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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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!

Silver Mist

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.

Thunder Fire Man

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.

PinkTink

So there you have it! Our clan of 4!

A pond of a thousand toads

Last week PinkTink and I ventrued out the nature center at Pioneers Park. It is an absolutely beautful park with lots of open spaces, buffalo, a nature learning center, native priarie grasses and a great wilderness refuge area with a walking path. PinkTink has been finishing up her Amanada Bennett unit study on Autumn Treasures and various apple units. I LOVE Amanada Bennet Unit studies. They are great one week units on various different themes. You can check out Autum Treasures here.

We packed our bags and off to the nature center we went!

PinkTink at Pioneers Park Nature Center

 

The Scarecrow that greeted us at the Visitors Center.

 

 

I found these wonderful nature scavenger hunt and leaf identification sheets at www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-families and www.naturedetectives.org.uk. They also have awesome season booklets with lots of fun educational activites for children.

 

PinkTink was so excited to find the first item on her list, mushrooms!

 

 

Mushrooms

 

Next, week saw the Turkey Hawks and Bald Eagles.

 

 

 

As we walked along the long wooded path, we came across a large pond. We were able to walk up to the edge and saw on a long brach two large turles sunbathing and little green dots along the shoreline and in the water.

 

 

PinkTink is a huge lover of frogs, so imagine her extreme giddiness in seeing a toad….

 

 

and more toads…..

 

 

and even more toads. There were hundereds of toads in this ponds. More toads than I have ever seen in my life.

All the little green dots in the picutre below are toads.

PinkTink was totally beside herself and stated “This is the BEST DAY EVER!!!” (If you knew PinkTink, every day her best day ever!)

 

 

We ventured on and found most of the things on our scavenger hunt, red oak, maple, butterflies, cocoons, a bridge and packed all our goodies into our manilla envelope to identify when we got home.

Our last stop on our walk was this old school house.

 

 

All in all, it was a wonderful day and PinkTink decided she wants to go back next week 🙂