Last month I wanted to find at least 20 boards to request to join but I fell short of that by about half. So I think this month I will shoot for at least doing the same, 10 new group boards. I found many a group board but so many had no specific way to contact them or they were no longer accepting contributors.
Seeing as I lowered my goal from last month’s goal I should lower this as well. Since I will be trying to join 10 group boards I would like to at least get 5 to actually add me to their board.
Last month I did do much better at actually pinning more regularly to all my boards including the group boards so I would like to continue this trend.
I would still also like to get my pins re-pinned more often then they are now. I am hoping a combination of adding more group boards and pinning more regularly will help with this.
More followers would be a wonderful thing to accomplish for this month as well. I am hoping with posting on sharing groups on Facebook I can find some more people who would genuinely enjoy my content. Currently I have 121 followers.
Also I would like to make sure in my main board that I have at least one pin for each of my articles.
Pinterest has added back the #hashtags so I am attempting to use them to the best of my ability. I have added them to all my previous pins and am trying to remember to add them to my new ones.
Recently I read somewhere, I don’t remember where, about something called rich pins. I would like to learn more about how to create rich pins with my content.
Consistently posting something on my Facebook page is something I really need to work on. I did start out well last month but I fell behind drastically.
My number of followers for my Facebook page seems pretty stagnant. I would like to attempt to bring that number up a bit. I currently have 108 likes and 107 followers.
Checking my Facebook page more often is key to being able to post more consistently and for being able to respond to anyone who happens to interact on my page. I did a bit better with this last month but would still like to improve.
This past month Instagram really fell to the back burner. I really need to keep up with posting more regularly.
These are my goals for the month of December so hopefully I will stick to them. I did okay last month so hopefully this month I can improve even more. If any of you with experience have any tips feel free to let me know. I can use any help I can get.
If you read my November Goals and are interested in my October Goals you can find them by clicking HERE.
Good Morning everyone. I hope you all are well and had a great Thanksgiving weekend (if you celebrate Thanksgiving where you are). Ours was hectic but all in all was a great time had by everyone. I volunteered to work extra hours at my part time job during the day before and the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday). As many others had requested or called off to go shopping. I knew these days would be hectic and long days and in my job they prefer for you to have your hair pulled back so while getting ready for work I put my hair up using my Lilla Rose hair clips and bobby pins. I have rather unruly curls and these products work wonders for containing it all and keeping it all in place until I take them out. So these are definitely my go to for work and any other time I want to keep my hair back instead of all over the place. This Black Friday as predicted was extremely busy and my hair stayed in place all day. This is just one reason I love these things.
The first product I use is the Lilla Rose Hair Clip. There are so many reasons I love them. One is they are beautiful. I am not one to adorn my hair with fancy baubles but these are so beautiful I love to wear them in my hair. There are so many choices and styles to choose from that you can almost always find something you like that fits your style. They even have ones specific to seasons or holidays.
Another great product I have tried is the Bobbie pins. They do great to hold back the hair that is not long enough to pull back into the Hair Clips. I have never really used Bobbie pins often before using the Lilla Rose Bobbies because they always got very tangled in my curls and would rip a decent chunk of my hair out. The Lilla Rose Bobbies however have never done that. They are an ease to put in and an ease to remove as well.
Another great plus to the Lilla Rose products is that they have different sizes for different types of hair. If you have thick hair you are covered. If you have thin or short hair you are also covered. I have a few different sizes myself to accommodate when I have my hair cut different ways.
You can use them for almost any occasions as well as you can use them for all sorts of different hair styles. I personally love to put my hair up in a bun but you can just pull part of your hair up or do many different fancier hair dos with them as well.
They also grip my hair well but do not pull or give me a tension headache like some hair clips do. They hold my hair in place but do not cause breakage. Which is wonderful because I loose enough hair as it is. For example, I wore it for almost 20 hours straight and was working the majority of that time and even after all of that when I pulled it out to let my hair down it didn’t pull even once and I had no tension headache. Any other clips or hair ties I have tried have always caused me pain in one way or another. These Lilla Rose clips are a different story.
If you have never heard of them I suggest you check them out. I am sure you could find wonderful products for yourself or a friend or family member.
Now, they don’t only have hair clips they also have hair pins and hair bands as well. Which also work for all sorts hair types and styles as well.
If you are interested in checking out their products you can find them here on their website or on their Facebook page as well. If you are sure what to do you can talk to Deb Wielhouwer of Love Leaving Legacy and independent stylist for Lilla Rose. She is a wonderful person and would be a great help to you with any of your questions.
