Monday, January 6, 2014

Send a hug

"Send a hug" would make a simple keepsake craft to mail to family and friends for Valentin's Day...or any holiday really! 
Have the child lay down on easel paper with their arms extended. Trace their head, neck, shoulders and arms and then have the child decorate it. Help them write a special message and mail! I did this at a community event just before Christmas and families loved the finished product.

Other ideas would be to just trace and cut out the child's hands (seen in the top left of the picture) or to cut out the tracing of the child's arms!

Hundreds Chart

Working hard on her first try building the hundreds board!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Still here

Happy April 1st!
One of these days I will write a real blog post again.....I wonder if blogger deletes accounts after a certain period of inactivity. Just in case, I will do a non-post just to make sure my blog lives on!


"Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." ~Rachel Carson

Monday, October 22, 2012

Hello there!

We are savoring every day of fall....which is disappearing quickly in Northern Vermont. Hopefully I will get back to regular blogging with the shift in the weather!


"Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education."
-Luther Burbank

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Free Calendar Printables

I stumbled onto a couple great free printable sets for creating a "calendar center" in a binder. When my son was 4 and 5 he loved the routine of calendar time and would have loved doing this project. Of course he's now almost 7 and "too big" and my little Queen isn't ready for this yet.
So here's to writing a blog post that I can come back to when she is ready! And in the meantime maybe it's of use to someone reading my little blog!
Cheers!
April


http://www.motherhoodonadime.com/kids/calendar-binder-free-printables/

http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/2012/08/calendar-notebook-binder-printables/

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Solar Oven & English Muffin Pizzas

The favorite project this week at our summer camp was making English Muffin Pizzas in our Solar Oven! Here's the "how to" that is going home with the kids!


Sorry I can't rotate this picture in Blogger!


To Make English Muffin Pizzas

1.     Take English Muffins apart and lay on plate.

2.     Spread pizza sauce.

3.     Layer on cheese.

4.     Put into a solar oven (or toaster oven if rainy)

5.     Eat & enjoy!


How To Make a Solar Oven

1.     Save a pizza box and wipe it clean.

2.     Cut the lid so that a flap opens. Cover the opening with a piece of plastic.

3.     Line the inside of the box with aluminum foil and cover the flap with foil too.

4.     Lay a piece of black construction paper in the box. Place your English Muffin Pizzas on top of the paper and shut the bottom of the box & open the flap.

5.     Place the box in a sunny spot outside and wait until the cheese is melted!

6.     Check out this video online for more detailed instructions- http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/content/science-video/solar-oven-s-more

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Learning to Tie Shoes!

My six year old can play chess, build amazing structures with Legos, make robots but can't tie his shoes!
Geezzzz....guess that should be a goal this month. I keep forgetting because he's only been wearing Crocs but this week getting ready for soccer camp he needs help with his cleats. I'm going to pull out my Pete book and use the free printables that I think be a motivator for him at this site:
http://peacelovelearning.blogspot.com/2011/09/pete-to-rescue.html

I know I haven't been posting much of my own...but we're having a lovely summer in sunny Vermont! Enjoying family time is priceless!

~April