Have you ever heard of the books Flat Stanley? Well up until a couple months ago I hadn't. But, I saw them one day at the library and picked one up for my then 7 year old, and in the matter of a couple weeks he had read them ALL! He was in love, it was the first real series he got into! His brother decided to read them as well, they both enjoyed them so much. Then I heard about how you could make flat adventurers of you, and send them around the world to other people. Sounded fun to us, so this begins our journey.................
April 29th, the kids and I made their flat adventurers today. They had so much fun making them, with their favorite colors for clothes, and we printed out pictures of their faces, and glued them on.. Then we laminated them. On the backs of each of them we put our address, the kids names, and their likes. This way if they get lost from their envelope they will hopefully make it back to us!
May 6th, we found partners to swap adventurers with! So, the two on top left today to TN! :) They are going to a boy who is 10, and a girl who is 5... This should be super fun, it is both our first times swapping adventurers! Our adventurer below is heading over seas to England!! This on is certain to be super exciting! We cant wait to send her some things from the U.S.A, and get some fun things in return. :) THEY ARE OFF, let the adventure begin. :D We are super excited to have our flat guests arrive too!
Our first flat adventurer arrived today, and it came all the way from England. How fun!!! It arrived right as we were heading out the door to go clam digging, so it went with us! :D
At Penrose Point State Park..
Flat Illijana hanging out with our clams.. :D
Keep checking back, as the journey continues.. :)
Cooking Class - Pizza
I've always known I wanted to teach my kids to cook, and with homeschooling I knew that I would include it at some point. With our oldest girl being sick over the past few years, me going to school, and other things it just hasn't happened yet. The kids cook with me regularly, but not on their own! Well we finally are able to fit it in our schedule and our youngest boy made all the kids pizza tonight. They came out fabulous, and he made them from scratch pretty much all on his own! :) First thing I did was make him custom directions, so they would make sense to a 8 year old boy. :D I then set out all the ingredients and measuring spoons and cups he would need. Next, I called him in to begin. He looked through a cookbook the other day, and decided he wanted to make homemade pizza. Each of the children have chose a meal, made grocery lists, and will go and buy the items they need to prepare their meal. He was first because what he picked, I had all the ingredients to already! :) Next time his will include shopping for the ingredients too!
He read the recipe, and measured out and mixed all of the ingredients all by himself. :)
After the dough raised for a while, he broke off pieces, floured his surface, and rolled out little mini pizzas for each kid.
He then put the rolled dough into the oven, for 5 minutes, took it out and put sauce and toppings on.
He also grated all the cheese, in the food processor (he says that was one of his favorite parts), and he chopped up mushrooms, and sliced the pepperoni into smaller pieces. He really enjoyed "designing" each pizza. He made them custom for each of the kids.
Proud chef with the first two pizzas! Older brothers, and his oldest (younger) sisters. He was so excited to let them see them!
He led them in one by one, with their eyes closed, hahahhahaa, and showed them their pizzas.
They all gave him 2 thumbs up, and said it was some of the best pizza they had ever ate. They all cleaned their plates, so it was a success, and he was proud! :D
Now, hopefully he will continue to enjoy cooking. Hopefully they all will, I think its important that everyone grows up with the ability to be self sufficient. I hope that when my kids head off to college they will take the time to cook decent meals, instead of always eating out or top ramen. haha!!!
We really love doing countdowns through crafts and other fun activities.
Here are some we did for Valentine's Day. Enjoy! <3
We used cardstock folded it in 1/2 and then painted 1/2 of a heart on one side of the card. We then folded it over and pressed gently - to make a symmetry heart. Super fun, and made adorable cards. Just write on the inside your little Valentine's note.
With the Picasso hearts we outlined sections, with marker and then painted each section with vibrant colors. I chose to do mine with oil pastels instead of paints. They all came out so beautiful.
With these we used Q-tips to do a pointillism project. During this time we talked about "Seurat" and his famous painting.
Canvas Resistant Hearts
As I was searching around the house I found some small 4" x 6" canvas's, we outlined hearts with white crayon, and then lightly colored over the remainder of the canvas with our white hearts. Then we used watercolors to paint inside the hearts. The picture does not depict how wonderful these came out, very well. I actually have all of them around my living room, because I loved them so much!
