Halloween Lapbook

October 31, 2006 at 10:08 am (Uncategorized)

My daughter and I made a little Halloween Lapbook.  Originally I wasn't planning this as a lapbook.  I downloaded some worksheets about Halloween from http://www.schoolexpress.com    just because I thought she would enjoy the word searchs, spelling words, etc.  I also thought it would be a good chance to talk to her about Halloween saftey.  Once we did the worksheets she wanted to put it in a lapbook.  Here is what we came up with.

Here is the cover. 

This is the first time we have put a closure on a lapbook.  I like it! I think it will be much easier to store.

The Inside

She has a word search and Q&A's in the Library pocket.  The 2
booklets in the middle have a story she dictated about Halloween and a
drawing of her in her costume.  The right flap has some vocabulary
words she wrote out and a crossword puzzle.  She LOVED the crossword
and word search.  It was the 1st time she had done those.

The Back

This was an original idea by my 5 year old!  She punched holes around the edge of the paper and made a lacing card.  I thought it came out very cute and is very good for her eye hand coordination.  We'll be doing this again!  We also have her name, date and grade on the back as well as the website address where I got the printouts.

Hard at work!

Here she is making the lacing card for the back cover.

Happy Halloween!


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Busy Weekend…

October 30, 2006 at 10:19 am (Uncategorized)

Whew…We had a BUSY weekend…

We went to a Trick-or-Treat night at a the County Museum.  The one in black is our neighbor. 

This is a really neat place.  They have moved old houses starting from
the 1800's to the 1950's on to one street right outside the Museum. 
Normally you can go in each house where they have them decorated
according to the period they are from.  My kids love this place!  On
this night they have trick-or-treating at the houses.  The kids go to
each of the 10 houses and get candy.

We went to a Civil War Event:

My gang in front of the Civil War Camp

My oldest son enjoyed learning about Civil War era ammunition

My 5 year old enjoyed seeing all the soilders horses.

We hiked up to an old 1800's ranch and a beautiful lake

Our 2 year old liked anything that had to do with DIRT!!!

We went to an Old West Ghost Town:

The train ride was a big hit!

We saw wild Burros up front and personal!

My kids playing outside the 1 room schoolhouse.

We also saw a old west gun fight, a Meldodrama and walked around the old west town. 

Sumdy night we had a Christian Illusionist & Ventriliquist at Awana that was awesome, but I didn't get pictures.  Whew…I am tired! Good thing it is Monday and we can rest while we get “back” to learning!  LOL

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The Great Compliment!

October 28, 2006 at 11:41 am (Uncategorized)

I received a great compliment from my neighbor the other day.  She told me she was trying to think of children that get a better education than mine and she couldn't come up with any! Even the Royal Family and Bill Gate children don't have the privledge of being taught by someone who LOVES them!  WOW!! She went on to mention all the books in our house, the projects we do, the ton of field trips we take and all the traveling we have done as a family.  She is a retired teacher and a wonderful friend to our family.  We are so blessed to live next door to her (And her husband, a retired Baptist Pastor.  I am telling you we hit the neighbor JACKPOT!!!).  We see her pretty much every day and she is so interested in what the kids are doing and learning.  The other day she brought my daughter a little greeting card display box she picked up at the store (It was empty and they said she could have it.)  She gave my daughter some suggestions of how to make a diaorama and off my 5 year old went to make a village out of paper and cotton balls!  She is always bringing the kids little thing to make a project out of.

It is nice to get this kind of encouragement occasionally!   I feel like I am always spread too thin and I wish I could do so much more with each of my kids.  Sometimes I get tired just explaining to store clerks & strangers that the kids are with me because they are homeschooled.  Then having to explain or defend our choice to educate our kids ourselves!  Sometimes I even beat myself up because I wish I was better at homeschooling AND housekeeping!

So if any of you are feel overwhelmed or discouraged remember the words of this wise retired schoolteacher “Even the Royal Family and Bill Gate children don't have the privledge of being taught by someone who LOVES them!”  Pat yourself on the back and know that you are doing GREAT!!!!

BTW, if you need more encouragement regarding your choice to homeschool click here and read Homeschooling vs. Hotel Magaement, an Analogy!

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October 27, 2006 at 10:56 am (Uncategorized)

Well, my youngest 2 let me off the hook this year regarding costumes.  We went to the thriftstore last weekend and they both found costumes they liked!  The 2 year old is going to be a Fireman and the 5 year old is going to be a Flower Fairie.  I will post pictures soon.  My 12 year old on the other hand will never be letting me off the hook regarding his costume.  He LIVES for this night!  LOL  This year he wanted to be Link from Legend of Zelda.  You can click here to see the picture he gave me to work off of.  This child can not only NOT pick a ready made costume, he also can't pick something that there is a pattern for!  For this I used a women's blouse pattern (With major alterations!) and a scrub pants pattern a size too small and also altered.  The hat and chain mail I just made up as I went along.  The accesories came from the thriftstore.

