Thursday, September 30, 2010

stART: Grouchy Ladybug, or “If you read a homeschooler a book”

Oh, wait that’s a silly title.  Oh well, I’m sure this will crack you up.


008 Before I start the “directions” here’s the supplies:


file folder, construction paper, index cards, 1.5” square punch (optional, but makes life easier), paper cutter (again optional, but makes cutting easier).


If you read “The Grouchy Ladybug” to your kids, they might decide they want to play the ladybug game.


When they go to find it they’ll discover it’s no longer where it was, because a mean Mommy gave it to Goodwill because they kids weren’t playing with it (cough cough, no idea who this mean Mommy is).



So, they’ll start to make their own.  First they’ll draw their figures.




Than they’ll draw the aphids for the ladybugs to eat.  That’ll remind them that they’re hungry.





So, while they cut their papers they’ll sit there and talk about how hungry they are, and “Mommy I know I just finished breakfast, but can I have more food?”




But maybe the ladybugs are even more hungry than they are, so they start to count the aphids.





How to play: start at the purple square, roll the die and move that many spaces.  After you have moved get a question card (sneaky Mommy throwing review questions in there).  If you answered the question right you get an aphid.  If you land on a NO space then move back 2.


And chances are if you make a Ladybug game they’re going to want to read the book again………


Head on over to A Mommy’s Adventures for more art and book projects.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fun easy geography game

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So ages ago when I had a gift certificate to Currclick I bought this cool set, basically it’s a PDF of the states with a picture of the state and it’s name.  I’ve printed two copies to play Go Fish in the future, but for right now we’re just matching it on the map.

So, how do we play the game?

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Basically we take turns drawing a state and then crawling across the map (or that’s Princess’ theory) to find it and putting a push pin in.  The push pin is the key.  It’s much more fun when using something that could draw blood if improperly handled.

So, that’s our quick geography game.  As Natalie commented, almost everything turns into a game at our house.  “I bet I can get _______ done before you can.”

Sigh, kids.  Who I should probably let out of the room now.  Maybe.  I’ve threatened horrible things.

I'm going to remember to hook this up to Debbie over at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn, and then I might include this as a Works for Me Wednesday tip.

Come back next week to see what not to study for Oklahoma (hint it involves music and my boys trying to reenact parts……).

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Running errands as seen by my kids

I had a theory of writing a day in the life post as seen by me, and then I uploaded the kid’s camera pictures……..  They’re quite prolific.  And this is after I trimmed it down A LOT.




First we must run around like madmen or chickens with our heads cut off and gather our stuff.  This particular instance we were going to the library.  For that all library books must be gathered.  It might take some time, and require extra things like backpacks.



Of course Aquaman will keep us safe.







After all dangerous villains like Black Manta are lurking about, and you never know when they will strike next.






Aquaman must throw his water ball to protect everyone.





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Kick your feet A LOT.

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That is of course hilarious!



And when you get out launch yourself at an unsuspecting Mommy thinking she will TOTALLY catch you.



That’s how you run errands.

Monday, September 27, 2010

GIVEAWAY of jewelry!

I’m so excited about this giveaway because it’s for a friend of mine’s brand new jewelry store, and by brand new I mean fairly new.

Kristi was one of my very first blogging friends and she has the cutest little boy, and she started making jewelry a few months ago, and as a super sweet surprise she sent me a necklace with my kids’ name on it, now I’m not going to show you that one (but it is one of her sample necklaces in her shop), but I will show you the one I bought for a friend.
Isn’t that cute?  It’s a birthday present for my friend, and she chose everything she liked about it.  So you can customize her necklaces from what the samples say.

Princess loves my necklace and will sit there and repeat over and over, “This is Superman’s name, and this is Batman’s name, and that’s MY NAME!” (excited squeal at that point).

Are you ready for the giveaway?
She is offering one simple stamped necklace (and isn’t that bird cute?  or can you imagine a rose there?  my daughter would love that) to one of my readers.

Go to her shop and tell me what your favorite item is.


1.  Buy a necklace, we all have friends and family who love jewelry, how cool would it be to get something personalized?  And if you mention my blog at checkout you get 10% off. WORTH 5 ENTRIES, comment 5 times

2.  Be a follower or subscriber. WORTH 2, comment twice

3.  Like me on facebook.

4.  If you know of a good book for the state you live in and can give me a recommendation I’d love recommendations.  Heck if you know more than 1, I’ll give you an entry for each one you’re willing to enter into a separate comment.

LEGAL STUFF:  She gave me the necklace because she’s my friend, and before I said I’d review it, so that did not change my review, and the second necklace I bought.  This is limited to United States and Canada unless I hear otherwise.  Giveaway will end in 1 week (October 3, 2010 give or take a day).

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Science Sunday: Kid led experiment


This is one of those experiments that my kids came up with all on their own.  They wanted to do a “speriment,” and they were quite determined we needed to do one.


