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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

10 Coloring Pages Of Thanks




Thanksgiving day is on it's way here in PA. We are hustling and
bustling  around trying to figure out all that we need to get done for the
big family day. On this day we will be heading out to my parents house for
dinner. Along with other members of our extended family. We sit
around a big table and enjoy one another's company. This year we
have plans to play a few games but what about the little ones. I am
sure they will have a great time playing but I thought I'd search around
the web for some coloring pages so that perhaps there will be a little
down/quiet time. (Not holding my breath but there is always hope.)


All the coloring pages I found are not mine. Please go to the original
site to download the content. Thanks



Blue Bonkers has this one of the original Thanksgiving day scene as we
see it in many of our history books and other resources.




I love this one. It almost looks like the little guy is sneaking another
piece of pie on this Thanksgiving coloring page.








Blue Bonkers- Also has these vintage style coloring. I love the feeling of
them. It reminds me of the book BlueBerries






The photo above and the one below come from Thanksgiving with Scripture.
There are many more like it on the site. You just have to sign in to download.
I will be using these in our church this weekend too!!


















My kids are in love with theWhat's in the Bible videos . They offer this
free coloring page as well.







This one comes from June Daley's blog. There are so many goodies on
her site that I booked marked her too. There are other thankful poster to
draw on and treats to make. 












This patterns in this turkey are so great. I am sure the preschooler
will enjoy filling this one in.




I love these pages by Karla Dornacher. She hand drew this coloring page
and that's what I like most about it. It has personality. Plus I love the bible
verse. Attached to the coloring.










Here is another Turkey Day coloring by Karla Dornacher. I love her work.




Happy Thanksgiving.


Warm Blessings,


Nikki
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Landscape, Seascape and Cityscape



Welcome to another post on the Virtual Refrigerator. You can
link at any of the blogs below if you would like to add your weeks art.
Including mine below this post. 









This week I have to share for you our examples of art
by my son Age 7 Spirit and one by my daughter age 4 Sweet Pea.

This week we discussed various paintings that represented landscape,
seascapes and cityscapes. Below are the projects we completed.




Spirit's Seascape. - Water color, black sharpie and crayons.






Spirit's landscape- Watercolor, brown construction paper, green tissue paper.





Spirits Cityscape- black paint and construction paper.






Sweet Pea tried her hand at a cityscape. She has a pink road,
pink house, one purple house, pink windows and multiple pink suns.
My girl loves her pink.








Please link up and share your art for this week.

Warm Blessings,


Nikki
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Writing Directions

Hi everyone. I took a little weekend break and it's so good to be
back talking to all of you again here on my blog. I needed a little
rest and relaxation before the holidays begin. I don't know why but
I always find them difficult to get through. Perhaps it's the hustle and
bustle of it all. I'm always trying to simplify things and the holiday is
so hard to simplify. It's a work in progress. Anyway today I have a
neat idea that your child could share with a pen pal or friend.

We just recently starting writing to a pen pal. My son enjoys writing
to his new friend. It is away to get writing assignments out of my son
without much fuss at all. In my sons 2nd grade writing journal we have
been working on practicing writing a how to using words such as first,
next, then and last. Some of the writing we used numbered sections for
each step. He has written how to take a bubble bath and this one
how to Make a turkey.

Before he wrote out his directions I figured it would be good to
make one first. So I gathered all of our supplies and we made turkeys.

Don't ya love how my Sweet Pea choose pink again. I cannot get that
girl to choose anything other than pink.

To make our Turkeys we used Craft foam in brown and orange, wiggle eyes,
feathers and glue. I didn't want them to be to complicated since he is writing
directions for them.




Then we began writing our steps. For this one he choose to number them.

Make a Turkey

1. Get some Brown foam.
2. Trace your hand
3. Cut out your hand
4. Glue on eyes on your thumb
5. Glue on the beak under the eyes
6. Glue on legs
7. Glue on feathers.




When we did his Bubble bath writing he put it into steps like this one
and then we put these steps into sentences using first, next, then and last.
That was his final project . We made sure to have correct punctuation and
capital letters. This particular Turkey writing we sent to his pen pal
along with all of the supplies for his friend to make his own turkey.


I love when we can make writing fun.


Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Friday, November 15, 2013

Lego Club Challenge 2


Welcome Lego Clubbers. It is so good to have you here.
I can't wait to see what you come up with this time. We are having
a great time playing with legos here. The kids have been begging for
new challenges. Especially my 7 year old. We have a new challenge for
you today so let's get going.

This is Challenge #2 Let's take a peek at our results.






This is Superboy's car age 13. He made a sort of all terrain
vehicle. Lots of little pieces and a rocket in the front.
 Let's see how all terrain it is...






This is Spirits Cars. He made two of them. The white car or
van he calls the "Milk Truck" and then he also has a monster
truck variety as well.





