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    The Silk Road Museum Tour 2015

    Hi everyone! We had the pleasure of taking a tour of the Silk Road exhibit held by our local Museum of Nature & Science this past year. It was so cool! And it fit right in with our Expedition Earth world geography studies, so that was a win win! While we weren’t allowed to take any … [Read More...]

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    2016 February Monthly Meal Plan

    Hi everyone! I’m so sorry this is late, I totally forgot to put up my meal plan for February! But thanks to a kind reader I’ve been reminded, and so here we go! The 2016 February Monthly Meal Plan is now available for download!     For us it’s cold and wintery out, so this … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: Switching Curriculum Mid-Year

    Have you ever bought a curriculum that you thought would be great, only to find out that it just wasn't a good fit for your family? Don't worry I have some advice in today's Tip Tuesday post that will hopefully encourage you to let it go and move on to better homeschooling … [Read More...]

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    Sherlock Holmes Mystery Solved!

    Hi everyone! We had the pleasure of checking out the Sherlock Holmes exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science this week and it was so cool! I wasn’t sure what my kids would think initially, but it ended up being a really neat exhibit. Unlike most special exhibits they host, this one was … [Read More...]

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    2015 Butterfly Pavilion Field Trip

    Hi everyone! We haven’t been to the Butterfly Pavilion in a few years, so the kids were excited to take a tour again this past year. This time Jason was able to come with us, and the kids are always excited when Daddy joins in on the fun! The Butterfly Pavilion is really fun, but doesn’t take … [Read More...]

OCT
24
2010

Guidecraft Rainbow Blocks Winner!

Yay! I love announcing winners and today we have our winner for the set of Rainbow Blocks from Guidecraft!    The Rainbow Blocks goes to Jenny from Our Nifty Notebook! Congratulations Jenny, I’ll be emailing you shortly to get your info for your prize! All my winners are picked using www.random.org   Thanks to everyone who entered to win and stay tuned Monday for a great giveaway from Nest Learning! … [Read more...]

OCT
22
2010

Fine Motor Skills

I am a contributor over at ABC & 123 and I wanted to share some of my posts from there with you all in case you missed them! This post is part 1 of 2 on incorporating Fine Motor Skills into learning, and best of all it is easy and fun! So without any further ado, here are some ideas to help you change a hum drum routine into fabulous fun and work those fine motor skills at the same time! Here’s a sneak peak at the activities I included, the full links are at the bottom of this post: Biggie Beads by Fun Fusion! We have the original Perler Beads, but this is a new variation for smaller children who can’t quite manipulate the tiny ones. You can iron your finished design just like the regular ones, and they are perfect to use as counters, color sorting, and patterns! They’re just the right size for my 4 year old, and great for fine-muscle practice! I also had her try this using tweezers to grab the beads. Marble balancing: This is one of our favorite activities to work on fine motor … [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...]