This is the finished product…

He is a VERY happy boy!  I am happy to see him enjoy my creation so much.  He is a very appreciative recipient! 

He and his Dad are going to make the shield this weekend.  I am glad my other 2 kiddos are a little more low maintance, but I do know I will miss making these elaborate costumes someday…

Just for kicks here are the costumes I made for the 2 little ones last year….

The two year old was being a stinker and wouldn't wear his Mickey Ears!  LOL  But, he was cute anyway!

And the favorite costume I ever made…

My daughters 1st Halloween.  She was 8 months old.  (And the cutest Raggedy Ann EVER! LOL ) And yes, the wig took me FOREVER!!!

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Highlighter Handwriting

October 26, 2006 at 8:59 am (Uncategorized)

Here is how I make customized handwriting worksheets for my little ones….

Take a yellow highlighter and write out whatever you want on regular notebook paper.  Bible verse, dictation, letters and numbers, anything goes.  Then your child can easily write over it with pencil.  This is much cheaper that buying those little workbooks with the letters written out in dots.  It can also be customized with whatever they are currently learning. 

My oldest son had a lot of trouble learning to write.  (He is a left brained scientific type! Have you ever seen a Doctor with good handwriting?  LOL) This helped him SO MUCH!  I wrote out his Sonlight dictation this way up until about third grade.  This was the only way he could get through the dictation, which I felt was important.

My 5 year old daughter LOVES to write!  She also loves those little workbooks and can go through 1 a day at least!  Using this highlighter method I can have her write out anything she wants.  She can write out her Awana verses, friends names, her own funny quotes, or just her ABC's over and over.

And just because I can't resist an adorable face with orange frosting all over it….

It was a VERY good cupcake!  LOL

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Frosty Coupons

October 25, 2006 at 11:02 am (Uncategorized)

Here is a Halloween tip you can enjoy even if you don't “do” Halloween….Wendy's has Frosty coupons you can buy to use for trick-or-treaters.  They are 8 Jr. Frostys for $1.00.  What a bargain!!! But who cares about those trick or treaters?  LOL  I bought $5.00 worth which is 40 Frosty's!  These are great to have on hand when we are out and about and I feel like getting the kids a treat. (We have done this for years now.)  We stop and get Frosty's a lot after Awana.  They expire Dec. 31st, so they only good for a couple months.  But hey, enjoy them while they last! 

BTW, the proceeds go to St.Judes Cancer Research.

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Free Spider Lapbook

October 24, 2006 at 11:43 pm (Uncategorized)

Here is another FREE lapbook to print and enjoy! This one is on SPIDERS and comes to us from the Homeschoolestore.com.  Click here for more info and to download.  It is only FREE for this week though so hurry over and download it!  It's regularly $21.00!

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Changing Subscription Services

October 24, 2006 at 11:07 pm (Uncategorized)

Thanks to a tip from Steve Walden I am making a change to the Subscription option for my blog.  This new service will actually send the text of my blog to your email each time I post instead of just an annoying reminder to visit my blog.  I have subscribed to Steve's and I really enjoy getting the actual posts each day.  (He is so clever!)

So here is the new info to subscribe:

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Sorry for the confusion.  Thanks for taking part in my experiment!

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Jack-O-Lantern Jar Luminaries

October 24, 2006 at 10:06 am (Uncategorized)

5 year old, 2 year old, 12 year old

Here are the jars the kids painted.  They really love projects where they are given very little input from me.  I was amazed that even my 2 year old could paint a face on that was recognizable as a jack-o-lantern.  I really wasn't expecting that!

Here they are enjoying the creative process.

We used regular ole .99 cent craft paint to paint of the glass.  It seemed to work fine.  Closer to Christmas we are planning to paint some baby food jars as Snowmen and use them for little Christmas gifts for their Sunday School teachers and Awana leaders, etc.

These should look really cute after dark with a little candle burning in them!

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October 23, 2006 at 10:49 am (Uncategorized)

Here is what I use for a numberline when my kids are 1st learning to add and aubtract.  A Carpenters Ruler. 

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I bought this one years ago at the $1.00 store.  Since the numbers go up to 60 you can use it to solve lots of Math problems!  It's easy to fold up and carry, doesn't have to be posted on the wall taking up precious space and it's cheap!

So how do you use a numberline?  Say you have the problem 16+5.  Find the number 16 on the numberline and count up 5 numbers to 21.  Now you know that 16+5=21.  Want to subtract?  Find the number and count backwards.  So, if you had 16-5, you would count back and see it equals 11!  This is an excellent tool to show a concrete way of adding or subtracting.  If they can count they can now add and subtract too!

Click here to play with an online numberline.

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