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Garfield (the Cat, Not the President)

garfieldAccording to my special days calendar, June 19 is Garfield’s (the cat, not the president) birthday!  We will be having fun learning with our favorite cat as part of our homeschooling summer school subject of the day.

I’ll be combining math, health, science, and life skills as the kids add up the calories contained in our crock pot lasagna kitchen project, and figure how much Wii Just Dance it will take to burn those calories.

We checked these out from the library for hilarious reading.

935928_476118142470043_747576520_nI found these links for the kids to follow for computer lab, art, and fun.

Garfield Online Comics  

educational games  http://www.professorgarfield.org/pgf_home.html

how to draw for younger kids  http://www.dragoart.com/tuts/12843/1/1/how-to-draw-garfield-easy.htm

drawing for older kids  http://www.my-how-to-draw.com/how-to-draw-garfield.html

games for fun http://www.garfield.com/fungames.html

And what would a Garfield themed day be without a nap?  I’m putting that in our day’s plans, too.

betty jo

The If’s of Friday


IF the kids have done about 10-15 minutes of extra math Mon.-Thrus,  IF the notebooking assignments are finished, IF we have made some progress on chores, IF Thursday’s reviews went ok, and a few more IFs, then we have what we call “Free Ed Friday”.  This means that for our 6 hour school day (requirement for homeschools in KY), the kids get to pick whatever they want to learn about.  They pick books they want to read. They come up with their own art or cooking projects.  They watch some educational tv and play educational games on the internet. On Fridays we might get out a board game or two.

Friday is also the day for homeshool creative ministry rehearsals, color guard practice,  and errands.  And sometimes, fast food.  Our support group/co-op meets every 3rd Friday evening for a themed family night get together, so on that Friday we prepare for family night.

While the kids are busy learning whatever by themselves, I get to do my own educational things too. I surf the web looking for new lessons.  I read posts and e-mails I didn’t have time for earlier in the week. I always find something new and wonderful. And sometimes meet someone new and wonderful.   Knowing that our school week can end this way sure does give us the incentive to work hard during the week.  Ask any of us which day of the school week we like best, and we would all answer “Friday”!

My favorite Free Eds from this last Friday included an earthworm collection complete with some new holes dug in the yard, learning Just Dance 4 moves, meeting some new homeschool moms and chatting with others I’ve known for years.  I’m reading Andrew Klavin’s If We Survive, because E17 recommended it .  She knows I love a suspenseful story and this one is.

And I found an amazing link to share with you:


And this one for creative fun: (be sure to check out  St. Patrick and Easter on the “Holiday” tab)


betty jo