Sunday, July 13, 2014

story of the world: volume 4 lapbook

It's here! Thank you to those of you who are so excited about Story of the World and lapbooking!

For the Modern Age, I thought a computer themed lapbook would be appropriate. I found this clip art on google and put it in a file for your use if you would like to decorate your file folder the same way.
Download here: Monitor and Keyboard Clip Art for File Folder



Please download the lapbook file and come back to leave a donation.

Download here: Story of the World Volume 4 Lapbook

Suggested donation: $5

All proceeds received will go towards the ministry my husband and I have of sending couples to a week long marriage retreat at the JH Ranch. Blessings to you!

Here are a few examples of what you'll find inside--there are 42 lapbook elements. This is only a sampling of 3 chapters:




Leave me a comment and say hello! Happy lapbooking!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Yellowstone National Park Lapbook--FREE!

This past fall we spent two weeks in our RV touring Yellowstone, The Tetons and Utah. You can read out our trip here. Before we headed out, I searched for a Yellowstone lapbook that we could incorporate into our homeschool while traveling. I couldn't find one. So, I made one and I am sharing it with you for free below.

The kids also participated in the Jr. Ranger Program and earned their badges by the end of the week. You can purchase Yellowstone wildlife stickers at most of the visitor centers. My kids loved these of course!


We gave the kids our old digital camera to share during the trip. They took all of their own pictures--whatever they found interesting. I purchased a picture book from the Dollar Store and the kids each picked 12 of their favorite pictures to include in the book. Rather than include the entire picture book (which would be too thick) I used a razor and cut off just enough picture sleeves. I then stapled them together and used packing tape to adhere to the book.


The yellow cardstock was taped to the top and then flipped up so that we could include more elements. The one side was a resting place for a paragraph each child had to write. I had my kids write about their favorite memories at Yellowstone. Under several of the wildlife stickers they wrote the names of the animals.

During our trip we collected interesting leaves that we do not have where we live. We used contact paper to press them and then adhered them with clear adhesive.

I would love to hear if you use this lapbook on your trip to Yellowstone! Enjoy!



Thursday, March 6, 2014

frozen birthday party!


When my soon-to-be eight-year-old declared she would like a Frozen Party, I scoured Pinterest for ideas--there are almost too many to choose from! The Happy Birthday sign was purchased HERE. I tacked up white lights and covered with cello wrapping paper and draped some pink tulle over the top and sides.

My fabulous mom made the "Anna" dress for Faith. We pieced together a couple of random patterns and picked out the colors of her dress. She was thrilled! I drew and colored OLAF out of tagboard and we found some sticks in our yard. Isn't he cute?


For a simple centerpiece, I grabbed some sticks and spray painted them white. Did you know you can purchase cheap white spray paint at Wal-mart for $0.97? I then added some spray adhesive and some thick clear glitter that I had on hand--though it's hard to see in this picture. It was really pretty in person. I already had the blue glass beads--purchased long ago at the Dollar store.

We aren't coffee drinkers, but I happened to have a ton of coffee filters on hand that I had used for a previous craft. Instant snowflakes! I used clear thread and scotch tape to put them up.

This cake was relatively easy to make. I bought a blue-raspberry box mix and a pink lemonade box mix and made two separate 9-inch cakes. I froze them until the day of the party. 

 I found this cake HERE. I used her frosting recipe which my frozen cake kept cool during the party. I used her blue ice candy recipe and didn't have great success because I didn't have a candy thermometer. I then purchased a candy thermometer and followed the candy directions on the box and was successful. I love the icy look!

The only healthy part of my table was the Olaf parts. Carrots, stick pretzels, raisins and ranch dip. We also had blue Jello cubes, blue and pink jelly beans and mini-chocolates with Frozen wrappers.

Water bottle wrappers purchased HERE.

I had no idea these were so easy to make. Insert straw, dip in water and then dip in sprinkles. 

These candy wrappers were a part of the download I purchased HERE for $1.99.

As the girls arrived, they made "Frozen" bracelets from Oriental Trading. They weren't really "Frozen" bracelets, but they had snowmen and snowflakes and the girls loved them.

This game was a HIT! I split the girls into two teams. Each team was given a full roll of toilet paper, gloves, a hat, a scarf, a long carrot for the nose, and three pieces of coal cut out of black construction paper--with scotch tape on the back. Whichever team could use the entire roll of toilet paper first and decorate their snowman was the winner. SO FUN! The carrot "nose" went in the mouth which they all found to be hilarious!

