Saturday, January 13, 2018

Call of the Wild Literature Lapbook

Alyssa's new independent reading chapter book for the month is titled, The Call of the Wild. She is working through The Call of the Wild Literature Unit Study and Lapbook created by Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler. We are using a different version of the book, but it still works fine even though the lapbook mini-books do not correspond exactly with our book version. Erica recommends purchasing the Classic Starts version of the book.

Alyssa reads the chapters independently and completes the corresponding lapbook pieces for each chapter. She reads 1-2 chapters each day. The lapbook also includes book reports. Before beginning the book, Alyssa completed the Predictions page based on the cover, title, author bio, and summary. We plan on watching the movie after she reads the book so that she can compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the movie and the book. Erica provides the user with comprehension questions that are answered in the form of mini-books for the lapbook. She also includes answers to the questions and a lapbook video tutorial on her blog.
Flap Down
Flap Lifted
Back of Lapbook
Pocket Added for Extra Work
You can see a calendar in the back pocket. Alyssa created a Reading schedule for her book using our Super Teacher Worksheets subscription. She uses it to track her monthly reading for her Independent Reading Projects. You can read about how we made and used the Reading calendar by clicking on the previous link. Alyssa really likes reading this story and completing the lapbook activities.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Kids New Year's Eve Countdown

We did a simple Kid's New Year's Eve Countdown this year. I blew up six yellow and white balloons and wrote activities on slips of paper. The slips of paper were placed inside the balloons. Alyssa popped a balloon each hour from 7pm to midnight. We completed the family-oriented activities together. These activities encouraged and fostered mother-daughter bonding time. We made our New Year's Eve meal, colored together, gave each other a pedicure, played games, made ice cream sundaes, and took photos using props.

My daughter planned the New Year's Eve meal. We ate shrimp cocktail, caprese kabobs, and pita chips with Strawberry Balsamic Serrano Jam cream cheese.

From our house to yours Happy New Year!


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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Jolly Christmas Eve Box

Our Jolly Christmas Eve Box is one tradition we look forward to every year. I usually place everything in a gift box and add a bow, but this year I found this beautiful Christmas suitcase at Tuesday Morning that can be used year after year. This vintage-looking box is the perfect size for everything that I want to include. In fact, there's more space for additional items in the future. 

The Christmas Eve Box is usually a box of some kind that we open on Christmas Eve. It is filled with treats and activities for the night. This tradition makes the night before Christmas special and memorable for us. It brings us so much JOY. You can't see it in the picture, but at the bottom of the suitcase is red shredded paper. You can make your own box as a family project or just purchase one. 

My daughter is with her father this Christmas so our Christmas Eve will officially start three days after Christmas. This means I have a couple more days to prepare our Christmas Eve Box, but I wanted to share this idea with you all in case you want to start the same tradition with your family.  

What's Included In Our Box 
  • Polar Express Book and Movie
  • Christmas Pajamas (Wrapped)
  • Christmas Book to Read Aloud (Wrapped)
  • Santa's Magic Key
  • Special Hot Cocoa Packets
  • Dark Chocolate Creme-Filled Wafers
  • Packaged or Tub Popcorn (Alyssa asked for a popcorn tub as a Christmas gift.)
Other Things I May Add: Reindeer food, Santa's cookies to decorate, Alyssa's Santa letter, Christmas socks or slippers, hot cocoa toppings, candy cane stirrers or chocolate covered spoons, small games, coloring books, Christmas mugs, and a Christmas craft.

Do you have a Christmas Eve Box? 
What fun items do you include in your box?

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Iceland's Puffin Craft

Our last featured craft before Christmas break was Iceland's Puffin Craft. My daughter followed the directions and used the printables provided in the Let's Go Geography curriculum. I absolutely love that this curriculum is so easy to use. She wants to continue using the 3-year program next year and I am thankful that it is so affordable. 

