Monthly Archive: May 2013

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Standardized Testing: The Furor Over Exams

The weather feels like summer and we had a week away, but we actually haven’t quite brought our school year to a close. We have a couple of weeks left partly because we haven’t done our end-of-year testing yet.  As part of the requirements for our state, the kids have to take a national exam (there are several to choose from). The tests are graded elsewhere, we receive the results...

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The Kids Sing the 7 Continent Song

Yesterday someone asked me how the tune to the 7 Continents song goes that we use in geography.  We decided to try our hand making a video to help. ED sang the song by herself the first time through… then all the kids joined in the other two times. When they were first learning the seven continents they pointed (at first with my help) to each continent. When they were...

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The Outer Banks, NC – A Terrific Family Destination

As you probably gather from yesterday’s post 10 Reasons Why Time Off is Important, our family was on holiday last week at the beach.  There are so many things to do at the Outer Banks (Southern Shores/Kitty Hawk/Nags Head area), I thought I would share some of the things our family has done there. I know it’s a popular family destination. Here are some things your family might enjoy in...

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10 Reasons Why Time Off is Important

1. It allows you to open your eyes to the beauty around you 2. It puts the focus on love, family and being together   3. It lets you try new things   The kids went kayaking for the first time last week. 4. It’s soothing, relaxing and you can switch off.   5. It allows you to experience someone else’s passions Hubby and LD played endless rounds of card games...

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Homemade Nutrigrain Bars

A few years ago, my kids really liked Nutrigrain bars.  I hunted for a recipe that would approximate the store-bought bars, but that I could guarantee weren’t full of preservatives.  I make these about once every 6 weeks or so and they get eaten very quickly in our household! In a mixing bowl mix well: 1 cup butter (softened for 30 seconds in microwave) 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup...

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“Ugly” Crafts Never See Blog Fame…

…just the cute ones win out! Do you do little crafts with your kids? I’m just as guilty as the next blogger in only sharing the cute-craft successes.  This post was originally just a shout out to ED’s little lion project. Cute stuff, but really that doesn’t demonstrate the creativity and imagination of the poor, “ugly” crafts that get made at the Homeschool Den. Most of those don’t even get...

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“Ugly” Crafts Never See Blog Fame…

…just the cute ones win out! Do you do little crafts with your kids? I’m just as guilty as the next blogger in only sharing the cute-craft successes.  This post was originally just a shout out to ED’s little lion project. Cute stuff, but really that doesn’t demonstrate the creativity and imagination of the poor, “ugly” crafts that get made at the Homeschool Den. Most of those don’t even get...

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Animals Around the World (World Animal Packet)

World Animal Packet: 70+ page packet focusing on the animals on every continent! It includes Montessori 3-Part Cards, Activity Sheets for every continent, printable continent cards, a world animal game, world animal pin map activity, and more! As I mentioned on Friday, ED has been working on her world geography. She has spent a couple of weeks going over the 7 continents again and working with some Montessori 3-part cards I...

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Celebrate Wildflower Week!

Did you know this week, May 2-8, 2016 is National Wildflower Week? You might want to visit the U.S. Forest Service Website: Celebrating Wildflowers and their Special Features Page. They have beautiful posters and resources available (free). Okay, so only some of these flowers below are actually wildflowers. It’s not a great idea to pick wildflowers if you don’t know the regulations of your region, but we found some gorgeous...

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Scholastic Dollar Deals are Back!

Scholastic Dollar Deals are back!  I noticed that they have their $1 sale on ebooks until May 19th, 2013. I have bought dozens of books over the past couple of years. Just thought I’d mention it for anyone who might be interested — Here are some of the things we’ve bought ($1) and used: Instant Habitat Dioramas Banish Boring Words Various Writing Prompt Books Math: Fractions

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Montessori Geography Activities (Free Montessori World Map)

FREE Montessori World Pin Map Printable You can make your own Montessori Style World Pin Map with this free printable! While my older kids were learning a lot about the location of the specific countries of Africa, my preschooler was working on world geography again.  I thought I’d share some of the activities ED has been doing the past week or two. As always, we started out by singing the...

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Two Simple Weaving Projects for Kids

One day, DD announced, “I want to learn to weave.” I realized that I was a terrible mother… my kids have never even learned the basics of paper weaving!  It was time to bring out the construction paper and teach that all-important skill… repeating the over-under-over-under pattern! Then I used hard pieces of cardboard and made simple little yarn looms for them. Even my youngest quickly got the hang of...

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Wonderful Geography Games for Kids

We have been playing a couple of wonderful geography games in our homeschool. We have the Africa version, but you can also buy these same games in a version of Europe, Asia, or the Americas. The first is a card game called WorldWise Geography (Africa) I got for just a couple of dollars (it’s a different version that the one I linked to. It looks like the game has been...

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East Africa: The Maasai

We are winding down our school year and will be bringing our Africa unit to a close in the next week or so. The past couple of weeks we’ve been reading about East Africa. We’ve read about a number of countries and then learned a bit about the Maasai people. The Maasai are semi-nomadic people who live in Kenya and northern Tanzania. They have quite distinctive customs and dress and live...