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Denmark
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Denmark

Jan 22, 2017 by

Growing up my only reference of Denmark was my friend from elementary school who would have thin wafer chocolate sandwiches EVERY DAY (or so it seemed……….) and sometimes had really super salty licorice. We all asked to try these of course….. and she was bored of her chocolate sandwiches so she would sometimes trade for our PBJ! Her parents were from Denmark and this made...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Spain
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Spain

Dec 26, 2014 by

Starting to get momentum going in Europe now…. just finished FRANCE and now we’re headed SW to sunny SPAIN! PASSPORTS Stamped their passports with date, country, capitol, flag and languages noted. MAPPING Learn about the meaning of Spain’s flag and coat of arms – both symbolism and colors. Also here. Cruise around Spain’s coast, climb the mountains and run around the olive groves with...

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France
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France

Oct 17, 2014 by

Crossing the English Channel we head over to FRANCE which will be our 5th country studied after England, Scotland, Ireland and Iceland. When I think of France I think of vineyards, wine, cheese, baguettes, croissants, the Eiffel Tower, old castles, elegant churches, farm cottages and the French Riviera – oh, and my husband’s annual favorite… Le Tour de France. Can’t wait to explore! PASSPORTS:...

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daily calendar & weather board
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We liked the idea of incorporating the days of the week, months, seasons, weather, concept of today, yesterday and tomorrow in one easy SMALL convenient way.  I looked all over at different systems and while they were SO fun and great.. they were larger than the space I had. I bought a 7-day magnetic white board from Office Max.  It stuck to our ‘magnet...

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pre-K reading & handwriting fun
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Pre-K is finished for us now, but wanted to share some of the letter play and handwriting activities that our son REALLY enjoyed! We cut out construction paper and I drew letters of the alphabet in upper and lowercase.  He took a pin and poked all along the black lines. We then took it into his room with a flashlight, turned off the lights...

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Iceland
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Iceland

Aug 23, 2014 by

Heading north from studying England, Scotland and Ireland to chillier waters to explore ICELAND! Super excited about this one because it’s one of the countries that I really don’t know much about at all.  I remember seeing slides that either my mom or grandma had purchased of an aerial view of Iceland back in the 60s?? and had a mental picture of volcanoes and...

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Republic of Ireland
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Republic of Ireland

Aug 10, 2014 by

We’ll be exploring the Republic of Ireland next on our geography adventure. On my paternal family tree side our ancestors were originally from Ireland, County Wicklow area before they left for Yorkshire, England back in the ? 1800s?  Pebbles would fit right in today in Ireland with her bright copper red hair for sure. I don’t know very much about Ireland so will be...

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First Day of School 2014-2015
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Today, Pebbles enters Grade 5 and BamBam Kindergarten! We like to start first week of August when the other kids in the area start school. I know we don’t have to but there’s something about seeing the yellow school bus drive by our window every morning that pushes us into action. 😉  We celebrated with...

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Scotland
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Scotland

Jul 28, 2014 by

After learning about England we go north to explore another country within the United Kingdom – SCOTLAND!  One thing I’ve learned about visiting the first country is that it is more helpful if I use these blog posts and update them with resources live as we go so that Pebbles can link off and use it rather than just document what we did! This...

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England
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England

Jul 28, 2014 by

The first country of our global geography adventure is ENGLAND! This was a great country to start because this is where my parents were born and the majority of our relatives live today.  I remember visiting England a couple of times when I was little and have a few strong memories.  The double decker red buses.  The cobble stoned streets. Tall skinny brick homes....

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where are we going?
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where are we going?

Jul 14, 2014 by

We’ve been dreaming about our ideal geography program and now it’s time to take action and figure out how to accomplish it. We’re super excited to start! But first, I need to think and plan WHERE we’re going …. in order to get organized. Pebbles wanted to start last week ! So…. I better get my act together. Perhaps we start where our ancestors...

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design your own geography buffet
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Researching various world geography curriculum and quickly, and rather shockingly realized that it’s just as complex as language arts! There are so many variables in geography: map reading / navigation skills (compass rose, latitude/longitude, magnetic north, scale, distances etc.) physical geography (weather, land formations, erosion etc.) different kinds of maps (political, geophysical, weather, nautical, landmarks, populations, economic etc) cultures around the world (people, government,...

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pre-K math JOYS
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pre-K math JOYS

Jul 6, 2014 by

Joy and Math.  Not usually something that computes normally. Finding your little guy UNDER the coffee table, in his jammies, head on his stuffed friend along with his dog nearby doing math by choice on his own.  I was so joy filled at the cozy sight that I grabbed my camera snuck up behind the table as quiet as I could to not ruin...

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classic book list & literature guides
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Great literature has been on my mind lately. One of my favorite courses when finishing my degree was English Lit.  I LOVED finding the symbolism and major thematic ties in great stories.  Just as Common Core is looming to slash the importance of analyzing literature I’ve been feeling a stronger pull to introduce my now 5th grader to the depths of the great stories...

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needle felting: MLP Pegasus
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We discovered needle felting last year when Pebbles found an adorable guinea pig kit at Rainbow Resource.  A friend casually mentioned the idea of needle felting into a silicone mold last summer and when Pebbles showed me the kit it reminded me about this intriguing craft.  Christmas wish lists were being generated at the time so we checked out the kits and there were...

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Compose your own music with MuseScore
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If you or your child enjoys composing your own music – then you must download the FREE MuseScore program. We stumbled upon it when Pebbles was required to start composing her own music at Phoenix Yamaha Music School. A part of the program involves not only writing your own music for piano by ear, but then transcribing it with pencil onto paper, and then...

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organized homeschool room
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Here is the ‘AFTER’ result from the ‘homeschool room organization overhaul time‘ post ! Organizing and de-cluttering truly feels peaceful and wonderful.  It’s hard work and takes time but it is beyond worth it to help minds be focused. STRATEGY: 1. We ended up moving a wall unit that we used to have in our living room (contained our fine china, wine glasses and...

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homeschool room organization overhaul time
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I n our house, there is NEVER such a thing as a “little re-organization.” My husband is the King of do-overs.  I can’t even count the number of times that he has re-organized our house (multiply that by the 6 homes we’ve had together from Maui to Washington State back to  Maui and lastly to Arizona.)   I can tell when he has something...

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review: My Book of Thanks
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A 25 Day Gratitude Journal for Kids – by Heather Bowen Heather Bowen, of Upside Down Homeschooling,  has lovingly created this ADORABLE journal to inspire children to express what they are most grateful for during our Thanksgiving Season. There are two different age brackets for the journal, although I would purchase according to your own child’s handwriting ability – size of their letters, do...

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