Since we have started homeschooling our ways of going about teaching our children have been slowly changing and evolving into something that more so fits our children’s way of learning. We started out with a very strict schedule which I believe helped bridge the gap between public schools to homeschooling for our oldest son, Little A, who was just starting 4th grade at the time.
“It just seemed like the perfect way for children to learn”
As I started to do more and more research into the different style of homeschooling I became more and more enthralled with the idea of Charlotte Mason style schooling. It just seemed like the perfect way for children to learn, but I just wasn’t sure how our sons would take to it. Our oldest thrives on structure so I wanted to make sure he still had the structure he needed while still having more freedom in his learning.
“They make it engaging and captivating to read”
Now one of the big things I started noticing from the beginning of my research into the Charlotte Mason method was a big part of it was something called living books. These are basically books that are rich in language and information but do not read as a text book would. They make it engaging and captivating to read so that while your child may not fully realize it they are gaining so much more knowledge from said books.
“the idea of using Living books to teach our children seemed to be the perfect idea for them as lovers of the written word”
We come from a long line of readers on my side of the family. It probably helps having a Librarian as a Grandmother. As a child, and still I have more books than I know what to do with. This trait seems to have rubbed off on our Oldest, whose room consists of mostly bookcases. Our youngest is only 2 and does not yet actually read but still loves books and reading all the same. I am hoping this means he will be as avid a reader as the rest of us. So as you can tell the idea of using Living books to teach our children seemed to be the perfect idea for them as lovers of the written word.
“I sincerely hope you and your family enjoy learning from these living books as much as we did.”
This is how we made our start, and I am hoping this can help anyone else just dipping their toes into the rich teaching method that is Charlotte Mason, by providing you with a sample list of what we have been reading. I have already done two smaller list previously of books we have read or hope to have read, and you can find them listed at the end of this article. I sincerely hope you and your family enjoy learning from these living books as much as we did.
So without further ado I give to you our most recent list of living books that we love.
My oldest son, Little A, absolutely loved this book. We were learning about natural disasters that were happening currently and read this to learn about some form the past as well. He loves dolphins and so this drew him in even more because of his love for the creatures featured in this book.
Little A also really enjoyed this book as well. It was still on the topic of natural disasters, and the same natural disaster from the previous book. This one focused more on the impact this natural disaster had on the people of New Orleans.
Both our boys love these. We have been reading them together before our youngest’s nap-times and at night right before bedtime. It is wonderful to find books that both our children enjoy reading or being read to them as they are 8 years apart in age. So this is definitely a living book we love.
This has always been a favorite of ours. When talking about Living Books We Love this is almost always one we mention. Our oldest loved this book when he was younger and really still does. M, our youngest is really enjoying this book now as well. It is such a great story. We have read this a few times this past week and will likely read it a few more this week.
This one is one of my favorites. I absolutely loved reading it in school and read it many time after as well. My boys have not read this one yet but I wanted to add it in because it is just one of my living books I love, and I can’t wait until I can share it with my children.
Our oldest has also read this one over and over since around 2nd grade and seems to enjoy it more each time he does. I think we will read this together closer to Christmas. This is another Living book we love.
My November Goals are once again a bit late but I guess better late then never. I worked more on my goals this past month than in months before that. So hopefully this goal setting is really working and it will help me keep on track. Hopefully I can meet even more goals this month than I did last month.
I would like to try and keep working at getting my page views back up to where they used to be (I would love to consistently meet my highest page view day last month I had a handful of days where my page views were really close to my highest yet).
I would love to be more consistent in my articles I post. Right now I am trying to at least write one a month until this get organized here at our new place. By one a month I mean other than these goal articles of course.
I want to tweak the style (colours, layout, ect) to make it a bit easier to view. I am still not sure how I am going to do this.
I want to find at least 20 group boards in my field of interest to request to join. I am keeping this the same as last month. I didn’t do well with this one. I did get one response for a group board so that is better than nothing. – So far I have found and requested to be added to 5 group boards. I have been added to two so far.
I know this one is out of my control but I hope to have at least 15 actually approve me to join and pin to their group boards. As I said above I did get one response in my favor and was added to the group board.
I want to get more consistent with pinning to the group boards I have and hopefully will join soon. Right now I pin at least 4 of my pins to all the group boards I can 2 days a week. I really fell behind with this this past month and I could tell because my page views definitely dropped a bit.
I would also like to get my pins repinned more often then they are now. I am hoping a combination of adding more group boards and pinning more regularly will help with this.
