level three together.

For projects and further study, we will do the following:

  • Get books from the library with the constellations.
  • Go out one evening and see what constellations we can recognize. Also try to find the North Star.
  • Make our own constellations using black paper and white crayons and/or paint.
  • Memorize the scripture verse.
  • Pretend to be planets and rotate around the sun.
  • Find videos about the space race (for the section on “Rockets Race to the Red Planet”)

For the oldest child doing the 3rd level, we will also:

  • Read Job 38 and journal about it.
  • Find more information on Retrograde Motion.

I look forward to a fun school year learning about Astronomy!

If there is interest, I will post Unit Studies for future chapters.

Homeschool Giveaway! It’s NOT Greek To Me DVD

ItsGreekToMe Give Away

Even if you are not into Classical Conversations (I know a lot of moms who are), there are a lot of great reasons to learn Greek, including understanding the New Testament better.

From the NLPG site:

This video-based learning program is meant to be a basic introduction to Greek that will not overwhelm or frustrate you. Learn enough of the grammar to understand every Greek reference your pastor makes. Discover:

  • The Greek alphabet
  • Punctuation (and how it’s used!)
  • Nouns, verbs, voice & moods
  • Nominative, genitives, vocatives, accusatives, & datives (the – tives of when to use what word and how)
  • How to apply your new skills!

Onto the giveaway:

NLPG has blessed me with a copy of It’s Not Greek To Me DVD series to give away on my blog. See below for how to enter. If you want the DVD for sure, order it on New Leaf Publishing’s web site.

Giveaway Entry Instructions:

1) You must leave a comment here to enter.

2) The comment must include why you would like the book.

3) The comment must include at least one (you may do more) way you shared this raffle (and therefore a link to my blog link) with others. You can say you shared it on Facebook, Pinned it, emailed it to friends, etc…

4) You may also, but you dont have to, include info about your homeschool this year (style, curriculum, goals, etc…) or just say hello!

At the end of the contest, the first comment will be #1, the second #2, etc… We will draw the number out of a bucket and then find the comment that matches. Yes, there is software like Rafflecopter that does this, but it doesn’t work on sites hosted on wordpress, so we are doing things the old fashioned way!

Moms of Master Books Reviews: The Flood of Noah

Master Books Review




How is it possible that there are over 500 global flood stories from different cultures – most of whom have never met each other? This isn’t rhetorical – I want you to answer it. Why would almost every culture on earth have in its ancient history a sweeping epic of a global flood, if there hadn’t actually been a flood?

If you are ready to answer these questions and want to do it in a useful, interactive way, I really recommend the new Master Books book: The Flood of Noah.

Why Master Books And The Flood Of Noah?

I pursued Master Books to become a reviewer of their materials. They always impress me with the through research of their content and the quality and beauty of their presentation and ‘The Flood of Noah’ exceed my expectations.

Admittedly, the facts and tables were a little over the heads of my youngest children (3 ½ and 6), but the older child (7 ½) was interested in all the facts and read through the whole book. The various flood stories were the more interesting part of the book for the younger children and the interactive aspect of the book (pull-outs, lift the flaps, amazing illustrations, and more) made this a great experience to start reading and learning with all of them.

I would call this a coffee table book for the Christian family. May you be blessed as our family was by reading it, using it, studying it and even “playing” with it.

Click here for the book trailer