Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | 2/10/17

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FAMILY/VARIETY ACTIVITIES

 

Which of these Valentines activities do you like best?

http://ilslearningcorner.com/2016-02-brain-building-valentines-activities-midline-crossing-fine-motor-vestibular-visual-planning/

 

 

Get several booklets or brochures from your local tourist information office. Read them over with your kids. Then challenge them to make a booklet or brochure about something that interests them. While you are at it, be sure to plan to visit any local sites that interested them in the info you picked up!

 

Things to do with playdough:

  1. Experiment with creating new colors by mixing them.
  2. Make a maze to move cars or small toys through.
  3. Create relief maps.
  4. Make letters and write words.
  5. Make impressions of your hands and measure the span between the fingers.
  6. Press items from your nature walk such as leaves, flowers, rocks or bark to make an impression. Remove the item and let it dry.
  7. Cut with a plastic knife or safety scissors.

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BIBLE

 

 

Play “Guess Who!” Make some cards with the names of Bible characters on them. Put them face down on a table. Have each player take a card.

Player 1 picks another player and asks a question that might help them guess which character that player is holding.

After the question is answered, Player 1 takes a guess as to who it is. If he gets it right, he gets to put that card right side up in front of him. The player who gives up the card draws another and Player 1 gets another turn. If he doesn’t get the right answer, the play goes on to the next person.

The game continues until all the cards are drawn or after a pre-set time period.

The player with the most cards face up wins.

 

 

 

Find a cheap cape at a thrift store or make one by using a large rectangular piece of fabric to tie one end around the neck. Cut off a portion of the back of the cape and then tape it together somewhat loosely.

Then have your kids act out the story about David cutting off the back of Saul’s cape found in I Samuel 24. Have your David rip the piece you already cut off.

After discussing why David didn’t take the opportunity to kill Saul, have your kids turn their backs. Hide the piece of the robe that was cut off and have your kids go look for it.

 

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Preschool

 

Oh how I wish I had known this when the kids were little! I wouldn’t have felt nearly so bad about all the broken crayons we had!

Why You Should Break Crayons (On Purpose)

 

 

Elementary

 

 

Cut apart a comic strip and have your kids put it back together in the right order!

 

Middle School – High School

 

Introducing adverbs? Try this twist on Charades for a fun way to help them get a firm grasp on what an adverb does! Create two sets of cards. One set should be action verbs such as run and blink. On the other write adverbs. You can google lists of both if you are having trouble thinking of them.

Play Charades with them by selecting a verb, acting it out and then selecting an adverb and acting out the verb and how the adverb affects the verb. Walking and walking slowly are two different things.

If you want, play in teams. Allow your teams to use props found around the house. For instance, if you want to jump weekly you could get a calendar, point to each day and then jump as you point to each Saturday.

 

SCIENCE

 

Things to do with binoculars:

  1. Watch birds and other wildlife
  2. Investigate distant rock formations
  3. Explore how binoculars are made
  4. Spotting good fishing holes
  5. Watching the night sky
  6. Turn them around backward for a crude microscope
  7. Watching a sporting event from the nosebleed section
  8. Compare your eyesight to others by observing how the binoculars are focused.

 

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MATH

 

Preschool

 

Wooden blocks – They seem too simple to be educational, don’t they? But, experts will tell you that playing with wooden blocks increases hand-eye coordination, develops spatial skills, increases problem-solving skills, increases the ability to mentally rotate 3-D objects, and even increase vocabulary skills! This set has lots of different shapes and colors for your child to explore too!

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Elementary

 

Play hearts Bingo for Valentine’s Day!  Make hearts for each player. Put the digits 0-9 on them. Throw a pair of dice. Add or subtract, then cover the digit(s) in the answer. Then If the digit is already covered or only one is available (such as in the numbers 10-12), that turn is forfeited. Take turns throwing the dice. The first player to cover all of their digits wins.

 

 

Middle School and Up

 

Using a deck of cards with all the face cards removed, deal all players two cards. Each player tries to make the largest number they can by using one card as the base number and the other as the exponent. The person with the highest number wins that round and captures all the other cards on the table. The person with the most cards at the end of the game wins. Play until the deck is gone or set a timer.

Should We Stop Teaching Math? You Might Be Surprised!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

 

When is the last time you went to a history re-enactment? They are a great way to learn about history! Participating in them is even better!

 

MUSIC

 

Clap out the beat of songs your children know well and see if they can guess which song. Then challenge them to clap a song for you.

 

ART

 

Arts and Crafts Heart Project For Kids: Upcycle, Reuse, and Reduce Stress

 

 

PE

 

How many things can you think of to do while jumping?

 

  1. Spell
  2. Recite a poem
  3. Skip count
  4. Sing

 

Kids actually memorize better if they are moving! My kids just loved bouncing on the mini-tramp while doing memory work. 🙂

 

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We made a balance path to follow! Keeping your feet on the line is tough when it comes to those corners!

 

HEALTH

 

 

Show your kids how to feel their pulse. Then have them count how many times their heart beats in 15 seconds. Multiply that by 4 to find their heart rate. Then have them check their heart rate and chart it as they do different activities through the day.

 

LIFE SKILLS

 

 

Learn to sew by making a simple stuffed animal!