Sweet Pea made a  Cross shaped car for her race...







Racers start your engines..... Which car will travel the farthest
using our makeshift race track.





Spirits went 3ft. He had an issue of his vans falling apart when they hit the
bottom of the track.

Superboy's went 6 ft but would curve when it hit the tile floor.

Princess went over 9ft. Hitting our kitchen door.

It seems that lighter is better and bigger blocks helped too.


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Now it's your turn. Link up and share your creations. We can't wait to see
what you have come up with and before you run off . Don't forget to
snag your Lego Challenge #3 Here are the details to participate.

Would you like to join us? The first Friday and the Third Friday of each
month you will find a new Lego challenge.  Here is how it will work....

1. Present the challenge to your kids and have them make their creation.

2. Take a photo of what they come up with and have them write a little
about their creation.

3. Create a post on your blog with their challenge and set it to live
on December 6.  If you do not have a blog contact me in comments
and I can give you information to email it to me for your child's challenge
to appear on my blog.

4. On Dec. 6 come back here and Link up to the challenge and find out what
The new challenge will be.

5. Include a link to my post please. :)

6. You might also want to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss
any challenges....  Lots of ways to follow me on my side bar to the right.


And Now for Lego Challenge Number 3.... DUE DEC. 6




Do you need some ideas to get your start?
Recreate a scene from a Fairy tale.

Write your own story and create a scene from you imagination.

Incorporate Thanksgiving and show us the story of the First
one . (If you in the US)

Create a Scene from your history Book. True Stories are stories.

Create a scene from your Bible. That has stories too..





I hope you will join us. We would love to have you.

Warm Blessings,


Nikki




Thursday, November 14, 2013

PreSchool Fall Crafting- Virtual Refrigerator



Welcome to another post on the Virtual Refrigerator. You can
link at any of the blogs below if you would like to add your weeks art.
Including mine below this post. 







This week is the Preschoolers turn to share her crafty fall Creations.
For this one I took a pink piece of paper, her favorite color, and cut
a maple leaf right in the middle. Then she used the paint daubers and
painted her paper. Once the paper dried we added some tissue paper to
the middle. She doesn't quite get fall colors form others so hers is a mix
of beauty for fall.


By Sweet Pea Age 4




We also did a squirrel craft this week. I cut a squirrel shape out of a
brown paper  bag. We were out of brown construction paper. Sweet Pea
cut little snips for his tail. Then we glued him down. I drew an oval in
the middle of the tail so that she knew where to cut to. Then she added
a wiggle eye, leaves and butterflies. I thought she'd add piles of leaves
but this is what she choose. Simple and sweet.


By Sweet Pea Age 4





Our last Craft today is foam shaped leaves. I want to get some magnet
tape to put on the backs so we can literally put them on our refrigerator.
I gave her a variety of things to use. She stuck mostly to the plastic shapes
but did do one there with beans.


By Sweet Pea Age 4.






Thank you for joining us with our Crafty Fall crafts.


Don't forget to share your Art this week.




Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Adam and Eve Along with Crafty Apples


Apple season around here has pretty much come to an end. We
have eaten our apple pies and the big juicy apples from the farmers
market are getting smaller again but before we say our final fair
well. My little one and I learned a little about apples. Although
our bibles do not actually tell us what the forbidden fruit might be
we always associate it with Apples.


We read the Story of Adam and Eve in our Preschool Bible.




Then we made this apple craft. I bought yellow paper plates at the
dollar store. I precut strips of paper and then Sweet pea cut them into
little squares . Her favorite cutting activity lately. I find little scraps all
over the house. We cut stems for our apples and I helped her cut a leaf.
Then she got out her favorite too... School glue and glued her apples
together. We also used some red glitter to make our apples more enticing.

Hint with Glitter- I have a glitter tray in our house. We only use it for glitter.
We lay our item to be glittered on the pan and then pinch little bits onto the
item. Then when we are done I can either empty the excess glitter back
into the bottle or send it to the trash depending on how messy has gotten.


(This old bench in the picture was mom parents. We have had this since
I was a little girl. Now its in my dining room where the kids craft. )




Next we made an Adam and Even Scene using a coloring page of
Adam and eve as the apple core. Notice Sweet Pea added some Apple
seeds by eve. I saw this along with an elementary writing assignment
on different kinds of apples and liked the presentation changing it to this...






We also made some little sock puppets so that we could try to
convince Adam and Eve to taste that apple. Boy are those snakes
naughty. Simple but really effective. The little ones really enjoy
this activity. Don't be surprised if you get sneaky snakes talking
to you through the afternoon.



Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Monday, November 11, 2013

Apologia -Exporing Creation with Chemistry and Physics- Review

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I was given through the Schoolhouse Review Crew

Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics Book - $39.00

Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics Jr. Notebooking Journal-$24.00

Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics Notebooking Journal- $24.00

I received these books in Exchange for my honest Review.  All books
came from Apologia.


