2 Tbsp. beeswax
3 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 Tbsp. baking soda
3 Tbsp. arrowroot powder (works and feels like cornstarch)
2 Tbsp. Redmond Clay
25- 30 drops essential oils of choice
Remembering what I always say about our skin being the biggest organ on our body and that everything we put onto it, is absorbed into it, lets talk deodorant. Non of us want to smell but looking at the ingredients in a tube of deodorant is pretty scary, especially when you find out what those ingredients can do. Here and here are great posts on the hidden dangers in antiperspirant that you may not be aware of. Maybe hubby will even read them and change his mind about his Old Spice and give my homemade stuff a try:)
After realizing I needed to make a change in my deodorant I tried to use commercially made natural ones with no luck. Tom's Of Maine not only stinks as a deodorant but I swear it makes you stink and using the Crystal Salt Stick I ended up with a painful rash under my arms. My only option now was to find a recipe so I could make my own. I went through several online recipes and ended up mixing an idea here with another one there and ended up with the best deodorant ever! I have never smelled while using this, even when gardening in the hot sun and playing Just Dance with the kids. In fact when in Bear Lake my mother forgot her deodorant and asked to use mine - I think she was a little skeptical when I handed her my dirt colored homemade version. But after a long day in a hot booth at Raspberry Days she was surprised to find she didn't smell and was excited to use it the next day. This week she brought me her empty Secret antiperspirant container and asked me to fill it up with my good stuff. So gather up your current deodorant, trash the contents, clean the container out good, and make yourself a batch of this awesome - no smell - homemade deodorant.
2 Tbsp. Shea butter (or cocoa butter)
2 Tbsp. beeswax
3 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 Tbsp. baking soda
3 Tbsp. arrowroot powder (works and feels like cornstarch)
2 Tbsp. Redmond Clay
25- 30 drops essential oils of choice
Melt the butter, oil and beeswax over very low heat. In a separate bowl mix all the powders together. Add the powder blend to the melted oil, mix and stir until smooth. Add the essential oil, stir well and pour into a deodorant container (or re-use an old container, just make sure it is clean).
I have very sensitive skin so the baking soda in this recipe will eventually irritate my under arms, but that is the secret ingredient to not smelling (believe me I went through several recipes to find this out). To avoid this, if I am not leaving the house I just use coconut oil and whateveressential oil I'm feeling like that day. The coconut oil works as a moisturizer and is also anti-bacterial (bacteria is what makes us smell). The only problem is it wears off pretty quickly so it must be applied several times a day.
Where to get ingredients for this project
You can find all of the ingredients to make this deodorant from Mountain Rose Herbs. I like to purchase my coconut oil from Costco, they have a good quality coconut oil for the best price around. I also get my baking soda there.
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I have been through many homemade laundry detergents in the last couple years and nothing seemed to clean my laundry the way I wanted. I have tried the liquid detergent, melting soap into the boiling water and adding all the powdered extras. I've tried dry detergent, grating the soap in a food processor, then adding the powdered goodies. I've tried the liquid castille soap version and even done the soap nuts. Nothing seemed to satisfy all my desires for a good detergent: fresh smelling laundry, bright colors (most detergents were making them dingy) and a clean, not oily feeling.
After spending the summer experimenting I finally came up with a laundry detergent that fits the bill. I have been using this for two months now and I'm still a satisfied customer. As you can tell from my cleaning with no chemicals post, I love citric acid as a cleaner, so I decided to ditch the soap and replace it with citric acid. No more oily clothes and my laundry comes out smelling fresh and clean!
1 cup Borax
1 cup Super Washing Soda
1 cup Citric Acid
1/2 cup salt
30 drops essential oil (bacteria buster oils)
Mix all the ingredients together with a wire whisk. I let the bowl sit overnight to dry the essential oil out, if you put it in a sealed container right away it will harden. I went through many versions of this detergent before I figured that one out. If it does harden, just break it apart and throw the chunks of detergent in with the laundry, it will still work great. Once dry and powdery, place in a container (glass works best) and use 1 Tbsp. per load if you have soft water or 2 Tbsp. per load for hard water. I also pour vinegar into the water softener section of my washer (or use an herbal infused vinegar) with a few drops of lemon essential oil and use an herbal laundry sachet in the dryer instead of using dryer sheets.
As a Dish Washer Detergent
Through my experimenting I found that this works really well as a natural dishwasher detergent, just fill the detergent compartment and start. I also discovered that when my water softener went out so did the cleansing properties of the detergent, so this will work well IF you have soft water.
