Making & Using a Homeschool Teacher ID

Did you know all the discounts and extra perks that come along with educator ID cards also apply to those who homeschool or unschool?

Today I took MaiTai to see Zootopia in the theater. It’s Spring Break, which means it’s Teacher Appreciation Week at this particular place. Free tickets for teachers before 6 p.m. when the sun is least forgiving? Yes please!

Making a homeschool educator ID is easy. You can design a template of your own or use this pre-made, customizable one found here courtesy of Homeschool Buyers Co-op.

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To get started, make an account to get your email registered so you can print the card. Choose “Teacher ID,” pick your color/logo preferences and fill in your information. If your child is involved with a local co-op or unschooling “school” like Sudbury, you can replace “My Homeschool” with that title.

Prefer a professionally printed, hard plastic version? You can order it through the site for $7.95.

Here are a few lists of retailers/businesses that offer teacher discounts:

Don’t forget to think outside the box of retail stores. Many movie theaters, museums, park programs, restaurants, family field trip spots, and other establishments offer educator discounts regularly or during certain times of the year (like Spring Break)!

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Preparing Big Sibling For a Baby

This post was published on my sister site. Just some family photos from our maternity shoot with Tender Nest Portraits and the story of preparing MaiTai for his baby brother’s journey into life with our family. ❤

Mama's Milk, No Chaser

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Not too many weeks after the positive pregnancy test, we told MaiTai he was going to be a big brother.

We wondered if he even knew what it meant to be a brother… to have a brother or sister…  or even the differences between himself at not quite three years old and a newborn baby, much less one in a womb. He knows what a womb is, right?

We had a lot of work to do! Or so I thought.

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That One Day at… Houston Downtown Aquarium Home School Day

The night before, MaiTai told me with a hint of sadness that he wanted a dinosaur friend to play with. I thought, Oh no, does he need more friends? Is this uncharacteristic request a sign of loneliness??

I said, “We’re going to the Aquarium to see fish and play on rides tomorrow and there will be lots of kids to play with!”

He said, “Okay. But can I turn them into dinosaurs?”

“Sure…”

“Okay. Because I only wanted to be friends with a dinosaur, not the kids.”

Ah yes, this child I recognize.

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Entertainment: InterActive Theater’s Home School Happenings

MaiTai loves his shows… and they aren’t always on a screen! InterActive Theater Company is a cast of talented actors who host several performances per season on the stage of a church in Heights area of Houston.

Our initial encounter with ITC was in April when we watched their funny rendition of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” (MaiTai was two and a half). We returned this week to see “Rabbit Tales,” which is open to the public through February 13th if you want to check it out.

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Entertainment: First Real Movie Theater Experience (MaiTai, Age 3)

 

When MaiTai was a baby, I took him to a matinee of a Wizard of Oz remake. I didn’t want him to watch the screen that tenderly and impressionably young so I hoped he’d sleep through the whole thing — and sleep he did. He didn’t miss much; it was a terrible (read: godawful) movie.

He had his first ‘big screen’ adventure when I recently enjoyed an outdoor movie with him, a showing of The Polar Express.

Tonight was his first time watching a film (The Good Dinosaur) at a traditional cinema.

Upon entering the theater, he said, “I don’t like this place.”

Well, crap.

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