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Sensory Bins

Our youngest darling from birth has been fascinated by sensory exploration. Creating a sensory bin for her (and the others) seems a must!

Instead of walking, she learned to climb. Before learning to build with blocks she learned how to open jars of every kind from peanut butter to diaper cream. Our little whirlwind blessing turns a room upside down before you can blink. So, here are a few things I have decided to do to “encourage” her curiosity and imagination while exploring her senses in a contained (safe) area!

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Science Fair Fun


This particular blog today is all about homeschooling/education. I think I am more excited about the upcoming science fair than the kids!

Beginning of March marks the first “fair” we will be a part of as a family of homeschoolers.How amazing it is that I can include our Kinder, Gr. 3 and Gr.4 kids all in one project! The topic? Our Solar System.

All about our Solar System- galaxies, sun, stars, moons and planets. May the force be with us!

Ahem, we may or may not have had the pleasure recently of watching the newest ‘Star Wars- The Force Awakens’ movie 🙂

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Taking the summer slow

Summer time. A time to jam pack all sorts of fun into two short months.

We however did sneak an extra month in there by finishing our school year by the end of May. Summer is looking a little different for our family this year, taking it slow and sticking around home. Enjoying our beautiful back yard and the community programs our town has to offer. Other than our oldest two going to bible camp each for a week and swimming lessons we have nothing planned. Which is perfect for us this year anyway!

We now have the opportunity to feel relaxed and soak up leisure days in the sunshine without the rush to and fro, which comes with camping or road trips with five little ones.

So what am I doing with all my time? (Ha, ya I know… what extra time is that, I am sure your asking!?) For starters, working in the garden and flower beds daily, adding landscaping edging in the front yard, attending my baby sister’s wedding in which our little guy was the ring bearer, and I had the honor of being a bridesmaid. (I just have to insert here what a beautiful bride she was!) Doing a fundraiser for our Moms and Tots program selling frozen cookie dough (no big deal, just mixed up 91 batches- not dozen- batches) with the help of a couple others. As for today I hosted half a dozen mommy friends and their kids over so we could let some serious finger painting fun happen for the float we are doing in the town and country fair’s parade. Here is a sneak peak at our results-

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If you look closely, each of the handprints vary in size, all the kids had fun participating in the handprint rainbow for the parade. Next step is to cut it out and adhere it to a strong piece of cardboard (covering the back side in a solid light blue) cutting out large cardboard ‘clouds’ and covering the cloud pieces in white batting, and shimmering it with white glitter. Of course you can not have a rainbow without a sun, so our plan is to hit up Michaels craft store and purchase a large foam ball, spray paint it yellow, add some cool sun glasses, pipe cleaners in orange and yellow, and wire it on top to look as though its floating 🙂 . Will have to update on the day of the parade and let you all see the finished product.

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Here is a little looksee at our fundraiser cookie dough (above), which was a huge hit I will have you know! I even bought a few to have on hand at my place (which I totally baked up a batch this morning for all the kids here!) So thankful for a successful fundraiser, our program really needed some $$$ for new play equipment.

Onto the outdoorsy stuff…

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My new fav for this year- the snap dragons 🙂

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And what do those kiddo’s of mine do when I am accomplishing these things? Well the twins know how to have some fun- bottles of food coloring dye later…

DSCF4549 DSCF4556 DSCF4566I wonder if they had been feeling a little… blue?

Until next time,

Amber

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:8-10

 

Fun with Eric Carle

 I have not come across one person as of yet who is not familiar with ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle.

As a kid I remember the magic I felt as my imagination soared while looking at those bright colorful pictures in Eric Carle’s books and the tales they spun. Our children are now experiencing the same thing. I would like to keep that magic alive!

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So, if you are looking for some fun crafts and activities to go with The Very Hungry Caterpillar book, here are a few to get you started- I know my kids are going to love these!

Necklace craft by Buggy and Buddy

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The-Very-Hungry-Caterpillar-Sight-Word-Game from Playdough to Plato

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Caterpillar to butterfly craft by Mama Smiles

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There are many, many more activities out there on the web, in fact I found this fabulous blog that already has an immense amount of Eric Carle’s ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ activities on it and would love to share it with you- The ultimate list of Eric Carle activities by Teaching Mama. Check it out for yourself!

Another book of Eric Carle’s I would like to get my hands on is ‘The very grouchy ladybug’. With summer pretty much here we see these guys frequently!

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In fact I have a great activity and learning games complete package in one easy download if your interested from Homeschool Share – grouchy_ladybug_complete package. Included in that package are learning activities, counting games, matching and science fun.

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I have a feeling you will be seeing more posts on Eric Carle’s collection over the summer time, as we have yet to read ‘The Tiny Seed’ a great book to go along with our gardening!

Enjoy the sunshine everyone, it is a beautiful day 🙂

(I thought this scripture in 2 Corinthians most fitting to go along with the theme of metamorphosis!)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Got travel plans this summer?

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Our oldest 2 really enjoyed the first month package of the World Explorers kit-

DSCF4273 DSCF4311 DSCF4294 DSCF4289 The kids’ package arrived in the mail with everything tucked neatly into the blue travel suitcase (which surprisingly is very sturdy!). This was definitely the highlight of their school day. First they discovered the letter from pen pals Sam and Sophia, telling a tale of the start of a world travel adventure, secondly they spread out the large world map along with the passport and stickers for their suitcase. DSCF4276 Lastly they had a blast completing the fun activities, which included decoding a secret message to find out what next months country they will be visiting and an animal activity/search figuring out who lives where, they then got their toy animals and placed them on the map to visualize it even further. We completed the first introductory month and look forward to next! In the mean time we will hop on over with our special boarding pass and code to continue the fun online!

Next up we are looking forward to receiving our Early Explorers kit which is for the younger crowd aiming towards 3-5 year olds.

If you want to check out Little Passports, through my website I can offer you a 15% off savings pass.*** To redeem enter code SUMMER15 at checkout. Offer valid on new subscriptions only and cannot be combined with any other offers and/or applied retroactively to previously placed orders. Offer applies only to the first month on a Monthly Plan. Offer not valid on Personalized Products and Shop items. Offer excludes shipping and taxes. Offer valid from June 10, 2015 at 8:00AM EST to June 16, 2015 at 11:59PM EST.

 

Have a great week, chow!

Amber