Friday, September 28, 2012

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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

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 Sensory Play and Preschool Science FUN
Monday, September 24, 2012

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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

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
Monday, September 17, 2012

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Minnie has been loving learning to read! We have been using Reading the Easy Way and it has been a perfect fit for us! She loves the worksheets, color by sight word, word searches, readers, and the many games to play. Her favorite games are Word Round-up & Flip the Pancake.  Goofy (7) has really enjoyed & benefited from playing (practicing) with us too!
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Reading-the-Easy-Way_thumb5If you have a
  • 3-4 year old and are looking for a way to begin learning to read key sight words
  • 5-7 year old and are looking for some additional practice with these key Dolch Pre-Primer Sight Words
This program will help your child master these 40 words and develop fluency.  Reading the Easy Way is a 12 week program with 82+ pages loaded with a wide variety of activities, worksheets, games, and sequential readers!! Here is a sample of what is included. Click here to read more or order your own copy for only $10.
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Recently we were at the store and Minnie was eyeing a Tangled & Brave early reader. Unfortunately, they only came at a Level 2 and she most definitely doesn’t know all those words. Since I want to continue encouraging her reading and keep her practicing, I decided to whip up these two books for her. If you are using Reading the Easy Way as well, these books incorporate words from weeks #1-5 – perfect for the first Review Week =-)
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Images are from Disney-Clipart.com and remain copyright of The Walt Disney Word Company.
If these were helpful to you I’d love it if you’d take a minute to let me know! I truly read and appreciate each and every comment!!
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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

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
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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

Monday, September 10, 2012

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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

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

 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 learn my name printables to help you teach your preschool and kindergarten child their name and where they live.
Teach your child their address and phone number free printable
Monday, September 3, 2012

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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