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Puppet Show

Crafty, Homeschooling, My kids

Although we don’t technically begin our curriculum until after Labor Day, we have been working more and more on getting our days structured and peppered with “homeschool-esque” type of activities.  Today I decided to just do completely child lead learning.  Some may call this unschooling.  I think it’s just called being a mother.  We all do this with our kids from birth practically.  Your baby points to a balloon in a book and you go on about how it’s a circle, it’s blue, it goes “pop”, etc.

I told the kids after breakfast that the TV and all screens are going off until after the school bus goes by.  So, on their own they went in their room and found some crafts to do.  First they found the sock puppet making kit (as a side note, it’s helpful to have quality books and activities laying around for them to “find on their own.”)

puppetmakingcollageThey then wrote one act of their puppet show.  Well, I physically wrote it because I was wanting to focus on creativity and learning about reading the script.  They had the script “back stage” to reference.  It was proud of myself for not laughing the whole time because it was just too dang cute.  To see the complete first act of their play (this is for Daddy basically) click the picture of my two yay-who’s below.  It’s been a good day to be a home school Mom.



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Finishing Touches on the “Learning Center”

Crafty, Homeschooling

First off let me say, I have finally come to realization (again) that homeschooling is the best option for my kiddos.  So, I have started preparing to begin our home education next fall.  The kids will finish out their school year this year.  As I am preparing for this awesome (and terrifying) adventure I have began creating a “learning center” in our living room.  We have a pretty small house as we will be building our dream home in hopefully around 5 years.  Until then, we need to make this work.

After scouring the internet, papers, goodwill, and consignment stores I found the PERFECT item on   Here it is:

learning center

Well, that big wall area really seemed like a waste to me so I had to come up with something to utilize that space.  Like I said, we don’t have a big house so every space needs to work!  So, I got a  7′ X 30″ piece of sheet metal, decoupaged the pages from an old book to it, created some magnets from glass rocks and ceramic magnets:






I love how it turned out!

My next project is to get my index card box organized for memorizing Bible verses as suggested by the Charlotte Mason method found here.  What a neat way to memorize Bible verses.

Wish me luck and say a lot of prayers for us.  I will need help in the patience and wisdom area!


  • Why I Write this Stuff

    My children called me Bobby when they were toddlers due to not being able to prounounce "Mommy." They are now 7 and 8 years old and I am Mommy. But my real name is Mandy. I just do this so I can keep in touch with the REAL me. Being a Bobby is a dream I thought I may never realize and I do not take it for granted. I homeschool (more specifically unschool) my two children and it's easy to lose yourself in the tasts of the day. I just want to make sure that after 19 or so years have passed,and my kids have moved out, I'm not stuck looking in the mirror and squinting in hopes of seeing Mandy again.