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Free Book at Barnes & Noble

Gramma & I took the kids to get their free books at Barnes & Noble today. With the BN Summer Reading Program, kids read 8 books, write the titles in their Summer Reading Journal, and write their favorite part of the book. Then take the Reading Journal to BN before 9/7/09 to redeem a free book from the Summer Reading bookshelf.

Download your Summer Reading Journal here.

God's callings in our lives

I've always been fascinated and awed by the way God speaks to us, and guides us to do his work in the various aspects of our work and play and service. I like this devotional that a friend sent to me this morning.

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From Compass Readings, 05-29-09

The following “marks of a call” are offered as templates to help discern whether or not our respective ministries are in fact activities to which God has called us. This list has been expanded from material developed by the Church of the Savior’s co-founder, Mary Cosby.

REMEMBER: These are only guidelines. God’s Spirit blows where it wills! Rarely will an individual call match all of these guidelines to the letter.


1. A call can be simply and clearly stated. Though it may be viewed in global terms it will be focused and manageable, e.g. “I believe God has called me to proclaim the Gospel through writing and performing songs,” or “I believe God has called me to care for families who are facing loss because of AIDS.”

2. It will have about it…

Phone #s At Your Fingertips

Numbers you might need when you're out and about - save in your phone address book:
Dentist (you never know when you might have an emergency)
Doctor (with a sick child, you don't want to stop and look for a ph#)
Pharmacy (so you can tell the doctor where to call in your prescription)
School
Mechanic
Pizza place
Daycare
Your favorite takeout restaurants

Numbers you reference, but they change seasonally - save on a list in your planner:
Coaches
Babysitters (I sort these by favorites, homeschool (available during the day), and referrals)
Teacher's phone #s
I also keep a few phone #s that I would need if I lost (yikes!) my phone

Numbers you need, but not frequently - in an address book or on a computer spreadsheet
Neighbors
Neighborhood association

Last Tip
Ask your cell phone store if they will print out a list of your phone #s that are saved in your phone. This is a LIFESAVER in case something happens to your phone! And with little tykes running around, you never know what might happen to …

Neighborhood Gatherings - Summer Party Ideas - part 2

Inexpensive Entertainment for Summer Parties

bubbles
face painting
finger painting
guess how many jar (m&ms or peppermints)
play dough sculptures (homemade playdough)
sidewalk chalk competition
skateboard or bike ramp
Silly String Fights
water balloon toss
water balloon volleyball
yo-yos
twister
hula hoop competition
hullabaloo
frisbees
bounce arounds (if families share the cost)

Linky Love - Treasures This Week

I've been saving a lot of posts on google reader this week. Partly a sign of busyness with work and play, but mostly because I've stumbled upon some great events and articles that I thought you would enjoy:

Family Traditions: 10 Ideas To Get You Started from simple mom - you know how much i value family traditions :)
Creating Space for God from Joshua's House - this has been hugely on my heart this month.
Thrifty Thursday - Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Teachers from Women Living Well Blog - clever little gifts that appreciate thanks

Three posts from Faithful Provisions (can you tell that I like her posts?):
Regal Cinemas: Free Summer Movies - great free outings for hot summer days
Old Navy: $1 Flip Flops Saturday 5/23! - i lived in my one dollar old navy flip flops last year
Krispy Kreme: 1 Dozen Donuts for $0.99 on 5/23 - yum yum!!

Neighborhood Gatherings - Summer Party Ideas

Free (or almost free) Entertainment for Parties

basketball shooting contests
charades stage
dance contest
four square
hopscotch
Kid's talent show
limbo
magic tricks
obstacle course
bicycle obstacle course
paper airplane flying competition
puppet theater (also make paper bag or sock puppets)
relays
sack races
Slip and slide (homemade)
street hockey
three-legged races
volleyball

National Backyard Games Week

National Backyard Games Week is May 18-25, 2009. I found some great articles with ideas to celebrate this fun week:

Outside Games for Toddlers - Celebrate National Backyard Games Week
Take it Outside! It's National Backyard Games Week
Philadelphia Family Entertainment Examiner: Celebrate National Backyard Games Week

You can also find 175 more games in our book, Great Group Games - and they're all zero prep ideas! If you use the "Going Deeper" questions at the end of each game, you'll also be 'playing with purpose' - using the games to build character, relationships, and leadership skills.

Whatever you decide to play, have fun being outside with family and friends - it's a great way to build family memories!!

Neighborhood Gatherings - The Power of Getting People Together

You can greatly impact the people that live around you by taking time to gather them together.
People recognize faces, and they'll wave when passing by.People learn one another's names, and they'll say hello.People saying hello leads to a more friendly neighborhood.People say hello, and they might ask for a cup of sugar when they need it at the last minute.People that have a relationship are more likely to respect one another's property.People that care about one another will watch out for one another and their children.People that care about one another share resources with one another (wheelbarrows, flower bulbs, babysitting, tomatoes...)People that know one another live in a safe neighborhood.People that know one another might lead to people helping one another through tough times (new babies, sickness, grieving, death)People that discover commonalities might start sharing life with one another.People that converse with one another might have the opportunity to talk…

Treasures for You this Week

I have enjoyed this series on preschoolers from from Let's Explore. Here are some of her cool articles:
Emotions + Preschoolers
Problem Solving & Conflict Resolution
Listening and Following Directions
Initiative, Independence, & Responsibility

I always love to read the practical words and wisdom of Kelly Curtis, who writes about empowering youth: Positively Speaking - Be an Adult Role Model from Pass The Torch


Super Cute Tshirts for American Cancer Society - Fight Like a Girl

My DH got one of these shirts for me for Mother's Day. Thankfully, I haven't had breast cancer, but we have dear friends that have struggled. He also knows that I appreciate supporting philanthropic causes. They're super-cute, so I thought you might be interested in ordering one too! All proceeds benefits the American Cancer Society.

