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    Happy 2015 4th of July!

    Good morning fellow U.S. peeps…   Thank you to all of our armed forces that ensure our safety on a daily basis, and to our founding forefathers who built this country on the values we hold dear. I pray all of you have wonderful and safe Independence Day celebrations! We’ll be heading … [Read More...]

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    2015 Rocky Mountain Airshow

      Hi everyone! This year we had the privilege of watching the 2015 Rocky Mountain Airshow from our back patio! No kidding! What a cool thing right? Plus there were a zillion people on the beach area and I heard parking was a nightmare, so we were extra thankful to be located where we were. So … [Read More...]

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    July 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

    July. Seriously? When did that happen? Last thing I knew we were finally done with school for the year and I was looking forward to enjoying some down time. And now it’s already July! Which means we only have a few more weeks before school starts back up. That also means that I need to get … [Read More...]

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    2015-2016 Student Lesson Planner

    Hi everyone! It’s about that time again! Time to get planning for the 2015-2016 school year. And to help you out, I have a colorful planner that you can use for your own planning, or for your students to help keep track of assignments, grades, reading, and any appointments or activities that you  … [Read More...]

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    The Allowance Game Review

    Are your kiddos whining that there’s nothing to do for summer yet? Mine are! I think they started saying they were bored after about 5 minutes into our summer vacation LOL! If that’s you, make sure to check out my whole series on summer boredom busters to help give you some ideas. Lakeshore … [Read More...]

OCT
21
2010

Trip to Mars and beyond

We took a day during our Geography studies to veer off course a tad and ventured to Mars for the day. We also saw the space shuttle along with an Egyptian Mummy display and the Amazon Rainforest! They were at our museum this week and even though we aren’t in Egypt or Brazil I wanted to make sure we caught this while it was here. And went to Mars, where we got to hold asteroids, & moon rock! Checked out the giant earth and named all the oceans and continents. They did pretty good so that made Mama happy! They all tried their hand at docking the space shuttle: They loved this one, it is Mars sand that had water running down the tray. They were supposed to build a dam to slow the water then a delta to direct the water. Great activity to go along with our geography vocab! They had a live astronaut there talking about what it was like to be on Mars and interacting with the kids.   They also got to drive the shuttle from inside, this was a favorite. Next we ventured … [Read more...]

OCT
20
2010

Letter D for Dinosaur

Welcome to our Letter D for dinosaur week! Here are some of the activities we did to learn the Letter D. Dinosaur Letter Match: Dinosaur Lacing Activity: Dinosaur puzzle: Making a letter D with our magnetic letter builders: Dinosaur Large Floor Numbers: Beginning reading with our letter D blend ladder: Dinosaur counting: Dinosaur magnet page: Dinosaur Size Sort: Capital D and lowercase D sorting game: Dinosaur color match puzzles: Dinosaur counting and number match: Dinosaur Vowel Practice: Of course we made dinosaur fossils and then hid them in the sandbox to “discover”. For these we filled a bucket with damp sand then pushed the play Dinos in the sand to make an imprint. Then we mixed Plaster of Paris and filled each imprint. After the plaster set we carefully removed them from the sand exposing our fossils! Click here to see all of our Letter D activities! Click here to get the Letter of the Week curriculum! … [Read more...]

OCT
19
2010

Digi Scrap Contest Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the Scrap Scrap Scrap Blog Train kits! Here is my winner! Yay! You can still download my mini-kit Sublime for free: Click on the image above to download your FREE mini kit! If you’re interested Click here to purchase the full kit!   Thanks again, and stay tuned when we’re doing another JessicaSprague.com Certified Digital Designer CHRISTMAS blog train with lots of FREEBIES and more chances to win! … [Read more...]

OCT
19
2010

Expedition Earth ~ Israel

Shalom! Welcome to our Geography Curriculum week on Israel! Here are some of the highlights of the week: Of course we stamped our passports and greeted each other, Shalom! We located Israel on the map. This is the smallest country we’ve done so far, so the kids really had to look to find it. We played the Israeli version of tic tac toe. instead of marking your spot with an X or an O they use colored rocks. And instead of putting them in the blanks the rocks are placed on the intersections of the lines. 3 in a row wins! We learned about the Dome of the Rock, and made a painting with foil on top. We worked on our Israel Lapbook Component: We learned about animals found in Israel, the Teeny Tot was particularly tickled with this activity. We finished our animal lapbooks then classified them on our wall, here are our favorites: We made these cool stone inlays that we’ll use as coasters. I do have to point out that this didn’t go quite as smoothly as I’d expected because I … [Read more...]

