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This last week, our whole family has either had the tummy flu or sore throats. … or BOTH. It has made me come to realize that every day is a new day and that we need to take each day one at a time. As I am typing this, my youngest daughter is sound asleep on the floor, older kids are sitting outside, basking in the sun that we finally have after 2 weeks of on and off snow and Berlyn is sitting quietly(yes, Berlyn is being quiet for once) playing with Griffen’s Legos.

On Tuesday, the kids (all of them) were not feeling well… so we didn’t do too much school work. That is one of the best parts about truly homeschooling because you can move your schedule around to fit “you”.

I collect egg cartons to use for craft projects like for painting. This keeps things so much less messy, especially with a 2 and 3 year old in the house. I tear off the lid and add the different colors of paints to each “egg” slot.

I have been asked MANY TIMES how I manage to organize 5 children and work and homeschool and go to school myself. Where do I start? We found a FANTASTIC homeschooling computer (not internet) based program that Shelby is using. It is called Switched on Schoolhouse by Alpha Omega. Griffen just started on the Spanish class for them as well. My kids WANT to do their schoolwork!! It is AMAZING!

The Switched on Schoolhouse starts at 3rd grade… I am getting ready to order Griffen’s 3rd grade curriculum as well and get him started early on it.  For the little ones right now, we create lapbooks (2 weekly) and do math and English worksheets daily, read books everyday, do science experiments, kitchen activities and art every week.

I just picked up a book by Dinah Zike called Big Books of Books. Here is a link to it: The Big Book of Books and Activities: An Illustrated Guide for Teacher, Parents, and Anyone Who Works With Kids!. This book has some GREAT samples and ways to fold paper to help with our lapbooks.

On Tuesday and Thursday Nights, I am taking a black and white beginner 35mm photography class. I have a whole new respect and admiration for print photography. I LOVE digital… but, winding my own film on a reel in total darkness and then adding my chemicals one by one for set amounts of time has let me know that photography is an “ART”all in itself. If you have never learned the process of creating your own photos from film, I suggest that you take a class on photography 101. I can’t wait to start sharing some of the photos that I take and then develop.

Last night, I rolled my first roll of film in the dark and processed the negatives.On Thursday, I am going to be creating a photogram. I am thinking sea glass in the form of a word.I have bought a few SLR print cameras in the last few weeks.

I will have a Digi FREEBIE for you tomorrow… so make sure that you stop back by!!

Happy Wednesday to everyone!

Kris Mazy

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