I wanted to share her Art project with you today. She used white paper, colored paper, colored pencils, and a glue stick for this art project. She colored the Puffin's beak using a variety of color selections as suggested in the curriculum. I look forward to seeing her work at the end of the day. She also colored a page featuring the Puffin. She learned that 60% of the world's Puffins live in Iceland. The author of the curriculum provided an educational link for her to explore and learn more about Puffins. She shared the facts with me after she spent some time researching. Thank you for visiting and checking out this wintery craft. 
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Holiday Elf is Back!

There are so many wonderful things happening this year. It snowed for the first time in a long time in Texas. My daughter FINALLY had a snowball fight with me and the neighborhood. We took a winter walk together to view the lights as we played in the snow. Here is a picture of the front yard the next morning. The snow quickly melted away by mid-afternoon.

We also had a special visitor arrive. Our Elf on the Shelf, Faith, came to the house. The first day she spread shreds of paper across the house leading to the Christmas tree where she was hiding in a decorative Christmas box with a sign saying, "I'm Back!" My daughter was thrilled to see that she returned and helped clean up the mess.
Here is another prank she recently played on Alyssa. My daughter woke up and ran to the bathroom only to find . . . 

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? 
Share your Elf actions or deeds in the comment section. 

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

2017 Blue Ribbon Awards

I posted my last review for the Homeschool Review Crew on the first of November. The Crew year has just finished up - we are now on a holiday break. The Homeschool Review Crew has blessed my family this year with 15 review products. We've enjoyed learning about several new companies and trying new products in the year 2017.

The Crew team reviewed over 75 products in 2017. They've given out 31 Blue Ribbons to 22 Companies. We voted on our favorites and results are in! The Crew leaders tallied up the votes in order to give out the Blue Ribbon Awards.

I wanted to end the year by sharing our personal favorite review products with you. The links below will take you to my blog reviews.

Our Family Favorite Review Products for 2017

Favorite Math: CTC Math
Favorite Math Supplement: Algebra for Breakfast
Favorite Geography: Let's Go Geography
Favorite History: Homeschool in the Woods Project Passport
Favorite Reading: K-5 Learning
Favorite Art: Creating a Masterpiece (Me) and ArtAchieve (my daughter's)
Favorite Christian Supplement: Let the Little Children Come
Favorite Supplement: Super Teacher Worksheets
Favorite Science: A Journey Through Learning Exploring Creation With Botany Lapbook
Favorite BookCarole P. Roman Books
Best Product Just for Fun!Trust Fund Movie
Favorite Parent Product: Everyday Homemaking - Everyday Cookbook
Favorite Elementary: Let's Go Geography
Resource I Didn't Know I Needed: Super Teacher Worksheets
Best E-Product: Home School in the Woods Time Travelers and Project Passport
Best Online Program: CTC Math
Kid's Choice: Let's Go Geography

Thank you to all of the vendors who offered us review products this year and congratulations to this year's Blue Ribbon Award Winners!

Now that you've read about our family favorites, visit the Homeschool Review Crew Blog or click on the graphic below to find out which companies won the Blue Ribbon Awards and to read about the other Crew members' personal favorites.
Homeschool Review Crew Favorite Products for 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Gokstad Viking Ship Geography Art Craft

The featured craft from our Let's Go Geography curriculum last week was the Gokstad Viking Ship. Alyssa researched information about this ship using the websites provided. Norway is well-known for their prominent Viking heritage. She learned many other meaningful factoids during her research session.

Let me tell you a little bit about this art project. First, we gathered white, brown and blue shades of paper for the Viking ship. I printed the template patterns from the Printables section of the curriculum on the different colored paper for her to trace. The sails were printed on white, the ship was printed on brown, and the ocean waves were printed on blue paper.

My daughter cut out the waves and glued them in place starting in the middle of the page. She worked her way down the page. She also colored and cut out the sails. She colored the vertical stripes red and white. Then, the brown entire ship was lightly colored darker and decorated. She wrote Norway on the bottom of the page.

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