FREE Character Counts Planner: Determination

Have you been enjoying the character planners each month? We like to use these during our morning time and use them like a Bible study tool. The activities are fun and engaging and great for all ages. This month’s character theme is on determination. This planner will be a huge help in teaching your children a healthy way to balance out the trait of determination.

FREE Character Counts Planner: Determination text with image of hikers on top of a mountain.

There are many character traits that do not come naturally to children. Those like patience, forgiveness and gentleness, we have to teach and help focus our children on. We are constantly pointing them towards good behavior choices and working on ones that they struggle with.

Determination is not one of those traits we have to work hard to teach our kids. It’s actually kind of the opposite. As a parent spending time with your children close to 24 hours a day, you know that our kids can be pretty determined at times. From babies, and toddlers, to strong willed teenagers, determination is something that we are all born with.

Teaching Determination to Children:

So if determination is something that are children already have, then how do we teach it? Well, many children will be determined to tie their shoes, or put on their clothes by themselves. They may be determined to work hard in a sport, or a talent they have. Those same children may not be very determined to keep their rooms clean, or complete their school work on time. Or they are determined to whine until they get what they want! It is all about finding a balance, and steering that determination in a good way.

This is where teaching and guiding them come in. We can reward the good behavior, and praise them for trying when something is hard. When they complete a task that isn’t very pleasant. This character study will help guide your children towards an end goal, and give you the tools you need to praise them in the process. You will enjoy how family oriented it is, with tasks to help your entire family stay on track and hold each other accountable.

What’s in this month’s planner?

The Character Counts planner this month will help you to easily plan out a 4-week study on the character trait of determination. It will help your children analyze that they need to work on, by helping them identify the gifts God has given them. The planning is already done for you, which makes it completely open and go. There is also room for personalization to customize it for your children as well. The character planners are not dated so that you can use them at any time. I have been printing mine out and storing them in a special binder specifically for character training. These are also great to pull out when you are dealing with a certain issue that needs to be focused on within your family unit.

Check out what’s inside:

  • Character Quality Family Checklist Worksheet
  • 4 Week Study Guide on Determination
  • Analyze and Evaluation Sheets
  • Character Study Worksheets for Kids
  • Character Trait Planning Worksheets
  • Determination Journaling Sheets
  • Activity Sheets on determination and your gifts
  • Determination Blueprint
  • Motivational Words Worksheet
  • Family Activities and role-playing ideas that demonstrate determination
  • Certificate of Completion

The directions on how to download your free Character Counts Planner are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email. If you are not signed up, you can sign up HERE.

FREE Character Counts Planner: Thriftiness

Have you been enjoying the character planners each month? We personally use these during our morning time. The activities are fun and engaging and we enjoy doing them as a family. This month’s character theme is the character trait of thriftiness. This planner will be a huge help in teaching your children the character trait of thriftiness!

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If you spend any time with homeschoolers on a regular basis, you will see that we are a pretty thrifty group. Many homeschoolers operate on a single family income so they have to be thrifty in order to maintain their lifestyle. Thriftiness can come naturally to some people, and it can be harder for others. If you have multiple children you will probably see this in each of their different personalities. Thriftiness is something that does need to be taught and is really an amazing life skill for our children to learn to emulate.

Teaching Thriftiness in Children:

We have grandparents that gift money to our children for birthdays and holidays. Or our children may earn money from odd jobs. I have one child who wants to go shopping and spend that money the day after she receives it. It literally burns a hole in her pocket and drives her crazy not being spent! Another child will save some for spending, and some for savings. Another child will save 100% of it for something expensive and special and will sit on that money for a long time. Much to the dismay of her spending sister.

My oldest child is now an adult and is very frugal with his money. He doesn’t mind spending money, but he always makes sure that he finds a good deal, or a coupon first. He always looks for gift card deals or cashback before making a purchase. His friends sometimes tease him for being “cheap”, but I am so proud of him. He definitely grew up helping me cut coupons and watched me search for the best deal before I purchased anything. It’s neat to see them grow up and “adult” with the life skills that we have trained them in our homes.

