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Just Sit Still: 20+ activities for helping a child to sit still during recovery – Blogging Through The Alphabet

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“Just sit still and do something.” – I have said that so many times in the past few days. One of the girls had a minor surgery this week and needs to take it easy for about 3 weeks. She doesn’t want to. In fact, she doesn’t even know how to slow down, let alone do nothing active for 3 weeks! In a single day, she has gone through everything special we have for her to do – books, movies, math games, board games, clay projects, rubber band projects, more books, more clay, creating doll clothing, computer games. And she is bored. So what now?

Take to social media, of course. Ask your friends what to do and get some really good responses! So, I thought I would share their ideas here since I know that we all have times when we need the kiddos to sit still for a while. Sometimes, they have to be still for a longer time.

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Some of these ideas are fantastic and we will probably implement. Some don’t apply since she already does them and/or she can’t stand or sit comfortably for any period of time. Restlessness is the name of the game for us right now and we are trying to beat it.

  • Learn cursive
  • Learn to type
  • Sewing
  • Needlework – cross stitch, crochet, knitting, embroidery
  • Puzzles – 1,000 pieces were suggested, wonder if that would keep her busy long?
  • Make paper dolls
  • Origami
  • Writing – a story, letters to nursing homes or deployed soldiers, an autobiography
  • Bakingj just sit still doll outfit
  • Lego challenges
  • Menu planning
  • Card games
  • Dice games
  • Learn/work on a foreign language
  • Friendship bracelets
  • Latch hook
  • Logic puzzles
  • Solar system model
  • Read books
  • Learn jokes
  • Do mazes
  • Design doll clothing and accessories
  • Write poetry
  • Color
  • Clay projects
  • Do anything with craft materials – make a raft with popsicle sticks, create thank you cards with glitter glue, do an art project with markers or paints

These are most of the ideas of things the giggly girl has done or someone suggested. We have been grateful for all the prayers and the cards and activity gifts send her way. It had made such a wonderful difference for her. There really is nothing quite like those who stop by and let their kiddos chat after Wednesday church, bring a bag of clay and glitter glue and stickers, drop off rubber band activities, or mail a fun little clutch bag to color. Add to that the wonderful cards received from friends and church family alike and we feel so amazingly blessed.

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Thank you to everyone who contributed, whether it be one of the specific things I named above or for ideas for helping keep her mind occupied while her body heals. You all are blessings.

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Ice Cream – Blogging Through The Alphabet

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(Because I am slow on getting some things posted, yet again, I am combining the Middle School Monday post with my Blogging Through the Alphabet. Enjoy!)

Working through the Apologia Astronomy curriculum has given us a number of fun opportunities. One of the labs that was suggested was making ice cream. We could not ignore that experiment/lab!

The purpose of the experiment was to see the how chemicals (in this case – salt) could create a cooling effect. This was in relation to the gas giant planets, specifically Neptune,  that are cold not only because of the distance from the sun but also because of the chemicals in the atmosphere.

Ice Cream Making

The experiment was fun and tasty but there are a couple of things we would recommend in regards to it:

– Do it outside if at all possible; this is messy and salt water on some floors is not good

– Perhaps use a small plastic jar or container that will hold the liquid and put it in the large zipper bag with ice and salt. Trying to get ice cream out of a zipper bag that has salt all over it is difficult and salty ice cream is not my favorite.

All in all – a super easy and very tasty way to see the effects of chemicals mixing to create a lower freezing temperature.

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How to let go? (Abandon) ~ FMF & Blogging Through The Alphabet

I am combining two tasks this week. The word for Five Minute Friday is ABANDON and the letter for Blogging Through The Alphabet is H.

H How to let go

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We were on Spring Break this week and took some time. We abandoned all that we had been doing because we were physical, mentally, and emotionally worn out. We had abandon things. We went to a different place, relaxed, visited with loved ones, did some fun things, and recovered.

But in order to do that, we had to let go – abandon – what we were already doing. That is hard sometimes. I often tell myself that we have to keep on schedule; we have to keep going. We cannot stop. We cannot abandon the job. I have been given the job of guiding my children as they grow. I cannot abandon that!!!

But I often take that – I cannot abandon my job of guiding my children – to mean that I cannot stop doing the things that we are already doing. And that? That is wrong.

I can abandon, and should, many things. When something is causing daily grief? Abandon it and replace it with something that is better. When something is causing ache? Abandon it and replace it with something that brings joy. When something is causing a rift between family or friends or, worse, God’s people? Abandon it! Quickly.

We often think of abandoning things as bad. But how do we view letting go? Not as big a deal but just as permanent. So retrain your brain here – abandon/let go of the things that prevent you from doing whatever it is you need to be doing, whether it be guiding your children, helping others, or just carrying on daily with a cheerful heart and mind.

How do we let go? With joy, knowing that we are going to be refilling that space with better things.

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Giraffe Party – Blogging Through the Alphabet

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Miss J just turned 8! I can hardly believe how fast the years are going, but I know every parent must feel that way. She invited her friends over for an animal party, though her focus was on giraffes. This is her favorite animal and has been for several years now.

She asked her friends to dress as their favorite animal, so, of course, she dressed as a giraffe. This was the easiest costume. Ever! I got a brown shirt that she had and turned it inside out. Using making tape, I just stuck pieces of different lengths on at different angles until the whole shirt was covered. I did the same with a pair of brown leggings that she had. We added to this a headband that I taped ears and horns (not what they are really called) onto. After putting her hair in a bun, she was the cutest giraffe I have ever seen.

