Is Time Out a Waste of Time?

Positive Parenting Solutions

I am excited to welcome back my friend Amy {yes I feel we have truly become friends in this wild online world!} from Positive Parenting Solutions!  You may remember I hosted a free webinar a few months ago entitled, How to Get Kids to Listen Without Reminding, Nagging, or Yelling.

Amy asked me if I would be interested in hosting another webinar and I said yes!  This time I chose a different topic, and a webinar I have not even seen myself yet! I am excited to join you all for Is Time Out a Waste of Time? on August 15, 2012 at 9pm EST.  I wanted to host this so you could get a peek into what the program is all about and so you can “meet” Amy yourself.  She hosts the webinar live for us!  So cool huh?  There is even a PDF file for you to download and take notes on! Find the link to the PDF near the bottom, under the second “Reserve Your Seat Today” section.

Here are the official details about our upcoming webinar…

Is Time Out a Waste of Time?


What does it take to get your kids to listen? Nagging? Reminding? Yelling? Time Outs? 

If Time Out and other "tried and true" discipline strategies aren’t doing the job in your house – this session is for you! 1+1+1=1 is excited to partner with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor to offer a FREE LIVE training webinar on…

Wednesday, August 15th, from 9-10 PM Eastern Time.

Join us to learn easy to implement strategies to get kids to cooperate without the slightest hint of fussing, whining or complaining.

All you need is your computer. (No webcam required.) You’ll see and hear Amy on your screen and you can even ask questions and she’ll make them part of the presentation. Parents RAVE about this session.

RSVP today and then kick back and learn from the comfort of your home.

Webinar seating will be limited so learn more and RSVP now! I’ll look forward to welcoming you. We had hundreds for the last webinar and tons of interaction in the chat section, it was really neat!  It was very comforting to chat together about many of our parenting issues and our desire to learn new strategies.

In the meantime, we’d love it if you could let your Facebook friends know about this exciting webinar – just click this link to share on Facebook.

About Amy McCready

Parenting expert Amy McCready is the Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and a image_thumb4"recovering yeller." She is a champion of positive parenting techniques for happier families and well-behaved kids. Amy reaches a worldwide audience with her Positive Parenting Solutions Online course and is a frequent guest on the TODAY Show and has also appeared on Rachael Ray, CNN, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, and elsewhere. In her most important role, she is mom to two teenage boys.

I hope to “see” many of you at the webinar, I will be logged in for it also!

I know many of you are now working through the full Positive Parenting Solutions course, I’d love to hear your thoughts about it!

Calvert 1st Grade Printables

Krash is using Calvert 1st grade, and it is still the same as when PacMan used it!  I remember thinking during Pac’s year how much a few things would have helped me.  I am working now to create those things and will be sharing them here as I get them done for any of you who are using or will be using Calvert First Grade!  If you aren’t using Calvert, these posts won’t be of much interest to you, sorry!

First up, Lesson Planning Printables!

1st Grade Lesson Planning Sheet

The manual is wonderful, but large!  I find it easier to have the basics on one page for each week.  I listed the main subject areas on the left, in no particular order.  I also included a blank page in case you’d like to list yours differently!

I use a pencil to write on these, then put them in a binder for the year.  We also use their ATS assessment service, so I file the assessments in groups also.  That way everything is in one notebook all year long. I do it the same way with PacMan too, he will be in 5th grade this year.

>~> Download Calvert 1st Grade Lesson Planning Printables Here <~<

I have these lesson plans available for 3rd Grade Calvert here.

More Calvert 1st Grade Printables coming soon!  See our curriculum post here.  I will be updating our curriculum post for the 012-2013 school year soon!

We Love Photography Camp

You may remember our giveaway for’s Photography Summer Camp for Kids.  PacMan has been enrolled in the current June session and is LOVING it.  Their next session starts in just a few days {July 9}, and I am here to tell you –  if your child has any interest in photography ~ SIGN UP!!!!  It is amazing!

I was actually quite skeptical, since I am a former children’s photographer myself, I wasn’t sure what to expect or what I would think.  The teacher- Candice Stringham, did a fabulous job and is explaining things in such an easy to understand way!  I am VERY impressed!

We are not completing the lessons “live” but I have downloaded and printed them off for PacMan so he can work at his own pace throughout the summer. 

Summer Photo Camp Notebook

Pac is using his own camera for most of it {he has an older Canon Powershot}, and I am allowing him to use my camera {Canon 40D} sometimes.  He is reading the lessons on his own and then going through his photos to choose the final images for his assignment.  I am then downloading them into a special folder for him.  Here are 2 of his assignments.