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

5 Fun Activities To Do With Your 6 Month Old

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

 

Are you aware that there are no universal requirements to obtain a high school diploma? You, as a homeschooler, have the right to decide on your own requirements for graduation and they can be different for each student! Base your requirements on where they are headed in life, not on what someone else has decided is the right box for all kids!

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

This is long, but this Donahue show from 1971 is well worth watching. This was the type of stuff we were still dealing with back in the mid-80s when I started homeschooling. I remember going to a rally for some people who had been put in jail.

http://reason.com/blog/2017/01/27/homeschooling-then-and-now

 

 

It’s a learning process! One of the reasons most people thought I would fail at homeschooling was because I was so disorganized! Homeschooling and working full-time forced me to learn!

http://www.bookshark.com/blog/five-minute-organized/?utm_content=buffer63a4b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

 

 

What If the Kids Want to Go Back to School?

 

 

 

 

 

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God Bless You All!

 

~Grama Sue

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | February 3, 2017

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FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

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BIBLE

 

Goliath was 13 feet tall. Measure from your floor to ceiling. Would Goliath fit in your house? If you can’t find a place he could stand up in your house, try to find someplace outside to measure, like a 2-story house or an electric pole so you can see how big he was. Use a ladder and practice ladder safety!

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Preschool

 

How to Easily Encourage Imaginative Play Using Felt

 

 

 

Elementary

 

Tuesday was  Backwards Day! Did you challenge your kids to write their spelling words, a sentence or even a whole story backward? If not, consider having a belated Backwards Day!

 

 

Middle School – High School

 

 

Do your kids like comics? Encourage them to make up their own comic strips. Counts as Art and/or Language Arts!

Teaching Shakespeare When You Know Nothing About Him

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE

 

http://leftbraincraftbrain.com/2014/08/14/biology-of-bread/

 

 

 

Boil 3 eggs, put them out with 3 fresh eggs. Have your kids spin them all, sorting them by how they spin. Then crack one in each group. (Be sure to do this over a bowl!) Now have your kids turn their backs while you put the remaining eggs together. Then have them spin each one and predict if it is fresh or boiled.

 

 

MATH

 

 

 

My kids used to love this game. It works better on shag carpet, though. We would put numbers on cups and go number golfing. With little kids, I call out a number for them to find and hit the golf ball into it. For older kids, I call out a number sentence such as 3 x 4 =. Then they had to find the numerals that made up the answer and hit the ball into them in the right order.

 

Preschool

 

 

Things to do with M&Ms:

Sort according to color

Create patterns: red, yellow, blue, red, yellow, blue, red ….

Make shapes

Add and subtract

Create an edible chart

 

Elementary

 

 

Do you have a big stash of pennies like I do? Use them to teach place value! Have your kids count out 200 pennies to place in the 2 cup, 30 to place in the 3 cup and 7 to place in the 7 cup. Dump them all out and choose another number!

 

Middle School and Up

 

I just love the idea of using the door to show angles!

http://middleschoolmathman.blogspot.com/2016/02/angles-triangles-and-start-of-geometry.html

 

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

 

 

My grandkids occasionally get to go to work with Daddy. If your kids have this opportunity, make sure to count it as Social Studies!

 

 

6 Ancient Civilizations Mistakenly Thought To Have Homogeneous White Populations

 

 

Did you know that playing house is Social Studies? It is children’s role playing of the different family roles that helps them make sense of their world. Count it as “exploratory play”!

 

 

MUSIC

 

How to Make a Rainstick Instrument

 

ART

 

 

Spontaneous art! We were making bread and all of a sudden, the redhead was drawing rainbows in the flour!

Symmetry Sketches

 

PE

 

Give your kids a ball to throw to each other.  Set a timer for 5 minutes and challenge them to see how many times they can throw the ball and catch it. Dropped balls don’t count!

 

HEALTH

 

 

The Redhead and I talked about how an apple skin is like the enamel on our teeth. It protects the softer insides of our teeth. Then we put a hole in the apple to simulate a cavity. Within a couple of hours, it turned brown and started attracting bugs! What a bonus! Not only was the apple rotting inside, but other things were attacking it as well! It’s very important to keep the enamel on your teeth strong!

 

LIFE SKILLS

 

Best advice I’ve heard in awhile. Saw it on Hip Homeschool Mom! A lady was asking how not to set off the smoke alarm while cooking pancakes and tortillas. The general consensus was: Turn the stove down! I needed this! How ’bout you? Anyone else have some great Home Ec tips?

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

Put a small toy, such as a rubber duck, stuffed animal or bean bag on your toddler’s back and challenge him to see how far he can crawl without it falling off.

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

10 Fun Elective Ideas for Teens

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

Check out my Face Book page for the latest activities and plenty of encouragement. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about homeschooling!

 

God Bless You All!

 

~Grama Sue

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap Up | December 30, 2016

Do you find motion sensitive lights a bit unnerving? I sure do! I mean, you don’t have to do anything to turn the light on. You just walk into a dark room and trust that the switch is going to do its thing on its own. The key to it is to just keep moving, the exact opposite of what your natural reaction is to darkness.

Faith is like that. When God tells you to move into a dark and unfamiliar area, you have to trust that He will dispel the darkness. The key is to just keep moving. If you stop and wait for the light, it won’t happen. Wow …

 

 

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FAMILY and VARIETY ACTIVITIES

 

Challenge your kids to write a mystery story with math problems for clues!