Where to get these ingredients
Mountain Rose Herbs will carry all of the ingredients you need to make this detergent, except the Super Washing Soda. Borax and Super Washing Soda are usually sold right next to each other in most stores on the laundry aisle. I have also purchased citric acid from Bulk Apothecary and Amazon, the Amazon one I got was very chunky so I didn't like that one as well as Mountain Rose Herbs.
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I always wanted to make ice cream but it seemed like I needed a lot of planning and time to do it and then I would forget to order my heavy cream (I get fresh dairy farm deliveries). I then found this really easy homemade ice cream recipe with ingredients I always have on hand. I am sorry to the blog I got it from because after a thorough search on my pinterest boards I cannot find you. Whomever you were, you have one fantastic and easy ice cream recipe!
4 cups milk (I use whole milk from Rosehill Dairy)
1/2 cup raw honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
I measured all the ingredients into my Blendtec Blender, which is my favorite kitchen appliance and I couldn't live without. Blend ingredients until smooth.
Pour ingredients into an ice cream maker and follow the instructions for your machine. I inherited this machine from my in laws, but I have my eye on this Cuisinart machine. Store your ice cream in the freezer immediately after serving, it will melt pretty fast. If you don't have an ice cream maker you can just pour the contents in a freezable container and pop in the freezer until frozen.
No regular post today, due to our second broken bone this month. Tonight was our second time in the ER this month!
During our Bear Lake trip Big Man was in an ATV roll over and broke his leg, one surgery, one plate, six screws and a hospital over night stay later he was home and on crutches for eight weeks.
Our first day of school was today and Little Man was playing on the swing set, "swinging with no handle bars" as he told me, he fell backwards and broke his arm. I will spare you the gruesome before setting and casting pictures, just a word of caution, always swing holding on with both hands. You could say I have been a little side tracked, so forgive me.
I will be posting here in the near future on some great bone healing herbs (hint: comfrey), essential oils and I feel a little Redmond Clay will also be in the mix - after all I use that for just about everything, why not broken bones?
I have made and used two different kinds of hairspray over the years. Both work great and are just a matter of preference. I like the flexible hold and feel of the citrus hairspray but sometimes need a little more hold, at which point I go for the sugar one. I always have one of each on hand.
This is my favorite hairspray recipe. You can use either an orange (for dark hair) or a lemon (for light hair). I make a batch of each because my girls are little blondies and I have dark hair. I sometimes like to go by scent and sometimes by healing properties when deciding on an essential oil. Today I added a citrus essential oil blend to the lemon hairspray (in the past I have used lavender) and to the orange I used rosermary and carrot seed essential oils. Below are some other great essential oils for the hair you could choose from.
1 orange or lemon, slice into wedges
2 cups water
1/4 cup Vodka (or rubbing alcohol)
30-40 drops essential oil
This is the simplest way to make a natural hairspray. Not only is it super easy, you will have super hold all day long. My sister was visiting and didn't have her hairspray with her when doing her darling twins hair. I gave her my sugar hairspray to use and she was super impressed when one of them pulled her piggy out and it stayed in place. Who knew natural could work so well (that is what I'm sure she was thinking:)) Now that is what I call, super hold! The only draw back I have found with this hairspray is when you brush out the hair, white powdery, well, sugar is left behind on the brush. No problem to wash out though.
4 Tbsp. sugar
1 cup distilled water
25-30 drops essential oil
Mix the sugar and water together in a small pan. Heat the water and stir until the sugar is dissolved completely. Remove from the heat and once cooled add essential oil. Pour into a spray bottle and label.
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For sixth grade I will be using a lot of the book suggestions from Ambleside Online Year 6. He will be joining us for family school subjects as well as a study of the constitution. Twice monthly he will meet with his Knights of Freedom group, they are learning about the history of flight this year so that will have a separate book list, along with field trips and activities. Here is the curriculum plan for my sixth grader this year.
Personal Scripture Study
This is my child that has struggled with spelling, writing and grammar from the beginning. It was through him that we have been through so many programs and finally found what worked for our family. I love First Language Lessons because they don't go by an age they go by what level the child is capable of. For this year my sixth grader will be working on level four of both Language Lessons and Writing with Ease. He will also be doing daily personal journal entries, notebooking pages for his reading narrations and All About Spelling levels 4 and 5. Copywork will come from Discover the Scriptures Old Testament and the Homes School in the Woods history curriculum below.
I have used and loved MathUSee since I first began homeschooling. This year Big Man will be finishing up Delta and moving on to Epsilon. As I mentioned in my third grade post, the child only moves on when he has mastered the skills from the lesson/book. Sometimes he may move ahead quickly and sometimes he may be stuck on a lesson for a couple of weeks. Moving at the child's pace will help him be confident and successful.
