Ultimate Blog Party 2012

The Ultimate Blog Party 2012 is starting on Friday, April 13th. Which, as you may have noticed, coincides with the official launch party for my blog

, TeachingBoys.net!

Teaching Boys will be having two parties at the same time!

To celebrate the launch of TeachingBoys.net, I will be handing out daily prizes beginning Friday, April 13th and ending Friday, April 20th. So, if you are here for the first time, make sure you read about all of the prizes that I am offering and how to enter. While you browse my site, make sure to register for a chance to win!

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

What is the Ultimate Blog Party? 5 Minutes for Mom describes the Ultimate Blog Party as a way for Mom Bloggers to link up and “party” together in a blog, carnival style, visiting each other’s sites and getting to know one another. It is an exciting way to find new blogs and new friends! You don’t have to have a blog to visit all these great sites! Check out 5 Minutes for Mom for more details.

Who am I? What can you find on my site?

Welcome to Teaching Boys! My name is Jennifer. I am so excited that you decided to visit! May I show you around?

In a few words…..my site is about……Teaching Boys! Teaching Boys everything……..from math to loving others to cleaning. Cleaning is my personal favorite…..especially toilets….

I’m sorry….I am jumping ahead…..first, I should introduce myself……

Here is my elevator introduction: I am deeply in love with Jesus, married to the best guy ever (sorry, girls…he’s taken), and we are blessed with three little men to tuck in every evening! (Well, first we have to retrieve them from the trees, scrub the dirt off them, feed them for the tenth time that day, read books, pray, get drinks……and then…….tuck them in) I am a certified teacher with a degree in Elementary Education. After the birth of my first son, I gave up my paycheck and began teaching for free……in my own home! Currently, I spend my days homeschooling, blogging, and living life alongside my men.

About Us: For more about me, won’t you visit my About Us page? While you are there, you can meet my family, check out our curriculum, and peek into a typical day in our home. Typical….that lovely little word that means….”the day that Mommy has every duck in a row and is fully loaded with caffeine!”

Character and Habits: While academics and extra-curricular activities are important, my primary goal is to instill godly character into my boys. If, at the end of their lives, the only things that they have learned are loving God and loving others, then I will consider my job a success. While browsing this page, look through my list of ideas for serving others as a family and a post about perseverance.

Academics: Personally, our family homeschools. But, all parents, homeschooling or not, are involved in their son’s education. You will find ideas for drilling math facts, fun ways to memorize information, beginning reading with magnetic letters, and learning with shaving cream! Also, be sure to download my free ebook, “Teaching Boys to Practice Spelling-Hands-on Spelling Practice in Minutes a Day.”

Home Management: Every boy needs to know how to manage a home. Unfortunately, I have met several brilliant people that live in a state of chaos- without the ability to manage money, cook a meal, or do laundry. We will aim for balance. I discuss my system for teaching my kids about financial wisdom. I tackle the terrible word called “chores.” Also, I explain how to clean with non-toxic cleaners that my boys can use! (and squirt each other….without bodily harm!)

Family Fun: This category is all about having fun with our boys!

Celebrations: I am determined to teach my boys the true meaning behind our celebrations, while keeping all of the wonder and sparkle that I experienced as a child. This category tells some of my favorite holiday recipes and traditions. Also, I give fun ideas for incorporating meaning into those traditions.

Mom’s Toolbox: This is your oasis in a sea of miniature vehicles, ninja fights, and squished raisins in the carpet. Look here for words of encouragement, tips on saving money, and funny stories about my life with boys.

Everything Else: This is my virtual junk drawer….everything that doesn’t fit into another category!


Welcome! I am so pleased that you came to my party! Please leave a comment about your visit! Include your blog address so I can come visit your virtual home on the web! Before you leave, remember to check out the prizes on my launch page!


62 Responses to Ultimate Blog Party 2012

  1. Kaye Swain April 13, 2012 at 5:42 am #

    What a fun visit for the Ultimate Blog Party 2012. As a grandmother of many, including 5 grandboys, I’m always on the look out for fun ideas for crafts and activities. I’ll definitely check back.

    • Jennifer April 13, 2012 at 5:52 am #


      Thank you! I am glad you had fun! Thanks for stopping by to see me!


  2. Rebecca April 13, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Welcome to the party and congratulations on your launch! Can’t wait to build up some men with you!

    • Jennifer April 15, 2012 at 4:26 am #


      Welcome…and thank you!


  3. Andrea April 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    WOW!! This Blog Party is AWESOME!! I DO have a blog, I started it for out of state family, but now, it’s more just for…well, I’m not really sure yet. lol
    Anyway this is awesome! I have 3 boys of my own too (and 2 girls)!

    I just read Ann Voskamp post about being in community. When I read your blog the other day, I felt “community”.

    Thank You!

    Andrea : )

    • Jennifer April 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

      That is so sweet, Andrea! I am glad you see community here! My prayer is that every person that ‘steps’ onto my site will feel loved by Jesus and by me!

      Post the link to your blog….if you’d like! I’d love to see it!