 

 

Encourage your kids to make money by selling their old things on eBay. Let them write the sales description, take the pictures, figure out the shipping amount, set the price, the whole nine yards!

 

 

 

BIBLE

 

 

 

http://gramasuesrainbow.com/2016/12/challah-recipe-christianitys-jewish-roots/

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Family

 

Have your kids write and perform a radio show about Hanukkah.

 

 

 

Preschool

 

Montessori Pre-Reading Activities

 

Elementary

 

Do-Be

Cut index cards in half and have your kids come up with verbs that they can do or act out. Write these verbs on the index cards. make 4 stacks of 10-12 cards. The stacks can contain the same words if you can’t think of enough.

Then ask for a few nouns. Write them on index cards too. Hide the nouns in each of the 4 stacks. Put all four stacks in different places around a room.

Give each child an apron with a pocket. They will keep the cards they have collected in the pocket until the end of the game.

Instruct your kids to start at the stack without any nouns. The first player picks up a card. They are to “do” that verb over to the next stack. Each player takes a turn. Have them put the card they drew in their apron pocket.

At the other stacks, if the card drawn is a verb, the player should “do” the verb to the next stack, but if they draw a noun, they must stand and “be” that noun until the next round.

Play until all the cards have been drawn. The person with the most cards in their apron is the winner.

 

 

Middle School – High School

 

Starwars activities in honor of Princess Leia:

http://www.starwarsintheclassroom.com/content/ela/index.asp?sw=3

 

SCIENCE

 

Ahhh! Tinker Toys! Such a great invention! Builds fine motor and spacial awareness while your child explores engineering skills!

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http://www.coffeecupsandcrayons.com/does-it-dissolve-kids-science-experiment/

 

 

HEALTH

 

Montessori Human Anatomy Introduction

 

 

 

MATH

 

Dominoes are a staple at my house. I love the color-coded set! The colors make it easy to identify which dominoes have what number of dots on them. Little ones can identify the colors and count. Older kids can add the dots on each side, add two or more dominoes together, play a game where they draw dominoes and add or multiply their score on each turn until they get to a preselected number, turn that around and subtract from that preselected number until they reach zero … And then there’s the traditional domino games and of course setting them up so you can knock them all down!

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Preschool

 

Got a train lover? Such cute videos!

 

 

Elementary

 

http://gramasuesrainbow.com/2016/11/domino-math/

 

 

Middle School and Up

 

How fast does your remote control car go? To find out, set up a straight line for it to travel on. Say, 20 ft. long. Place the car at the starting point and have someone use a stopwatch to time it. Let’s pretend it went the 20 feet in 5.9 seconds. Then use this formula to figure it out:

20ft/5.9sec x 60sec/1min. X  60min/1hr. x 1mi/5280ft.

Cancel out all the units of measure that have duplicates in the numerator and the denominator.

20/5.9 x 60/1 x 60/1hr x 1mi/5280

Multiply the top numbers: 72000mi

Multiply the bottom numbers: 31152hr

72000mi/31152hr = 2.31 mph (Round the second digit past the decimal)

 

 

 

This is a great week to teach money-saving strategies with all the after-Christmas sales! Go on a shopping field trip. Compare prices, discuss buying strategies and be sure to put in a good dose of “do you REALLY need or want that?”! Bargains are only bargains if you will use them!

 

 

Do you budget? Involve your older kids in the process! And if you don’t, it’s a great time to start!

 

 

 

Not getting paid to promote this, but if Grampa Tom and I had been exposed to Dave Ramsey when we were kids, we would have been SOOOOO much better off! And what better way to teach a kid than through a game!

http://www.daveramsey.com/store/act-your-wage-board-game/prodAYW.html

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

Crusade history

 

 

MUSIC

 

Songs with actions like “Itsy Bitsy Spider” “Jesus Loves Me”, and “Wheels on the Bus” do more than teach a child to sing. They increase coordination and fine motor skills.

 

 

 

ART

 

Salt and Watercolor Painting

 

 

PE

 

Have your kids been making snowmen or snow angels? PE and art combined!

 

 

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

Bouncing with, dancing with, or patting your baby to the beat of music helps them develop a sense of rhythm and an understanding of music.

 

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/kimberly-charron-2/

 

 

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

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Check out my Facebook page for the latest activities and plenty of encouragement. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about homeschooling!

 

 

 

God Bless You All!

 

~Grama Sue

Challah Recipe | Christianity’s Jewish Roots

 

 

One of my favorite breads to make is Challah, Jewish Sabbath Loaf. I found this recipe in the La Leche League cookbook that I received as a wedding present in 1979. Can you tell that it’s been used a couple of times by the stains on the page? I was quite the wild child, but soon after we were married, I started seeking God and this recipe really spoke to me. Now, I understand that Challah is braided with all sorts of fancy 4 and 6 strand loaves as well, but this recipe only showed a 3 strand braid. When I saw it, a revelation exploded inside of me! This is a picture of the Trinity! Each of the 3 strands makes up a part of the whole loaf, but when it’s baked and cut apart, you can’t tell where one strand ends and the other begins. This is how God is! He is One God, made up of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit so united that it is impossible to separate one from the other. They are all made up of the same things, love, justice, truth, and mercy. To the person who doesn’t understand braids, it looks like there are only 2 strands, which is why we as Christians tend to focus only on the Father and the Son … so many comparisons …