We played the game "Minute-to-Win-it" with mini marshmallows and straws. Each girl bent her straw in half and had to pick up marshmallows ONE AT A TIME and put in their empty bowl. Whichever girl had the most marshmallows in one minute was the winner. We did this in pairs until all the girls had participated. The two girls with the highest scores had a play off round in the end.

About to blow out the candle!

We made "Olaf Parts" treat bags to send home with the girls. Pretzel sticks, candy corn, mini-marshmallows and chocolate chips. The treat bag toppers are from the same $1.99 download.

Such a fun and memorable birthday party . . . now if only I could get the song, "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" out of my head!



Sunday, February 23, 2014

polar regions

This was such a fun topic to study! Only because I am past the baby phase did I decide to tackle the project below:


As much as I'd love to say that my kids built this on their own . . . this was a mom job. We are not closet milk guzzlers--I drove to three coffee shops every day for 8 days straight. Thankfully, the coffee shops were all within a mile of each other. They were each kind enough to save milk jugs for me and were eager to see the finished product. (I picked up in the afternoon when they were not crazy busy.) Each day I spent 45 minutes rinsing the jugs out with hot water and a tiny drop of soap. I then threw them outside on my back patio to dry. 

After we built the igloo, we printed the above picture, glued it to a piece of cardstock, and my kids wrote thank you notes on the cardstock. (Forgot to take a picture.) We also gave each store a bag of Hershey's Kisses with a cute tag attached that said, "Eskimo Kisses for You." 

My inspiration came from THIS VIDEO. They show you the best way to build the igloo--great tips!
We had to use a high-heat glue gun, which is why I ended up building it--though my kids brought me all the jugs and helped hold them together. 

Total milk jugs: 268

We found so many fun Arctic, Antarctica, Penguin and Polar Bear videos on YouTube and Amazon Prime. We also checked out multiple DVDs from our library. The resources for this topic are endless.

My favorite activity resource book: Polar Regions Activity Book
Included are recipes, activities, crafts, literature lists and more. I highly recommend this book!






Friday, December 6, 2013

toilet paper roll gingerbread house

We had fun turning our Pilgrim log cabin into a GINGERBREAD HOUSE! I figured if we were going to have this massive house taking up space, we needed to enjoy it for one more month and do something fun with it! It comes down in January. Merry Christmas!


In case you missed the Pilgrim log cabin, SEE HERE.

Monday, November 11, 2013

poster learning and fun with velcro! (plus free download)

I first discovered what fun these posters could be when I attended a workshop by Sue Patrick at a homeschool conference. She sells some of her posters already made HERE. I couldn't afford the pre-made posters, so I made my own. You can purchase all of these posters online, but I was able to purchase and laminate mine at Lakeshore Learning Center. 

The idea behind these posters is for learning to be FUN and INTERACTIVE! Rather than trying to memorize the poster by looking at it--get involved with some velcro! This is a great way to learn for those kids who have to touch everything!

I purchased two of the same Skeletal System Posters. I laminated both. I then covered up all of the words with blue Duck Tape. Using the second poster, I cut out all of the words and adhered them to the first poster with velcro. Purchase Skeleton Poster. (This one is more money than I paid, but I couldn't find it elsewhere. You can probably find something similar at Target or your teacher resource store for less than $3. I paid $2.50 for this one.)

I love clear velcro because it does not distract from what is going on in the poster--this is especially helpful for the next poster . . . Geography Terms.

Want to learn all 46 Geography Terms? I typed them up and you can DOWNLOAD them HERE for FREE! Print on colored cardstock and laminate for durability.

Purchase Geography Terms. You only need one. By the way, I wouldn't recommend giving all of these definitions to your kids in one pile--a tad overwhelming. Have your student master various sections of the poster before moving on--perhaps 10 at a time depending on the age. Make your student feel successful!

You can purchase CLEAR VELCRO by the yard at Joann--don't forget to use a coupon! This is much cheaper than the individual velcro dots.


For this Parts of Speech Poster, you'll need to cover the middle section (that has multiple words on it) with white paper and then laminate. Next, you'll need library card holders from any office supply or education store. Add parts of speech labels (or write them on) to each holder. We all have a stack of word cards/flash cards somewhere--have your student put each word in the correct library card holder. Purchase Parts of Speech. You'll only need to buy one.


I laminated two Solar System Posters, used black Duck Tape to cover up the planet names, cut out the planet names from the second poster and put the names on with velcro. Purchase Our Solar System. Remember you'll need to buy two!

Have fun learning! Have questions? Feel free to send me an email.



