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Warning: Homework Crossing

Warning: Homework Crossing

Author: Adea (adeaneedscoffee) 
Re-blog: TriangleMommies  
The history spans years and generations. School homework in America has been a turbulent topic at best. Sometimes we Americans are all for it, and other times we hate it. Both scenarios have published points to support the cause.
This is not a history lesson on the merits or pitfalls of school homework for children. I remember doing my homework for hours, and I am sure our children will do the same. Today?s article is about the way some school homework sneaked up on me and what I did about it.
My son started first grade in the last several weeks, and we both knew it was coming. What I didn?t know was how hard it was going to be and how much of it we had to do in just a couple of nights.
Because of the Labor Day weekend, this week will be shorter than most, so I mistakenly thought the amount would be appropriate. The assignments included a math worksheet ? at first glance, not too bad an assignment. Then a sheet of spelling words, also not terribly hard. I thought these two seemingly inconspicuous pieces of paper were not going to give me any problems, until I read them.
The math sheet had eight questions. They were simple word problems with some graphing on the last question. My son is already reading on a second grade level, so this would be easy! Um, no.
It seems that not only did my son not understand that you read the word problem for information, but that the data would be numbers. Then you had to answer the question (i.e., solve the problem) using the numbers you were given. Well, what first grader in the first few weeks of school would know this?
I looked at it and immediately said to myself, ?Solve for ?x.? Easy!? Um, he is a first grader. First graders don?t solve for ?x.? Hmm. How do I simplify this word problem for him using language he can understand?
I showed him first how to read to get the information ? the numbers ? and write them out to the side of the paper. Good. Then we counted on fingers, using both his hands and mine, to figure out the answer to the question. We solved the problem, and that was just the first question.
We continued to do each, one by one. It went quickly, amazingly enough! Now, the graphing question was tough. I had to explain a graph and show him how to record the information using one. And, as an extra bonus, I showed him how to read the graph for other information like which has the most and which has the least. Yay for me!
Yeah, OK, fine, you caught me. I had my child count on his fingers. Oh well. Sometimes I have to do that, too, and i didn't have any other ideas. I am not an elementary school teacher!
On to the spelling words! Luckily, my son can already spell them just by listening to me read them out loud. Of course, that isn't all there is to do according to the spelling worksheet.
The child has to write the spelling word three times each. Then they have to write a sentence for each of the words. And then, and only then, they can study the words. Does a first grader even know how to study? Boy, I think I am going to have to teach him how to do that, too. Well, at least I don?t right now, because he can already spell the words. But I know that day will come soon enough!
So, this is a friendly warning to all you parents out there. You know the homework is coming. You know your child will have no idea how to do it. Get your brains in gear now, while you still have time, and just realize that there is only so much an elementary teacher can teach at school. You will have to teach the rest.
Count on it.




United We Stand, You Are Forever In Our Hearts 9/11/01 #America #freedom #9/11/01
We can never forget that fateful day 13 years ago when all of America was changed forever.
What were you doing at the moment the twin towers fell is a question I often hear asked on our forums, do you remember what you were doing? How has your life changed since then? We all have different answers, some good, some bad, some very sad. One thing we can say is that we still live in America, land of the free! United we stand! 
Forever the victims of September 11 will stay in our hearts along with all the many soldiers that have died fighting for our freedom since 9/11. 



United We Stand ~ You Are Forever In Our Hearts 
Dedicated to those lost in the September 11,2001 terrorist attacks 


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Middle School Moms~~ Get Ready For A Book Club Just For You! #middleschoolmakeover #moms #teens #tweens


Middle School Moms, this one is just for you, a book club with topics that discuss your tweens and teens. Are you frustrated with the attitudes, questions about sex, social media problems, cell phones and secrecy? How about dating, friends , bullies and even more? 

Michelle Icard offers creative and constructive advice for navigating through these tough times in her book Middle School Makeover: 
Between funny yet informative stories and scientific facts about the changes a teen brain is undergoing, she imparts priceless wisdom on how to make the middle school experience the best it can be for both you and your child!

Here?s how this will work: every Thursday on The Mommies Network blog the book club hostess will be posting discussion questions, supplemental information, and other fun things relating to the reading for that week.

Here?s how you can participate: check back with the blog weekly and share all of your thoughts, comments, experiences and reactions. This is your club and we want to hear what you think!

