Archive for August, 2013

Flat Stanley Has Been Busy!

15
Aug

Look and see what Stanley has been up to!!
Flat Stanley

Stanley went 4-wheeling the Black Hills National Forest

Flat Stanley

Stanley was able to enjoy some great views of the Black Hills National Forest after 4-wheeling to a remote overlook.

Flat Stanley

Stanley getting ready for a trail ride on Biscuit in the Black Hills.

Flat Stanley

Stanley was excited to ride Prince in the horse show and jump some cross rails!

Flat Stanley

Stanley thought Mt. Rushmore was very exciting!

Flat Stanley

He can almost touch George’s nose from here!

Flat Stanley

Stanley got to see a giant tortoise!

Flat Stanley

Stanley excited for some dinner in Breckenridge, CO

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Calendar Board

14
Aug

I wanted to share what we are using for our Calendar Board this year.

Homeschool Calendar

Here is our set up.

Homeschool Calendar

A little bit of a closer look at our calendar board.

Homeschool Calendar

Left side of our board:
Date across the top of the board is from Mama Jenn
Days in School, Skip Counting, and Make the Date are from Homeschool Creations
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, What’s the Weather Like Today and What Time is It are from Confessions of a Homeschooler

Homeschool Calendar

Right side of our board:
My address & phone number, The Temperature is, How Much Money and the Weather Graph are all from Confessions of a Homeschooler
Daily Items is from 1+1+1=1 (although we are only going to change those weekly).

So, there’s a look at our Calendar Board!

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Ocean Animals Tot Book

13
Aug

Over the last month we have been learning all about the ocean/beach.  Hailey made a lapbook about dolphins, so I decided to have Hunter make his first lapbook too- or a tot book, since he’s a toddler.  I knew just where to go to find a good tot book to make for Hunter.  When Hailey was a toddler she made her first tot book about Veggie Tales using 1+1+1=1, so I decided to look there to try to find something to make with Hunter.  Of course, I found a perfect Ocean Animals Tot Book!

Ocean Animals Tot Book

The cover for our Tot Book

Ocean Animals Tot Book

Here is the completed Ocean Animals Tot Book.

Ocean Animals Tot Book

Hunter colored the different ocean animals different colors for the accordion book part of the tot book.  This was the only part of the tot book where he had to do anything before I put it together, the rest of it was just me cutting things out and putting them together.

Ocean Animals Tot Book

 Hunter seemed pretty pleased when he looked inside.

Ocean Animals Tot Book

These are the cards from “Match the Animals.”

Ocean Animals Tot Book

 Hunter handing me the card that matched the one I showed him.

Ocean Animals Tot Book

 Looking through the letters in the “Ocean Animals ABCs.”  This does not include the entire alphabet- only 8 letters- which is perfect for a toddler.

Ocean Animals Tot Book

 Hunter loved the counting book “How Many Animals in the Sea?”  He counts to 3, so he enjoyed doing that.  The book goes up to 5, which again is perfect for a toddler.

Ocean Animals Tot Book

Hunter looking over the colors in his “Coloring Ocean Animals” book.

This Tot Book was a lot of fun and Hunter really enjoys it!  I have left it out where he can get it and I have found him looking at it several times.  I made the cover for it, but you can get all of the other printables to make it from 1+1+1=1.

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Our Homeschool Classroom

11
Aug

We have been excitedly setting up and getting ready for our first year of homeschooling.  Although our first day of school isn’t until September, I am pretty much ready to start.  We are going on vacation soon and I want everything to be done before we go.  I still have a few organizational type things to do, but for the most part we are all set.  Here is a peek at where we are planning to have school everyday.

This room is in the downstairs of our house, off of our family room.  It’s not a huge room, but I think it will work for us.

Homeschool Classroom

This is what the room looks like from the doorway.  The window made it really hard to get a picture of this wall, but this wall has our calendar and calendar board.  I have another post coming that shows what we are using on our calendar board.  We also have our flag and some maps on that wall.  There is a window shelf where I am keeping a few of my supplies.

Homeschool Classroom

Along the very top of this wall where there the flower boarder is will be where we will display our artwork.  I have a post in the works for that, to show how we made it.  Then there are shelves that display some of the Lego creations Hailey has done.  She loves to put them together and then display them.  This wall has magazine holders full of books.  The magazine holders are labeled for different types of books (fall, Christmas, winter, Dr. Seuss, Disney, science, etc.)  We also have a “USA Animals” board where we will put pictures of the animals we learn about while we do Road Trip USA.  Then there are some bins where I will keep my papers organized. There is also a shelf that has some oversized books that wouldn’t fit in the magazine holders and well as some bins.

Homeschool Classroom

This is Hailey’s desk.  We will probably share it, but for the most part this will be Hailey’s workspace.  There is also a Word Wall on her desk.

Homeschool Classroom

Here is a close up of the Word Wall.  Hailey and I looked through Pinterest and she found an animal print that she liked.  It’s free :-) on Tpt.

Homeschool Classroom

Here is the last wall of our classroom.  This wall has our white board.  Above the white board is our weekly Bible verse and our weekly poem.  The little table is Hunter’s workspace.  He already loves to sit there and work, so hopefully that will continue when we actually start school.  You can also see our Chicka- Chicka- Boom- Boom tree that my mom helped me make a few years ago when Hailey was learning her ABCs.  On the far left is Hunter’s ABC wall.

Homeschool Classroom

Here is a close up of the alphabet I am using for Hunter.  When I found these Zoomin Moving ABC Wall Cards over at Royal Baloo I was so excited!  Hunter loves anything with wheels so he was really happy to see these when I put them up.

We will also spread out into our family room where there are some comfy couches, perfect for snuggling up in with a good book.  I’m sure there will be art projects done in the dining room so I have easy access to the kitchen.  In other words, we will probably homeshool all over our house, but this room will be our main classroom.  I hope you enjoyed the little tour of our homeschool room.

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