Thursday, July 21, 2011

Displaying Kids Artwork

For a while now, I have been trying to figure out a cool way to hang up my kids artwork.  I've done some research on-line and basically just thought about it (my husband calls that procrastination.)  However, last week, my oldest came up and asked, "remember that heart I made, can we hang it up?"  I immediately went into panic mode.  What heart?  Did I throw it away?  If I kept it, where did I put it?  My calm response was, when you wake up from your nap, I will have it hanging.  Since my daughter doesn't forget a thing, I went on a desperate search.  Luckily for me, I liked the heart and had kept it, whew!  After that, I knew I needed to stop putting things off and actually find a way to display their masterpieces.

My first thought was to make their artwork look a little more upscale by possibly putting them in frames or scanning them and turning them into books or putting a few of the scanned pictures together to create one unique piece.  After much debate I decided a clothesline approach would work best for us.  The pictures are easy to put up and take down.  Plus, you get to see the real deal, not a picture of what they made.  The placement of where I would hang the clothesline was a debate in itself.  My original thought was to hang them in the basement with all of the other kid stuff.  Then, I decided I would hang them front and center, right by the front door for everyone to see (that is the point, right?) 

My kids love it!  They make sure to show everyone who comes over what they have made.  Plus, it's a great conversation starter if my kids decide they need a little time to warm up. 

Here are a few of the ideas I came across while trying to decide how to display my kids artwork.

1. Creating your own frames.  I love this idea, but I am not creative enough to do it.

2. Clipboard. Good looking and easy to change.

3. Dynamic Artwork Frame

4. One big canvas.  I think this is a fabulous idea!  I see myself taking the best of the best and combining them all together for a piece of art that will last a lifetime.

5. Photo book.  I have used both Snapfish and Shutterfly to make photo books in the past.  My kids are working on coloring through the ABC's.  Once finished, I will take a picture of all 26 pages then put them into a book.  Other ideas would be to group watercolors, sculptures out of clay or even Lego's, or things they have cooked in the kitchen. 

In case you were wondering, I did hang the heart up, but Addison asked if I could put it on the sliding glass door.  So, of course, I did.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Reasons I Decided To Homeschool

1. I Can Decide What Is Important To Teach
- We will start each day with a bible reading
- I can choose/change the curricula at any time to fit the needs of my kids
- If one child has a deep interest in something, he/she can learn as much about that subject as they desire
- I can teach simply by living.  The kids will catch on to everyday tasks and I can use them as teachable moments.

2. Family Togetherness
- I will get the privilage of spending every day with my family.  I will be the one who gets to see their daily accomplishments.
- My kids will spend more time with me than their teacher. 
- I am hoping to create a strong family unit of loving siblings.
- Extended family will be able to share their knowledge in a variety of topics.

3.  Less "Threats"
- I don't have to worry about a school shooting or my child getting a knife pulled on them.
- Less peer pressure including sex, drugs and alcohol.
- Less of a chance of being bullied by other students.

4. More Flexible and Efficient
- We don't have to rush out the door every morning
- We can get our 180 days in anytime throughout the year.  If we need/want to take a day off, we can!
- We can schedule vacations and field trips whenever we want.
- We can always change locations of our classroom.  If it's a great day, we can go outside!
- There won't be as much wasted time (lining up for class, changing classes, waiting on others, driving to and from school) meaning we can get our school work done quicker and have plenty of time for extra-curricular activities.
- No homework!

5. Every Child Is Different
- No one has more interest in my childrens success than I do!
- Each child can go as fast or as slow as they need.
- My kids have different learning styles and I will be able to effectively handle those needs.  One needs to sit at a desk and have a schedule for the day, another learns better while jumping up and down or doing somersaults.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

So many books!

I would like to start off by saying I am notorious for reading something and thinking to myself "what a great idea, I should try that" and then never do anything about it.  Well, I actually followed through this time.  I was reading a great article ( ) on how to keep track of all your books and like I mentioned before, we have a lot of books and I know it's just the beginning!

I chose to use mainly because it was free, or so I thought.  I came to find out that you can enter 200 books for free, but once I got started, I wasn't stopping!  I ended up entering over 600 books!  It only cost $25 for a lifetime membership, so I thought I would go for it.  So far, I am very happy with the site.  It is super easy to enter the books either by title or ISBN, the book/books pop up and you click on it and it is added to your collection.  My friends and family can access the site or if I am out and can't remember if we own a book or not, I can log on and see if we have it.  It also has a wish list.  If there are books out there I know we need, I can just type them in so I will remember next time I am at the bookstore.  There are other great features, I just haven't had time to explore all of them yet. 

I am thankful for this idea, and happy with myself for actually entering all of our books.  This was a great start to getting my books organized!