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Who Are You Remembering This Memorial Day?

Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day and started after the Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union Soldiers. By the 20th century Memorial Day was extended to honor all Americans who have died in wars. A couple of years ago, I had a long conversation with my Dad and extended family about the members of our family who have served in the U.S. military. As I asked for...

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Homemade Nutrigrain Bars

We love this homemade Nutrigrain Bar recipe! I hadn’t made them for a couple of months and while the kids were out playing I made a batch. Yum! I didn’t have any almond extract on hand so just used 1 tsp of vanilla instead.  No matter how I make them, they’re gone pretty quickly! I thought I’d share that recipe again today. So here you go: A few years ago,...

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A Tour of Jamestown, Virginia – Fabulous for Kids!

On our way back from the Outer Banks, we decided we would spend a day at Jamestown.  This is a reconstruction of the first permanent settlement by the British in the New World. We first saw the film and toured the museum — which was just fabulous!  The kids spent a lot more time reading and browsing through the museum than I thought they would (I guess they’re growing up!!)....

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Don’t Miss Tonight’s Meteor Showers! (Fri. 5/23)

  Our family loves star gazing and I always try to find out when the next meteor showers pass by. Tonight there is a brand new meteor shower that may light up the night sky.  They are called the Camelopardalids. Scientists aren’t sure exactly how many shooting stars we’ll see, but they could shower down at a rate of 1-per minute.  If the showers happen they should be visible in...

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Teach Your Child to Read!

In this post I’d like to share a dozen activities that we did with the kids to help foster early reading skills. These are activities we did with CVC words and basic sight words to make the learning process fun and engaging!! The first step in learning to read is to make sure your child knows their letter sounds. We shared lots of ideas about that in our Preschool at...

Wild Horses and Light House Tour – Outer Banks, NC 0

Wild Horses and Light House Tour – Outer Banks, NC

One afternoon last week, we decided to do a couple of tours.  First, we stopped off at the Currituck Beach Light Station.  It is 162 feet and has 220 steps.  Construction on it began in 1873 and it was first illuminated in 1875.  It still serves as an aid to naviagation, lighting up every 3 seconds and off for 17 seconds throughout the night. The exterior of this lighthouse was...

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Ocean Unit Freebies

If you are planning a trip to the beach this summer, you might be interested in some of these freebies I made for the kids when we did our ocean unit.  I hope someone finds these helpful! Below are some of the ocean invertebrate cards  that I made when we were studying the ocean. Remember, crustaceans, arachnids and insects are all part of the arthropod group (look at this chart to see what...

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Vacation at the Outer Banks

My sister’s family also homeschools, so we take advantage of the pre-summer season prices to spend a week together. We met up with my Dad & step-Mom, my sister, brother-in-law, nieces and nephew at the Outer Banks. The weather had called for temperatures in the low 70s last week, but once we arrived the forecast changed. We had several days between 85-88 degrees. Perfect for the beach!  I slathered the...

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Fishing — It’s Not Hard or Mysterious!

I consider myself pretty outdoorsy. I love to hike, backpack and go camping. I love learning the names of the lizards, snakes, bugs and birds in our area. But I had never, ever gone fishing.  For some reason it seemed mysterious. Hard. Something only real “fishermen” did.  So when I heard that our local park was offering a free fishing workshop for kids, we signed the kids up. The ranger...

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Animals and Their Groups Sorting Cards (ages 5-8)

A couple of months ago, I did an animal unit with my youngest.  We went over the characteristics of living and non-living things. Then we talked about vertebrates and invertebrates and finally we went over the five vertebrate groups in quite some detail. I shared the free Montessori cards I made for that part of our unit: the Montessori Vertebrate-Invertebrate cards and the sheets I made on Animals and their Characteristics....

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Preschool at Home: Alphabet Activities for 2-4 year olds

Here are some alphabet activity ideas you can do with your little one: At first we played these activities just for letter identification, but as the kids learned their letters we would play these games and identify the sound/s they make. Above all, be enthusiastic and have FUN with the kids!! Jump on Letters:We did this activity with everything from contact paper in the kitchen to letters written in chalk on...

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Free Weather Packet

Today I’m going to share some free weather worksheets I made for the kids.  This is for our study of the weather: the uneven heating of the Earth and how that affects our weather, fronts, and more! Yesterday, I shared some of the science experiments we did about air. We learned that air has weight, hot air rises and more.  We are using a science textbook as the spine of...

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Weather Unit: Experiments about Air

Last week we had a lot of fun with our Weather Unit.  The kids always love when we do science experiments and this part of our unit had a ton of demonstrations. Air has weight: This first activity is pretty self explanatory. We made sure that two balloons balanced. Then we blew up one balloon. It was clear immediately that the blown-up balloon was heavier.   Clear or Cloudy Day:...

Happy Mother’s Day! (It’s officially 100 years old this year!) 0

Happy Mother’s Day! (It’s officially 100 years old this year!)

This year Mother’s Day is officially one hundred years old in the U.S. On May 8, 1914  Congress passed a law to officially celebrate Mother’s day on the second Sunday in May. Facts About Moms (in the U.S.)  There are more than 85 million mothers of all ages in the United States. According to the Pew Research Institute, fewer Moms are married than fifty years ago   Of all women age...