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    Expedition Earth Brazil Unit Study

    Oi! And welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography Brazil unit study! I think out of all of the countries this is one of our favorites because we get to learn all about the rainforest and the cool animals that are found there. We also get to do a fun craft which you’ll see … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: World’s Greatest Composers Review

    Hi everyone! Today I'm going to show you what my World’s Greatest Composers Study Volume 1 curriculum looks like up close in a fun video review! For more information on World’s Greatest Composers curriculum, click below! World’s Greatest Composers Vol. 1 World’s Greatest Composers … [Read More...]

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    Sewing 101: How to Clean Your Iron

    Good morning! Do you get nasty brown gunk on the bottom of your iron? Worried it might come off and stain your fabric? Before you toss out that old iron and buy a new one, I wanted to share a quick and easy method for cleaning your iron and making it look new again!   You will … [Read More...]

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    Fix It! Grammar Review

    Hi everyone! As most of you know we are trying out a new English/Grammar curriculum this year and I’ve had several requests to do a review of that for you. We’ve been using Fix It! Grammar now for about 6 weeks and so far I really like it. I also have a giveaway for you so make sure to read all the … [Read More...]

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    Expedition Earth: Mexico World Geography Unit

    Did you know that Mexico has the second largest land border in the world? Do you know which border that is? If you guessed the Mexico/United States border then you are correct! The Mexico/U.S. border is 3,141 km (1,951 mi) long! Give yourself an extra point! There are over 100,000,000 people … [Read More...]

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21
2016

Expedition Earth Brazil Unit Study

Oi! And welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography Brazil unit study! I think out of all of the countries this is one of our favorites because we get to learn all about the rainforest and the cool animals that are found there. We also get to do a fun craft which you’ll see below!

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Here are some more of the things we covered this week:

  • Located Brazil & the Atlantic Ocean on the map and completed our worksheet
  • How to say “Hello” in Portuguese – Oi’!
  • Prayed for the Brazilian people
  • Read Children Just Like Me Book
  • Made Brigadeiros (Yummy chocolate balls)
  • Completed a lapbook activity
  • Learned about and classified 6 animals of Brazil
  • Geography Vocab: Jungle, River, Meander
  • Learned about Brazil, people, and climate from the Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography
  • Created an awesome Rain Forest diorama! (See pics below)
  • Played a little soccer with the neighbors!
  • Learned about the 2nd Wonder of the World: Christ the Redeemer Statue
  • Tried to finish our week with a traditional Brazilian meal, but didn’t feel like driving clear downtown LOL! Oh well…it’s the thought that counts! And I had photos from 2010 when we did it last time. Winking smile
  • Read Afternoon on the Amazon by Mary Pope Osborne. This is a Magic Tree House book and the kids absolutely LOVED it! I highly recommend!

Of course we always start off by locating the country on our world map. This year we’re adding a flag to each of the places we’ve visited.

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We also stamp our passport and mark the date we are “entering” the country for reference.

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I always greet the kids with a “hello” from each country’s language and this year we are adding the word cards to our wall so we can remember and review them!

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We learned all about the flag for Brazil.

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We also learned about some really cool animals that can be found there, then added them to our animal classification wall.

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Of course we all made postcards from Brazil to send out to the folks back home. I think this is Strawberry Shortcake’s favorite activity. She loves drawing, and her letters are hilarious!

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We learned about the 7th wonder of the world, the Christ the Redeemer Statue located in Corcovado Mountain in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

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Oh, and we just went and created a little diorama of the rainforest too. You know, just for fun! There are instructions for this cool creation in my curriculum! The kids who didn’t want to create a diorama made a rainforest 3D booklet from the Animal Habitats book by Scholastic.

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And here it is finished…

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We filled out the basic information about Brazil along with our favorite facts, then added it to our world lapbook.

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We located Brazil in our encyclopedia and then found the capital city by referencing mapping coordinates. A skill that not many can do these days with phones and tablets at the ready!

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Flashback to 2010 when we headed out to Rodizio’s Grill for a traditional Brazilian dinner!

