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Greece
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Greece

Aug 21, 2016 by

After eating our way through Italy, we are cruising to the beautiful country of Greece and exploring it’s many islands.  Besides Italian, I just love Greek food too…. so looking forward to this learning journey. PASSPORT and MAPPING Stamped their passports with date, country, capitol, flag and languages noted. Print out and label Greek map with National Geographic MapMaker Greek Flag and Coat of...

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Creative Writing through Dictation
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Long before our son could write….. he could verbally tell the most detailed and action packed stories.  One day, I decided to record him using the “Voice Memo” utility on my phone while he was playing and creating his story ‘live.’ Later I would listen to the story and write what he said into a special book. Most of his stories revolve around high seas...

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Beginning Journaling
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Beginning Journaling

Jul 31, 2016 by

In trying to encourage BamBam to write on his own I created a jar of writing prompts to go along with his own custom journal. My parents kept my journals from when I was in K-grade 2 and it was an absolute joy to read the funny thoughts that I had at the time.  I could have waited to buy a booklet that had...

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Arctic
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Arctic

Jul 27, 2016 by

Photo from NationalGeographic.com We’ve been enjoying the Scandinavian countries of Finland, Sweden and Norway so we may as well head further north and visit the Arctic!! Even though it’s 110 degrees where we are – visiting via internet is making us feel cooler. The Arctic is governed through mutual representation of the following countries as well as it’s indigenous peoples (Aleut, Inuit, Saami) : Canada,...

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Rewarding Reading
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Rewarding Reading

Jul 27, 2016 by

As I was going through and organizing memorabilia from previous years I came across our eldest daughter’s First Grade “Stuck on Reading” log. Her awesome teacher had made a fun little book with a picture of a gum ball on it. For every 5 books her students read (and parent initialed) they would get 1 gum ball in class. Kids were frantic readers –...

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Finland
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Finland

Jul 27, 2016 by

photo from GoogleMap – somewhere in Finland We have studied Sweden and Norway and now must learn all about their Scandinavian neighbor to the east – Finland! The kids really wanted to not skip over Finland – though I was tempted….. but boy am I glad we didn’t!! What a beautiful country!  Funny story about Moomins – we had never heard of this but were in...

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Mystery of History – Vol. 1
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  We’re back the second time around for Mystery of History – Volume 1! The last time we used this book was 6 years ago with our eldest! Gosh time flies……….. well, BamBam is ready for this now. I welcome you to enjoy the links – but I’m honestly making this page for our son to quickly find a list of online resources himself...

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Got my eye on….
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Got my eye on….

May 5, 2016 by

There are SO many great options for curricula that it’s like being a kid in a candy shop for a person who loves learning…. While I try to use what I’ve already bought for child #1 for child #2 when they get to the right stage – I keep catching my eye on other delightful offerings!! I am going to make a list of...

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Norway
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Norway

Mar 25, 2016 by

We have finished studying Sweden – now we move west to learn about their Scandinavian neighbor – Norway! As usual we’ll locate Norway on the map – stamp our passports and start diving into what makes Norway unique.  MAPPING NORWAY Print out Map for Norway – National Geographic MapMaker Stamp passports with flag, continent, country name, capital, languages, crest coloring page for Norway with...

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Review: Learning Language Arts Through Literature
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  This is an honest review from our own personal experience of Common Sense Press’ Learning Language Arts Through Literature. (LLATL Purple Book.) I purchased the student book from Rainbow Resources and the teacher’s manual second hand from Ebay. LLATL is all-inclusive language arts curriculum: reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, writing mechanics, creative writing, thinking skills, book studies, poetry and more. I previously was getting...

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Sweden
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Sweden

Jan 26, 2016 by

Excited to study Sweden!  Hubby’s ancestors were from Sweden predominately – so we’re eager to learn more about this country. He grew up with certain foods (like Pepperkakor) that I attempted making this year at Christmas.  Sweden is much more than IKEA… and the beloved meatballs with lingonberry sauce….. 😉 … and MINECRAFT. Video “Wild Sweden” ABOUT SWEDEN: 10 things to know before visiting...

