Saturday, November 28, 2015

Looking Back....

We were looking through old pictures today and found this from a few years ago. This is a phonics game that we found at our local dollar store. Many of us don't think to check dollar stores for materials, but over the years, we've found some really great steals from our local dollar stores.

Not only did we forget about having these pictures, but we realized how much we've all grown up over the years. As for me, I realized that yes, I've had some days where, I didn't think I could homeschool my children once they got older, but as you can tell that's possible because we are still going strong. Sure, we've had our ups and downs, but definitely worth it!

Our oldest has graduated and off to college soon, we now approaching our next year with 8th, 6th, 5th, 4th graders. So, yes it's definitely challenging, and yet priceless to know that your children reaching their full potential.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Christmas Memory Game

With Christmas right around the corner, we all think about that list of presents we are to get, planning the dinner, and baking, but what about the children during this time? Sure of course they are on a mission to get their list to Santa, but why not keep them learning through the holiday's as well. I recommend this Christmas Memory Game for toddlers.

This Christmas Memory Game will be a great to keep the little ones occupied during the holiday's. They will be exercising their brain, Improve concentration, and help them to stay focused.

This set includes:

2- trees
2-gingerbread men
2-light bulbs
2 stockings
2-Santa hats

You will need an embroidery machine to make this game. You can get this design from Hug Longer Digital Designs on Etsy. I believe she still has a sale going on right now.

If you don't have an embroidery machine, no worries, there's the option to have this game made for you. Yarn Plus Thread is our shop and we would be happy to make this game for your tiny tot. We too are having a sale til the end of the month, as part of our give thanks sale.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Felt Food Learning

The breakfast foods portion of our daily meals. This a nice way to teach your toddlers about the most important meal of the day. The best part is you don't have to go out and spend a bundle on those play kitchen sets. You can sit at your kitchen or dining room table and even put out the plate to provide a visual of what it will look like on their plate.

I'm planing on making a bunch more of these for my cousin because she has a toddler that will love these. I'm going to make him various foods and a little pouch to go with each and group them in the right category. However, I think this will be great for girl or boy because it's learning about eating healthy. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Where Have We Been Hiding?

As many of you noticed that we've haven't been on here in awhile. We missed each and every one of you and thank you for all emails and messages. There's so much to explain, but I will only share the basics of where we've been and what we've been doing.

Our local news station field trip!
First off, I wouldn't say it was a complete disaster, I would say it was a lesson learned. We had to downsize because of job loss, shortly before we began homeschooling, but too much was lost, just space was the issue. So, nothing too major, right, but when you go from a 5 bedroom house to a 3 bedroom mobile home, it can be a bit of a space shock for sure.

Our local tree farm field trip!
Then about 6-7 months in my husband was offered a job out of state that was so promising before moving there. Great news and at the same time it all taken away once we got down there. So, that was mind blowing for sure and we almost had to put our kids back in the public school system to dig ourselves out the mess we were in. Thankfully, that didn't happen and we decided to come back home.

Our homeschool co-op monthly skating get together!
Since being back, we've never been more blessed to be home and know it's meant for us to here. Sure the job market is scarce here right now, but the Lord had other plans for us when we got back. My husband is back to work and we've blessed in so many ways. We are apart of a really awesome field trip co-op group here in town and we all have made a lot of new friendships.

Christmas orchestra concert downtown!
So, you see what I mean, you never know what you have until you lose it all. From my experience, I definitely have learned that everything I need or want here and I feel I had to go through that to get where I am today. My best advice is to really listen to that voice because that's the Lord telling you what path to take.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Fun on the Road

Often times we like to find ways to keep our children entertained while we're in the car. Whether it may be a short trip to the store, road trip, and even those doctor's appointments. Most doctor's offices have toys or coloring material to keep your children busy, but many children are left out because the space is filled. Well, how about your very own crayon roll holder?

Click here to get yours

This crayon roll holder holds eight basic crayons. All you have to do have coloring pages or a coloring book on hand for your children to enjoy. This one above is a Frozen theme with Elsa, Ana, and Olaf. There are many available to customize it to your child's personality. As well as adding there name to it as well.

