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Families with Autists or SP Kids!! Weighted FROG

I have discovered the best thing since sliced bread! No seriously!! Listen to me! If you have a child with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorder and have considered a weighted blanket, TRY THIS! 

So many of you know our journey with our amazing little autist. Berlyn is growing up on us! I have always wanted a weighted blanket, but have not been able to afford its hefty price tag. I am not a good enough seamstress to sew one together to last the CRAZINESS that my Berlyn would put it through. 

We found this frog and it is the best $50 I have ever spent. He puts it on his lap, chest, shoulders, head…. He does it without anyone telling him to as if the doll tells him to do it. This frog has become a part of our family over the last several weeks. Berlyn is focusing more on his schoolwork now too. 



If you are interested, Click on the link below and check them out. There are also lizzards, snakes and even a dolphin. The one that we picked up for Berlyn weighs 2.5kg ( about 5.5 pounds). They also come in other weights too.






Science for this year in homeschooling

I was struggling to find a curriculum that I wanted to use for Science for my younger crew. Eureka! I have found it!!! 

This hands-on box called the Groovy Lab in a box is available on Amazon as a monthly kit order. We signed up for the auto order. August is all about PULLEYS. There are 6 projects in the 24 page color instructions with a full step by step.

It is going to be a time saver for mom. I don’t have to research or dig anything up to create any science experiments. And I quickly pulled up information on Sir Isaac Newton for a quick lap book (his name and a brief paragraph is on the first page of the book.)

At the end of the month, I will post photos and video on how Grayson, Rowan and Berlyn did building these projects

Homeschooling 2018

 

This is year 14 for our family homeschooling and I personally feel that it has been a huge success. I am often asked, “why?” I homeschool because I can give my children a quality Christian education that the public schools can not.  I can work one on one with the kids that need the extra help ( and the ones who don’t) and we can have more hands-on activities and projects as well as field trips. 

Some years have been better than others. Some books/curriculum my children like better than others. 

One year we did entirely lap books and that was a blast, but not really an option for my high school aged kids. 

Here are some of the curriculum that we are using this year as a family. The first 2 weeks, we start out slow with only 3 subjects: Science, History and Literature. Once the kids get in the mode of schooling again, we add in Math, grammar and electives.

High School History/Literature:   Notgrass Exploring Government: https://amzn.to/2uZA3qL

Elementary History/Literature:   Notgrass Our Star Spangled Story (New and not even here yet) https://history.notgrass.com/elementary/

LifePac Science:  11th grade: https://amzn.to/2mXkoDN

We are using this science book for my littles and altering projects to fit 3-7th grades: https://amzn.to/2O0hE3Y

The one thing that I have learned is that for our family a pre-set full curriculum from one company does not work. I piece together what works best for us. 

Little House in the Big Woods LAPBOOK


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This summer, we are reading the “Little House on the Prairie” series and watching the TV show for some of our homeschool projects. We found a premade lapbook project for FREE online for the Little House in the Big Woods, the first book in the series.

The free lapbook is located at: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/little_house_in_the_big_woods.php

 

Quail eggs in the incubator

krisandlarry.com - Hatching quail eggsAs our family continues our journey to create a homestead that provides for us, we are incubating quail eggs (or at least attempting to hatch them).

We have a new incubator and have regular egg rack/turner and a quail egg rack and turner inside.

We have 24 quail eggs along with chicken eggs from the last 3 days from our own hens in the incubator. I never knew how pretty quail eggs were until we got this batch! THANKS to my friend Jessi for picking these up for us.

We also have several dozen eggs from our own chickens in it. Hopefully “Jeff” the rooster is doing his duty and fertilizing our eggs.

The quail eggs only take about 17 days from start to finish. The chicken eggs are about 21 days…. So that makes quail due on about March 6 and chicks due to hatch on March 12, 13 and 14th.

I am always in AWE that it goes from an egg with yoke to a feathered (or rather fluffy) chicken in such little time. krisandlarry.com - Incubating Eggs

Essential Oil Tuesday – Homeschooling FUN – Gluten-Free Playdoh (play dough) + essential oils

  • Glute Free Dye Free Play Dough - www.krisandlarry.com1/2 cup white rice flour (You can use brown rice flour as well – I did when I ran our of white)
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • 4 drops Essential oils  (Peace and Calm  or even lavender – works wonders on my kids)
  • Several drops of food coloring or 1-2teaspoons of natural dyes made from dried veggies. See Below!

