Ideas for Incorporating Exercise Into Your Day

This is a list of ideas complied from a recent discussion in SDA Homeschool Families group on Facebook. How do you incorporate exercise into your day?

  • Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds videos streaming from YouTube.
  • If you have a baby and a baby carrier, wear that baby and get moving!
  • When the weather is nice, get the kids outdoor and moving. Trampoline, bikes, scooters, tag, swinging.
  • Treadmill
  • Elliptical Trainer
  • Walking/Running up and down the stairs
  • Mini trampoline for indoors. Good way to tire the kids out also.
  • Wii Games
  • Gym with baby sitting services
  • City Recreation Center
  • YMCA
  • YouTube Workouts
  • Hand Weights
  • Yoga DVDS
  • Workouts that incorporate baby: baby lays on floor with you on top doing pushups….baby gets a kiss with each rep. bicep curls using baby as weight holding just under armpits or around ribcage. hold baby to your chest while doing lunges or squats. let baby watch you do 30sec intervals of jumping jacks/high knees/run in place.
  • Body and Spirit programs on YouTube!

Socialization? Say what!

A common question for homeschoolers is the dreaded socialization question. Any seasoned homeschooler laughs at this question because it is absolutely ludicrous and has been blogged about by many before. I won’t go into all that, but I do want to talk to you about a different method of socialization that has occurred at our house. Facetime. Say what? FaceTime is video chatting on Apple devices. If you don’t have Apple devices, you may be familiar with Google Hangouts or Skype. This has become a regular occurrence at our house. Riley is frequently on FaceTime chatting with her friends, cousin’s grandmas, and she’s even gotten to FaceTime a homeschool mom in Australia. FaceTime has become a regular part of our day. She uses it to help her cousin study for tests and play with their favorite toys (lots of roll playing), she uses it to play games with her best friend who lives two and a half hours away, she uses it to catch up with Grandma. It has become an amazing tool that allows just a little more socialization. Give it a try! You might be surprised by the quiet time you suddenly get while your children are merrily having a playdate in their room on a day that there was no other way to squeeze in a playdate.

Bible Study Resources for Your Homeschool

 

These are all books I have read with my children or plan to read with my children (already previewed by me). As someone who wasn’t raised Adventist, I have really enjoyed learning along with them and reading things that are at a simple level. It doesn’t feel so over whelming that way.

My Bible First – this is a curriculum intended for use in Sabbath School rooms, but works beautifully for the home.
The Bible Story – this is a perfect companion to use with My Bible First.
My Bible Friends – twenty popular Bible stories for kids
Margie Asks Why – adaptation of The Great Controversy
Michael Asks Why – adaptation of The Great Controversy
Conflict of the Ages – adaptation of The Great Controversy
The War of the Ages – adaptation of The Great Controversy
A Child’s Steps to Jesus – adaptation of Steps to Christ
Step By Step for Kids – adaptation of Steps to Christ
David Asks Why – adaptation of Steps to Christ
Daniel Asks About Baptism and Communion – baptism and communion for kids (two short stories in one book)
God’s Ten Promises – ten commandments for kids
What We Believe for Kids – fundamental beliefs for kids
God Loves Me 28 Ways – fundamental beliefs for kids
What We Believe for Teens – fundamental beliefs for teens
Prophecies of Daniel for Teens – Daniel in an easy to follow, teen friendly format
Prophecies of Revelation for Teens – Revelation in an easy to follow, teen friendly format
Shoebox Kids Bible Stories – series about a group of kids in Sabbath School and how Bible Stories apply to their everyday lives

We use My Bible First daily. We read one lesson. On Sabbath, we read the correlating story in The Bible Story. Sometimes, we look for the correlating pages in The Conflict of Ages. Daily we read a chapter from one of the books on this list. We are working our way through them. Sometimes we save the book for bedtime.

Using these resources, we have a well rounded daily Bible time. What are your children’s favorite Bible read-a-louds?

Cypress Knees – Homeschool Adventures with Riley and Rad

 

The thing I most cherish about homeschooling is being able to get out and explore with my children and learn in nature. Yesterday, we took a little adventure to Veterans State Park in Cordele, GA. Riley and Rad wanted to search for tadpoles. Sadly we didn’t find any, but we did trip over a few Cypress Knees during a search. This presented an opportunity to learn something new. Riley and I studied Cypress Knees in depth a few years ago, so I knew a few things already. Once we returned home, we looked up more information about Cypress Knees.
Cypress Knees are part of the root system of the Bald Cypress tree. Bald Cypress trees are a very common sight in South Georgia. They are a very important part of the aquatic ecosystem providing habitats for snakes, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, bald eagles, great herons, osprey, catfish, warblers, ducks, and many more. Squirrels like to feast on their seeds.

The Bald Cypress tree is the state tree of Louisiana. They can grow as high as 125 feet. They have needle-like leaves that are soft and feathery. Bald Cypress trees help to diffuse and slow floodwaters, reducing flood damage. They also trap sediments and pollutants.

“The cypresses keep their secrets from the prying investigator.” – J. E. Rogers

So, what exactly is the purpose of the Cypress Knee? Some people believe they act as a sort of snorkel allowing the tree to breath, but scientist haven’t been able to prove that this is true. This is one of those mysteries that we will have to wait for heaven to have answered. In the meantime, they are great fun to hop across.

I hope you have enjoyed taking this little adventure with us.

Creating Sabbath Boxes

 

A popular post this week on the SDA Homeschool Families Facebook group has been Sabbath Boxes. Sabbath Boxes are very easy to create.

  • Take inventory of your children’s Bible books, Bible story books, and Sabbath School quarterlies.
  • Pick a story and then look through their toys. Playmobil, Lego, Duplo, Toobs, Schleich, building blocks, etc all make excellent props. Think outside the box, don’t feel boxed in just because they look modern.
  • Find backdrops: felt, maps, paper, fabric, Lego bases.
  • Find a container to hold your props. I always have an assortment on containers on hand for creating story boxes, workboxes, etc. You can use baskets, bags, whatever you have.
  • Find props that will allow your child to act out the story. Gather them into your container, read the story to your child, and let him act it out with the props.

I quickly put together this Tower of Babel box using these methods. I wanted to take more pictures for you, but I have a sick child and the wind was blowing my props across the table. I will put together more boxes in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back here for more ideas.