I would like to gain more followers on Pinterest as well. I am trying to find more promotion groups on Facebook to get my social media sites spread farther out and hopefully get more follows.
I want to be more consistent with posting on my Facebook page for my blog. I was a bit more consistent last month, but I could still do better this month.
I would like to gain more likes/followers to my Facebook page. Right now I have 100 likes and 99 followers. I would love to make it to 125 this month if at all possible. So that would be gaining 25 more people. My goal last month was to make it to 100 which I did but not by the end of the month. So I gained about 18 likes by almost the end of the month so hopefully 25 is doable as well for the month of November.
I am going to work towards also checking my Facebook page a little more often. I did a bit better at this last month and hopefully the month of November will be better than last.
I would love to remember to post more on the blog’s Instagram. I have posted the past two days so hopefully I can start posting more often and hopefully that will help people see my post more often.
Along with that I would like to figure out how to best utilize Instagram with my blog. I need to read up more on this still. IF you have any tips please let me know.
These are my goals for the month of November so hopefully I will stick to them. I did decently last month so here is to this month being even better. If any of you with experience have any tips feel free to let me know. I can use any help I can get.
If you read my November Goals and are interested in my October Goals you can find them by clicking HERE.
Hello everyone. I hope you all are doing wonderful. I know this is a bit late in the month, but life got in the way and I did not get back into the swing of things as fast I had hoped I would. I am trying to keep on myself and make sure I get my goals up on here, and hopefully stick to pursuing them.
OCTOBER 2017 GOALS
I would like to try and get my page views back up to where they used to be (I would love to consistently meet my highest page view day).
I would love to be more consistent in my articles I post. Right now I am trying to at least write one a month until this get organized here at our new place.
I want to tweak the style (colours, layout, ect) to make it a bit easier to view.
I want to find at least 20 group boards in my field of interest to request to join.
I know this one is out of my control but I hope to have at least 15 actually approve me to join and pin to their group boards.
I want to get more consistent with pinning to the group boards I have and hopefully will join soon. Right now I pin at least 4 of my pins to all the group boards I can 2 days a week.
I would also like to get my pins repinned more often then they are now.
I would like to gain more followers on Pinterest as well.
I want to be more consistent with posting on my Facebook page for my blog. – I have been a bit more consistent so far, but I could still do better.
I would like to gain more likes/followers to my Facebook page. Right now I have 82 likes and 82 followers. I would love to make it to 100 this month if at all possible. So that would be gaining 18 more people. – So far, with 3 days to go we have 92 likes and follows. Only 8 more to go!
I am going to work towards also checking my Facebook page a little more often. – I have been a bit more consistent with doing this as well.
I would love to remember to post more on the blog’s Instagram.- I have posted a few more times than usual but I want to get better at it.
Along with that I would like to figure out how to best utilize Instagram with my blog. – I need to read up more on this still.
Well, so far those are my goals for this month. Hopefully I keep on myself and I can meet them. I hope you all make any and all goals set for yourselves as well.
Hello everyone. I hope you all are well. I apologize for the delay in the addition of new posts. I recently had a glitch with my site and finally got that resolved. That added to starting a new part time job this past week I fell behind. I have been trying to get caught up with that as well as organize our home school supplies so that while I am at work if I need my husband to instruct the children he can actually find what is needed. I am sure I am not the only one that while things do not look that organized I can still find what I am looking for.
I figured today I would talk a little about our homeschooling supplies, and organization techniques. Even though during our recent move we had to downsize what we had we still have our go to home school supplies.
I am sure you have heard this before but we absolutely love our bound notebooks. We use them for pretty much everything. I tend to use them the most for math and grammar/writing/copy work the most, but they are so useful for many other subjects or projects. I prefer the spiral ones because my oldest has trouble writing if it doesn’t lie flat and will hurt the binding on the normal bound notebooks. We even have a few graph paper notebooks for graphing and other math related things. This by far is one of our most used Home School supply.
You can also grab up a few packs of holed lined paper or holed graph paper and use our second most used home school supply, a binder. These are great for keeping daily papers together in one area for your children to be able to keep them organized. It is also great to keep some holed folders inside the binders to keep important papers without holes, or papers you would like to keep for your home school evaluator at the end of the year.
And, if you aren’t the type of person who likes to save papers all over the place like we do (we have so many papers even after going through them and only keeping a few here and there) you could also invest in a good quality flash drive. This is also useful to store your affidavit and objectives on, and maybe your child’s book-list too. It is also nice to have in case you have a printer malfunction, or like us at the moment no printer at all. That way if you have something like a worksheet or article you wanted your child to read you can run to the local library, friend’s house, or family member’s house and print said paper off. It is also great because it is easily carried with you for ease of access.