Each Kid had their own heart pizza to make. :)
We did several other projects, and each year we enjoy adding on and doing more projects. Valentine's day to us is not just about February 14th, and using that day to show someone you love them. It is a reminder that you should do kind things for others all year long. We do a 13 day countdown to make crafts to hand out to those around us on Valentines day, but also as we do the projects we talk about our plans to show others that we love them all year long! <3 On Valentines day our kids usually have a scavenger hunt for their goodies, and we make some sort of heart meal. This year was heart pizzas!
Pre - Kinder Fun
Our oldest girl is doing Pre-K this year, and she is having a lot of fun with it. We do a letter of the week theme, and do a lot of projects around it. She really enjoys it, and its helping her get all her sounds down, because she really wants to learn to read. Below I am going to put a few of my favorite items from each letter unit. :)
The Letter A
The Letter B
B is for Bee
Fingerpainting ballerinas - (that are rapunzel with their hair lol)
B is for baby - She wanted to make a baby penguin
The Letter C
C is for Cat - Bean Cats
C is for Caillou -- (sissy scribbled on him though)
C is for Crown
C is for Cat
The Letter D
D for Dinosaur
D is for diamond the dog
I have more to update, I will do so soon so check back!
On day 28 of our Halloween fun we made witch legs. I saw something similiar on pinterest, which showed the shoes and stuff too, but we chose to zoom in more.
What you Need:
The first thing we did was draw our witch dress, and legs with pencil. Next, we traced this all in black marker and then we colored it in with markers. We then re-traced it with black marker.
A fun little project in tracing, and coloring.
Toilet Paper Roll Monsters
We did this fun project over the last two days. You could do it in one day, if you dryed them with a blow dryer or in an open oven, on the lowest setting possible.
First, you will want to either plan in your head or on a piece of paper what you want your monster to look like. Then, you can paint the background, once it is dry you will want to paint eyes, a face, teeth, mouth, body, etc. If you are layering up, like background, face, and then eyes you will need to dry it inbetween each of these steps. Once, you have yoru monster all painted and it is DRY, use a permanent marker to outline it all! This is fun even to do with small children because once you outline their drawings you wont notice any extra paint! :) They will all come up super cute.
Pumpkins at Night
Pumpkins @ Night
While browsing on pinterest I saw a link to an art project by Deep Space Sparkle (love their ideas over there btw), for these pumpkins at night art project. After, browsing through the directions we decided to change them up a bit, and we used oil pastels rather then tempera paints. We've used paint a few times lately, and well that is enough paint for a few days! o_0
The first thing we did, was use a black crayon to draw the outlnes of our pumpkins, and some of us chose to also draw the outlines of some leaves.
We then used oil pastels to color/shade in our pumpkins I used combination of oranges and yellows. And, then I colored my leaves green and brown tones. Then you can use a napkin or your finger to blend the colors. This is the GREAT thing about using pastels, vs crayons.
After all the pumpkins were colored we then cut them out and glued them to black paper, and added in the ground, vines, stars. And, the kids got a little excited and decided their pumpkins flew off into space so they added moons, earth, and some other things. :) Fun Project!
I love fall/winter for all the holidays. Not for the presents, the candy, and all of that, but because of all the fun crafts, family time, events, and movie nights involved in it for us! This year we will be conitinuing our tradition of a 30 day countdown to Halloween with 31 days of fall/halloween fun! I will list them below as we do them, and add pictures too, so keep checking back for fun family ideas
Let the countdown begin:
Day 1 -- Halloween movies, Alvin and the Chipmunks Trick or Treason
Day 2 -- Ghost Feet Prints picture below..
Day 3 -- Q-Tip Skeletons picture below...
Day 4 -- Clay Pumpkins picture below...
Day 5 -- Halloween Movies, Carebears Haloween
Day 6 -- House Decorating
Day 7 -- Halloween Movies, Scooby Doo Boo Fest
Day 8 -- Halloween Movies, Disneys Halloween Treat
Day 9 -- Silly Painted Pumpkins picture below...
Day 10 -- Painted Clay Pumpkins picture below...
Day 11 -- Halloween movies
Day 12 -- Roloff Farms Pumpkin Patch
Day 13 -- Punpkin Carving picture below...
Day 14 -- Halloween Movies, Tom & Jerry Haloween Hijinx
Day 15 -- Halloween Movies, Super Why, Dr. Seuss
Day 16 -- We missed this day! erghh! dangit!!! o_0
Day 17 -- Our Oldests Bday Party -- Instead of Halloween fun.
