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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...]

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2010

Guidecraft ~ MagNeatos!

I’m so excited to announce that I joined up with an awesome group of Mom Bloggers who are teaming up to write reviews for Guide Craft! We’ll be doing lots of reviews and giveaways throughout the year so make sure to stay tuned in! And just to start things off with a bang, we received a super fun set of Magneatos from Guide Craft to review. This set was so much fun, it comes in straight pieces and we recently got the curved set as well. Every one loved playing with this, and it’s particularly friendly for your Teeny Tots since all of the pieces are large! Here is the creation my daughters worked so hard to on: And here it is again…after “help” from the Teeny Tiny Tot Here’s my son calling someone: And here’s the best part! The super nice people at Guide Craft are hosting a Back To School Party with over $1,000 in prizes! How can you enter? Click below for more info! Disclaimer: I received a free set of Magneatos from Guidecraft in order to review the product on my blog. The … [Read more...]

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25
2010

China Craft ~ Paper Lantern

  This craft was a fun and easy addition to our China studies this week. Supplies: Construction paper or cardstock Decoration items like jewels, ribbon, markers etc Stapler Instructions: STEP 1: Fold an 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock in half long ways. Cut horizontal slices every inch starting from the folded side and stopping about 1” from the other end. STEP 2: Cut a 1 x 11 inch strip from another piece of cardstock for the handle STEP 3: Unfold cut paper and decorate as you like: STEP 4: Roll decorated lantern together and staple ends, then staple on handle to inside of lantern.       Enjoy! Use the lanterns to decorate your classroom, or dinner table! Click here to see the rest of our China Activities Click here if you’d like to follow along with our Expedition Earth Geography Curriculum Journey! … [Read more...]

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24
2010

China Craft ~ Paper Fans

Ni hao! For our study of China we decided to make paper fans! They were really easy and fun, but make sure to follow the directions, or like me you’ll be adding paper to them to make them work! Supplies: Paper (48 in. x 7 in.) I took 4 sheets of copy paper and glued them together end to end to get the 48” long. Then I cut that to be 7” tall. Markers, crayons, stamps etc to decorate Large popsicle sticks Glue Directions: STEP 1: Decorate your paper. STEP 2: Accordion fold your paper fan STEP 3: Tape around bottom of paper (about 1/2 inch worth) and glue popsicle sticks on each side so that about 1” of the sticks are above the paper line: STEP 4: Unfold and enjoy! (This craft idea was found at Activity Village)Click here to see the rest of our China ActivitiesClick here to see our Expedition Earth Geography Curriculum … [Read more...]

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23
2010

China Craft ~ The Great Wall

This activity was such a fun addition to our China week that I think we’re going to use it for part of our Geography Fair display! We decided to use FloraCraft Styrofoam Bricks and they worked so well, I think we’ll use them again just for fun! Are you tempted? Want to make one? Here’s how: Supplies: FloraCraft Styrofoam Bricks (I used 1 ENTIRE bag for this wall) White Craft Glue Foam Poster Board Fake greenery Cardboard (for the floor of the wall) Toothpicks (to secure stairs on ends of Wall) Directions: STEP 1: Draw 2 parallel curved lines across your poster board and then trace over that with a strip of glue. Place blocks along curve. STEP 2: Put another bead of glue on top of bottom layer of bricks and stagger so bricks aren’t right on top of each other. Repeat until wall is to desired height. STEP 3: Cut cardboard to fit curves of wall and glue on top of the brick layer. STEP 4: Put another layer of bricks on top of the floor (cardboard) layer. And build up castle on both … [Read more...]

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22
2010

All About Spelling

We just started using All About Spelling this year, and frankly at this point you couldn’t take it from me if you wanted to! Yes, we LOVE it that much! And not only do I love it, but my kids LOVE it! Every now and then I’ll let them pick the order of their workboxes, and I’m not kidding you, unless there’s a candy bar in one of the drawers, they’ll pick the All About Spelling box first every time! Some benefits to All About Spelling: The program is multisensory, approaching spelling through sight, sound, and touch. The lesson plans scripted for you. They are easy to follow and leave nothing out! And it’s not just spelling, it’s a phonics program as well, and they teach all the rules in an easy to follow and understand manner. It works! I can honestly say I’ve noticed an improvement in both my 1st and 2nd grader’s spelling since we’ve started. It’s fun! This is an activity that we do one-on-one and since it involves many different activities, the kids seem to really … [Read more...]

