Christmas Play Ideas #ButterflyHomeschool

Our Christmas Gift For You Is Play Ideas.

During the holiday season, you might be a little lost about how to keep your children busy. You might need to keep them occupied while you prepare for your Christmas event guests or for travels. Or maybe you just need to keep them busy so they stay out of trouble when your normal schedule is not in play. Here are some mild weather outside play ideas that we have been using, along with some recent photos.

Why Play With Your Children?

Also, if you play with your children, it is a great way to get some exercise AND clear your head from holiday stress. You can use the time while they play to take photos of the children in action. Later, you can use printed versions of those photos for craft projects to create future greeting cards and gifts for close family and friends.

Make A Holiday Welcome Mat

Get out the colored chalk and make your own holiday welcome mat.

chalk welcome mat and holiday greeting #butterflyhomeschool

chalk welcome mat and holiday greeting #butterflyhomeschool

sidewalk chalk fun #butterflyhomeschool

sidewalk chalk fun #butterflyhomeschool

Mild Weather Outside Play Ideas:

  • Sidewalk chalk play – create a hopscotch board
  • Freeze Tag – even with a small yard this game is easy
  • Frisbee – get a really big one with soft cushy edges
  • Hiking at your local or state public park
giant soft frisbee #butterflyhomeschool

jumbo disc – giant soft frisbee #butterflyhomeschool

Where To Hike With Your Family

We recently checked out our local library’s complimentary state park pass in Fulton County, Georgia. Library patrons can access it once per year per adult library card. It was a blessing because the park we chose to visit was much much nicer than we ever expected. Also, our unseasonably cool weather warmed up nicely at about mid-day, and was not too hot. Check out our picture gallery of Sweetwater Creek, a Georgia State Park below.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

~ The Johnson Family: Henry, Donna, Justine, Samuel and Charity

P.S.

Please also check out Mom Donna’s articles over on the Christian Homeschool Mom’s blog. Here is the link to her profile:

http://christianhomeschoolmoms.com/donna-marie/

The series of articles that she shared in Fall 2014 gave tips on why and how to connect or re-connect locally and prevent or stop isolation.

Three Reasons Why International Missions Are Important

This update shares why international missions are important to our homeschool.

INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS

Thank you for your donations to our fundraising campaign for our missions trip to South Africa’s Teboho Trust school for at risk kids in Soweto.

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 We are so glad that Justine has been making some delicious fudge and wanted to bless you with some as a thank you gift, too. Our October 2014 donors will receive some fudge from Justine’s fresh batch soon.

CURRENT STATUS OF FUNDRAISER

Our current status in our fundraising campaign is that we are starting over. We decided that we would not give up on our missions trip goal, but that we would change our approach.

If you would like to keep up with our progress and give to our cause, please click or copy and paste this link:

http://gofundme.com/safricamissions

3 REASONS WHY

Having this opportunity to volunteer on a global scale is important for our young learners because:

  • 1st – We believe in the mission of Teboho Trust, after reading about the founder and watching the video (click here to see video). Their goal is to be a safe place where their learners can focus on their studies, instead of all the surrounding drama, and successfully matriculate and move on to higher education.
  • 2nd – We know that traveling, especially internationally, combined with volunteering, expands a student’s perspective of life and of the world, helping them to become more compassionate global citizens. This is because our mom, Donna, was an international volunteer in her youth, which shaped how she lives and educates her own children now.
  • 3rd – Most importantly, we believe that Father God has a destiny in this for all of our young learners. There are some experiences that He has waiting for them in South Africa which will connect them with His destiny for their lives.

We would love to share with you as we take this journey. We will provide more updates through our fundraising campaign page on the gofundme platform.

QUESTIONS FOR YOU

Have you included volunteering and/or international travel as part of your homeschool? If so, what impact has it had on your learners?

Thank you for reading!

~Donna, The Mommy of #ButterflyHomeschool

Delicious Homemade Fudge Chocolate For Fall

UPDATE – OUR DEPOSIT AMOUNT WAS REDUCED AND THE DUE DATE WAS EXTENDED. YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO HELP US. READ ON TO LEARN MORE.

Our aspiring Chef Justine has been perfecting her delicious homemade fudge chocolate skills this Fall. You can be sure that all of her family members are enjoying being her taste testers! 🙂

PREVIEW – Click to watch delicious homemade fudge chocolate video.

Preview - Fudge Gift For Donors to S Africa Missions Fundraiser - Click or Go To: http://www.gofundme.com/safricamissions

To Watch Video, Visit Our GoFundMe page for our S Africa Missions Fundraiser http://www.gofundme.com/safricamissions

DELICIOUS HOMEMADE FALL FUDGE CHOCOLATE

If you would like for Justine to send you our thank you gift (a small batch of delicious homemade fudge chocolate), consider giving $20 or more to our missions trip fundraising campaign on GoFundMe between October 8th and 15th of 2014. On our GoFundMe page, we posted a brand new update and included a video that Justine made while she was cooking.

You can see the video at this link:

http://www.gofundme.com/safricamissions

MISSIONS FUNDRAISING GOAL:

Raise the rest ($2,380) of the

UPDATE $1200 deposit due by 10/31

$2400 deposit by October 15, 2014

To learn more about our trip and our goal, please visit the gofundme page at the link or type in http://www.gofundme.com/safricamissions