Tuesday, February 24, 2009
For the past oh, 18 months or so, I have gone back and forth with a company called K12 (you can find them at http://www.k12.com/). My public virtual school uses this program. We've been debating signing Alex up for this but really have little love for the public school system here. So, with this years tax return we signed him up for 4 classes using the consumer direct program and the monthly subscription. We chose Math, Language Arts, Science and History. The latter two we neglected quite often in our homeschool.
I have to say that I am extremely impressed with the program. Being a Military family on active duty orders we received 15% off the materials price. They will also have sales periodically for 10% off for everyone. Additional students receive a discount on the monthly subscription.
Alex did the math and language arts placements tests and scored higher than I anticipated. This really spurred me to get him involved in something more than what I was doing. Age-wise he's in first grade but he scored third grade for LA and 2nd grade for Math. The program is flexible enough that I could order the grade level he needed and still offer him Science and History at the first grade level.
I was really impressed with the customer service at K12. A few times my cell carrier dropped my call and K12 actually called me back to continue our talks. They were nice and friendly and when they didn't know an answer they got it for me. I spoke with numerous people there and they were all sportinig the same attitude. I recommend giving them a call and signing up through the customer service line instead of the internet ordering. They can help guide you much better and offer suggestions or products that you wouldn't be aware of doing the online version.
Once we got all signed up we waited 2 weeks to receive our materials. Whatever day you decide to start the online program will be your billing date, so we chose a date closer to the middle of the month to coincide with payday.
The online "school" is amazing. Everything is layed out so you can see exactly what you need to do for each day and each week. You can keep attendance and mark days off. If you miss a day the entire schedule is rewritten to show the day you missed and each lesson is moved forward automatically. I also liked that I could give the login and password to my hubby overseas so he could log in and get a feel of what we were doing and how he was doing in the classes. You can go ahead and do other lessons for the week and it will move them to the day you are on and move other lessons back to accomodate the changes. The program is very through so if there's a day that hubby or someone else will be giving a lesson everything is layed out and marked so they'd do exactly what they needed to for that day.
Right now he's doing things that are more teacher led, but starting in fourth grade he'll be doing more independent work through the online school.
Overall, this is a great program. My olny peeve is that you cannot add other things to the schedule. For instance, we have piano lessons and practice each week. It would be nice to be able to add that to the days lesson online to keep track of everything all together instead of having to do this seperately. Otherwise, it's a great program and I've already signed up my five year old for the same 4 classes and my four year old for LA and Math.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
My kid has a 19" waist, 18" inseam and 24.5" hip to heel measurement and an 8.5" rise.
Wah Lah! There's your pattern. The long side opposite the rise notch is to be cut on a fold. You'll need to cut 2 of these out of your fabric with the leg the length plus 2" for SA or more if you want to hem them up. You need and a piece of elastic 1" longer than the waist measurement. I tend to cut my pieces on an angle to make whopping large legs. I think it looks cool, you can cut it narrower if you choose.
fold the pants so the seams are together still RST and pin the legs all the way around. I make this one run with a straight and then zig zag with a back and forth stitch on the crotch to reinforce.
Fold over the waist 1/2" and sew, then fold over another 1" and sew all but the last 1", use this to thread your elastic through. A quick way to do this is to pin your elastic to a safety pin and pull the pin through. Sew the ends together then sew your hole shut. Clip off the stray threads and you're ready to lounge!!!
If you like the pants but need more info/instructions please leave a comment and I'll comment back with whatever help I can give! I plan on making more of these for my baby and my girls so check back!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Woot: (w-oo-t) N. something purchased off woot.com i.e. I got a Woot.
When Woot announced the T's in kids sizes I about peed myself. Here are a couple of my Woot kids showing off their threads. My son even exclaims "Great! My Woot shirt is clean!" He's destined to be a second generation Wooter.
(yes, that is a french cabbage)
(anything with Robots doing funny things will make a six year old laugh uncontrollably)
There is even a Woot-off theme (if I could only get it on my ringtones...) and other sites dedicated to Wooting such as www.bagsofcrap.com Even if you don't purchase anything from Woot, have no fear, just reading the product descriptions is worth the trek to the site. And yes, they really do sell Random Bags of Crap.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Here's another favorite because of the realness of it. One of the reasons we love Playmobil as grownups is because we can relate to the honesty of the characters. Barbie is just too perfectly fashion and romance driven to move us. No. Give us a crappy wedding reception under a pop up tent, folding tables and an open bar and we're much more in our zone.
I love that the main feature of this isn't the cake with tiny wedding topper, three (yes, three) presents or caterer (when at a wedding like this though, he's called the barbeque technician) it's the drunken wedding guests and the prefilled blue margaritas. This is probably the only place a guy with a brown belt, black shoes and a windbreaker with a tie could score. He's obviously jobless, can't afford to get his pants tailored or a haircut for a wedding for christsakes. Then again, the lady with the horrible spotted giraffe dress with white shoes isn't doing much for me either. I really hope it isn't after labor day.
These sets can help grownups teach the finer points in life. Such as, that one lousy, drunken lay can result in this.
Being a single mom isn't the end of the world, it's actually an improvement in some cases but throw in the fact that neither parent has any kind of dressing skills and you end up with a kid that's a genetic color coordinating disaster. They all seem happy enough but that's because they don't know any better.
Now for another acessory. This is a definate must have for the following people
They call this a sling shot but really people, it's a trebuchet. This is a wonderful addition to teaching simple mechanics to your kids. Plus it's just really, really cool. I especially like the burning vats of oil. Those will cause some serious damage.
Mother: Don't be afraid, they react to fear. Just put your arms up and smile and slowly back away. We don't want them to attack, move too fast and your loud, mismatched clothes might attract them.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
And back. I added a little decorative touch. I just feel like the solid plain colored backings are just no fun!
The back stripe also looks crooked, which is might very well be but I'm going to blame it on the crooked floor.
All these quilts have planted a bug in me and I went to the store today to pick out some fabrics to make a quilt for my niece and one for my best friends little girl that is going through cancer treatments right now. I thought her own personal snuggly to take back and forth from the hospital would help comfort her (she's three).