“How to Hold a Camera” ~ making sure the horizon line isn’t crooked.

Assignment 1.1  (1 of 2)     Assignment 1.1  (2 of 2)

“Vertical or Horizontal?”

Assignment 1.2  (1 of 2)     Assignment 1.2  (2 of 2)

Other topics include:

  • Camera Modes
  • Filling the Frame
  • Focusing
  • Points of View
  • Macro
  • Framing
  • Directions of Light, and MORE! 
  • Each week there is also a vocabulary lesson, and also a fun photo scavenger hunt!

A few things to note…

  • You do NOT have to participate in the class live.  You can sign up, and view {or print} the lessons ANY time!  You can also come back to the videos anytime.  This is nice, because many of us are traveling right now.  You can even purchase the course and save it for school in the fall! I have ours all printed out in our binder to work through at our own pace together.
  • This class is definitely for the confident reader, Pac is 10 and it is just right for him.  I would even recommend this class for adults who want to learn some photography skills!
  • The quality of the videos ~ AMAZING!  We haven’t even watched them all yet, but they are very well done and packed with knowledge.

I highly recommend this course and am so thankful I had the chance to review it and share with you.  It is amazing to have a resource like this for our budding photographers!

Sign up for the July session here!  It’s only $36 for the first child, and you can add siblings for just $10 each!

Little Sisters are Great

This series I snapped today was too cute not to share!  Notice the unsuspecting big brother as his lil’ sis comes after his popsicle…




Suddenly he clues in and realizes what she is doing!IMG_7099

And, because he adores her, he lets her eat over half of it.IMG_7102


I am so blessed to have 2 boys who absolutely adore this little sister of theirs.

Maestro Classics CD Bundle Giveaway

I am excited to share Maestro Classics with you today!


The Maestro Classic CDs are wonderful mini-units that help introduce symphony and orchestra to younger students. Maestro Classics produces “Stories in Music” which are a classical music CD series for children ages 5 to 12, but can be enjoyed by everyone, yes…even us big people! Each CD comes with a booklet full of lesson activity ideas and games to play while listening, my kids personally love the cd insert. The CDs also include information on composers and historical facts when appropriate to the musical selections. The stories are engaging keep kids attention while at the same time introducing them to classical symphony and orchestra.

If you aren’t familiar with Maestro Classics, I recommend going to their website to learn more.  If you look for this graphic,


down at the bottom of their site, you’ll find answers to common questions about the series! 

One thing I love about Maestro Classics is their homeschool music curriculum guide.

We personally own Peter and the Wolf and my kids love it!  I hope to own more of their CDS in the future!IMG_9603

Maestro Classics would like to give one of you a four CD classical music set, called the "Story Pack" which includes…image


Mike Mulligan 

mike-mulligan-and-his-steam-shovel_newVirginia Lee Burton’s classic American storybook, a childhood favorite for generations, is brought to life with this beautiful new music for orchestra and Irish bagpipes.
In the story, Mike Mulligan refuses to give up his aging steam shovel Mary Anne as they travel to find one last job together. A tale of loyalty and friendship, perseverance and good ideas, this musical CD won a Parents’ Choice GOLD award.

The Tortoise and the Hare

tortoise-and-the-hareHare, certain that talent and new running shoes will win the race, stops for a little French onion soup at the bistro along the route. All the small animals in the forest cheer poor, slow Tortoise along, while Hare, who is far ahead, decides to take a nap. The charming musical score, complete with “The Pretzel Vendor of Paris” song, won a Parents’ Choice GOLD award. 

Casey at Bat

casey-at-the-bat_newWhen the Mudville Nine are almost certain to lose the game, Mighty Casey takes his turn at bat, and the fans hold their breath as each pitch is thrown.
The upbeat, jazzy music performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra is highlighted by cheering crowds, vendors hawking their wares, the cheers of spectators and the sounds of the ball being hit, which bring the story to life.

Juanita the Spanish Lobster

juanita-the-spanish-lobster_newThis new musical work from England combines flamenco guitar music with bel canto opera, poking fun at both, while telling a delightful story. The music of this tale invites you to not only have fun listening but also to learn and sing along.

You’ll get a kick out of the high level of quality music performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the dynamic storytelling and the multifaceted tongue-in-cheek humor. Fun for all!

Great for kids ages 4-12 and their families (These stories in particular are nice for younger kids, since they have fewer possible "scary" moments, with the exception of Juanita, where there is one very short "scary" moment when she is captured in a lobster trap, but her friend saves her very quickly)


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