Now, I understand that Challah is braided with all sorts of fancy 4 and 6 strand loaves as well, but this recipe only showed a 3 strand braid. When I saw it, a revelation exploded inside of me! This is a picture of the Trinity! Each of the 3 strands makes up a part of the whole loaf, but when it’s baked and cut apart, you can’t tell where one strand ends and the other begins. This is how God is! He is One God, made up of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit so united that it is impossible to separate one from the other. They are all made up of the same things, love, justice, truth, and mercy. To the person who doesn’t understand braids, it looks like there are only 2 strands, which is why we as Christians tend to focus only on the Father and the Son … so many comparisons …

The red head and I made some just before I left for Iowa, so I thought I would share it with you!

 

We mixed all the ingredients but left out about 1/2 the flour so it made a soft sponge and left it for about an hour to raise.

Then we added enough flour to make a soft dough and cut it in two. One of the things I like about this recipe is that it doesn’t require a great deal of kneading. It actually recommends adding as little flour as you can … just past the terribly sticky point.

Then we rolled one half out.

We cut it into roughly 3 equal strips.

And then rolled them into dough snakes so we could braid them. (Don’t forget to call them snakes. The kids love that!)

Then we placed it on a cookie sheet.

This recipe makes 2 large loaves of Challah but I was needing some dinner rolls for Grampa Tom’s lunches so we rolled the other loaf into rolls.

Then we set them aside to raise until double. I always start checking on them at about the 1/2 hour mark because if you let a braided loaf rise too much it tends to flatten out and look lame.

They go into the oven at 350 degrees. The rolls were done after about 15 minutes and the Challah took about 35. I check them often as they are baking. Whole wheat is difficult to tell if it’s done just by looking because of the color of the flour. I take it out and tap with my fingernail. If it’s done the crust will be firm, but it’s easy to get it too crusty. Part of it is a matter of experience, the other is your family’s tastes. I like it softer than crunchier. One tip I’ve discovered for a soft crust is to put the bread in a plastic sack while it is still slightly warm.

Challah ignited a life long interest in the Jewish roots of Christianity for me which I’m passing on to my children and grandchildren. May it ignite and/or fuel that fire in you too!

God Bless You All!

~ Grama Sue

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | December 23, 2016

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas! This year, I get to spend Christmas with my folks. My parents have always made Christmas a special occasion and it’s been a while since I’ve had the privilege of celebrating with them. My prayer is that during this holiday season each of you will experience the blessing that comes through honoring your family.

It’s been kind of a crazy week for me. My mom is much better, but my uncle had a slight stroke so I’ve been doing double duty getting him all sorted out and settled in rehab. He is doing amazingly well. Praise God for that! Many of the posts for this week, of course, have to do with Christmas. You may want to file those away for next year, but there are several Hanukkah and nonseasonal posts as well.

Can you imagine being forced to sell your 11 or 12 year-old daughter just so the rest of your family can eat? Yesterday, I learned about an organization that I really want to promote. It is FOOD 4 SCHOOL AFGHANISTAN. This is a small organization run entirely by volunteers so 100% of your donations go directly to poor families in Afghanistan. They save young girls from being sold or being forced into marriages at 11 or 12 by offering food to these families in exchange for sending all of their children (boys and girls) to school. While I’m not a big advocate of traditional schools, in this circumstance, I’m all for it! Please consider donating! FOOD 4 SCHOOL AFGHANISTAN

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FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

 

The holidays are a perfect opportunity to snuggle up with your family and watch movies! This one looks like a full-length Chronicles of Narnia on Youtube! Are you a Narnia fan?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIFvFquPHoI&feature=share

 

 

Brain Training Activities for Auditory Attention

 

 

BIBLE

 

Hanukkah starts at sundown on Christmas Eve. Why not make it a double holiday in your house? Search the internet for ways to make a homemade chanukiah (the special 9 branched menorah used during Hanukkah) and teach your kids the miracle of Hanukkah.

 

Research the Magi. Start by reading the story of their visit to Bethlehem in Luke. Then talk about how the Bible differs from popular depictions of them. Then challenge your kids to get online and find out as much as they can about them. There are several different theories about who they were and where they came from. Find out about the gifts they brought, their uses in that time period and the symbolism behind them. Older kids can write a research paper. Be sure they understand how to document their findings!

 

Cute Names of Jesus Ornaments free printable!

http://www.biblestoryprintables.com/BibleCraftsChristmasNamesJesus.html#.WFipaOYrLIU

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Family

 

Have your kids write a story about a reindeer other than Rudolf. In case you can’t remember them all, here they are: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen

 

 

Preschool

 

6 Tips for Correcting Pencil Grip

 

Elementary

 

Read the story of Christ’s birth from the King James or another older Bible. Point out the differences in language such as openeth, thee, thy or hath. Talk about how language changes.Point out some ways language is still changing today. For instance, when I was young, many words like “pee” having to do with bodily functions or parts were considered taboo.  What differences have you seen in your lifetime? Share them with your kids.

 

 

Middle School – High School

 

Look up Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. What type(s) of writing did he do? Read some of his work. Why do you think he is considered such an important author?

