Themed Learning {Apples}

This past week we learned almost all there is to know about APPLES!!!

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And today i’m sharing all we did during our themed learning week.

Books we read:

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Fun Stuff we did:

#1 – Science Experiment

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We put apples slices into 4 different jars. One jar had just air, the next had water, the next had oil, and the last one had vinegar. We observed them all day to see what would happen to the apples and we put our results in our journals.

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#2 – Bobbing for Apples

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This is such a fun activity to do with the kids, all my kids loved it! My 10 year old has even requested that we do this activity on his birthday!

#3 – Worksheets

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Life Cycle of an Apple, Apple Pop ArtApple Unit,  and Pattern Block Puzzle Apples. All of these are free downloads on Teachers Pay Teachers.

 

Food we ate:

Apple turnovers – Super easy and delicious!

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Fun lunch – Apple shaped sandwich, Apple Pie Oreo, Applesauce, apple slices, and apple juice.

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That’s it for our Apple Themed Learning week! I hope you enjoyed it!

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November Reading List

How is it already November?! I swear, it’s true what they say, “the days are long but the years are short”.

Anyways, since it’s a new month you know what that means, a new reading list!

Here are all the books we are reading this month…

November Reading List

Samuel {13 Years Old/ 8th Grade)

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Summer of the Woods (The Virginia Mysteries)

 

Dasean {10 Years Old/ 5th Grade}

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Race to the Ark (The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls, Book 2)

 

Karina {7 Years Old/ 2nd Grade}

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Amelia Bedelia Hits the Trail 

 

Cruz {4 Years Old/ Preschool}

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Thank You, Stinky Face 

 

Veronica {me}

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The Song of Achilles: A Novel – I was actually recommend this by a reader of mine (thank you!), I can’t wait to read it!

That’s everything we have planned to read this month. What book(s) are you reading?

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Themed Learning {Halloween}

A few years ago I shared about doing a themed learning unit, Winter. I remember how much fun that was for the kids, so I decided to bring back themed learning units. Yay!

Of course with Halloween being only 1 day away, what better theme to start with…

Halloween Themed Learning

 

We started our Halloween themed learning unit last week, and here is everything we did.

Books we read:

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Fun stuff we did:

#1 – Halloween Sensory Bin

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You can read all about our Halloween Sensory Bin, HERE. The kids had a lot of fun doing this.

#2 – Carving pumpkins

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We carve pumpkins every year. It has been a tradition of ours for about 12 years now.

#3 – Candy corn, corn on the cobs

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We first tried our hand at this a few years ago, and it was a lot of fun so we decided to try it again. You can find really cool ones on Pinterest.

Food we ate:

Pumpkin shaped sandwiches – We made peanut butter and jelly, but you could do any kind of sandwich. You just need a cookie cutter. I paired the sandwiches with oranges, Jello (orange), Carrots with ranch, goldfish, Halloween Oreo, and a homemade pumpkin looking pretzel.

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Mummy hot dogs – So cute, fun, and easy to make! You only need hot dogs and crescent rolls to make these mummy hot dogs. Recipe can be found HERE.

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Roasted Pumpkin seeds – Use the seeds from the pumpkin carving, roast them in the oven (350 degrees F) for about 20 minutes.

 

Movies we watched:

 

That’s it for our Halloween themed learning week! I hope you enjoyed it!

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Halloween Sensory Bin

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing something really fun, a Halloween sensory bin!!

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Sensory bins are super easy to make and can keep kids entertained for hours. Here’s what you need to make a Halloween Sensory Bin of your own.

  • Rice (or beans) – I bought a 10 pound bag of white rice for $6.48 and a 4 pound bag of black beans for $4.57, at Walmart. With these amounts, i was able make 3 sensory bins.
  • Pumpkins (fake) – I bought a bag of small pumpkins for $3 at Target, and bought the bigger pumpkins at Walmart for $0.98 each!
  • Assorted Halloween items – Stretchy eyeballs ($1.98 Walmart), Skeletons ($0.98 Walmart), Bat Rings ($0.98), and Flutes ($0.98 Walmart)
  • Plastic Bins w/ lids – I bought a pack of 4, for under $10, at Walmart.

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I poured half the bag of rice in one bin, and the other half in another bin. Then i added several Halloween items to each bin.

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I poured the entire bag of black beans into one bin, and added Halloween items to that bin as well.

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My kids, all 5 of them, really enjoyed playing with these Halloween Sensory Bins.

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One of the great things is that the rice, beans, and bins are all a one time purchase. Just change up the items you add to your sensory bins based on holidays/seasons/etc..

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I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. Have you made a sensory bin before? What’s your favorite items to add to yours?

