Friday, October 3, 2014

Daily School Assignments

My 9 year old son and i always used to bump heads when it came to school assignments. Our days would go something like this:

Him: "What's next?"
Me: "English"
Him: "Ugh, how much more work do i have to do, when will i be done, when is my next break, etc. etc."

So i finally i had enough, something needed to change.

Then this great idea came into my head, why not type up a list of everything he has to do in a day (all his assignments) that way he knew what was expected of him and it would put him in charge of his own day and it would also free me up a bit to help his brother and sister.

So i typed one up along with a list of rules (i.e. all his assignments must get done, no complaining, etc. etc.) and he LOVED it, our day went much smoother.

Here is one of his daily school assignments

I let him do his assignments in any order he wants to and he is allowed to take breaks whenever he needs them. He checks off his assignments once they are done and he knows all his work must be completed each day.

This little piece of paper has been a lifesaver!

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

Last month we had, what i like to call, a "Life Skill day". In other words i had a ton of laundry to do.

On this "Life Skill Day" we learned how to make our own homemade laundry detergent and then i taught the kids how to use the washer and dryer.

Here is how you make homemade liquid laundry detergent, or at least how we make it.

Step 1:

Grate a bar of soap (we used Fels-Naptha, you can find it in your local grocery store laundry isle)

Step 2:

Put grated soap into a large pot and then add enough water to the pot, but not too much to where it will overflow. (I forgot to take a picture of it with water added) Boil over medium/high heat, stirring constantly, until soap is all dissolved and its smooth.

Step 3:

In a 5 gallon bucket (i used my Hubby's old paint buckets, obviously i washed/cleaned them out first) pour in 2 cups of Borax and 2 cups of Washing Soda. Once your soap water mixture is ready, add it to the 5 gallon bucket. Then fill the 5 gallon bucket with warm water all the way to the top. Add a lid to it and let it sit overnight. Then the next day pour half of your laundry mixture into another 5 gallon bucket, then top them both off with warm water. Then add lids to them and they are ready to use.

And because things get a little crazy around here i totally forgot to take some pictures during the process, but here is what i did capture.

You can download/print my recipe for homemade laundry detergent HERE!

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