Friday, November 19, 2010

Fit Mommy Friday Week 3 and 4

This hasn't been the greatest fitness week, but I think I'm still doing ok. My personal trainer is out of town this weekend so I worked out Monday instead of Friday. But I will exercise with her Tuesday and Friday next week so I don't go 10 days between workouts.

My walking partner is out of town too (hmm, I wonder if there is something fun going on that I am missing??!) so we only walked once. I forgot to weigh at the gym and I found my scale broken last week so I haven't checked for weight loss.

Wait, wait, wait - Stop the presses! While I was writing this post (it was a lot longer before I deleted some stuff) I realized that the week wasn't over and I could still exercise and count it this week. So I got up and did a Leslie Sansone Fast 2 mile Walk DVD!

However, after doing the DVD I had to leave the house for Step Dance and football practices and forgot to ever post this, so here it is a week late!

Here is my post for week 4:
I had a much better week of exercise this week. I worked out with my Personal Trainer on Tuesday and Friday for an hour each time. I asked her today if she gets coal in her stocking each Christmas - 'cause she is MEAN! ~grin~ Seriously though I am so thankful that she pushes me (and yes, I have told her that) because I love the way I feel when I can do an exercise easily that I struggled at a month ago.

I also walked on Tuesday. Our walking is going to be sporadic for the rest of the year due to Holidays and family visits, so we are planning to walk when we can and commit to getting back on a regular schedule at the first of the year.

I exercised some everyday this week though, because we bought a Wii system last weekend and all of us have had fun playing with the Wii Fit Plus. In fact, Tuesday I did an hour throughout the day on the Wii in addition to my workout and my walk. I was so tired Tuesday night. In fact I was a wee bit glad that our Thursday walk was cancelled because I overdid it Tuesday and wasn't smart enough to take it easy Wednesday. Tired, tired, tired!

I'm proud of myself for exercising, but a little disappointed that I haven't lost more weight.

Check in over at Got Chai to see how everyone else is doing with the 10 week Challenge and click here to see a little sneak peek at the prizes for the winner of this challenge!


KB Teachers - Worksheets and More


Need a customized handwriting page or a activity sheet to enhance your math lessons? KBTeachers has that! KBTeachers is a website that allows you to choose and create a variety of worksheets for use with your children. Printable pages are divided by subject categories such as English, Math, and Science so you can quickly locate a subject of interest. There are pages for a variety of ages as well, with Math pages starting at simple counting and money recognition and progressing into some basic Algebraic problems.

I rarely use worksheets, but I spent some time exploring the site looking at the offerings and found lots of fun pages for my little guys, my favorites being Fall themed counting pages. I discovered I could also create a counting and adding page with animals or vehicles. This was a definite hit. FRitW and MT particularly liked counting motorcycles, tractors, and tigers. This was left to right counting practice for MT and FRitW loves to add groups of things, so it was good for him too.

I could also generate worksheets with words and letters for FRitW to trace and copy. Handwriting worksheets could be made in a typical stick and ball manuscript or cursive. This may be a problem if you use an italic form of manuscript.

So far most of the things I found were for the little boys, so I made it a point to search for worksheets for my older two. I really didn't find anything I would use for Kirk (although there were some history worksheets specifically geared to highschoolers), but I found some activities that Maggie might enjoy. There were some human body worksheets for labeling bones and muscle groups and some math pages addressing order of operations, ratios and fractions.

Another interesting concept offered by KBTeachers is Webquests. A Webquest is a worksheet with clickable links to study a specific topic. Included are questions to answer after reading the internet based information. Topics for November included Marie Curie, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Charles Schulz. I like the idea of a Webquest and found some that interested me but found several links broken or incorrect. So before turning this over to your student, be sure to check out the links.

One thing that is important to remember about KBTeachers is that it is not a curriculum. It is a resource for activities to supplement your own curriculum.

The Premium membership fo KBTeachers can be accessed for free with a 10-day trial and has a 30 day money back guarantee. (See the home page for details.) Premium membership is $29 for 12 months and $49 for 24 months and gives you access to everything on the site. You cannot save the worksheets to your hard drive, but you may print as many as you need.

See what other TOS Crew members thought about KB by clicking here.

**Any products reviewed by me as a member of the 2010-2011 TOS Homeschool Crew have been given to me free of charge in order for me to provide you with an honest review of the product and/or how we used the product within our family. I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Patchwork Quilt from Corps of Re-Discovery

Maggie and I have been busily sewing on our Pioneer Patchwork Quilt from Corps of Re-Discovery.

Clockwise, from top right: batting, precut squares and bobbin of thread, backing fabric with blue yarn to tie the quilt, and instructions.

This Quilt Kit, which retails for $14.99 (but is on sale right now for $11.99) contains almost everything you need to create a doll sized quilt. Above is a photo of our quilt kit - aren't the colors pretty?

We supplied sewing and yarn needles,scissors, and a fabric marker to complete our quilt. All of the squares are precut and there are a few extra squares so you can create your own design. The instructions were clear and simple.

Maggie began by laying out all of the squares in a pattern until she was pleased with the design. Then she used the fabric marker to draw a line 1/4 inch from each edge of the squares. This was suggested in the instructions, but is not necessary, just helpful. We did it to give her a clear line to follow as she hand stitched the squares together.

Maggie and I both sewed squares together, chatting as we stitched. I have always loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and Maggie has recently read through the series, so Laura came up often in our discussion. The sewing reminded Maggie about how fine Laura's sister Mary's stitches were, even after she went blind. It was fun to try to create tiny even stitches although ours were probably more like Laura's than Mary's! Imagine sewing all of your clothing by hand!

There are six 9-patch blocks in our quilt and it only took about 20 minutes to handsew one block from start to finish. We spread our project over several days.

Here is Maggie tying her quilt:

This was a quality product. I have been sewing for most of my life and I was happy to see decent cotton fabric, good heavy thread, and clear, easy instructions. This would be a wonderful supplement to any study about Pioneer times, or even a great handmade Christmas gift.

Personally, I enjoyed spending time with Maggie, chatting and teaching her the stitches my Mom taught me. I highly recommend this Quilt kit for any age girl or boy that is interested in learning to sew. Even a young child could do this with help and input from a parent.  

Other members of the TOS Homeschool Crew reviewed this kit and several other kits from Corps of Re-Discovery. To see what each member reviewed and what they thought of their projects - click here.
**Any products reviewed by me as a member of the 2010-2011 TOS Homeschool Crew have been given to me free of charge in order for me to provide you with an honest review of the product and/or how we used the product within our family. I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.