Thursday, April 23, 2015

Math Game {Sums of Ten}


Here's a fun math game to make with leftover plastic Easter eggs.  I've seen Easter egg activities for Preschool-age kids (matching capital letters with lower case letters, for example), so I thought I'd make a game for my 1st graders.. making sums of ten...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Snow Ice Cream


Although we've had a generally mild spring this year, here in the Rocky Mountains we can still get snowfall through May (and sometimes even later).  Lately, whenever it snows, the kids and I make snow ice cream.  It's an easy and fun treat...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Brook {Poetry Study - Alfred Lord Tennyson}


E (age 5.5) loves learning about the natural world and has a passion for art.  Since she's also my early-riser, I decided to give her a special project that we could work on together in the mornings before the rest of the family woke up.  I took one of the enrichment activities from the La La Logic Preschool Curriculum and modified it into a two-week unit.  Every day, E would copy one stanza of Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem, "The Brook".  Unlike transitional classical education, I didn't require her copywork to be 'perfect' - I just wanted her to practice her writing and have fun with it.  We looked up new vocabulary words, discussed spelling rules, etc...  but the best part was to find pictures online of the plants and animals that were included and try to draw them (I made my own drawings, but E's turned out better).  Here are some highlights of her project...

Monday, April 20, 2015

Titanic Crafts for Kids {Tonight on the Titanic}


The twins (age 5.5) have been in a virtual book club all year as part of their Calvert online school.  Recently they read Tonight on the Titanic by Mary Pope Osborne, and had to present a project related to the book.  I described some ideas for crafts to the kids and then let them create them themselves...