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If you have a Botanical Gardens near you, I encourage you to go and “SEE” the rainforest plants in real life. They’re so beautiful and HUGE! Everything was so big and colorful, it really helped to give an idea of what it’s like in the rainforest!

Well that wraps up our week on Brazil! Stay tuned as we head over to Panama next time!

 

Click here if you’d like to follow along with our Expedition Earth Geography Curriculum Journey!

Expedition Earth is a hands on world geography curriculum that covers 31 countries across the world. It is designed primarily for K-5th grade students. Students will learn the continents, oceans, people, cultures, animals, climates, try new foods, crafts and more, all through hands-on activities!

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19
2016

Tip Tuesday: World’s Greatest Composers Review

Hi everyone! Today I'm going to show you what my World’s Greatest Composers Study Volume 1 curriculum looks like up close in a fun video review! For more information on World’s Greatest Composers curriculum, click below! World’s Greatest Composers Vol. 1 World’s Greatest Composers Vol. 2 How to create a lapbook Watch the video review of World’s Greatest Composers curriculum here!   What is the World’s Greatest Composers Curriculum? In this series of studies, we will be taking a look at 8 of the world’s greatest composers through a study designed for elementary aged students. The goal behind the World’s Greatest Composers curriculum is to immerse students in the work of each composer so that they are well familiar with their style, methods and music. Much of your time studying will be through open discussion with students and listening to compositions. Upon completion of this curriculum, your student should be able to easily recognize the pieces … [Read more...]

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14
2016

Sewing 101: How to Clean Your Iron

Good morning! Do you get nasty brown gunk on the bottom of your iron? Worried it might come off and stain your fabric? Before you toss out that old iron and buy a new one, I wanted to share a quick and easy method for cleaning your iron and making it look new again!   You will need: 1 Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Distilled White Vinegar Water Old towel 1 dirty iron (I have a Panasonic Cordless NI-WL600 and love it! You can see a video on my iron and fabric pressing tips here.) Watch my video on How to Clean Your Iron here!   To clean the iron face: Wet a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and rub it on your iron face to remove tough brown stains. To clean the iron steam holes: Pour a mixture of 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar into your iron water reservoir and press your steam button to clean out the steam holes. Continue steaming the old towel until the steam holes are cleaned out. And that’s it! Super easy and it only take about 5 … [Read more...]

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12
2016

Fix It! Grammar Review

Hi everyone! As most of you know we are trying out a new English/Grammar curriculum this year and I’ve had several requests to do a review of that for you. We’ve been using Fix It! Grammar now for about 6 weeks and so far I really like it. I also have a giveaway for you so make sure to read all the way to the end! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, however please know that I would not recommend a product that we don’t use ourselves!     We are starting with the Fix It! Grammar Level 1 book, The Nose Tree with my 5th, 7th, and 8th graders this year. Now I do want to say that this level is a little too easy for them right now, but I’ve looked ahead and it does pick up in difficulty as the year progresses. But the main reason I wanted to start off with the first book is because it’s a new curriculum for us. I did look at other levels and some of the terms used were not familiar to me, and so I just thought it would be more effective to start fresh … [Read more...]

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07
2016

Expedition Earth: Mexico World Geography Unit

Did you know that Mexico has the second largest land border in the world? Do you know which border that is? If you guessed the Mexico/United States border then you are correct! The Mexico/U.S. border is 3,141 km (1,951 mi) long! Give yourself an extra point! There are over 100,000,000 people living in Mexico and about 1/4 of the population lives in the capital city, Mexico City. Mexico introduced chocolate, corn, and chilies to the world! Yum! But there are a lot more interesting facts to learn about this beautiful country than just their food contribution!   Want to learn more about Mexico? Here’s what we learned about during our Expedition Earth week on Mexico!   Here’s what we did this week: Located Mexico & the Gulf of Mexico on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in Spanish– Hola! Learned to count to 10 in Spanish Prayed for the Spanish people Learned a Spanish Song Made homemade tortillas Completed a … [Read more...]

