angiemac

I love finding encouraging blog posts! I receive the Elemental Science newsletter via email each month and this month I found an especially helpful post. Many of us probably took at least a few days off during the holidays and before diving back into a full schedule it's always a great idea to evaluate how the first half has been going.

lauraw

Ahhhh. . . the Holidays!  A time to celebrate the Lord’s many blessings to us, the coming of our Savior, and looking forward to a New Year with hope and joy.  A time to draw closer to friends and family, and to build memories in our homes across the sea!  My hope and prayer is that this blog would warm your hearts, spark ideas, and cause a new sense of “home” to grow in your family.

Deck the Halls!

khill

This year, in spite of my reluctance to do crafts, I was inspired by an easy one when it came time for me to lead our small Sunday school class. Even though none of the other children were from America, I thought they wouldn't mind focusing on being thankful even if they don't celebrate Thanksgiving in November like we do. When I pulled out the red, orange, yellow, and brown paper I was surprised when one of the children from New Zealand recognized them as autumn colors. I had not known they experience these fall colors in New Zealand too.

angiemac

Fall is one of the seasons I miss seeing the most. Here it is green and oh-so-hot all year round. So each year I try to fill the house with fall art projects to help all of us remember and savor the taste and feeling of fall. Here are a few projects we did to celebrate fall here in Indonesia:

1. We made corn weaths as seen here: http://1pureheart.blogspot.com/2011/10/corn-wreath.html

angiemac

I found out about VocabularySpellingCity this summer when I was doing some research about adding an online spelling program to our school year. We began using the free version and my two children who were using it were thoroughly enjoying it. So when I got a chance to review the VocabularySpellingCity Premium Membership, I was excited to add some new games and some of the other great features of the paid version.

khill

I'd like to say that it was the experiment itself that was a failure, however to be fair, the failure is me. Yes, I am the one who fails to want to do experiments, fails to give them their fair credit, fails to put on that exited face for my kids' behalf, and fails to make the time to do them. In many aspects of life, my "childlike faith" is an advantage. Not so during science experiment day.

nataliek

Sausage Kale Stew
adapted slightly from Dinner a Love Story

This recipe is done in 20 minutes from start to finish. (That is, if you live in a country where you can buy beans and tomatoes canned, and sausage already pre-made). :) Because I live in a country where you can't get pre-made things, I've included some extra steps, and some adaptations.

1 lb. (1/2 kilo) italian sausage, casings removed, or turkey italian sausage to make it healthier (see note for sausage recipe)
2 small onions, finely chopped

angiemac

I asked a small group of seven homeschoolers if they could name a famous artist, fully expecting someone to shout out Picasso or Monet. But there was only silence and stares. Really? It was even harder to swallow given that almost half the kids were mine! Ok, I thought, well that's where we will start: famous artists. I began a small art class that meets twice a week with the school aged expat kids in town, which at the moment is a whopping seven from three families. It's a doable size for one adult but a great size if you have two adults, and lucky for me there is another new Mom that is helping me out.

khill

Socialization is overrated. That's my thought for this summer holiday. As we seek to occupy ourselves while we are not officially having schooldays we are spending more time with other expat kids, and I am noticing that my children's conversation and behavior are influenced by those kids. This has set me to thinking.