Making a Paper Mache Volcano

A Fun Science Experiement While learning about Earth we obviously covered volcanos and we agreed that making a paper mache volcano would be fun. Volcanoes are a fun topic for kids, they love watching them errupt! Now when I started making this I didn’t really take pictures on how to build the volcano (oops!) but I searched “paper mache volcanoes” and found a picture built very closely to the way I built mine, so I will include the picture for reference (I tried to find where the picture originated but…

Arctic Snow Dough

Fun Way for Arctic Play! While exploring the arctic with the kids, for our Canada unit, we decided to make some arctic snow dough. Snow dough is all over Pinterest, as are other types of doughs and slimes, so we found a basic recipe and decided to add glitter to ours. Glitter is not necessary but does add a little something to it! You’ll need some cornstarch or corn flour (UK), baby oil, and silver or white glitter. The baby oil will help this smell amazing, however, if you think…

Interrupting Chicken

A Book Review By Landen This is Landen’s book review of the book Interrupting Chicken, by David Ezra Stein (40 pages, 2016) *Parent’s note – This book is true to fashion, the little guy wants a bedtime story, gets one… interrupts, gets another… interrupts and it ends with dad asleep before his son! How many nights have your little ones out-storied you? My kids loved this book and Landen enjoyed telling the joke he included in his review for quite awhile.

Leftover Halloween candy

So What do you do with all of that leftover Halloween Candy? Another Halloween has come to a close and during the celebration, candy is always the highlight, and as Halloween brings in handfuls of candy, if not bag fulls, many parents worry about their children having too much. If you aren’t keen on the excess sugar, chemicals, calories, or you just have multiple children (and the multiple load of candy), what do you do? Here is a quick rundown of what you can do with that candy, of course…

Pirate Girl Book Review

A Book Review by Emmy This is Emmy’s book review for the book Pirate Girl, by Cornelia Funke (32 pages, 2005) *Parents note- The book Pirate Girl brings the concept of pirates to girls but does start with a girl getting kidnapped by pirates. My daughter thought it was both sad for a bit, then happy at the end, and enjoyed the Pirate theme. My only wish, and this is me being a bit feminist I guess, is that Molly would have done more to help her situation, rather then wait…

Homeschooling Pre-K thru 2nd Grade

Homeschooling your Pre-K thru Second Grader I think the question I am asked most about homeschooling is, “What do you use (curriculum) to teach your kids?” and I find as I explain the answer to most non-homeschooling people, their eyes start to glaze over. However, to those interested, it is an honest question and so I decided to post about my homeschooling pre-K thru 2nd grade “curriculum”. First a little background into our Pre-K story. Kindergarten once was the preparation for starting school and now, in an effort to get ahead, pre-school…

Something Extraordinary Book Review

A Book Review By Elijah This is Elijah’s book review for the book Something Extraordinary, by Ben Clanton (40 pages, 2015) *Parent’s note- This is a cute book that helps kids use their imaginations along with the little guy in the book… wishing for things, even crazy things, can be fun, but it’s often the small things that are awesome. This is a great bedtime story for little ones and the illustrations are very sweet.    

How to Make a Lung

How Does a Lung work? We recently purchased the Magic School Bus Human Body Lab, shown at the left and which I will be reviewing when we are completely done with the projects. One of the experiments showcased the Respiratory System and showed how to build a lung, however, this experiment is easy to whip up and I thought I would share how the kids enjoyed it! You will need a 2 liter bottle, tape, cling wrap, scissors, a balloon and a small strip of paper. To build the lung…

I told my kids the truth about Santa

Yup, I told my kids the truth about Santa! I can just see the hate mail now but it’s true, the weekend before Thanksgiving, I told my kids the truth about Santa, and really it was a long time coming! Honestly, I had never wanted to go the Santa route, because it felt like a lie and as a Christian it bothered me, but my husband talked me into it, and after years of watching my children and other children obsess over Santa, I decided to tell my kids, who…

Looking at Lincoln Book Review

A Book Review by Landen This is Landen’s book review on the book Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman (32 pages, 2012 and 48 pages 2017) *Parent’s note- I bought this book as a quick introduction to Abraham Lincoln in regards to him being considered an honest person. At the time we were looking at the character quality of honesty and truthfulness and to be honest, reading over this book the first time, I was underwhelmed, however, my kids, especially Landen, enjoyed it quite a bit. They read it several…