      I love Ann Voskamp, also! I am half-way through “A Thousand Gifts.”

      Looking forward to chatting!


  4. Deanna April 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Congratulations on the launch of your new site. It’s awesome and I can’t wait to read more! New follower from UBP.

    • Jennifer April 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm #


      Thank you for visiting! I look forward to visiting your site!


  5. Glenda Childers April 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Congrats on your blog. Our homeschooled girls are grown :-)

    So glad to meet your through the UBP. Happy party day.



    • Jennifer April 15, 2012 at 4:26 am #


      So glad to meet you!


  6. Jennifer Dawn McLucas April 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    Hello Jennifer! I feel a little like Dug from Up (my son’s favorite movie- ok, my favorite movie too) because “I have just met you and I love you.” -Said using my very best Dug voice. This is such a great introduction, I can’t wait to read more!

    • Jennifer April 13, 2012 at 8:26 pm #


      You aren’t going to believe this! I kid you not……I just used that exact same movie quote a few days ago when meeting another blogger friend! I thought I was the only one that lived life according to kid’s movies! :) Is it one of my favorites, too! Who knew a cartoon could make me cry like a baby? Plus….my husband’s name is Kevin….we have a lot of fun with teasing him about that bird!!

      Thanks for stopping by to visit!


  7. Rashida April 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    I need this site! I have four boys and two girls and I am also a homeschooling mom!

    • Jennifer April 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm #


      Welcome! I am so glad you came! I look forward to visiting your site!


  8. Only True North April 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by our blog earlier and leaving us a note! While neither Asha or I have little boys…yet :) , I am so glad to have found your site and will be bookmarking it FOR SURE!

    So glad to have met you!


    • Jennifer April 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm #


      Thanks for visiting! Have a great weekend!


  9. Tereasa April 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    What a fantastic site! I can’t wait to linger and get to know you better. I have two boys, with pockets full of rocks and frogs and faces covered in dirt. I also have a little princess that likes to get just as dirty as they do. Count me in as a new follower!

    Tereasa from hispenonmyheart.com

    • Jennifer April 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm #


      Thank you! Yes.. like you, I am familiar with pockets of rocks and loads of dirt. I just came inside from digging up worms with my boys!

      Thanks for visiting! I look forward to hopping onto your site!


  10. Beth @ My Destiny April 14, 2012 at 1:41 am #

    Sounds wonderful! I don’t have sons, but I do have a daughter. I don’t homeschool, but I did the next best thing — she attends a Christian school. I admire those who can homeschool!

    Enjoy your weekend hopping around the party!


    • Jennifer April 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

      Thanks for dropping by, Beth!

      Have a great weekend!


  11. A Little R & R April 14, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    I am soooo excited about your blog! I have two boys (no girls) and my oldest is only 2 1/2 but I’m starting preschool at home. AI can’t wait to see the great resources you have. I love what you posted here. BTW – I’m popping over from UBP.

    • Jennifer April 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

      Thanks for coming! I remember the days when my guys were that little…..so fun! :)


  12. Jen April 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Hi!!! I have one rowdy and wonderful little boy. I love your blog and look forward to coming back and gaining tips for teaching this wonderful little guy. :) Happy UBP 12 and congrats on your launch! It looks wonderful!!

    • Jennifer April 14, 2012 at 2:03 pm #


      I appreciate you taking the time to visit! Thanks!


  13. Karrie April 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    what an awesome site you have! i look forward to visiting, i could spend hours here……visiting from ultimate blog party. hope you have a blessed day with your boys.

    • Jennifer April 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm #


      Thanks for the encouraging words! Your site is wonderful, as well!

      Have a great day!


  14. Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations April 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    Nice to meet you! I’m visiting from the UBP2012 and I’m following you now. Thanks and I’d love for you to stop by: http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com/2012/04/welcome-to-ultimate-blog-party-2012.html

    • Jennifer April 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

      Nice to meet you! I just visited your site…love the birthday cake pics!


  15. Gretta April 14, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Stopping by from UBP12 ~ I can’t wait to read more of your site. I have a son and want to teach him not only academically but spiritually as well. We homeschool too so I can’t wait to read more of your tips there too. Come visit me at The Johns Family ~ http://grettajohns.blogspot.com/2012/04/welcome-to-ultimate-blog-party-2012.html

    • Jennifer April 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm #


      Hello! I hope you can find some good info on my site! I looked through your site……your picture on the bridge is beautiful! Precious family!

      Have a great weekend!

  16. Allison Renee April 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    Hi Jennifer. Visiting from UBP. I love your blog!! Just like you, I am a elementary teacher who gave up a paycheck to teach my children from home. I have 5 boys and 1 girl and am loving every minute of it! Look forward to following your posts:)

    • Jennifer April 15, 2012 at 4:24 am #


      Thanks for coming to visit….I just left your site. Your family is adorable!

      Have a blessed weekend!

  17. Laura April 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    Great to meet another boy mom / teacher! I have four sons, and I teach high school English. Come on over and visit sometime!

