about waddlee-ah-chaa

Who the heck is waddlee-ah-chaa?

See the little squirt in the cornfield? That’s me, Jeannine. I’m standing next to my big sister Joyce. We’ve always shared a passion for life, children and education. Since we both have a background in education, we came together here at waddleeahchaa.com to host a blog for parents, teachers, homeschoolers and for those who want to live a simply engaging life.

Well, well, well. One thing is for certain in life. It is always changing. Joyce has retired (again) and is spending her days enjoying her grandsons. But you’ll still see her pop-up here and there.

Jeannine: waddleeahchaa.com

Who the heck is Jeannine?

Well, I guess I’m a rather unconventional, conventional person. At least that’s what I’ve been told. In my past life, I didn’t have children. My husband and I did things like traveling to places that required a passport rather than a minivan. Now we’re living a new life. A life filled with family. A life filled with joy.

Today we are your average family (Dad, Mom, Boy, Girl and two scrappy dogs), living in a charming Texas small-town, in a great 1950’s neighborhood located on the hill directly above our town park. I am a homeschooling Mom who is endeavoring to give my children the nostalgic life-style I knew as a child. Endeavoring is the key word; many days are just a chaotic mess!

That all sounds pretty darn conventional, right? I guess, I’ll let you be the judge of the whole “unconventional” label.

My objective is to support parents and teachers who want to grow independent, thinking, creative, imaginative, artistic, problem solving children. Not always easy in our fast paced world.

I care more about how learning takes place, rather than where learning takes place (preschool, private school, public school or homeschool). This blog is a place where all parents and teachers can come together to share their insights and comments.

Each week I host a Books for Kids GIVEAWAY, highlighting great children’s literature and hands-on learning activities. Help me accomplish my mission to get good books into the hands of children, parents and teachers!

Each week I post in these three main categories:

personal pizzas: FREE printable recipe guides

at home, I post simple photo recipes for kids for teaching children how to cook (FREE printables), we share the agony and ecstasy of remodeling a home built in 1952 (it’s hard to remodel and blog at the same time!), we review educational toys (every Christmas we giveaway learning toys) and from time to time we post a few tips and tidbits that make life easier or just make life fun.

at school, I post photos of hands-on learning activities from both the classroom and homeschool. We share FREE printables and FREE printable online books for kids.

out in the world, I post photos and links to family friendly adventures and travel. We often turn these adventures into FREE printable books for children.

If this is your first time here at waddlee-ah-chaa, you might like to take a peek at our most popular posts. Here are the top three in each category:

at home

at school

Out in the world

Thanks for visiting and I invite you to join me as I blog my way through life: at home,at school and out in the world.

Joyce and Jeannine

To keep-up with all of our GIVEAWAYS and topics follow us on pinterest or Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan Ferreri March 18, 2010 at 11:43 pm

How cute. What a special relationship.
Congrats on your new venture.

Rebecca Matschek March 23, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Hi guys! The site is great. It makes me realize how much I miss working with both of you. You are both so gifted at making life fun and finding those teachable moments. Keep up the good work!

Jessica Penkszyk March 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I know how special it is to have sisters!!! I love the pic of you and your sis!!

Karisha April 8, 2010 at 9:04 am

I am crying like a baby looking at this picture. You two are so special!!! Rebecca is right this blog helps keep us focused on the gifts we bring to children and the gifts children bring to each of us.
“Love a child even when it’s hard”

Sayde May 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Joyce,
I love it! How inspirational and creative. So glad you thought of me. I’ll be a follower now!
Congrats!
Sayde

Kim Cathey May 17, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I am so happy to find you!! I just sent you a message on facebook through Cartwright’s page. The last 3 years have brought some big changes in my life…can’t wait to reconnect. This site is adorable! I am still teaching in CFB…this is my 6th year at Kent teaching 1st grade. Tomorrow night is the 20th anniversary celebration of Kent. What a day that will be because open house is before the celebration. I received you precious Christmas cards with your adorable family…I just kept misplacing the address…and life was a bit chaotic. I’ll explain!

Jeannine May 17, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Oh my gosh! This makes me soooooooooooooo happy! Cartwright has a page? Isn’t he five. Just joking. I know time flies!!!

Meeks June 3, 2010 at 7:33 pm

jeannine,
thanks for popping on to my blog and leaving a comment. i loooove all the books you have on your page! I can’t wait to get out the ones I haven’t read yet. I wish I lived in America so I could enter some of the giveaways…but alas, I will enjoy all the children’s drawings instead ;)
All the best with your blog!

Jeannine June 3, 2010 at 9:25 pm

We love all of our friends from Australia! We think alike!

Felicity November 30, 2010 at 11:18 am

Jeannine & Joyce,
If this site is anything to go by you are both true gifts in this world.
Your creativity, passion for learning and teaching, reading and thinking big thoughts is evident on every page that I’ve opened.
Thank you for visiting my space so that I may follow you back to yours.
I will enjoy spending time here and spreading the word about you.

Big hugs to you both,

Felicity xx

SnoopyGirl January 13, 2011 at 9:21 am

What a lovely blog and a really great selection of picture books here! I will be following you!

Sarah Avery April 5, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Oh wow Mrs. Poe! If I didn’t know any better I’d say that was Alyssa!

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