Book Review – Cleaning House


“Kay Wills Wyma set out on a 12 month experiment within her household to change the “serve me” attitude of her 5 children into a “serve others” and work hard attitude. She found out a lot about her children, her marriage and more about herself than she ever expected. Each month she set out on teaching her children a “real world” task that they NEED to know to be successful adults and confident children. Kids and parents need to be pushed outside of their comfort zones in order to see what they are indeed capable of doing. She found out she had a lot of work to do to ease up on control, to stop trying to make it easy for them and to step aside as they learn by succeeding AND failing.”

Each month she picks one important life skill for her kids to take responsibility of hoping to equip them with a strong work ethic, self-confidence through a job well done and concern for others along the way.
Here is the schedule she follows:
Task 1 – Operation Clutter Control (Making Beds and Picking Up)
Task 2 – Kitchen Patrol (Cooking)
Task 3 – Grounding Time (Outdoor Duties)
Task 4 – Working for a Living (Employment)
Task 5 – Domestic Dirty Jobs (Cleaning Toilets)
Task 6 – Roll Tide (Laundry)
Task 7 – The Handyman Can…or Can He? (Fixing What’s Broken)
Task 8 – The Entertainers (Hospitality)
Task 9 – Team Players (Working Together)
Task 10 – Runner’s World (Errands)
Task 11 – It’s About Other’s (Service)
Task 12 – Lades and Gentlemen (Manners)
I followed along with her as much as I could….some of the topics where meant for older children so I had to adjust them to fit our family! I found myself re examining my parenting style! Pushing my older son out of his comfort zone show me and him that he could do it! Task 6 – Roll Tide (Laundry) was my favorite all three of my children pick up their dirty clothes and take them down to the laundry room! They also make their beds!! It is a work in progress! 
I HIGHLY recommend this book to any parent who has a child/children who have that ultra annoying attitude of SERVE ME! 

Publisher’s Description

Is Your Home Out of Order?
Do your kids expect clean folded clothes to magically appear in their drawers? Do they roll their eyes when you suggest they clean the bathroom? By racing in to make their lives easy, have you unintentionally reinforced your children’s belief that the world revolves around them?

Dismayed at the attitude of entitlement that had crept into her home, Kay Wyma got some attitude of her own. Cleaning Houseis her account of a year-long campaign to introduce her five kids to basic life skills and the ways meaningful work can increase earned self-confidence and concern for others.

With irresistible humor and refreshing insights, Kay candidly details the ups and downs of equipping her kids for such tasks as making beds, refinishing a deck chair, and working together. The changes that take place in her household will inspire you to launch your own campaign to dislodge your kids from the center of their universe.
“If you want your children to be more responsible, more self-assured, and more empathetic, Cleaning House is for you.”
—Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family

Author Bio

Kay Wills Wyma has five kids, ages four to fourteen, and one SUV with a lot of carpool miles. She holds a bachelor’s from Baylor University and an MIM from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). Before transitioning to stay-at-home mom, she held positions at the White House, the Staubach Company, and Bank of America. She and her husband, Jon, live with their family in the Dallas area.
*I received this book free from blogging for books in exchange for my honest opinion. 


A Peek in the Classroom


It is still a work in progress! I have a lots of addition I would like to add…but finding the time has been a issue! I moved our classroom from the Dining Room to the downstair Family room. The dining room was getting far too cluttered and to be honest I really need some separation! The family room is very large and roomy, which is so nice! I have it broken down into areas: Book Work, Computer, Reading Corner, Arts and Crafts.

I have plans for my reading corner:

I love the basic idea of this…however I’m going to do a teepee instead of a hut! 
Oh the plans!! Until then here is a little peek at our school room!

Where is Steve? We have a dear friend who is walking for the Space Needle to Times Square to raise money and awareness about UZIMA Africa…

This months curriculum

Book Shelf with binders and art supplies

This round table is great and better then nothing…but I’m in dyer need of a kidney table! 
This is what I will be adding in the weeks to come!

I LOVE this table! All the kids would be at the same table but not too close….Those of you with more than one kiddo knows what I mean 🙂

Rain Gutter Bookshelf! My hubby will be getting these up this week/weekend!!

How fun is this?!? Tree Coat rack!

I want to do an “All about me” at the beginning of the year and the end! I think that will be fun to see how things change!

OH SNAP! Reading!


Beth Moore + James = GET IT!

My women’s bible study just started JAMES! I am in love. The introduction video was AMAZING the Lord spoke to me…it was…awesome. I want to encourage you all to pick up a copy, find a bible study, download it…whatever…just get it! PS: I love Beth Moore | she is adorable!


My Current Obsession!


Have you heard of Teachers Pay Teachers? If you haven’t then let me introduce you!
TeachersPayTeachers is the world’s first open marketplace
where teachers buy and sell original teaching materials.
TpT’s mission is to empower teachers by bringing together those who create curricula with those who are seeking fresh new approaches in the classroom. Teachers work hard and deserve extra compensation for all those hours spent lesson planning.
Newer teachers and those looking for ideas can save time and leap ahead in competency by learning from veterans.
We strongly believe that the ensuing exchange lifts all boats and leads to the better sharing of best practices.
In the end everyone wins, especially our students.
You can join as a buyer or seller or both to make your teaching career even more rewarding. We call it Free Market Merit Pay for Teachers. Click on the apple and check it out! You will be glad you did!

A few my personal FAVORITES!!!

OH S.N.A.P. A Motivational Reading Reward Strategy {Customizable}

By Hope King {she has the BEST stuff!}

About Oh S.N.A.POH S.N.A.P. does not only reward those students who are demonstrating progress by advancing levels in their reading. This program also rewards those students who are going above and beyond to become the very best readers that they can be. While using OH S.N.A.P. to encourage reading, students will be rewarded for four different reading achievements: Reading Practice (Reading Logs), A.R. (Accelerated Reader: If your school does not implement this program, there is an alternate point system), Reading Level Advancement, & Readers Response. 

