More math game fun

Just to let you know there's a whole host of new game links added to my Early Elementary Math Games page. If your kids are like mine, they find games addictive and don't even realize they're learning! Hah! If only they knew...

Want to be a SAHM and a freelance writer?

Just sent off an e-mail with some advice to another mom who is trying to increase her freelance writing pay, and thought I should post it here as well. Maybe there are others who would be interested. Nothing really profound or deep in my advice...just some resources that I've found helpful:

Hey, M-. Well, I would say ramping up your income is a bit of a slow process, as you must build your clip portfolio and locate new employers. Here's some resources I'd encourage you to explore:

  • I really do get good work from The biggest thing with finding work here is you HAVE to be picky. Only apply for jobs you're genuinely interested in and only apply at the rate you want to make. If the employer doesn't want to pay that, move on. NEVER waste your time on the millions of low paying jobs that are listed on there.
  • Have you looked into magazine writing? Get an online subscription to the magazine guidelines and start pitching mags. Doing that is where my career really took a giant step forward, and now that I have magazine writing experience, I can command a higher pay.
  • Read this blog:  Lots of great stuff.
  • Read this book: Writer's Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing
  • Find a writing niche - what do you know and what are you good at?
  • Pursue copywriting. There's very good money in that, and I've only scratched the surface of that market myself - not enough time in the day and too many little kids to corral! But if I was serious about generating more income, I'd pursue that without a doubt.
I hope that helps. As I'm sure you've discovered, it takes a good bit of work to get good work! But it does pay off. Good luck!

Sonlight Core B (Core 1): Week 5

We're having so much fun in our Sonlight journey! One of the most successful aspects of my pre-planning has definitely been the Notebooking pages. The girls love their notebooks and love adding to it each week. Soon I'll do a post about Sonlight Notebooking and how we've implemented it. Now here's the extras for Week 5:

Houses & Homes:
  • Try to do some school using walkie-talkies, just like farm kids in Australian outback
  • Watch Farm Dog Martha
  • Have other farm books to look at, as well as activities from theNC Dept. of Agriculture Coloring Book
  • Use wikistix to build reed house frame, then do some paper weaving to make the walls.
  • Look through The Ultimate Building Book together and find a project or two to tackle next week.
World of Animals:
Homer Price, Chps 1-3
Before sharing the extras we're doing with Homer Price, I've got to give credit to where credit is due. I got my ideas from a very creative homeschool mom who posted them on her blog as part of their FIAR study. Check out her full list of Homer Price activities.

Summertime Filler Ideas!

Well, the heat is turned up outside and the AC inside, and thanks to the fast approaching due date of our little girl, we're basically stuck to the AC environment. Outside is no fun...maybe in a few weeks....maybe...anyway, until then, I've been trying to come up with activities that my girls can do inside (or outside with limited supervision). Here's some of the ideas I've got in the queue. Hope they can be of help to you!


Popsicle Bracelets

Sound Eggs

Homemade Pinata - DO

Celebrate Spring - Hop Counting

Homemade Silly Putty
Sun Tea to go
31 days of Summer Fun ideas

Pardon the formatting

Please pardon the funky formatting of the blog at the moment...I just added a new template, but don't have the time to tweak it as necessary...really, it will look better eventually. I promise!

Sonlight Core B (or 1): Week 4

Why did Sonlight have to change core names on me? That's so confusing...though I'm sure there's a method to their madness. Well, whatever the case, here's my list of hands-on activities we'll be doing for Core B's fourth week. (And I should note, I'm using the 5 day schedule, but only schooling for 4 days each week. Thus, ever so slowly, my weeks are becoming different than Sonlight's weeks!)

Peoples of the World / Houses & Homes:
  • During breakfast, listen to a variety of world music and discuss the different sounds! Spanish guitar, Arabic Ud, Sitar, Bagpipes, Indonesian xylophone, African drums
  • Watch video of flamenco dancing.
  • Notebooking: Put different types of houses on the timelines.
  • Use modeling clay and construct some houses for show & tell!
  • Mud is everywhere! Easy for anyone to build with. Create some mud bricks in ice trays. Put them in the sun to dry. Later, use them to make a structure.
  • As we learn about tents in Houses and Homes, we can also read this go-along - Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping  
Animals of the World
  • Watch video about baby loggerhead turtles
  • Read One Tiny Turtle
  • Give each girl 8 cards, each containing one of the living things from the science game below.
  • Play Food Chain Game. Let them both click on the living things.
  • Then, as read about each of the animals, have them lay out their cards to represent who eats who in the food chain. Then finish the online game. 
  • Play Camouflage game
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