Friday, September 28, 2012

TGIF Linky Party #49 AND A Day in the Life of Another Mom Premier!

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Before I dive into our TGIF Linky Party, I have a treat for you! I am premiering a new series – A Day in the Life of Another Mom! This series will be moving to Saturdays, but I wanted to kick it off with my fabulous party friends! 

I don’t know about you, but there are days when I wish I could be a fly on the wall in someone else’s home. Is that Mom always that put together? What time do they get up? Do the kids ever fight…. and how does she deal with fighting? Does she do crafts every day?  I think we all have a natural curiosity of what other families are like.  We want to see what we already know – no family is perfect. AND we want to glean tips and strategies to make our days more effective, fun, and intentional.

So with that in mind I am starting a new series – A Day in Life of Another Mom. So prepare to be a fly on the wall as you see what a day is like for another Mom. And to get things started, I thought I would go first =-)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Water Bead Sensory Science

Has your family dived into playing with water beads? We decided to make it educational by exploring the science behind water beads in our homeschool. It was also a great sensory activity for my toddler and preschooler.
Water Bead Preschool Science #preschool #sensory #science

Monday, September 24, 2012

{free} Michigan State Printable

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In preparation for next year’s study of the USA I am creating State Printable Packs for our unit – From Sea to Shinning Sea! Studying the US States is a great way to get to know our great country, meet famous Americans, learn about natural habitats & their animals, famous landmarks, history, and have LOTS of fun!! I am thrilled that my Preschooler & 1st grader can learn side-by-side! The packs have lots of activities suitable for kids Preschool – 5th+ grade! Did I mention it is FREE!!
I will share more about how we are using them later, but basically we have BIG binders with a tab for each state. Each state pack has:
  • State Fact sheet (blank & filled in – I suggest using the blank one for older children and the filled in one for younger children who do not have the skills or patience to fill it in)
    • Nickname
    • Capital
    • Chief Products
    • Brief History
    • Things to Sea
    • Weather
  • State Fact Sheet #2
    • Where is the state in the US?
    • Longitude & Latitude Map Skills
    • Math Activity as you travel from state to state
    • Did you Know section
    • Population & Size Graphs
  • Map Work (including time zone activity)
  • Number practice (from 1-50) – practice writing and counting
  • Plant Cards (common to the state)
  • Animal Cards (common to the state)
  • Practice writing letters A to Z –twice
  • OTHER – You will find about 20 sheets of other activities. These will incorporate educational skills with facts about the state. For example you may use a measure to see how tall the Missouri Gateway Arch is compared to the Willis Tower. Or you may learn skip counting with the Wright brothers. Play a KFC Chicken Sight Reading Game when learning about Kentucky or roll your Way through the Indianapolis Speedway. Learn about Nocturnal animals and coal. Or build a shape car while learning about Michigan’s Henry Ford. Each pack is different in this area – so browse for the activities that fit your child’s needs, interests, and skills.
Grab your {free} Michigan State Printables by clicking on the image below.
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Do you live in this state? If you live here & notice I missed a major thing from your state PLEASE let me know! I do research, but if I miss something big about your state please shoot me an email and I will add it to the pack =-)
For more {free} US State printables and information about this From Sea to Shinning Sea Unit click on the image below:
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These units do take time to prepare in a thoughtful, fun, educational way. I am grateful for your kind comments and encouragement as I continue to provide free printables for everyone to enjoy! Thank you! And happy learning!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

{free} Shape Wallcards & Flashcards

Here are some free shape wall card and flashcards - perfect for not only teaching toddlers and preschoolers their shapes, but also to be used on shape scavenger hunts and other fun hands on learning activities.
FREE Shape Flashcards and wall cards for toddlers and preschoolers

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bug Sensory Bin (Indoor & Outdoor)

Looking for some hands on fun with bugs for toddlers and preschoolers? Here is a really fun bug sensory bin that is sure to delight little hands as they explore and learn about bugs.