Teaching Thriftiness and budgeting vs. saving and spending is a great life skill to work on with your teens. This planner would be great to use as a one on one study with your teenagers and incorporate it into home-ec and a life skills elective credit too.

What’s in this month’s planner?

The Character Counts planner this month will help you to plan out a 4-week study on the character trait of thriftiness. It will help teach your children how to budget, and how to save money. As always, it comes with lots of practical applications. The planning is already done for you, which makes it completely open and go. There is also room for personalization to customize it for your children as well. Our character planners are not dated so that you can use them at any time.  We like to keep them all together in a character training binder. They would be great to pull out when you are dealing with a certain issue that needs to be focused on.

Check out what’s inside:

  • Character Quality Family Checklist Worksheet
  • 4 Week Study Guide on Thriftiness
  • Analyze and Evaluation Sheets
  • Character Study Worksheets for Kids
  • Character Trait Planning Worksheets
  • Journaling Pages on Happiness and Money
  • Activity Sheets on being thrifty and your gifts
  • Spending vs. Saving and Budgeting Worksheets
  • Thriftiness Blueprint
  • Family Goals and Savings for Vacations
  • Family Activities and role-playing ideas that demonstrate Thriftiness
  • Certificate of Completion

The directions on how to download your free Character Counts Planner are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email. If you are not signed up, you can sign up HERE.

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Congratulations Class of 2020

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Yahoo! Congrats Class of 2020

Contest details below – Starts May 9 and ends on June 6th! 

*My own daughter, Anne is graduating from college with almost a 4.0 (and we just got word that she received the Summa Cum Laude distinction!)… and she is missing her college graduation! I started thinking about ALL of you who are missing out as well. So, I decided to honor all of the high school AND college graduates with a chance to win a gift card and to post your pictures on our Facebook Group and Pages for extra points.

Are you a 2020 graduate from either high school or college? If so, congratulations class of 2020! You did it. You accomplished something wonderful and I am joining your family to say, “Well done!” Now comes the fun part, all the decisions that must be made. They are pretty similar in some ways and different in others!

The ways the graduating class of 2020 is the same:

High School and College

  1. The decision about higher education – high schoolers decide if they are going on to college and college students decide if they are going to graduate school. For some of you this may have changed since January, and maybe several times.
  2. Work – are you getting a job while in school?
  3. You’ve completed your studies and now are looking for a job.
  4. May take a gap year before beginning further education.

The ways the graduating class of 2020 are different:

  1. College students may be able to get higher-paying positions even for the same job.
  2. High school students in the workforce are usually entry-level positions.
  3. College students may have more experience for a job position.
  4. Many college graduates go on to higher education rather than stopping.

I am sure there are many more similarities and differences but the biggest thing you both have in common is that it is a starting place for something more and amazing. This is your ONE life to live – how will you live it? Will you make great choices, will you regret some choices you’ve made, will you learn from your mistakes? Yes. Yes. and Yes. A life that is well-lived has it’s windy roads and bumpy trails. It isn’t a straight path but filled with right and left turns sometimes on the path least traveled. What will be your mark? Your legacy?

Most of us don’t sit around and contemplate the meaning of life, but one person that I admire did! Mother Teresa a little nun that made a huge difference in the lives of people who could never pay her back in any way, said this, “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a beauty, admire it. Life is bliss, taste it. Life is a dream, realize it.

And to help you to dream big – I’m offering you a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card – just for you! I couldn’t let your college graduation go on without at least some type of gift, and what better than something you can use for your future! Best wishes for a blessed graduation day, with family!

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FREE Character Counts Justice Planner

I personally look forward to the new Character Counts Planner and character study that Felice creates for us each month.  We tend to use these studies before we start our homeschool day in the morning. We love how there are always a lot of activities that are great for the whole family to work on together.  This month’s character trait is Justice.

justice character planner text on image of books and hour glass and gavel.

