Our Homeschool Room

It’s that time of year again when everyone is asking, “What curriculum do you use?” “How do you organize it all?” “Do you do school at the table or do you have a room?” Well here is what we do! … Continue reading

Curriculum 2013-2014

It has been a long time since I have posted and alot has changed around here in Pinkerellaville! I am making it my goal to post weekly here again with what we are doing in school! We decided to pull our 5th grader out of PS and homeschool her along with our 3rd grader PinkTink. That decision is for another post for another time.

I often get asked what curriculums we use, so here are our choices for 2013-2014! We are so excited!

SilverMist- 5th Grade

PinkTink- 3rd Grade

So there you have it! Our choices for this year, of course this is all subject to change as I never end the year with exactly the same curriculum as I began with!

I have linked up at the Not Back to School Curriculum Blog Hop!

DIY Puffy Paint with math, science and art too!

My kids love to paint, however they go through it so fast that I can’t keep the supply up. I found a great DIY paint recipe on pinterest that was lots of fun and different at Get Your Mess On.

The recipe is very simple, however you need ALOT of salt. I found that you can fill 2 of the condiment bottles that I found at JoAnn’s with the recipe as written.

Puffy Paint
1 c. salt
1 c. flour
1 c. water
Food Coloring or Tempura Paint
Mix together (I used a hand mixer as it can get very clumpy) and add the coloring to your desired color.

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This was a great way to incorporate science, math and art all into one lesson by the way! For math we measured all the ingredients and graphed the drops needed of food coloring to make each color, for science PinkTink predicted how much we would need of each color and for art we discussed primary and secondary colors.

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PinkTink was more interested in just getting the paint made and painting. It comes out very sandy and thick, however the pink and purple became very watery once we got it to the color PinkTink wanted.

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By the way, this paint DOES NOT spread with a paint brush, you have to use a squeeze bottle.

PinkTink made pumpkins and rainbows.
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I also added in some math problems which she thought was a funny way to do her addition problems, which I will try absolutely anything to get her to do addition. Math facts are most definetly not her most favorite part of the day!
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And here are Pink’s finished art projects. I would recommend putting paper towels beneath your drying art work, as it dries it will leak water out the back of the paper and dry to a hard paint.

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Pink & Grey Knit Ottobre Dress

I absolutely LOVE Ottobre Magazine and their patterns! When I ordered my very first magazine from Banberry Place– who by the way has a great selection of Ottobre patterns and magazines, I was extremely overwhelmed by the pattern sheets that were nothing but lines and lines and lines. However, they are rather easy to use once you get the hang of them.

PinkTink needed some new dresses, as she has grown out of most of the ones from last fall, so I spent a day whipping up a few variations of the Ottobre Summer 3/2012 Jungle Stripes dress.

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It is made of a very soft and super comfy grey and pink jersey knit from Banberry Place as well. Oh! How I love the great knits that they carry. You should check them out! I made a few different variations of the dress. On this one, I added a sash tie at the waist for some more definition and ruffles at the bottom as PinkTink demands that every.single.item have ruffles on it.

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Overall, I am very pleased with how it came out, it was very simple to put together. I did not add the pockets and omitted the pleats at the neckband as the elastic would gather it nicely. It has become a staple in the girls closet and gets alot of wear already.

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Perfectly Pink Quilt for Pink Tink

I have finally completed my very first quilt! Pink Tink fell in love with a 1920’s reproduction quilt that was hanging on the wall at the quilt shop in the small town that my parent live outside of in Wisconsin. I love this quilt shop, Patches and Petals, which was recently featured as a top 10 quilt shop in a magazine. The ladies are so wonderful and helpful in there and we make sure to stop in each time we are visiting.

I used the 1920’s reproduction line from Moda fabric. They are absolutely adorable and I love all the colors with cute little scenes on them. PinkTink picked out each fabric with our help and was insistant on a pink background. I the simple pattern that was featured in the quilt that they had made up with a few changes. My mom helped me to cut all the fabrics and I pieced them together. She attached the borders for me as well.

As I said before, this is my very first quilt and overall I am so happy with it. I did an all-over free motion, which my mom thought was crazy for a first timer.

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I had to play with the tension alot as my thread kept breaking and breaking and breaking. I swear it broke every 2 minutes. I tried everything that would cause it, too tight of tension, to loose, bent needle, going to fast, going to slow…well…. I finally figured it out after giving up and coming back to it every few days. My machine seems to be very picky with thread and I was using a variagated Sulky thread and my machine DOES NOT like it, as soon as I switched back to the Guitterman, it was smooth sailing.

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I really didnt know what to do with the border design. I ended up free-motioning a squgilly design that I really didnt care for but didn’t want to rip it out. My mom swore to me that nobody would notice and if the did they were being to critical of a first timer and they were to close. I would have to agree. In the end I think it came out fine.

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I really love the finished overall quilt. PinkTink received it for her birthday along with a matching quilt for Emily, her most beloved American Girl, as well as matching curtains.

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PinkTink made my day when she said, “Mommy, do you know why I love my quilt? It has lots of love it in.” That just melted my heart and made every late night and choice words and 309 broken threads so worth it!

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Meet Silver Mist, Rosetta Rosebud, Thunder Fire Man & PinkTink!

Introducing our family! I let the kids all pick out their names and they were interesting to say the least!
So without further ado, I introduce to you….
Rosetta Rosebud is 11 years old going on 18. She just started junior high and is in 6th grade. She is really enjoying it. She loves black and purple high top shoes (ummm…. since when did they come back in style???), her American girl dolls, entertaining her younger siblings (or I pretend that she does!) and shopping (who doesnt?) She is now 4 1/2 inches taller than me.

Rosetta Rosebud

Next up, we have Silver Mist! She is in 3rd grade and 8. She is a very bright student who loves to write, doing anything outdoors or on a computer. She adores her coloring books and hopes and wishes for any type of MP3 player for Christmas!

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Third, we have our superhero, ThunderFire Man! He says first you have thunder then I make the fire man! ThunderFire Man is 7 and just started 2nd grade. He is boy to the core, loves wrestling, xbox, wii and playing outside. He is part of the Bonnie & Clyde duo in our house.

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Finally, we have PinkTink.  She is 5 and in 1st grade. She is currently homeschooled. PinkTink loves all things pink, princessesy and girly. You will often find her dancing and singing as I dont think she knows how to walk and talk without signing. She is the 2nd half of the Bonnie & Clyde duo.

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So there you have it! Our clan of 4!