APR
13
2014

The Time Machine Literature Unit

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Hi everyone! Today I have another fun literature classic for you, The Time Machine Unit Study! Hope you enjoy! Story Summary: The Time Machine tells the story of an anxious scientist who discovers how to travel through time. He starts in London in 1895 and travels all the way to the year 802701! Here he encounters quite a variety of interesting new people, places, and things that both excite and startle him. Is the new paradise of the future as good as it seems? Will he ever be able to return home? Read this exciting tale to find out the answers to these questions and more! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the The Time Machine Classic Starts version as retold from the H.G. Wells 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 assignments will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts … [Read more...]

APR
06
2014

Journey to the Center of the Earth Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I have another fun Literature Unit Study and Lapbook for you today. This one is on the classic Journey to the Center of the Earth. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: The Journey to the Center of the Earth is a fictional story about a young man and his uncle who are launched on an action-packed adventure deep into the center of the Earth. What will they they discover in the unknown depths and will they make it back? You’ll have to read the book to find out! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Journey to the Center of the Earth Classic Starts version as retold from the Jules Verne 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 the same, so you should be able to complete the units using any version you … [Read more...]

NOV
04
2012

Does God Celebrate Christmas?

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I had the privilege of reviewing a new series of books called the Discovering God Series by Phillip W. Rodgers. Phillip has written wonderfully illustrated series of books that are filled with cute poetry that teaches God’s Word to young children!   I received Where Does God Live? and Does God Celebrate Christmas? for review. Both were very cute stories and my kids enjoyed them. The illustrations are super cute, and I love the clever rhyming verses that tell the stories. The series also includes How Tall is God?,  When does God Sleep?,  When was God Born?, all retail for $9.99. Does God Celebrate Christmas? is a story about glistening lights, decorations and even Santa Claws Bear found all over the shopping mall, but someone important was missing. Shopping for gifts during the busiest shopping time of the year leaves Bailey wondering why he doesn't see evidence of God at the mall. Bailey's question gives his father an opportunity to explain the true meaning of … [Read more...]

APR
13
2011

There’s No Place Like Space

I’m a contributor over at the Totally Tots Blog, and this month’s post was on space themed activities. For ours we read There’s No Place Like Space There’s No Place Like Space By Tish Rabe, Cat in the Hat Books There’s No Place Like Space is one of the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library books. It is a cute rhyming story introducing children to the solar system! It takes them on a fun journey through all of the planets, stars and eventually lands on the moon! For our Bible Verse, we learned Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” We made a 7 Days of Creation display: We made this fun display on the 7 days of God ‘s creation! We used Creation Printables from Christian Preshcool Printables to show the days of creation. I also printed this twice, cut them up and made them into a file folder game for my preschooler. Next, we made a solar system set using Styrofoam balls, tempura paint and wooden skewers. -->Click here to read the full post over at … [Read more...]

AUG
24
2010

Mouse Paint Art Lesson

We read this sweet little color mixing book called “Mouse Paint” by Ellen Stoll Walsh. It was a great lead in to a color mixing stART project!What’s stART? Simply put: A Story + Art = A Great stART! For the art portion of this project we made a painted mouse color wheel. Click here to download the Mouse Paint ART SheetFirst we read the story, its super cute, and easy to read as well.Next we got our colors ready and since I have 3 kids doing this, each one mixed a color combo:Next we painted, starting with the primary colored mice, then the secondary colored mice in between. And voila, we have a mouse color wheel!If you haven’t gotten involved yet, Visit A Mommy’s Adventures for more info! Each Thursday Michelle puts up her stART project for everyone to link up to and share ideas. For more stART projects, be sure to click the button below! … [Read more...]

MAY
11
2010

The Big Green Pocketbook

The Big Green Pocketbook:We did a fun reading activity from Homeschool Share to go along with this book. Each child received their own pocket book along with game pieces.As I read the story they filled their little pocketbooks with the correct items.I've found them playing this on their own several times since then!Contents downloaded from Homeschool Share. … [Read more...]

MAR
19
2010

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

One of our favorite books to read is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I made a fun graphing sheet to go along with the story that kids can fill out as you read the story, you can download the graph sheet here.I also made lacing cards for the story as well. After cutting out the pieces, I punched a hole in each one then tied a piece of yarn to the caterpillar. As you read the story they lace on the items he eats. At the end they lace on the cocoon.I then had them put the whole thing in a bag, like a cocoon. While we are reading the final page and discussing what happens to the caterpillar, I put that bag behind my back and switch it out with another one containing the butterflies. Then I give them back their bag and let them reach inside and pull out the butterfly. They LOVED it!You can download the Hungry Caterpillar cards here!More Hungry Caterpillar … [Read more...]

JAN
12
2010

Animated Books Online!

I stumbled across some animated books on YouTube today with help from Learning Parade and had to share them! They are very well done and our kids are loving them! This one child watching lead to 3 kids watching.... And finally to all four kids watching... Here are links to some of the ones we love: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins Goodnight Gorilla by Eric Carle Papa Please Get the Moon For Me by Eric Carle The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle I made a fun hands on activity to go along with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book! Here's the post with the Letter C Activities, scroll down to the bottom to see how I used the Hungry Caterpillar activity. You can download the Hungry Caterpillar cards here! The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle Owl Babies by Martin Waddell Hope you enjoy! … [Read more...]