There are many in this world today that want everything to be fair and equal, balanced and just. How do we encourage our children to stand up for what is honorable, just and true without giving up their own rights? It sure is something to think long and hard on in this day and age. As we have all seen with the shut down in many areas of our country, there hasn’t been a lot of justice going on. It is important to teach our children to stand up for what is right. Many of our liberties were taken away in the hopes of staying safe during this time.

In the meantime, how can we teach our children about Justice?

Justice can be taught in several different ways. This planner will cover a few different ways to teach justice and honor.

  1. Being just is also being honorable. When you act justly and right, you are acting in an honorable way. Acting just and being called to justice is following through on God’s plans for us.
  2. Being just is loving your enemies and doing unto others as you would have them do unto others. Talking with our children about being just and honorable will show them that being self-centered is not how things work.Teaching our kids how to play fairly, and include others can help them choose right decisions.
  3. Justice also pertains to the law and rules that are set in place for us. You can dig very deep into this while discussing unjust things in the world, and how laws are put into place to protect and bring about justice. There are also many examples in the media today, where justice needs to be served and isn’t. Or where people are fighting to change things and make them better. These are all great things to discuss and talk about with your children.

What’s in this month’s planner?

The Character Counts planner this month will help you to plan out a 4 week study on the character trait of Justice and Honor. It will help you teach and guide your kids on how to learn how to be just, and live a life of honor. As always, it comes with lots of practical applications. The planning is already done for you, which makes it completely open and go. There is always lots of room for personalization and customization for your children and family too.

Check out what’s inside:

  • Character Quality Family Checklist Worksheet
  • 4 Week Study Guide on Justice/Honor vs. Injustice
  • Analyze and Evaluation Sheets
  • Character Study Worksheets for Kids
  • Character Trait Planning Worksheets
  • Journaling Pages
  • Activity Sheets on the Character Trait of Justice
  • Laws vs. Rules Definitions and Worksheets
  • Printable Quotes and Bible Verses on Justice and Honor
  • Justice Blueprint
  • Family Goals
  • Family Activities that Demonstrate Justice and Honor
  • Certificate of Completion

Our character planners are not dated on purpose!  You can use them at any time.  I like to keep them all together in a character training binder. They would be great to pull 0ut when you are dealing with a certain issue that needs to be focused on.

The directions on how to download your free Character Counts Planner are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email. If you are not signed up, you can sign up HERE.

 

Flowers For Mom

Flowers for mom can mean so many things to us. Little children love to give flowers to mom. I’m sure you’ve received your share. Whether they were picked from the weeds in the garden or a picture loving created, there is something about flowers and moms that spell love for a child. Flowers symbolize beauty, hope, springtime, and love. It reminds us of the innocence of childhood andFlowers For Mom | Flowers for mom can mean so many things to us. Little children love to give flowers to mom. I'm sure you've received your share. Whether they were picked from the weeds in the lawn... | #homeschool #homeschoolblog #moms #parenting #relationshipsandkids makes parenthood memorable.

I absolutely love flowers! My husband use to buy them for me and give them to the kids to bring in from a trip to the grocery store. They were always so proud to be the one to “give the flowers to mom.”

How can we encourage this love and build relationships with our little ones throughout childhood but also as they get older? It is called time. Yes, that dreaded word, “time,” which none of us have enough of, and we always wish for more. Recently I listened to a good friend teach the topic of “time,” to a class of bloggers and potential podcasters on my 31-Day Podcast Blueprint Class. She claimed a truth we can all believe. We have time to do the things we want to do.

We have time for the necessities and we have time for the needs, but do we have time for the wants or the wishes that will pay off in big-time dividends? What if they pay off for the future and the future of your children’s lives? The answer is yes–you do have the time only if we make this a priority and schedule it into our lives just like we schedule the other things we do each day.

Often we are not aware of the impact our attention or lack of attention has on our children. As my daughter who has eight children said, “If I sit and listen to my kids and all they have to tell me, I’d get nothing done!” Yet, I’ve watched her tirelessly listen as one of her children has a complaint or a need. God gives us the patience during the time we need it, if we ask!

