I love Pinterest. I’m a very visual person, so spending time looking through inspiring ideas and dreaming about what I could make is fun for me. I’m not someone who easily falls into the trap of feeling inadequate because what I make never looks as good as the picture or because I am not the most crafty or artistic person out there. I just look at Pinterest as an amazing tool to be able to find wonderful resources and ideas and to be able to share my own ideas as well.
One of the things I like about Pinterest is how personal each person’s Pinterest can be. Pinterest can be a method of expressing who you are, your interest and hobbies, your likes and dislikes, your style, your beliefs, and what makes you you.
There are many things you can discover about me through my Pinterest boards. At first glance, you will see things that give hints about our family such as you may guess that we eat gluten free because of my Gluten Free Recipes board or that I struggle with organization because of my Organization board. There will be glances into our homeschool life as you will find boards that are more specific both to how we do our homeschooling and to the current units we are studying and those we plan to study in the future.
If you probe a bit more, you may discover what my particular culinary likes as you notice that I have a Nachos board (my love of Nachos is well documented!), a Grilled Cheese Goodness board, an Appies board, and a Mac n Cheese board! Those aren’t even my only food boards. I have You Say Potato, I Say Potaato, Soups, Salads, Crock Pot Recipes, Freezer Meals, Breakfast Foods, and that doesn’t even include my various dessert boards! I even have a board for Pinterest Recipes I’ve Actually Made to keep notes on the recipes I’ve tried. Safe to say that food is a passion of mine…
Follow Sharla Kostelyk’s board Nachos on Pinterest.
Pinterest is also a way for me to highlight some of the things that I am passionate about (other than Nachos). Today, I thought it might be fun to show you a bit of my heart through my passions evident on Pinterest. Adoption is close to my heart because not only are five of our kids adopted, I have seen lives and families completely transformed because of the miracle and heartache and nearly impossible journey that is adoption. I have a website specifically for information about adoption and I highly some of its content and other helpful content I find on other websites on my Adoption Magazine Board.
Special Needs Parenting is another board I am passionate about because of the power of information and education to help people. As many of my kids have a wide variety of special needs, I have found great information out there on helping them which in turn helps me and it is great to be able to make those resources more accessible to others through this board. I have also asked a few other bloggers who have special needs children or who are professionals such as OTs to join me in pinning to this great Special Needs Parenting board.
Sensory Bins have been something so helpful for my kids. They have helped in creating a calmer environment, regulating their moods, giving them a sensory outlet, and even improving their communication. We love sensory bins so much, I even wrote a book about them! There are so many people out there who are far more creative than I am and I get many of the ideas for our own sensory bins from this Pinterest board which has over 500 ideas on it so far!
Follow Sharla Kostelyk’s board Sensory Bins on Pinterest.
Pinterest is an incredible resource for homeschoolers! I have many boards that are related to homeschooling such as boards for specific units or subjects and I also have a general Homeschooling Pinterest board.
Of course, if we are talking about things I am passionate about, if I’m passionate enough about it, I usually end up writing about it here on my blog. From simple kids’ crafts to books we love to homeschooling to special needs parenting to anxiety in children to adoption to recipes and everything in between, you can find it all on my The Chaos and The Clutter board.
iHomeschool Network is joining together to share the Pinterest boards they are passionate about. You can read about each blogger’s favourite boards and what makes them unique at Pintastic Pinboards and you can also check out iHomeschool Network’s Cream of the Crop Pinterest Page with links to boards that will help you in your homeschooling, homemaking or just life in general.
And of course, I would love it if you would take a peek into this chaotic brain of mine and follow me on Pinterest. What do your Pinterest boards say about you?
As the white mom of three black children, I feel an extra burden to ensure that they know about African American heroes they can look up to. I want them to know that there are no heights that they cannot reach. I make sure that the house has many books and movies about African American heroes and that we study people that they can aspire to emulate in one way or another. I make sure that my children know that all of these heroes are human and not perfect but they each have character qualities that are admirable and many of them paved the way for those who would come behind them.
These are just some of the many African American heroes that you can study with your children. Below, I have listed some movies and books that may help you in teaching your children and lead you and them to even further study of the heroes who possess character qualities they can aspire to achieve.
Martin Luther King, Jr. – Martin Luther King Jr. was an activist, pastor, husband, father, and leader of the civil rights movement. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. He gave his life for freedom.
Barack Obama – In 2009, Barack Obama became the first African American President of the United States.
Condaleeza Rice – Condaleeze Rice served as the 66th United States Secretary of State. She was also the first woman to serve as a National Security Advisor.
Rosa Parks – Rosa Parks is often called the “first lady of civil rights”.
Denzel Washington – Denzel Washington is obviously an accomplished actor but he is also a family man, Christian and positive role model.
Matthew Hensen – This man was the first African American Arctic explorer and is credited by many as having been the first person ever to reach the North Pole.
Oprah – There is no denying the impact Oprah has had on the entertainment industry and the doors that she opened for those who came behind her.
