Time to Nickel and Dime

Time to Nickel and Dime

Visiting my Greatest Generation Grandparents was always a treat. We were blessed to live only a few hours away from my Dad’s parents and they played an impressionable role often coming to visit and treating us to weeks at Grandparents “Camp”. So many childhood moments were spent visiting, learning and being enriched with midwestern values.  These experiences and their personal stories created a framework for who I am today I hope to share some of their amazing traditions.

This past week, after our electric bill showed up, one such memory popped into our heads. My older sister and I recall Grandpa handing us a roll of nickels one visit.  The roll of coins was ours by the end of the stay, if we remembered to turn off the lights as we left the room.  If we were caught leaving the room with the lights still on, however, we would owe Grandpa a nickel. If memory serves me right, my sister had an almost full roll where as was a few cents short by the end of the week (Oops, LOL). This particular memory made in impact on me that to this day I can’t leave a room or my house without all the lights being turned off.  So imagine my anxiety when all of a sudden my own children were leaving lights on all over the house. All I could envision is how much money I would have owed my Grandparents.  So, my husband and I figured why not give it a try?  Which child of mine is going to have a whole roll of nickels by the end of the week and which will be short a few cents?  Sorry babies, its time to Nickel and Dime ya’ Great Grandpa style.

Summer Family Adventures Week 5

Week 5

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure.

Here are our week 5 goals:

Monday: Life Skill Discovery: Writing Thank you Letters

Tuesday: Aberdeen Beads and Brushes hosts a Weekly Toddler Art lesson for $5.00.  Time to get and create!

Wednesday: Math Fun: Making Rock Candy  page 28 of the book, Kitchen Science Lab for Kids

Thursday: Foaming Slim Page 46 of the Book, Outdoor Science Lab for Kids 

Friday: Sports Day, Family Bike Ride

Family Adventure

Zoo Trip: A quick trip to a local Zoo make for a fun and easy adventure:

 

Aloha Safari Zoo 

North Carolina Zoo

 

Summer Family Adventures Week 3

Summer Family Adventures

Week 3

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure.

Here are our week 3 goals:

Monday: Math Magic- Card Tricks from PBS!

Tuesday: Aberdeen Beads and Brushes hosts a Weekly Toddler Art lesson for $5.00.  Time to get and create!

Wednesday: Life-Skill Preparing and Packing for a trip – Our kids will learn why lists are important as they sketch their own and help us pack for the move.Family Trip Packing List

Thursday: Exploring Science  We are headed to a local park with friends hiking and exploring nature with friends.

Friday: Sports Day- Count Down/Count Up

  • 10-Jumping Jacks
  • 9- Burpees
  • 8-Sit-ups
  • 7-Frog Hops
  • 6- Bear Crawls
  • 5- Pull-ups
  • 4- Forward punches
  • 3- Squats
  • 2- Yoga Poses
  • 1- 1 minute of plank
  • 2- Yoga poses
  • 3-Squats
  • 4-Kicks
  • 5-Swings
  • 6-Bear crawls
  • 7-Frog Hops
  • 8 Sit ups
  • 9-Burpees
  • 10 Jumping Jacks

Family Adventure

Road Trip

On the road again!! Our family is traveling to see family this week!

Summer Family Adventures Week 2

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Summer Family Adventures

Week 2

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure. For a review of our week 1 adventures, click on this link

Here are our week 2 goals:

Monday: Math & Money – Building on our life skill discovery last week, we will price and shop for $ store finds with money earned from their chore chart last week learning about tax and estimation.

Tuesday: Life Skill Discovery Beat the Heat and Be a Hero! I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) 2 Minute Home Fire Drill, Create an ICE Card (Learn your phone number, parents names-not just Mom and Dad plus address, Be a Hero Online Games for Kids , Disaster Checklist for Parents ,

Wednesday: Exploring Science–The Weymouth Nature Center and picnic lunch not only has a variety of trails to hike but it has a room designated for kids to explore and discover science with puzzles, games, puppets and a large screen microscope and it’s FREE!!

Thursday: Sports Day Tabata Kids! Why not squeeze a little workout in with our kids!!

Friday: Art Class-  Painting on Ice Beat the Summer Heat with this COOL project!

 

Weekend Project: Fishing!!

 

Egg Adventures

Egg Adventures!

How is Easter already next weekend?  Didn’t we just celebrate Christmas?  In the spirit of the holiday, I created a few fun projects for our kids this week.  With each one of our children at different academic levels, I wanted to develop an activity that would address each individual’s needs. Also as a combined family project, I brought back our Christmas Kindness Challenge and revamped it for Easter.

