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Fly on the Wall – August – Homeschool Edition

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 15 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:                                     Baking In A Tornado  – The Queen of all things bloggy and the mastermind behind Fly on                                                                                                                                                      the Wall AND the Secret Subject Swap!!                                Just a Little Nutty                          Follow me home . . .             Stacy Sews and Schools                              The Sadder But Wiser Girl                   Menopausal Mother           Moore Organized Mayhem                           The Insomniac’s Dream                                      The Momisodes                      Spatulas on Parade                          Dates 2 Diapers                                  Sorry kid, Your Mom Doesn’t Play Well With Others                                The Rowdy Baker                                       Trashy Blog                                    Barbara & 1923





Sooooo…. I usually try to keep a running list of all the kooky, crazy, nutty stuff my family says during the month. Ummm… Well…. This time I forgot. Yep. I kept telling everyone to remind me to write the stuff down. You think they forgot on purpose??? Naw…. Surely not!

Anyway, since I have no list and I have the memory of a gnat, I decided to go with what has been on my mind all month. HOMESCHOOLING!!! We started back on Monday (read about it)! SO much work goes into getting everything ready for the new school year. YILES!!!! Here I can show you some of the fruits of my labor.


I am MUCH more hands on when it comes to the youngest 2 kids. They have never been to public school and like to do things as hands on as possible. The older kids have always wanted me to throw them a book and leave them alone. HAH! THAT doesn’t happen very often. 😉 Well, I might throw them a book but it’s a living book and NOT a text. BLECK!!!!

ANYWAY!! Here are a few things that the younger kids have this week.


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In these pics, C&C are doing more experiments on rocks (click for the unit study) using our Young Scientist Club kit #7. In the top pics they are testing whether or not the rocks are magnetic. In the bottom 2 pics they are doing hardness tests.




Collage Israel



Israel Study010


In the next pics, we are doing our Israel study.  C&C made the Israeli flag out of construction paper in the top pic. The bottom is a picture of our Little Passports Israel package. They love those SOOOOO much!!! After reading and doing the activities (and trying to catch a flying dreidel), they signed on to their account and did the activities there.



Collage Bears


We’ve also been doing our bear study this week. Cailey made hers a bear family while Colin made his scary!! LOL



Collage Mosaics


Making mosaics was another activity in the Marco Polo for Kids book. We tried making mosaics last year for Ancient Greece and they did NOT enjoy it. This time I decided to go for something easier and had them color pictures instead!

For our Marco Polo unit click HERE.


We have read a TON of books this week! SHEW!!!!!

SUCH a busy first week but so much FUN!!!!!


If you want to see the other pics from this week click HERE!!!!!



Now, don’t forget to check out the wonderful, marvelous bloggers that are participating this month!!! I promise you won’t regret it. They are FAR more entertaining that I am! LOL 😉



Our 4th in Pigeon Forge

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We spent the 4th of July in Pigeon Forge with our friends Joe and Lisa and their daughter, Amanda. We had SOOOOO much fun!!!!

Here are a few pictures to show some of the things we did.

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We saw the bears at Three Bears Country Store. They have 5 of them!

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We went to one of the gem mines and panned for rocks! The kids loved it!!!

Poor Deanna didn’t find as many as the other kids did.

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We went into the gem mine’s store and museum. We thought about waiting around to have our finds identified but the wait was FOREVER. Instead, I think I will make it a science project! Identify your own finds! 😉

We had SO much fun and we can’t wait until Joe, Lisa and Amanda come back to visit!!!


Bear Unit Study


Our next animal study will be about bears!! They look soooo cute and cuddly, don’t they? LOL

I will never forget the first time Colin saw the taxidermy bears at Bass Pro. He wanted NOTHING to do with them! LOL





Watch Me Grow – Bear



Bears – Usborne Beginners



A Bed for the Winter – DK Readers



Bears: Polar Bears, Black Bears and Grizzly Bears



Bear-ology: Fascinating Bear Facts, Tales and Trivia



The Magic School Bus – Polar Bear Patrol




The Magic School Bus – Sleeps for the Winter



Bear Snores On – (There are a lot more books in this series.)







Bear 5-Pack of eBooks! Learn About Bears While Learning To Read - Bear Photos And Facts Make It Easy! (Over 240+ Photos of Bears)

Bears 5-Pack  – free for Prime members



Bears! Learn About Bears and Enjoy Colorful Pictures - Learning Fun! (50+ Photos of Bears)

Bears – Kids Look and Learn – free for Prime members



Bear Facts & Pictures (Fun Animal Photo Books for Children)

Bear Facts & Pictures – Free for Prime



Bears: Amazing Photos & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature (Our Amazing World Series)

Bears – Our Amazing World Series – FREE for Prime



Amazing Series for Kids: Discover Bear Picture Book

Amazing Series for Kids – Bears – FREE for Prime



Grizzly Bears! Learn About Grizzly Bears and Enjoy Colorful Pictures - Look and Learn! (50+ Photos of Grizzly Bears)

Grizzlies – Kids Look and Learn – FREE for Prime



Bears - The wonderful world of the Bears - Touch Screen for Kids (ANIMALS)

The Wonderful World of Bears – FREE for Prime





Zoobooks – Bears

Zoobooks – Polar Bears

Your Big Backyard – Dec/Jan 2011

National Geographic Kids – April 2012




Bears Unit Study and Lapbook – Homeschool Share

Giant Panda Lapbook – Homeschool Share

Bear Printable Activities and Crafts – DLTK-Kids

Bear Activity Sheets – School Express

Bear Coloring Pages –

Bear Worksheets –

Montessori Printables (animal tracks, animal families) – Montessori for Everyone

All About Bears – Unit Study – Currclick – $6.95

Polar Bears – A Fun Study – Currclick – $1

Bears of North America – Simple Days Unit Study – Currclick – 99 cents







Bear Activities and Facts – Kid Zone (lots of printables here, too)

Polar Bear Animal Study – Squidoo

How to Draw a Grizzly Bear – Art Projects for Kids

Brown Bear Facts  – Nat Geo Kids

Bears – Kids Konnect

The American Bear Association

Learn About Bears – Squidoo

Bear Pictures – Nat Geo

Facts About Bears –

Bear Lesson Plans – Discovery

Bear Theme – Lesson Tutor

List of Bear Movies for Kids – Common Sense Media

Bears – Animal Planet

Planet Earth  and Living Planet are both great series that have several bear parts.

Jeff Corwin watches a bear.



I have to admit, there weren’t as many bear things easily found as I thought there would be. :/ Most of the stuff seems to be geared toward the very young (teddy bears).

If you want to do a specific bear, you could probably find more things.



Coming up tomorrow, a SEWING tutorial!! YAY!! LOL





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