Monthly Archive: August 2013

Skip Counting By 2s Mazes

As I mentioned earlier this week, ED is working on the concept of odds-evens and is practicing skip counting by 2s.  I printed out some mazes for her to practice counting from 2 to 200.  There is a huge selection of mazes over at Print Activities with different themes (such as baseball, pirates, Thanksgiving, etc. etc.). Skip Counting by 2s Mazes You can also find mazes to practice Counting By...

Free Daily Calendar Page + Math Lapbook Activities

Yesterday, I shared the free math lapbook I made for my daughter.  Depending on your child it may be appropriate for kids between 4 and 6 or so. Today I wanted to share a little bit about how I’m using the calendar pieces. She’s been taking the days of the week from the lapbook and putting them in order She’s then been using these in her daily calendar page. If...

Free Math Lapbook (PreK, K, 1st Grade)

At the end of the year last year, I had ED cut out and put together a math lapbook. We didn’t go over much of the material in it, but I wanted the lapbook mostly done for the beginning of this year. We had a few finishing touches. For example, we hadn’t attached the left and right hands — so ED glued those on the front of her lapbook. (We...

Kindergarten Math – First Activities of the Year

We took much of the summer off. We started easing back into a bit of school after our trip to Colorado.  We start earlier than others in our area because we take time off and family trips when it suits us. Day One: Over the summer, I continued to skip count by 2s, 5s and 10s when she brushed her teeth.  Since we never really covered the concept of odds...

LD Turns 10 — IVF Reminiscing — Dragon Birthday Cake

After we got back from our Colorado trip, LD had a birthday. It’s hard to believe he is now 10! As many of you know — and some of you probably don’t — LD and DD are IVF babies (not ED, though!!! She was our surprise baby!).  We had trouble getting pregnant and there didn’t seem to be much of a cause for it. Oh my goodness, what a stressful,...

Garden of the Gods – Manitou Cliff Dwellings (Colorado Springs)

We love traveling and really try to the make the most of any trip we take.  As I mentioned several posts ago, Hubby’s cousin got married up in the mountains near Crested Butte, Colorado.  After the wedding, we stayed with Hubby’s sister (husband and son) who live in Colorado Springs.  Joined by his other sister (husband and 2 kids) and Hubby’s parents, it made for a lot of kids, a...

Olympic Training Center and Ghost Town Museum — Colorado Springs

I have been super busy since we returned from our trip, but I’m going to wrap up our trip in the next post or two.  Hubby’s sister and family lives in Colorado Springs and we spent about a week with them.  We had a lot of fun visiting some of the sites in that area. Olympic Training Center: One afternoon we visited the Olympic Training Center and took the tour of...

Typical Day with Tots & PreKs (When the kids were 18months, 3 and 5 years old)

This is a post from several years ago that had its own separate page.  At the time the kids were about 18-20 months (or so), 3 years old and 5 years old (I’m not sure exactly when because the page wasn’t dated). We still lived in Australia at the time I wrote this post. A Day in the Life of Our Homeschool Someone asked me what our homeschool schedule looks...

What Does a Typical Homeschool Day Look Like? (K, 3rd, 5th)

Someone asked what our typical homeschool day looks like.  Actually, no day is really ever like another, but I’ll do my best to share the general rhythm of our day… that is, if we’re home all day. Kindergarten Day: ED (now in kindergarten) is still the first one up most days.  She and I sit down together to eat at the dining room table and I read her a book...

Renaissance Festival – Fun Family Day (Maryland Season Opens Soon)

Have you ever been to a Renaissance Festival?  We went to one in Colorado a couple weeks ago and there’s one starting up in Maryland next weekend (details at the bottom of this post). I’ve always heard about Colorado’s Renaissance Festival, but never made it there. It was a lot of fun to go with the family!  Lots and lots of people were dressed up in costume and it was...

Arches National Park — A Must See for Families!

When we arrived in Colorado, we had a couple of days before we had to be at the family wedding. Looking at the map, we decided to do a quick road trip to Arches National Park in Utah.  We set off through the mountains, enjoying the change in landscape from the east coast woods.  At one stop, there was a prairie dog town — which the kids just loved!! We...

Back From Our Trip Out West! (Colorado at 10,000 Feet)

Some homeschoolers pack everything and travel around the country or around the world for a year or so.  We dream of doing that, but have to be content (for now?!!) with shorter trips.  We got back late Saturday night from an amazing two-week trip out to the Colorado area. It was such a fabulous trip! We headed out there because Hubby’s cousin was getting married up in the mountains near...

Crockpot — Fisherman’s Stew

Most of our activities take place in the evening which leaves me scrambling for a meal unless it’s done ahead of time.  I’ve been a bit tired of our old standbys and gave this recipe a try. Everyone in the family loved it!  It’s definitely a keeper! Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 cup sliced leek (the white and light green parts–washed well) 2 finely chopped garlic cloves 1 cup...

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight! (Sunday, Aug 11)

If you’re interested, the Perseid Meteor Shower is at its peak tonight (Sunday, Aug. 11).  I’m going to take the kids outside tonight to check them out. They always get so excited seeing the “falling stars”! This meteor shower has one of the highest percentages of bright ones — plus this year it is peaking under a  moon-free sky. You should see more than one-per-minute. The best viewing will be...