 

Kindness Challenge

Be Grateful, Be Kind, Believe in Kindness

Little toys, tiny trinkets, a coin or maybe a dollar, these are some of the possibilities that fill our kindness challenge eggs. Over the next week, our family will find places around town or even on our spring break travels to place these little gifts of love.  What would you put in your own kindness eggs?

Sight Word and Beginning Letter Challenge

Egg Fun for Four

 

Our four year old this week is working on beginning letters and recognizing site words in preparation for Kindergarten in the fall.  On the outside of each egg is the letter of the word inside. At the $ section of Target I found an egg puzzle. On one side I placed shape stickers and the other number for review.  Story starters are also typed up on other pieces of paper as a fun way to travel.  Open up each egg, read the story starter and create a family story as you drive or fly towards your family adventure.

Motor Skills and Movement Challenge

Eggs & Movement

Our middle girl is working on strengthening her muscles. So for her eggs, we placed a variety of movement exercises to get her up, moving and engaging those muscles in a fun challenge.

 

Stem Questions in Context Challenge

Stem Stories

Our oldest is working hard to master Stem questions in reading context. For her, I typed up a list of questions sent home by the school to use for her story retell.

What Egg Creations do you have planned for your Easter Celebration this year? 

5 Kid Friendly Outdoor Snow Projects

5 Kid Friendly Outdoor Snow Projects

Our Snowed in Adventure

When snow hits in the south, you can guarantee a few days snow-days. An unheard of 4 inches blanketed our area with gorgeous, soft flakes of snow. It was magical… for the first couple of days. However, when we received the call yesterday that again school was canceled, (it’s been 6 days since the snow fell) my first instinct was “Noooo”!  Being cooped up in the house with three kids well, the magic has worn thin.  They need to get out, have some purpose and be challenged by someone other then me and my husband (and goodness knows, I need time to work, LOL!).  But then, inspiration hit this morning.  With weathers warming up, the snow will be soon gone and we need to take advantage of what remains.Time to get busy, play outdoors and learn in our environment! Here are our Top 5 Kid Friendly Outdoor Snowy Projects!

 

  1. Snow Art

Materials:

  • Spray Bottles or recycled bottles
  • watered down paints or food coloring
  • leftover sprinkles from holiday cookies

Grab a large patch of snow and let the kids explore mixing colors and painting the snow.  Challenge them to create patterns or simple patterns.  See where their imagination takes them.

2. Snow Writing

Materials:

  • Sticks
  • Leftover snow art paint

Find a patch of snow and practice writing letters, words or messages in the snow.  Erase with leaves or pine branches and try again.

3.  Snow Prints

Materials:

  • Leaves
  • Pinecones
  • cars, trucks or anything with wheels
  • Other objects that will make imprints or patterns in the snow

Have the kids lightly press outdoor objects such as leaves and pinecones into the snow to see the imprint. Hunt for tracks in the snow made by outdoor critters  such as birds or deer. Use indoor objects like cars and trucks to see the impressions created.

4.  Snow Science- Melting Snow

Materals:

  • Buckets
  • Pots and pans
  • Stove (either hot plate or indoor range)
  • Cheese cloth or towel
  • oven
  • space heaters

Query 1: Can we Drink Snow?  Have the kids learn how melt snow and use as drinking water. Collect water into a couple pots. Fill to the top so they can see how much water comes from snow.  Melt the snow on the stove and observe the change in property from a solid to a liquid.  Boil snow for 10 minutes, cool and strain over a towel to get rid of any twigs, dirt and leaves.

Query 2: How fast does snow melt indoors. Have the kids place snow into buckets and place in different parts of the house such as the garage, in doors and by the heater.  Have them predict how long they think each bucket of snow will take to melt.

Query 3: How fast will snow melt with heat.  Use a heat lamp, hair dryer or space heater. Predict of fast each bucket of snow will melt.

As the water melted, we watched a Water Cycle Video and discussed what temperature needs to be present to make snow fall.

5.  Snow Books and Games

Snow was a way of life where I grew up so I sure enjoyed teaching the kids a few of my snow-fun filled games.

Snow Games

  • Fox and Geese – a Game of Tag in the Snow
  • Capture the Flag- I recall once playing this in thigh deep snow!  It was crazy but always a fun adventure
  • Building a Snowman or Fort
  • Having a snowball Fight
  • Creating Snow Angels

Recommend Reading for Snowy Day Fun

Snow by Cynthia Rylant

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll

Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Write

All you Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

 

Elf in Training- Day 2

Elf in Training Day 2

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Advent Adventures Day 2

We continue our advent adventures with Day 2. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2016: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 2 Tasks:

Elf in Training

1. Tell what you Love about each of your family members

  • Use a cheerful card or notepad and write down what you love about each of your family members.

