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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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