Thursday, May 25, 2017

Inspiring Writing Through the Study of Art

Artist Connie Goulding
Art is such a great way to get the creative mind working. Children often connect imagines, thoughts and words before they have mastered the skill of writing.  Young children can look at any picture and come up with a story to go along with that picture, adding in details from experiences they have had. Using a three step process of observe, interpret, and create, children learn to generate ideas, organize thoughts and communicate effectively. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The End of the Ancient Jewish Nation - Story of the World V. 1 Ch 38

Story of the World Volume 1 Chapter 38 

The Destruction of the Temple 70 AD


Because the Romans were afraid that the people would follow Jesus, instead of listening to them, they had Him put to death.  The Jews hated being under the rule of the Romans, they had been ruled for years by other countries. For years the Jews lived in Egypt and Canaan,  finally after returning back to their home land, the Jews hoped to be free from ruling countries, but they were now ruled by Rome.  The Jews grew tired of being ruled by the Romans so they rebelled and refused to follow Roman law.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Visit Brazil with Little Passports

My kids have anxiously waited for the second Little Passports delivery.  The suspense has almost been to much for them to endure...they were so excited to see where Sam and Sophia would be traveling next.   I'm sure all 4 of my kiddos made a trip to the post box at least twice a day looking for a package from Little Passports.  Finally it came! And this months travels were to Brazil, the largest country in South America. 

The souvenir this month was a piece of amethyst that Sam and Sophia found while exploring an amethyst mine.  Amethyst forms in hollow agates called geodes and can be found in the Brazil state of  Minas Gerai. Information on amethyst

Thursday, March 9, 2017

What You May Not Know About St. Patricks Day

Every year on March 17th, the Irish and non Irish join together to celebrate the feast day of Ireland's patron saint, Patrick.   For many the day is about Leprechauns, chasing rainbows, gold, shamrocks and green.  It is such a fun day to dress up in green, eat green foods, and decorate with shamrocks, but do you really know where the holiday originates from? Do you know that St. Patrick was not actually Irish?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Look What Showed Up in the Mail!!!

Our first Little Passports World Addition delivery! My kids were super excited to see what was in the box.  They were a little impatient with me for demanding to take pictures before I would let them open it. They had waited for a few weeks for it to be delivered.  Lucky for them, it arrived 3 days early. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

What is CopyWork?

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 What exactly is copywork?

"Secure that the child begins by making perfect letters and is never allowed to make faulty ones, and the rest he will do for himself; as for 'a good hand,' do not hurry him; his 'handwriting' will come by-and-by... 

Set good copies before him, and see that he imitates his model dutifully: the writing lesson being not so many lines, or 'a copy'––that is, a page of writing––but a single line which is as exactly as possible a copy of the characters set. The child may have to write several lines before he succeeds in producing this.

A certain sense of possession and delight may be added to this exercise if children are allowed to choose for transcription their favourite verse in one poem and another." Charlotte Mason

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What is STEM, exactly?

What is STEM, exactly?

 How many of you struggle with ideas for STEM projects?  I know I do and I don't always have time to sit and search for ideas on Pintrest and when I do find an idea, I don't have all the materials.  I love that Groovy Lab in a box sends a new project every month.  Have you signed up for a subscription yet?  What is your favorite way to introduce STEM to your children?  Leave a comment below.

People often reference “STEM” a lot. However, you may be wondering: “What is STEM, exactly?” Groovy Lab in a Box takes a look at what STEM is and why it is so important to the United States.
STEM is an acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” It’s an acronym to describe a type of curriculum in school – from kindergarten through college. The idea behind STEM is to make the United States more competitive in technology development by bringing up generations of students who can excel in high-tech jobs (Groovy Lab in a Box calls this generation, “STEMists”.) Without these STEMists, the U.S. could face a workplace development crisis.


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