I can’t believe it! August is almost here and It’s time to start planning Tavi’s second birthday. Having a summer birthday makes planning so very easy. Instead of renting a venue we are able to enjoy one of our favorite local parks! We can use the money saved to provide a nice lunch for our friends and family.
Step one, pick a date and send invitations! PaperlessPost is my go to for invitations. From a girls night to a very special birthday for my baby girl! I think I’ll choose this invitation. Tavi’s Smiling will be the icing on the birthday cake.
So, a late summer birthday party at a local park. Next I will plan the menu and of course I’m going to start looking for Tav’s party dress!
Last week I shared 7 Christmas books you can share with your little ones — but this week we are getting down and dirty. Let’s keep it real, traveling with children can be is a special type H*LL. Long gone are the days of getting comfy in the passenger’s seat (because my hubby always drives. thx hun!) with a book or listening to an audio book, or having an uninterrupted a conversation with Hubby. Now it’s:
Let’s drive as far as we can before they freak out!!!
Let’s stop before they fall asleep so we won’t wake them!
It’s that time of the year! My favorite time! CHRISTmas. I do enjoy watching the many cozy yet cheesy, movies with my children, but it is also VERY important to me that they know why we celebrating in the first place. I have been lucky enough to find several books that point to Jesus, as the reason for the season. My children really enjoy them. Check out the list below!
“Let’s decorate the tree! Little ones can’t wait to put up the Christmas tree-a clear sign of exciting things to come. But what’s the meaning of this holiday tradition? Learn the symbolic meaning of the Christmas tree, from lights and ornaments and the star on top to the blessing of presents underneath” (2-5 years old)
“God made the stars and put them up high to shine down on earth from up in the sky.” But long ago God made a special star. He put it in the sky to send a message: “Jesus our Savior has come
‘ We can look at the stars at night. And we can remember that a long time ago, Jesus’ star shone among them.” (4-8 years old)
“What happens on Christmas Eve while children sleep? “Their stockings are filled up with candy and toys, and happy surprises for good girls and boys.” A kindhearted man hid a gift in a stocking, long ago. He did it to “remind every one of the Gift that God sent.” Christmas stockings help us remember God’s love. ” (4-8 years old)
“I want a candy cane too! Everyone loves a candy cane-but it’s easy to overlook the meaning of this familiar Christmas tradition in all the hustle and bustle of the season. This sweet story reminds little ones that the candy cane represents Jesus’ birth and the gospel message too.” (2-5 years old)
“Mama’s answer only leads to more questions like “Is God more important than Santa?” So she and Little Cub head off on a polar expedition to find God and to see how he gave them Christmas.” (3-7 years old)
“The gentle beauty of the story of the first Christmas is now available as a board book. With a simple, lyrical text and radiant artwork, this book is perfect for the youngest child to be a part of the wonder of the Nativity.” (2-4 years old)
What other books do you know of that point to the true reason for the season?
Merry Christmas and Happy Reading! XOXO Raivon Lee, Vain Mommy
Ignorance hurts others, even those we deeply care for.
Ignorance breeds ignorance.
It took me longer than I’d like to admit, to realize that there are American holidays that celebrate oppression. I knew — but I didn’t really KNOW until I began to teach my own child. So much growth occurs after becoming a parent.
In our homeschool Columbus day and Thanksgiving are two of the most challenging to accurately share.
Take Columbus Day for example. Who was Columbus? What is he known for? Did he truly discover America? Or was it already discovered?! Just watch this video. It is so powerful!
Finding resources that are culturally and historically accurate is challenging. Surprise surprise! Sarcasm. Even when I do come across books that I think will fit the bill often they don’t, there are still lingering slivers of misinformation.
Learning & Sharing the Truth About Thanksgiving
The film below is from PBS. I think know that I am more excited about this film than my kid! There are 5 episodes lasting approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes each. You can purchase the entire season (5 episodes) for $6.99 from Amazon.
American Experience: We Shall Remain “They were charismatic and forward thinking, imaginative and courageous, compassionate and resolute, and, at times, arrogant, vengeful, and reckless. For hundreds of years, Native American leaders from Massasoit, Tecumseh, and Tenskwatawa, to Major Ridge, Geronimo, and Fools Crow, valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture. Sometimes, their strategies were militaristic, but more often they were diplomatic, spiritual, legal, and political. From PBS’s acclaimed history series, American Experience, in association with Native American Public Telecommunications, We Shall Remain establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. These five documentaries spanning three hundred years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective, upending two-dimensional stereotypes of American Indians as simply ferocious warriors or peaceable lovers of the land.”
For quick reference I have included the links to the books recommended by Cool Mom Picks below!
Remember, as parents we aren’t meant to be perfect. As much as I wish I knew everything about everything, I don’t — I do know that I want to raise a child that is aware, culturally sensitive and just an overall caring person. I believe that each of us are doing wonderfully, as long as we are making steps in the right direction.
I am genuinely interested — How you are sharing the story of Thanksgiving with your family?
Y’all, this last week has been tough! We moved into our rental property temporarily and we (Greg and I) decided to do the work all ourselves 😳 why?! For my fellow Fitbit junkies, I racked up over 20k steps a day for those three days! I love my Fitbit… it’s probably the only reason I didn’t throw in the towel.
As you can imagine Homeschooling became increasingly difficult, my patience was short and Ari was doing the exact opposite of everything I asked. I suppose I should have expected this, with so much change occurring; but I began to question my choice to homeschool.
Not only because I was pulling my hair out but Ari didn’t seem to be enjoying himself either.
I actually searched for other options like, hybrid homeschool classes, part-time elementary programs, parents mornings out even!
As a homeschooling mom of little ones, a four and one year old; it seems like most everyday is the perfect day for a field trip! Life as a stay-at-home-life is just so much easier when we aren’t trapped inside all day. A change of scenery helps Ari focus and being in a new environment allows for unlimited discover, learning and fun!
Recently, this great list of Free Atlanta Area Fields Trips was shared with me. USA TEST PREP divides their list into Science, Social Studies and Other. I couldn’t ask for a better resource. I can not believe we have only been to Fernbank Science Center and Dunwoody Nature Center. Maybe I too comfortable dishing out $$$?
Once my children are a little older and nap isn’t a must, we will venture out a bit further from the city.
You can find the full list of Free Fields Trips here on USA TEST PREP’s website .
Do you know of any other free homeschool Field Trips” in and around Atlanta GA? Please Share!
Ari tossing rocks in the creek at Dunwoody Nature Center.