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Homeschooling Multiple Grades

This is one of the things that scared me the most about homeschooling. How was I going to teach multiple grades at the same time?! It seemed like a daunting task when I first started looking into homeschooling, however it doesn’t seem that tricky now.

Today i’ll share how I homeschool multiple grades at the same time…

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For those of you who are new here, I currently have an 8th grader, 5th grader, 2nd grader, preschooler, and a 2 year old* (*not pictured below).

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When we first started homeschooling I had a 3rd grader, kindergartner, and a 2 year old. My days then would be filled with teaching my 3rd grader all day long, while my kindergartner would work next to us on; cutting practice, writing practice, puzzles, etc. Then while my 3rd grader had some independent reading time, I would be teaching my kindergartner to read, or doing any other work with him that needed to be done.

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Now that I have 4 students things have gotten harder and easier all at the same time. Harder in the sense that sometimes they all need my help at the same time. Which can be very chaotic. Easier in the sense that my 2 oldest children are pretty much independent workers, so they need very little instruction from me.

The one thing that I have found helps me to teach multiple grades at the same time, is to have all the kids working on the same subject at the same time. For example; all my kids do math at the same time, then they all move on to English, then vocabulary, and so on and so on.

This makes it easier for my brain, in the fact that I don’t have to switch between graphing equations to diagramming sentences in a matter of seconds. My brain can fully focus on math, then on English, and so on and so on.

Another thing, like I just talked about, is my 2 oldest are pretty much independent workers. This helps a lot when you have multiple grades. But let’s say you have a 1st grader and a 2nd grader, both of which need a lot of instruction from you. How do you do it?! My advice would be to teach them the same thing, for example; last year we did My Father’s World curriculum for my oldest 2 and i was teaching them the same things for history, science, and Bible. Of course my oldest child would then have a little bit of extra assignments in those areas because of this grade level.

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My best advice I can give you, is to find what works best for you and your kids. That could be teaching one grade level in the morning, and a different grade level in the afternoon. Or teaching different grade levels on different days. Just do whatever works best for your family, and don’t be afraid to switch things up if it’s not working for you. That’s one of the perks of homeschooling, the flexibility to change things up as needed!!

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20 Field Trip Ideas

Hi Guys!

Field trips are always my kids favorite part of homeschooling, however coming up with new ideas for field trips is my least favorite part of homeschooling.

In case you struggle to come up with new ideas as well, I thought I would share 20 field trip ideas to help you out…

20 field trip ideas

  1. Aquarium – This is a great place to go and see all underwater creatures. Especially if you don’t live close to the beach or any bodies of water.
  2. Zoo – This is great if you are learning about different animals from different parts of the world that you can’t go to, or afford to go to. This way you get to see them up close without traveling too far from home.
  3. Museum – There are so many different types of museums; art, history, space, etc.
  4. Train Station – We were lucky enough to ride on a train last time we visited my parents, which was so much fun for the kids.
  5. Library – Teach the kids how to check out books.
  6. Post Office – Visiting the post office is a great way to teach kids about mail.
  7. Fire Station – Check with your local fire station before heading there, sometimes they have certain days/hours where they will give homeschoolers tours!
  8. Police Station – I would check in with them first before heading there, just like with the fire station.
  9. Airport – Watching the airplanes take off and land, seeing the baggage come down the baggage carousels. This would be a really good field trip idea, if you are going on a airplane sometime soon, as a way to get your child(ren) acquainted with the airport.
  10. Factory – We have a few different factories in our area; a cheese making factory, a sugar factory, etc. Just to give you an idea of the different factories you could possibly check out on your next field trip.
  11. Garden – We have 3 different garden places in my state; a botanical garden, a rose garden, and a Japanese garden.
  12. Beach – One of my favorite places on this list!
  13. Mountains – Another one of my favorites! You could talk about different wildlife in the area, investigate tracks/droppings to see what animals have been there, etc.
  14. Nature Walk – You could stop along the way and do some nature journaling, or have a picnic.
  15. Grocery Store – So much learning could happen in the grocery store. Make a fun game of it and give your kid a budget and see what they can come up with for dinner without going over budget.
  16. Farmers Market – A great place to really learn more about the food you consume.
  17. Farm/Petting Zoo – To learn how all their foods are grown, and pet some fun animals.
  18. Fruit Picking – Apples, cherries, pears, peaches, etc.
  19. Corn Maze/Pumpkin Patch – I know it’s a seasonal thing, but I had to add it because they are so much fun for kids. They can see for themselves how pumpkins and corn grow.
  20. Capitol Building – Not sure if all capitol buildings allow tours, but if they do it’s great for the kids to see where state legislature takes place.

That’s it, those are my 20 field trip ideas. I hope you enjoyed them. If you have an idea to add to the list, let me know.

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