 

 

SCIENCE

 

Don’t read this idea if you are easily grossed out! But then again, you are a homeschooler, you are used to choking it back for your kids!

One of my favorite activities was to buy a beef heart and dissect it. Beef hearts are very similar to a human heart in structure. Find a heart diagram to refer to before starting. Then find the vein that goes into the heart and the artery that comes out. If your kids are really adventurous, see if you can pump some liquid through it by using a syringe or turkey baster to put some liquid in and then squeezing the heart. Then cut the heart down the middle of the side. See if you can find the chambers. What else can you discover about the heart?

 

 

 

Grow an Amaryllis! Plant care counts as science and will bring a little bit of spring into your house this winter!

 

 

Since Hanukkah is all about the miracle of the oil, why not plan a science experiment using oil each day? Just google “oil science experiments” for ideas!

 

 

MATH

 

Preschool

 

This one is from a kindergarten classroom, but you could easily substitute names of your family and extended family!

http://mrsbohatyskindergartenkingdom.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/lets-learn-our-names.html

 

 

Elementary

 

http://teachbesideme.com/gingerbread-house-geometry/

 

 

Middle School and Up

 

Did you know that square numbers actually make squares? Fascinating post!

A Penny for Your Math

 

Make a simple quilt.

  1. Decide how big it will be. If you’ve never done one before, keep it small. A big one will be overwhelming.
  2. Decide how wide you want the border to be.
  3. Subtract the width of the border x 2 from your desired overall length and width.
  4. Decide how many quilt blocks you want to go across and down the quilt. Again if you are beginning, go easy on yourself. Limit it to 2 to 4 blocks.
  5. Divide the width by however many pieces of cloth you want to have going across the quilt and add 1/2 inch to that measurement. (The 1/2″ allows for 1/4″ seams.) Do the same for the length.
  6. From this, you can figure out the measurements of your squares. You might want, to make a trial quilt by cutting squares from paper and arranging them on a table or on the floor just to see how it will work before cutting your cloth. That way if you have made any mistakes you can correct them.
  7. Sew the blocks together.
  8. Add a backing and then a border. Remember, when you cut the border, it needs to be twice the width plus 3/4 inch to accommodate the seams and the thickness of the materials.

LOTS of measuring and basic math in this! Great project for a teen or tween!

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

Did you know there are homeschoolers in China? How awesome!

http://chinachristiandaily.com/2016-12-17/ministry/implementing-moore-formula-in-homeschool-2c-increasing-accepted-in-china_3554.html

 

Look up “latkes”. Learn about why fried foods are traditionally served during Hanukkah. Experiment with different latke recipes and serve them each night during Hanukkah.

 

http://gramasuesrainbow.com/2016/12/in-defense-of-christmas-the-roots-behind-the-pagan-roots/

 

MUSIC

 

Free Hanukkah Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time

 

 

ART

 

Food Art! Home Ec and Art all in one place! Challenge your kids to play with their food to see who can come up with the most “you hate to eat it because it’s so awesome” dish!

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

Little ones learn by exploring with their hands and their mouths. Why not make some letter cards by using a marker to make a large letter on a piece of cardstock, then decorate that letter with different sensory items such as pasta, bits of sand paper, chenille, or other items that have different textures each day. You could even laminate them and use foods that they can then eat once you’ve completed the letter.

 

 

LIFE SKILLS

 

Assign one child each week to help prepare meals. make sure they help you plan and shop as well!

 

HEALTH

 

Have your kids keep a food diary for a week. Look up calories, carbs and proteins for those foods. Look up the recommended percentages and compare them to what they eat. Discuss what changes (if any) they might want to consider making

 

Nutrition Activity for Kids

 

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

8 Easy Ways for Homeschoolers to Avoid Holiday Overwhelm

 

Fearing Chemistry? Beginners Guide To Atoms and The Periodic Table To the Rescue!

 

 

Check out my Facebook page for the latest activities and plenty of encouragement. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about homeschooling!

 

God Bless You All!

 

~Grama Sue

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | Hands-On Learning December 16 2016

As I sit here writing the snow is coming down and the temps are dropping. Supposed to have a high of -9 on Sunday. Are you in the deep freeze zone? Think I’ll be staying in this weekend! By the time I get back to North Carolina, I’m gonna think 40 degrees is a heat wave!

My mom came from her surgery and doing great. Dad is doing remarkably well too. The other day, I took him to the doc because he had a sore throat. The doc said he had a little sinus and bronchitis thing going on and prescribed an anitboitic. Later that day we were walking and he was saying he was tired. I told him he would get better (refering to the infection), but he thought I was talking about the Parkinson’s. He told me, “Not from this I won’t.” I said “Dad, you have gotten better!” Last April, when I came to take care of him the first time, he was unable to walk much, hallucinating and sleeping 20 hours a day. Now, I almost have trouble keeping up with him, there’s no hallucinations and he only takes a couple of little naps a day. God is bigger than Parkinsons! I will continue to pray that His will be done in my parents as it is in Heaven! Please agree with me!

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FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

 

Do you have a bulletin board in your home? Encourage your kids to decorate it each week with things they are learning!

 

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BIBLE

 

Write the words of a memory verse on the backs of dominoes with a washable marker. Have your kids set them up on edge in the correct order and then knock them down!

