Tuesday, August 26, 2014

No-Sew Felt Food Fun!

My kids LOVE to play kitchen! They had kitchens in every home they ever spent the night in  (Our home, Nana and Grandpa, Great Grandpa...on and on) and now that they are bigger, they still love playing kitchen, but on a larger scale! Hahaha!! They love creating sets and scenes and it's so easy to do when I just get them started with a template! They are moving on to sewing, but for my youngest, the No-Sew versions are perfect for him to get involved! Eggs are so easy just using felt, scissors and a glue stick! Cut out the shape you need and cut out multiples, then add the yolk in the center with a glue stick! So simple and when paired with their crackable eggs, the yolk looks sooo cool!

Tea parties are often had and tea bags were a must! a felt template was all they needed and they were off! Scissors cut the shape and small hole at the top and then yarn made the dangle on the end. They had so much fun picking out all the colors. My daughter and older son proceeded to sew the word TEA on each bag! I will have to share the photos on those tomorrow as they took off with them straight away to the play room!

Cookies!!! 2 different sized circles and then save all the scraps and cut them down to confetti sized strips! PERFECTO!
Remember my friends, to enjoy every minute!!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Recycle and Make New!

Do you have chunky puzzle pieces or even worse...board books that have seen better days? Are the pages tearing out, missing pieces or just ready to go to that great book heaven out there? Give them new life by salvaging all the can be saved and punch holes in them all around the edge to make Lacing Cards! Add a shoe lace and pop them into a pencil pouch and you have a busy bag! If you don't have any shoelaces, use string and tape the ends to make a "needle" and you are all set! Want to get even more involved? Pick up wood spools from any craft store and wind your laces around them for a mini 'sewing kit'!
If you are new here, we are on our way to Disney World and I am making the Littles Epcot Passports and adding 1 page a day. Page 2 has been added HERE and there are plenty more to come. I will post a link to print all pages when the passport is complete! Take a look and remember when you hover over a photo on my blog, you can pin it easily to pinterest!

Remember to enjoy every minute, but to also take time to do some good in the world!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Disney World Epcot Passport

We are on our way to Disney World soon and there are many way I plan on making this a learning vacation along with bringing along their school work. One thing I am working on is Passports for them to have stamped as we go around the World Showcase. Yes, Disney does sell one of these, but we have purchased one on a previous trip and already done this. Now I want them to learn as they go around and have them stamped! This blog page will be updated as I do each page.
I started by buying these blank passports, I had to buy them in bulk so if you are interested I have extras for $3.00 and that includes postage to US addresses. Just send me an email. (They will be blank!)

Mexico is up first!

This is what I have so far! Page 3 will be added next! Once they finish reading the passport and filling out the activity, they will then head to get it stamped!

Enjoy every minute my friends!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Read it & Write it, Count it & Learn it!

A new worksheet I created is perfect for beginning readers but also for spelling practice!! Use with ready made flashcards for the beginning reader or create your own for a child with a spelling test! Slip into a protective plastic sheet and you are ready to roll. #1 Place the first word in the Read-it section and have the student sound it out. Next have letter tiles ready to go and have the student spell out the word. Searching for EACH letter tile on their own helps them memorize the spelling, because they keep repeating the letter they are looking for until the find it. Step #3 is Write-It, using a dry erase  marker have your little write the spelling of the word! Get it here!
Get the cargo on the train! Using small wood squares from the hobby store, have your little one count to 50 by loading the luggage on the train! This page prints pretty light, for extra learning, I had my son use a black marker over each number to darken it but to also work on it! Print it out HERE!
Re-purpose old games for new uses! This AWESOME game of Guess Who is fun in it's original style but use it to learn something new! This one is the start of our Guess Who Catholic Saints edition from Arma Dei that we printed out. Get creative and you will find that any game can be used for fun teaching purposes!

Enjoy every minute my friends!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Classroom Cool!

Hello readers! Let me once again apologize for leaving again! It has been a summer of loss, love, sickness, health and so much more. I cannot believe all we have been through, but I hope the worst is behind us. We are starting our new school year and wanted to share some fun stuff that we have done or found! Kohl's Cares has Mercer Mayer Little Critter books for 5.00!! We are in heaven as my kids adore these books, no matter how old they get!!

This simple robe hook holds our charts and tables that we have in page protectors and on binder rings. When needed, they can all be found here!

We are starting our penpal fun as well and everything is in one central location! Envelopes, addresses, pencils, pens, markers, crayons, colored pencils, glue, scissors, crazy scissors, stickers and so much goodness all in one spot! Each child has a binder that holds their paper and more page protectors hold old letters and envelopes in one place!

Washi tape is perfect for decorating half a water bottle that has now become a pencil cup! We also decorated plain and cheap folders to be more custom and fun.