2.  Volunteer your time.

Here are some suggestions:
  • Volunteer to wish the dishes.
  • Volunteer to help with laundry.
  • Volunteer to help in the community.

For kids this could be as simple as helping around the house or asking to do something other then their regular chores. For adults, look up a local food bank, cook a meal for new parents, help put wreaths/flowers at a memorial or look for someone who needs help out and about.

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Family Holiday Activity

Watch a Favorite Holiday Movie

It’s family movie night and what a better way to start the holiday season with a feel-good Christmas movie. With the weather chilly in Florida tonight, we are going to light a cozy fire, snuggle up with some blankets, pop some delicious popcorn and watch one of our favorite holiday family movies.  What’s one of your most treasured family Christmas movies?

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Workout Challenge

Two minutes of jump rope

Time for a quick warm up. Two minutes of jump rope is an excellent way to get my heart rate up before my regular workout.

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Christmas Tree Learning

Christmas Tree Learning

 

Time for some Christmas fun! This holiday themed learning is filled with all things trees. This set includes a letter T word hunt, a decorate the tree book, math with more and less, adding on 1 more, family activities and more!

The holiday season is here and with it Christmas themed activities for Preschool. Time for some Christmas fun! This holiday themed learning is filled with all things trees. This set includes a letter T word hunt, a decorate the tree book, math with more and less, adding on 1 more, family activities and more!For a link to my Etsy page, click here. 

Throughout next week, I’ll update this blog post with pictures of my little 4 year old working on some of the creative projects designed especially for preschool learning fun.  Here is a glimpse of the projects created. For the full set, check out my Etsy page.

Suggested Books for Christmas Tree Reading

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story 

Wish to Be A Christmas Tree

The Last Christmas Tree

The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever

Other Activities for Christmas Tree Week
  • Locate, at your craft store tree stickers or parts. Use this to count and make patterns.
  • Decorate/Trim your Christmas Tree.
  • Go on a field trip to a Christmas tree farm. Walk among the trees. Find out how they prepare and trim the trees.

T is for Turkey

Time for some Turkey Talk!

November is here and with it fall themed activities for Preschool.  This Thanksgiving themed learning is filled with all things turkey with an emphasis on being thankful. This set includes a letter T word hunt, a thankful book, math with more and less, math with adding on 1 more, thanksgiving placement cards, family thankful game and more! For a link to my Etsy page, click here. 

Throughout next week, I’ll update this blog post with pictures of my little 4 year old working on some of the creative projects designed especially for preschool learning fun.  Here is a glimpse of the projects created. For the full set, check out my Etsy page.

 

 

 

Suggested Books for Turkey Week Reading

Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving 

Five Silly Turkeys

The Silly Turkey

Turkey Trouble 

The Great Turkey Race & The Silly Turkey Party

10 Fat Turkeys 

Run Turkey Run 

Other Activities for Leaf Week
  • Daily have each child write down what they are thankful for on the feathers. Create a display turkey on Thanksgiving for a Turkey Talk.
  • Turkey Talk: Discuss the many ways you are thankful. Use the provided feathers to help prompt the children.
  • Display cards: Create display cards with one reason why that family member is loved.

 

Harvest Week

Time for some Harvest Fun!

November is here and with it fall themed activities for Preschool. This week we are learning all about fall harvest.  With Thanksgiving themed learning about farm, deer, squirrels and other fall activities, your preschool child will enjoy learning all about harvest! This set includes a letter D for deer word hunt, a color by numbers, a pattern and simple counting page and an entertaining squirrel song.

Throughout next week, I’ll update this blog post with pictures of my little 4 year old working on some of the creative projects designed especially for preschool learning fun.  Here is a glimpse of the projects created (for more, click here):

 

Click here for a link to my Etsy site for a PDF of our leaf activities.

Suggested Books for Harvest Week Reading

 

Fall Harvest: Bringing in Food 

Tractor Mac Harvest Time

Strega Nona’s Harvest

Hello Harvest Moon

Animals in the Fall: Preparing for Winter

Other Activities for Leaf Week
  • Field Trip to a Farm
  • Explore Tracks Outside
  • Go on a hike to explore nature
  • Create a follow the footprint game. Trace and cut out footprints. Place them around the house or outdoors for kids to follow your path or treasure hunt.

Below are pictures I will update for our upcoming Harvest week: