Book Binding

April 15, 2010

We have learned how to bind books for our curriculum and have posted a book binding tutorial on the page tab above.  Enjoy!

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Pip’s New Bed (aka blessed from the Thrift Shop : )

May 7, 2009
Sweet dreams and happy Cams

Ready for sweet dreams

footboard
footboard
footboard apron

footboard apron

footboard detail

footboard detail

put on your thinking cam

my boy : )

and just because I love this picture so much…

Buzzberry

Buzzberry


Workboxes: My Variation on a Theme

May 5, 2009
If you haven’t heard the latest buzz in the homeschooling world, it’s all about something called the Workbox System.  This stroke of genius is the brain child of Sue Patrick.  Patrick, whose son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two, studied, struggled, theorized, practiced, tried, erred and tried again to find methods and practices that would support her son towards a fullness of life and hope that doctors simply didn’t give.  The result?  Sue Patrick’s Workbox System.  It wasn’t only a tremendous success for her own son, it’s been a boon to many families who are home educating their special needs children, and to a great many other families and home schools as well.  Sue’s eBook is a great investment to have in your resource cache; lots of wisdom and know-how that you can’t find anywhere else.

When I first saw the Workboxes, I knew that it would be a great help for my supremely tactile bunch.  My only problem was the space issue; we’re already pretty full up here in this house.  After a lot of brainstorming, inspiration.  This is my version of Workboxes.

my Workbox variation: a hanging strip of 12 laminated cards per student

my Workbox variation: a hanging strip of 12 laminated cards per student

Cards on laminated so that I can write assignments on them with a Wet Erase pen

The laminated cardstock allows me to write assignments with a Wet Erase pen

Cards 1-12 hang on the wall; finished assignment cards tuck in pocket

Cards 1-12 hang on the wall; finished assignment cards tuck in pocket

Thick watercolor paper is a strong base.  I cut the slits where the cards are placed.

Thick watercolor paper is a strong base. I cut the corner slits where waiting assignment cards are placed.

Simple card stock folded and stapled at the bottom makes an easy storage pocket for finished lessons.

Simple card stock folded and stapled at the bottom makes an easy storage pocket for finished lessons.

I used 3M pull tabs to hang these on the wall.  Simple and works great.

I used 3M pull tabs to hang these on the wall. Simple and works great.

This is my “variation on a theme” of the Workbox System.  We’ve only just started with “tactile checklist”, but I can tell you that it’s brought motivation and peace for us already.  Boyville loved hidden surprise activities that they discovered upon turning over the assignment card; that was great fun and they were extremely focused on getting through their lessons. 

If you love the idea of the Workboxes but are short on space or it’s just not in the budget, there are other creative adaptations that can make it work for your space and budget.  This is just one way; I hope that it helps you to brainstorm what will work for your school.

Happy Birthday, Middlin!

April 12, 2008

Boo!  I\'m 9!

Middlin turned 9 this week–hurray! He had a blast getting spoiled by family and friends. And we also did something new this year: no presents at his friend party.

Well, not exactly no presents.

We have a major move coming up; it’s hard to breathe from all of the stuff we’ve accumulated over the years here in this house. Inspired by another globally-minded youngster, we thought it would fun to try another kind of birthday party: instead of the usual suspects (Legos…Nerf guns…Legos…light sabers…Legos…straightjacket for mom…), Middlin asked for gifts of diapers to benefit his favorite local charity. His friends (and even Nana, too!) gave him a load of diapers that are going to the local crisis pregnancy center. What a great way to celebrate being alive.

His family party? Cake, ice cream…and Legos. : ) (as it should be!)