Friday, July 23

First Wool Soaker

Now that I'm using cloth diapers, I'm experimenting with covers. I've always liked the wool ones but I never wanted to pay that much. I made the Traditional Wool Soaker from ButtKnits.com.

This one is a size 2 and it's nice, but it's too big. So I'm working on a size 1 right now.

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Raiders finished

Baby in Raiders

Thursday, July 22

Teaching Textbooks

The best money that I have ever spent in my ENTIRE life. She loves math now, she gets math now, and she begs to do it every day!!

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I can't wait to see what she thinks of Fred. =)

Tuesday, July 13

I Love Rainbows!

I actually made my husband STOP driving just so I could take this picture.

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Saturday, July 3

My Planbook

I've never been able to find the "perfect" planner for me. I've tried just about every pre-made planner ever published. In the end I ALWAYS end up printing out my own weekly sheets. So then I thought, "Why not take all of the different aspects that I like and combine them into one book?" And my planner was born...

The Cover - Oh, and I had it comb bound. I really do hate comb binding, but it's sort of, almost like spiral (my fav) in functionality, yet it's a bit forgiving if I need to add pages. It would be a pain, but it could be done.

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Calendars -These are both from www.DonnaYoung.org

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Artists/Musicians by Term -We school year-round so 1 Term is equivalent to 4 months. The numbered list is for the names of the pictures we will study.

Foreign Language - This sheet is similar to Tanglewood's Corebook plan sheet. This sheet is YELLOW because I will use it with more than one child.

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Next, are 2 YELLOW Science planning sheets from the Tanglewood Corebook. There are no samples online, so I didn't think it would be right to show them here. It really is worth the $$ even if you just use the planning sheets.

Then there are 2 History sheets. One is YELLOW (more than one child) and the other is BLUE (Shark). On the backside of the BLUE sheet is another copy of the Foreign Language worksheet for Shark.

The last set of sheets are PINK (Kitten), ORANGE (Crow), and BLUE (Shark). These are also from the Tanglewood Corebook.

On the backsides I have printed a Reading List (from www.DonnaYoung.org). I think I'm going to use these to list the books I want them to read.

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Then there are 6 weeks worth of my color coded planning pages. I tried making this a PDF and the colors didn't show up for some reason. Here's a link to the pages without color.

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At the end of each six weeks I have color coded copies of the 6 Weeks Report from Tanglewood's Corebook. On the backside of each sheet is a copy of a Journal page from www.DonnaYoung.org.

Then there is a GREEN (Mr Krabs) sheet with lines. (Also from www.DonnaYoung.org) The backside has a Reading List. I will use his as a completed list of everything we read during the 6 weeks.

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I have 6 sets of the previous sheets. Term 1, 1st Six Weeks - Term 1, 2nd Six Weeks - Term 2, 1st Six Weeks... and so on...

Thursday, July 1

More on Cloth

We've been using cloth for about 3 weeks. I LOVE IT! I just wish I hadn't started with my last child. =)

I've made a few additions and subtractions to my stash. (See previous post.)

I absolutely HATE the Kushies AIOs. I will keep them on hand for emergencies, but you have to change the baby EVERY SINGLE TIME he pees. No forgiveness. That made me search for a better AIO for daddy to use.

I found Smartipants. They are AWESOME! Really!! And they are One Size (OS) which is even better! They have a microfiber insert and hold SOO MUCH. These are great for outings.

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As for prefolds, I tried a Thirsties cover and just couldn't make myself like it. I wanted to, but I just couldn't. My favorite is the Econobum, a one-size cover. It took a little getting used to, but here are some pictures on how I use it with my boy. (With little girls you would want the most cloth toward the middle.)

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Lay out the prefold.












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Fold one side toward the middle.











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Now the other side.












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Fan out the top.












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Fold the bottom inward (for maximum absorbency where needed.)










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Place inside cover. Voila!