Monday, April 11, 2011

This Little Quiz Was Pretty Much Spot On!

I ran across this Mothering Personality quiz this evening. I was surprised at how accurate it actually was for me! Below are the results I got.

The 'Know Thyself' Mother

INFJ (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling)

"I believe the joy of motherhood is self-discovery-for them and for me."

Sensitive and family-focused, the INFJ mother looks for and encourages the unique potential of each child. Self-knowledge may be her byword. Her aim is to help each child develop a sense of identity and cultivate personal growth. In fact, she may value the mothering experience as a catalyst to her own personal growth and self-knowledge.
The INFJ mother spends time observing and understanding each child. She is drawn to intimate conversations and seeks a free exchange of feelings and thoughts.
Sympathetic and accommodating, the INFJ mother strives to meet the important yet sometimes conflicting needs of each family member in harmonious and creative ways.
She is conscientious and intense as well. Probably no one takes life and child-raising more seriously than the INFJ. She approaches mothering as a profession requiring her best self.

  • Connecting one-on-one with each child.The INFJ mother listens, observes, and reflects to develop an understanding of who each child really is. She "knows" her child and desires a close relationship. She connects and keeps in touch with each child as a unique individual.
  • Providing her children with emotional support.The INFJ mother is sensitive to her children's feelings, not shying away from helping them deal with even their heaviest emotions. She seeks to smooth out the rough edges of their experiences with a comforting presence and her broader perspectives.
  • Profundity.Focused on understanding values, spirituality, culture, and society, the INFJ mother provides awareness and insights into the subtleties and lessons of life beyond a child's immediate experience and questions.
  • Creativity.The INFJ mother can dream up unusual, fun projects her children can do to occupy their time and enrich their day-to-day experience, such as fantasy games to play, theme parties, or special snacks to make from healthy foods.
  • Details.The INFJ mother may gravitate toward the idea of getting the family and household organized and in order, only to exhaust herself with nitty-gritty follow through. Regular baths for small children, weekly laundry, daily meals, picking up clutter, and ongoing repairs can be overwhelming.
  • Real life vs. the ideal.Because she lives with an ideal in her mind, the INFJ mother often has unrealistic expectations of herself and others. She may feel inadequate and critical of herself when reality falls short of her ideal.
  • Giving too much.The INFJ mother may be prone to over-accommodation and self-sacrifice as a way to maintain family harmony. She struggles with the ramifications: a child who is too dependent and a mother who is depleted and resentful.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Our Little Visitor

A couple of days ago while looking out into our backyard I realized there was a young Wood Duck trying to get out of the yard. I'm not really sure how she got into our yard since we have an entirely fenced in yard, with a 6 foot privacy fence, but she did. I assume this was a she anyway, it was young, but didn't have any of the characteristics of a male wood duck (no start of a crested head or anything). There are several man made ponds in our development, so there are lots of ducks and swans around, I am just not that close to one of the ponds, so it was odd she was over here. I let the kids get a look at her from a good distance since she was absolutely terrified of us and I took a few photo's before trying to help her get out of my yard.

I opened our gate and tried to kind of coach her that while while she was flailing terrified of me. Instead of going out of the gate she pinned herself between pieces of the disassembled rubbermaid shed me have leaning against the fence. I could have grabbed her, but since I'm pregnant, I was worried she'd bite me and manage to get me sick somehow. Instead I decided to call animal control to come get her for me before my dogs went out and hurt her. My lab is very timid, almost too submissive really, but I don't know if her natural instincts would kick in with a duck and didn't want to take that chance! The animal control officer was very nice, got a hold of her and checked her out. Since she appeared to be uninjured, he took her in a pet carrier and brought her to one of the ponds around here. I'm very happy about that!

I took this opportunity to teach the kids about Wood Ducks! They were able to get a look at her and were able to get a better look from the photo's I took. I did research about them online with the kids, showed them the differences in the appearance of males and females. I read to them about how they migrate, how they live, what they eat etc. It was a nice little lesson for them.

It's amazing how little everyday experiences can turn into fun lessons.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Daily Word Problems Grade 1 Math - Evan-Moor - Timberdoodle Review

My 6 year old son and I were given the opportunity by Timberdoodle to use and review Daily Word Problems Grade 1 Math. This was particularly exciting for my 6 year old because he LOVES math. The workbook is 110 pages of various math word problems. Addition, subtraction, graphs, simple charts, reading and writing number and words, counting by 2's, 5's and 10's, fractions, time, money, measuring and cute illustrations to go along with the word problems. It has everything. There are even facts about the animals in the word problems.

