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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:

 

http://BakingInATornado.com                                     Baking In A Tornado  – The Queen of all things bloggy and the mastermind behind Fly on                                                                                                                                                      the Wall AND the Secret Subject Swap!!

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/                                Just a Little Nutty

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                          Follow me home . . .

https://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/             Stacy Sews and Schools

http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com                              The Sadder But Wiser Girl

http://menopausalmother.blogspot.com/                   Menopausal Mother

http://mooreorganizedmayhem.blogspot.com/           Moore Organized Mayhem

http://hypnoticbard.blogspot.com/                           The Insomniac’s Dream

http://themomisodes.com/                                      The Momisodes

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                      Spatulas on Parade

http://dates2diapers2.blogspot.com                          Dates 2 Diapers

http://sorrykidblog.com/                                  Sorry kid, Your Mom Doesn’t Play Well With Others

http://www.therowdybaker.com                                The Rowdy Baker

http://www.trashyblog.com                                       Trashy Blog

http://www.barbara1923.com/                                    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 😉

 

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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

 

[Cover]

Most of this one!

 

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

 

HAVE FUN HOMESCHOOLING!!!!!

 

 

 

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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. 😉

 

BOOKS

 

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)

 

 

 

PRINTABLES

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

 

 

 

ONLINE RESOURCES

 

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 – MrDonn.org

 

 

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