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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Yes, that's right Play-Doh has it's own National Day of the year, I have to admit that I never knew this and had to do some research for myself first.
Play Doh has been one of our favorite play and educational tools for years, from early in our children's lives they have been exposed to the squishy, moldable fun stuff. I myself will confess joy and laughter to the delightful smell when you open that little yellow container ...lol, there is just something magical about the stuff.
Here are some historical points to share with your homeschoolers:
National Play Doh Day is observed on September 16, 2014. Play-Doh is a modeling compound used by young children for art and craft projects at home and in school. Composed of flour, water, salt, boric acid, and mineral oil, the product was first manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., as a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s.
When a classroom of children began using the wallpaper cleaner as a modeling compound, the product was reworked and marketed to Cincinnati schools in the mid-1950s. Play-Doh was demonstrated at an educational convention in 1956 and prominent department stores opened retail accounts.
Advertisements promoting Play-Doh on influential children's television shows in 1957 furthered the product's sales. Since its launch on the toy market in the mid-1950s, Play-Doh has generated a considerable amount of ancillary merchandise such as The Fun Factory. In 2003, the Toy Industry Association named Play-Doh in its "Century of Toys List". (With material from: Wikipedia)
- Mold ABC's out of dough
- Mold their name, their sibling's names, pets names etc.
- Make funny faces with hair
- Make a clock with the hands set the the correct time (use a paper plate)
- Using printable Play- Doh mats, create fun ( many printable mats free online- just search)
- Make their favorite animal
- Mold and count out balls in 5's and 10's ,25's 50's 100's
- Make pattern kabobs with different colors
- Molding and making basic shapes out of dough
- Shape first letter of the color of the dough used
- Create farm animals , jungle animals etc and talk about habitats
- Create emotions on white paper plates and talk about feelings
- Mold models of Earth and other planets
- Mold phases of the moon
- Create a healthy meal example (on a paper plate)
- Make a volcano
- Make an addition equation with dough molded out (then check with subtraction)
- Use playdoh to make a Plant and Flower, label the parts of both
- Make a skeletal form and label the bones
- Roll out dough and imprint with objects found around the house, see if sibling can guess the object.
- Make a brain out of Play doh
- Make other body parts or organs out of dough (be creative)
- Make gourmet foods, sushi etc
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Saturday, September 13, 2014
One of my co-workers at the radio station said something interesting to me this week. He said, “Spell check made me into a good speller.”
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Today we will study America on 9-11-01 since my 2 girls are old enough now to understand the complexity of terrorism and evil now.
Some links to use are
- https://www.teachervision.com/us-history/tragedy/6807.html?detoured=1 (more links on this page)
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I heard about this weight loss product and thought I would try it out when asked to review it. My bottle comes from Sonora Nutrition via Amazon . Yes, I was an actual guinea pig...oink oink.
The fruit of the plant looks like a small, green pumpkin and is used in many traditional Asian dishes for its sour flavor.
In the skin of the fruit, there is a large amount of a natural substance called Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA).
This is the active ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia extract… that is, the substance that produces the weight loss effects.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Circles From The AirBy Dom Testa
The flight from Austin to Denver was routine. We pulled away from the gate right on time, the guy next to me had already drifted off to sleep with his ear buds snugly tucked, and I settled in with a million-page Michener novel. (Is that redundant?)
After so many years of choosing window seats, the view from 37,000 feet was familiar and strangely comforting. The lakes, the highways, the shadows caused by stray clouds,
the thousands of circles . . .
Those circles. Have you noticed them? The endless patchwork, dotting the landscape? Have you ever turned to the person next to you and said, “What’s up with the circles?” (Note: If the person is asleep with ear buds jammed into his head, don’t do this.)
Funny, but I've never remembered to investigate this question after touching down and retrieving my carry-on bag from the overhead compartment - whose contents may have shifted during the flight. And then on the next flight I’ll find myself peering through the acrylic pane again and wondering.
This time, however, I made a note on my phone: Circles from the air.
Turns out that it’s not the most exciting answer - sorry, no aliens - but at least I’ll know it for the rest of my life, which will be helpful in case I’m ever the guy in the middle seat. It also made me realize something else.
