Wednesday, October 29, 2014

3 Ways to Shake Up Your School Day

We all get into ruts don't you think?  It happens when your groove gets a little too deep and instead of rocking this homeschool thing... you end up enduring it.

 Here are 3 things I've done recently to shake up our school days:

1. Change Locations

Grab a sketch pad or even your math books and get out of the house.  On Monday we headed out to The Art We Are... a local coffee shop with the most interesting arts and crafts for sale.  I took the time to do some writing exercises with a friend and my big kids did some sketching, browsed the shop and snacked on a vegan gluten free brownie.  *note: I would not recommend preschool at the local artsy cafe... just sayin'

2. Dreambox

The Scott kids are seriously gaga over Dreambox.  It's a math adventure game that is a great way to break up the monotony of workbooks.  *note: I have no affiliation with Dreambox  just sharing what works for us.

3. Play

The same writing friend that I met up with on Monday introduced me to Story Cubes.  I had so much fun playing it I left the coffee shop and headed to the toy store to buy it.  My kids don't exactly love to write, but I am hoping that having fun telling a story will be a step in the direction of writing one.  Plus I am going to enjoy the possibility that this game is forging new creative pathways in their heads (how's that for sounding like I know what I'm talking about?).

How about you?  Leave me a comment with your favorite way to shake up a school day and chase away boredom.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Great Weather Unit... Part 3

Today we made pinwheels... a fun little way to explore the wind and experiment with air pressure.  
It really is an art to figure out just the right balance of breath to make the paper spin around.

We used the pinwheel template from the free weather unit over at 123 Homeschool 4 Me. (Seriously this unit has printables for preschool to grade 4... Wonderful!)

After designing the pinwheel we attached them to pencil erasers with tacks.  (Which makes them not exactly 3 and under friendly)

The kiddos used a brief window of opportunity when it wasn't raining outside to run around and make their new toys spin in the breeze they created.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Delaney School... Counting Bears and the Letter A

Yay for Delaney school!  I finally feel slightly organized in this department... I am thrilled to be starting letter of the week themes... beginning with letter A of course.

I busted out the tangrams... and they were a big hit with little and big kids alike.

I discovered the blog The Measured Mom this week... There are some fantastic printables there to download and use.  Here Delaney is creating apples on her "baby a" with a red Do-A-Dot and a green marker.

Another The Measured Mom printable is this counting bears sorter... we added a dice and played a game of put "this many" red bears in the red bear circle...etc.

How lucky was I to come across these build a letter sheets from Confessions of A Homeschooler?  They are the perfect accompaniment for our current tangram obsession  interest.

What went on in your homeschool week? What are your kiddos current passions?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Great Weather Study Part 2

If you missed out on project 1 head on over and check it out: Build a Barometer

Build a Rain Gauge

Well the weather outside is rather cloudy and weirdly enough we are hoping for rain... so we can measure it of course!

Project 2: Build a Rain Gauge

  • ruler 
  • flat bottom jar
  • a board
  • glue (we used hot glue and a glue gun)
  • packing tape

Howcast to the rescue with their How to Make a Rain Gauge video.

And now we wait for the rain...

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Great Weather Study Part 1

Build a Barometer

The Scott kiddos are kicking off science with a study on Weather!!!  
Project 1: Build a Barometer.
We used an instructional video from Howcast called How to Make a Weather Barometer.
  • a Jones Soda bottle (my fav is the cream soda)
  • water color paint (we were out of food coloring)
  • a glass jar 
  • and a rubber bad

How it works: 
Well in Hudson's words:It the water is higher than the rubber band it means it will be sunny. And if it is below the rubber band it means rain.

We are keeping track of the barometer predictions and the actual weather this week.

What fun projects are you up to?

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

What We Sent Our Compassion Kids... October

Today is Compassion Sunday!!!

Ok so it's been a bit since I last wrote a post about what we are sending our Compassion kids...  It's not that we've sent nothing over the last 3 months... but life did get the better of us and time flew so the convenience of sending an E-letter with a photo attached became our communication method for a little while... it's fast and easy, but you know it doesn't exactly include my kiddos.  But now we are back at it... and we have a pretty fun Christmas package that we are sending!

Our Christmas package includes:

Hopefully it all arrives in time... 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Little Totschool Report

Delaney lights up at the chance to "do school" in the school room.  She is only with the big kids and I in the morning and then she heads for a nap after lunch while we work on project time.

These baskets of fruits and veggies are a staple in our tot school day... we play "what's hiding under the basket... sort colors and feed various dolls and stuffed animals.

A little magic coloring... no mess but lots of fun and fine motor skill development.

We went on a field trip to the museum and participated in cave drawing.  By the end and with the addition of red paint Delaney's cave drawing looked like a record of a massacre.

Gymnastics has been a super fun activity for Delaney... she loves being in the class with her friends... and not gonna lie her Minnie Mouse legging are a definite attraction for her.

Monsters!  Delaney loves monsters... She often wants to be called the Gruffalaney and asks if I can see her knobboly knees.  So crafting her own monster was quite thrilling.

What are your tots up to?  


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