Listen, this list is not to cause you guilt or make you feel you are not doing enough. We all need a nudge from time to time, and I am going to be honest, I probably mostly resided in the okay-time-spent category. I’m a talker and often opted to chat with friends and let my kids have time “off” so I could have my own downtime. This list is just a “check” to see if there are ways we can improve because we can all use some improvement!

Time = Flowers For Mom ~ it symbolizes love, hope, and that you care!

There are different types of “spending” time with our children, and I wonder if most parents know the difference.

Good Time Spent

  1. Reading aloud to your children.
  2. You listen intently as your child tells you play-by-play about any (or all) events in their lives.
  3. You sit on the edge of your child’s bed each night and listen to any heart-to-heart issues, or just to say, “I love you!”
  4. You do activities with your child, cooking, baking, crafts, building, etc.

Okay Time Spent

  1. You sit next to your child while you view a read aloud on the computer.
  2. You listen while making dinner as your child tells you play-by-play about any (or all) events in their lives.
  3. You stand by the door each night and listen to any heart-to-heart issues, or just to say, “I love you!”
  4. Your child does activities such as cooking, baking, crafts, building and you are nearby.

This. Is. Not Quality. Time Spent.

  1. You surf the net or are in another room while your child listens to someone else read aloud.
  2. You listen but are distracted and are looking at your phone, your watch, or anywhere else but AT your child as he/she tells you play-by-play about any (or all) events in their lives.
  3. You wave to your child as he/she heads to bed and forget to say, “I love you!”
  4. Your child does activities such as cooking, baking, crafts, building, etc. while you are busy on a digital device or on the phone.

A little one recently shared that their mother is *always on the phone. This broke my heart because I remember my own kids telling me this at one point. And, this was just when cell phones became affordable enough for us to own one. It was a wake-up lesson for me, and I never talked on the phone until school was over and employed an answering machine. Those come built into our phones. Can you imagine how your child would feel if you saw an incoming call and said, “I can call them back, go ahead and finish what you were telling me.” Your child would feel he/she is more important than a phone call! That is building a relationship with your child that will be like money in the bank!

How do you tell your child you love them? By spending time with them, by caring for them and I get it moms, it is a thankless job for the most part. But my almost twenty-year-old said the words that every mother craves recently. “Mom, the older I get the more I see value and truth in what you have to say.” Bring on the tissues!

How did this happen? I was sharing my heart on a very touchy issue and I overstepped. He had some valuable and very authentic concerns and I answered in a way that was borderline heartless. (Yes, it happens to us all!) There were no raised voices, just raw honesty. Afterward, I had to think about our conversation and thankfully the Lord showed me where I was wrong. I wrote an apology note and put it in his room. He had gone out for a run. That note said I was wrong and where I needed to improve. We can learn from our children as well as having them learn from us.

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Mother’s Day is a day set aside for making moms feel extra special and extra appreciated.

This year Mother’s Day might look a little different for some people.  No heading off to church, no special brunch at your favorite place, no gathering with extended family and friends.  Just because things may be different, doesn’t mean the occasion should be any less special.

I’ve gotten together with 24 of my blogging friends with the desire to bless FIVE moms this Mother’s Day (we really would love to bless you all) and make your Mother’s Day even more memorable!

We are giving away 5 $100 gift cards to the place of your choice, from the following options:

  • Hobby Lobby
  • Christianbook.com
  • Restaurant of choice
  • Grocery store of choice
  • Lehman’s

It’s our hope and prayer that your family, and most importantly you sweet mama, are blessed even more so during a Mother’s Day unlike any other.  May this be a time of new experiences, new traditions, and new peace.

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Vintage Homeschool Moms 400 Shows

Homeschool Moms Podcast | Who has enough information for homeschool moms to fill 400 podcast episodes? None other than Felice Gerwitz! With a love for families and kids and after spending most of her adult life as a homeschool mom, Felice shares her heart with her thousands of listeners. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeschoolblog #justformoms #Christianpodcast #kidsandhomeschool Who has enough information for homeschool moms to fill 400 podcast episodes? None other than Felice Gerwitz! With a love for families and kids and after spending most of her adult life as a homeschool mom, Felice shares her heart with her thousands of listeners.

