Learning About Copyright Dates

Learning About Copyright Dates

When I was teaching 1st grade, our librarian gave us a fantastic tip for learning about copyright dates. In a nutshell, she compared bellybuttons to copyright years – we get a bellybutton on the day we are born, just as a book “gets a bellybutton” for the year it is “born,” or published. The copyright symbol, looks a little like a bellybutton circle, and is SO MUCH FUN to have … [Read more...]

Alphabetizing with Beanie Boos

alphabetizing with beanie boos

So much fun and learning can happen with Beanie Boos! We've worked on graphing with beanie boos and now we are working on alphabetizing with Beanie Boos. It is an easy way to let children physically move objects around, to correctly place them in ABC order. Gather all Beanie Boos in a pile. Use as many as your learner is ready for – you can start with a small pile and … [Read more...]

Homeschool Field Trip Form

Homeschool Field Trip Form

After moving back to Southern California, we purchased Disneyland annual passes. When I homeschooled the girls last year, we made the most of our time, and our passes, and spent a few “field trip days” at Disneyland. Use whatever venue you like to visit in your city as your inspiration to create your own scavenger hunt! It can be a big park like Disneyland, your local … [Read more...]

Tin Foil Craft

Tin Foil Craft

Today, I needed a quick craft to distract my kids and keep them busy while we waited to leave the house. I got an idea about a simple, tin foil craft to decorate the table for Christmas dinner. N got to work making name cards for the table and then made different Christmasy shapes out of tin foil (present, tree, santa hat, ornament, etc.). I think her plan is to set … [Read more...]

Laundry Room 10 Frames

laundry room 10 frames

Just a quick fun way to practice a little math, while still being able to get the laundry done! I purchased a set of jumbo magnetic ten frames from Lakeshore Learning, only to realize they were too large for the mini magnetic whiteboard I had purchased. So I decided to try the washer and dryer instead and it was so much fun!! Who knew you could use Expo dry erase markers on the … [Read more...]

Artist Study – Piet Mondrian

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A Homeschool Artist Study - Piet Mondrian In our homeschool we did an artist study, learning about different artists and then creating a piece in the likeness of that artist. Piet Mondrian was an artist my girls had learned about in preschool and LOVED, so we decided to add to what they already knew and study him again! Check out books from your local library, and use the … [Read more...]

Beanie Boo Graphing

beanie-boo-graphing

My girls are HUGE Beanie Boo fans, and once you collect enough, it’s really fun to create simple learning games using them. Try Beanie Boo Graphing with this birthday graph and your beanie boos! First, write each month or abbreviation on a post it note and have your child start sorting each Beanie Boo into piles, based on their birthday – which can be found inside the Ty … [Read more...]

Practice Spelling Words with Water

Practice Spelling Words with Water

Need a fun way to practice spelling words week after week? Practice spelling words with water! This is a fun way to practice sight words, spelling words or just write letters and numbers. You can adapt this activity to any age, even toddlers who are beginning to draw simple lines and shapes! We like to fill our water table with water for this activity, but a simple … [Read more...]

Pokemon Craft

pokemon craft

  These pokeballs are such a fun Pokemon craft! They are perfect to make on a rainy day or at a Pokemon themed party and with the current Pokemon Go craze, this Pokemon craft is a hit with all ages! Materials: styrofoam balls paint paint brushes craft foam (optional)   Add multiple coats of paint to the styrofoam. We added a circle piece … [Read more...]

Treasure Hunt for Kids

Treasure Hunt for Kids

Kids love treasure hunts!  Even with the simplest of prizes, the excitement of clues and racing around keeps them asking for more. I've made a DIY treasure hunt before and it was fun, but it took some planning and organization which made me not want to create one at the spur of the moment very often. Treasure Hunt Problem: The planning and organization it takes to create a … [Read more...]

Bean Boozled – A Family Jelly Bean Game

Bean Boozled Review

For our Family Game Night we tried Bean Boozled! Basically, in this jelly bean game, you spin and eat the color jelly bean that you land on, BUT each color has one tasty jelly bean and one gross one! For example, if you land on green you have a 50/50 chance of eating lime or lawn clippings.  If you land on orange you have a 50/50 chance of eating peach or barf flavor. You get … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Easy Bake Oven Mixes

Make Your Own Easy Bake Oven Mixes

The Easy Bake Oven was an exciting gift for us this Christmas! We baked the cookies that were included in the box the same day. Because the store bought mixes can be a bit pricey (especially for my enthusiastic bakers), we came up with a way to make your own Easy Bake Oven mixes. It is an INCREDIBLY affordable way to keep my girls baking! Buy a variety of store bought cake … [Read more...]