Friday, October 21, 2016

Fun Friday: Make a Splatter Jar

Want to spread a little light this Halloween season?

You need:

  • Glass jar
  • White, orange and black paint made for glassware- we used Folk Art Enamel with a picture of a glass on the lid
  • Brushes
  • Place to work away from anything important because this can get messy.

I worked outside on a board that is going to become another raised garden.
What to  do:
Wipe the jars with rubbing alcohol to get off oil from your hands or any dirt.
Add a couple of drops of water to the paint (and stir) so it's a bit thinner. (Iforgot to do this with part of the paint, and we have big globs.) 
 Start with the lightest color. Dip the brush, hold it in front of the jar and tap the brush with your other hand making the paint splatter forward. For this project start with white.

Let dry for an hour and splatter the orange.
Let dry for another hour and splatter the black.
Let dry for another hour and plut on a cookie sheet and put in a cold oven. Heat to 350F. Bake 30 minutes. Turn the oven off and let it cool in the oven.

Add a candle and let your light shine!
I don't have the right kind of candle for this, so I used a birthday candle, but that puts the light at the top,not the bottom.

Cell phone light

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

Ask your children how they can shine their light at home, school and in the community.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Quick Tips: Celiac Awareness Month

October is Celiac Awareness month. Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, author of A Mind of Her Own, shares some tips for Gluten free eating.

What do you feed a friend who can’t have gluten because it makes them sick? 

Think safety first. Using your pots, pans, and baking utensils will cause them to be ill. You can ask them to bring their own dinner. We Celiac’s are quite good at packing meals and often prefer to do that. Here are some things you can do to make it a Celiac comfortable:
  • Purchasing a gluten-free dessert will fill your GF friend with joy to have something special while everyone else is eating cake.  There are premade cookies, cheesecakes, cupcakes and even doughnuts that can be heated in the microwave. Most grocery stores carry these goodies, look for them in the frozen food section in the Gluten Free aisle.
  • Provide a salad with proteins like nuts or eggs, read the dressing bottle and make sure it says gluten free.
  • Serve cheeses and meats for appetizers and use gluten free crackers for everyone and to keep the appetizer from being cross-contaminated. Or make a special platter of appetizers with a box of gluten-free crackers for your guest.

Christian author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances. Author of Mind of Her Own, A Bride's Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee and We’re Not Blended-We’re Pureed, A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life.
You can connect with her on her webpage, blog or Facebook page.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Fun Friday: An Oldie

Probably everyone has heard this one before:

You’re standing in a hallway with three light switches on the wall, each of which turns on a different lamp inside a closed room. You can’t see inside the room, and you can’t open the door except to enter the room. You can enter the room only once, and when you do, all the lamps must be turned off. How can you tell which switch turns on which lamp?

Last week's answer:  Take the first letter of each word and place it at the end. It will spell the same word backwards.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

One More?

Yes, there may be a number nine. We have felt for a long time that there was an empty spot in the family. But our state is not easy to work with. They are much easier now that we are looking for a teenage boy!

Our children go like this:
Ashley    33
Tyler       26
Jessica     25
Jeff          23
Adam      21
Jasmine   15 
twins       11

Jasmine is so much younger than the original four that she never had a playmate. Ty and Jess played together, and Jeff and Adam played together. We tried to adopt from the state and nothing. So we adopted from Haiti. I should have realized that by getting twins and them being four years younger that they wouldn't be her playmates, but it seemed like they belonged in our family. And they do!

About 18 months after they came home, a caseworker in Daytona Beach who had our very outdated home study wanted to place a child with us. But our county and their county did not see eye to eye on things, and he was placed in a home she wasn't as sure about. A year later he was back on the list and we went through the same thing. But he has since then gotten a family.

Jasmine has wanted a brother near her age. There is one child she wants who is closer to the twins' age, but she likes his looks, description and hobbies. However, he may be snatched up before we complete class and get our home study. We have to do the class because they switched from MAPPS to QPT plus we are 8 years outdated! We have finished week 3 out of 8.

There are four children we are looking at. Two are five hours away, and two are farther. We don't know if they will be a good match or if they would be willing to move. Plus there is the chance someone else may choose them. 

Since they are already on the photo listing which is public, I'll post their photos here. Two are 15, one is 14 and one is 12. The problem with the 15's is that they could be 16 by time we get them and we'd only have two years to really parent them. Of course if they turned out to be awful, we'd only have two years :) One wants to go into the marines. The 12 year old is only 11 months older than the twins, so I'm not sure about that. But he looks like an amazing kid. Wish he was a year older!
Christian, 15

Justin, 15

Parris, 12

Antwan, 14

What do you think? I'd be in trouble if I had to choose between these four. I want them all!!!!! Good thing a caseworker will be the one to decide if we are the best family for any of them. We also have to realize that things might not go as planned and for some reason we don't get a child. Sigh.

