Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Little House on the Prairie

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 Recently I started reading the Little House on the Prairie series with my kids.  They are loving it! As we are reading the series I can't help but wonder how on earth I missed reading this as a kid.  I loved to watch the TV series and probably watched every episode, but I never read the books.  I loved to read, so that wasn't why I didn't read them.  I think it's more I didn't have the guidance of choosing good literature.  I read a lot of fluffy stuff like The Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High.  Of course I didn't see either of those choices as fluffy...I attended school at Valley High...Not the same one as in the book but it was still Valley High so I felt like I had a connection to the main characters.  Add to it, I was a twin, so I loved to read about the twins in Sweet Valley High.  I wanted to know what it was like being a twin past the age of 8 as my twin died in an accident at 8, so I never got to experience going to high school with him.  While I was focused on reading fluffy books, I missed out on reading great classics like Little House on the Prairie.

The Little House the Prairie book series is written by Laura Ingalls Wilder based on her childhood memories. The series is sure to delight boys and girls alike.

Book Summary as found on Amazon:
"The book that started it all! Little House in the Big Woods is the first book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's treasured Little House series, which was based on her life growing up as an American pioneer. This edition features Garth Williams' interior art in vibrant full color.
Told from four-year-old Laura's point of view, this story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Laura lives in the little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their trusty dog, Jack.
Pioneer life is sometimes hard for the family, since they must grow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter. But it is also exciting as Laura and her family celebrate Christmas with homemade toys and treats, do the spring planting, bring in the harvest, and make their first trip into town. And every night they are safe and warm in their little house, with the happy sound of Pa's fiddle sending Laura and her sisters off to sleep.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Story of the World Ch 35 - Caesar the Hero

Caesar Fights the Celts, Crosses the Rubicon, 

and The Death of Caesar (100bce-44bce)

Caesar wanted to become the king of Rome so he set out to gain the love and  trust of the people.  His plan was to be the greatest warrior of Rome by winning  many battles and conquering a great deal of land for Rome.  After showing the people his success maybe he could convince them that he would be a great king.
Caesar trained his army to fight and he took good care of his men. They had plenty to eat and they were paid well.  He's men loved him because of the good treatment they received and they were soon loyal to him. Caesar fought many battles, he won some and he lost some.  He didn't tell the people of Rome about his loses, only the wins.  He didn't want them to know he had lost.

Homeschool Resources Under $30

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January is Homeschool Month on Educents! If you are like me, at the beginning of a new year, you evaluate what is going great or not so great with your homeschool curriculum.   Educents has some great products.  I especially love the Life of Fred books, you won't find a better price for them than on Educents...I've looked.  Us promo code STOCKUP to receive 10% off plus free shipping on orders over $150 for a limited time.  

Here's a list of the best affordable homeschool resources - all available for $30 or less on Educents. Helpful Resources Homeschool Music Journey - These 12 activities and 8 coloring pages introduce kids to a world of music-related fun, from Australian clapsticks to Indian ankle bells and Egyptian rattles. These projects fit perfectly into any homeschool curriculum where music is a part of the learning and discovery!
 Photography Lessons for Kids - Add some fun to your homeschool! Whether your kids have a point and shoot or a DSLR camera, the fundamental rules of photography can still be taught.  
Math Resources Tegu Geometric Blocks - Here's a hands-on way to learn geometric shapes. These blocks come in many shapes and colors.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Science Gifts that Lasts a Lifetime


Can you believe we are already coming upon the Holiday Season? It seems like this year has flown by, soon we will have a new year upon us.  Below I have a list of some great Christmas ideas.  I love it when my kids get excited over educational items and I think they will love the below science helps.
How many of you struggle with teaching science?  I know at times I do, which I really shouldn't since science is everywhere and a big part of our every day life.   What science items are on you Christmas list this year?

Educents has rolled out it's Pre-Black Friday Sale!!!! I love Educents and all the great products they offer.  If your looking for Life of Fred books - Educents has the best deal around - I've looked.

Now through Thanksgiving, get 10% off + Free Shipping +5% Back in Edubucks!!! What an awesome deal!  Use code GIVETHANKS at checkout. This code will be good until the end of November.

Gifts for Ages 3 to 7

Slimy Squishy Polymer Bucket

Science makes SENSES with this bucket of colorful, creative fun.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Story of The World Vol 1 Ch 34

The Rise of Julius Caesar (100BCE)

Rome became one of the richest and strongest cities in ancient history making it an intriguing to study. Roman builders made paved roads making travel into the city easier.  Rome is also know for developing aqueducts to bring water into the cities.   Apartment buildings made it so more people could live within the city.  
Julius Caesar was born in Rome to an important family who claimed to be descendants of Romulus, the founder of Rome.  Julius Caesar went to school and learned the art of public speaking and learned to gain the trust of people by word.  Julius wanted to help govern Rome, so he threw parties for those that would vote in the hopes to win their votes.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

September 17th is Constitution Day

On September 17, 1787 the US Constitution was signed at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia by 39 signers.  In 2004  a law was established that made Constitutional Day an official holiday. Even though it has been established as a holiday, we really don't celebrate it like any other holiday.  In fact, I didn't even realize it was an actual holiday until I consulted the Internet.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

It's STEM Week!

It's STEM week! What do you do in your homeschool for STEM? I have kids that love all things engineering and could construct new inventions for hours.  We love Life of Fred for math.  It is simple yet fun.  It's especially nice that it is not kill and drill.  Each chapter only has a few math problems to go along with the story. 

 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are all crucial to learning about and participating in the modern era. And there is so much FUN to be had while diving into these subjects. I've rounded up a great resource for each discipline - whether or not these are perfect for your little ones, there are wonderful resources out there to inspire young girls and boys. Tip: Educents' Labor Day Sale code is LASTCHANCE and gets 10% Off and Free Shipping to boot!


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