Update 10/09: they have sold out of the tshirts, but I'll repost info if they get more in stock.

Mommy Questions about Discipline

My strong-willed, albiet lovely, girl is getting the best (and worst) of me. She seems to like time-out...it is not much of a deterent, and spanking causes her to hit me back. Do you have one or two favorite parenting books or DVDs you would recommend?
THANK YOU!
Rhonda

My response:

Oh, we've all been there!!

I definitely use time out and spanking, but I find that taking away privileges often works better for my kids. If they act out in the middle of playing a game, they lose the privilege of playing the game. If their favorite lunch treat is string cheese, but they throw food on the floor, they lose the privilege of string cheese. If they throw a fit about getting the legos out, then they won't be able to play legos until tomorrow. If they try to stand up in the stroller, they lose the privilege of riding without the straps. I try to take away privileges that are natural consequences, so it's an immediate impact.

When the kids are young, I also do a lot of redirecting behavior.…

Modesty and Fashion

Connect with Kids just posted an encouraging article about modesty. They believe that teen fashions are trending toward a more modest style. They even give a few practical guidelines for talking with your daughter and her peers about modesty. They are not written from a Christian perspective, but it's good conservative advice. Such important lessons to discuss with girls!


Activity Centers Part 5- Art Centers

I've been posting a series about Activity Centers this week. Today's focus is on the ART CENTERS that we often use in our home.

Hint - recycled materials are often the best for this dimension of play. The egg carton that you almost threw away can become the base for a child's homemade elephant; old birthday cards are great for cutting/pasting collages; and canisters are great for making a musical band. Teach your kids to be creative, and they'll find a use for everything. Yes, that's a little frightening, but you don't have to keep the new creations forever...

Stamps
Stencils
Playdough
Dress up magnets
Coloring books
Markers crayons
Paint (watercolors, tempera or magic paint books)
Airplanes
Light brite
Decorate boxes
Cut
Glue
Trace
Make rubbings (with leaves or any bumpy surface)
Send cards
Make gift packages
Origami shapes
Paper airplanes (not traditional art, but great for young boys!)


Activity Centers Part 4- Active Centers

Here are some of the stations my kids enjoy in the ACTIVE CENTERS.

Hullabaloo
Garage ball
Box bowling
Wii
Basketball
Run up the stairs
Hyperdash
Drums
Obstacle course
Run around the house
Hopscotch
Crazy dancing
Follow the Leader
Bottle bowling (with 2liter bottles)
Fun-aerobics (we make up our own silly exercises)
Personal bests (how many sit-ups can you do? push-ups? jumping jacks?...)


Treasures for You

Parenting: How to Get First Time Obedience from Women Living Well Blog - my 4yr old really likes the idea of this 'game'.

Barnes & Noble: Earn A Free Book (Summer Reading Program) from Faithful Provisions - my 7yr old is going to love this program!

Lots of Kids and Extra-Curriculars: A Guide To Managing It All from simple mom - I agree with the philosophy of one sport per season, but I'm nervous about entering the phase of parenting when I have more than one child in sports!

How to spend $32 a month from The Simple Wife - this helps put perspective on our finances and making giving a priority in our lives.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from The Mother Load - I used to always make bar cookies, but I hadn't made them in years 'til I saw Amy's recipe. Yum yum!

Freezer Meals...Mexican style for Tasty Tuesday from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam - She shares some really fast & yummy-looking dinner recipes that she pulls from the freezer on busy nights.

Activity Centers Part 3 - Imagination Centers

Here are some of the activities that we have in our IMAGINATION CENTER:

Farm animals in the barn
Little People Car garage with matchbox cars
Gearation
Spy gear
Dress up
Kitchen
Castle
Trains
Cars
Train mat
Geotrax
Tea party
Tents
Tell stories
Knex
Tinkertoys
Lego star wars
Rescue heroes
Mr. Potatohead

Activity Centers Part 2- Learning Centers

The activity centers can include whatever activities you have around your house/neighborhood/city, but here is a sampling of the activities within our LEARNING CENTER.


Dora ABC book
Wipe off books
ABC magnets
Cooking
Letter Factory video
Talking Words Factory video
Leapfrog magnets
Dot to dot books
Puzzles
Organizing items (candy, snacks, colors, toys…)
Starfall.com
Reading books
Books on tape
Computer games
Word World video
Memory
Lettery Factory game
Tic tac toe
Suduku animals
Piano
Maps
Science experiments
Making playdough