Niagara Falls and Toronto with Kids

O’ Canada Christmas of 2016 we promised the kids a trip to Great Wolf Lodge for the following year. Our intention was spring 2017, however, when spring came I decided since we were studying Canada, we should take a trip to Canada instead… I know, mean mom right?!? Don’t worry, the kids did get their trip to Great Wolf Lodge later in the year but they had so much fun in Canada, that at almost a year later, they are still asking when we are going back! I would say…

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…

How Does Blubber Work?

Why don’t Arctic animals get cold? While studying during our Canada unit we spent alot of time on the arctic. Most children love animals as it is but the arctic as many different types of animals with unique features, including those like polar bears, that have blubber. My kids just didn’t understand how animals could be in icy waters without being cold, so we set off to see how does blubber work? What you will need are some latex gloves, shortening, Saran Wrap, and a bowl of ice water, as…

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…

My Love of Usborne Books

Usborne Books & More Well, if you have looked at any of my posts you will see that my children love books, they even do reviews that can be seen at 3AmigosBookBlog.com! We love all books and this review doesn’t suggest that we don’t also buy books from Amazon or at the bookstore, but we really do love Usborne Books and I wanted to share why, as I suggest many of their books in my posts. So, what are Usborne Books… well Usborne Books & More is a direct marketing…

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…

Summer Home School

Summer and school can mix Well, Summer is finally here, the weather is perfect and the kids are out of school…well all except mine! Our kids are attending Summer home school…and no it’s not because they were bad or didn’t grasp things during the school year. Much of it (not all) is for purely selfish reasons…let me explain… In previous years we have done a more traditional summer break and found that getting back on schedule was a nightmare (that doesn’t even cover it), and even though I consistently read to…

Hands on Learning

Earth’s Layers For school recently we have been learning about the Earth’s layers and I thought it would be fun to do some hands on learning along with the reading, so we made mini Earths out of homemade dough. To make the dough you will need 2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of water and food coloring in blue, green, red and yellow. Mix the flour, salt and water until you get a dough consistency and then separate into 4 separate pieces. Once that is done,…