Oct 30, 2014

Fall Season safety tips - Safety Education series

October 30, 2014
safety education: fall season safety

This weekend many of us will be changing our clocks back from Daylight Savings Time. It's a great time to also change your batteries in your smoke alarms, CO monitors and check that your fire extinguishers are fully charged. 
We'll be doing ours for class today.

Fire safety is for every season, but with the colder weather arriving, many of us are starting to use our fireplaces, wood burning stoves and space heaters. 
Start the class by asking the children for some safety tips concerning these. I always enjoy hearing what they know and sometimes busting some myths along the way. Discussion time is so important and gives you a great starting point.

Read over these Fall Fire Safety Tips for more discussion ideas. 
One of the tips mentioned is to make sure young children know how to dial "911".  Why not make this a family activity. Each child/adult can take turns being the caller 
and the 911 dispatcher that asks the questions. 

Here are some other helpful Fall Season Safety Tips.

I would like to add one more tip for thought. 
So many times the children have opportunities to help grandma & grandpa or older neighbors with outside chores this fall, which is always encouraged, of course. However, remember, older adults may not anticipate the curiosity of younger children, leaving ladders & yard tools unattended. A word of caution to the adults and the children may be needed. 

Thanks so much for joining 
us for safety class today.
See you next week.

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Oct 27, 2014

A Clean & Simple Wedding Card

We're to have our "Indian Summer" 
this week; pleasant weather before the 
temps dip to freezing by the weekend.  

Time to put our yard & gardens "to bed" 
for the winter and stow away the patio 
furniture & outside pretties. I'm not quite 
sure I'm ready for this! I'm still gathering 
cucumbers, herbs and the odd tomato 
here & there. I will miss my gardens!!

I have a CAS card to share with you today 
from a recent bridal shower I attended.

It came together in about five minutes and 
I was able to personalize it with the wedding 
colors using Washi tape.

A clean and simple wedding card

materials used:
Crisp white cardstock
Washi tape
hearts punch (Stampin' Up)
foam dimension tape
black ink (Memento)
best wishes stamp (Hero Arts)
paper cutter  

a CAS card - best wishes

Enjoy your Monday!
Have the temps dropped to freezing where you live?

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Oct 23, 2014

Stranger Danger - Safety Education Series

October 23, 2014
Safety Education - stranger danger

Today, we'll be discussing some basic personal safety rules.
good advise from Safely Ever After.


We'll be visiting the Safely Ever After site today for our discussion topics.

then go over the Ten Play-It-Safe rules with your children.

Now it's time to practice. Talk about some situations that might arise and let the children practice saying, " Let me check with my parents first." 

Here are some tips for parents, you might want to read too.

Going trick or treating? Read these Halloween safety tips.

Mom note:
These tips serve only as a simple outline for discussion. My hope is that each family will impart their own moral values and beliefs when teaching this subject to their children.

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joining us today.
See you next week.

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Oct 20, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies with soft centers - Printable Recipe

This is a most excellent recipe; 
chocolate chip cookies with crisp edges 
and soft, chewy middles that stay soft!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar, granulated 
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (175 degrees C.)
Cream together butter & sugars until smooth.
Beat in one egg at a time, then stir in vanilla.
Dissolve baking soda in hot water, add to batter.
Stir in salt, flour, chocolate chips and nuts.
Drop by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased pans;
makes 4 dozen.

Bake 10 minutes or until edges start to brown.

Posted by Maria Matter @Five Simple Things.
Recipe originally found at allrecipes.com 

In my photo, I substituted 1¾ cups of mini chocolate chips
because that's what I had on hand & I omitted the walnuts,
my DH is not a fan of nuts.

This is my new favorite cookie recipe,
I love that it stays soft. Enjoy.

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Oct 16, 2014

Carbon Monoxide & Poster Contest - Safety Education series

October 16, 2014
Safety education: Carbon Monoxide 

For class today, we're reviewing some important info 
about carbon monoxide, the invisible killer.  

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has a great 
fact sheet HERE. Please visit the site and read over the 
info with your children. 