(First, the simple answer. The plethora of circles are the result of something known as center-pivot irrigation, or sometimes simply called circle irrigation. It’s a form of crop watering that allegedly works better and conserves natural resources. Long tubes roll on wheels around a center pump, creating round crops and . . . well, that’s enough about that.)
Here’s what popped into my head after reading up on this farming technique: If I was a four-year-old, I’d pester the hell out of my parents until they explained what those circles were. Four-year-olds ask WHY - along with other questions - something like 250 times a day.
In fact, we’re at our most curious at age four. After that, apparently, we pick up on the fact that mom and dad are mentally exhausted and we clam up.
But curiosity is vitally important. It’s true that we live in an age where information is so readily available (not all of it accurate, of course) that we’re almost numb to it.
We swim in a sea of minutiae, and I wonder if that diminishes our natural interest in learning. Sadly, I know how many yards rushing my favorite team had in a silly pre-season game, but I’d never bothered to find out about something that actually feeds me on a daily basis. I’d stopped asking WHY?
Perhaps you can extend the lifespan of your child’s curiosity. I know we get cranky after Question #214 - that’s usually around 5:45PM - but we should suck it up and remember what a great gift it is. We WANT curious children; shutting them down means a population of mental zombies who aren’t engaged beyond 140 characters or mindless YouTube stunts.
My pursuit of circle knowledge took two minutes. The greater awareness, though, will help me for years. Are you on board?
Dom Testa is an author, speaker, morning radio show host, and has kept a ficus tree alive for twenty-four years. He’s also the founder and president of The Big Brain Club, a non-profit student-development foundation. His new book, Smart Is Cool, is now available. More info at www.DomTesta.com.
Join my friend Dom here weekly for his series Building a Better Student, I am excited to start sharing his fabulous writing here on my blog. Leslie ~~
Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
If you want to use the LEGO coloring pages to supplement your learning, be sure to check out the other Free LEGO Printables since they coordinate. Homeschool encouragement blog has has a large and growing collection!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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Thursday, August 7, 2014
Just how much extra junk do you have in your "life" trunk? I am not talking about those extra pounds you are always dieting to get rid of either! I am talking about the crap that we see as important in our life, that really is not! The stuff that is always holding us back and making us feel miserable or less than worthwhile. My junk causes me more stress and anxiety it seems, how about you?
We all have junk... Yes I have been learning a hard lesson that some of this junk of mine needs to go, so the true woman in me can shine. The woman that God made to glorify Him and not myself or worldly possessions.
Here is a list of some Junk In The Trunk items for anybody to pray about and begin to work on...... one at a time:
- Need to be perfect
- Fear and worry
- Comparing myself to others
- Anxiety and stress
- Trying to do it all
- Multitasking and getting nothing done
- Not saying No!
- Saving everything "just in case I might need it"
- Actual possessions that are just clutter
- Lack of real organization in your home
- Not Letting others be right (spouse)
- Not Letting others help you
- Constant thoughts of sadness since death of a loved one (for me my mom just passed away in Feb 2014)
There are many more I am sure, but I think you are catching my drift.
Below is a wonderful list from writer / speaker Brene Brown, if you have not heard her TED talks or read any of her books I strongly encourage looking her up.
This speaks mountains to me, I pray it will touch you today also.
Be blessed today!
Next time let's talk about that list and how we can work thru it, one day at a time.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Math-Craft Geometry- Types of angles - Link found HERE Free for only 2 days, so hurry!
This elementary mathematics unit incorporates activities and images to engage your child in the study of geometry. Colorful original graphics add interest that makes it easy to learn the basics of different types of basic angles. Applications to the popular video game Minecraft™ are included to extend learning beyond the unit. In addition, tasks are assigned to use real world objects to practice their new skills and demonstrate mastery. A parent instruction sheet and an answer sheet are included for parent/teacher use. (8 pages counting cover, appropriate for ages 8-12)
Enjoy yours, downloading mine right now.... my girls love Minecraft!!
Monday, July 28, 2014
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