BUG Sensory Bin for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Monday, September 17, 2012

{free} Tangled & Brave Pre-Primer Readers

Help your preschooler read sight words confidently as they practice with these free disney inspired Tangled and Brave Pre Primer readers.
Disney - free Tangled & Brave Readers for Preschoolers #sightwords #preschool

{free} Indiana State Printables

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In preparation for next year’s study of the USA I am creating State Printable Packs for our unit – From Sea to Shinning Sea! Studying the US States is a great way to get to know our great country, meet famous Americans, learn about natural habitats & their animals, famous landmarks, history, and have LOTS of fun!! I am thrilled that my Preschooler & 1st grader can learn side-by-side! The packs have lots of activities suitable for kids Preschool – 5th+ grade! Did I mention it is FREE!!
I will share more about how we are using them later, but basically we have BIG binders with a tab for each state. Each state pack has:
  • State Fact sheet (blank & filled in – I suggest using the blank one for older children and the filled in one for younger children who do not have the skills or patience to fill it in)
    • Nickname
    • Capital
    • Chief Products
    • Brief History
    • Things to Sea
    • Weather
  • State Fact Sheet #2
    • Where is the state in the US?
    • Longitude & Latitude Map Skills
    • Math Activity as you travel from state to state
    • Did you Know section
    • Population & Size Graphs
  • Map Work (including time zone activity)
  • Number practice (from 1-50) – practice writing and counting
  • Plant Cards (common to the state)
  • Animal Cards (common to the state)
  • Practice writing letters A to Z –twice
  • OTHER – You will find about 20 sheets of other activities. These will incorporate educational skills with facts about the state. For example you may use a measure to see how tall the Missouri Gateway Arch is compared to the Willis Tower. Or you may learn skip counting with the Wright brothers. Play a KFC Chicken Sight Reading Game when learning about Kentucky or roll your Way through the Indianapolis Speedway. Learn about Nocturnal animals and coal. Or build a shape car while learning about Michigan’s Henry Ford. Each pack is different in this area – so browse for the activities that fit your child’s needs, interests, and skills.
Grab your {free} Indiana State Printables by clicking on the image below.
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Do you live in this state? If you live here & notice I missed a major thing from your state PLEASE let me know! I do research, but if I miss something big about your state please shoot me an email and I will add it to the pack =-)
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If you are planning on visiting Indiana don’t miss seeing the world’s largest Children’s Museum, sleep in train that has been converted to a hotel (so cool!) or the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!July 2010 122
For more {free} US State printables and information about this From Sea to Shinning Sea Unit click on the image below:
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These units do take time to prepare in a thoughtful, fun, educational way. I am grateful for your kind comments and encouragement as I continue to provide free printables for everyone to enjoy! Thank you! And happy learning!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Glow in the Dark Spider Web

This is one of my favorite projects we've made so far. This Glow in the dark spider web is easy to make and makes a great bug unit project or Halloween craft. Perfect for Preschool or elementary age kids.
Glow in the Dark Spider Web Craft #kidsactivities #halloween

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

{free} Mouse Paint Pack

This free printable pack is based on one of my toddlers favorite books - Mouse Paint. The book does a great job of not only teaching toddlers colors, but gives a great visual illustration on how color mixing works making it a great choice for preschoolers too. mouse paint free preschool pack for toddlers

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

{free} Number Wallcards & Flashcards

To help kids practice counting and identifying numbers you can print this free number wall cards or number flashcards - perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
FREE Number Wall cards and Number Flashcards for Toddler and Preschoolers

