MAR
12
2014

World Geography Unit Study: Venezuela

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Buen Dia’! Welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Venezuela! Did you know that kids in Venezuela have hot chocolate for breakfast? It’s a very thick soupy pudding mixture that children dip bread in! We didn’t have any soupy hot chocolate, but did try our own U.S. version, and frankly they were just happy to have hot chocolate for breakfast! ;o)   So of course we started off our week by finding Venezuela on the map. Here are some more of the things we covered this week: Located Venezuela & the Caribbean Sea on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in Spanish – Hola (Hello) Buen Dia’ (Good Day)! Prayed for the Venezuelan people Read Children Just Like Me Book Completed our mini lap book activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Venezuela Geography from A-Z Vocab: Waterfall, Cataract, Cascade Read: Living World Encyclopedia (Continued our Rainforest Animals reading) Did Paint Your Own Pottery Read: Usborne … [Read more...]

MAR
11
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschool Conventions

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The season is upon us everyone! Homeschool Convention season that is! That’s right, all of the amazing homeschool curriculum vendors meet up to display and share all of their materials. There are usually workshops taught on various homeschooling topics by wonderful speakers to help you get started on your journey. And many even offer used sales areas for people to come and sell their used curriculum at a bargain rate! You know that’s where I get most of my materials! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you, and today we’re talking about how to get through a homeschool convention in style! Or at least with all your hair and sanity still intact.   Homeschool Conventions: Here are a few of my favorite  Homeschool Conventions. I can’t say enough good things about the people who put on these conventions. They pick wonderfully inspiring speakers, and really go out of their way to create a great experience for both new and veteran homeschoolers! They’re … [Read more...]

MAR
10
2014

Robinson Crusoe Unit Study & Lapbook

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Hi everyone! I wanted to share my new Robinson Crusoe Unit Study & Lapbook. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: Robinson Crusoe is an exciting tale of a young and impulsive man named Robinson. He it obsessed with adventure and travel and would like nothing more than to become a sailor. As he ventures out in search of finding his dream, he encounters several action packed adventures! Eventually he finds himself shipwrecked on an island. In this story your student will read all about Robinson’s life as a castaway, and his struggle for survival as seen through his own eyes. This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts Robinson Crusoe version as retold from the Daniel Defoe original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are … [Read more...]

MAR
06
2014

Foil Fish Kids Craft

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Ready for a fun kids craft? I don’t know about your kids, but mine love anything involving aluminum foil. We’ve used it to make boats, balls, leaf impressions, moons, magic wands…you get the idea. We like foil. Plus it’s recyclable, a nice bonus. So today we’re going to make some fun aluminum foil fish! This is a great project even for younger kiddos, and it goes well with my Letter of the Week Letter F activities too! Note: We’re making fish, but you could really do this with any theme you prefer. Let’s get started! Supplies: Colorful construction paper Sharpie markers A pencil Tin foil Glue stick Scissors Optional: some type of plastic netting for texture   We started off by creating our background. So we used a light blue paper for the sky, then cut a wave shape out of darker blue and pasted it to the front.   Next draw your designs on a sheet of aluminum foil using a pencil,  then trace over it with a black sharpie. … [Read more...]

MAR
05
2014

World Geography: Brazil Unit Study

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Hi everyone and Oi! Welcome to our world geography unit study on Brazil, we had so much fun with this week, and my kids absolute favorite was the rain forest diorama craft that accompanied this unit! 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 from A-Z Vocab: jungle, River, Meander Living World Encyclopedia: Learned all about the rain Forest Created an awesome Rain Forest diorama! (pics below) Tried to play soccer, but had to do it inside as we had snow all week! 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 … [Read more...]

MAR
04
2014

Lakeshore Learning Count & Compare

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Hi everyone! I have a super fun review and discount coupon for you today from Lakeshore Learning! The Teeny Tot was super excited to receive the Lakeshore Learning Count & Compare game!   I mean who doesn’t love those little die poppers and baby froggies? The Teeny Tot had so much fun popping the die and moving the alligator mouth that she didn’t even realize she was learning!   The concept of this game is simple. Your child pops the die on both the right and left sides of the board. Then they place that many frogs on each lilly pad under the popper.   Next they move the alligator’s mouth so it’s open towards the side with the most frogs. Because everyone knows the alligator wants to eat as many frogs as he can!   This game is great for 1-10 number recognition, counting skills, and of course teaching greater than, less than, and equal math skills to preschoolers. For those ready to move on to larger numbers, they also … [Read more...]

MAR
03
2014

Homeschooling 101: Creating Lesson Plans 2

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Good morning readers! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you, and we’re continuing on with our lesson plan discussion.   Last time around we discussed Creating Lesson plans. Today we’re going to discuss creating lesson plans in a little more detail. So here’s the nitty gritty of how I get started creating our lesson plans.   Step 1: Add your predetermined school year, holidays, and days off into your planner. Since we already set these parameters in our previous steps, this should just be a matter of transferring the information from your calendar into the planner of your choice. I typically follow a traditional public school year, but you’re welcome to set your calendar anyway that works best for your family. Just make sure you’re planning enough school days as indicated by your state’s requirements. We typically take a 2-5 day fall break (Thanksgiving time usually), Christmas break (3 weeks in December b/c life gets crazy around … [Read more...]

MAR
02
2014

The Wind in the Willows Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I have a brand new Classic Literature Unit Study for you today!   Introducing The Wind in the Willows Unit Study & Lapbook The Wind in the Willows is a cute story about Toad, mole, Rat, and Badger, four great pals who live in the country. Students reading this story will join along in a fun adventure where the friends set out on an adventure, get into mischief, come up with inventive schemes of getting  out of said trouble, defend one another, and share an enduring friendship that rises above species!   For this unit I am using the Classic Starts The Wind in the Willows version. I find the Classic Starts a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit with the original version if you have an older student. The assignments are written to go with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the lapbook using any version you choose.   Watch a video of The … [Read more...]

FEB
27
2014

2014 March Monthly Meal Plan

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Good morning! I hope you are having a great year so far! I’m back today with another Monthly Meal Plan for you. I hope it’s helping you get your meals planned, and relieving a little bit of stress from your day!   So today I have our March 2014 Monthly Meal plan for you all! Download the Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 March Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 March monthly meal plan Word Doc (Editable) Here are some of our smoothie recipes: … [Read more...]

FEB
26
2014

World Geography: Spain Unit Study

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Buenos Dias and Hola! Today I wanted to share our Expedition Earth week on Spain! Of course we started off our week finding Spain on the map: Here are some of the things we covered this week: Located Spain and it’s capital on the map and completed our mapping worksheet Learned about their flag How to say “Hello” in Spanish – Hola, buenos dias (good day), gracias (thank you) Prayed for the Spanish people Learned a song in Spanish Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Spain Vocabulary: Geography from A-Z: Straight Learned about Christopher Columbus (Even though he was originally from Italy, he spent most of his adult life in Spain) Learned about Pablo Picasso and tried a painting inspired by Deep Space Sparkle Went out for Spanish food…okay, so here it was more like Mexican food, but still yummy! Here is our white board for the week. We review all the facts for our country each day before we review its location on the … [Read more...]