    • Jennifer April 15, 2012 at 4:14 am #


      Thanks for visiting….I found the most wonderful quote on your site….I hope it is okay if I share it…..it will be my new favorite saying….. “Before I die, I want to hold a pink, lace-trimmed bundle of granddaughter. Boys, this is your mission; accept it.” I love this…you are my hero!

      Have a great weekend!

  18. Gail April 15, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    Great blog…visiting from UBP…love your comment about instilling godly character as your main value…so good. God bless you. Gail

    • Jennifer April 15, 2012 at 4:00 am #


      Thanks for visiting! I appreciate your kind words!


  19. Kerry Beck April 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    Congrats on your new site. Looks fantastic. Welcome to UBP. I’ll be adding you to my feeder & look forward to getting to know you.

    • Jennifer April 16, 2012 at 3:15 am #


      Welcome! Thanks for visiting!


  20. Jessie Gunderson April 16, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    So glad to have found you. We have many of the same passions. I have four little men and a girl. We love home school and much more. Can’t wait to get to know you. Come visit and sit a spell if you can.

    • Jennifer April 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm #


      I thouroughly enjoyed my visit to your site! I can’t wait to get to know you, also! Thanks for joining my conversation!


  21. True Aim Education April 16, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    I can’t wait to read about Home Management. It sounds like you have some of the same ideals as we do. Your blog is beautiful! Hope to see you over at my blog sometime.

    • Jennifer April 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm #


      I loved your site, as well! Especially loved the posts about worms and other organic toys! My boys and I just went on a “Worm Hunt” on Friday! Pure fun! Thanks for your kind words! I can’t take any credit for the beauty of my site! My friend/web designer is amazing at listening to my brain and transforming my site to match my thoughts! I will tell her you love it!

      Have a great day!

  22. Meaghan April 16, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I know I’ll be following you for some great ideas. I too was an elementary school teacher who decided to stay home after my first son was born. We plan to homeschool our boys if God is willing. It is so amazing to connect with like-minded families!

    • Jennifer April 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm #


      I am glad you are here! I agree! I have met so many wonderful ladies! Welcome!


  23. paula April 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    found your site through the ultimate blog part 2012

    looking forward to reading some of your posts about activities for little ones!

    my guy is only 17 mos. right now, but he’s super active and LOVES learning, I’m always looking for more ways to entertain him, keep him busy and teach him at the same time!!! following your blog! :)

    • Jennifer April 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm #


      Welcome and thanks for stopping by to visit!


  24. Megret April 16, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    Thanks for dropping by my site! Love yours! :)

    • Jennifer April 16, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

      Thanks for visiting!


  25. Rosann April 17, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    Jennifer, I love your intro and you have such a nice blog here. :) So wonderful to meet you via the UBP! I’m a mom to only girls, but I’m sure your wisdom will be beneficial nonetheless. Looking forward to reading more from you!


    • Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 12:36 am #


      Welcome, new friend! Wonderful to meet you, also!


  26. Becky @ From Ministry to Motherhood April 18, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    I love your blog! This post was so much fun and the perfect introduction. :)

    Just stopping by from the UBP. I love to meet other boy mommas and I look forward to reading more!

    Blessings and peace,

    • Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 1:54 am #


      I’m glad you visited! It is nice to meet you!


  27. Court April 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Lots of fun here. So organized, I could learn fom that!

    • Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm #


      Hello, new friend! Yes….I am organized…to a fault! Can you love me anyway? :)


  28. Piper April 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    I just hopped upon your site at the Ultimate Blog Party… I am looking forward to reading more of your blog. I have 4 children the youngest are boys…15 & 7 !! I need all the encouragement I can get!

  29. Jennifer W April 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    Hi, I’m a new follower from the Ultimate Blog Party. I’m enjoying looking around your blog, stop by and say Hi if you get some time. #UBP12

    I have really needed your blog for quite a long time, I was raised with girls. No boys in our house, I have 1 boy and I am LOVING your blog!

    Jennifer from Just
    and Just
    Wedeminute Reviews and Giveaways

    • Jennifer April 19, 2012 at 9:51 pm #


      Welcome! Thank you for the kind words! I can imagine that your son was a bit of a culture-shock for you! Boys are wonderful, though…..I love mine!


  30. Onna April 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    Haha, gotta love little boys! I’m here for the party! It’s awesome to “meet” you! Love your blog! :]

    • Jennifer April 19, 2012 at 9:39 pm #


      Nice to meet you! Thanks for coming!


  31. Tina H. April 22, 2012 at 3:29 am #

    Hi! I’m stopping by from the UBP – belatedly because my week was just insane so I had no time before now to visit anyone – and am so glad to “meet” you. I, too, am a homeschooler (and former public school teacher) who writes about our home learning journey as well as other things. Hope you’ll stop by: http://tinahollenbeck.blogspot.com/2012/04/2012-ultimate-blog-party.html.

    • Jennifer April 23, 2012 at 2:01 am #


      Thanks for visiting!


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