How to Make a Life Size Word Family Tree for Your Homeschool

Helping your homeschooler learn about word families can actually be a lot of fun. The key is to find what technique will work best for your child. One way that to do this is to make a life size word family tree. If you don’t have room in your school area you can always put it on the wall in your child’s bedroom. Just find an extra wall space where you can hang up the tree.

To get started with making your word family tree you will want to purchase several large pieces of construction paper, as well as a large piece of cardboard. Additional supplies you will need are a hand size basket that you can use to hold your apples. The cardboard can be whatever size you want your tree to be. You can first sketch a picture of the tree on the cardboard. You don’t have to be a professional artist, but just draw your basic tree. Then hang up the cardboard sketch on the wall. You can then have your kids help with cutting the construction paper to fit the tree. Obviously you will need plenty of brown and green construction paper. You will also need a lot of red construction paper in order to make the apples. This is a good opportunity to help your children use their imagination in creating the tree.

At the top of the board you can write down a name for your word family tree. Then figure out a place where you want to hang your basket, or place it so that the kids can have easy access to the apples. For example for the “-ar”, family you will need to cut out at least 12 apples. On the apples you will want to put a blank line and at the end of the line the letter’s “ar”. On the trunk of the tree you will want to put a few letters along with a few blends. For example you can put the letter’s “bl, Ch, and other letters that the kids can pick and match with the blends. The letters on the bottom of the tree can be made out of construction paper, and laminate it. Then you can put a Velcro backing on it. Add a little bit of felt to the bottom of the tree. Make sure that the felt is b brown you that you can add a small matching square to the bottom of the tree.…

When is it too Late in Life for Kids?

When should we decide to stop having kids? I believe that is one of the age old questions. Some people think you should have them young then quit. So later you can enjoy your life living it for yourself only. Others believe you should have as many as you are blessed with. There is a lot between there and don’t worry I know that but to name them all I think my computer would crash. There are so many babies having babies now or just the opposite grandmas having babies. Is there a medium?

In my own life I decided to quit early. I had a tubal ligation when I was only 21 years old. Don’t think that was an easy task though. I had to go to many different doctors and in four different cities just to find a doctor to perform it. They even went as far as giving me a month to think about it then another two weeks before the surgery itself were the doctor told me if I wanted out that was the time. But I didn’t I was sure then as I am now that I was finished having children. I had two great kids a boy and girl and that was good enough for me.

Sometimes things in our lives push us to do these things as it did in mine. My mother and a single mother at that passed away when I was only eleven years old. This was hard to understand at eleven. It wasn’t for another year till it finally sank into my head that she was not coming back. It was something I fought with my whole live mainly because I was the only one with her when she died. She was only 51 years old when she passed from a heart attach. In my view at almost 40 when she had me it was too late in her life. From the time that I started my own family I knew I wouldn’t want my kids to live that pain. Maybe it’s not rational because we all know when it is our time it is our time but sometimes you just can help how you feel.

Now on the other hand my niece that is the same age as me 30 years old has four children. From the time that she was old enough to really get the concept of babies she has always wanted six. Yet after having her fourth child her doctor informed her that if she had another baby there would be a very large percentage that it would kill her. This problem worried her because non surgical birth control did not work with her. That is when she decided to get a tubal ligation. Even now since the operation she regrets and wishes for more and says she still might reverse it and give it one more try despite the consequence.

These are only two examples I know people who have six and eight children. There children have children at the same time they were or are pregnant. They have told me that they will never take birth control and if they happen to have ten or twelve children then it was Gods gift to them. Is it safe or healthy to do this to your body? Is it a religious thing? Is it personal? I believe these choices vary from person to person or even family to family. Now that you have some more information on this I can ask you one more time. When should we decide to stop having children?…

A Little Home Brewing Fun for the Kids

When you find an activity that the family can have fun with together then everyone is happy. The kids especially like to be in on whatever dad and mom are doing. Therefore, it makes for a good idea and happy family if you are able to find something that the adults enjoy doing and that the children can take part in as well.

