Enjoying the Outback

Over the weekend, we enjoyed some time outbush withour friends. We got a chance to ride our friends’ quad onsome of the dirt roads and had a campfire in the dryriver bed.

Crockpot Recipe — HUNGARIAN GOULASH

My sister is amazing!  She homeschools three kids (8, 10, 13), is a professor and works full time (though she can work from home for some of that), is writing a book, and her husband is currently deployed to Iraq until June. She loves meals that fix themselves and I said I’d share this with her (and with all the busy people out there!)  This is currently one of my...

Preschool Math — Number Line Game

Here’s an activity DD (age 4) and I played together today.It is good for reinforcing number recognition. Theobject is to be the first person to turn over the cardsfrom 0 to 12 in order. To set up we turned the numbers 0-12 upside downin a row (one row for each player). When it was a player’sturn she got to turn over two cards (Mom actually onlyturned over one card). If...

Diaper Wipe Flowers

Here’s another flower project we did for our flower unit.

Diaper Wipe Flowers

The Crafty Crow mentioned this great flowerproject. You can find more information about how to makethese flowers at —http://filthwizardry.blogspot.com/2009/08/kitchen-paper-and-baby-wipe-kanzashi.html Dry out some diaper wipes. Cut them into a large square.I then cut square into four pieces. Fold the small square into a triangle. Then fold the endsup. Fold and sew the two points and middle section togetherand sew five or six pedals together tightly. Staple the back sides together. Paint...

Painted Cornstarch Flower Beads

After letting our cornstarch beads dry for a few days,we painted them and strung them on string to makenecklaces. Here’s the link again to cornstarch clay:http://thehomeschoolden.blogspot.com/2009/09/cornstarch-clay.html

Stickers for the toddler

Here’s an easy activity everyone probably does with theirkids — stickers! Oriental Trading sells rolls of round stickers that all threeof my kids have LOVED as toddlers (ED is 20 months now).Search within the Oriental Trading website under “sticker rolls.”ED’s using some Halloween stickers, but there are allkinds of sticker themes from holidays, animals and dinosaurs,to Bible and religious stickers. If your child is young, I wouldrecommend using the round...

Math — Estimation Activity

We took a handful of mini erasers and put them on the table.Everyone had to make an estimate of how many erasersthere were in the pile. I guessed 75, LD guessed 90 andDD guessed 97, though she wrote it backwards. “Don’tLOOK!” she admonished me as she bent over her paper.It was the first time she’s ever written numbers and shestudied our numbers carefully to do it and to make herown...

Flower Activities — Planting Flowers

We went to the nursery and bought flowers to plant in ourplanters. Every winter I stop watering the outside plantsand (gasp!) they die off. Everyone really enjoyed going tothe nursery and LD was very excited as I let him get aVenus Fly Trap (usefulu here in the Outback!!)

Flower Activity — Arranging Flowers

The girls really enjoyed the flower arranging this week. Theidea to use pipe cleaners and foam beads came fromhttp://mymontessorijourney.typepad.com/my_montessori_journey/2009/04/my-entry.html

Board Games

The kids have really enjoyed games this week — we’ve playedCandy Land, DinoMath Tracks, Hungry Hippos, the marblerun (not really a board game, but stored with the games!), LetterSoup, and several card games (Rat-a-tat-Cat) being the favorite!

Art Workbox Drawer

Art for the relatives to admire!! This week I put colored paper and a couple markers inDD’s art workbox. She’s been doing two drawings each day.One day she asked to use the buttons too. Here are a coupleof her creations. The first picture is all one project. Thesecond picture is a picture of her and her brother and sisteralong with the 75 story world tower, where we stayed inSydney (on...

Alien Eyes

When we were on holiday the kids saw a showcalled “Playschool.” LD saw how to make alieneyes and yesterday he got all the materials heneeded and made himself and the girls alieneyes. I didn’t help in any way shape or form (noteven to find the glue)… a first!!

Map Treasure Hunt

Every now and then we bring out this map activity (fromwhen we studied pirates, maps and treasure hunts). Forthis activity we map out our house with all the rooms and thebasic furniture.  They get a favorite toy and I hide it somewhere inthe house.  Then I put an X on the map to mark the spot wherethe item was hidden.  They are real pros at this activity now andI have...