Here?s the reading schedule:

Thursday, September 11: Introduction and Chapter 1 (pages 1-20)
Thursday, September 18: Chapter 2 (pages 21-36)
Thursday, September 25: Chapter 3 (pages 37-49)
Thursday, October 2: Chapter 4 (pages 50-62)
Thursday, October 9: Chapter 5 (pages 63-81)
Thursday, October 16: Social Media and Sex talks (pages 82-95)
Thursday, October 23: Friends, Fights, and Bullies (pages 97-114)
Thursday, October 30: Fashion, Trouble, and Cell Phones (pages 115-130)
Thursday, November 6: Dating and Independence (pages 131-150)
Thursday, November 13: Finishing Touches (pages 151-174)

We also hope to include some live chat sessions, stay tuned for those dates as we get further into the book. On behalf of The Mommies Network, Welcome to the book club!

Visit the Book Club here:
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Link to get your copy of the book or ebook for kindle app here--- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I2ZW4DQ#











Crafty Kids: DIY Shaving Cream Paint Creations #crafts #kids


Crafty Kids: DIY Shaving Cream Paint Creations
Rheney Williams-Guest Blogger

For moms who grew up in the '80s like I did, you'll probably remember those spinning art toys that let you create splashes and spiral smears of paint. You know ? there was a spinning platform with paper exposed underneath, you dropped dots of paint into the middle and the spinning motion and centrifugal force pulled the paint out to the edges of the circle and you were left with these crazy, tie-died-looking paintings? 

Although the toys have changed over the years, a kid's (and kids at heart!) basic desire to see swirls of paint and crazy combinations of colors hasn't. And an old-school product is making new spiral innovations possible: Shaving cream! All you need are a few basic supplies and you and your kids can have hours of creative and colorful fun with a beautiful piece of artwork to show for it at the end of the day. 


Gather the materials for your shaving cream paint projects. You'll need: 
  • Foam Shaving Cream (not the gel)
  • Paints in an assortment of colors
  • Heavy card stock or construction paper
  • Spatula or ruler
  • Skewer or little fingers!
  • Large cookie sheet or use smaller individual trays, one for each child

Tip: To make clean-up a breeze (and avoid having to buy a disposable tray), line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil first. Then all you have to do is remove the foil and you're done! 

 1. Spray a few lines of shaving cream onto the sheet and use the spatula or ruler to spread out the shaving cream flat and in a square or rectangle about the size of the paper. 
2. Add a few random dots of paint or food coloring around the shaving cream palette. 
Tip: If you have leftover paint samples from the last time you painted a room, this is a great way to use those and ensure whatever masterpiece your kids come up with coordinates with the space! 

 3. Use the skewer to make swirls with the paint in free-flowing circles or waves and if you have little kids, just let them go nuts with their fingers. 
4. Place the paper into the shaving cream with the right-side facing down so that when you pull the paper off, the paint is on the correct side. 

5. Gently push the paper into the shaving cream so that all surfaces touch and allow it to sit for about 10 seconds before carefully peeling the paper off of the shaving cream. 

6. Place the paper on a flat surface (in my case, I had another foil-lined sheet pan at the ready) and carefully scrape all of the shaving cream off of the paper to reveal the magical marbling below! 

7. Set the paper aside to dry thoroughly and if the edges start to curl, place a glass or other heavy object on the corners to keep them down during drying. 

From here, take some time to admire your work and see what imaginative images your kids can find! Can you spot the hidden smiley face that appeared in my swirls? In addition to your classic refrigerator pin-up, here are some other creative uses for your pint-sized Picasso's masterpiece: 
  • Make DIY bookmarks to give as Christmas gifts to the readers you love
  • Use the brown paper bags from the grocery store in your shaving cream paint project and have unique book covers for school next year
  • Frame it so you always have a custom piece of art in your office or work space
  • A DIY puzzle: Cut it into a bunch of different pieces that your kids can put back together and learn about how shapes and patterns relate to each other
What other cool things can you and your kids come up with for shaving cream paint creations? 

Rheney Williams is a prolific crafter with a background in theatre arts. Besides writing about projects for Home Depot, Rheney is currently putting her DIY expertise to work by remodeling her first home and experimenting with colors and textures in her home decor.
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