We don’t use processed dyes in our home, however, my sister made us natural dyes from dehydrating and grinding up vegetables.  You can add several drops of dye OR a teaspoon of ground dried beets(for red) or dried ground carrots (for orange), spinach (for green). The natural dyes will not be as vibrant, but OH MYYY! SO much healthier. In our photo, we used 2 teaspoons of dried ground beets.

Mix together all ingredients. Cook and stir on low heat for 3 minutes or until it forms a ball. Cool completely before storing in a air tight container.

I get all of my essential oils through Young Living because they are the highest grade that you can get… Safe for my whole family. visit www.youngliving.com/krismazy for more information.

Growing Fodder for Chicken Feed – Day 8

Dear Jack the Cat,

You are not allowed to touch the seeds… or the greens. … well, really or anything that I am growing in the house. You are a cat, not a cow!

Love, Mom (the one who feeds you meat.)

 

Jack decided to LOVE on the fodder…  We have 7 trays growing inside and one in the greenhouse to see if it is too cold out there our not.

REMEMBER TO CHECK OUT THE MOTHER POST ON GROWING FODDER FOR OUR CHICKENS HERE!!!

 

 

Growing Fodder for Chicken Feed – Day 7

ABM_1413597504Ok, so I am sure that you are finally bored with my posts on fodder…. I am just thrilled at being able to share my success (and my failure as well) with you… and I know that there are some out there who want to have chickens AND save money on feed. This is the way to do it! Once you master the process.

However, This morning, I woke up to my fodder being moldy… Not certain what happened, But we are dumping and starting again! LOL AHHH They life of experiments and trial and error.  I think that I need to drill more holes in the bottom of the trays and use less seed. We were using 3 cups of seed in the plastic shoe boxes.  I think that we are shifting to 2 cups… I also had buckets under each of my trays rather than letting them drip down to the next one down because I didn’t have the correct shelf.

I also went down and picked up some buckets at the local hardware store. And I drilled 10 holes in the bottom of them as well. I am not certain if everything wasn’t draining well enough or if it was too thick in the trays… so with trial and error, we are starting up again. I do also plan on soaking the see for 24 hours rather than 12 hours. Here in AZ, there is so much less humidity in the air that I worry that I was over watering and

Here is day 7 (that is one day of soaking and 6 days in the trays)

**** Note: We are going to continue to grow this batch for 3 more days and then see if the mold is worse or not.

 

REMEMBER TO CHECK OUT THE MOTHER POST ON GROWING FODDER FOR OUR CHICKENS HERE!!!

 

 

Growing Fodder for Chicken Feed – Day 6

Day 6 Fodder - www.krisandlarry.comHouston, we are go for GREEN!

We finally have sprouts that are showing COLOR! Day 6 is showing AWESOME growth! I am still uncertain on if a root base will form like I have read about. Remember this is an experiment for us anyhow!


It looks like after researching, that I am “disturbing” the roots too much in the beginning, so they are not growing as fast.  (I found a few ebooks on Amazon that are free downloads.)

I think that we are putting too many seeds in the trays to start as well… Tomorrow we are going to switch it to 2 cups per tray and do 2 trays a day instead of one. 

See! I can grow food for my chickens! But you weren’t doubting my green thumb, right? After all, I grow a huge veggie and herb garden every year too!

We are up to 5 trays and 1 to soak overnight tonight. We will have them grown for several more days in the trays and then start feeding to the hens.

 

REMEMBER TO CHECK OUT THE MOTHER POST ON GROWING FODDER FOR OUR CHICKENS HERE!!!

 

Growing Fodder for Chicken Feed – Day 5

Day 5 Fodder - www.krisandlarry.comOh My! Day 5 is here… we are half way through the growing on the first tray of barley fodder. I have determined that if this continues to work that we need to build another greenhouse… Oh LARRY?!?! Want another project?  I am thinking a lean-to on the front of the house. 🙂

So far, so good, no mold or mildew. That was one of my biggest worries. We are going to move the trays to the garage in the evening for now until the fruit flies expire for the season. Those little buggars are driving me crazy! I think that I need a metal cart like I have for the kids homeschooling supplies. I picked that up at Sam’s club for about $60.

Anyhow, the root system is really taking off on this first tray and the other trays are following just like the first one did. And now, on day 5 there are little plant sprouts too!

 

REMEMBER TO CHECK OUT THE MOTHER POST ON GROWING FODDER FOR OUR CHICKENS HERE!!!