Homeschool Moms & More

Felice began homeschooling in 1986 when her two children were little and she thought it might be temporary. In fact, her husband told her to try it for six months and if homeschooling didn’t work, to put the kids in school. Well, she started her journey and her two kids thrived. Later when her family increased…by three more children, she continued on and successfully completed thirty-two years in 2018 graduating her last of five children. Mentoring homeschool moms is a passion!

Her second-oldest daughter now homeschools and between her own family adventures and those of her grandchildren, there is plenty to share on the air! From time-to-time Felice shares the microphone with special guests and she is always excited about the topic at hand! From curriculum to family to adventures such as camping, vacations and field trips ideas to eating healthy and seasonal podcasts you can find almost any topic available!

Bless Felice by sharing this episode here and as a thank you, she is offering a gift card along with some wonderful friends! Do you know any homeschool moms who would enjoy this episode?

Felice is the founder and creator of Media Angels(R) Inc. and this Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network, as well as the Ultimate Christian Podcast Network.

 

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Thanks to all of YOU who joined us in the celebration to win the $200 gift card!

And the winner is ROBIN! Congratulations. When I sent her an email to confirm her win she said, I’m so excited! It is my first time winning a giveaway 😊 Thank you so much!

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Help Your Child Become a Stronger Reader ~ Plus Limited Time Special Offer

The biggest struggle I have had in our homeschool, has been teaching my children how to read. My oldest was an avid reader at an early age. My other 3 children struggled with reading. It took them much longer to be able to read on their own without my help.

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I believe my oldest was able to read earlier because I had more free time to work with him. He is 6 years older than my next child. After my 2nd oldest was born they started coming around 2 years apart! At one point, I had one in middle school, one with dyslexia, another that needed weekly physical therapy and a baby. To top that all off, I began working from home shortly after having my fourth child.

It sure is hard to find that balance of being able to spend extra time with a struggling reader, when you have so many other things that you are juggling at once. This is where technology can come in quite handy and really be a blessing in your homeschool. I have to be honest, when I first started homeschooling I wasn’t a fan of putting a child in front of a screen, but sometimes you just have to do what you need to do! There is no judgement here. Sometimes we are in survival mode, and that’s okay, at least we are able to still be with our children everyday.  I am so thankful for the opportunities that are available to us now vs. when I started homeschooling 17 years ago.

I have a child that would get extremely frustrated sitting next to me being pushed to read words outloud that she struggled with. It was a daily fight and so exhausting. I would put this same child in front of a computer reading program, and she would excel! She really enjoys the games because it doesn’t feel like school, and it is exciting and engaging. I would have to set a timer to have her stop, because she would want to keep playing. She was actually learning to read and I didn’t have to do anything!

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FREE Character Counts Patience Planner

My family looks forward to the Character Counts Planner and character study each month.  We like to use these studies during our morning time in our homeschool. Family time is so important right now, and there are some great activities in here to do with the whole family! This one is very timely for the season that we are living in and is all about how to practice patience.

character counts: patience character planner text with image of hour glass on a board game.

Learning to practice patience is something that we are all having to do right now. Its not really optional at the moment. We are waiting in line at the grocery stores, waiting for our activities and classes to reopen. We find ourselves waiting for packages to come in the mail that have been delayed. This is a difficult time for our society that is used to all of this instant gratification. How much longer are we going to have to wait for the world to be normal again?

Now is the perfect time to practice patience.

I have noticed that my children are having a very hard time with this as well. They don’t understand why we can’t just run to the store to get a treat, or a favorite food that may not be available. And needing to ration toilet paper in a house with 4 girls? Well, that’s a character quality in itself!

Then there is the waiting for life to be back to our regularly scheduled routine. Just the other day, I was asking my 12 year old why her dance bag was such a mess and exploding all over her room. I told her she needed to clean it out and clean it up. She broke out in tears and said, “Why does it even matter? It’s not like I will be dancing for 86 years!” 

