I'm joining up with Marcy at Ben and Me for her "5 on the 5th" linkup. The idea is to shine a light on five blogs/posts that you've particularly loved. What inspired me this past month?
1. Five Tips for Better Images from Do Try This At Home. I admit to being a very amateur photographer - I have a good camera but don't play with it as much as I'd like to. Since we're almost to New Year's and thinking about resolutions, I'm considering "Get out of your point-and-shoot rut" for one of them.
2. Once I take my pictures, I like using Lightroom to edit them. They never come out of the camera looking the way I see the image in real life, and some subtle editing can really bring them back to life. 4 Tips for Efficient Editing in Adobe Lightroom from The Life of a Crafty Wife has some great ideas. I tried her first tip - marking the ones I liked and sorting from there - and it definitely made editing and saving go more quickly.
3. Learning American History through Movies from Heart of Wisdom blog has a FANTASTIC list of movies for every era of US History. Some are for older students only (and flagged if they have more restrictive ratings - PG13, R, etc.), but I think this is going to be a great resource for Jude. He loves history, and soaks up video-based presentations.
4. FREE Christmas Worksheets from Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading. Jude and I are trying something new this month - "Christmas School"! All of our lessons have had a Christmas theme - we're working on a Nutcracker Lapbook, and some holiday-themed Math worksheets, and these color-by-word sheets are a great for rounding off our studies. (Bonus: there are some color-by-letters for Damien to work on, too!)
5. I recently read How 936 Pennies Will Forever Change How You Parent at From Famine to Foodie. I admit to tearing up, because "time flies" has hit hard this week. Luke found a stack of college advertisement letters that came while we were on this vacation; the baby-faced Damien I had tucked in woke up from a nap, and suddenly looked like the "big boy" almost-kindergartener he is. I'm not about to go out and get a jar of pennies for each child, but reading this really brought home how when they're newborns, we think we have all the time in the world, but in reality - they'll be grown before we realize.
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