We played pin the tail on the giraffe. For this, I gave each child a small piece of paper and had them draw their own giraffe tail. We had printed off a coloring page of a giraffe that I found through a search engine. We printed it on multiple pages and taped them together. Easy – peasy. Bonus? It is now a poster in Miss J’s room!

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We ordered pizza because salad, the food of giraffes, is just not the favorite thing for this 8 year old. We put her newest addition to her toys, Squinkie animals, onto the cake for decorations. We had blue kool-aid since giraffes drink water. Truly, easy party, y’all!

We had lots of fun and enjoyed our time with friends a lot. And now, I have an 8 year old.

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For Someone Else – Blogging Through the Alphabet

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I want you to think for a minute. What have you done today?

How much of it was for someone else?

If you are a parent or a friend or a co-worker, you can think of many things that you have done for someone else. And that is a wonderful thing to do.

I was very privileged to do something for someone else the other day and it ended up being a wonderful experience. You see, At Home Dad really, really enjoys the music of Sting.

He had bought the newest album that was released and found himself wondering about the tour for it. So he looked it up. And saw that there was a date in a city just an hour away. So he asked me if I would go with him.

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I didn’t hesitate – I said yes. Not because I like Sting. (I don’t mind his music at all.) Not because I wanted to go to a rock concert. (I didn’t mind but not how I would first choose to spend my time.) Not because I wanted to be around several thousand other people. (I did NOT want to be around a whole bundle of people!)

I said yes because I wanted to do something for At Home Dad that would bring a smile to his face and joy to his heart. You see, I wanted to do something for someone else and that, in turn, brought joy to me. (And, I thoroughly enjoyed the concert. If you have a chance, listen to the song “The Empty Chair.” Beautiful. Touching. He is just such an artist!)

So, I ask you again – What have you done today? I hope you see how much your little things -little things like picking up that candy wrapper, folding that load of clothes, sitting and reading the child that book, chatting with a friend, stopping to say hello to someone you know in the store, smiling and wishing that store worker a good evening – I hope you see how much the little things matter. Big things are good. But little things? They add up fast.

So keep on keeping on. Keep doing those little things. And encourage your family to find little things to do, as well. It will not only bring joy to your life, it will brighten the day of someone else. So go do something.

For Someone Else.

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Electrical Circuits – Blogging Through the Alphabet

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A while back, my dad pulled out a couple of electrical circuitry boards that he had used to teach my brothers some things about electricity when we were all younger. He gave them to us and I set them aside for another time. Well, that time came last week when we were all feeling a bit under the weather but we still wanted to accomplish something. You know that place, right?

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Well, electrical circuits to the rescue. The day was saved. At least for Miss J. She was terribly excited to see these and to try them out, now that we had bought the right batteries to run them. We have to boards. Both of them are by Science Fair. One is 60 In One Electronic Project Kit. The other is 160 In One Electronic Project Kit. We started with the smaller one.

Turns out, these were WAYYYY easier to use than I had expected. The booklets that come with them explain how to hook them up, the order in which to hook the wires up, and what each setup is supposed to do. Then, it explains why it works (or it should – we did have a couple not work correctly).

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We worked on a basic on/off switch. We tried out hand at traffic lights (something didn’t work there). We used a reed switch to turn on and off a light. We did two or three other small projects and then we put it away for the time being. It won’t be put away for long and it is much closer at hand now than it was before.

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There is probably a good reason to work through the projects from the start of the book but we just picked a chose. It was an exploration project at the time. I imagine we will take this up a bit more regimented at some point in the not too distant future because Miss J was so interested in it.

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D – Degas books

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Since we had visited the Degas exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston in late December, I have kept a few books on the artist in our book basket. I have often noticed the girls reading through them or thumbing through and looking at the pictures. Both indicate learning is going on and that they were interested, at least a little bit.

The books that I have had are the following three:

  • Dancing with Degas by Julie Merberg
  • Degas and the Dance: the painter and the petits rats, perfecting their art by Susan Goldman Rubin
  • Degas and the Little Dancer: a story about Edgar Degas by Laurence Anholt

All three of the books are interesting, and while not all are non-fiction, the information is well researched so that the fictional story still imparts a large amount of knowledge to the reader.d-dancing-with-degas

Dancing with Degas by Julie Merberg

This board book has the lovely paintings of Degas couple with rhyming text for little ones. This is a simple introduction to the world of art and the world where Degas went to get inspiration for his art.

d-degas-and-the-danceDegas and the Dance: the painter and the petits rats, perfecting their art by Susan Goldman Rubin

This is an interesting book that focuses on Degas and his inspiration for the dance paintings and statues he created. This picture book biography of Degas includes about 30 of his works from the early stages of a ballerina’s training to the final curtain call. Showcasing the ballerinas that so many have come to love in Degas’ work, this book teaches us much about Degas’ himself and the works of beauty he created.

d-degas-and-the-little-dancerDegas and the Little Dancer: a story about Edgar Degas by Laurence Anholt

This is a picture book story based on true life. Focusing on the story of the young lady who posed for Degas’ famous statue “The Little Dancer”, Marie is touching as a young woman who comes to know so much about the artist who sculpts her image. This biography of Degas teaches us about the artist through the eyes of a young girl whose greatest desire is to be a famous ballerina.

All three of these books are interesting and have lovely pictures. They all share some about the artist, who is a very interesting man. Having seen the paintings and sculptures and sketches in person makes these books even more alive. And isn’t that what learning is all about?

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