These are the poets of interest for year 6. I like to have the child research each poet at the beginning of the term and fill out a notebooking page on each one. We keep a running notebook of each poet they have studied throughout the years.
After each reading or listening from these literature books Big Man will be giving me a narration. It may be by notebooking page, orally, or using some of these narration ideas.
History is this child's love, along with math. If he could sit and study the past all day, he would be in heaven. In fact he asks all the time if he could skip language arts and just read and do history and science all the time (who wouldn't). This is a transition year where he will be going from finishing up modern times and move back to the beginning with the Old Testament and Ancient Rome and Greece. It should be an exciting year for him. I also like to start a good study on the constitution at this age so we will be using the Proclaim Liberty study guide and work on it together.
Along with the family school country study, my sixth grader will be reading and tracking, through maps and notebooking pages, these living geography books.
In addition to the family study of Exploring Creation with Botany, my sixth grader will be reading these living books on Science.
Reading Book List
This is my sixth grader's list of books he needs to read or listen to before the next school year. The numbers next to the book indicate what term the book will go along with the time period he is learning in history and the L indicates I can get it from my library. All of the classics are available online to read or listen to.
Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawks (1) L
The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia – Esther Hautzig (1) L
The Winged Watchman – Hilda Van Stockham (1)
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Mildred D. Taylor (1 racism in th 30’s) L
Blue Willow – Doris Gates (1 dust bowl story) L
Miracles on Maple Hill (1 depression era) L
Letters from Rifka – Karen Hesse (1 jewish immigrant post WWII) L
Jungle Pilot: The Life and Witness of Nate Saint, Martyred Missionary to Ecuador – Russel T. Hilt (1)
The Von Trapp Family Singers – Maria VonTrapp (1)
Snow Treasure – Marie McSwigan (1 Norwegian during WWII) L
Number the Stars – Lois Lowry (1 WWII Danish efforts to save Jews)
The Ark – Margot Benary-Isbert (1 WWII refugee family)
Rob Roy – Sir Walter Scott
Adventures of Huckleberry Fin – Mark Twain
Little Men – Louisa May Alcott
Jack and Jill – Louisa May Alcott
The Cricket on the Hearth – Charles Dickens
The Swiss Family Robinson – Johann Wyss
Call of the Wild – Jack London
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne
Penrod – Booth Tarkington
A Little Brother to the Bear – William J. Long
The Bronze Bow – Elizabeth Speare (3) L
God’s Smuggler – Brother Andrew and John Sherrill L
Ben Hur – Lew Wallace (2 and 3)
Now that I have planned what each child will be learning, the tricky part is in the scheduling it all together.
For Third Grade I will be following the Year 3 Ambleside Online Schedule, give or a take some suggestions. I always look over the schedule, pray about the child for that year and then decide what book or subject suggestions I will be using and what I need to find as a replacement if needs be. This is the curriculum plan for my third grader this year.
Personal Scripture Study
My children do most of their book narrations with note booking pages. I love to use notebookingpages.com. Last year I purchased a treasury membership, giving me lifetime access to thousands of notebooking pages, along with the web publisher. The publisher allows the student to create an online notebooking page, she can type her narration, upload a picture, find one on the internet or print out the page without a picture and draw one of their own. It is so cool! I also use notebooking pages for the children's personal daily journal entries. For spelling we will be using All About Spelling 3 and I love First Language Lessons for grammar, my third grader is ready for level 3 this year. For writing I useWriting with Ease level 3 and I will also have her do a daily journal entry, as mentioned above.
We use MathUSee for our math curriculum. I love it because math is not my area and this program has a DVD where the teacher explains the concept and then I have a book that lays out each problem for me so I can help my student (although they are the ones that are usually helping me:)) Another great thing about MathUSee is they go at their own pace. Last year my little woman made it half way through the Beta book so this year we will be finishing up that book and moving on to Gamma when she is ready.
We focus on one or two poets a term. These are the poets for the year, along with the poems. I like to have the child research each poet at the beginning of the term and fill out a notebooking page on each one. We keep a running notebook of each poet they have studied throughout the years.
The great thing about using classic literature is that most of it is in the public domain. This means you don't have to purchase a book if you are on a tight budget. I also find that a child this age still needs many books read to them so I will have them listen to a story online while doing a notebooking/coloring page or drawing a picture about what they are listening to. The important thing for them is to hear the way language is spoken and be able to narrate the story back to you. Here is the literature book list for the year along with links to the online reading of it.
