Thursday, February 15, 2018

Q is for Quarter 3 All American History Folderbooks

My 10-year-old daughter who is in 4th grade has been using the All American History Junior Volume 1 Download Bundle in conjunction with the Student Reader this year as her core History curriculum. We are currently working through the Period of Revolution.

I wanted to share Alyssa's Quarter 3 All American History Folderbooks in case anyone was interested in using this curriculum and wanted to see this component in action. The Junior version is definitely more age-appropriate for younger elementary-aged children in Grades 3-4. There are two folderbooks completed during the third quarter: Steps to War and Fight For Independence. You can see all of the minibooks she assembled and added to her folderbooks or lapbooks below. Click on the photo to enlarge the pictures. We've covered so many relevant topics during this unit. 

We are also using the Challenge Cards, Maps, Timeline Figures, Notebooking Pages, Puzzles, and Coloring Pages. I love that the bundle also includes the answers to the notebooking pages, puzzles, and maps. It makes grading and the lesson discussion easier on days when Alyssa reads independently.  

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Putting Others First

We just finished a character training lesson that taught Deference. Deference is putting the desire of others before your own. We did a little role playing, she colored artwork, memorized the definition and a related Bible verse, and she learned the I Will's for the virtue.

I decided to use her Consider Others tattoo from the company, Armed With Truth. My daughter loves her Bible Verse Temporary Tattoos! They are a fun way to memorize Scripture. This particular tattoo is one from the Christ Like collection. I thought that it paired well with her lesson this week. I asked her to memorize it in addition to her other weekly Bible verse. These tattoos last a couple of days before they need to be scrubbed off. This is the perfect month to do random acts of kindness too. 

The scripture verse states:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 
Philippians 2:3-4 NIV


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Saturday, January 27, 2018

N is for No-Bake Cheesecake

My daughter doesn't like regular cooked cheesecake. One day I decided to make her my mom's No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake for dessert. My mother used to make this cheesecake all the time as a special treat for us.

This cheesecake calls for one or two blocks of cream cheese, one or two 8-ounce container of original whipped cream, lemon, vanilla, sugar, and cherry topping. The mixture was dumped into a 9" graham cracker crust. I am particular about brands that I use, but you could use any brand.

We always made this dessert by taste so it always tasted a little different each time we made it. Some days it tasted more like a sour lemon. Other days we added a lot of sweet vanilla. It could even be made thicker with more cream cheese or fluffier with a little extra whipped cream. Sometimes I experiment with other extract flavors and toppings too. You DO NOT bake it. I love that I just mix all the ingredients and throw it in the fridge. We usually wait a couple hours before eating it.   

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Making Hasty Pudding

My daughter recently studied the 13 Colonies and the Colonial Time Period in History. We found a Hasty Pudding recipe in one of my teacher resources that she wanted to make. The teacher resource was titled, History Pockets: Life in Plymouth Colony. She also learned some background information about Hasty Pudding. Did you know that early settlers ate Hasty Pudding every day and sometimes it was the only meal they ate for months?

We already had all the ingredients which made it easier. I asked her to spilt the recipe in half so that it wouldn't make as much. The recipe was intended for an entire classroom. She ate the Hasty Pudding as part of a meal.

Here are some snapshots of her making the Hasty Pudding. She had fun and loved the taste of it. Of course they recommend that you add a little dark brown sugar or maple syrup to the recipe for more flavor. She is hoping to make more Colonial Times recipes next week. I am including a link below to a recipe for you try with your children.

Hasty Pudding Recipe Link
Just a Pinch Recipe Club - The ingredients and quantities are the same as the recipe we used.

Have fun!

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Call of the Wild Literature Lapbook

Alyssa's new independent reading chapter book for the month is titled, The Call of the Wild. She is working through The Call of the Wild Literature Unit Study and Lapbook created by Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler. We are using a different version of the book, but it still works fine even though the lapbook mini-books do not correspond exactly with our book version. Erica recommends purchasing the Classic Starts version of the book.

Alyssa reads the chapters independently and completes the corresponding lapbook pieces for each chapter. She reads 1-2 chapters each day. The lapbook also includes book reports. Before beginning the book, Alyssa completed the Predictions page based on the cover, title, author bio, and summary. We plan on watching the movie after she reads the book so that she can compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the movie and the book. Erica provides the user with comprehension questions that are answered in the form of mini-books for the lapbook. She also includes answers to the questions and a lapbook video tutorial on her blog.
Flap Down
Flap Lifted
Back of Lapbook
Pocket Added for Extra Work
You can see a calendar in the back pocket. Alyssa created a Reading schedule for her book using our Super Teacher Worksheets subscription. She uses it to track her monthly reading for her Independent Reading Projects. You can read about how we made and used the Reading calendar by clicking on the previous link. Alyssa really likes reading this story and completing the lapbook activities.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Kids New Year's Eve Countdown

We did a simple Kid's New Year's Eve Countdown this year. I blew up six yellow and white balloons and wrote activities on slips of paper. The slips of paper were placed inside the balloons. Alyssa popped a balloon each hour from 7pm to midnight. We completed the family-oriented activities together. These activities encouraged and fostered mother-daughter bonding time. We made our New Year's Eve meal, colored together, gave each other a pedicure, played games, made ice cream sundaes, and took photos using props.

My daughter planned the New Year's Eve meal. We ate shrimp cocktail, caprese kabobs, and pita chips with Strawberry Balsamic Serrano Jam cream cheese.

From our house to yours Happy New Year!


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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Jolly Christmas Eve Box

Our Jolly Christmas Eve Box is one tradition we look forward to every year. I usually place everything in a gift box and add a bow, but this year I found this beautiful Christmas suitcase at Tuesday Morning that can be used year after year. This vintage-looking box is the perfect size for everything that I want to include. In fact, there's more space for additional items in the future. 

The Christmas Eve Box is usually a box of some kind that we open on Christmas Eve. It is filled with treats and activities for the night. This tradition makes the night before Christmas special and memorable for us. It brings us so much JOY. You can't see it in the picture, but at the bottom of the suitcase is red shredded paper. You can make your own box as a family project or just purchase one. 

My daughter is with her father this Christmas so our Christmas Eve will officially start three days after Christmas. This means I have a couple more days to prepare our Christmas Eve Box, but I wanted to share this idea with you all in case you want to start the same tradition with your family.  

What's Included In Our Box 
  • Polar Express Book and Movie
  • Christmas Pajamas (Wrapped)
  • Christmas Book to Read Aloud (Wrapped)
  • Santa's Magic Key
  • Special Hot Cocoa Packets
  • Dark Chocolate Creme-Filled Wafers
  • Packaged or Tub Popcorn (Alyssa asked for a popcorn tub as a Christmas gift.)
Other Things I May Add: Reindeer food, Santa's cookies to decorate, Alyssa's Santa letter, Christmas socks or slippers, hot cocoa toppings, candy cane stirrers or chocolate covered spoons, small games, coloring books, Christmas mugs, and a Christmas craft.

Do you have a Christmas Eve Box? 
What fun items do you include in your box?

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