<h4><span style="color: #3366ff;">Does it mesh with your child's learning style?</span> If not, it doesn't matter how much it appeals to you and how well the vendors market it, it simply won't work for you.</h4>
<h4><span style="color: #3366ff;">Does it mesh with your teaching style?</span> Is it set up in a way you would feel comfortable teaching? I ask this question, because just ask my children need to understand the material, I also have to understand how to teach the material.</h4>
<h4><span style="color: #3366ff;">Is it in your price range?</span> This is where I struggle. I have to remember the budget. It may be an awesome curriculum that is well worth the money, but if it uses our entire homeschool budget, where am I going to find the money for the rest of our supplies?</h4>
<h4><span style="color: #3366ff;">Does the publisher share the similar beliefs and values as your family?</span> If you're looking for a Christian-based curriculum, a secular publisher probably isn't the right choice you and vice versa, if you're looking for a secular curriculum, you probably wouldn't choose a Christian publisher.</h4>
<h4><span style="color: #3366ff;">Have you tried a similar curriculum before?</span> How did it work for your family?</h4>
<h4><span style="color: #3366ff;">Do you want to try to teach multiple grade levels with the same curriculum?</span> There are some companies (My Father's World, for example) where you can use one curriculum to teach multiple grade levels. You would just supplement additional subjects tailored to each child as needed (math, reading, etc).</h4>
<h4><span style="color: #3366ff;">Have you read reviews of this product?</span> I don't rely solely on the vendors to tell me about a curriculum. I like to find out the opinions of homeschoolers who have tried it.</h4>
<h4><span style="color: #3366ff;">What type of curriculum are you looking for?</span> Instructor-led or independent?</h4>
<h4><span style="color: #3366ff;">Will you be reusing this curriculum for other children?</span> If so, you may not be concerned about paying a little more for it.</h4>
<h4><span style="color: #3366ff;">Are you comfortable with the idea of setting aside the curriculum you've chosen if it is simply not working for your family?</span> This is a big question to consider. I've heard stories of homeschooling parents who knew a curriculum was not working for their children but would not switch to something else. Please don't buy a curriculum that controls you. You must make the curriculum work for you, you aren't working for it. It doesn't matter how much money you've invested. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work. Continuing with it does nothing more than cause stress for you and your children. Homeschooling is a learning process. Some things work, some don't. Pray about it and move on.</h4>
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This ornament has so many very special memories to me! I will cherish it for years!
My ornament pictured above holds the scriptures of some very special ladies to me! This ornament was put together by my women’s small group from our previous church (before we moved) . These ladies are all so special to me and I miss them dearly! Making this ornament a very special piece to me!
What You Need to Make Your Ornament:
How to Make Your Ornament:
You could do this a couple of ways.
- You could make this with a group of people that are special to you OR
- You could make it or some one special to you.
1. Cut your strips of paper. I use 12×12 scrapbook paper and I cut them in 1 inch by 12 inch strips.
2. Write your favorite scriptures on each piece of paper. When doing this in a group, each person writes their favorite scripture on their paper. For example, if there are 10 people in your group, each person would need 10 pieces of paper and would write their chosen scripture on each of the 10 pieces of paper (same scripture over and over) If you are making this for someone, you could chose any number of scriptures to write on several strips of paper. (*Note: I like using several different patterns or colors of paper. However, you want to make sure the pattern is faint enough that you can write over it.)
3. Remove the brass hanger carefully from the top of the ornament.
4. Roll your paper tight, in a little coil. It has to be small enough to fit in that little hole! But once your drop it thought, it will spread out. Stuff them all in
5. There you have it! A beautiful ornament filled with many special scriptures that you can cherish for years.
Yes, it is true, you have no way to read them. You could type them all out on a piece of paper to give with the gift or if you are doing it with a group, one person could make up a list. I am just happy knowing that there are beautiful words from some special ladies inside this glass ornament.
I also just found this option on Amazon:Clear Plastic Acrylic Fillable Ball Ornament . This would be a nice option if you don’t mind acrylic and you want to be able to read the scriptures that you put inside. These ornaments are made in two halves that snap together. I am kind of liking that option too!
This post is part of our 25 Frugal Days of Christmas Series and was written by Jennifer from Godly Glimpses.
Jennifer is the very blessed wife of a wonderful man and the mother to three fabulous children (twin boys and a daughter). You can find her blogging over at http://www.godlyglimpses.com where she shares a glimpse in to her daily life (about her homeschooling experiences, spiritual living, crafting and recipes!) You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest!
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Are you looking for more frugal Christmas ideas? Check out the other posts in this series:
Day 1: Create Your Own Photo Christmas Cards with free templates and tutorial
Day 2: Making Fun and Affordable Christmas Gifts
Day 3: How to Have a $5 Christmas
Day 4: Cookies in a Jar: a Frugal Christmas Recipe Round up with FREE printable gift tags
Day 5: Snowflake Card Craft for Kids
Day 6: DIY Snowman Ornament
Day 7: Printable Handmade with Love Gift Tags
Day 8: Frugal Family Traditions
Day 9: Bringing the 12 Days of Christmas to Life for your Spouse
Day 10: A Frugal Family Christmas Service Project