Harriet Tubman – It is difficult to sum up a true hero in a few sentences. Harriet Tubman was born into slavery, born black and born a woman. Those things did not stop her from freeing over 300 slaves through the Underground Railroad and fighting for justice to the end of her days.
Percy Jullian – Percy Jullian was a scientist who made huge strides in the world of chemistry.
Thurgood Mashall – Thurgood Marshall became the first black justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1967.
Jackie Robinson – Jackie Robinson was the first black major league baseball player. Number 42 will always be known as his.
Colonel Guion F. Bluford – Astronaut Colonel Bluford was the first African American in space.
Dr. Ben Carson – Dr. Ben Carson made medical advances as a pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is best known as being the first surgeon to separate twins conjoined at the head. You can hear Dr. Carson’s amazing story firsthand at the upcoming Great Homeschool Conventions as he is scheduled as a speaker!
You can also read other iHomeschool Network bloggers’s thoughts about Dr. Ben Carson to learn more about this African American hero.
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Several of my kids are music lovers but we’ve never really had a set music appreciation curriculum. We’ve used Colour the Classics here and there over the years which we’ve enjoyed but it was not what I would consider to be a full curriculum. I’ve been looking for something that was more comprehensive and found it in Zeezok Music Appreciation. This award winning curriculum did not disappoint!
The Zeezok music appreciation collection includes:
-student activity book
-5 CDs of music from all the composers represented
-disk of full colour lapbook printables
-7 composer biographies
We began our study with Franz Joseph Haydn, a composer that I was not overly familiar with.
What we liked about Zeezok Music Appreciation…
I always appreciate when a homeschool curriculum can be easily taught and adapted for multiple ages. Having such a broad range in skill levels in our home can make homeschooling a challenge so I work hard to find as many curriculums as I can that I can use with all the kids at the same time. Zeezok is certainly one of these.
The composer biographies are written at a level that was easy for my kids to understand. When reading the biography for Haydn, my kids were captivated especially by the stories of his youth. We were able to talk about how they would feel if they were far away from their families at such a young age to pursue their passion.
One of my favourite things about this program was the focus on character qualities. Character is something we talk about quite a bit and being able to reinforce this teaching through the Zeezok music curriculum was something I really appreciated.
The lessons are easy to follow. The weekly lessons are laid out and the planning is done for you.
It is easily adaptable. The curriculum is set up so that 4 weeks are spent on each composer but it can easily be adapted to move through each one more quickly or slowly. Due to sickness and renovations at our house, we took more than 4 weeks for our study of Haydn. It was nice to be able to go at our own pace.
There are a wide variety of activities and whether your child is a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner, there is something in this curriculum geared towards them. I have all types of learners represented in my homeschool so
Our piano teacher found out that we were studying Haydn because the kids were excited enough about the program to tell her about it so she found some Haydn songs that were at their level and they learned to play them. (There are also songs in the Zeezok books that the kids can play.) I thought it was a very good sign that the kids were talking about their new music program and able to retain the information they had learned about Haydn from the biography we had read.
Below, this is a video of Dancing Queen playing a beginner piece, Papa Haydn. This is her first year of piano lessons.
We really enjoy notebooking and lapbooking so this part of the study especially appealed to us. There were considerations made for younger learners such as their being an easy puzzle or a more challenging puzzle to choose from.
The images for the lapbook were in full colour and very good quality. My kids enjoyed seeing a picture of the chapel that they had read about in the Haydn biography and the cute little reminders about the different nicknames Haydn had.
Other information about Zeezok…
If you are looking to meet the national music appreciation standards, the required activities are clearly marked in the book.
The curriculum is designed for students in Kindergarten through grade 6, although I found that it could easily have been adapted for grades 7 or 8.
Zeezok Music Appreciation Coupon Code and Giveaway…
You can receive a 10% discount on all orders until March 21, 2014 by using the discount code ihomeschool.
Zeezok is giving away one complete set of the Music Appreciation Book 1 Collection! If you purchase a set during the giveaway and happen to win, Zeezok will refund your purchase price!
Giveaway is open to those with US mailing addresses only. Giveaway ends at midnight March 20, 2014. Winner will be chosen and notified on Friday, March 21, 2014.
Shamrock Foam Dough Sensory Tray from Crayon Chronicles
Easy Coloured Rice Centrepiece from Lynnae McCoy
Pot of Gold Paper Plate Craft from Tutus and Tea Parties
St. Patrick’s Day Picture Books from Generation iKid
Leprechaun Puppet from Lalymom
Skittles Density Rainbow from Gift of Curiosity
St. Patrick’s Day Printables Pack also from Gift of Curiosity
St. Patrick’s Day Fine Motor & Sensory Fun Activities from Golden Reflections Blog
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20 St. Patrick’s Day Fine Motor & Sensory Fun Activities from Golden Reflections Blog
Creative Art Ideas for Preschoolers from the Measured Mom
Dr. Seuss Activities for Kids from There’s Just One Mommy
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