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Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics Book
Exploring Creation is for children k-6th grade. It is based on the
Charlotte Mason method of teaching. Children will learn about
Chemistry , Physics Matter, Moving Matter, Building Blocks of
Creation, Compound Chemistry, Mixtures, Mechanics, Motion,
Work in the world,  Sound and Energy, Light of the World,
Thermal Energy, Electrifying the World, Magnetism and Simple
Machines. This book explores the world through God's creation
sound and biblically correct information. The text includes 14
lessons. The notebooking journal spreads the lessons over a span
of two weeks. Each reading section has information about the topic.
They are then related to biblical facts and to the bible. There are blue
sections with Try this activities giving it that hands on prospective.
There are typically several try this sections within each chapter. You
can pick and choose the ones you would like to try with your
student. You are also offered some online resources with the
use of a password.  Also listed along with the chapter is suggested
notebooking pages that your child can complete. At the end of each
section you will find a Project, Experiment or other larger scale activity.

In the back of the book you will find a supply list so that you can
be prepared to work through each section.



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Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics Notebooking Journal

The activities inside the Notebooking Journal has everything your
child needs to complete the written parts of the assignments. The
notebooking Journal provides a place for your child to record experiments,
display their work, crossword puzzles, coloring pages and handwriting.

This book is recommended for students who have mastered handwriting and
note taking, upper elementary level. I used this one with my 7th grader .
He is a bit older but has dysgraphia so this worked best for him.




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Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics Jr. Notebooking Journal

There are age appropriate activities for children in early elementary level
such as coloring pages and activities with beginner writing skills.
There are exercises to strengthen vocabulary and limited writing for
those just beginning. I used this notebook with my 2nd grade son who
is just really beginning to write well.




How we used Apologia Exploring Creation and Chemistry
As stated above I used it with my two boys one in 7th with dysgraphia
and one in 2nd with beginning writing skills. My preschool child also
jumped in and enjoyed many of the try it's and activities alongside her
brothers. I love Apologia Science. It is my absolute favorite Science
curriculum. After trying it through the Crew I am sold on it. We
skipped to Chapter 7 so that you the readers could get a broader
view of the curriculum. I wouldn't suggest starting in the middle.
The curriculum builds upon itself. However my boys have had some
experience with Chemistry and Physics so I thought we would be able
to do so . We also began working on Chapter 14. Simple Machines.

The boys responded will to the reading. I read it aloud since I have
varying reading abilities. What we liked most is that the lesson was
related to their lives and things that the children know already.
This really helps with their learning journey. We explored many
of the try it activities . Their favorite Activity was one on Friction.



My preschool enjoyed it for hours after. We took an old cookies sheet to
try our experiment on. We took a matchbox and gave it a push to feel
and see how far it would go just on the tile floor. Then we added a little
water to the pan and pushed the car across it. We added water and oil.
Oil being the slickest. My youngest son decided that the oil made his
car go a lot faster and we talked about the dangers of that on the road.
He decided that in the winter we put down salt to help melt the road and
he wondered if it had traction if it would move slower so we went
beyond the experiment and tried salt over the oil. This slowed down
our drivers making it safe for them to travel. The kids then proceeded
to try various other things around the house, sand, soapy water , and
flour. My preschooler played the longest with the activity and I was
so please. My motto Learning is play sure fits this curriculum.

If you would like to read more reviews check out the link below.



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Warm Blessings,

Nikki

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Castle Project- Art and play

 




Welcome to another post on the Virtual Refrigerator. You can
link at any of the blogs below if you would like to add your weeks art.
Including mine below this post. 







This week I want to share with you our castle projects. I posted
Spirits back a week or so ago on a review Bridgway Academy but
wanted to share in detail more what we did. I had to help quite a bit
with these but the kids had their hands in them too.
We used foam board and poster board. I cut large rectangles
for the towers and drew the tops. Spirit cut it out then to give it that
castle look. He then drew or colored his castle towers. We stapled
them into a cylinder. I cut the bottom about an inch up and folded
them inside so that we could hot glue it easy to our foam board.
You can see he drew doors and windows.  I bought the foam board
in color. I actually found the cheaper foam board easier to cut. I
used an exacto knife and then hot glued the sides for the kids.

Spirit has some medieval figures so he put those inside to play.










Of course Sweet Pea wanted one too. I made hers a bit smaller and
we miss judged and didn't have enough poster board but we did use
some toilet tubes. It has the same effect but the towers weren't as high.
It's hard to see but she glued some pink pom poms and a little glitter.







Sweet Pea loves playing pet shop . Now her pets have a castle too.

 





 I hope you enjoyed this weeks refrigerator art albeit a bit late.


Don't forget to link up...


Warm Blessings,

Nikki






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