Thursday, August 29, 2013

Personalized Composition Book Covers

I've always wanted to create covers for the children's composition books.  We love composition books, I always buy them when they are $.50 a piece and love how sturdy they are.  The ones that are fancier are more expensive and with five children buying those are not possible and keeping within our budget.  So I decided I'd create some for my children instead.  Of course, I want to share them with others.  I've already shared them with Facebook friends.  

I printed two per page, cut them, and used simple school glue to glue them down.  I might put a line of tape all around the edges if I see them start to turn up but I don't think it will be much of a problem.  Here is what they look like:



The children are very excited to have pretty covers over their composition books and finding the right book will be a simple task.  If you are interested in downloading them here they are: 

Composition Book Personalized Covers.

Mama Erika

10 Steps to Selecting a {Catholic} Homeschool Curriculum

Selecting a curriculum can be a truly overwhelming task each year for homeschooling mothers.  So many times I have said to myself, “if I could see that book, I’d know if I want it!”  Right?  Then you hop online look through blogs of perfect homes, with perfect mom teachers, that have the perfect school rooms, and then there is Pinterest…then you are headed to Confession, jealousy is a lousy sin.  No seriously, is it not just frustrating?  :D  How do these women just *KNOW* that’s the right Math book?  Why did it not work for *MY* child?  :)  Well, here’s why:  There IS NOT one set curriculum that is perfect for everyone.  There I said it.  So here’s another secret that lady that introduced you to homeschool forgot to mention, the beauty of homeschooling is that you are able to create a custom curriculum that is beneficial to *YOUR* family.  What works for another family may not be the best fit for another, or *gasp* what works for one of your children may not work for another.    Okay, so now lets take a deep breath and investigate how these ladies on their blogs look so with it.  I confess many times I have said, “when I grow up I want to be just like Jessica from Shower of Roses.”  Don’t laugh, I have said it..even to her.:D
Over the years our family has tried a variety of things – ranging from being an eclectic homeschooler, to using a complete curriculum package to creating things to use, and it has morphed into a combination of pieces that we now use together as a family and components that we use individually to round out the various subject areas.  So how do you decide what is the right fit for your family/homeschool?