Super in Second! {Beginning of the Year Activities for 2nd Grade}

By Babbling Abbey

About Super in Second

This activity pack is filled with things to do during the first few weeks of 2nd grade to get your students excited about the school year. It was created after several 2nd grade teachers contacted me to ask that I alter my “Fun with Firsties” pack to be suitable for their students.

Teacher Reading Binder: Ultimate Resource for any Teacher!

By Lesson Plan SOS Teacher
About Reading Binder

1. Guided Reading Binder 101- 12 pages

2. Guided Reading Guru!- 92 pages3. Reading Binder Cover Pages- 15 pages4. Comprehension Posters- 18 pages5. Guided Reading Teacher/Student Venn Diagram- 21 pages6. Intermediate Grades Comprehension Reading Activities- 18 pages7. Primary Grades Comprehension Reading Activities- 17 pages8. Guided Reading Groups Bulletin Board Display- 33 pages9. Super Reader Craftitivity- 4 pages10. Super Reader Cape Tracers- 4 pages11. Super Reader Dr. Tracers- 9 pages

Cloudy with a Chance

By Hope King

About Cloud with a Chance

This 118 page unit combines research, observation and experimentation to allow students to dive head first into basic weather concepts. This unit includes 10 lessons that can be taught during a three week weather unit. Here is a look at the lesson breakdown: 

Lesson 1: Welcome to Chewandswallow Duration: 1 Day Lesson 2: Know the Lingo Duration: 1 Day Lesson 3: What is a Meteorologist? Duration: 1 Day Lesson 4: A Meteorologist’s Toolbox Duration: 1 Day Lesson 5: Weather Tools Duration: 2 Days Lesson 6: Severe Weather Alert Duration: 4 Days Lesson 7: Going Live Duration: 2 Days Lesson 8: Let’s Make Clouds Duration: 1 Day Lesson 9: Cloud Watching Duration: 1 Day Lesson 10: How Much Does it Hold? Duration: 1 Day

The Great Pumpkin Investigation {Student Journal}

By Cara Carroll

About The Great Pumpkin Investigation

The Great Pumpkin Investigation is a 10 page student journal used for recording observations, predictions, and estimations of a pumpkin.

I could go on and on and on and on….There are 1000’s to choose from! There is even a HUGE free section! 

Friday Road Trip!

A few months ago my brother-in-law and sister-in-law moved from Seattle {which about 4 1/2 hours to 5 hours away} to Moscow {which is only about an 1 1/2 hours away max!} We have been planning to drive down to see them for weeks…but work schedules have not worked out.

This weekend the local Fair was taking place and my hubby got of work at 9am and my sister-in-law was off! PERFECT! The kids were so excited to see their aunt and uncle and go to the fair!

Well surprise surprise we were about an hour and half behind yesterday. We had to drive 20 minutes in the opposite direction to drop off enrollment forms for Elias’ new Enrichment Study Program {Another Post soon all about that!! } THEN, we were finally on our way!

Any other parent would assume that at least one of our twins would fall asleep during a 2.5 hour car ride…right?! Yeah, they didn’t! They talked, they fought, they sang and they yelled…but they didn’t even come close to falling asleep! This made for a VERY long car ride, considering it was nearly 3 hours past their regular nap time…I had the brilliant idea that we should push out nap time because “they will fall asleep on the way there” ha!

Things that I said 1000 times in 2.5 hours!

“yes you do sing pretty”
“no we don’t have the Word Girl cd”
“stop touching your brother”
“stop touching your sister”
“stop spitting”
“stop yelling”
“yep those are wheat fields”
“please take a nap”
“stop yelling, I’m sitting right here”
“no we are not there yet”
“I’m hungry too”
“I’m thirsty too”
“I’m board too”
“quite kicking each others seats”

After asking “are we there yet” 1000 times we were finally there!!! YAY!

It was smooth sailing once we arrived! We got to see Uncle and Aunties new house, the kiddos had a great time playing with dogs!

At the fair we looked at animals, played games: all three kids won a multitude of prizes, the twins rode their VERY first Roller Coaster! We ate food…at little too much fried food for my liking but that all part of the fair right!? It was a tiny small town fair so we only spent a few hours there.

Then we heading to the College Grizzly Bear conservation area nearby. The kids LOVED being so close to the Bears! They had the adult ones out while we were there, they were huge! We could see the babies playing and growling…it was pretty darn cute!

We ended our day at a favorite Mexican restaurant! By then Gabbi had about reached the end of her rope, she was exhausted and Simon wasn’t too far behind. We loved the little town we were in…right out side the  restaurant was a play ground! The kids loved it. It made me wish that we had fun little areas like that nearby!

When we headed home the twins were out within about 5 minutes! Elias was in 15! It was a GREAT car ride home! My hubby and I got to talk about so many things, make decision, and just enjoy each other!

All in all it was a amazing trip and we are looking forward to doing it again…car trip and all!


I Scream, You Scream, We Both Scream for…The Roller Coaster

The First “Roller Coaster”!!
Ever since I was tall enough I have loved roller coasters! My husband and my older son want nothing to do with anything like that! You can imagine my surprise when my 3 year olds BEGGED us at the local fair to ride on the little kiddie Roller Coaster!

Ok, it might not look it but this little thing was FAST and it went around the track about 20 times! They were laughing and squealing the whole time! They even put their hands up when they went down the track! It was so cute!

They were so proud when they got off…I’m very proud of my little brave kiddos!

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