While these are all history books, many are also living books that teach about geography, science, and even art. We love the hands on activities in the Times Travelers and Project Passport series which makes history our favorite subject around here. I love that they include copy work, writing projects, and note booking pages so the child can use her skills she is learning in the language arts program.
We start using a Century Book in the first grade and will carry it over through each grade. I use the timeline figures from Homeschool In The Woods, I love her artwork and the captions are already printed with the figures. I purchased the full collection on cd when my oldest was in first grade and we have well gotten our moneys worth from it. I like the timeline and history notebooking pages here.
This is the list of books my third grader is required to read or listen to before the next school year begins. She can choose to read these before bed, on her own time, or before she goes out to play for the day, it is up to her.
On the Banks of Plum Creek - Laura Ingalls Wilder
A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Water Babies - Charles Kingsley
Alices Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carrol
Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carrol
At the Back of the North Wind - George MacDonald
Men of Iron - Howard Pyle
The Bears of Blue River - Charles Major
Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
Caddie Woodlawn - Carol Ryrie Brink
The Little White Horse - Elizabeth Goudge
The Saturdays - Elizabeth Enright
English Fairy Tales and more - Joseph Jacobs
King of the Wind - Marguerite Henry
The Four Story Mistake - Elizabeth Enright
Then There Were Five - Elizabeth Enright
The Wheel on the School - Meindert De Jon
Unknown to History: Captivity of Mary of Scotland - Charlotte Yonge
She will also be participating in the family school subjects that include Nature Study, Geography, Science, Art and Composer Study. This should be another exciting year for my eager learner!
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This is my crazy, wild, mischievous, loving little man. He is so excited to begin school this year. He has been my child to follow his older siblings along the way, always needing to have the same note book pages as the others and always wanting to be involved with what everyone else was doing. And now he is an official kindergartner! Along with participating in the family school subjects, this will be his curriculum for the year.
Personal Scripture Study
Just like my preschooler, this stage is about creating habits and I want to cultivate a habit of scripture study with all my children. These are the resources I will be using for my kindergartner. The older children like to read him the scripture stories and then he can look at the pictures on his own and remember the stories. This coming year we will be focusing on the Old Testament, although I have all four sets of scripture stories available for him to choose from. I will also be reading him stories from The Children's Friend magazine as well as listening and watching scriptures stories online.
I have always used Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, but once I started the Amazing Action Alphabet for preschool my children were able to rip right through the 100 Easy Lessons and right into reading on their own, well before the school year was up. I will be using the Beginning Reading Mini Books from Amazing Action Alphabet in conjunction with 100 Lessons. Next we use Bob Books volumes 1 and 2, I let the child put a star sticker in the back of each book they are able to read on their own. It is now time to do some reading in "big" books, I like The Early Readers Bible, Frog and Toad series, and Little Bear series. By the end of Kindergarten they are full blown readers!
Language arts for a kindergartner is totally dependent on what level the child is at and what his interests are. My first child hated copying letters, writing or doing workbook like activities so we didn't do them. His love was to read so that is what we focused on. This year however my kindergartner loves to write so I will have some copy work pages for him and I will also start All About Spelling 1 in the last term.
For math I have always used Math U See. I love the system of build it, say it, and write it and my children have always looked at math as a game or puzzle. I will be starting my kindergartner with Primer. I also use magnetic pattern blocks with a pattern book, although this child loves to make his own creations without using the book (see the photo above). I am always amazed at the symmetry he uses with his creations. My oldest always had to use the pattern book or he was lost, again, each child learns differently.
I like to follow Ambleside Online's schedule for Year O. We focus on one poetry book for each term, reading from them daily. I will be using The Real Mother Goose (along with the Coloring Book), A Child's Garden of Verses ( I like the illustrated version by Ruth Mary Hallock) and Poems of Praise compiled by Pelagie Doane. I found this last book at a thrift store one year and it has been a favorite of all my children. AO Year O suggests Poems for Young Children by Caroline Royds or The Oxford Book of Children's Verse by Peter Opie.
At this age I believe the most important history lessons are those from the scriptures and learning about ones country. I love Take Your Hat Off As the Flag Goes By for learning about our founding, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution through music. I will also be using Dover coloring books to teach about George Washington and the Revolutionary War. I love these books because they have information you can read to the child as they color the picture they are learning about. Another favorite around here is the Liberty Kids DVD series. Sometimes we'll just throw on a random episode and other times we watch an episode that goes along with what we may have read that day. And no American history program would be complete without learning patriotic songs. I have loved the Wee Sing America cd for this purpose.
