Thursday, April 28, 2011

Growing A Pizza Garden

We love to eat fresh vegetables and herbs right out of our garden. We are currently working with four rectangular planted boxes to grow a delicious pizza garden.  We first filled the planters with a hearty mix of compost and garden soil and each family member got to choose a favorite topping to grow.

Head on over to The Homeschool Classroom to see what we planted.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Great Spring Books

A few weeks ago Olive finished her 100 Easy Lessons book and was so excited!  During the year we mixed it up with Bob books, Dr. Suess, and Hooked on Phonics.  I feel she now has a good grasp on reading and is gaining more confidence with each book we read.  As a reward she can pick out a dress for her American Girl Doll.  I am so proud of her!      
 The girls loved Strega Nona's Harvest by Tomie dePaola, it went along nicely with planting our small garden.
 Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, By Charlotte Zolotow is a lovely book that teaches colors in a special way. 
 I loved the illustrations in Cinderlily, By David Ellwand.  This twisted fairy-tail has an adorable rhythm with lovely photos.
What are you and your children reading this month?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Egg Math

Save an egg carton and some plastic eggs to make this fun math game for you child.

With a sharpie write the math problem on the front of your egg and add a slip of paper with the answer on the inside.
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Our Egg Tree

My family has always decorated a branch of a tree with real hand-blown painted eggs for Easter.   I have about a dozen left that my great-grandmother made.
Here are some cute Easter decorations that we have around the house.

 Happy "early" Easter!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Surviving When You Husband Travels For Work

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Finding balance and maintaining your household when your husband travels for business is tough work.  Sometimes it’s just a relaxed few days that I get to spend with my girls, but on those long trips being resilient is the key.

Please stop by The Homeschool Classroom and read my post about how I keep my sanity when hubby's away.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The "Ouch" Sound

This activity really helped Olive learn the "ow" and "ou" sound.  She matched up the words with the sound on the sorting mats found over at Finally In First.
The "OU" and "OW" phonograms.
Olive then practiced writing the "ouch" words on her sorting mat.  She really enjoyed this activity and it helped her sound out these word families much easier.
(These pictures were in the right direction prior to downloading, sorry.)
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Easter Pillowcase Dresses

Here is my first attempt at making a pillowcase dresses.  Olive was happy to model my new creation.

I added a little bunny on Jem's dress and it turned out cute.
Here is a great tutorial from Prudent Baby.  I think my nesting starts with more crafting because my sewing machine has been working over time. What have you been creating?
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Friday, April 8, 2011

A Birdie Surprise

This birdhouse has been sitting on our table for months and just the other day the girls peaked inside, and got a big surprise!  It looks like we have a nest of Nuthatches.
It's hard to tell, but there are 2 baby birds inside and they look like mini hairless chickens.  We saw the Mom inside the house yesterday, that's how we were able to identify them.
Olive drew this fantastic picture of a Nuthatch.
Here are some other birds that she saw at the bird feeder this week.  I love that my girls will spend hours outside exploring nature.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Favorite Spring Activities

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    With every lovely day in the Southeast, my girls are anticipating Spring.  The warmer temperatures bring new birds to the bird feeder, allow us to take casual bike rides through our neighborhood, and play outside until it’s time for dinner. The start of Spring also brings new learning opportunities for our homeschoolers.

    Please head over to the The Homeschool Classroom and read my full article about our favorite Spring activities.  Have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Easy Easter Wreath

The girls and I had blast making this colorful Easter wreath.  I was in charge of the hot-glue gun and they helped by sticking the plastic eggs to the foam wreath.  This is a nice way to recycle all those left over plastic eggs.  We even added a little Easter grass to make it look more festive.

My girls know that I usually plan a fun craft to do after their school-work is complete.  Happy Easter Crafting!
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