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05
2016

2106-2017 2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Good morning! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 2nd Grade homeschool curriculum with you. I think this year is going to be really fun and  I’ll tell you all about it in the video! So to see what my 2nd grader will be doing this year watch our 2016-2017 2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum video here!   2nd Grade Curriculum: Art:  World’s Greatest Artists 2 & Draw Write Now books Bible: Word of Life Quiet Time devotion Phonics/Grammar: Abeka 2 (Language 2 and Letters & Sounds 2) History: Abeka Reading/Literature: Classical Literature Units & All About Reading 2 Math: Math U See Beta Music: Choir (At our options program) P.E.: Swim Team, Ice Hockey, PE at Options Science: Abeka maybe a scientist unit if we can fit it in! Spelling: Spelling You See C Typing: Typing Web Vocab: Vocabulary Workshop Options: We participate in a once a week options program through our local school district. They offer a variety of classes that … [Read more...]

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04
2016

2016 September Monthly Meal Plan

Hey everyone! First thing, Happy Labor Day! I hope you all have a great day! Sadly for my kids, I forgot to add this as a holiday in our homeschool planner, so we’ll probably end up doing school today! Oh the horror! Second thing, wow August has been so crazy with back-to-school that I completely forgot to put up the September meal plan! I really love fall, cool weather, and fun fall recipes too. So this month is full of some serious recipes that are not only easy, but delicious too! So sorry for the delay, here is my September 2016 Monthly Meal plan for you! I hope it helps make back-to-school easier for you.   Download the 2016 September Monthly Meal Plan: 2016 September Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2016 September Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable)   If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to the recipe. I like to shop once a week, so I just make a list off of my menu plan and head to the … [Read more...]

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31
2016

Gingham Stars Quilt and a Pixie Noel Giveaway!

Good morning! I have a super cute giveaway for you today! If you’re following me on Instagram you’ve already seen this cute star quilt, and it’s definitely become one of my faves. This pattern is from the Holiday Wishes book by Sherri falls. The fabric I used is called Pixie Noel, and it’s a super sweet Christmas line by Tasha Noel. She has the most adorable fabric lines and if you have little girls, you should definitely check her out. Oooh, and guess what? I have the fabric to giveaway to one of you today! YAY!!   Since I just giveaway the Holiday Wishes book by Sherri Falls in my last Quilting 101 video, I thought I’d make a quilt from the book to show you some of the great projects. This one is called “Gingham Stars” and it was really easy to make!   I did change up the little mini-stars you see in this quilt. In Sherri’s they are more like holly leaves which are also super cute, but I couldn’t resist making some baby gingham stars as well. I just … [Read more...]

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29
2016

2016-2017 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Good morning! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 5th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. We’re making some changes around here this year, and I’ll tell you all about it in the video!   So to see what my 5th grader will be doing this year watch our 2016-2017 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum video here!   5th Grade Curriculum: Art:  World’s Greatest Artists 2 and Draw Write Now books Bible: Word of Life Quiet Time devotion English/Grammar: IEW Fix It Grammar History: Abeka 5th Grade Literature: Classical Literature Units Math: Math U See Epsilon Music: Choir (At our options program) P.E.: Swim Team, Inline Hockey, PE at Options Science: Abeka 5th Grade maybe a scientist unit if we can fit it in! Spelling: Spelling You See D Typing: Typing Web Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing Group A Continuation   Options: We participate in a once a week options program through our local school district. They offer a … [Read more...]

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28
2016

Percy Jackson Literature Unit

I’m so excited to launch my first of hopefully many middle-school level literature units for you! Today’s release is the new literature unit for Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief. It comes with chapter by chapter lesson plans as well as comprehension questions for each chapter too.     Teacher's Manual: Each unit comes with chapter by chapter teacher’s lessons that include the questions that your students will be answering. Your manual also includes the answers to the comprehension questions so that you do not need to read ahead of your students for them to be able to complete these units. Supplies: There is a supply list as well. This book was written to accompany the original Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Since this unit is for older kids, it’s written using notebooking pages instead of lapbooking pages like my elementary level literature units. So the only thing you really need is either a small 3-ring binder to hold the … [Read more...]