Corn Husk Dolls

November 6, 2012 at 11:01 am | Posted in crafts, homeschool, printable | 3 Comments
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I love hands-on activities for school – it is much easier to remember learning something if it is fun.  Corn husk dolls are a fun way to learn a little bit about the handmade toys used by native Americans, so they are a great project for making around Thanksgiving. The dolls are pretty easy to make, and are surprisingly durable.  It took my seven year old son 15 minutes to make his doll unaided. Continue Reading Corn Husk Dolls…

Indian Banana Leaf Puppets

October 5, 2012 at 11:49 am | Posted in crafts, homeschool, Postcrossing, printable, thrifty projects | Leave a comment
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This week we are learning about India in the home school co-op that I participate in.  Since I am teaching that class, I went to postcrossing.com and wrote to someone in each country we will be “visiting” to see if we could exchange postcards.   As postcrossing is a postcard exchange site almost everyone I contacted was happy to exchange cards, and the member in India exchanged souvenirs as well as postcards.  One of the souvenirs was a set of banana leaf puppets.  I looked for information about banana leaf puppets online (I even used google translate to search in Hindi and Urdu) and was absolutely amazed that I couldn’t find anything.

Read the rest (and get the free printable) at randomcreativity.net – sorry for the inconvenience, but I have moved to my own domain 🙂

Melted crayons southern summer style

August 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Posted in crafts, homeschool, Quiet Activities, thrifty projects | Leave a comment
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Melting old crayons isn’t anything new.  I picked up a set of clearance silicone ice cube trays just so we could melt crayons.  Being my weird self I decided to try and melt them in the sun, just because I could.  And wouldn’t you know, it worked.  My son absolutely LOVED doing this activity – it took him an hour to peel and arrange his crayon pieces in the ice cube tray (he was being very particular) and he spent at least an hour after they were finished, admiring them and eventually coloring. Continue Reading Melted crayons southern summer style…

Homeschool Daily Planner

June 23, 2012 at 8:38 am | Posted in homeschool, printable | Leave a comment
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Its that time of year again, where as a homeschooling mom I go through everything we’ve done for school over the past year, and prepare for the coming year.  I designed a weekly planner page last year, but it didn’t work out as well as I’d like since we normally do a 4 day school week.  With this simple page, I can overview 2 weeks at once for record keeping purposes, and by printing on both sides of the page I only need one sheet of paper for four weeks.  For me, the simpler it is, the more likely I am to actually use it. Continue Reading Homeschool Daily Planner…

3D Fairy Tale Theater

August 23, 2011 at 9:45 am | Posted in crafts, homeschool, Quiet Activities, thrifty projects | 3 Comments
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Its hard to imagine it, but there was a time, not really that long ago, when kids had to amuse themselves without the internet (late 1980’s,) game systems (1970s,) computers (1950s,) televisions (1920s,) or even radios (1915.)  One of the things that they did was make elaborate paper theaters and dioramas.  And since pretty much everything printed before 1921 is now in the public domain so you can find lots of really neat free printables online. Continue Reading 3D Fairy Tale Theater…

Hot Air Balloon Festival

August 18, 2011 at 6:12 am | Posted in homeschool, totally random | Leave a comment
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Last Friday my father in law convinced us to get up very early to drive over to the first morning of the Pennington Hot Air Balloon Festival.  I have never seen hot air balloons up close before – it was really neat to see so many flying at once. Continue Reading Hot Air Balloon Festival…

Homeschool Weekly Planner Page

August 10, 2011 at 11:38 am | Posted in homeschool | 5 Comments
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I’m cheap frugal.  I just hate to buy an organizer when I can make one that is just exactly what I want for so much less.  I made this year’s version using a three ring binder and a three hole paper punch (I actually just took last years out of the binder and stuck it in an envelope in case I need it for some reason.)  The website where I got my weekly page from last year updated to a newer version that I really don’t like, so I made my own.  I normally start my week on Sunday, but decided for record keeping purposes I would leave the weekend at the end – we don’t often do school related things on the weekend but six boxes looked so much neater than five, and I will use it occasionally.  I also left some blank lines at the bottom for a to-do list or other notes.  I really like leaving the spaces mostly unlabeled – you write the date at the top of the box and can fill it in with whatever information is needed each day. Continue Reading Homeschool Weekly Planner Page…

Ant Farm

May 6, 2011 at 7:03 am | Posted in homeschool, totally random | Leave a comment
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Last week J bought an ant farm using some of his birthday money.  I am amazed at how fascinating the little buggars are – I could sit there for an hour watching them tunnel through their gel.  Since the gel is see through you can actually watch their little pincers cutting through tiny piece by piece to dig each tunnel. Continue Reading Ant Farm…

Japan and earthquake/tsunami unit study / lapbook resources

March 21, 2011 at 6:44 am | Posted in crafts, homeschool | Leave a comment
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We have been learning about different countries for a few months now, and considering the current events I thought that it would be a good time to learn about Japan and earthquakes/tsunamis.

Since my son is just starting first grade I don’t feel the need to make a strict lesson plan, so I just made a list of all of the resources that I found (in no particular order): Continue Reading Japan and earthquake/tsunami unit study / lapbook resources…

DIY: Kids Apron and Pot Holders

February 10, 2011 at 8:19 am | Posted in crafts, Food, homeschool | 2 Comments
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This year for Christmas I made my niece an apron, and started to make one for J too.  I finally finished his apron yesterday, as well as some matching pot holders.  Because cooking is more fun when you get to wear an apron that you designed yourself. Continue Reading DIY: Kids Apron and Pot Holders…

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