Then enter the poster contest! 

The contest is open to children in grades six through 
eight through February 2015!
Click on the graphic below to read the entry details 
and take a look at previous poster winners!

Mom note:
Even if your children aren't eligible for the actual contest, creating a poster will help reinforce what they have learned. Then encourage them to share this important information with family & friends.

Have fun!
Thanks for joining us,
see you next week.

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Oct 13, 2014

Mirrored Vanity Tray - Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse

We recently gave our bedroom a major makeover 
and now I'm working on adding some pretty decor.

When we decluttered our home earlier this year, 
I boxed up a few items and challenged myself 
to recycle, repurpose or reuse them within the 
year in order for them not to be deemed 'clutter'! 

So, here's my first ready-to-see project: 
An old gold framed mirrored tray.

mirrored vanity tray - before

A bit of cleaning, a solid coat of black Krylon spray paint, 
and some Zva Creative bling...

a little mirror bling

...and here's my "new" mirrored vanity tray! 

mirrored vanity tray - reuse

Hubby made us his & her oak dressers; 
this tray will be sitting pretty atop mine!

I'll have more projects to show soon, 
along with the room makeover!

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recycle-repurpose-reuse project?

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Oct 9, 2014

Handwashing - Safety Education series

October 9, 2014
Safety Education: Handwashing

Clean hands save lives!
Handwashing has always been an important part of our daily hygiene routine, however, with flu season approaching and the various viruses in the news, it seems like a good time to review the proper practice of handwashing. 

This class time can start simply by asking the children why they think handwashing might be important, how can clean hands really save someone's life?!

Proper handwashing, helps prevent illnesses and the spread of infections to others. 

Ask children, "when should you wash your hands?"

Answers could include: after using the toilet, before meal time, before & after applying first aid or helping someone who is sick, after coughing or sneezing and blowing your nose, after petting animals or caring for pets, and my personal favorite after shopping at grocery or department stores.

After discussing the "when" we will practice the "how"!
The are five simple steps to effective handwashing: Wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry.

handwashing: 5 simple steps

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

You may want to schedule snack time after this class now that everyone has clean hands! 

Mom notes:
You know your child best, if they are hearing and understanding the news reports about ebola and the enterovirus you can certainly bring those topics to the table when discussing how clean hands can save lives. 

Thanks for joining us,
see you next week.

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disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This article is only intended to serve as an encouragement to discuss handwashing basics and give safety class ideas to homeschoolers. 

Oct 2, 2014

A basic first aid kit - Safety Education series

October 2, 2014
Safety Education

A basic first aid kit. 

Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere, that's why it's important to have a first aid kit at home & in the car when you travel. We want to choose quality products that improve health care and have the ability to adhere to skin in water.

Here's a basic starter list to build your own kit:

*first aid antibiotic cream
*sterile bandages
*ice packs
*elastic bandages
*sharp scissors
*alcohol pads
*adhesive tape
*bottled water
*Acetaminophen or ibuprofen along with a dosage chart
*a list of important telephone numbers such as doctors,
poison control center and other emergency contacts.

Discuss what other items your family might need to include in your kits.

Use this class to talk about making first aid kits and take note which items you may need to purchase. Or if you have all items on hand, use the class to build them using a zippered tote bag or storage container with a lid.

We will be making a kit for the 2nd car during our class.

Be sure to discuss some basic first aid during the class too! Clean it, coat it, cover it!  There really should be a fourth C, CHECK IT! Check the wound daily to make sure it's healing properly.


Depending on the student's ages, practice The 3 C's on an area of their arm or leg.

Mom notes:
One year the boys made individual first aid kits in Cub Scouts using a 35mm film canister. They included an antiseptic wipe and a band aid then twisted a pipe cleaner around the canister to make a loop for their belt to slide through. They were very proud of their kits, kept them for quite a while and refilled them when necessary.

Thanks for joining us,
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disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This article is only intended to serve as an encouragement to discuss first aid basics and give safety class ideas to homeschoolers.