Move and Groove

Continuing from my earlier post on the Prayer and The Pledge of Allegiance we move on to our Move and Groove portion of our morning routine.
I think you are going to learn a bit more about me than you bargained for in these posts (hee hee).
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First, a confession: I do not like listening to recordings of children’s choirs, children’s music, children’s sing-a-long cd’s and all the rest of it. I will spare you my well thought out, justified, seemingly snobbish conclusions and leave it at that.

My goal for the Move and Groove time is to get my kid up and moving to get their wiggles out before our Bible time. At this point everyone is on his or her mats and I have our youtube playlist pulled up ready to jam out. Some of the songs on our playlist have hand motions, others are just text or a CD cover graphic. But, lucky for us Alani insists on making up new motions for the songs without motions already. The other two can join in or just dance it up!

When our internet is running slow (which is pretty common), we do a round of exercises or fast scavenger hunt.
Exercises:
We love to exercise so my kids already know the names of these exercises when I call them out. It could be fun to teach your kids a few new moves and teach them the names of easy exercises.
Super Hero Squats, Burpees, Stretches (up high and bending over to touch the ground or either leg), Jumping Jacks, run in place, high jumps, spin in circles, touch the ground… anything really. Just keep it fast paced so they don’t have time to think about if they want to participate or not.

Scavenger Hunt:
It’s your basic call out a color and your kids run to their toy box and bring something back matching the color you call out. You can also do “starts with” and say a letter of the alphabet. Also, try “rhymes with”. I always laugh at this one.

Keeping this time upbeat with low expectations is my goal! These 7 to 8 min is dedicated to working out the wiggles. I’m not trying to make them sing the right words, get the hand motions correct or even keep track of how many burpees they can do. It’s time to Move and Groove! Giving my kids a few minutes to “run wild” helps them to get out extra energy so they can focus on actual school work.

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3 Ways to Enjoy Valentine’s Day

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We have entered the season of Love. Sitcoms air their Valentine’s special. Commercials promote diamonds and kissing. The entry way at Target is buzzing with heart prints and chocolate candy as you walk thru the doors. Pinterest is alive with party ideas, clever Valentine prints, DIY Valentine projects and thousands (if not millions) of photo inspiration boards of people kissing, holding hands and children holding up sweet sayings on homemade signs. For the single gal and married gal, this is an expectation-building week that can rob us of our focus on Jesus quickly!

I am not a hater! I am a big time lover of Valentine’s Day! The story of St. Valentine is great and should be challenging and inspiring to every believer. But, it can easily be blown out of proportion and we spend the whole season thinking of ourselves.

Here are 3 ways we can enjoy Valentine’s Day this year:
1. Read the story of St. Valentine and lets ask ourselves what we are prepared to do for The Gospel.


2. Put away the stero-typical Valentine’s Day expectations and cut your man some slack! Most men just don’t think about Valentine’s Day as being the one single day when the entire country stops to recognize February 14th as “Day of Love”. And… while I’m still trying to figure that one out, it’s ok! Babysitters get sick and cancel, dinner reservations fall thru, movies sell out and plans just don’t always come together. You are still loved whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with strawberry cheesecake or not.

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3. If you have a Valentine’s Day Date or not, don’t be sad! Enjoy the day! Go for the heart latte art in your white chocolate mocha and pick up some heart shaped cookies to celebrate with your friends and family. Wear those funky heart leggings and pass out the Hershey Kisses. Don’t hate! Enjoy the celebration and show others how much you love them!

Homeschool Morning Routine (Part 1)

Morning Routine Part 1:
(This is what I try to attain at the beginning of the school day)

We always begin with prayer and the pledge of allegiance.

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Next we move on to our Move and Groove section where I play a few songs and let the kido’s work out their wiggles before our Bible Time. I have many playlists on Youtube and we just work through the play list for about 7 or 8 min.

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After Move and Groove, we jump right into our Bible memorization or Bible story or Character building exercises for the week. Right now I am working on a curriculum on being SELF-LESS for our kids.

Next we focus on learning a skill or read 2 books. This week we are working on learning the names of our coins! We include Jed (2 years) if he wants to participate. He likes doing what the girls do.  FYI: Jed does not always participate in skill time. Sometimes he just plays and does his own thing.

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After our skill time or reading, we move over to our calendar and I do a small calendar group time with the younger two. Alani is old enough to find the day of the week on her own calendar. She writes out 3 things she is thankful for and practices spelling it out on her own (priceless… I will never ditch this calendar).