Supplies (as envisioned by Batman): one watermelon emptied out of stuff; that white stuff that makes things explode (baking soda), pickle juice, and finally vinegar (you know the stuff in the big jar), oh and the white stuff you shake on my carpet to make it not smell bad (carpet cleaner or sometimes baking soda).

Do you know how hard it was to guess what he was referring to?

011 First, cut a hole in the top of your watermelon and then put it on a cookie sheet to contain most of the mess.  I also put it on top of aluminum foil and wrapped that up around it, to help Batman get the results he wanted.

At first we couldn’t find baking soda, so we tried the carpet cleaner with pickle juice (also known as salt water).  This didn’t get the reaction Batman was hoping for.  So we tried vinegar and that also didn’t react.

015So, we went on a shopping trip to get more baking soda.  Of course when I got home I found two big boxes that I swear were invisible before.
Again we tried the “pickle juice,” and it didn’t react as I predicted, and as Princess and Superman predicted.  Batman then insisted we needed to get out the vinegar.


Which of course did erupt as Batman had hoped, though not as much.  I think this is partially due to the fact that (and I looked this up a few weeks ago, so I may be misremembering), but watermelon is one of the more alkaline fruits.

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But Batman got his money shot and got to see it all erupt, and so he was happy.

Do your kids ever come up with an experiment on their own?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Finally, the CHICKEN MUMMY!

Or as my husband likes to call it, the undead chicken.



So, this chicken has been sitting mummifying on my counter for about a month now.  Actually, at the point I’m writing this, it’s now been sitting mummified for 2 weeks.

First, we started off with a very serious lecture about following directions and the serious consequences of not following, as in you don’t get to help anymore.



Then we took the chicken out of the salt/baking soda/baking powder mix, and started wiping it down.  I pounded on it a bunch to get the mixture out of its’ cavity, and it took a lot of paper towels to get all of that off.  Now usually I’ll use towels for messes, but this was one I didn’t want to be throwing in the wash with everything else.  For some strange reason…..



Then we lightly brushed on oil that had some herbs soaking in it.  They of course all had to take turns, but I’ll spare you pictures of each kid trying it out.

Afterwards we patted it dry again with a paper towel.




Then the kids quite happily tore up more paper towels and stuffed the cavity of the chicken while also putting in some spices.  There were a few arguments about who got to put in what spices (which were basically the whole spices I’d gotten for a failed 5 senses experiment, my kids so were not going to be blindfolded).



Then they all got to take turns wrapping up the mummy.  We individually wrapped each wing and leg, and I explained that with real mummies they wrapped each foot.  The mummy was wrapped in (real sadness here) some of my favorite muslin fabric, oh the sacrifices I make for my kids.  But, I figured that was better than cartoon character fabric……  The fabric was dipped in a solution of glue and water, the closest we were going to get to resin soaked fabric.


Then they settled in rather impatiently for it to dry after the horrible torture of cleaning up their work.  TORTURE, I say.


And, finally I present to you, the CHICKEN MUMMY OF DOOM.  That has been sitting on my counter for two weeks now, and I really don’t know what to do with it now.  I hate to just throw it away, but at the same time I don’t want to keep it there forever.  I’m sure if I put it outside I’ll collect an interesting assortment of vermin…….


And, if you don’t want to go through the whole process, here’s a few other options for learning about this:

Work of Childhood

Learning Curve

Homeschool Creations

All Things Beautiful (I just linked to her Ancient Egypt section, because it’s cool)

And here’s part 1 and part 2 of our journey, for those who are curious and didn’t see the earlier steps.


And I’m linking this up to Homeschool Creations because I know Jolanthe has been curious how this turned out, actually a lot of you have been, and over to the History Exchange over at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Of migraines, lost pictures, of cabbages, and kings

“And why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings.  Calloo!  Callay! Come join today, of cabbages and kings.”


Take a bow, thank you, thank you very much.


Well, I sit here.  I have about 3 different posts half written in my mind, but I can’t find the pictures that are rather necessary to explain them.  Why do I always think necessary has 2 c’s in it?  I do that almost every time.  It doesn’t.


I think my computer ate my pictures.  I had a  perfectly wonderful picture to explain our geography game, but it’s gone.  So, that will have to wait for next week.


Oh well.  I’m sitting here putting off going out to start school and cleaning for today because I’m waiting to see if the migraine medication kicks in.  As long as I keep my head perfectly still I won’t get the blinding pain in the side of my head, and I can’t keep it perfectly still if I’m interacting with kids.  They want me to look at them, and talk to them, and fill in something else that’s interacting.


So, they sit watching TV, as I sit here trying to keep perfectly still.  It’s not a good long term plan because soon Dinosaur Train will be done and the kids will want me to start a new one.