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Italy
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Italy

Aug 22, 2015 by

We took the summer off from our geography adventure, but we’re back it at with our exploration of ITALY!  The last country we studied was Germany.  Before that we trekked through the tiny and fascinating country of Andorra – nestled in between France and Spain. PASSPORT and MAPPING Stamped their passports with date, country, capitol, flag and languages noted. Print out and label Italy...

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Visual Vocabulary
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Visual Vocabulary

Jul 13, 2015 by

Researching vocabulary programs… while these two both are very popular and would serve us well – Wordly Wise and English from the Roots Up – I found another radically different idea.  Vocabulary Cartoons. Pebbles and I are highly visual spatial thinkers and learners…. we both totally ‘got it’ and remembered complex vocabulary through the clever, and often humorous play on both the meaning and...

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Germany
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Germany

Jun 30, 2015 by

Heading North East from the little country of Andorra which we just completed our study on – we are ready to explore Germany! MAPPING and ABOUT GERMANY Germany Travel website Stamp passports with flag, continent, country name, capital, languages, crest coloring page for Germany with flag and facts Fill in blank Germany map LANDMARKS and LANDFORMS Black Forest Fairy tale castles! Inspired Disney movies...

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Andorra
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Andorra

Mar 30, 2015 by

This tiny country is nestled in between France and Spain in the Pyrenees Mountains – and is one that I spent much of my adult life not even realizing it existed.  Upon discovery was fascinated to find out what it was like (must be gorgeous……) and what do people do there?!  The kids were equally intrigued.  Instead of rushing off to Germany in our...

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Aspiring to be a vet?
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Aspiring to be a vet?

Mar 17, 2015 by

Many children say “I want to be a vet when I grow up!” Pebbles is one of those who has said this since she was old enough to talk. Just what does it take to become a veterinarian?  What are the pre-requisities for admission to an accredited University? How to prepare in High School? How to prepare as a College Undergraduate? Articles about Programs:...

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Portugal
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Portugal

Mar 3, 2015 by

We couldn’t visit Spain without heading west to explore Portugal!  My hubby enjoys sipping port…. but there’s much more to this beautiful land than that. Let’s find out. PASSPORTS Stamped their passports with date, country, capitol, flag and languages noted. MAPPING Learn about the meaning of Portugal’s flag and coat of arms Explore Portugal with Google maps. Print out and label Portugal map with...

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#30daysInspiralized
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#30daysInspiralized

Mar 2, 2015 by

We’re joining the #30daysInspiralized Instagram contest from Ali Maffucci over at www.inspiralized.com !  I bought a Paderno Tri-Blade Spiral Vegetable Slicer for myself after visiting her awesome website and falling in love with turning veggies into NOODLES ! SO FUN! I might have already shared my new passion upon chatting with you about trying to cut carbs, increase veggies etc. I’ve had some ‘fall...

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Playing with Math
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Playing with Math

Mar 2, 2015 by

My mom gave us this “DK Games – Math Puzzles” game many years ago and both kids have enjoyed it – but with the addition of our Math U See blocks…. and a puppet friend…. this turned out to be hours of fun! BamBam had fun sorting the addition VS subtraction questions and answers – then matching them all up. He used the blocks...

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Do Curlformers Work?
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Do Curlformers Work?

Mar 1, 2015 by

Faced with the mandated ‘curl your daughter’s hair’ for their theatre performances coming up…. I went on a research binge.  I hadn’t had much luck with curling irons or those velcro rollers in the past.  After many youtube videos and emailing some friends the methods were various – bendy noodle things, more expensive curling irons (without the ‘thing’ that holds the curl in –...

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Blast Off with Ziggy
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Blast Off with Ziggy

Mar 1, 2015 by

One of the BEST aspects of All About Learning Press‘ Pre-Reading program was ZIGGY !! He’s a lovable zebra puppet friend who takes part in your lessons. There’s something about a puppet…. my child tended to listen to anything Ziggy wanted to say or do… not me. 😉 Even though we skipped Level One and went right to Level Two I still purchased the...

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