Story Time Book List
As with the preschooler, story time is the most important time of the day and it is important to have high quality stories to read to your child. This book list comes from the Ambleside Online Year 0 booklist, and a few of my own favorites.
Although I have a set time for outdoor hour, it is important for these little ones to be outside as much as possible and this particular child loves to explore the outdoors. I will be posting later about our outdoor time and activities. So now I've got two children down and two more to go and then my school plans will be complete.
Ahhh, preschool. It is my favorite age, they are so full of curiosity, they are so easy to please and have a great desire to learn. If only each grade was as simple, easy and fun as preschool. I like to make a special schedule just for my preschooler so she feels included with the other children doing school. I include her in the family school, making sure to have the same notebook pages or print outs the others use and sometimes she insists on joining us and other times she wants to do something out of the preschool bin. This is what the preschool schedule looks like, all dependent on what the little miss feels like doing that day.
Personal Scripture Study
I believe in creating habits as young as possible and scripture study is no exception, even with little ones. It's not so much about if they are understanding (although that is a bonus) it is more about knowing everyday they study their scriptures. Every morning before chores and breakfast I set the timer for 15 minutes and every person has personal scripture study time. For my preschooler I will be using Behold Your Little Ones and a small set of scriptures (just for a visual). I keep a file box with each lesson in it, along with any activities, coloring pages, file folder games, and handouts. I just have to grab what lesson we are doing for that week and everything I need is right there. We also pull this out on Sundays for quiet time activities.
The Core Curriculum
According to the Phases of Leadership Education by Oliver Demille the curriculum for the Core Phase (0-8) is to not over program with lessons or skills but to focus on the following:
I found this program with my second child and was so sad my first missed out on all the fun. I have since used it successfully with the last two and my two year old joined in this past year and already knows a lot of her sounds. I'm excited to do it with her again this year. Her favorite game is to find the letter in the flip chart and find the match on the place mat. You can find out all about this program by checking out the website here or clicking on the pictures below.
The Preschool Bin
While I am doing school with the other children I want my preschooler to have activities and projects to keep her busy. I have made and collected many items over the years and I keep them all in what we call "The Preschool Bin". This bin is only brought out during school time and lets the preschooler feel they have their own special school items, just for them. I usually let the child pick one item at a time, it then needs to be cleaned up and returned before they can choose another activity.
The most important part of preschool is snuggling up with your little one with a great story. I steer clear of what Charlotte Mason refers to as "twaddle" and try to focus on good classic stories that have morals, nice art work and an engaging story. This would include fairy tales, folk tales, and the Little Golden Books. We also love all the Robert McCloskey Books and Jan Brett is a favorite. She has fun activities on her website to go along with her books including letter and number tracers, puppets, wall murals, and tons more. We also love and read the books from my Kindergarten Book List.
No matter how hard I try to keep summer from coming to an end, school is around the corner and this is the week for getting my school plans in order. So while we talk schools plan lets make a nice summer treat to enjoy before the summer is over. I found this recipe for Banana Pops from the Unconventional Kitchen and we use the chocolate shell for strawberries, over icecream and even on nuts. Melt 2 cups of chocolate chips over low heat with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and a pinch of salt.
Now that we are sitting back with our banana pops, lets talk school plans. I like to start each year watching or reading my notes to a Celestial Education by Michelle Stone. This reminds me why I am homeschooling and what kind of education I want for my children and how my actions affect each of them.
I then kneel and pray for each child's individual needs for this school year and grab a notebook and start jotting down my thoughts and inspiration. Then I look at my family schedule and decide what we will be doing as a family and then what each child will be doing individually. This is what our family schedule looks like:
Personal Scripture Study - I love Discover the Scriptures study products for the kids and Scripture Journals for me.
Art Study (weekly) - Hands on projects to accompany our study
Composer Study (weekly) - Hands on projects to accompany our study
Nature Study (daily) - Handbook of Nature Study, Outdoor Hour Challenges
Science (bi-weekly) - Exploring Creation with Botany
Country Study (weekly) - Expedition Earth/Geography notebooking and maps
Individual School Study:
Now that I have the family subjects worked out, it's on to each child. As you can see I have four children and this is a transition year for me, adding a kindergartner into the mix should be an exciting adjustment. I like to get the basis of my curriculum from Ambleside Online, which is a Charlotte Mason style schooling. I then throw in a mix of Thomas Jefferson Education and Classical Education. Every school grade I also have a subject dedicated to learning more about our country, our founding fathers, the constitution and/or liberty and freedom.
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