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Welcome to Of Sparrows & Butterflies! My name is Emma (wife, mom, military spouse, homeschool teacher, chef, and maid are just some of my titles). With a family and home to care for, my life, as is yours I’m sure, is crazy and fun. Here I write about so many things, but they all have to do with family, friends, home, homeschooling, or the most important, a daily walk with the Lord. I hope you will join me in this wonderful journey called life and find the joy hidden around every corner.

School in the park? Why not?

One of the many benefits to homeschooling is that we don’t have to do school in a classroom setting, we can do it on the couch, on our beds, at the kitchen table, in a designated homeschool room, on the computer, or even out and about! Some places we have found that make school fun is the park, the zoo, and the car!
                                  ~Park~
 We take a few pages or books with us and play on the playground to get some of the energy out and have fun. Then we take a snack /drink break and work on the school pages or books we brought with us. Being outside doing it feels great and since the kids are eager to get back to playing they focus on the school and get it done faster.

                                   

                                   

                                         ~Zoo~ 

 Find a spot to eat lunch and pull out a book or some activity pages they need to get done for a break from walking and a time to regroup our minds. Again being outside is great!

                                        ~Car~
 This year we have lots of driving we are doing every week and they are good chunks of time not just ten minutes here and there. With this in mind I decided to do the big chunk of our history in the car. We will be using “Story of the World” this year and instead of reading the book I got it on CD so we can listen to the stories as we drive and we will do the activity book at home. This will help make the load of stuff we need to do every day easier and help the drive time go by faster and not feel like a waste of time.  A few other things we will be listening to in the car include “The Narnia Series”, Awana CD’s, Chinese language learning CD’s, history facts, and math facts.

Where are some places you like to do school with the kids? (Trampolines make for great math fact reviews and exercise!)

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Dry-Erase Learning Book Review and Giveaway!

Today I am giving a simple review of “Dry-Erase Learning Book” by The Board Dudes!

*This photo was taken from Amazon.com*

This dry-erase learning book has been perfect for Goober to use for practicing his letters, numbers, shapes, and learning basic math as well as having a nice space to draw without using up all of mommy’s printer paper! The 6 pages are very colorful each with a theme that makes each page fun to look at and do. We started using this in preschool for fun then in Kindergarten it became an everyday quiet time activity. Now that Goober is in first grade it is mostly used for the doodle section and sometimes he will just go do the other pages for fun. When we need a review of a letter or two we go back to this. It has held up very well but I have had to replace the marker once as it did end up drying out. But you can use any dry-erase marker so that wasn’t an issue. If using a paper towel or cloth to erase the marker, I would do that within the first hour as after that it seemed to need to be scrubbed off. I go to the the point that Goober, once finished with his page, will dry it off right away. 
Overall this is a product I would highly recommend for anyone with a preschooler or Kindergartner. 
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Fun with Wacky Lab

The other day we pulled this off the shelf (finally) and got busy digging for rocks. The kids loved it and I thought it was a great kit. But there are some things that I didn’t really think through that made this harder then it needed to be. Mommy’s thinking cap was not working right that day :). 

These are the fun tools that came with the kit. Goober loved them so much that he was trying to break bricks with them… I sent him to do it to the Lego sets instead and that worked so much better!

So by this point you should be able to see two things I should have done differently…. one, DO IT OUTSIDE!!!! And two, don’t use a brown bag or even the newspaper they suggest. Use what I was going to use in the first place, either a box or a disposable aluminum foil baking pan. Not sure why I didn’t go with my gut on this….

And then the third BIG mistake I made… I answered a business phone call…. 

…and came back to this….

…all over the table, floor, couch, and even footprints in the kitchen…

Thankfully it was all easy to clean up, it just took as long to do as it did for them to do the whole thing…. Someone told me after doing their kit that it took their child 4 hours. It took mine about one hour and took that long to clean it all up. 

But then we had a lesson in mopping!

And then we played outside while the floor was drying. Overall, I would do this kit again as the kids loved it and it really was a fun one. But I would take note of the things I would have done differently so that it would be more enjoyable next time. 

Kids love their rocks they found!

I found this kit and many more we hope to do soon at Toys’R’Us. 

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Last days in our home…. Saying goodby.

                 Blue sky
            We have been going nonstop so I let them sleep whenever I can. 
          Yay! Another mess to clean up! 
             View from our yard. 
                     Amazing sunset! 
 Last photo of my amazing tree! Going to miss it. 
                     Goodby house! 

Just some thoughts…

 
These last five years have been so different from what I expected. Some of it has been great but most of it has been a challenge. And although I’m so glad we get to move on, I’m a little sad to leave. It’s here that our kids had many firsts. First steps, first words, first snow experience, first friends, first days of public school, first days of homeschool…. 
It’s here I got a better sense of who I am and who I for sure am not. It’s here I learned how to pick good friends, be a better friend, to say “see ya later” to dear friends, to forgive those thought to be your friends and to move on. 
It’s here I found out how much I love the State Fair! In fact it is one of the few things I will miss. I loved not only attending it but also working it. 
It’s here I learned that I will take a hot day over a cold day anytime! And that it’s better to not have air conditioning then to not have a heater. 
I could go on and on but I think you get the point. I’m so glad to be moving on but will miss the great friends I made and will miss the memories that we made here…. But that’s why you take lots of photos! So down the road you can still go back to them.