Friday, September 27, 2013

Fall is STILL Here!

I hope everyone, else has been enjoying the start, of this new Fall Season. We defiantly have! Even though it is still pretty warm, where we are, the temperatures have dropped some and there is a nice breeze outside.
This week, we have been having tons of Fun, with our Schooling. I have started a Fall Unit Study, Fall themed Spelling words, and incorporated of course plenty of learning games like sentence match, memory match, etc.
 In my opinion, the best part about this time of year, is all the Fun crafts we get to do. I think, I enjoy doing them, more then my kids do. Lol! So, what was one of the crafts we have done this week?

                                      Scarecrow plate face

What you need:
1. White paper plates
2. Construction paper:
3. Bow ( or you can make one out of paper )
4. Crayons, colored paper, markers
5. Tape or glue

1.Prepare by cutting these shapes out of the construction paper ( if you do not have colored paper, you can color plain white paper the color needed:

 yellow- Cut it into several strips to look like straw & cut into a sunflower shape.
 brown-  Cut into a triangle and rectangle. Shape the triangle by cutting the very tip off. Shape the rectangle by rounding and cutting slits on the top and curving the bottom.  Draw " # " on both piece.
orange-  cut a small triangle for the nose.
dark brown- cut a round circle to fit inside the sunflower shape.
any color-  Cut to look like a bow ( you can also use a real bow or use any material to make a bow. )

2. Have your child color the plate to look like scarecrow skin.

                                 Now the Fun begins!

3.Have your child pick what color construction paper, they want to put their Scarecrow face plate on.

4.Glue/tape the plate to the paper.
5.Glue/tape about 1/2 of the "straw" to the top of the head.
6.Put the hat together. First glue/tape the triangle piece to the backside of rectangle shaped section.
7.Flip over the hat, and glue/tape the remaining "straw" around the bottom and side of the rectangle section of the hat and also put some coming out of the top of the rectangle, where the tip had been cut off.
8.Then glue/tape the hat to the top of the head.

9.Then glue the dark brown circle to the yellow sunflower cut out.
10.Then glue/tape the sunflower you have created to the hat.

11.Glue/tape the orange triangle to the center of the plate.

                                  Your almost done!

12.Then take a crayon, colored pencil, or marker and draw 2 eyes and a mouth.
13.Lastly, attach your Bow to the bottom center of the plate.

 Viola! You have created you Scarecrow plate face craft :)

Until Next Time...


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fall is here!

                                      It is Hard to believe that Summer is over, but it is!

 Is Here!
Personally, I enjoy the Fall Season most. Maybe it is because I grew up in Florida, and there,  the Fall and Winter Seasons were considered the more enjoyable months, weather wise. In Florida, Summer can bring some very uncomfortably high temps, loads of humidity, and storms. Some people may enjoy this, but me, not so much. That is why, I am very much looking forward to the cool winds, changing of the leaves, pumpkins, Turkey, etc. !
I must admit, that I am so ready for the Fall Season, that we have already started decorating and doing Fall crafts this past week. The first crafts, we have done,  is make pumpkins out of plates. They are really pretty simple to make. They are Great for little ones and older ones.

How to make Paper plate Pumpkins-

Items needed:
White paper plates
Construction paper
tape or glue
crayons, markers, etc.

You can either take your coloring utensils and color the plates orange, then either draw the eyes, nose, and mouths on or you can cut out the face shapes and glue/tape them on. If you rather, you can also cut out an orange circle and glue/tape to the pate to give the pumpkin's color. Don't for get to cut out a stem to put on it!
Once finished, hang where you would like.

Besides the Fall Crafts, we also have been learning about science, nature games, and of course we have touched briefly on the different Seasons of the year. Field trips this week have been to a local State Park. There we enjoyed a guided nature walk by Park Ranger. The kids really enjoyed it!

Until Next Time...


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Silk Worms are better than Math!

Have you ever had a lesson planned out  & ready to go. Then your child asks you what/why something was? Next thing you know, your on the Internet finding any info you can locate, about what ever they are curious about.

That my Reader's, is what happened for me today ;)

After Breakfast, my youngest who is 6 years old, asked why his skin was soft like mine and not like his Dad's, which is a bit rougher than mine. So, I went on to explain that his skin texture was like mine and he was also still young and as he ages, it may become less soft. That in fact, it had already changed some. "When you were a baby", I told him. Your skin was so soft, it felt like Silk.

Silk? What is silk he then asked. Then and there started our Homeschooling Day!  
 Today, we would focus on animal lessons about Silk Worms. Don't you just love how flexiable a Homeschool day can be?

I Googled of course and found some educational videos and informative websites about Silk and the Silk worms. It was very interesting!
I did not know that Silk has been around for over 5,000 years or that people eat the pupa out of the silk cocoon.
                                             ((My son thought this was VERY gross, lol))

I never really understood why the cost of Silk was so much, but after seeing how much goes into farming these bugs, I now understand.
((This video isn't a bit hard to understand, but gives some insight.))
 After we finished our lesson on Silk, my son said, " Mom, learning about Silk Worms is way better than doing Math." LOL! Kids, you gotta Love their honesty ;)

Until Next Time...


Saturday, September 7, 2013

One of those Days!

Today is one of those, I wish I could stay in bed days. I am just sooooo Sleepy, Yawn!

Of course, when you have children, that hardly ever comes true.
 So, up I am. Tired, but that is what Caffeine is for!

 I love my children and I love our lifestyle. Still, I can not pretend that when the day comes when I can sleep in till whenever, spend my days doing whatever; there is a small part that is thinking that will be nice. I will no longer have early mornings, homeschooling days filled with teaching ABC's, Electrical Energy, Math, Clouds, Oceans, States, etc. etc. etc... 

Still, I wouldn't trade this moments for anything! This time is precious, even when I am tired ;) Yes, I am looking forward to seeing my kids grow up and see who they will one day become. Yes, I am going to enjoy having "ME" time again, but I am also not rushing to get there.

So, for today I am going make my 2nd cup of Energy and Enjoy my busy day of being a Mother :)

Until Next Time...