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Find out how to pronounce the names in the genealogies of Jesus (Found in the first chapter of Matthew and the third chapter of Luke). Then have your kids write them out using punctuation symbols. When they discover that the genealogies are different, explain that Matthew traces Mary’s line and that Luke traces Joseph’s line, but there are common names in both.

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LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Family

 

Our adventure into homeschooling started because I had decided my son needed to start kindergarten, but because he was only 4 1/2 the school wouldn’t accept him. When his older sister started 1st grade, Spence and I sat down for 90 minutes each day and “did school”. All I had to teach with was a few index cards and a Highlights subscription. Within a few weeks, Spence had passed his sister up. That got me investigating the possibility of homeschooling her too and the rest is history.

If you don’t have a subscription to Highlights, please consider ordering through this link to support this page! Thank you!

http://amzn.to/2gQkB9w

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Preschool

 

http://www.themeasuredmom.com/reading-skills-kids-need-theyre-ready-sound-out-words/

 

 

Elementary

 

Do you have a library? Come on! You are a homeschooler! Challenge your kids to organize it with the Dewy Decimal System.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bV_sI8XQdI

 

Middle School – High School

 

Knowing Greek and Latin roots will help your kids break down new words and expand their vocabulary. This game is lots of fun and helps them learn fast! My kids loved it! If you don’t have it, please consider buying through this link to help support this page.

http://amzn.to/2hztSUD

 

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SCIENCE

 

Challenge your kids to make a Lego maze. Use a marble to test it out! The Geek built this one. We used a small jingle bell instead of a marble since we didn’t have one. It worked OK. He even built a tower for it to go up.

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How Do Penguins Stay Dry? Penguin Feathers Science Experiment

 

 Put a few paper clips in a glass of water. Then put a magnet on the side of the glass. Try to “catch” them with the magnet. Now try this with vegetable oil, corn syrup and other clear liquids. Is it harder or easier to catch the paper clips? Try a clear plastic glass. What other ways can you try to catch the magnets? Discuss the why the magnet was more or less effective in the different liquids and glasses

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MATH

 

Preschool

 

http://gramasuesrainbow.com/2016/12/number-pin-up-preschool-math-and-fine-motor-control/

 

Elementary

 

Go out and measure footprints in the snow. Who has the smallest? Who’s is largest? Measure left and right feet. Can you find animal prints? How big are they? If you have a lot of snow, measure how deep the prints are.

 

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Middle School and Up

 

Figure out the footprint of your house by measuring the outside, drawing it on graph paper and figuring out the area. The formula is length x width. You might have to carve it up into rectangles and squares and add each section together. Extra credit for triangles (length x width x ½) and circles (3.14 x the radius squared)! If you want to keep your kids extra busy, have them measure and figure all the rooms inside. Then add them together.  If you live in an apartment, measure the outside of the building and then measure your apartment. Figure out what percentage of the building your apartment occupies by multiplying the total footprint by the number of stories and then dividing your apartment square footage by the building total.

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SOCIAL STUDIES

 

Proverbs 12:10 tells us: A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. Practice being kind to animals by looking up recipes for dog treats and make some to take to your local shelter.

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Choose an issue that relates to the Bill of Rights and produce an ad or vlog that defends your position.

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Just went and bought this book again! I read it many years ago, but I loaned it out to someone. You know how that goes. Peace Child made a huge impression on my life. It’s about a couple who chose to go live among the cannibal tribes of New Guinea and how they found a custom in that incredibly violent culture that they could relate to Christ. As a result, they were able to break through all the lies and the treachery those people were entrenched in and lead them to Jesus!

Great family read aloud! If you don’t have it in your library, please consider buying it through this link to support this page.

http://amzn.to/2hJHrgH

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MUSIC

 

Violins or fiddles are among the instruments used in contemporary and classical music. Have a violin day. Look up the history of violins. Listen to some different violin solos, then as you are listening to other music, point out the violins. Encourage your kids to listen for them too.

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Find as many glass glasses of the same size as you can. Fill them with different amounts of water. Ask your kids to tap them with a spoon. Listen to the different tones. If you want to get really fancy, use an eyedropper and a keyboard to “tune” the glasses to different notes. If you don’t have a keyboard, you can find them by googling “note sounds”.

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ART

 

What’s the last thing you made with a cardboard milk box? Put your answer in the comments!

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PE

http://creativesouthernhome.com/2015/01/uno-workout-fitnessfriday.html

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BABIES AND TODDLERS

Baby Sitting Practice Using Sensory Bags

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

10 Fun Elective Ideas for Teens

 

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

You are not qualified to teach your child!

 

Why We Eat Our Family Dinner by Candlelight Every Night

 

http://www.racheous.com/homeschooling/questions-school-parents/

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Check out my Facebook page for the latest activities and plenty of encouragement. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about homeschooling! Till next week! Stay warm out there!

 

God Bless You All!

 

~Grama Sue

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | December 2, 2016

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Hope you all have had a terrific week! The grandkids got home from Pennsylvania so I got to play with them for a few days. So much fun! I’ll be doing some blog posts about the things we did soon. Now I’m off to Iowa to help my folks out for a couple of months. My mom is having surgery next week, so please pray for a speedy recovery!