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21
2010

China Craft ~ Handmade Paper

This week for our study ofChina we made handmade paper! It was surprisingly easy, so if you were fearful, let me assure you that YOU CAN DO IT! Supplies: Blender Shredded or torn paper Water 2 Felt sheets (You will sandwich paper between felts, so if you want to make more than one sheet of paper, you’ll need more felt sheets) Window Screen (I found this small one at Lowe’s) Large plastic basin for water and pulp mixture dishtowels Directions: STEP 1: Fill your blender about half way with shredded paper, then add water to blender until about 3/4 of the way full. STEP 2: Blend paper/water mixture until pulpy STEP 3: Pour LOTS of water in your the large plastic basin then add in blended pulp. Mixture will be very watery. STEP 4: Dip your screen into the water and gently swish under water until pulp is evenly distributed. Carefully lift up screen out of water. If you have a blank spot on your screen, you can start over, or grab a handful of pulp … [Read more...]

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20
2010

Expedition Earth – China

Ni Hao! We had so much fun with our Geography Curriculum last week learning about China! Here are some of the fun activities we did for the week: We started off filling in our passport and putting on our flag sticker for China: We learned: Where China is on the world map & located Beijing, Huang He River and the Yangtze River A song in Mandarin How to say “Hello” in Mandarin How to pray for the Chinese people About children in China Chinese Numbers Studied the Great Wall of China Completed a china lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of China Read The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack Learned new Geography terms Played Chinese Checkers Learned major landmarks and other fun facts about China And here are what I managed to take pictures of ;o) Last week we learned all of the continents and oceans. We review those each day and added in the location of China is this week as well. The Indian Ocean is my … [Read more...]

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18
2010

Mutiny!

I recently had a reader ask if my kids always have great attitudes and participate in everything I try. And in an attempt to keep it real and hopefully encourage other mom’s out there, I have to answer with a resounding “NO!” (Yes they were posing for this picture, but really, it does happen!) There are definitely days when no one wants to participate, when they think my ideas are lame, and when they have a bad attitude in general and getting through even their first workbox is a trial in and of itself. I know I post pics of everyone working with a smile and things may *appear* to be rosey all the time, but let’s face it, who wants to see ideas that don't go well? So most of those don’t make it in the blog, but instead end up in what I like to refer to as “idea heaven”, on bad days it’s “3 hours of wasted time heaven”. Now, I’m about to suggest some things that I may be ridiculed for here, but please understand that I DO realize that these solutions don’t address the “heart” of … [Read more...]

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17
2010

What’s the Teeny Tot been up to lately?

Don’t worry, I know I haven’t posted much about the Teeny Tiny Tot this summer, but she’s definitely still going strong! She’s still up to her usual antics, and this year I’m hoping to add her into our school day in a smooth and calm manner. Yep, that’s my plan and I’m sticking to it! So here she is helping with crafts, she’s in charge of doling out pens for our our China Lantern craft. Later she became in charge of taking them back…while the other kids were still using them. Beads and Water Bottle: This is now one of her favorite activities, I gave her an empty water bottle and some small beads and had her fill the bottle. This kept her occupied for quite awhile, I just had to stick close by to make sure none of them made their way into her mouth. The beads used in this picture are Biggie Beads by Fun Fusion!   We also did the bottle activity with alphabet beads later in the week. These little alphabet beads are from JoAnn’s in the bead section. They are little square beads … [Read more...]

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16
2010

Intro to Geography ~ Earth Craft

For our introduction to Geography lesson this week, we made a paper Mache’ globe. Just to keep it real, this craft was VERY MESSY! I highly recommend doing this outside if you can! Notice how we did it inside…now stop and pray for me that we’ll make it through this years arts and crafts without me losing my mind or my composure. Okay, moving on… Supplies: Balloon Newspaper strips Elmer’s glue (I used about 2 bottles!) Mixing bowl for glue mixture Paint Sharpie Directions: STEP 1:  Mix 2 parts glue to 1 part water and stir well. Dip paper strips into water squeezing off extra glue with fingers. Next lay wet paper strip onto balloon until it is fully covered.   STEP 2: Hang balloon overnight to dry, leave paper towel underneath to catch drips of glue.   STEP 3: After globe is dry, draw continents on with a sharpie. STEP 4: Using tempura or acrylic paints paint in the land and oceans of your globe. STEP 5: Hang globe again and dry over night. … [Read more...]