Monthly Archives: January 2014

Loving History Pockets!

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I’ve been seeing these books all over the place but finally made a point to check them out and OH are they fun!!  We are loving learning about Native Americans!  These books do such a great job at teaching at the level they state they’re teaching to…not too deep, not too basic but just the right amount of information for this age to be able to actually remember.  Thanks to Erica @ http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com for finally motivating me to actually buy these instead of continuing to just think about it!

You can check out this and other History Pockets here: http://www.amazon.com/History-Pockets-Native-Americans-Grades/dp/1557999015/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390422189&sr=1-7&keywords=history+pockets

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Some of the work from this weeks study on the Inuit TribeImage

Ice Fishing

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Watching a documentary on the Inuit…I LOVE YOUTUBE!  🙂

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Star Wars Printable Pack

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My 3 year old was invited to a birthday party recently where the theme was Star Wars.  Since then he has been Darth Vader, C-3PO but of course always returns to the beloved Luke Skywalker.  I’d love to share this preschool pack with you and of coarse…May the Force Be With You! 🙂

Star Wars Printable Pack

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February Calendar Cards

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I’ve been on a bit of creating streak and wanted to make my own Calendar Cards.  I am working on every month but thought i’d share February!

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We love Calendar time.  Not only do the kids love it, it really is a way to smooth myself into the school day.  We love our Calendar pocket chart.  This is ours:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006PJ136/ref=oh_details_o04_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Here’s a link to the cards:

February Calendar Cards

More to come!! 🙂

3 Part Card Printables

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We had done lots of matching in school with classic memory games which is always loved by my kids.  Up until recently I never quite understood what “Montessori” was…I kind of felt silly, a bit stupid slow in understanding this style of learning.  I still have much to learn but one really neat thing we have loved and have so much fun with are 3 Part Cards.  You can learn more about the concept and thinking behind 3 Part Cards here:

https://www.montessorird.com/three-part-card-rationaleforest3partcards

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The idea is simple, two sets of pictures and names, match the name to the correct picture for older kids, for preschool and younger match the word with the same word.

I have searched and found up until recently lots of sets of cards to go with the current letter we are on. Check out Pinterest for tons of great free 3 Part Cards!  But I thought i’d give it a go and start making my own sets and I’d love to share them with you!  Who doesn’t love a freebie!?  I’ll be making more, it seems to be hard to find cute fun boy themed sets, so…more to come soon!

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Fall

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pick-your-own lunch

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I have so many systems.  My family gets a kick out of my constant changing and rearranging.  It’s a problem, I know!  I once decided I was going to change my silverware and create a new way of containing it.  I decided to keep all knives, forks and spoons in mason jars on the counter (to my defense it did look cute and very magazine worthy) BUT alas, it was a stupid system which was annoying and did not last very long (and got made fun of way more than necessary) 🙂  I have a laundry system (which I’m sure there are a lot better systems out there than mine…uhoh I better check out pinterest now!)  I’m just basically a sucker for anything organizational!

Our mornings are filled to the rafters, which leaves little time to rummage through the kitchen to dream up what to feed my 3 starving kids everyday.  I have struggled for quite some time with how to fit it all in AND have a meal that not only they want to eat but I do too…(I mean really who wants to eat peanut butter and jelly every day!?)  This idea was not mine (although I would love to take the credit I generally don’t come up with great ideas myself…they’re almost always stolen ideas!) I am probably the last person in the known world to do this for our lunches, I’m sure this idea is all over Pinterest and Ive been living under a rock until now…either way I love it! 🙂  This one has been tested by 3 little kids, a daddy and time…and it has been a great help to me.  It’s pretty simple…keep a container and keep it filled.  My container is from Walmart absolutely nothing fancy about it, I think every house in America owns one.  Fill it up with whatever you’re into mine currently has: carrots, snap peas, broccoli, cucumber, peppers, grapes and oranges.  When something gets low fill it up before you put it back and you instantly have a full spread again.  We get it out for lunch everyday and just add anything else easy (pretzels, string cheese, boiled eggs and currently my favorite hummus and pita chips) THIS stuff is amazing, I mean seriously amazing…if you can you must get it now!:

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/sabra-hummus-with-pine-nuts-25-oz/prod6390135.ip?navAction=

So here’s to my new system, which currently I love ever so dearly.  It has saved my sanity and hopefully will save my waistline as well!ImageImage

I have decided getting kids to eat well is psychological more than we think…this little boy would not naturally choose a plate of green things…but he got to pick what we wanted all my himself and oh the satisfaction that is to him..not to mention he gets to dip…who doesn’t like to dip things!?

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Did I really take a picture of a tray of veggies?! It’s a pretty picture that says “Wendy didn’t have to cook lunch and is one happy momma!”

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