Elements & Dragons

Elements & Dragons Birthday Party

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Elements and dragons, that’s the newest trend for our eight year old girl. On Friday she has a couple friends over to play games and celebrate. With dragons on my mind, I was able to come up with some adorable post card invitations  and a couple creative games for the kids to play.

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Dragon's Quest

Blending elements and dragons, I created an adventure map with clues to locate the dragon’s treasure. Each path lead to a new element themed riddle.  Each clue we sealed with a small bit of wax and a pressed a seal.

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This little dragon seal was an affordable find on Amazon. For the paper, I saved time and purchased an inexpensive packet from Amazon. If you wish to create the appearance of old manuscript. Try using this method and check our video to see the kids in action.

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  1. Soak your paper in 2 tablespoons coffee, tea or chocolate and 2 cups of water  in a 9X11 baking dish. You can paint with a brush to ensure the stain blends to the paper or just allow it to soak for 5-10 mins.
  2. Remove the paper and place onto a paper towel blotting the excess water.
  3. Set the oven to 200 degrees. Cook the paper for 5-10mins. Or use a blow dryer on each side to dry.
  4. For extra aging, tear the edges before placing in the oven or afterwards burn a couple holes in the paper.
Elements Story Teller

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A couple posts ago, I wrote about our date night story teller.  For Sophia’s party I created a fun dragon/element version.   The activities on this particular version are related to literacy and story elements. While one flap requests you to describe what’s inside a dragon’s egg another asks to how to capture a dragon.  There are also a couple of movement prompts.  Download here, have fun and enjoy this Elements Fortune Teller.

  • To play ask your friend to pick an element. Spell that element or word moving the teller back and forth.

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  • Next, have them pick a number. Do the activity and then count that number again moving the teller back and forth for the number picked. Finally have them choose a triangle to open and read the activity.  Repeat as often as you want.

Adventure Map Clues

Adventure Map

Invite

Elements Fortune Teller

 

Learning on Holiday

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This weekend, for my 40th birthday, our family is headed on a grand adventure to Hawaii. The last couple weeks have been spent gathering teaching material and creating fun projects for my 3, 5 and 7 year old children.  In order to make the most of space, I’ve tried to come up with projects that don’t require a lot of storage but still spark creativity. During our trip, I plan to blog about our family learning adventures.  We hope to travel and learn on the go creating a classroom without walls. We are excited about the learning possibilities and adventures we will have with our kids!  Here are some of the projects I’ve created, so far.

Travel Journals 

With the different age levels in mind, I created personalized journals.  Designed not to be to labor intensive, I want the children to be excited and enjoy writing in their logs. For my preschool child, he can circle the type of activity & weather and rate the day.  Then he can draw a simple picture while I write down one sentence about his drawing. For my kindergartener she can also circle the type of activity, weather and rate the date. Additionally there is a space for a picture and sentence prompts for details about each day. For my 2nd grade child, I have the same as the 5 year old but with words rather then emoticons to rate the day.

This year, I bound each of their journals into a fun personal book.  First, I added a blank page to each side of the book.  I then hauled out my sewing machine and stitched one side of the book for a spine. Using a sticky back foam pages, I attached it one to the front and the second to the back to create the cover.  Using patterned duct tape, I reinforced around the outside cover for a finished look. Originally I was just going to tape the spine, however the sticky foam continued have edges that popped up and I figured this would make it easy for children to take the book apart.  So, I ended up taping around each side.

Learning Modules

The teachers are sending home some of the material they are covering in class but this holiday gives me the opportunity come up with create projects and writing prompts for my students. So with that in mind, I created different modules for three children.

1st up is my preschooler.  Found on Mrs. D’s Corner, I absolutely love her morning work binder.  I purchased, downloaded and modified to fit my little one’s needs.  In this binder, I have practice for learning to spell his name, his street address, phone number and understanding weather.  To add to this idea, I designed suitcases that I laminated for all my kids to practice packing according the season, putting the months and days in order and housing their personal information for the velcro sheets.  Towards the back of the binder, I also found some fantastic clip art story boards to use with dry erase markers.

Each of the girls have a binder/folder filled with projects and activities. There is music and movement, a Hawaii Glyph, a short play, reading comprehension for the older and following directions for the younger.  I’ve also included a variety of working with words and language development for each girls designed for their level.  Each girl has a daily activity that I used a few years ago while teaching in Colorado. This one page is chalk filled with daily math uses.  There is number of the day with ten frames, hundred charts, calendar, patters, temperature, clock, analogies and either sentence editing or site word practice.  Then, there is my favorite section, writing lessons.

Writing Projects

During our time away, I have created a variety of writing prompts themed for our time on the island.  There is a prompt for creative stories, procedural writing and comic.  I also created a movie strip from a suitcase to design a picture story.  Each prompt can be used for a variety of levels by offering more or less help when writing stories.  I am also taking a few blank books for when inspiration hits or to save brochures and pictures from the island.

Books

Our evening routine is not complete without story-time.  With that in mind, I looked for island themed books.  Here are some of the Hawaii books we found. Some are on kindle with others are paperback.

 

 

Our Trim Healthy Mama Menu

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I did it!  One full week of a Fuel Cycle, done!!  Not one cheat and I feel amazing.  This week’s goal is to stick to my menu plan.  We have a family vacation starting this upcoming weekend so staying on plan will be difficult but I will strive for eating as healthy as possible.  With that in mind, we have a lot of freezer food to get rid of leftovers and not bring in to much food before we leave. This week is also my 40th birthday!!  So, a THM birthday cake is in the works.  I adore chocolate and love that Trim Healthy Mama gives me options to enjoy this decadent treat. Thank you Mrs. Criddles Kitchen for this yummy recipe.

Monday: Tacos with Leftover meat in the Freezer (S)

Tuesday: Leftover Chili in the Freezer (E)

Wednesday: Spinach and sausage quiche: Breakfast for Dinner (S) Page 150 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Thursday: Crispy Fish with Green Fries (E) Page 178 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Friday: My Birthday!!  Low Carb Pizza (C/O)

Saturday: Traveling, low carb sandwich wraps (E)

Sunday: Hot dogs with Green Fries (E)

40th Birthday Bash

Come and join the Birthday Bash. Everyone will be approved when the party starts Thursday, January 12 at 8:00pm. There will be live videos, games, drawings and LuLaRoe boutique shopping with Jessica K.

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The Grand prize is a basket full of Rodan+Fields goodies and a OS or TC legging. 1 entry earned for each person you add to the party!! Here is the Grand Prize Basket, it’s just missing the mini eye cream!!

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For a look at how Rodan+Fields has changed my life, check out my before and after pictures.  I seriously love what Rodan+Fields has done with my skin. The first picture is before RF, the second last spring and the third last Friday (I do have mineral peptides and make up in the last two pictures).  I started with Sooth, moved to Redefine and then Reverse. I now use a combination of Reverse in the morning, Redefine at night and Lash Boost. I turn 40 in 11 days and I feel fantastic!!

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My results with Lash Boost my me feel so pretty!  I love my lashes!

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The first picture is before I started, the second 4 weeks. The third, 8 weeks in and the 4th today (12 weeks). I am wearing mascara on in the last two pictures.  

Click here for a link to my Birthday Bash Party!!!