The Mommy Bloggy

Reflections of a Mother's Heart

An Apple for the Teacher May 25, 2013

Filed under: Homeschooling — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:23 pm

This is the time of year moms scramble to come up with a new idea for teacher gifts.  We want to show our appreciation in some small way, knowing we can never completely repay them for the time, effort, and love they have poured into our children during the past school year.  At our home school co-op, my children have three teachers we wanted to give a small gift to on our last day of class last week.  They say you should always give a gift you would want to receive, so we like to give food!  At Christmas, we gave our teachers chocolate truffles and at the close of this school year, we gave them caramel apples.

IMG_7662They are so simple to make, not to mention inexpensive,  and they are big enough for sharing!  I think they would also make great birthday party favors!  I melted two bags of Kraft caramel candies to spoon over jonagold apples.  Then we rolled the apples in m&m’s.  You could roll the caramel apples in just about anything you want:  chocolate/white chocolate chips, crushed peanuts, crushed pretzels, crushed toffee and chocolate bars, cookie crumbs, sprinkles, red hot cinnamon candies, candy corn, marshmallows, or you could drizzle chocolate or white chocolate over the caramel.  The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

We placed our cooled apples in plastic treat bags, tied with a ribbon and a homemade card with a personal message inside written and signed by my children.  These apples are also fun to make and keep for yourself!  Enjoy!

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Sometimes a Date Does the Trick January 22, 2013

Filed under: Homeschooling — Michelle Ferguson @ 8:34 pm

My afternoon class had ended and while I was driving home, the Lord clearly laid an idea on my heart that came out of nowhere.  I knew I had to do it, even though I had not planned this into my day.  Sometimes “interruptions” are God’s plan for us!

I called my children, and the one I needed answered.  “Hello,” Logan said into my ear.  “Logan, it’s Mom.  Get your math book, your work sheets, a sharpened pencil, and the teacher’s book and meet me at the door when I drive up.  I am taking you on a date!”  Of course, his first question was, “Where?”  When I responded with, “It’s a surprise,”  I could almost see a big grin burst across his face in delight at the thought of getting Mom all to himself for a little while.

After a couple of errands (well, I had to check something off on my list!), we drove into the parking lot of Starbucks.  Our favorite Starbucks is near our library, so at first, Logan thought our destination was there, but he was thrilled to see me park at Starbucks.  I ordered a hot chocolate and a big chocolate chunk cookie for him and a skinny spicy vanilla latte for me.  It was a good day for a warm drink because it was a bone-cold, rainy day.  Everyone else thought it was a good day for a warm drink, too, because Starbucks was busy!  We got the last available table!

Logan had gotten behind on his math lessons for the week, and I had not had time to sit alone with him and just focus on helping him.  So, we opened up his book and worked through parts of three different lessons and two worksheets.  In the middle of this, two older gentlemen joined us at our table for four.  One asked if they could use the chairs, so they pulled them away from the table and carried on a conversation in their own world.  Meanwhile, we continued our work, and Logan was a star!

I think a change of scenery and getting him away from the distractions of his brother did wonders for this boy!  As we walked to the car, Logan said, “Thank you for bringing me here.  It was fun!”  I agreed, it was a fun way to get math done.  Sometimes a date does the trick!

 

 

 

 

Spelling Lessons May 17, 2012

Filed under: Homeschooling — Michelle Ferguson @ 8:26 pm

Last week while my daughter was taking a spelling test, she commented, “I know all the letters, I just don’t know the right order.”  Not very encouraging to a homeschool mom…sigh…

Today, my son (who is sometimes a better speller than his sister, despite being two years younger) wrote “afishils” in a report he is doing on the state of Pennsylvania.  Sounding it out, I figured it was supposed to be “officials.”  I had to laugh…I guess those phonics lessons have paid off??

These times remind me that life has a new lesson every day.  We are never in a place where we know everything.  I would like to think I learn something new every day, but I must be intentional in doing this.  I read books on parenting, homeschooling, being a godly wife, and books just for fun, of course!  I peruse blogs of like-minded people, and I skim our local weekly “Times” paper and FOX News.com to catch up on the latest news.  My Bible is my main source of teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training me in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).

A teachable spirit is key to classroom lessons as well as life lessons.  It is a great character trait to develop, and I try to encourage my kids to persevere and learn from their mistakes.  After all, mistakes have lead to the greatest of discoveries (like ice cream cones, potato chips, silly putty, and Post-It Notes!).