Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wonderful Wednesdays is BACK! Types of Tissue Experiments!

Wonderful Wednesday is back!  It felt good to get a week under our belt and sing those familiar CC songs, see the kids fantastic history dress ups and enjoy the fun and fellowship of exploring this weeks' topic through experimentation mixed with silliness and a 3D model!  It was a great start to what I hope will be a terrific year for everyone!  

Monday, August 18, 2014

How To Pull Together History Dress Ups & Bless a Homeschooler GIVEAWAY!!!

Enter giveaway at bottom of this post...
Dressing up is a super duper fun part of our Wonderful Wednesdays' each week during the school year!  Kids love to dress up and become something other than they are.  It stimulates the mind in a way that not many other things can.  The process of pulling together costumes from a variety of places and utilizing a variety of items in new and possibly unique ways -is a very creative process for both the kids and parents.  When the day comes to actually pull off the dress up, I find that I end up having just as much fun as my child.  It feels like I'm creating individual pieces of recycled art, as I pull together the various elements to see them go from my minds' eye to real life.  Sometimes, they come out way better than I thought and other times, I have to change out an element or even start over because it doesn't go as well as I had hoped!  I thought I would share with you how I use the Wonderful Wednesday Plan to develop out my ideas for costumes and where I find my treasures!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Pin Maps Tutorial

One of my favorite things that my daughter and I have done the past couple years has been pin maps.  I love to be able to see the locations at the end of the year when they are all pinned!  It's a tangible reminder of all the work in memorization that my daughter has accomplished for each year of geography.  I wanted to share with you how I go about making the Pin Maps for my schoolroom...

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Osage Orange Tree -Field Trip Discovery

We have been doing field trips this summer to keep things fun and educational for the summer.  We went on a field trip to Mordecai Historic Park .  When the field trip was completed, we stayed to have a picnic lunch together in the park.  While sitting there, my friend noticed this very interesting "fruit" on the tree we were beside.  I had never seen anything like it myself and so we began investigating....

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tutor and Parent Ideas for Memory Work

To help with those who are trying to figure out what they are going to do for tutoring this year or teaching your own kids at home, I hope this dig out of the archives will help!

Below is my Top 20!  These are some of my tried and true methods I've used at home and as a Tutor that are guaranteed to be fun, silly and engaging for your kids or students - so give some a try!  Bear in mind that some of these will work for younger kids verses older kids and some ideas work for the classroom setting verses home - you decide!

Top 20

Monday, July 28, 2014

Discovering the Lake "Blob"

I haven't posted in a week or so because I've been out of town.  I was in New York for my brother's baby shower and then off to our local lake for some camping with friends.  I discovered two things this week while being gone; first, I am too old to want to start over with a baby and second, there are interesting things that live in the lake!  Let me explain and paint the scene for you...

Sunday, July 13, 2014

LAPBOOK GIVEAWAY! Plus Secret Bonus Entry!

If you were with me last school year, then you know that Wonderful Wednesday was started each week by lapbooking through that week's memory work.  We are going on our third year of using Karen Gill's lapbooks from Wisdom and Righteousness for Wonderful Wednesdays!  There are other's that are out there but I really appreciate the colorfulness and interactive nature of Karen's lapbooks, specifically.  The option of making your lapbook into a notebook is the style we all preferred.  She gives you the option to do the traditional file folder style lapbook or the notebook style, as seen above.  As a group, the notebook style was preferred to provide enough room for everyone at the table and it also had more of a traditional "notebooking" feel.  If you have active learners, then these lapbooks are a great option.  Your child can flip, turn, pop-up, paste, and write their way through each week's memory work.