86 years! It took everything in me, not to explode in laughter. Instead, I wrapped her up in my arms realizing how difficult this was for her to understand. She dances a few times a week, it is her release, and her passion. The weekly schedule is no longer. I am sure for her it does feel like it has been 86 years! Now is the perfect time to focus on the character trait of Patience, as we don’t really have a choice in the matter. We are all in this together, and we will be working on practicing patience even if we don’t desire to grow in this trait!

What’s in this month’s planner?

The planner this month will help you to plan out a 4 week study on the character trait of patience. It will help you teach and guide your kids on how to practice patience with lots of practical applications. The planning is already done for you. Which makes it completely open and go. Yet there is lots of room for personalization and customization for your children and family.

Check out what’s inside:

  • Character Quality Family Checklist Worksheet
  • 4 Week Study Guide on Patience
  • Analyze and Evaluation Sheets
  • Character Study Worksheets for Kids
  • Character Trait Planning Worksheets
  • Journaling Pages
  • Activity Sheets on the Character Trait of Patience
  • Printable Forgiveness Quotes and Bible Verses
  • Patience Blueprint
  • Family Goals
  • Family Activities that Demonstrate Patience
  • Certificate of Completion

The character planners have no dates on them.  You can use them at any time.  That’s why they would be great to pull out when you are dealing with a certain issue that needs to be focused on.

The directions on how to download your free Character Counts Planner are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email. If you are not signed up, you can sign up HERE.

Foundations of Learning

Learning We believe that wonder and wisdom are worthy pursuits in every family (and every classroom), that they provide an overarching framework for life-changing, life-giving, and life-preparing education. #learning #homeschoolblog #wisdomwonderproject #teachinglittleones #teachingkindergartenFoundations of Learning

“WISDOM BEGINS WITH WONDER”

–SOCRATES

We believe that wonder and wisdom are worthy pursuits in every family (and every classroom), that they provide an overarching framework for life-changing, life-giving, and life-preparing education.  When they are woven into our lives, they have the power to shape our story in breathtaking ways. The daily practice of them, however, requires us to slow down and hold various paradoxes in tension, as we grapple with and embrace all that life brings our way.

This first paradox is captured by Socrates’ quote above. The journey towards wisdom is wonder? True, good, and beautiful knowledge can only be attained through awe, play, and questioning? This often seems counterintuitive. But as we know, young children learn so much through play and exploration. Their natural propensity to tackle new subjects and spaces with curiosity grows with them as they begin asking questions. Encouraging learning in this way, through play and curiosity, sets a foundation for loving learning in children and directs their course toward a lifelong pursuit of learning.

It is for this reason that our curricula respects the age of the child and teaches to their stage of development. This not only optimizes learning, but maximizes enjoyment by engaging and meeting the needs of the whole child. We draw on the classical trivium––grammar (first-fourth grades), rhetoric (fifth-eighth grades), and logic (high school)––stages of learning as it models a developmentally appropriate education. Though classically-inspired, we add our own twist, so that our curricula can fit in and pair with any educational approach.

But we knew that foundational learning begins even younger, which is why we started with our Preschool through Kindergarten. We like to call this stage the pre-grammar stage. Children at this age see memorization as an enjoyable task, so we attend to setting a strong foundation for reading, writing, math, poetry, and literature––with ample time for play and exploration. For example, in our Block Play units, each month centers around a picture book (we love reading aloud!) from which the lessons and activities stem. Here’s a fun example from one of our Junior Kindergarten Block Play units, based on Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s a little summary: Armed only with a purple crayon and his imagination, Harold went for a walk one evening. Along the way, he goes through woods, over seas, and past frightening dragons until he finds his way home and crawls into his cozy bed at last. This story offers twists and turns that keep your children wondering what is going to happen next.

BUILDING ACTIVITY: Build a City Using Loose Parts. The materials you need for this activity are Harold and the Purple Crayon, masking/painter’s tape, a Sharpie, white school glue, construction paper, and various building materials, such as milk cartons, cardboard boxes, shoe boxes, cereal boxes, etc. You might also want clear packing tape. Gather all the materials, invite your child to join you, and find a place at the table to work. Bring out the book and open it up to the pages where Harold built a city. Talk about the shape of the buildings, windows, and doors. 