Another great thing to have with you is a camera of some sort, be it a cellphone, a disposable camera, a small digital camera, or a nice DSLR camera. I try and have some sort of camera with me most times because you never know when something school or education related will happen. It is also great to have on those big planned trips you can use as a home school education trip. We love photo documenting these trips because it is nice to look back on what we saw and what we learned about to job the little one’s minds if their memory of said trip begins to fade. Plus if you also have a flash drive on hand you can put those photographs on the flash drives to print later or just to look back upon.
Speaking of printing a great thing to have lying around your home, all plugged in and ready to go, is a printer. It may seem like a no brainer but it is a great thing to have to print worksheets, coloring pages, book lists, your affidavit, and objectives. It also as stated above is great for printing out pictures of your homeschooling adventures.
The Library is a wonderful resource filled with so many possibilities for both you and your children.
Now, if you do not have a printer and do not want one or can not afford one, another place you can print things out is your local library. And speaking of visiting your local library a wonderful thing to have is a library card. There are so many thing you can do and discover just using that small piece of paper or plastic. You can even get these cute card holders for your children to keep their cards in a safe place while looking at books in your local library.
Another great addition to your homeschooling supplies is also a great addition to your library card. When you use your library card you will likely at some point come home with some books. While most public libraries have plastic bags you can use to bring home your books they can tear and rip and all your books will soon be on the floor, or dirty ground. Cloth bags are much more durable than the plastic kind and if they do get dirty you can just toss them in the washer and dryer, and tah-dah, a nice clean cloth bag for your next trip to the library. Plus you can get bags that match your child’s personality. That along with their special library card holder will start getting them excited to head to the library and pick out some new books for you to read to them or them to read to themselves.
One great way to bring some geography into your homeschooling home is to grab your globe and find different places that come up in your books or lessons as you go. We do this with our independent reading books, our studying books, and our educational shows, or when we are going on a trip or know someone who is going on a trip we find the places we or they are going on the globe. You can find interactive globes for younger children or you can go with the classical style non talking globe like we have. Not only is a globe a great learning tool to have in your homeschooling supplies but it also is a great decoration to your homeschooling room or area.
Now obviously you will need writing utensils, and art supplies. Pencils serve dual purpose. You can use them for everyday use on your child’s schoolwork like worksheets, workbooks, journals, and copy work. You can also use them for art projects if you do not want to pay for the nicer but slightly more expensive art pencil sets. You can use pens in the same ways. You can use them for checking your child’s work, and also for them to use in their art projects as well. My oldest, A, loves to draw out his art work in pen first them use more colorful writing utensils to color it in. You can almost always use washable markers in your child’s artwork. My youngest, M, is obsessed lately with drawing with these cute little washable markers. Crayons are something most kids love. Sometimes it is just nice to see a nice new box of unbroken crayons on your home school table. Another great thing to have especially for art work is paint, whether it be watercolors, acrylic, or oil paints. Paints are always a fun way to make art, although it can be messy, so it is great to have these mats for under your child’s artwork, and this smock to protect their clothes.
These are just a few of our favorite homeschooling supplies. Stay tuned and I will try and add some more of our favorites .
We are not completely new to home schooling, but we aren’t masters yet either. This year we decided to do a more natural minimalist approach to teaching our boys. In my search for minimalist home school I stumbled upon many mentions of Charlotte Mason’s style of teaching. The more I read the more I really thought this was the way to go.
The biggest draw at least for me was the idea of learning from living books more than text books. Living books are books with beautiful wording and rich in important information. These are books that are engaging for everyone so the children almost forget they are learning.
Now, my boys love to read. I guess that comes from coming from a long line of book loving people, and the fact that my Grandmother the head librarian of our library. Our oldest is constantly reading something and hates to leave the house without at least one book in tow. So the idea of slipping in more and more living books to the ones he already has that can be considered living books was very inviting. Our youngest, loves to “read” to himself but also loves when anyone reads to him. Most of the time it does not even matter what it is you are reading as long as it has words. So once again, slipping in more and more living books for him was such an inviting idea.
So I have been researching the best living books or each area of study my children will be covering this year, and I thought I would add the living books for our oldest, who is going into 5th grade, here so you all could get some idea , and maybe decide to check a few of them out for yourselves or your children. If you are interested in reading about the books we are picking our for our youngest, who is two you can check out my other blog post
As a child the rain forest always fascinated me, so this one peaked my interest and hopefully will do the same for my sons.