Click here to get yours

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Homeschooling Through Television With Movies

I've thought of ways to homeschool through television, but there's so much available on there to teach with movies. How do we choose which programs for our children to learn something from? Some may say PBS, Sprout, and History Channel, but I say there's more than just those few channels. It all depends on what the topic that your learning about. Especially, with cable or satellite television or online learning, such as YouTube.

This past school year, I came across a website that will allow my children to learn through movies. The down side to the site was the cost. Now it wasn't an arm and leg, but I just didn't have the means to pay for it at the time, but now this year the site is now FREE. This site that I'm so excited to share with you is "Teach With Movies."

Not only is this site FREE, but can be a great way to just lay back with the family and continue their learning. This works out for many styles of learning and the bottom line is that you'll find movies for all ages. You can follow the lesson plan provided, do a lapbook, notebooking, or whatever else comes to mind.

A few years ago we completed a Shark Tales Lapbook. However, this one isn't available on this site, but there are many other great ones available such as, Finding Nemo, Cars, Babe, A Bug's Life, etc. So, you see, there's movies that my children have watched and didn't think were educational, but there are times where we think wrong. We also use Homeschool Share for a majority of our lapbooking topics.

Many of us already have these movies in our homes, but for those that don't, it's not that hard to finds these wonderful titles. I would recommend searching your local library. The second suggestion would be Netflix, if you have that, if not your local video store. If you have a Family Video store near by, I would go there because they have free kids section and then they have the $1 section. That would be the best bet, if not then I would recommend Amazon.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Burpee Museum-Summer Fun

A few months ago we purchased our membership with Burpee Museum. At first I was excited to get this membership for them because it came with a list of over 300 other museums we could go to. However, there's a limitation as to which ones you can go to and that limit is museums within 90 miles of your residence is out. This however, may be great for someone in the boonies, but for those in city limits you may miss out on a few.

We took advantage of this list because we went to the Discovery World in Milwaukee Wisconsin. This place was awesome, even with the 4th floor being closed off for an event. We'll definitely go back a few more times.

It's located on Lake Michigan, yes that's right on the lake, which freaked me out at first because I don't do water like that. The membership is free, but you have to pay for parking, which is based by how long you stay:
  • 1 hour or less $5
  • 1-2 hours $7
  • 2-3 hours $8
  • 3-6 hours $10
  • 6 or more $15
  • Special events $8
  • Lost tickets are $15
You also have two options for lunch, bring your own or eat in at the cafe. I do want warn you that the prices are kind of high, but if that's not a problem, then have at it. You can either eat in the lunch room or eat at one of few tables along the entrance to the museum and if there's no room when a field trip is schedule as it was when we went, ask for additional seating and they will gladly provide.

Now there's a total of 4 floors cramped packed with fun learning. The main for were the 5 Great Lakes with some caged creatures to see. There were snakes, fish, and nice display of the 5 Great Lakes with water shooting down. 

The lower level was a tunnel, were you walked over the fish tank, as well as walking under the fish tank. It depends on where you were walking. It was pretty cool it was like walking in the middle of the tank. There were all sorts of water creatures, seahorses, sword fish, flatfish, but I could be wrong on that one because I didn't see the sign because I had 3 little hands diving in to touch them. Which that was okay because was allowed, but of course I didn't stick my hand in, LOL.

The third floor was ships, boats, and canoes. They have a huge ship the kiddos can play on. That's where the little ones stayed for the most part of being up there. They were allowed to go down to the bottom of the ship. They were in the captains cabin. However, if your child wants to go to the bottom of the ship, they would need to at least 6 or older to be allowed.

The fourth floor was closed do to an event, but I'm not sure if that was a normal thing. By the time we finished the three floors, we were worn out, or at least we thought we were. As we headed out, we discovered another section, which was a whole lot more of hands on fun. There was a bed of nails that you lie down on and it raised up, but the coolest part was the nuclear tent was awesome. It had the whole thing where the lights went out in the city and the kiddos had to go through the cycle to get them to turn back on, pretty cool for my 6 year old, he light up when the lights came back on in the city.

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