OCT
17
2010

Guidecraft Review & Giveaway ~ Rainbow Blocks

Yay! It’s time for another great giveaway from Guidecraft! This time it’s a fun set of Rainbow Blocks! This set was so much fun, we even doubled up blocks and used them to ‘mix’ the primary colors and create secondary colors. These Rainbow Blocks come in a set of 30 various shaped pieces. They have a hardwood frame with rounded edges and colored plexi interiors. The Rainbow Blocks are really good at encouraging creativity, the kids have had a blast playing with them. I think they wonder if Christmas has come early this year! Everyone had a chance to experiment with the Rainbow Blocks and I was pleased to see that they came up with some cool “difficult to balance” ideas! We were warned not to touch this, and even had to lock the Teeny Tot out while it was being constructed! But it was worth it, cool dude! So did we like the Rainbow Blocks? Heck ya! Every one loved playing with this, and it’s particularly friendly for your Teeny Tots since all of the pieces are large! And just … [Read more...]

OCT
17
2010

Chex Muddy Buddies

We made this yummy snack for our Keeper’s Meeting and it was such a big hit, I wanted to share it with you all as well! Not that you all haven’t made it before, but just incase (I mean the recipe IS right on the side of the Rice Chex box) Ingredients: 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup butter 1 cup chocolate chips 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 9 cups Rice Chex cereal 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar Directions: STEP 1: Measure cereal in large bowl. Set aside. STEP 2: Put chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in bowl and microwave for 1 minute on high. Stir. Cook for 30 seconds longer or until smooth. STEP 3: Add vanilla to melted chocolate mixture and stir. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until coated. STEP 4: Add powdered sugark to bowl and stir until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in Ziploc bags or large sealed bowl. STEP 5: Clean off spoon and anything else that may have touched the chocolate. STEP 6: Enjoy! … [Read more...]

OCT
17
2010

Expedition Earth Winners!

I had so many people respond to my Expedition Earth giveaway that I decided to giveaway 2 FREE copies of Expedition Earth! So, congratulations to Andrea Halstead and Angela Elliot Tomczak! They've both won a FREE copy of Expedition Earth! YAY! Thanks to EVERYONE for reading my blog!! :o) And stay tuned the next few weeks, I have lots of giveaways coming up! … [Read more...]

OCT
16
2010

Letter C for Caterpillar

What’s in the box this Wednesday? Today I’ll share some of our preschool boxes for our Letter C week, this is always one of my favorites as the little caterpillar pieces are so cute! Here was my preschooler’s line up for today: A caterpillar number order game: Letter C writing practice: Caterpillar Lacing activity: Caterpillar color matching: Caterpillar counting activity: Caterpillar letter match: Large floor number game. (I call out a number and she hops to it) Here is our alphabet book page, letter C for caterpillar. I gave her several colors of foam circles and she glued them to the paper along with eyes and antennae, then drew on legs. Caterpillar number clips, I wrote numbers on mini-clothespins. Here she is matching the clips to the correct card. To download these games and see all of our Letter C activities click here! Click here to get more information on my Letter of the Week Curriculum! Visit our sponsors! Pick and Draw by Rich Davis! Easy Lunch … [Read more...]

OCT
15
2010

HSBA 2010 6th Annual Blog Awards!

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It’s time for theHSBA 6th Annual Blog Awards! I had so much fun participating in this last year thanks to you all! I know bloggers like to see how they’ve blessed your families over the year, so make sure to head over and nominate your favorite blogs for this year’s awards! Here’s the schedule: OCT 15 – 30: Nominations Accepted NOV 6 – 17: Voting Polls Open! November 19: Winners Announced! … [Read more...]

OCT
15
2010

TOS Review ~ Map Skills

Map Skills is a 3 week unit study written by Kim Kargbo at Soli Deo Gloria Resources that teaches basic mapping and navigation skills. The unit is designed for ages K-6th grade. The students learn basic directional skills, basic map reading, appropriate language skills related to map reading and basic geography. The study also includes 4 correlated Biblical verse worksheets. What’s the Cost? $14.00 The unit asks that you have a variety of maps, globes, atlas, wall maps, road atlas etc. They also ask for a compass, blank maps, and an additional workbook and recommended reading books. One thing that I noticed after going through the curriculum was that you really need the other resources to complete this unit and without them you wouldn’t really gain much in map reading. I was disappointed to see that my local library only had 3 of the 10 books recommended and the cost of many of them was way more than I was willing to spend. What were our thoughts? This study was a good supplement … [Read more...]