## Sewing, Homeschooling and Craziness

### Learning Factors and Multiples and Comparing Fractions

Cailey started learning about factors and multiples last week. At first she was having a lot of trouble remembering the difference between the two. So, I Googled. LOL I saw a lot of really cute ideas for helping kids learn the difference. The only problem? I can’t draw. Not even decent stick people… SO, I made MY versions.

Here are the 2 charts that I made. She keeps them in her Chair Buddy and pulls them out whenever she needs a little refresher.

Then I made little flip books so she could practice her tables, factors and multiples.

Here are some of the links that I came across in my search!

Math Is Fun

Johnnie’s Math Page

Young Teacher Love

Ms Glanz

We have now moved on to comparing fractions! Here are some great links to help with that!

ABCya – scroll down to numbers

Worksheet Fun

Flapjack Educational Resources

HAVE FUN LEARNING!!!

### Hands on Math Activities

So, my printer went out… I had to buy a new one. BLECK!!! My old printer was a Kodak and the ink lasted forever and was SO CHEAP. SIGH… When I went to buy a new one they were out of Kodaks. WAH!!!! I bought an HP instead. Now, the quality of the HP is AWESOME but the ink is higher and doesn’t last as long. I say all of that to tell you this: I will be MAKING a lot of homeschooling stuff instead of PRINTING a lot of homeschooling stuff. When we first started homeschooling (7 years ago!!!) that was a normal occurrence. I made TONS of stuff. Looks like we are going back to that and I LOVE IT!! I had forgotten how much fun it was to make my own games and such.

Anyway, here are 2 new math games. Colin is LOVING them. SHEW!!!!!

This is his favorite. He loves rolling the dice and inserting the numbers.

I made different symbol squares so that even Cailey can use the game. It’s so versatile! You can compare the numbers, add them, subtract them, multiply or divide them!

To store the game pieces I just stapled a paper bag to the “game board”.  Zipper bags would probably be better but I am out, of course.

Skip counting by 5s game! I traced Colin’s hands on to construction paper and cut them out. Then I just wrote the numbers on the palms. He’s not as fond of this game, probably because dice are not involved, but he loves that he is playing with HIS hands. LOL

The other day when I posted some sight word / word family activities I also posted some links to other hands on ideas. This was one of them! This is my version of Creative Family Fun ‘s Word Family Sort.

I added a blank circle for those sight words that Colin is learning that don’t fit into a family or ones that he isn’t actually learning all of yet.

I also added a couple of new things to the blog. Over on the right side you will see a new listing, My Pages. Until the title you will find links to my Homeschooling Units and Ideas page and my All Tutorials page. Now you (and I) can find what I have on each topic without having to use the search box.

HAVE FUN HOMESCHOOLING!!!!

### Easy Hands On Number Activities

I bought a bag of foam pieces from the Dollar Tree a few weeks ago. We’ve been having some fun crafting with them, too bad someone threw those crafts away!!! ARGH!!!! Anyway, I was trying to think of some ways to improve Colin’s grasp of numbers higher than 20. So, I dug out those foam pieces and started writing the numbers 0-50 on them.

Then I had him put them in order. Easy peasy!!! Cheap and fun, too!

Then I had an idea of another activity he could do with those pieces! Count out beans!! Now he can see how many the different numbers represent as well as their placement in line.

Not bad for \$1!

I have found that there are a lot of things out there for numbers 1-10 and a few for 1-20 but not many for any of the higher numbers. I will be trying to think of some more ideas! Wish me luck!

### Ancient Rome and My Little Pony

What a title. LOL  I have been planning away today! I almost have things planned out for the Cs for the first couple of weeks. Yes, I know…. I said I was thinking more along the lines of unschooling…. I find that I am not able to give up that much control yet. LOL That being said, they will have a lot of areas that will be completely led by them. Our animal studies, for example, will be based on whatever animals they are interested in at the time.

SO, Ancient Rome. That will be our first history theme. Here are the books I am planning to use:

Holy Cities: Rome by Saviour Pirotta

DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Rome

World History Encyclopedia by Parragon Publishing

History in Stone: Ancient Rome by Philip Steele

The Life of a Roman Soldier by Don Nardo

Magic Tree House Research Guide Ancient Rome and Pompeii by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce  (I will be getting “Vacation Under the Volcano” from the library)

The Time Warp Trio: See You Later Gladiator by Jon Scieszka

A Child’s History of the World by Virgil M. Hillyer

Will we also be using 2 different lapbooks mixed together. One from Homeschool Share and one from Dynamic2Moms. I will be sharing all our crafts and stuff as we go along.

For science I have a whole bunch of kits from The Young Scientist Club that we will be going through. The first one will be on measurements. If you are looking to buy the kits they are MUCH cheaper through Amazon than the monthly club. You get 3 kits for a little more than one kit.

For math Cailey will be using Saxon Math 3, Colin will be playing games and Joshua (J2) and Deanna will be using Khan Academy along with their text books (Saxon for D and Bob Jones (?) for J2).  They LOOOOOVE Khan Academy!! And so do I! LOL

For Biology D will be using Abeka. She LOOOOVES their science books, they are all she has used since we started homeschooling. J2 will be starting physics! YILES!!! He will be using Khan Academy and HippoCampus.

My goodness, it’s gonna be a BUSY year!!! LOL

Now, for the My Little Pony!

Cailey has a skort that she LOOOVES but it has gotten entirely too short for her. She was getting tired of having to wear it with leggings so I decided to fix that for her. I had a small remnant of My Little Pony fabric that I pick up for next to nothing so I made a big ruffle out of it and attached it to the bottom of the skort! All fixed! She loves it! YAY!!!

I am sloooooowly making progress on the McCall’s M6553. SIGH…. I wish I would hurry up already! LOL

I want to thank everyone that commented yesterday. THANK YOU!!!!! You all are AMAZING!!! THANK YOU, again!!! I have the best readers ever!

OOH!!!! I have WONDERFUL news!!! A friend of mine will be starting a Bags of Hope and Love <3 with her congregation!!! YAY!!! Isn’t that GRRRRRREAT!!!! Let’s just keep spreading the hope and love as far and wide as we can!!! Let’s see how many kids we can reach!! WOOO HOOOO!!!

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