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FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

Every year when my kids were growing up, I declared the time period between Thanksgiving and Christmas “ART MONTH”! We cut our formal lessons to the bare minimum and concentrated on making presents. A major activity was making cookies and treats for everyone we knew. I would buy tins at garage sales throughout the year and during “ART MONTH” we would fill them with mouth-watering treats. Are you celebrating “ART MONTH”?

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This is geared towards groups, but my kids would have loved doing this right at home. What about your kids? You could use this for review with any book or lesson!

http://ministry-to-children.com/yes-no-sticks/

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Do you know all of your neighbors? Have a baking day with your kids and then take goodies to them!

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BIBLE

 

http://adventuresinmommydom.org/king-josiah-lesson/

 

 

 

Get some party noisemakers and reenact the story of Jericho! If you don’t have any, you can use this link to order some and you can help me out at the same time! I get a small commission.

http://amzn.to/2fZpH3s

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LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Preschool

 

Your child may exhibit these signs when he/she is preschool age, but if he/she doesn’t, don’t worry! The average age for a child to be physically and mentally ready to read is 4 -12. Don’t push it!

http://thisreadingmama.com/ready-to-read-reading-readiness/

 

Elementary

 

Have your kids write a paragraph about how they would want to be decorated if they were a Christmas tree.

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Make paper ornaments with vocab words written on the backs. Put them on the tree. Then have your kids pick one or two each day and look up what it means.

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Ask your kids what they would do if Santa were stuck in a chimney.  Have them draw pictures and write a story.

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Name your elves. Then talk about what kinds of characteristics they have. Are they shy? athletic? What kinds of things are they interested in? Woodworking? electronics? Then write a story about a day in their lives.

If you don’t have any elves, you can buy some through this link and it will help support this page!

http://amzn.to/2gyTUDx

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Middle School – High School

 

Make a crossword puzzle from words in a Christmas song and let your kids guess which song the puzzle is about. Then challenge them to make one for you!

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SCIENCE

 

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MATH

 

Preschool

 

Make a Christmas tree from construction paper or felt. Then make several cards with numbers on them on different colored construction paper. Place these in a bowl. Have your little one draw out one and decorate the tree by putting that number of sequins, beads or pom-poms of that color on the tree. Older kids can pull two and add them together.

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Elementary

 

How to Play Dice War (Subtraction) Good Math Games

 

Middleschool and Up

Can’t say enough good about this game! It was a favorite at my house for years! If you don’t have it in your house, please consider buying it through this link and help support this page!

http://amzn.to/2gsigPk

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SOCIAL STUDIES

Is there a National Guard or a military base near you? Call to see if you can get a tour! Great field trip! Find out about how it came to being and where those stationed at that base have served.

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MUSIC

Free music therory course!

https://www.musiclessons.com/youtube/#6gHEIF0rT2w

 

ART

Have your child pick his/her favorite piece of art you have in your home. It can be a painting, a craft, a figurine, quilt, or whatever they love. Then have him/her describe the piece. What is the medium? What do you like about the lines, colors, textures, etc.? Where is it in your home? What makes that place a good place to display it? And anything else they can think of to describe it. This could make a great dinner time discussion or a blog post for older kids!

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Something fun to do with all those broken crayons!

http://heatherednest.com/2016/11/melted-crayon-art-diy-christmas-ornaments.html

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BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

Sensory Crawl Infant and Toddler Activity {Huggies Little Movers}

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

Ask Jeanne: Do Homeschoolers Get a Diploma?

 

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

More parents taking kids’ learning into their own hands

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/education/2016/11/26/more-parents-taking-kids-learning-into-their-own-hands/93925296/

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God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up

Hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and may the spirit of Thanksgiving envelope every other day of your year!

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

— William Arthur Ward

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FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

Spend a little time studying the history of the circus and go to one if you can. Circus’ tend to have families as performers. Pretend you are a circus family. Figure out what you can recreate and put on a circus with balancing acts, tumbling, clowns, pet, and stupid human tricks.

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Adopt a missionary! Send them letters, pray for them and do fundraisers for them! This is a great organization!

http://www.gfa.org/

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BIBLE

 

 

Read the story about how Jesus created new eyes for a man in John 9:9-12 to your kids. Then get some dirt, add some water (or saliva if you are really brave 😉 ) and let them play in the mud.

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LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Family

 

Riddles are a great way to teach your kids to think logically! Click on this link to find great riddle books while helping support this page!

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=riddle+books+for+kids&sprefix=riddle+book,aps,605&crid=16YSQS3CB735N&linkCode=sl2&tag=almostunschoolinggrama-20&linkId=42caec6440fd4338758ee4deac7e16a2

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Great idea from Mommy’s Page!

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Preschool

 

I totally don’t agree that all children should write their names before kindergarten, but this post has some great ideas for helping your child learn!

http://www.themeasuredmom.com/teach-child-write-name-kindergarten/

 

 

Elementary

 

OK, another use for textbooks (There aren’t many 😉 ) … Show your child the glossary in the back of a textbook. Explain that the purpose is to help people with words they might not be familiar with and that it is in alphabetical order. Then have him/her write an instructional article and include a glossary.

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Print out a news article, but remove the headline. Let your kids read it and come up with their own headlines. Then compare them to the original. Then look at lots of headlines online. Discuss what makes a headline that encourages people to read the article.