And they expect to be fed, oh well my time of sitting still is done I need to go “start the Dinosaur Train where the dinosaur gets stuck in the mud, and you can see who gets stuck Mommy?”  Yes that was all one sentence, and “Mommy I want a cheese sandwich, can you make me one?”


Maybe I can lay there and blink at them for a while.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tag! I’m it!

Christy from Superheroes and Princesses tagged me with a fun game.  She answered lots of questions, and then she got to ask us questions.  So, here’s my questions:


  • What is your favorite fictional book? Ooooooohhhhh, just one?  Ummm…… All time favorite since 5th grade would probably be Peter Pan.  That’s probably the book I’ve read the most.  Maybe.  I tend to go in for series books, so it’d be easier to name a series.
  • What was your college major?  If you did not go to college, what would your major be today if you had to pick one?  Interdisciplinary Studies, which is a fancy way of saying Elementary Education, with a specialization in history, which is pretty much useless in elementary classes, but I love history, and I already had 9 hours of credit for it.
  • If you could visit one place in the world, where would  you go? Again, only one?  Ummm…….. I’d probably go back to London and expand it out into England.  Castles!  Come on, those are cool!
  • What is your biggest challenge as a mom? Hmmm……  Probably keeping up with the daily chores.  And staying focused.  I’m a bit ADD myself and I have a tendency to get wrapped up in something and forget boring things like feeding the kids, okay, they won’t let me forget that.  But cleaning the toilet, yeah that I can easily forget.
  • What did you eat for breakfast today? Technically I haven’t eaten it yet, I need to go do that.  But, I usually drink a Carnation Instant Breakfast shake, chocolate flavor, every morning.  So healthy…..  Probably not really, but it gets me calories and I don’t have to do much to get it ready.
  • What kind of music do you listen to most often? I’m more an eclectic music person, but probably showtunes or swing.
  • What is your least favorite chore? see aforementioned toilet cleaning
  • Pretend that money is no object and you need a new outfit; where would you go to buy it? that would imply I’m willingly buying a new outfit and I haven’t decided to make it (because that always turns out so well, my Ren fair outfits I LOVE once I’ve made them, it’s the mundane clothes that don’t turn out).  So, that being said wherever I found something that fits and is comfortable, which all too often is Target or Kohls.  Now for my imaginary pretend Princess ball that I someday will attend?  Ummmm……. somewhere that has pretty Princess dresses
  • Okay, now the hard part.  I need to pick people who haven’t already been picked.  And Christy stole most of the people I would pick……..

    Debbie from Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn 

    Kylie, from My Worldwide Classroom 

    Nicole from Tired, Need Sleep 

    Hmmm……..  I’d throw in some others, but I’m so drawing a blank, so if you want to fill this out feel free to steal the questions and tag away.


    1.  What was your favorite subject in school?

    2.  How did you start blogging?

    3.  What is your favorite toy your kid has (note I did not say your kid’s favorite)?

    4.  How did you meet your husband?

    5.  What is your favorite TV show right now?

    6.  What’s your favorite type of thing to do with your kids?

    7.  What’s your favorite hobby aside from blogging?

    Okay, now it’s 9:00 and time for school to start, so I’m going to get out of my chair and be good and interact with my kids.

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010

    Raising Rock Stars: Jericho

    Raising Rock Stars

    I made the mistake of telling my kids that in a few days we’d be building the city of Jericho as part of our history lessons and then destroying it.  As you can imagine, that immediately led to our having to do three or four history lessons at once.


    006So, after reading about it we made our very own city of Jericho to be assaulted by the Israelites.


    There were some rather unusual people in the city of Jericho.  Namely a giant rabbit, and battle droids.  And part of the Jericho walls was the kitchen sink.



    The Israelites dutifully marched around the city.  And I bet you didn’t know that among the Israelites were pirates, a one-handed British soldier, and some astronauts, but there were.  It’s a little known fact.


    Oh, and don’t forget the bearded lady in the top corner with the red shirt.




    The people of Jericho were properly mocking of the Israelites’ attack methods.  They however did not throw any grape slushies.






    And finally the walls fell down, with much shouting and yelling.  The city fell down.


    And of course you can’t read about the battle of Jericho without then watching the Veggietales movie.


    Ahhhh…….  The awesomeness of Veggietales.


    For more Bible lessons head on over to Carissa at 1+1+1=1.

    and then pop on over to Tuesday Show and Tell for some great generic ideas.

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    Monday, September 20, 2010

    Recovering from an ordeal

    Sounds all official like doesn’t it?  Well, by the time the memorial service was over I was wiped, so I went to take a nap, and it worked for a while…………  Then here’s what happened.

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    And then Daddy joined in the fun.


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    He was the blankie monster.

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    And then the pillows entered in.

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    And then all thoughts of nap were gone as it became a free for all.  Bye-bye sleep.

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