Wednesday, April 23, 2014

O is for Oven + Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

Finally getting back on track with my ABC's of homeschooling creatively. Today I want to share with you some tips about using your oven or cooking in general with your schooling.

1. Fun!
Kids love helping in the kitchen! Anytime I'm in there at least one of my children asks what I'm making and if they can help. We have many memories of flipping pancakes, baking cookies and lots of other yummy stuff together.

2. Educational
While you're cooking your kids can learn a lot of skills and practice ones they already know. For example you can practice adding fractions with measuring cups or dividing up chocolate chips between muffins or whatever you may think of at the moment.

 Science is taught because kids learn how foods interact and what they do when cooked. The other day my son and I made pancakes. He announced that they were flat and as soon as he did I realized I'd forgotten the baking powder so I told him that we needed to add that to fix the problem.

Children are also learning many practical life skills that they will use in the years to come. I tell them that they'll know how to cook for their family someday or even just for themselves when they are living on their own. Why not start them out now so they'll have those skills when they arrive at adulthood?

Uses With Homeschooling
1. Themes
Whatever theme you are learning about there are ways to incorporate cooking. We've made vegetable soup when learning about vegetables, apple pie for apples and cultural foods for each country we've studied this year.

2. Shaped Pancakes or Cookies
If you've learned about a certain letter you can make cookies, pancakes, jell-o or others fun foods to make that letter. We've used Jell-o for letter S and cookies for letter L and pancakes for our H. I'm not sure what it is but kids just get a big kick out of eating a letter S!

Warning: Your kitchen WILL be messier than when you do it yourself! BUT the trade off is well worth it for the memories you'll make with your kiddos!

What do you and your kids cook up in the kitchen? If you need some more ideas check out the news I have to share with you. 

Now for the news! Today starts the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale! For 6 days you can get over 70 ebooks, printables and audio files PLUS a bunch of bonuses for one awesome price. This set includes cooking, homeschooling, marriage and homemaking. Grab yours today! Click here for FAQ's

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Resurrection Day!

Today is the day that we as Christians, celebrate our Savior defeating the grave and showing the world that HE IS ALIVE! 
 I love this day every year because it is such a wonderful reminder of what He has done for us. 
It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour,  for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last.  The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, "Surely this was a righteous man."
Luke 23:44-47

But thankfully, t didn't end there. Three days later, on the day that we celebrate Easter each year He rose from the grave to show the world that death had no hold on Him and that the Son of God is still quite alive.

"He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:  'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' "

Luke 24:6-7

I pray that you will have a blessed Easter and be sure to share God's resurrection with those around you who may be celebrating Easter because it's a tradition.
This morning at church we sang "Power of the Cross"   It's a very powerful song that I want to share with you this Easter. It's a great reminder of what our Savior has done for us. Listen, enjoy and have a blessed Easter! 


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N is for (pool) Noodles

We had a pool as a kid for many years and t was a blast every summer! One favorite for kids are pool noodles. Until a few years ago I'd only thought of them for that purpose. I've since realized though that people are coming up with all kinds of fun crafts for them! I found a few that look like fun and have them to share with you today. These are a great way to get crafty or get your kids outside and enjoying the beautiful weather in the warmer months. You can even let your kids see what they come up with! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M is for Marbles: 5 Activities for Preschoolers

When I first thought of marbles for today's post I had two main ideas in mind, marble painting and marble tracks. I also went scouring Pinterest for more fun activities for you and your kiddos to enjoy. These are geared toward preschool age but I'm sure many older children will love them too! 

1  Marble Painting
Place a piece of paper into a box or cake pan
Dip marbles into paint and place on paper
Let little ones roll the marble around and make fun designs! 

Picture from Teach Preschool

2.  Marble Scooping (Montessori Style Activity)
If you're not familiar with Montessori style schooling or activities that's OK. Your kids will have a lot of fun with this! Set up an area with a container of marbles and a small spoon or tongs and another container to transfer the marbles to. It could be a bowl, egg carton, small container, colored cups for sorting or whatever you have on hand. 

3. Marble Tracks
This is a family favorite and I'm sure many have fond memories of these. A few years ago my mom bought the  Hape Quadrilla Twist and Rail Set. It has been so much fun to build and play with! It comes with ideas because each of the colored blocks are cut differently so it can be sort of confusing when attempting to construct your own track. Once you get it figured out though it's hours of fun for kids and parents alike.
If you don't have the money for a big fancy set like this one it's easy to make your own. This would be a great family project to reuse some of the paper tubes and other miscellaneous stuff you have around the house and build your own marble run.

3. Games
Place a damp paper towel over a jar and use a rubber band to hold it in place. Takes turns placing one marble at a time on top of the paper towel. The one to rip the towel loses. See how many you can get to stay before they all fall to the bottom of the jar!

Or make your own bowling game and set up ten pencil top erasers. Use a marble to knock them down. Sounds like a fun idea to cure the "I'm bored" comments and can be done in a small area.

A lot of Chinese Checkers games use marbles as the game pieces. You can either make your own or grab one online or at the store.

4. Water Marbles (aka water pearls)
I've never used these but I've seen them in craft stores on occasion and they look like fun.These could be added to sensory bins or used for scooping and transferring activities.

5. Science Lessons
You can use marbles to teach a variety of science concepts. eHow has several great ideas for using marbles for science lessons on inertia, water displacement, viscosity and more.

Now it's time to go find some marbles and pick one of the activities above or find some of your own and have fun!

What other activities do you use marbles for? 

Monday, April 14, 2014

L is for Looms: 3 Craft Looms Your Kids Will Love

Today I want to share three great craft looms with you. These are great for teaching a variety of skills which I have listed with each of the looms. All of them are great for fostering creativity in your children and they are inexpensive which makes mom happy too.

1.Creativity For Kids Quick Knit Loom
I've never used one of these but they look like a lot of fun especially for kids like mine who don't have the patience for spending a few minutes each day to complete a knitting project and want to see results a bit faster. Loom Knitting Primer: A Beginner's Guide to Knitting on a Loom, with over 30 Fun Projects would be a great resource to grab for more ideas once you get the hang of knitting on the loom! 

Teaches: Reading and following directions, problem solving

 2.Rainbow Loom
This is a fairly new one but I'm quickly realizing they are quite popular. I've even made a few and they are quite fun! You basically use small rubber bands to make all kinds of designs and patterns for bracelets. You can find a wealth of information online or grab Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry for new designs as well.

Teaches: Fine motor skills, colors, patterning, reading diagrams 

3.Potholder Loom Set
You may remember these from your childhood. They're still around and still quick and fun too. Not only potholders but bean bags, purses, and whatever other woven craft ideas your kiddos come up with can be made with these. We got several fun ideas from Potholders and Other Loopy Projects.

Teaches: Colors, Patterning, Weaving, Fine Motor Skills

Do your kids use any of these craft looms? Which ones are their favorites? 

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

K is for kaleidoscope

I was going to post my own DIY for a  kaleidoscope but I found a great video that shows it very well.  This looks like a lot of fun !

Saturday, April 12, 2014

J is for Junk: Ways to Turn Trash into Treasures

My family knows I'm big on recycling and my husband and I have both gotten after our parents for not doing it. I hate throwing things away if I don't have to and use cloth diapers partially for that reason. Honestly it's taken me a while to come up with some inspiration for my J post but I love the idea of using things you already have around your house sort of like the egg carton crafts. j is for JUNK!
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