The content of this workbook is thought provoking, stimulating, but not too difficult while still being challenging. There are some illustrated visual aids for children who may need them. My 6 year old is very much a child who can do math problems, even multi-step problem in his head, but my older son is more of a visual learner, so I do like them being there. My son found Daily Word Problems Grade 1 Math to be fun to do and it wasn't frustrating on my end because the questions are worded in a way he could understand them and understand what he needed to do to solve them. I personally like the entertaining illustrations. They add a little something to the questions and I do not find them to be distracting. I think they make the book a little more fun! I also love the addition of the facts about the animals as does my son. It's just that little extra bit for an eager learner, especially one who loves animals.

Daily Word Problems Grade 1 Math is a workbook I'll be glad to purchase and use again for my younger children. I don't really have anything negative to say about the book. We are really happy with it overall.

Daily Word Problems Grade 1 Math is incorporated in Timberdoodle's 1'st Grade Complete Curriculum Package as well as available for purchase by itself. This workbook as well as hands on kits, educational games and a whole large selection of other educational materials and curriculum are available on the Timberdoodle website or in their Free Catalog.

As a member of Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of Daily Word Problems Grade 1 Math in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.

In Our Children's Eyes

My husband and I are not perfect. We each have our flaws, plenty of them, but our children are all still young enough that they think we are Superman and Superwoman. We're amazing, the best looking people in the world, the smartest people who know everything, the people who can do everything right and make everything right. To them, we're pretty much perfect. That's a lot to live up to! We do the best we can to be everything they see us as and we surely fall short, but they never seem to notice that.

Sometimes they will tell me I'm so beautiful or I'll hear them talking about how daddy has such a great job even though we don't like how much time he spends away. My son Wyatt, on more than one occasion has said to me "Mommy, you know everything right? You're really smart right?" I tell him I don't know everything, but I'm smart. I always get a little laugh when one of them says something like that.

When they are punished, they are angry for the time being. But later, they will tell us they know we punish them because we want them to grow up to be good people and not do the wrong things. It still shocks me when they say something like this to me. They actually get it. Times like that, I'm reminded that in all of my flawed ways, I must be doing something right.

They are normal kids, they fight with each other, they talk back on occasion, they try to get away with not finishing school work, they don't always clean up their rooms or playroom when they are supposed to, but at the end of the day, they are really amazing kids.

My oldest is going on 9 and I often wonder how much longer Daddy and I will be perfect? When will he start thinking we're his enemy, trying to ruin his life and make him unhappy? When will he see that we aren't perfect and we don't know everything? It's inevitable, this I know. They will all eventually view us differently than they do now. I just hope that when that time comes, we will have done enough right, that while they realize we aren't perfect, they know we did our best in every way and that we have always loved them more than words could ever express. In the end, that's what I hope for. We want nothing more than to raise them to be healthy, happy, productive adults. We want them to be good, kind people with goals, to be driven and to know the sky is the limit. We also want them to look back and have fond memories of their upbringing.

We still kind of want to be a little perfect in their eyes even when they grow up and know we aren't.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Daily Geography Practice - Grade 3 - Evan-Moor - Timberdoodle Review

My 8 year old son and I were recently given the chance to review Daily Geography Grade 3 forTimberdoodle. Daily Geography Grade 3 is a pretty good size workbook consisting of 160 pages. Within those pages are easy to understand maps, questions to be answered by using the maps and toward the back is a word glossary, which is very useful in my opinion. In addition the the workbook portion, the back of the book contains transparencies of each map that would come in handy in a group setting, if you happen to own an overhead projector

The book teaches your child how to read simple maps, how to use a map key, compass rose, map grids, map scales, geography vocabulary and geographical facts. It's a great tool to teach these skills without being too rigid or boring. My son has actually enjoyed using Daily Geography Grade 3 and did not find any of it too terribly difficult. He found the maps and directions to be clear and easy to understand

We will definitely use this book again in the future with our other children. Daily Geography Grade 3 is a great additional to our 3rd Grade curriculum. Can't beat curriculum that our children actually enjoy, right!? My only minor criticism is that some of the artistry on the maps and map keys could be more clear to make them a little bit easier to understand.

This book is incorporated in Timberdoodle's 3rd Grade Complete Curriculum Package, As well as being available to be purchased on it's own as a supplement. Timberdoodle has a large variety of educational materials, educational games and all sorts of hands on kits that you can see on their website or in their Free Catalog.

As a member of Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of Daily Geography Grade 3 in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.