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Following the singing, dancing, praying and reviewing, we take a break! I set my trusty kitchen timer to 15 min. I use this time to switch over the laundry, use the bathroom, pull out the math and reading materials and tie up any loose ends. I may also grab a fresh hot drink, because I love them soooo much!

This is basically Part 1 our school day. If we get thru this part of our school day with no breakdowns, bathroom mishaps or unexpected visitors, everything I listed above happens. Some days I may skip the singing or calendar all together just to stay on message. My goal is that we STAY motivated for a good 30 – 40 minutes before the 15 minute break.

There are tons of interesting things you can do during this time, you just have to get creative. My kids love to sing, so I created our morning routine to allow for singing time. Other kids may enjoy a fun-fact of the day or a game instead of singing. The best thing about homeschool is that you know your kids, what they like and what they need to grow in. Make your morning routine centered around positive things they ENJOY and look forward to, and “school time” will be great fun for everyone!

Davis Nation School of Education

Knox and Alani - 2012 Just getting started with pre-school.

Knox and Alani – 2012 Just getting started with pre-school.

Jed - 2012 Figuring how to do pre-school with a little fella crawling and exploring the house...

Jed – 2012 Figuring out how to do pre-school with a little fella crawling and exploring the house…

I do not claim to be a preschool guru! In fact, as you may already know, I only officially baby sat once before I had my own little girl… (It was 1993. The little boy came at me with a butter knife, I called his mom to come home, and I never babysat again). Learning how to teach my children at home has been a great challenge for me! Sure, I am crafty and creative, but it takes a bit more than knowing the color wheel and the alphabet song to be a good preschool teacher, right?

A few years ago, I was super intimidated! I thought my friends had a special formula for homeschooling and I was just waiting for them to fill me in on their secrets. I also burned up the internet searching for weekly themes, sensory stimulation activities for toddlers, educational programming, age appropriate science experiments and information on what my child should be learning developmentally. It was a lot of work looking for that formula. Finally, I found it!

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Knoxy – 2012

Knoxy - 2012  Oh, remember the bangs?

Knoxy – 2012
Oh, remember the bangs?

The secret to this formula is… THERE IS NO FORMULA, you just have to figure out what works best for your own family. That’s it! And no, it is not so easy. But, if you are on the search for what schooling at home with 3 small children looks like, I would love to help.

To inspire all you homeschool newbies, I am opening the window of our homeschooling room and sharing with you how I school our kids. Sometimes, when I read the experiences of others, I am inspired to do more on my own! So, this is exactly what I hope you gain from these posts…. INSPIRATION!

I am not claiming to have EVERYTHING about homeschooling my kids figured out, my kids are only 5,4 and 2 so, it is always a work in progress. However, I do think that we are at a point where I can share our experiences and help give some resources for your own journey!

So, ready to be inspired? Friday I will post the first part of our morning routine! Sign up to receive my posts by email, or subscribe to MavisDavis on the sidebar!

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Extending Comfort

I wrote this earlier in the week… blanket
Today, my 4 year old sleeps hard after battling the stomach bug all day. She has done well aiming for the big bucket on the floor beside her. Our couch is covered with towels and blankets. I think I have ran like 4 loads of laundry all the way through, making sure she has her favorite blanket for the majority of her sick day. It’s sad when she is like this, puny and weak.
It is hard to watch her ache and bend in pain.
There are only a few things I can do, but I can’t take away this sickness.
I can’t make her well.

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All I can do is offer her comfort.
I clean.
I comfort.
I clean.
I comfort.
This is my most important job today!

Sitting in the same room as she falls asleep snoring so that I’m near if she spews again, this is comfort.
Filling up her sippy cup with a bit more Gatorade than water and renting a red box movie at her request is comfort.

I rub her back and change her shirts. I pull her hair up out of her face and bring her fresh warm blankets from the dryer.
I’m her mama… It is my joyful, duty to comfort her as much as I can when she needs me.

I hate that she is sick, but I love that I am the one who gets to take care of her!
It’s my job.
May I always do it joyfully!

2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Shoes Cut for SoleHope!

50 pairs of shoes and $500!

50 pairs of shoes and $500!

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A few months ago I met the gals from SoleHope at a conference and just knew I had to get involved! I bought a shoe-cutting party kit for only $10! Originally, I had determined to give the kit to a younger friend of mine so she could hold a small party for her friends. But, the longer I carried that little kit around in my backpack, the more I wanted to hold a party myself (read more here).