We are IN LOVE with our Liturgical Calendar that we ordered from Illuminated Ink! It is a great thing that we can all work on together and learn at the same time! I will be giving this it's own blog post in the near future! 

Enjoy every minute my friends!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Corner of my Classroom

Today's corner of our classroom holds our globe, hundreds counters and an old straw dispenser that now holds pencils!

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4-6th Grade Reading Fun Top Ten Series you MUST read!

The water park was nearly empty, the slides had no lines and the diving board was free too. I looked for my daughter and her best friend to see what they would be enjoying and I could not find them. Fear of course clutched my chest as I stared into every corner of the pools. THERE! They were both wrapped in their towels still, laying on chaise lounges and reading away. Yup, I can see why they are friends. My daughter is 9 and loves to read, she doesn't just enjoy books, she devours them. She gets it from me, when forced outdoors as a child, I would be found under a tree with books bigger than I was. Do you have a reluctant reader? Try to pull them into another world with books from a series. If they enjoy the first, they will be eager move on to the next and if not, abandon it and try another! 
Here is a list of Series Books that Autumn has enjoyed and shared with me from 4th grade and on! I left off the obvious Harry Potter and Hunger Games as I am sure many people have heard of these and most likely read them already. I have read almost all of the books that she has and agree with her picks! It was hard to narrow down to her top 10.
1. The Babysitters Club (this is a seemingly never ending series that I read myself as a child). Very easy read and if you need something easier, there is also a Little Sisters Baby Sitters Club series.

2. The 39 Clues (My son and daughter loved this series!) The Cahills are the most powerful family the world has ever known. With 39 clues hidden around the world that guard the family's power, it's Cahill versus Cahill in a worldwide race to find the Clues and beat the competition.

3. Warriors A series about cats spoken about in the human form. This is a HUGE series with spin-offs that each have 6 books in them. Perfect for the animal lover.

4. I survived A collection of books that take place during important events in history but told from a child's perspective.

5. Percy Jackson and the Olympians  These are AWESOME, they are great for a family read. Already made into 2 movies, I encourage you to read the series and move on to the spin off series, these cannot be put down.

6. Kidnapped A fast pace series that is easy to handle in size. This is a series that follows the On the Run series which is also a great read as well. This series deals with a kidnapped girl and her sister that has to deal with the FBI

7. On the Run Children try to clear their parents' names.

8. Kingdom Keepers These books are addicting and if you've been to Disney World, even more so! They are great to envision and enjoy. There is even a Kingdom Keepers quest in Magic Kingdom!

9. Peter and the Starcatchers This series is a simple and enchanting way to get to know the background of Peter Pan, before he met Wendy.

10. Steel Trapp Never have we both gotten into a series so much that we had to stop reading and keep asking questions and swapping information as we went through.

EXTRAS that CANNOT BE MISSED! (Her words!)
11. Heroes of Olympus This is the follow up to Percy Jackson and the Olympians and is just as good a read as the last. Each book is better than the last.

12. Dork Diaries Funny books to read that can easily be read in a day!

13. A Series of Unfortunate Events This is certainly an odd series that I found difficult to get into, but my daughter loved them and plowed right through!

14. Mother - Daughter Book Club an excellent read for both of us that truly inspired us to start our own book club, but as we run a rainbow loom club right now, we will focus on that first!

15. The Kane Chronicles fans of Rick Riordan will love following this series everywhere it leads!

Hope this helps create a loving reader in your home!! Remember, enjoy every minute.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer 2014 Bucket List!

June is here and it means so many things to us! Warmer weather, shorter school schedule, more time with friends, pools and waterparks but mainly it means:

Summer is here and so is our Bucket List!! We are so ready to get started that we almost could not narrow the list down to something manageable! You can get your own printable copy HERE