When we mention home brewing, you may thing that this is not an activity that the kids should be part of. Besides the fact that you are making beer, there is the involvement of sterilized equipment and boiling hot water. None of this sounds appealing for the adults to have their children around, and the kids may not see it as much fun. However, there is a way that you can feel comfortable with your kids being involved in the process if you are creating a children’s beer.

You are probably wondering just what kind of beer can be made for children or any other members of the family who may prefer nonalcoholic beverages. The alternative is not really “beer” that has an alcohol content, but that of ginger beer. This is a beverage that the children will enjoy consuming, especially after they have had a hand in creating it. The parents can feel comfortable that the kids are involved in a safe, fun family activity that everyone can benefit from.

When you have decide when your day to brew will be, you should be sure to have on hand the instructions, equipment and ingredients for the ginger beer ready beforehand. Having the supplies already on hand and then surprising the kids on a raining day with a beer making day will thrill them. The instructions for creating ginger beer are quite simple to follow, quick to make and fun for the kids. This makes it nice for those times that the kids run out of the beverage and want to make more.

Ginger beer does not contain any outlandish ingredients that you have to get a specialty store. All the ingredients you need you will find at your local grocery store.

Read all the instructions before starting the process. Ginger beer ingredients include:

– 8 plastic bottles with 1 pint capacity each.

– 4 bottles with 1 quart capacity each.

– Several bowls to using for mixing.

– 2 ounces of fresh ginger

– 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

– 2 sliced lemons

– 1 pound of sugar

– 1 ounce of yeast

– 1 gallon of boiling water

Before combining ingredients, crush the ginger so that it will properly mix with the other ingredients. The lemon should be sliced in large rings. All ingredients except the yeast can then be thoroughly combined into the boiled water.

Allow the mixture to cool at room temperature before adding in the yeast. Pour the completed mixture into the bottles and allow to go through fermenting for several days. Upon completion of the fermentation process, skim the residue from the top of the beverage. After a bit of refrigeration your ginger beer is now ready to be consumed.…

4 Benefits to Staying at Home with the Kids

I certainly wouldn’t say those enviously wishing they could, “sit round and do nothing in their pajamas all day” are anywhere near realistically viewing what it is to raise kids at home. There are plenty of frustrating things about being a stay-at-home mom-not peeing alone ranks up there pretty high-but it does come with quite a few perks. The stay-at-home parent benefit package includes…

Being able to hit snooze.

I don’t have a 9-5 job. That does mean that I also don’t have a clock-off time or days off really, but it also means I don’t have a start time. If the kids aren’t up or I can talk them in to going back to bed and we have no obligations for the day, I can go back to bed too. I would say the no alarm status of stay-at-home parenting is one of my favorite things.

No dress code.

I do wear pajamas all day. A pair of shorts and a loose fitting t-shirt is a ridiculously comfortable wardrobe choice. While when I was working in the labor force that often meant a uniform, or at the least a dress code, my living room doesn’t have a dress code. I can wear whatever I want.

No boss.

If I want to let the dishes sit until tomorrow so I can go play in the sun with my kids, I can. If I want to take off for a few days camping, I may have to take the kids in most cases, but I don’t have to hope I can get the time off. There’s no one telling me I’m not working fast enough or not meeting quotas. No lectures and no co-workers, of course, there’s also no pay.

The best show in the world.

Finally, the biggest perk of being a stay-at-home parent is the opportunity to watch your kids grow without missing a beat. I would suffer all the alarm clocks, dress codes, bosses and restrictions in the world not to miss that, but luckily, I don’t have too. I do have to let go of some of my freedom, privacy, and maybe a little sanity here and there, but being there for my kids makes it worth it. I am thankful I’m in a position that allows me a job position some may look down on, no matter how much I may complain on occasion.…