That is all I have written down or in front of me right now, but I will keep adding them as I find them and add them to our list. When we get the chance I will try and add reviews of the books we read as well.
We are new to the Charlotte Mason concept of learning ourselves but so far we are loving the idea of living books. We love reading in our family, which likely stems from growing up with a book loving librarian for a Grandmother, and this makes the idea of learning from plain old reading so enticing. So far we are reading books we have bought and some we have borrowed from the library, but so far we are loving it.
Our two year old, M, loves to pretend to read to himself, and asks constantly for us to read books to him which we love. I figured I could make a list on here of books we have either read or are planning to read to our two year old , M for others who may be looking for some good living books for preschool homeschooling their own little one.
Over the past year we have been homeschooling Little A I have been reading more and more about The Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling. I originally wanted to do a more minimalist approach to homeschooling but as we trying to ease our son into homeschooling because he had attended public school for the first 5 years (including Head Start) we started out a little more in between and a bit more structured.
This year we are starting the school year a bit more slowly, and are hoping to do more of a Charlotte Mason approach. This I hope will go smoothly as we are also starting to part time home school (preschool) M, who recently turned two. With him we are more focused on self care and starting letter recognition. So nothing major as far as schooling.
This year our biggest goal is to get outside more often throughout the week and experience more things in nature. This often is something that doesn’t happen especially now that we moved into an apartment from a house with a big private yard. We do live close to a few playgrounds and parks so there is no reason not to go out. I just have to put more of an effort to get everyone out of the house every day.
I have heard some great things about reading some of these Charlotte Mason books, and while I haven’t yet read them myself I do plan to if I can find them at the libraries or can borrow copies from local homeschooling mothers. I just have to be able to find some in this area.
One of the great ideas I love about homeschooling in a more minimalist homeschooling way or Charlotte Mason way are all the living books you can use. We are a very book loving family. The only one out of all of us who doesn’t read all that often is my husband but that is mostly due to lack of time. My oldest has a room that could be a library he has so many books and read constantly. Our youngest loves to “read” and loves anyone reading to him.
I am trying to make a nice list of different living books we could read this year. I am especially looking for some that both our boys enjoy despite being 8 years apart in age. So far we have read, are reading, or are going to read these books.
I have been going through some of our youngest’s things so that we can have a yard sale recently and I had to decide what I would like to hold onto just in case we do end up having another baby in the future and what I would rather sell. This got me to thinking about the items that we used that weren’t exactly necessities but were great to have.
At first I didn’t think I would want one of these, but they were great for my son on cold nights when he was still pretty young. He loved and still loves to kick any blanket off of him while he sleeps which ends up in a cold child. I was gifted one after M was born and it worked great because it kept him warm, but left his arms free (which he likes) and he could kick those little legs all he wanted and still be covered. Now these aren’t always recommended once your child is a bit older though so this is a great thing to buy for your newborn.
Leading off of the first item on the list. If you have an older baby/toddler that still likes to be warm but wont keep their blankets on them at night this version of the sleep sack works great as it keeps those little feet free.
I absolutely loved this chair. My mother bought it for us when my son M wore out (he likes to kick his feet at night and it wore through the fabric of this bouncer seat) his old seat. It rocks which he loves, and has the ability to play music and vibrate, which he doesn’t care for. M has bad reflux so he has to sleep sitting up. This made life so much easier for naps, and night times when a wedge just wasn’t enough.
As I said above, my son M has reflux and cannot sleep while lying flat. So keeping him inclined while sleeping is key. The bouncer or rocker seats worked great but as we do eventually want him to be somewhat used to sleeping in his crib or pack and play(in our bedroom) the baby wedge was ideal. I just put it down under the baby sheet to hold it in place and he has an incline to lie on.
I love these things and love that I found this reusable one instead of the cheaper one use and pitch it type. It is easy to clean and is a great asset to have during cold season, and allergy season if your child/children has allergies. It is easy to just stick it up their nose really quick and suck all that congestion out.
The Nosefrida is something I have heard great reviews for but I have not yet tried it myself. I thought I would drop the link in here in case anyone hadn’t heard of it or wanted to try it but didn’t know where to get one. If I do I will let you know how it works.
These are just a handful of items I found useful to have around the house when it comes to caring for our youngest, M. What are your favorite extra baby items you have used? Are there any items you want to try but haven’t yet? Let us know in the comment section below.