Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

A Charlotte Mason Christian Home School: Preschool – 2nd Grade :)

Make No Little Plans

on March 8, 2013

Christian Home Educators Association of California Convention

Even though I am definitely following Charlotte Mason methods in our homeschool, I still want to attend a homeschool convention where I will be exposed to a broad array of methods, strategies, curriculum, homeschoolers, etc. all at once in one place. It is like a homeschool party! It is a great way for some of us to simply get acquainted with homeschooling, and for others of us to dive into the the detailed specifics of each subject.

I recently recalled that the annual California Christian homeschool convention of the Bay Area, occurs every year in April–which happens to be right around the corner! This year the Bay Area conference is in Santa Clara on April 12th & 13th (there is also a conference in June for SoCal by the way). I found out that families whose eldest child is 5 years or younger can attend on Saturday for free if we register by March 11th. I know that is only a few days away, but I definitely want to go, and if you do too, let me know! We can meet up at the party!

A good alternative idea to attending the conference in person is to order audio recordings (only $4 each) of interesting workshops to listen at home. I plan on investing in this resource myself to glean from the 2009-2012 convention workshops that are of high interest to me, such as teaching creation science. If you are too busy during the school year to think about conventions, perhaps you could plan some easy at home development time into this coming summer for you and your husband with audio workshops. Personally, the free time of last summer provided a profitable season for my own learning and growth as a mom and home educator, and I look forward to doing the same this summer through books and workshops. I will keep you posted on these plans!

Baked Oatmeal Cooking Project Planned by Miss Sheila. Yummy!

Thanks for the recipe Miriah!!

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We Added Apples, Raisins, and Banana into Our Baked Oatmeal, but Berries with Bananas is also Delicious

(Click on Picture for a Recipe from Skinny Taste)

Beautiful Spring Art To Hang on the Fridge

We added each child’s favorite stanza from the poem Daffodils By William Wordsworth.

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Daffodil Art How-To

Supplies: 3 stems & several leaves (folded up a little for dimension), 3 flower cut-outs with 6 petals each, 3 fringed flower centers, and 3 stamens. Place an apple corer in the middle of each flower and bend the petals up for dimension. (Any similar sized cylinder would work if you don’t have an apple corer.) One side of the fringed center piece I notched so that the paper splays out a little for gluing purposes. The stamen is a rolled up long triangle shape with notches at the bottom for gluing as well. This was a great one on one project, but would have been too difficult to do as a group since preschoolers need a lot of guidance with a project like this.

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Book Time in the Sunshine with Peter Rabbit Books

(a cute idea planned by the kids’ themselves)

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More and Less Math

(see March lesson plans for instructions)

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Time to Start Planning a Garden!

Now is the time to decide together with your family if you will plant a garden this year, and if so what will you grow? Even if you plant one thing, I think its so worth it!! Our theme next month at Little Lambs is gardening and so we are already starting to make planting plans. We stopped by Navelet’s the other day and it was like kids in the candy store. Our kids immediately and enthusiastically started picking out seed packets for planting in our garden (unsolicited help, but very cute none the less). Noah had piles of seed packets in his hands and Daddy asked somewhat rhetorically, “What is he doing?” “Dreaming,” I said with a smile. Your kids will definitely want to help plan your garden too and a trip to the nursery is a great way to start.

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Our Other Little Garden Dream This Year

A botanical playhouse for the kiddos grown next to our vegetable garden (inspired by the book Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots). Your garden can be such a magical place for your little children with just a little bit of forethought and ingenuity!

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11


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