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    2016 Valentines Day Kids Activities

    Good morning everyone! As most of you know Valentine’s Day is this weekend, and I wanted to share some fun Valentine’s Day kids activities with you to help make the day  more fun and meaningful. Since our kids are young, Valentine’s Day  is just a day to show those around you that you love … [Read More...]

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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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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...]

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15
2010

TOS Review ~ Pyramath

This week I reviewed Pyramath by I See Cards for the TOS Homeschool Crew. What is Pyramath? It’s a card game geared towards helping students learn their math facts. It comes with an instruction booklet that includes tips and rules. I played this with my first grader. The rules of the game were a tad complicated, but we managed to change them up a bit to suit our needs. Ideally you will add, subtract, multiply and divide to finish your side of the pyramid first. Since he just started adding and subtracting we focused on that. The game is a 1-2 player card game with the goal being to build your side of the pyramid first. The cards are also marked with English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Roman and French numerical translation and symbols if you’d like to learn those as well.  We just focused on the numbers! What’s the Cost? $6.95 What were our thoughts? I can see this being a fun addition to our workboxes though it may be better suited towards older students with more math … [Read more...]

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14
2010

2010 Homeschool Blog Awards

Hi everyone! I’m excited to see that the 2010 Homeschool Blog Awards are coming soon!   Here’s the schedule: SEPT 17 – Prize page up (but we’ll be adding to it as they come in!) OCT 15 – Nominations begin OCT 30 – Nominations end NOV 6 – Voting begins NOV 17 – Voting ends NOV 19 – Winners announced So keep watch! It’s time to start thinking about your favorite bloggers and get ready to vote! (wink, wink) ;o) … [Read more...]

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14
2010

Introduction to Geography

We had a great introduction to Geography week! Some of the things we learned about: Hello to All The Children of the World song Prayed for lost souls of the world Read: Maps and Globes by Jack Knowllton Learned about the earth, animals, and cycles of nature Made a paper Mache’ globe Memorized the continents and oceans Issued Passports for our Journey Read How to make an Apple Pie and See the World Discussed Matthew 28:18-20 ―All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Here are some of the activities we managed to get pictures of: We always start each day with the Pledge of Allegiance and thank God for our country. Learning about maps and globes: We learned the names of the countries and oceans and played … [Read more...]

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13
2010

Letter M for Monkey

I’ve had several requests to issue an alternative to my Letter M for m&m;’s activities due to dietary restrictions, so with that, I present to you the Letter M for Monkeys! Currently, I do not plan to change this in my Letter of the Week curriculum unless there’s an uproar and everyone would prefer monkey’s to m&m;’s. So for now this option is a stand alone, download as you like letter set. Hope you like it! Letter M Memory Verse: "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." John 10-27 Play a game of "follow the Shepherd", blind fold your kids and have them follow your voice! For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books: ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter M on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here. Song time: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol 1 Hide 'Em In Your Heart Songs - Vol 2 Large Floor Numbers: These are 8x10ish and … [Read more...]

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10
2010

Expedition Earth Update!

We are having such an awesome time going through our Expedition Earth Geography Curriculum! And after going through a few weeks, I’ve found a bunch of additional fun crafts and information that I wanted to add in to make it even more exciting! So…if you have purchased Expedition Earth ON or BEFORE 9/7/2010 and would like an updated copy that includes more fun games and websites please email me with your Order ID or paypal email and I will issue you new links. Please be patient for my response I promise I will get back to all of you! If you don’t know what Expedition Earth is click here for more info! Thanks and hope you are having a great year! NOTE: If you purchased the curriculum AFTER 9/7/2010 you have the most updated copy, so there is no need to request new links. THANKS! … [Read more...]

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10
2010

Nest Floor Numbers 11-20

A reader asked me to expand my Nest Floor Numbers to include numbers 11-20 so I thought I’d share them with you all as well. I’ll probably be adding things here and there as we go this year to kick up the preschool to the next level and this is one of them. Download Nest Floor Numbers 1-20 Have fun counting! … [Read more...]

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09
2010

Magnetic Color Cubes

I just found these super fun Orb Factory Magnetic Color Cubes at my local teacher supply store today and had to get them! While they come with fun design ideas, unfortunately they do NOT come with cards for say, my preschooler, to copy. Since I didn’t think she could handle looking at an image and re-producing it quite yet, I made some cards for her and of course have them to share with you! If you don’t have the wooden cubes, they will also work with the foam magnetic pieces. I made 8 cards for her to play with, I printed them double sided (so I only used 4 sheets of cardstock) then I laminated them for durability. Here’s a peek at the cards: Click here to download the Magnetic Color Cube Cards Here is some more Magnetic Mosaic fun: Amazon.com Widgets   … [Read more...]

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08
2010

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

As we go through our Letter of the Week Curriculum, we always refer back to the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book at the end of each letter we learn. My daughter still loves this book no matter how many times we read it! Once we’re done learning each letter we add it to our Chicka Boom Palm tree to show all the letters she knows. We also use the tree to review learned letters. I found this super cute Palm Tree (link to Amazon) at a local teacher store, but you could easily make one with construction paper too! We also made this fun lapbook (links to download are below) It includes numbers, upper and lowercase letters, a coconut fold out book to practice their name, a color book and a shapes identification game. Here are some close-ups: More Chicka Chicka Resources: Chicka Chicka Boom Lapbook by Carisa Chicka Chicka Boom Lapbook supplement by me Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 The Vital Vine … [Read more...]

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07
2010

Aquarium Field Trip

This is our first trip to the Aquarium this year. Everyone had fun, we learned lots about the animals there and the Teeny Tot was amazed by all she saw. We usually go about once a year, and I thought since we're studying animals this would be a good addition. Here are some pics of our adventure: View Full Album … [Read more...]