Tag Archives: 1st grade

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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my favorite things

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I am a serial organizer…I love getting new ideas for organizing pretty much anything but especially our school room!  I have gotten so many great ideas from some seriously genius ladies!  Here are some of my favorite things in our school room that have helped us stay organized and keep things fun…

Our school room.  We love it, its where our days play out, where we learn, make a mess, paint, learn more, rinse and repeat:)

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I’ve had this clear dry erase board for years…its been in many different places in our home but we like it here…good reminder of the verse we’re working on each week.

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we LOVE this thing!  We seriously use it every day.  Just a simple paper roll…thats all!  I actually bought this and then found out my mom had gotten one for me for Christmas…whoops! 🙂  You can get it here:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10149350/

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Another favorite thing we use everyday….Just a simple tray.  We use it for painting, crafts, projects, tv trays.  Im sure there are some much cuter, kid trays out there, these were $1.00 at the time (can’t beat that!) You can get them here:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40041131/

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Anyone that knows me well knows I LOVE containers!  Don’t ever go shopping with me for organizational items…its dangerous and an addiction I fully admit it!  Some of my favorite ones for the school room are these takeout containers and peanut butter containers. They’re a great size and clear.  The red bowls are used every day for everything they were a great dollar store find!

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And of coarse our new favorite item in our school room and home is our bean bags!  We love them!!  There are so many neat bean bags and lots for a much higher price than we paid but we are loving these!  You can check them out here:

http://www.target.com/p/circo-bean-bag-digital-camouflage/-/A-15007405#prodSlot=medium_1_37&term=bean+bag

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Printable Memory Verse Cards

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“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 19 Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 20 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.  -Deuteronomy 11:18-21

These verses have been words that ring in my ears very regularly as we go through our days at home.  I had a sweet friend who had scripture written all around her house, on windows, mirrors, on her fridge, on scrap papers…everywhere.  I LOVED that!  verse 20 says just that: write them on your doorposts!  Write God’s word down, have it everywhere, always to see.  It’s amazing what kids will remember and retain.  I have been amazed and slightly dumfounded at how much my 3 year old can remember!  We have done a verse a week and just say it over and over and wow! It not only has been great for our kids but for ME!  Our “D” verse has been repeated, reminded, corrected and talked about on way more than one occasion: (Do ALL things without complaining and grumbling. Philippians 2:14) (and that goes for the kids and for ME!)  I made up a little booklet/flashcards of our memory verses as a helpful way to remind ourselves of our verses…

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I’d love to share this with you!  Feel free to print and use anyway you would like!  memory verse cards

Who Is God?

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I’ve been so excited to finally get into this study with Brooklyn.  I’ve heard such great things about Apologia and how they teach in such a clear, practical great way.  Ben teaches the kids Creation to Christ and they love it.  I had been feeling that we could be doing a bit more with Brooklyn specifically.  This seemed like a great fit.  Simply (yet SO SO utterly important) WHO is God?? Shouldn’t we be crystal clear on WHO it is that we are placing our life, and faith into!?  I want my kids to be just as clear in the WHO that we are trusting not just the what.  Here’s a summary of the study:

“Our children are bombarded daily with competing messages. Every song, movie, book, TV show, blog, and game is full of ideas — ideas about God, people, truth, beauty, and right and wrong. Not all of these ideas are true. Some are deceptive and even destructive. The What We Believe series helps children learn to discern the truth by using God’s Word as a lens through which to view the world around them — to see everything the way God sees it.”

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you can find more about this study here:

http://www.amazon.com/Really-Biblical-Worldview-Believe-Volume/dp/1935495070

Mommy & Me letters

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Okay this is one of those ideas that I had to put into practice ASAP!  I had seen this idea a while back and never got around to doing it, until I came across it again the other day.  My almost 7 year old is the queen of notes, scribbles, pictures, scraps of paper with scribbled love notes left all around the house.  She is a writer.  So of coarse this sweet idea goes right along with what she loves most.

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Grandparents Day

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Well today was a big day, we had Grandparents Day!  I’ve really tried to do things in homeschool that the kids would be doing in school if they were going (ie: picture day, field trips, grandparents day, graduation) SO…today was Grandparents Day and OH HOW EXCITED they were!  They got to show off all their things they’re learning, but is it just me or is it all kids that when anyone is around everything falls apart, and they do not perform like I want them to!?  We had a fun day and loved showing off our day to Grammy, Grampy and Twoey (my grandmother hence the name:  “Twoey” Grammy #2)  

Twoey helping out…She is a veteran teacher!Image

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always learning something new

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I feel like everyday i’m learning some new trick, new fun way to learn.  Recently I learned about these fun things:Image

Whoever comes up with all these neat things…they’re geniuses!  We are loving them, and one of my favorite things about them is that they’re something both kids can do together…multilevel/ages.  I love anything like that.  they’re great.  Image

I found a great link for a bunch of FREE printable mats to go along with the pattern blocks:

http://www.prekinders.com/pattern-blocks/

Always learning something new!