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August 12, 2012
by mrscrumley

Color keeps it organized, Astrobright keeps your attention

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School officially starts for us next Monday. And Wednesday we resume our weekly co-op with other homeschool families. We had an open house today so we could visit with the parents and the kids could find their rooms for next week.

A bulk of my time getting ready for the open house was creating "family folders" for each family. It involved lots of copying/ pasting, formating, printing, and copying of all kinds of information. And when I handed each person their folder I tended to say something along the lines of, "We usually email this stuff to you, but honestly we never know if you got it or read it. At least this way I KNOW you got it."

It took a lot of work to make the folders, but it was worth it. One of the organizing techniques I was able to use was putting different categories of infomation on different colored paper. Hopefully that helps parents keep the information straight and not let it all run together and get forgotten.

Do you do that? Put different information on different colored paper? To draw attention to it? What kind of paper do you use?

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August 8, 2012
by mrscrumley

Fuller’s summer achievement

The journey was a hard one.

It was a battle between boy and water.

There was a time when baths were scream fests and the concept of swimming was to hold on to Mommy or Daddy for dear life while being full of fear of the wet stuff.

And then, in the summer of 2012 the boy completed the battle, shedding all floatation devices and saying, “Hey Mom, look! I don’t need my water wings!”

This summer, Fuller became a swimmer. Continue Reading →

August 5, 2012
by mrscrumley

School Pictures – Virtual School Edition – Introduction Collage

We start school again next Monday, the 13th. As we have for the past two years, we are again participating in the Georgia Cyber Academy, Georgia’s public school at home option. It is our twist on schooling at home that works really well for our family.

The past two years we have been assigned a teacher to assist us in making our way from August to May on the learning path. Usually it is around this time we are invited to a teacher “meet and greet.” In the case of our kindergarten year the meet and greet was one of two times we actually saw Mrs. H in person. Last year, our first grade teacher had us meet her for our Dibels testing in person, which allowed us to see her a total of three times. Maybe we will see our teacher, Mrs. G, four times this year!

When we go to the meet and greet the teachers usually ask for a photo of the student to keep names and faces familiar to them. And since our interaction is usually virtual, I really liked the idea of giving not just a picture to the teacher, but a little background information on my awesome student, Fuller.

So the Introduction Collage was created. Continue Reading →

June 12, 2012
by mrscrumley

The boys and their librarian


Meet Brandy. She’s the boys’ librarian. We get to see her almost every Tuesday.

When we attended the library’s party for the Summer Reading program, I sought her out so I could get a picture of her and the boys. Because, whether she knows it or not, she is along for the ride of my boys’ lives.

Remember the words to the Reading Rainbow theme? “I can go anywhere… take a look, it’s in a book!”

It’s such an adventure to be a reader, and the books that lead them on that adventure are way too many to hold in our house. So people like Brandy are going to help them find those books in the shelves (real and virtual!) of our local library. This Summer Fuller is going to read 50 books. 25 of those books are from a list I complied. So when we went to the library a few weeks ago, Fuller had his list, took it to Brandy, and she helped him find one (it’s on hold, but still).

I hope my boys will remember Brandy when they are older and thinking about to the people who helped shape them.

Do you remember your librarians?

February 2, 2012
by mrscrumley

Attitude Adjustment

It is 7:30 and my boys (all three of them) are still sleeping. I don’t expect it to last much longer, but I’m hoping the extra time spent in snooze land will help our day run more on the smooth side than it has been lately.

But as I sit here waiting for Fuller and Tebow to make their appearances, I realize the sleep, while good, isn’t the only thing that will help our day. Mainly it is the need of an attitude adjustment. An attitude adjustment done by me.

As a homeschool mom, I love to talk the talk of how flexible our lives are. When the school bus goes by in the morning, I puff my chest out in pride because my children might still sleeping and getting the rest they need, not what the alarm clock doles out.

However I realize that recently our days have been rough because though I think we are flexible my actions don’t seem to show it. I try to get us started in the morning at a certain time and when a rough patch appears (sometimes in the form of Tebow wanting more food or attention, other times in the form of Legos stealing attention), I don’t really roll with it, but pitch a mommy hissy fit.

So, it is 7:42, my family is still asleep and I’m looking at our day, knowing that right now, I need to just enjoy the coffee and when we get our schooling done will be dictated by just how flexible I am.

February 1, 2012
by mrscrumley

Bridging the gap

Our little family is making it through the year 2012 so far. Hard to believe it is suddenly February! And since time moves fast and I can’t seem to find time to sit still, I have have also found it a little trickier to take care of myself. For instance, my mouth is currently needing some dental work. This is more than a twice a year cleaning. It’s dealing with the gaps where my adult teeth are missing. I have been told by my dentist I need a bridge, but discussions with others suggest a dental implant. Since I’m rather busy these days, finding the time to do the research or even get in the car to a dentist for a second opinion is difficult. So, I default to the internet and online research.

There are many fields and genres of physical health that a lot of people do regular research on, and know a lot about. For example, fitness is trendy, so a lot of people are aware of what to eat and what not to eat, and how to effectively exercise. However, when it comes to dental health, many people don’t know how to go about fixing the issues until the issues actually come up. So, for example, most people don’t know exactly what to do if they lose their adult teeth (or in my case, my baby teeth that have no adult teeth to replace them) and need to “bridge the gap” so to speak. Fortunately, a lot of this sort of information can be found at helpful websites like In the meantime, however, here are a few dental items and procedures for me to consider:

- To begin with, a literal bridge is not a bad idea. Essentially, a bridge is an implanted item that is placed over a false tooth (in place of the one I had pulled) and supported by the healthy teeth on either side of the false one. This is a sturdy application, and quite effectively solves the issue of gaps in your smile. It can definitely be an efficient and decent solution… however, some people stray from this sort of procedure simply because it does less to address the missing tooth itself.
- If I prefer to go about making sure that the false tooth itself is as good as it can be, I could also want to look into dental implants, which are literally replacement tooth roots that provide the best possible foundations for false teeth. A dental implant is placed surgically into my jaw, providing a solid base for a false tooth above it, and also filling the space in my jaw, and thus preventing my remaining teeth from moving slightly over time. This is probably the most thorough solution to a missing tooth, and does not prevent me from also getting false teeth and even bridges if I would still like to do so.

I’m still sussing out the options and getting a second opinion. But even if I still need more research, I know that 2012 will be the year I start filling in those gaps.

Disclaimer: This post was brought to you by, though the circumstance is my own experience.