Monday, September 10, 2012

{free} Ohio State Printables

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In preparation for next year’s study of the USA I am creating State Printable Packs for our unit – From Sea to Shinning Sea! Studying the US States is a great way to get to know our great country, meet famous Americans, learn about natural habitats & their animals, famous landmarks, history, and have LOTS of fun!! I am thrilled that my Preschooler & 1st grader can learn side-by-side! The packs have lots of activities suitable for kids Preschool – 5th+ grade! Did I mention it is FREE!!
I will share more about how we are using them later, but basically we have BIG binders with a tab for each state. Each state pack has:
  • State Fact sheet (blank & filled in – I suggest using the blank one for older children and the filled in one for younger children who do not have the skills or patience to fill it in)
    • Nickname
    • Capital
    • Chief Products
    • Brief History
    • Things to Sea
    • Weather
  • State Fact Sheet #2
    • Where is the state in the US?
    • Longitude & Latitude Map Skills
    • Math Activity as you travel from state to state
    • Did you Know section
    • Population & Size Graphs
  • Map Work (including time zone activity)
  • Number practice (from 1-50) – practice writing and counting
  • Plant Cards (common to the state)
  • Animal Cards (common to the state)
  • Practice writing letters A to Z –twice
  • OTHER – You will find about 20 sheets of other activities. These will incorporate educational skills with facts about the state. For example you may use a measure to see how tall the Missouri Gateway Arch is compared to the Willis Tower. Or you may learn skip counting with the Wright brothers. Play a KFC Chicken Sight Reading Game when learning about Kentucky or roll your Way through the Indianapolis Speedway. Learn about Nocturnal animals and coal. Or build a shape car while learning about Michigan’s Henry Ford.  Each pack is different in this area – so browse for the activities that fit your child’s needs, interests, and skills.
Grab your {free} Ohio State Printables by clicking on the image below.
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Do you live in this state? If you live here & notice I missed a major thing from your state PLEASE let me know! I do research, but if I miss something big about your state please shoot me an email and I will add it to the pack =-)
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If you are interested in seeing a little more about Ohio, check out our trip to the Cincinnati Museum Hub and  Drive Thru Safari Park here.
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For more {free} US State printables and information about this From Sea to Shinning Sea Unit click on the image below:
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These units do take time to prepare in a thoughtful, fun, educational way. I am grateful for your kind comments and encouragement as I continue to provide free printables for everyone to enjoy! Thank you! And happy learning!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Room Makeover (girl)

A month ago I shared with you Goofy’s room makeover. Since they swapped rooms I had to redo Minnie’s room too. I used the same theme because we loved it so much. But I did darken up the walls slightly (as it was a bigger room), added some Disney Princess features (Minnie is into Princesses BIG TIME), and added some fun glow in the dark butterflies. Here is her finished room:
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I love the colors of the bedding – pink & orange. It is so bright & cheery. I’m so glad I got two when I bought it for Minnie. Back then we weren’t even pregnant with Tinker Bell, but now they have such a sweet matching room. The bedding came with the comforter, sham, bed skirt, and valance. I bought the matching lamp shade separately.  I found these incredibly beautiful butterflies online and love how they pull the theme together.  I added the Disney Princess touch with a wall sticker castle & princesses by their name (covered for privacy). Finally, I added each little glow-in-the-dark butterfly to the wall. I was so pleased with the result of the butterflies flying from their name to the castle.
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I am always afraid the girls are going to pinch their fingers in the closet doors and I’m sad to say I’ve comforted them  for ‘squished fingers’ a couple times. So I decided to use the large curtains that came with the set (which I didn’t feel really fit on the window) to serve as the closet door. I hung them on a curtain rod over the closet – no more pinched fingers! Minnie is sitting at her princess vanity- she loves this present I found on eBay for her 3rd birthday party.
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Tinker Bell was super excited about her big girl bed…..soon enough!! But no hurry =-)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

{free} Name & Address Cards

 Does your child know their name, address, and phone number? It is very important that kids learn this important safety information as early as possible. Here are some free kindergarten worksheets to help you teach your preschool and kindergarten child their name and where they live.
Kindergarten Worksheets to teach your child their address and phone number

Monday, September 3, 2012

{free} Kentucky State Printables

In preparation for next year’s study of the USA I am creating State Printable Packs for our unit – From Sea to Shinning Sea! Studying the US States is a great way to get to know our great country, meet famous Americans, learn about natural habitats & their animals, famous landmarks, history, and have LOTS of fun!! I am thrilled that my Preschooler & 1st grader can learn side-by-side! The packs have lots of activities suitable for kids Preschool – 5th+ grade! Did I mention it is FREE!!
Kentucky Worksheets for Kids
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