Invite your child to choose one of the boxes you have collected. Using masking tape, help them tape the top closed. Work with your child to decide on how they want to add the windows and doors to the box. Do they want to cut them out of construction paper and glue them onto the box or wrap the box in construction paper and draw the windows directly on the box? Offer to help with drawing if your child needs it. This activity provides your child with a wonderful opportunity to strengthen and develop their muscles that help them with fine motor skills. Once they are done with that first building, have them choose another box to use for another building. When that one is done, help your child tape them together with tape balls/loops or clear packing tape so they can start to see their city take shape. Let them continue to make city buildings out of the boxes until they are happy with the scene they have taped together. When they are finished, save this for your child to play with again later. 

We at WWP hold to the truth that every child (and every adult) is a born learner and should have the world of wonder and wisdom opened up to them.  We believe that all should have access to quality, life-changing educational opportunities regardless of personal belief systems. We also believe that together, we truly are better, and that diversity within our worldwide online community can only serve to enrich, grow and develop us all.

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Quarantine Fun Ideas

Quarantine Fun Ideas | Are you ready for some quarantine fun ideas? I'm sure you are because by now you have probably tired of staying home because of the virus. | #homeschoolblogpost #homeschoolblog #quarantinefunideasforkids #funideasforkids #homeschoolideas #homeschool #homeschoolingkids #homeschooltips #funideasathome #funideaswithkidsQuarantine Fun Ideas For Kids

By: Samantha Anne Moss

Are you ready for some quarantine fun ideas? I’m sure you are because by now you have probably tired of staying home because of the virus. Unfortunately in a lot of places you aren’t allowed to have a gathering of more than ten people, (that is our family, eight kids and two adults) and many places are closed including our Church! This has been a devastating time for all of us, both as a family, as a community, and as a country. We all need to be strong together and not panic. When we go to the store we need to be considerate and kind. We should always thank the cashiers and all the people who work there, but I am sure at this time they are under even more pressure. 

How can we be considerate of others? That is a question we should ask ourselves daily. While I  am not brave and unafraid, being considerate is important. In truth, this is an uncertain time. I’m sure we are all scared! But that is another topic for another day. 

Today I will present five ideas that might make Covid19 less scary and allow you to have more fun while at home. Here are my top suggestions:

  1. Playing cards and/or board games is always a good pastime and stretches your mind. (Which should make your parents happy.) As a family we love playing Uno, Monopoly Deal, Manchola, Chinese Checkers, Risk and (my sister’s all-time favorite game) Chess.
  2. Putting on a play or having a talent show are good options and are fairly easy and extremely fun. Your parents will enjoy the entertainment.
  3. Playing games outside is very healthy and super fun. For example, staging races with your siblings, practice sports such as soccer, and even throwing and catching, the possibilities are endless.
  4. Scavenger hunts are challenging and the best part is that you can do it in so many different ways. One way to play is to search for specific objects in a specific amount of time. You can run around your house (if you are allowed to run indoors) and in five minutes try to find a series of objects. For example, a green shirt, pink pants, a circular object such as a DVD, a roll of tape, a big book, a blue pillowcase, etc. The ideas are limited to your imagination.
  5. A movie night is a great way to be together and have a good time. At the end of the movie, you can act out a character or a scene and have the rest of your family try to guess who you are and what you are doing. You can also discuss how you can make the ending better. Sometimes movies do not end the way you expect.

As I was writing this I began having trouble thinking of ideas to write, that is why I would like to thank my Mom, (Christina) and my older sister Emma, (who always wants to play Chess with me and always wins!) for helping me think of some fun ideas. I enjoyed writing this and I hope you have many ideas of things to do while in quarantine! 

About the author: 

Another article from the author here.

Samantha Anne Moss is a twelve-year-old homeschooler who lives in southwest Florida with her family. She enjoys reading, photography, and playing the piano. Samantha is the second oldest in a family of eight children.

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