Those of you who have adopted teens, what do I need to know? 

How did you prepare?

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Help Your Child Boost His Grades

Kaleb working through the Middle School Survival Manual

The first grading period is drawing to a close. If your child is struggling with study skills, teacher problems, peer pressure or friendship issues, this book might be for him. Reading it together will show your child you are willing to be involved in his education and that you value his success.
Kayla working through the Middle School Survival Manual

Jasmine working through The Middle School Survival Manual even thought she's in 10th grade

The quiz below is from chapter 2. Do it with your child and see how you both do! 

Listen effectively.
     You spend more time listening than you spend reading, writing, or talking. Most of your school day is spent listening, but effective listening goes beyond just hearing the words. You need to concentrate on what's said and understand it.
     How much do you really know about listening? Take the quiz below to find out.
     1.  It's important to know whether you're listening to understand directions, to learn something new or for another reason.
            ___ True                    ___ False
     2. The average person:
            a.  Speaks about 500 words a minute but can hear and understand about 150 words
a minute.
            b.  Speaks about 135 words a minute but can hear and understand about 500 words
a minute.
            c.  Speaks about 330 words a minute and can hear and understand about 330 words
a minute.
     3.  In class it's important to:
            a.  Listen for both concepts and details.
            b.  Listen for the big picture and forget the details.
            c.  Concentrate on the details that might be on the test.
    4. If you're bored or confused while your teacher is talking you should:
            a.  Text your best friend.
            b.  Listen for new information and relate it to what you already know.
            c.  Make your to-do list for after school.
            d. Write down questions to ask the teacher later.

1.  True.  You can relax when you're hearing a funny story or joke but when you're hearing instructions you need to listen for step-by-step details. If you're learning new material you have to listen to understand concepts. Knowing why you're listening can help you tune in better.
2.  B The average person speaks about 135 words per minute and can hear and understand almost 500 words per minute. Since you process information faster than your teacher speaks, it's easy to let your mind wander. Don't. Use that time to think through what the teacher is saying and relate it to things you already know. Think about questions you may have about the information.
3.   C    Sometimes you can focus on details and miss major concepts. You may be so caught up in the details of a war that you miss why the war took place in the first place. Or you might listen for concepts and miss important details. Tie facts and concepts together in your mind while your teacher is talking.
4. B & D It's hard to keep listening when you don't understand the material or are bored. Listen for things you do understand and for interesting pieces of information. Make note of what you need the teacher to clarify.

 Listening involves more than hearing the words. It requires thinking through and organizing information in your mind.

Chapter Two also talks about being prepared, talking notes, doing all assignments, reading effectively, starting projects early, and asking questions.

You can order it at your local Christian bookstore, or through amazon.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Fun Friday: A Matter of Letters

 What is unusual about the following words: revive, banana, grammar, voodoo, assess, potato, dresser, uneven?

Post your guess in the comments section.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Zoo Trips

With the beautiful fall weather, it's the perfect time to head to the zoo. Especially since many schools have Monday off.

 A trip to the zoo can be more than just a fun day out, it can be both fun and educational. Make a plan to ensure that your day at the zoo is the best.
      Choose a less busy day.  Children enjoy a zoo trip more when they don’t have to fight the crowds to see their favorite animals. Avoid holidays and weekends during the summer. Choose a weekday morning during the summer or a weekend after school has resumed.

     Read about one or two favorite animals prior to the trip.  Then look for the animal when you get there. Review what you read. Observe the animals closely and note unique behaviors. Or, have each of your children pick an animals and become the “expert” on that animal. As you visit it at the zoo, they can share information about size, feeding, habitat and so on. Take a picture of each “expert” with their animal.

     Take advantage of educational programs and animal shows throughout the day. Most zoos offer shows that feature one particular animal. Often visitors are allowed to hold or touch the animal after the show.

     Bring your own food, drink and snacks. If the park allows food to be brought in, bring your picnic, extra drinks and healthy snacks such as cereal bars or low fat popcorn. Zoo food can be expensive and lines long. If you aren’t allowed to bring in your own food, give the children a snack just before entering the park.

     Don’t try to see it all. Plan to see only half the zoo on this trip, or visit each child’s favorite animal. Some zoos have more than 4,000 animals and you have to rush to see them all. Choose a few and take time to observe and enjoy them. If the zoo has a train trip, this is often a great way to see a little bit of everything without tiring yourself out.

     Take a break. Children (and moms, too) can tire out and become cranky from all the walking at the zoo. Take time out to sit and rest or stop for an animal show.

     Make your own zoo book. Take pictures of favorite animals. Use them to make a book about animals or to practice classifying animals. You may want to plan ahead to make a book about African animals, nocturnal animals or endangered species.

     With a  little planning, your trip to the zoo is more than just a day’s outing, it is a memorable and educational time for all.