A few of my friends and I set to work organizing, promoting, tweeting and the like. We set our goal to cut 50 pairs of shoes and raise $500 to cover the cost of the shoes we cut! That first night, we were able to cut 30 pairs of shoes and raise about $230 bucks!

On Saturday, we held our 2nd party to finish up our project. I am so excited to report that we reached our goal! In two sessions, we have cut out 50 pairs of shoes and raised over $500 to cover the cost of each pair of shoes! Praise the Lord. Thanks to everyone who participated in helping us put shoes on the feet of children in Uganda!
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Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.15.32 AMThese past few months I have added Asher Collie (founder of Sole Hope) to my list of most inspiring women! By following her instagram I am able to see her live out the love of Christ to her family, her Ugandan community and all the children she interacts with daily. I am always encouraged by her posts and photos! You’ll be encouraged too! Follow her at: ashercollie on instagram. Hopetocarryon.com the blog and of course solehope.com.

For more information about SoleHope and how you can host your own shoe-cutting party, check out this link!
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15 Minute Drawing Challenge: Jeremiah 17:8

Today our inspiration and verse is:

Jeremiah 17:8  (ESV)

He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Set the timer…
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Stop! PENCILS DOWN, everyone.
I am trying to work on my skills. 15 minutes is a super short amount of time to complete a nice painting or drawing. But, it’s a perfect amount of time to focus and be creative! This week I used an old set of watercolors from the kids craft drawer! (Confession: I painted at McDonalds while my kids played on the indoor playground). I hope you are enjoying this challenge as much as I am! Now, snap a shot with your smart phone or camera and leave your permalink in the comments! Can’t want to see all of them!

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15 Minute Drawing Challenge: Ephesians 3:14-19

15 Minute Drawing Challenge: Ephesians 3:14-19 (ESV)

If you are joining us this week, check out this post for how to participate!

Today our inspiration and verse is:

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Set the timer…
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This week I added an illustration to keep things interesting and challenge myself! I am encouraged by Paul’s prayer today! I am thankful to know that I am strengthened with POWER through the Holy Spirit! 2014 is going to be full of adventure and change, challenges, hard times and beautiful blessings! I want to be strong to notice, experience and participate in my relationship with Christ! I am thankful for this passage!

Stop! PENCILS DOWN, everyone.
Now, snap a shot with your phone or camera and leave your permalink in the comments! Can’t want to see all of them! If you have small kids, invite them to join you or have a separate time for them to get creative!

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My ONE WORD 365

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I am participating in the ONEWORD365.com challenge! ADVENTURE is my one word to focus on this year! According to a solid online resource, Wikipedia, an adventure is an exciting or unusual experience! I am planning a bunch for this year!

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1. Adopting a little boy! Please join our FB page for updates and info on our current status. Also, you can go here to donate to our adoption fund! We are over half way there:)

2. Rebranding my blog! What? Mavisdavis, where are you going? Well, I am not going anywhere! That’s the point. The name is a bit confusing for new readers who may think, “her name is Amy, why would she call herself Mavis?” So, I am skipping all the confusion and re-branding my blog. I will focus my writing on creativity, missions, motherhood and creative ways to connect the three. I will also be sharing my adventures in motherhood and life at SWO. Basically what I already blog about, but I need a new blog name! So, brainstorm and email me your suggestions. If you have the winning suggestion for my new blog name, I will send you a free piece of art!
*Also, there will be plenty of warning before I shut down MavisDavis.wordpress.com!

Alani with her guitar and me with the banjo on Christmas!

Alani with her guitar and me with the banjo on Christmas!

3. Songwriting! I got a new banjo for Christmas (thanks again, Mom and Steve)! So, I’m taking the leap back into songwriting. It has been about 3 years since I have written a new song.  It is good to feel Lord stirring my heart to write new tunes for our church services at RedOak!

4. Art! I have recently joined a few friends in a little adventure called Stillframe Studio. We are joining our forces in art to create some beautiful things to share! It is up and running, so check it out!

So, those are 4 of my personal ADVENTURES for the year! So, it is appropriate to give my 2014 the name ADVENTURE! You can name your year too! Check out the resolution revolution at ONEWORD365.com and find out what it is all about!

15 Minute Drawing Challenge: Isaiah 6:3

15 Minute Drawing Challenge: Isaiah 6:3 (ESV)

Today our inspiration and verse is:

Isaiah 6:3

And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”

Set the timer…
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Stop! PENCILS DOWN, everyone.
Now, snap a shot with your phone or camera and leave your permalink in the comments! Can’t wait to see all of them! If you have small kids, invite them to join you or have a separate time for them to get creative.

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