Friday, June 10, 2011

It's a cinch!

Today is the last day of school for the kiddos! I'm always excited about the beginning of summer because I get to hang out with two of my favorite people....learning, laughing and having fun. About mid July I maybe found pulling out my hair when the Bickersons are in full form but for now I will enjoy the time.
(picture was taken on miss match day=))

Anyway, not to get sidetracked...

Abbey will just be finishing her first school year. It amazes me what kids learn in Kindergarten these days. She went in only knowing how to read a handful of words and now she's starting on chapter books. Not to mention she knows what an onomatopoeia is...do you?  I didn't and in case you are wondering it's the formation of words whose sound is imitative of the sound of the noise or action designated, such as hiss, buzz, and bang.

This year Abraham went with a special group of advanced kids to worked with a volunteer on reading and math. He's leaving First grade at somewhere around a 3rd to 4th grade reading level and doing multiplication! By the end of second grade he may just be smarter then both his parents....but we won't let him in on that...it could go to his head...hehe.

Needless to say Frank and I are very proud of how much they have learned and grown! So, to celebrate I made the kids summer goody bags. They will be filled with summer reading, fun little trinkets and a gift card for ice cream...yum!

For Abbey's bag I recycled another thrift store pillow case using this super simple tutorial at Little Birdie Secrets.

I used the measurements of the pillow case and created Abe's with some leftover fabric. For the scorpion I just printed off a silhouette, cut and traced it onto some fabric with iron on backing (I'm sure that has a more technical name).

I hope you all have a safe summer filled with lots of giggles and smiles! And remember don't forget the sunscreen!
Hugs & God Bless!
J@

Friday, June 3, 2011

Love Never Ends

Made you all a little poster. Feel free to pass it on, print it, post it, enjoy it! If you find this hard to read you can always click on the image and it will enlarge it.
Enjoy your weekend!
God Bless!
J@

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Chore Charts

Here in the Jafa House we have gone through a number of different chore & behavior charts. Usually after a few weeks the excitement of it all dies down or I fail to stay on top of it. However a few months ago I came across Accountable Kids. Here is a video that explains it much better then I can:
Now I didn't run out and buy the whole kit. I did (mostly out of laziness) buy the chore cards (you could easily make these). Then for only a few dollars I found peg boards at Hobby Lobby. So for less then what one kit cost I was able to make two...woohoo!
The kids were very excited about their new charts and eager to get going. The first 10 days went well and they earned their first mommy/daddy "date". We did help remind them about their chores but now the real challenge starts. This is the week that they need to do it alone. Today went pretty smoothly..so we are off to a good start.

Things that I really like about this system are:
1. It is set up for them to take responsibility for the things they already know they should be doing like getting dress, brushing teeth, making bed, pick toys, etc. I don't have to constantly remind them. They just look at the chart and know what comes next.  
2. The kids learn that there are things we do just because we are part of a family and NOT to get paid.
3. This chart grows with the kids. As they get older some of those paid chores can be moved over to the everyday...of course there is always room for more paid chores as well. Which also teaching them that with age comes more responsibilities.
4. It also gives them a sense of accomplishment with each task and builds their confidence...that YES they can do it all by themselves!

Hopefully you found this post helpful. If you'd like to learn more about Accountable Kids you can visit their website here:

Thank you for stopping by....Have a lovely day! God Bless!
J@