Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer School Fun Sale - Amanda Bennett

Looking for some summer fun??? Check out these FUN unit studies from Amanda Bennett.  The Rocking Robot is one of my kids FAVORITE studies of all time!  You can print them out OR use them on your Ipad.  Just cuddle up on the couch and go!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Big Ol List Of Audio Books! - NO TV Summer

Here's my second post on alternatives to TV for summer...or beyond!

Here's my post on Kiddie Hi-Fi - classic kid records on the internet for download!!

Our favorite pay for listening....Sparkle Stories!!

My Audio School for everything classic literature!! all organized for your ease of use. 

Librovox!!  you can use this for even your listening pleasure.  These are all public domain books read by regular people.
Internet Archive...tons here..you'll have to know what you're looking for so here's some to start:

                      Let's Pretend
                    Old Time Radio - This one alone you could be lost for days...keep in mind most of this was just entertainment so you'll need to wade through it like you do the TV

Wholesome Childhood is running a Summer Fire Sale on Audios for the next 5 days and their sister site

Homeschool Freebie of the Day usually has an audio every couple of days.  They are the authors of 

Here's my post about Your Story Hour is great because they are coming from a christian perspective. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Summer NO TV Post..current edition

This is a repost from June 2012

So...what do you do when its summer,  triple digits outside and the kids are going stir crazy?

I've found these books invaluable when weather (or dinner) keeps the kids indoor.

This one is out of print but you can borrow it with ILL.

The best thing I learned from these books was to have a busy can where you list on 3 x 5 cards things your kids can do without supervision so you can get something done and not turn on the TV babysitter.  You can even let the kids decorate the can so they can have ownership of it.  The other idea that I thought was great was a traveling bag that has things your kids can do in the car.

Go check these books out...you won't be sorry :)

and when all else fails...Pintrest!  Look up summer fun and tada!  instant stuff to do.  

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Nature Walk Wonders!!

Lookie what we found...it's a red eared slider turtle..probably just hatched (I think)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Popsicle Planning - Again!!!

They begin in Mama Bears big, white container...

Here's a great post from the past that gets A LOT of requests:

This is an AWESOME idea from mommyx12

And they end up in all the Baby Bears' itty bitty containers!! Then back to the white container.

All of the school age children have their own jar and set of sticks with their color. (Of course Mary isn't 'school age' yet but she's still old enough to know if she's being left out!) At the beginning of the day all the sticks are in my container. In the morning I place each child's sticks in their jar. Written on each stick are their various school subjects and chores that I would have them do that day. When they have completed what is on a stick they simply place it back into my container. In this way, I can see at a glance who has finished and who hasn't. Plus, another bonus about the sticks that paper check lists don't have is the convenience of putting into the jars only subjects and chores I wish for them to accomplish for the day. For example, if I have plans of an outing later in the afternoon I may only put half of their sticks in their jars. If we plan on a long day at home it may get more!! This works especially well for our weekly subjects. Science, geography, poetry, biography, and history are not done every day of the week and are normally taught by me with all the children together. It also helps keep me to be accountable to see to the weekly core subjects because if it's in the jar then they will expect me to get the class taught so they can "check" it off!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Summer Reading From Sonlight!

It's almost that time...time for swimming pools, beaches, gardens and lots and lots of reading!!!

Sonlight has got ya covered so head over and get some good summer reading!

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