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Middle School – High School

 

Choose a book you are reading. Pretend you are a director who is casting the actors for a movie about it. Then choose people to play the characters. These can be anyone! – Friends, historical figures, actual actors, even fictional! Explain who you would choose and why.

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SCIENCE

 

My granddaughter is having a ball making butter! Bet your kids will too!

Make Homemade Butter Thanksgiving Edible Science

 

Have your kids blow up some balloons. Then have them see how far they can walk with them between their knees. NO HANDS! Experiment by doing the same thing with the balloons between the elbows. Then try different sizes and shapes of balloons. Is there a difference between the balloons that are blown up slightly and those that are blown up taunt? What other kinds of experiments can you try?

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How Much Weight Can Your Boat Float?

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas/Aero_p020.shtml#procedure

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MATH

 

Preschool

 

http://mominspiredlife.com/number-recognition-fall-tree-number-matching/

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Elementary

 

This cute bean bag toss is loaded with indoor PE with math possibilities! Challenge your kids to start by tossing into the “5” hole, then the “10”, “15” up to 25 or backwards. You can also add or multiply scores from each round to a preset goal. Make your own or buy through this link to help support this page!

http://amzn.to/2gh71uG

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http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2016/05/ladybug-addition-math-game.html

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Do some round robin math. One person writes a number sentence. The next person solves the equation and uses the answer in their number sentence, and so on … Play against a timer, or until someone can’t solve the equation or until the number can’t be read. So many ways to have fun with this!

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Middle School and Up

The math you need to manage your money

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Have your kids make a list of questions about family and email it to grandparents, aunts and uncles. Use the answers to compile a family history.

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What are your family’s favorite foods? Do they come from your ethnic background or somewhere else? Can you find out when and where those recipes were first created?

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You don’t have to live in a state with mountains to have elevation. What is your state’s high point and low point? Mark them on your map and go there if you can!

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http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2013/10/homeschool-history-lesson-plan-medieval_21.html

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MUSIC

Check out this interesting post on the songs of the Underground Railroad!

http://pathways.thinkport.org/secrets/music2.cfm

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ART

How to Teach Art to a Curious Teen (When You Know Nothing About Art!)

 

http://www.firefliesandmudpies.com/2014/11/03/gratitude-stones/

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BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

 

Sticker Line-Up

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

http://www.thegilesfrontier.com/2016/09/entrepreneur-homeschooling-middle-school/

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ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

Why Grade Levels Sometimes Do Matter

 

This 19-Year-Old Homeschool Alum Just Became Ontario’s Youngest Ever Elected Member of Parliament

 

http://www.ourgoodfamily.org/2016/02/how-much-time-does-our-homeschool-day-really-take/?utm_content=buffer235fb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Ginormous Learning Gap Among Traditionally Schooled Kids! | Basic Food Knowledge Shortage

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At one point in our lives, we ended up on food stamps. Even though we didn’t have money for soap, we ate like kings! We could eat steak a couple of times a week if we wanted to. From then on I wondered why people go hungry when they are on food stamps. Fast forward 25 years – We were doing farmer’s markets and had signed up to accept WIC checks as payment for our eggs and produce. It was incredible. We live in a fairly rural area, but most of the younger people we accepted WIC checks from did not know how to cook fresh vegetables. Many didn’t even recognize what we were selling. We also accepted senior WIC checks. Those folks had no questions about what we were selling or how to cook it. The difference? The older folks grew up with mom at home and learned to cook from her. The young people we saw had no idea because mom wasn’t around and they were shuffled from school to activity and babysitters.  They grew up on frozen meals and ready made stuff from a box. In many schools, home-ec is no longer offered, much less required.  They have no idea how to cook. It’s no wonder people go hungry on food stamps. Those types of foods are way up there on the cost index!

This is probably the biggest learning gap young adults find themselves trapped in upon graduating from school today. Maybe you’re not on food stamps, but if you are in this position, your food budget is highly inflated. Learn to cook from scratch and you will find your food bill plummeting, freeing up your money for other things! Not only that, but you will be healthier. Fresh foods are so much better for you because fresh foods naturally have more vitamins and you can control the types of ingredients used. Highly processed foods contain lots of preservatives as well as harmful substitutes for real food ingredients such as hydrogenated fats and corn syrups.

Another issue I’ve run across is basic food safety. Like the young lady at the farmer’s market next to us who was selling breads stuffed with spiced hamburger with no refrigeration. She was mystified as to why her kids often had diarrhea. She didn’t last long at the market. Not sure if those who were running it got wind of what she was doing or if the health department shut her down, but I felt so bad for her kids because she had no idea!

Don’t let this happen to your kids! Teach yourself if you have to! Take a food safety course. And involve your kids in the process of making meals. Start with a goal of making one meal from scratch each week. Look up “make ______ from scratch” and follow the directions. You might want to have some sort of a ready-made meal available in case of failure, but do it! Then when you get that down, go for more meals each week until the majority of your food is something you cook from scratch.

Don’t forget to count meal preparation time as part of your school work! You can record it as home-ec, life skills or even science!

Living well doesn’t necessarily mean you have to make lots of money. If you trade a little time in for doing it yourself, you can live well for a fraction of what most people think is the minimum.

~God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue