Five Favorites: The Procrastinators Edition

I have no excuses, except all the sorry ones I posted on Monday, about why this isn’t the “Organization” post in my homeschooling series.  I am working on it, I promise.  It’s just that I have these little distractions blessings that don’t allow me to blog all day.  Rude, right?  So for now I’ll give you a quick tour of my favorite items for this school year.  But if you’re not homeschooling, don’t click away!  Most of these are good for any parent or grandparent, aunt, uncle, or babysitter.

 

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Jim Weiss, Storyteller

2 summers ago (and then again a few weeks ago) I heard Jim speak at a homeschooling conference.  He is a master storyteller, a strong proponent of parent-child bonds, and incredibly wise and intelligent to boot.  His company, Greathall Productions, has over 70 CDs (also available as MP3s) of stories to listen to as a family.  My kids LOVE these CDs, and I love them right along with my kids.  From silly folk tales and fantastical fairy tales, to classics and spooky stories, he enchants children and adults.  For reference, he has them organized by age and by time period.  And if you ever have a chance to hear him speak or tell a story, do it.  The time spent will be worth its weight in gold.  Um, wait.  That makes no sense.  Just trust me and go, m’kay?

Going for a long car trip?  Tired of hearing your kids fight in the car on the way to school?  Hoping to undo some of the 1,000,000 hours of TV your kids consumed over the summer?  Jim! Jim!  He’s your man!  If he can’t do it… well good luck then.  Your case might be hopeless.  😉

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FREEEEEE Home Management Binder

 I am organizationally challenged.  Or, as I like to tell Kevin, I’m a “big picture” person, and the details are often beneath my notice.  Sometimes I need a little help remembering what to do when, and these bad boys are my current answer.  This home management binder, and the accompanying Curriculum Planning Binder, are adorable, helpful and did I mention FREEEEEEE?  I love how colorful they are, and I really love how you can pick and choose which pages to print.

I’d like to add a cheesy little note:  THANK YOU to all of you who put out content like this and share your talents with the rest of the world.  You make my day brighter.

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School Supplies

Just because we’re homeschoolers, doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy a good Back to School sale. The winners for us this year have been Office Depot and Target. Calendars, binders, dividers, olė! Photos to come in my elusive upcoming Organization post.

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Dad is Fat, by Jim Gaffigan

This man is seriously funny and charmingly touching. That is all.

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Homeschool Co-ops

Alright, I’m cheating, because this one is pretty much just for the homeschoolers. Back in Korea, we were essentially on our own homeschooling. I think it was good for us at the time, but often it felt pretty lonely. Now we are back and I’ve joined with 2 other moms to teach ancient history and life science (and possibly art) one day a week. We’ve had 2 trial runs and it has been fantastic. Little kids playing, big kids learning, and moms laughing and feeling supported.

Go see the Lovely Ms. Hallie for more Five Favorites!

 If you’re interested in other homeschooling posts, take a look below:

Philosophy: The big questions of why we do what we do, answered!

Curriculum: The nitty gritty details of what we use for each subject.

Organization and Scheduling: How we keep track of it all.

Community and Connection: What we’re doing outside of the home that supports our homeschool efforts.

A Few of My Favorite Things: A list of the things I’m most excited about for the year.

Comments

  1. I love the management folder, and I can’t believe it’s free! I’m also a big picture person, with a big scoop of ADD.

  2. Have you listened to Story of the World narrated by Jim Weiss? We listened through it twice, and it is loooooong, but excellent. That was about 4 years ago, maybe we need to do it again.
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  3. We LOVE jim Weiss recordings! In fact, my boys are listening to “Come on Seabiscuit” right now for their quiet time! And, oh how I love school supplies!!! Happy Back to School time!

  4. I will definitely be looking into #1! I’m always looking for fun to-dos! I know my kids are still pretty little, but #1 sounds like something we could grow into as a family! Mr. #4 is hilarious! I would love to read that book too (along with oodles of others!). And you’re #5 is so encouraging. Our little family feels called to homeschooling, but there are just so many avenues to take it feels pretty overwhelming. So glad the co-op is working out so well! It sounds perfect. Kids learning, playing, and mama’s getting support! Awesome!

    • Definitely get some Jim Weiss. Your littles will love him. As for homeschooling,must be patient and listen to God. It’s not right for every family, but if it’s right for you, you’ll know.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Great post!
    Love it…good luck and God bless as you begin the new schl year!

    xoxo
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