2014 Summer Bucket List
3 Kids, 2 Parents, 1 Awesome Summer (Again!)
  • Drive-In Movie
  • Make Crayon Candles in the Sun
  • Make Garden Mint Iced Tea brewed in the Sun
  • Visit New-To-Us-Park
  • Take long bike ride
  • Picnic in the Park
  • Go to community Movie in the Park
  • Have a mud and water outdoor party
  • Bike Wash
  • Lemonade Stand
  • Neighborhood watergun fight
  • Volunteer for a charity in need as a family
  • Kids plan and make 1 week of dinners
  • Go to a concert in the park
  • Zoo trip with friends
  • Camping
  • Amusement park with friends
  • Build a large fort to play games in
  • Rainy Day Movie Day!
  • Attempt to fry an egg outdoors
  • Make a smore in the sun
  • Race homemade boats
  • Backyard Scavenger Hunt
  • Visit 1 new park
  • Splashpark Play
  • Waterpark Day
  • Tie-dye t-shirts
  • Make glow-in-the-dark garden rocks
  • Make finger puppets
  • Ice Cube Treasure
  • Painting with Plants
  • Hole Punching Leaves to make Summer Garland
  • Beach Day!
  • Sand Play!
  • Neighborhood Smore’s Party!
  • Turn Slide into waterslide and fall in a pool of water!
  • Keep a summer journal
  • Road Trip!
  • Wear costumes in public!
  • Do School Outdoors!
  • Practice 5 random acts of kindness in one day
  • Visit 1 new park
  • Make a fairy garden
  • Build an outdoor car track
  • Bike obstacle course
  • Have a tea party
  • Make a movie
  • Make Ice-Cream in a bag
  • Pool Play & Learn
  • Firepit Party
  • Create a special drink
  • Outdoor Science Lab
  • Chalk-Art an entire block
  • Make a wishing tree in a park
  • Set up our Park Play Kits in random parks
  • Visit 1 new park
  • Practice 5 Random Acts of Kindness
  • Take a tour of some place new
  • Visit a grandparent at work
  • Buy dinner for someone in a restaurant
  • Install and Fill our Free Little Library
  • Have a neighborhood field day
  • Make a salad from all garden veggies
  • Farmers market visit and dinner from the buys
  • Buy unusual fruits and veggies for a sampling day
  • Have a giant sleepover
  • Make cards and deliver to a local nursing home
  • Have a table that the kids run at a garage sale
  • waterpark fun #2
  • splashpark fun #2
  • Try 1 new restaurant
  • Buy Ice cream for the person in line behind us at the sweet shoppe!
  • Make a new friend
  • Have a book swap
  • Create a city-wide day of play in a local park
    Make it one to remember and don't forget to enjoy every minute!

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Show Me The Money...Show ME The Work!

Do your children do chores around the house? My answer is a quick yes! They are also not known as chores over here, but simply as must-do's (of course the kids still refer to them as chores!!). It is something that is ingrained daily in their activity and something that is expected of them. The tasks of course are age appropriate and instill in them a work ethic. As a stay at home mom, they see the most of me and I want to show them that there is work to be done at home as well, not just outside of the home like Daddy. Knowing all this work will hopefully teach my little men that their wives are not just sitting around all day, should they choose the stay at home route in their life as well. I also hope it teaches my daughter the value of a life at home, even though at the moment she is insistent in no marriage and a future working for our government. 
The big question is, do I pay them for their chores? The simple answer is NO. My kids are learning that the things that need to get done around the house are things that there is no payment for, we do them for the ability to live in a clean home and have a roof over our head. My children do get money for doing chores at my the home of my parents, because those are optional chores. Once family members started seeing them work there, they were offered small jobs at other places as well. My children also have a yearly Lemonade Stand in which they earn money as well. When there are big projects going on (we are in the midst of a remodel) and the kids help out with that stuff, we always reward them with some money. When they are given money for ANYTHING, they are asked to split it in 3 ways. This is for:
1. Savings Account (Their college is paid for, we are asking them to begin saving for a downpayment on a home)
2. The Church or charity of their choice (they have their own church envelopes in which they put in their personal information.
3. Themselves, this is their fun money that at the moment they are all saving for tickets to Universal Studios! (We are doing 10 days in Disney and the kids asked to do US as well, we told them with all the money being spent on Disney, it was up to them! 1 son has his money already and the other 2 are halfway there!)
What type of work do my kids do?
Autumn -Age 9 - Fix Bed and Clean room daily, do her laundry once a week, sweep dining room and living every other day, put away clean dishes every other day, clean kids bathroom weekly, clear dinner table every other day.
Gabriel - Age 8- Fix Bed and Clean room daily, do own laundry once a week, sweep dining room and living room every other day, empty all house garbage cans and take out trash, clear dinner table every other day.
Roman - Age 6 - Fix Bed and Clean Room daily, take laundry downstairs daily, sweep kitchen every other day, spray and wipe down tables daily, set dinner table, keep library shelves dusted weekly.
ALL must keep playroom tidy daily and then a deep clean once a week.
Remember to enjoy every moment my friends and please share what you do in your home!

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Happy Friday! Let's Hit The Road!

Friday's always bring many a road trip to our little family. One thing I have learned on our travels, is that I have to keep it interesting in the car, since I won't give in to the DVD player brigade! Old fashioned singalongs, license plate games, quiet work and other things are what we like to do! It keeps the family engaged with one another at all times and the kids don't zombie out! This is a game the kids and I love to play! Circle fill, is just a sheet of circles that everyone must decorate in an allotted time period. It does not matter how they are decorated as long as they are each done differently and with some type of design, not just a dot and moving on. 
A magnetic-dry erase lapboard is perfect for 'scratch paper' and for drawing or playing games with siblings. Tic-Tac-Toe, hang-man and so much more!

These awesome lunch containers can be used for so much more than lunch! I use them to hold multiple games and they use less space than if I were to bring them along on their own!

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