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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



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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 😉



First Day of Homeschool 2013

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Yesterday was our first day of the new homeschool year! YAY!!!! I thought I would share a few of the things we did.


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For some reason all of our cats seem to LOVE Cailey’s school work! They never bother any of the other kids! LOL

If you recognize Cailey’s dress, it’s the Red, White and Blue dress (click for the tutorial).


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Here is Colin doing some streak tests from the Young Scientist Club kit # 7 – Minerals. (These are MUCH cheaper through Amazon and you get 3 kits in one.) (Amazon was down while I was working on this post.)


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Here, Cailey is examining rocks from our trip to Pigeon Forge on the 4th of July.

The Rocks and Minerals unit that I put together can be found HERE.



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Cailey and Colin are drawing maps! This is the first activity in the book Marco Polo for Kids.


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Here are their finished “mythical maps”! Colin’s is the top and Cailey’s the bottom. They had SOOOO much fun with this activity! I didn’t think they would ever be finished! LOL

For our Marco Polo unit click HERE.

Books that we read –

For our Bear Unit click HERE!!!

Marco Polo for Kids: His Marvelous Journey to China, 21 Activities (For Kids series)

Parts of this one.


You Wouldn't Want to Explore With Marco Polo!: A Really Long Trip You'd Rather Not Take (You Wouldn't Want to...)

Half of this one



Most of this one!


Not bad for the first day! 😉 Of course we also did the usual math, spelling, reading, etc…… 😉







Marco Polo Unit Study


Our next history unit study is on Marco Polo! Here is a list of resources, some free and some low cost. 😉




Who Was Marco Polo?

Who Was Marco Polo?



Animals Marco Polo Saw (Explorer Series)

Animals Marco Polo Saw



The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History

The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History



Looking for Marco Polo

Looking for Marco Polo



Marco? Polo! #16 (Time Warp Trio)

Marco? Polo! Time Warp Trio



Marco Polo for Kids: His Marvelous Journey to China, 21 Activities (For Kids series)

Marco Polo for Kids



The Usborne Book of Explorers from Columbus to Armstrong (Famous Lives)

The Usborne Book of Explorers



DK Illustrated Book of Great Adventures: Tales of Real-Life Adventurers Throughout History

DK Illustrated Book of Great Adventures 



Explorer book cover

DK Eye Wonder Explorers (read for free on We Give Books)





School Express Marco Polo Activity Sheets

Explorer Unit  – Homeschool Share

Marco Polo Activity Book

To The Orient and Back with Marco Polo Unit Study – Currclick – $3.50

Marco Polo Lapbook – Hands of a Child – $6

At Your Seat Study – Explorers Marco Polo – Currclick – There looks to be 6 in this series for Marco Polo. $1 each






Marco Polo and Leif Erikson Lesson Plans – Squidoo

Silk and the Silk Route Lesson Plans – Learning Through History

In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

Explorers Part 2 – Living Life Intentionally

Let’s Study Explorers – Marco Polo – Lesson Tutor

Marco Polo – Ducksters

Marco Polo Interactive Map – Eduplace

The Adventures of Marco Polo Photo Gallery – National Geographic

Marco Polo Timeline

Marco Polo – Cyber Sleuth Kids

The Marco Polo Odyssey – National Geographic

Marco Polo Lesson Plans, Games and Powerpoints –




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