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Friday, April 28, 2017
Early this month, I shared my Australian Movable Alphabet. Once I had the format set up on the computer, it was too easy to make new ones. My kids are very interested in the human body, so I thought a bones alphabet would help them be more interested in reading. These cards can be used in the traditional Montessori movable alphabet way or could be used for a game of memory.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017
These A to Z bookends are not a completely new concept. I got the idea off of Pinterest when I ran across this Etsy buy. I liked the kid-friendly idea of the apple and zebra, but thought that I could build my own using Safari Ltd animals.
I bought 5x7 wood plaques from the craft store and painted them with a spring green acrylic paint. Then, I used 3M Command strips to attach the wood to black bookends. Next, I painted 5" wood letters (A and Z) in baby blue paint. Using a hot glue gun, I glued the Safari Ltd Wildlife Alligator and the letter A to one bookend and the Zebra and letter Z to the other bookend. At that point, there was nothing left to do except to put them on our shelf!
If you like the look of the A-Z bookshelf but you don't want to make one yourself, you can purchase an already assembled one (without the animals) on Amazon. This subtle superhero bookend would be really fun too. An even easier bookend would be a mason jar of shells, scrabble tiles, glass gems, math counters or a terrarium.
I organized our books with colored dot stickers: orange for novels, yellow for science, green for early readers, blue for board books, and red for bigger books. I have been amazed how much the sticker labels have empowered the kids to be able to put their own books away in their bins. Before, the kids would scatter the books around the house and not know where to put them away. Now, I've heard the kids giggle when they've realized that they know the "code" and can put the book away in the right place. Our bookshelf is so much neater now!
Here it is all put together! Our bookshelf has lots of room to grow, which I love. The map on the wall is a placemat and is hung at child height. The quote frame above it is from my Dr. Suess reading printables.
Special thanks to Safari Ltd for the animals to use in this project. I love the way they look on our shelf and my kids do too!
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
We haven't done very much astronomy, but warm summer nights are a great time to get outside and hang out under the stars. Dragonfly has started to become interested in the star pictures thanks to Moana, and I thought it would be great to provide her with some good books. And, well, the boys are into Star Wars, so I think they'll enjoy this study, too. Most of these books are on our wish list, but I'm going to start the list with one that we own.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
It's almost May the 4th, which means it's time to start thinking about Star Wars!!!
I'm a bit obsessed with themed road trips. Just check out my Pirate, zoo, dinosaur, and Frozen one as evidence. In honor of May the Fourth, I present a totally nerdy Star Wars party on wheels.
- freeze Hans Solo in ice and use him as a cooler ice block
- light saber silverware
- teddy graham ewoks
- jelly beans
- grape light sabers
- graham crackers
- Bow-ba Fett-a Pasta Salad
- fruit snacks
- Princess Lays chips
- mac and cheese lunch box
- Darth Vader sandwich bento box
- cucumber tie fighters
- BB8 lunch box
- light saber honey sticks and fruit
Star Wars soundtracks to make every moment of your vacation epic.
- SW printable puppets
- glow stick light sabers
- printable activity pack
- SW visual dictionary
- SW Lego activity book
- movie soundtrack
- Death Star beach ball
- SW football
- light saber fine motor activity
- light saber dive sticks
- #1 Dad tshirt
- Don't Mess with the Princess tshirt
- Darth Vader
Monday, April 24, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Monday- Fruits and Veggies 3-Part Cards
Tuesday- Flowers 3-Part Cards
Wednesday- Australia-Themed Movable Alphabet
Thursday- Our 2016-2017 Classroom
Friday- Australia unit
Number of Blog Posts: 483 published; 31 pending
Most Popular Blog Post This Week: Flower 3-Part Cards
Number of Blog Visitors a Month: 7,636 (up from 2,300 last year)
Most Popular Blog Post Last Month: Foster-to-Adopt Party Ideas
Number of Visitors Total: 78,167 (+46,000 from last year)
Most Popular Blog Post of All Time: QR Codes for Read Aloud Books
Number of Free Printables: 186 published; 7 pending (+61 this year)
Lessons from 3 Years of Blogging
1- I'm not a planner. Or, I should say that I like to plan, but I'm bad at following through. If you look over the past three years of homeschooling, you can see that I have long periods of time where I don't follow through on my plan or where I decide to break away form my plan and try something new. For our fourth year of homeschooling, I'm not going to plan anything or possibly only plan a few weeks at a time. My kids (especially Dragonfly) have so much drive for learning that I feel like between my creativity and their questions, we'll be fine. I'm excited about where we might end up.
2- How to use InLinkz to organize. I wrote a blog post about this, which you can read here. I'm very pleased with the look of the blog right now.
3- How to plug HTML into my blogging script. Makes me feel very smart and geeky.
Here's to another year!
Labels: 3rd year of homeschoool
Friday, April 21, 2017
Australian style licorice." We tasted American licorice and then the Australian kind and compared them. We also made "faerie bread," a birthday party tradition. It is comprised of white bread, spread with butter, and then coated wall to wall with rainbow sprinkles.
This is also an official #HowiSafari blog post! Safari Ltd sent us the Land Down Under toob for use in our homeschool. We used the animals in a sensory bin, learned their names, and sorted them by type (marsupial, reptile, bird, etc). Many of the Australian animals were previously unknown to my kids (our nearest zoo is eight hours away), so they really enjoyed seeing the little figurines.
We matched the Australian animals to the 3-part cards (free printable). Dragonfly is getting really fast at matching the figurines. She practiced reading some of the shorter words and identified some of the letter sounds in the words. We got out our movable alphabet and matched the beginning letters. When she gets a bit better at reading, we can use the movable alphabet to spell the animal names.
We watched videos about Australia and introduced the kids to the Crocodile Hunter. They thought he was ok, but they prefer the Wild Kratts. Dragonfly has been spouting facts from the Kratt Brothers about the different animals all week.
Blog Posts About Kangaroos
- Australian animals 3-part cards
- Australia-themed movable alphabet
- marsupial 3-part cards
- kindergarten unit
- 50 animals of Australia
- Australian biomes
- kangaroo life cycle 3-part cards
- parts of a kangaroo 3-part cards
- tea time
- fairy bread
- how a kangaroo is born
- what's inside an emu egg
- I'm a Platypus (audiobook)
- Wildlife Warriors: Koalas
- Australian Zoo tour
- Crocodile Hunter
Official HowiSafari Posts