Sunday, November 10, 2013

early american history fun (and a pilgrim house made of toilet paper rolls)

The Pilgrim log cabin. I found this idea here. This took me months of saving toilet paper rolls--and I am so grateful for all of the friends who helped by saving their stashes too! (It's just shy of 600 rolls.) My dad built a simple wood frame for the house and I simply glued the rolls on with wood glue--while the boards were lying down flat. For the roof I purchased brown paper from the Dollar Tree and we put clear packing tape in the places that we hammered tacks into the wall. We will be leaving this up to play in for awhile. It takes over half of my dining room, but the kids love it!

Inside the house.

Ready for some fun!


My mom made all of the white Pilgrim elements of my costume which I threw on over 
a black skirt and shirt. Since we were in our front yard the majority of the time, 
I received many stares and comments from my neighbors. (I know that they secretly wish 
they had a Pilgrim costume too!)

Our church has a farmer's market once a month. The gal in charge blessed me with all of these pumpkins and corn stalks for free! After the last service and I was able to take all of the leftovers. Each of the kids got to take home a pumpkin and some Indian corn.

We made a paper mache Plymouth Rock.

My kids helped me draw these with chalk on our driveway.

Indian decor--thanks to my brother-in-law, Mark.

As kids entered our home, they grabbed a job card of an early colonist. After everyone was seated, the kids came out of the Pilgrim house one by one and read what they did for their job. I found these job cards at Teachers Pay Teachers for $4. They were perfect for this event and you can find them HERE.

My kids drew pictures of all the Indian symbols that were used for communication. 
Faith wrote a little description about Indian symbols and we put it up for others to read.

Before photography, the middle class made silhouettes. We had fun making these and 
Paige wrote a report about them. I had the kids and moms guess who was who. 
Most got Paige and Faith mixed up. 

The kids were amazed that our country began from such a small area. We typed up some things 
we learned from each colony/state. I drew the map on 2-large post-it notes and adhered it directly 
to my painting--it came off easily.


We talked about quilting by hand--I'm thankful for my machine.
My great-grandmother made this beautiful quilt by hand.

The wall of corn was fun to make! We learned how the colonists grew beans up the stalks of corn 
(as well as squash) and that they used fish for fertilizer--Squanto taught them how to do this. 

My kids finger painted the corn. 
They wrote several uses for corn on the tags.

Each mom brought a food item from early colonial times. 
I made hasty pudding and candied orange peels. Most pulled their recipes from online somewhere. I pulled my recipes from Colonial Kids Activity Guide. This guide was so helpful in planning this event!

I had each family bring a set of cleaned out tuna cans. My husband cut pieces of wood approximately 18" long. Drill a tuna can to opposite sides and try to flip the bean bag from one to the other with a flick of your wrist. I attempted to demonstrate this and could not do it. Several 9-year-old boys were able to do it. I purchased the smaller sized bean bags (2") from Lakeshore Learning.

This was the aftermath of the corn shucking contest. I had the kids all grab a piece of 
Indian corn and sit down. First one to completely shuck their corn stood up to win!

Corn was an important commodity with the early settlers. I had each child bring a toy they were ready to pass on to a new home. The kids each received 10 kernels of corn in a muffin cup. We split them up into small groups and they had to go around their circle and say how much they would pay--in corn--for each toy. The toy went to the highest bidder. This group of boys really got into it and were quite animated through the entire process!

An early American history party would not be complete without a Rainbow Loom bracelet to take home. I found these charms on Oriental Trading and had to order them! The Pilgrim, Indian and Mayflower charms were perfect for this event. I ordered the yellow and orange bands and the kids used their fingers to make bracelets. 

For the younger kids, they played "Pin the feather on the turkey." Just google your 
favorite free coloring picture of a turkey and have your child color it!

For this game, the kids had to push a hula hoop with a stick down the street as far as they could. The early colonists used wheels for this game which had flat sides. It was pretty tricky with these all round hula hoops! For the stick, my husband put a paint stick and a small piece of scrap wood together to from a "T"--they pushed the hula hoop with this.

"Stones Throw" is a game with circles drawn in the dirt and a stone--see how close to the center you can toss your stone. I didn't have a dirt patch around, so I drew it on our driveway and used a bean bag. A stone bounced around too much.

A simple game of tug of war. This was the highlight of the games--the kids played this for a long time! They were all stripping off their costumes by the end because they were so sweaty--and grass stained!

A successful event. Now I can take a nap. And attend to all of the other things in my house 
that I have neglected while getting ready for this party! It was worth all of the effort--my kids 
learned a TON and had so much fun doing it. 
THIS is why I love homeschooling!