Day 18 -- Halloween Movies, Ichabod & Mickey Mouses -The lonesome Ghost
Day 19 -- Chocolate Chip Cookies -- Jack-O-Lanterns. picture below
Day 20 -- Pastel Pumpkins @ Night & Pumpkin Seeds. picture below
Day 21 -- Movie Marathon -- Hocus Pocus, Shreks Halloween, Bobbys World Halloween
Day 22 -- Toilet Paper Roll Monsters picture below
Day 23 -- Hand Print Haunted House, Finger Print Pumpkins picture below
Day 24 -- Silly Monster Faces
Day 25 -- Baked Zucchini-Apple Cupcakes w/ carmel icing
Day 26 -- Spookly the Square Pumpkin
Day 27 -- Watched some halloween shows
Day 28 -- Marker Witch Legs
Day 29 -- Watercolor Scarecrows
Day 30 -- Shrek Halloween, Monsters vs. Aliens Halloween, Alvin and the Chipmunks meet frankstein.
Day 31 -- Trick or Treating!! -- Charlie Brown Halloween
I will update each day as we do them, or make plans to do them!! :)
Ghost Feet Prints
Clay Pumpkins - Will be painted another day!
One corner of our living room decorated. The kids had fun putting all these up. I still need to fill the picture frames with pictures. haha
Today I hosted art club for our Homeschool Group. We made silly pumpkins. -- My kids are all on the right side. Top right corner is DD4's, DS8's is the 3rd one down from the top (the one on its side haha) on the right, and DS7's is the bottom right hand corner. :)
Day 10 -- Clay Pumpkin Painting
Day 12 -- Roloff Farms
Day 13 -- Pumpkin Carving!
Day 19 - Chocolate Chip Chip Cookies, Decorated as Jack-O-Lanterns
Day 20 Pastel Pumpkins @ Night
Day 20 - Homemade Pumpkin Seeds
Day 22 -- Toilet Paper Roll Monsters!
Day 23 - Hand Haunted Houses w/ finger print pumpkins.
Day 24 -- Silly monster faces
Day 28 - Witch Legs
Day 25 -- Zucchini-Apple Cupcakes to donate to clinic.
Day 29 -- Water color reistant scarecrows
Day 31 --- Trick or Treating!
First Week of Pre-K
Our oldest girl, our little princess started Pre-K this week. We are calling it Pre-K, because she kind of did preschool last year, and she has down most the things you learn in preschool, and shes not quite ready for Kindergarten. :) Whatever it is, she is loving it! I chose to do it based on the letter of the week theme. Each week she has a letter, we started with A, and while she has the recognition down of most her letters, we are working on the sounds they make, and continuing work on writing our alphabet. She has been begging me to learn how to read, so we are trying really hard to work on the sounds. We have a bunch of fun activities she does each week surrounding her letters, and then numbers to go with! Here's a little peak at some of the things she did this week.
A is for ANTS - she did finger print ants on Monday. :) We also read a few books about ants to go with this, and sang the Ants Go Marching.
Drawing legs on her ants.
Each day I have one of these papers for her, that I premade. Aa is for Apples was monday. She draws how many of the item I have mentioned then she practices her letter and number. She LOVES these!
Tuesday we did apple printing, and read ten apples on top.
I wrote the letter Fs that are towards the bottom left, to show her how to use the lines.. The rest is all hers. :D
She will also be working on her shapes this school year; drawing them, and learning their names.
This was an additiona lesson she made up on her own. :) She really wanted to do another day of school!
This is how we do music class in this house! :D The kids love it!!! She is working on "We Wil Rock You" right now, and has the beat down pretty good, its pretty awesome.
We also spent a lot of time reading about Ants, the letter A, and books with words that start with the letter A, practicing writing her letters, numbers, counting, sounding out words, making things from playdough and participating in art, science, and geography projects her brothers do. We also read a lot of books she picked out at the library like Fancy Nancy, and other princess books! :) Next, week we continue on with the letter B, and she is still very excited about her school, which is awesome!
The kids are doing Apologia Astronomy for science this year, so part of our art projects will be around space. Today we decided, unplanned, to do a space art project. The kids all loved it, and its easy for any age! :)
First all the kids painted circles, of different colors, wich will become their planets. For the littles just have them paint however they want, you can cut out circles fo them later!
Next, we used black paper and white paint to splatter paint onto it, to be our space background.
Then, we cut out our planets, and glued them on to our backgrounds.
This was a fun little project, but definetly not based on the actual planets of our solar system. :) But, the kids really enjoyed it!