My favorite thrift store finds for the schoolroom have added a fun and functional touch to our shelves. The globe was still in the box, complete with the light bulb, and IT WORKS! Scored for only six dollars. I also picked up the cool spinning display rack for only $3, and it's the perfect size for holding readers and read-aloud … [Read more...] about Schoolroom Treasures
School's Out for a Snow Day! An unexpected snow day calls for spontaneous fun: Enough ice for closing the roads for ideal sledding conditions. Not enough ice to make the power go out! Inches of powdery, packable flakes for snowman building. Beckoning us outside with the promise of hot chocolate to warm us. If your kids are like ours, … [Read more...] about Snow Day!
We are studying two different Sonlight Cores this year, and I'm trying to coordinate them so we are all at least learning about the same countries or cultures at the same time. All three boys are listening to the read-alouds from both Cores, but my oldest is reading his Core 5 readers on his own.To make the books more accessible, I'm … [Read more...] about The Far East Learning Activities
Traveling on the Polar Express What a crazy surprise! We took the boys to ride the Polar Express over the weekend, and woke up the next morning to the beginning of a blizzard. We traveled to Bryson City, North Carolina for a magical train ride, and a visit to this quaint little mountain town. Not only was the train ride a memory of a lifetime, but … [Read more...] about All Aboard the Polar Express, and SNOW!
As we count down to Christmas, we are having fun reading our favorite Christmas books every night for read aloud time. What are your favorite Christmas books? We have many favorites that we pull out over and over again. But, we have just discovered The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren. I was a huge Pippi Longstocking fan as a child, but I wasn't … [Read more...] about Have You Found The Tomten?
Learning History Through Hands-On Activities The covered wagon train is safe! The pioneers are being led by Indiana Jones, two brave Jawas, and some mighty Ewoks. All is safe on the trail. We bought some wooden covered wagon kits and spent the afternoon building them as we learned more about the prairie schooners. The boys carefully painted … [Read more...] about Hands-On History: Covered Wagons
Homemade Ornaments for the Kid's Ornament Swap We are participating in a handmade ornament swap with The Crafty Crow. The challenge is to create 5-8 ornaments the fit into the "Winter Wonderland" theme, "including trees, snowmen, mittens, pine cones, birds, deer, ice skating, squirrels, rabbits, snowflakes, berries, leaves, the moon, stars, … [Read more...] about Kid’s Ornament Swap
One of the Best Parts of a Small-Town Christmas Our town has a Christmas parade every year. We walk down to the main street with our blankets and chairs, while the kids eagerly anticipate the next float or band to pass by. We nearly froze our fannies off at our town's Christmas parade Sunday, but now we all feel like Christmas is officially on … [Read more...] about Celebrating Community: Christmas Parade