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Flowers for Mother’s Day


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Hailey and Hunter made these cute flowers for Mother’s Day.  (Hailey made Harper’s too.)

First they painted Popsicle sticks.  We broke the sticks in half and glued them onto the back of the pictures using a hot glue gun.

We put clothes pins all the way around a tuna fish can and they painted those too.

I put a round piece of floral foam into the tuna cans, to stick the flowers into so that they would stand up.

Hailey added some buttons for decorations to hers.

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100 Day Celebration



Today was our 100th day of school! I can’t believe we are more than half way through this school year. I wish time would stop going by so fast.


When Hailey and Hunter came out to the dining room this morning they found some 100 day decorations.


All ready for our 100th day!


This was on the first day of school back in September.  I can’t believe how much they have changed since then… it seems like so long ago, but such a short time ago.

Anyway… on to some of the fun things we did today.


I gave Hailey 100 cups and told her she had to build something using all 100 cups.


Here is what she came up with- pretty cool! She really enjoyed this activity and asked if she could do it again after school.


I gave Hailey and Hunter a 100 that I cut out and told them to make a picture using the numbers.


Hailey got to work making her picture.


Hunter said he wanted to make a car, so I helped him put it together and he colored it.


Hailey made her picture so that it was a mask if you hold it one way…


…and a dress if you turn it over.


We made a 100 day snack- we took 10 different snacks and counted out 10 pieces of each kind of snack to total 100 pieces.


I saw this cute idea on Around the Kampfire.  Hailey made what she thinks she will look like when she is 100 and then wrote a paragraph about what she will be like when she is 100.


This is also from Around the Kampfire.  Hailey wrote about something she has been told 100 times and drew a picture to go with it.  She wrote about how I told her she could do a pullover on the bar at gymnastics.  She has been working on getting her pullover since September and she finally did it last week- we are so proud of her!

It was a fun day!  I still can’t believe how fast this year is going by.

Week in Review


Week in Review

I can’t believe how fast this school year went by.  This was our last week of 2nd grade (which was almost a month ago, I’m finally all caught up!).  I very clearly remember the first day of school and wondering how I was going to do this homeschooling thing all year long.  But, we made it and we both loved it!

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 Hailey on her last day of second grade.  I wish I could slow down time, she is growing up so fast.

Here are some of the things we did during our last week:

Language Arts:

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 We finished up our author unit study about Tomie dePaola from Around the Kampfire.  After we read “Little Grunt and the Big Egg,” Hailey created a book about how she would care for a prehistoric pet if she had one.

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On the first day of school Hailey made the top picture (which Hunter colored on while I had it hanging up on the wall :-( ).  On the last day of school, I had her do the same paper and then we compared how her answers had changed or stayed the same.


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Our butterflies hatched!  Hailey was able to watch one come out of its chrysalis.

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We started with 5 caterpillars and ended up with 5 butterflies that were all able to fly away.  One seemed to have damaged wings, but when the time came to fly away it was able to fly.

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Hailey put together a lapbook all about caterpillars and butterflies to show what she learned during our unit.  Most of the printables are from here and here.

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Inside the first flap.  The top shows the life cycle of the butterfly.

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On the bottom there is a little booklet where Hailey wrote out the life cycle of a butterfly.  Then she made a butterfly diagram.

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This is inside the next flap of the lapbook.

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On the top there are butterfly cards that show many of the types of butterflies.  Next to that is some butterfly math.  Underneath is a Venn diagram comparing butterflies and moths.

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On the bottom of this flap there is a little booklet that shows the predators of butterflies, another booklet that shows the defenses butterflies use to protect themselves, and also a little booklet to show the lifespan of a butterfly.

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This is the last page of the butterfly lapbook.

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On the top there a book to show the different flowers that butterflies like.  There is a observation journal where Hailey wrote about what she observed in the caterpillars we watched turn into butterflies.  Then there is a little caterpillar with some facts about caterpillars.

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This section has a butterfly Hailey made to show the symmetry of butterfly wings.  There is also information about what caterpillars and butterflies eat.

We had an amazing first year of homeschooling!!  We are enjoying summer vacation right now and waiting for our new baby to arrive :-)

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Poppins Book Nook- The Great Outdoors


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The theme for June for Poppins Book Nook was the great outdoors.  There is so much that can be done with this theme that it was hard to know where to start!  I had several library books about spring and summer and had planned to go with one of those.  But, Hunter didn’t want anything to do with those books.  Instead- he was interested in this one:

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Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond.  Hunter loved this book!!  (Our dog, Dottie, just so happens to look just like Charlie.)

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So, we talked about what it would be like to live on a ranch or a farm and all the planting and work that would be done outside.

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Hunter planted some (actually, A LOT of) grass seed in a cup.

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Hailey also planted some grass seed.

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They each also planted some beans.  We watered and made sure they got some sunlight.

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1 week later we had some growth.

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They continued to grow

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Hailey has given the grass several trims.

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In talking about the great outdoors, we also did a fun unit all about worms and learned what they do for our earth and how important they are for our gardens.  I had no idea!  You can see a little more about what we did here and here.

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