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Well last week was a homeschool fail. We are prepping for our move to a slightly bigger place to tide us over until February for our slightly bigger family. We figured we had a few weeks to complete a move before baby arrived.
Due to our little girls surprise arrival the kids did learn a lot. You can check the birth story out over at our new blog UpsideDownKids.com. I assure you that it is worth reading. I a very grateful that I kept my cool until my husband had arrived to take over the situation but in the mean time my oldest learned a lot about the organ that keeps a baby alive inside mommy, the cord, vernix and all that other stuff that kids never get to see.
Fall vacation is now Summer vacation while we complete this move new baby in tow.
This fun game helps kids learn to count to 100 and back along with visual recognition and understanding of how many the number truly without knowing they are learning. It’s so simple but can keep children busy and depending on which variation you use you can work one on one with your child or a large group.
One on one with your child or two children together:
What you need:
One chart 1-100
100 legos that fit on each square of the chart.
What to do:
Have the first player roll the dice then count and ad the two dice together. Yes we just worked in some addition. Then have the child count out that many legos placing one on each square saying the number out loud. The next player repeats this starting with the very next number on the chart. The player that hits the 100 square wins. For older kids you can repeat this backwards.
What you need:
Chart from 1-100 for each child
100 small legos or other small counters (pennies, bingo markers, pebbles)
2 dice per child
What to do:
Have each child roll the dice marking off that many spots on the chart counting the numbers as they go. First child to fill the chart wins.
Right click and save the above image for a fill in 100s chart you can print at home.
This mass of links is more then strips of colored paper but a great way to help your child master the skill of counting to 100. We recently spent a few days on this task. Yes only a few days and miss Angel had it down. We waited until she was ready and let her bring it up. 4 months before turning six she learned to count to 100. Not bad for having only knew to 20 before we started. This is one fun way to do it.
What you need:
10 sheets of different colored paper.
What to do:
Cut each sheet into ten strips. Have your child count each set to be sure they have ten. Then work on counting each set by ten to 100. This helps them see what the chain will become.
Now clue the ends together linking to make a basic paper chain with each color all connected. Count each one as your child glues them on. Then show how each color is ten and work on counting by tens. Now your child can use this 100 chain to practice counting to 100.
Take it further:
Have your child write the numbers from 1 to 100 on the strips before linking.
Hang this up to brighten up your learning area and leave it in view of your child. This is a great hands on way to learn how to count to 100 and your left with a fun project to display. Win win.
Now this blog will be more of a homeschool log I am going to post about how each week whent for school. This combined with my paper log may come in handy as part of our portfolio now my oldest will be school age this fall. Looking for our usual content and fun our new site UpsideDownKids.com Launches Augest 1st but, we havesome goodies up for you new so stop on by and follow us.
Last week we did not get much done for school. It is summer after all and mommy is in major nesting mode so lots of deep cleaning going on. What we did do?
:: Reading lots of it. We love books.
:: Kindle time. While I am not a fan of letting electronics baby sit I will admit handing them the Kindle with all of our learning apps kept them busy while I did those jobs you need the kids out of the way for.
:: Libertys Kids and talking about what freedom means.
:: Fireworks and sparklers and a lesson on safety.
:: Letter B bin. (Oh the mess made with this thing. Mommy has decided to retire the shredded newspaper filler for a while.)
:: Freezer cooking with mama. Dough rolling pins and messy cheesey potatoes, Oh the fun.
:: Field Trip to Old Town in Kissimmee Fl where we enjoyed the Saturday night classic cruise.
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Lets face it blogging from my cell phone for months made a mess of this blog. A huge mess. This year this blog will become more of a homeschool journal But, do not fret the fun stuff will still be happening with even more fun to be had. Over on our new blog Upsidedownkids.com where we help turn the world right side up. Recipes, mom talk, lots more fun education stuff. The classic posts that you love will be redone and added to as well. Head on over and follow us for the fun starting on August 1st. To tide you over we redid the Green Eggs and Ham Grow With Me Game and added a free printable version to save you time.
Sometimes things happen. Those things always seam to take up all our time and energy. We fall behind and we freak out. We spent the week talking about how to manage our time, but the fact is that we can not always control what happens in our day. the cable guy dose not show up on time and we are behind on our weekly errands. Someone gets sick and the whole schedule gets thrown off for days. It happens to the best of us and we have two choices. We can get upset and freak out, or we can keep calm and chug on until everything is back to normal.
My advise is to take a deep breath and not let life get you down. School gets canceled for the day and we make up for it later, The dishes wait until later, the diapers get an extra long soak. It is not the end of the world. Their are times where we have no choice but to do the minimum for survival and just move on with life and the fact is you should not feel bad about that.
These days do not last forever and in the end you can and will succeed even if you have to take a few steps back once in a while.
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So we talked about figuring out the daily things that have to be done. We talked about the things that suck away at our time. Today we are going to talk about how to make more time. This is one thing I truly love to do and some of my friends find the amount of things I manage to get done amazing thinks to this little skill. I am going to share with you some ways to save time and get more on your list done in less time. Yay I get to share with you some of my favorite cheats that allow the things on my list from Tuesday to take less time and leave more time for the fun stuff like our outdoor time.
Freezer cooking. I do this in two ways, When I am putting groceries away I do prep work for lots of crock pot meals at once. We save a lot of money on produce with this one as I chop it up and put it right in with the meat in the freezer. The rest of the produce finds it’s way into hungry tummies pretty fast. The other thing I do is make double even triple batches when I am cooking meals. It takes the same amount of time to make three meatloaves as it does to make one. Then instead of having to clean up after making a meatloaf say once a month you only have to once every three months. While it does not seam like much that time saved can add up and can come in pretty handy on that busy day when you just toss a frozen meatloaf, some baked potatoes and fresh veggies into one pan in the oven for dinner. Go about some other chore while your meal is cooking, then your dinner is one pan to clean!!!
Sort laundry into outfits. Ok this may seam redundant to you. I do not bother with mine or the kids but Hubby has two different uniforms to where each day. By sorting his cloths into complete uniforms before putting away after I do the laundry that saves me one step every day until the next laundry day and it takes no extra time. If I wait to pair things up I have to do it twice daily every single day and that does take extra time.
Pack meals for everyone. The kids and I could truly eat what ever we want with being home or close to home all day everyday but by packing lunches for the whole family when I am packing for my husband I have a huge advantage of yet again ONE clean up instead of two. Just think never hearing the kids ask “Mom what is for lunch?” They know lunch is ready when they are and they know just what it is as they only need to check their containers in the fridge. I often do this with breakfast as well especially if we have breakfast for dinner the night before I will just make enough for dinner and the next morning putting into like containers that can be reheated quick. At six am I love those quick healthy homemade breakfasts. I am even known for freezing things like muffins and omelets for future breakfasts. Saturday mornings the kids know cereal, and an easy art project are at the table in bowls with lids and cups of milk in the fridge. This means my oldest is in charge for the first half hour of Saturdays while mommy enjoys a shower to get ready for what ever fun we have planed and daddy sleeps.
Clean while the kids do school. Once a lesson is explained I will start on one of my household chores and Angel just yells if she needs some help and when she is done with the lesson. Little man is still in what we call scribble school so he does not need help playing with his puzzles or coloring while Angel works. Sensory bins are great for my kids to play with because they know to keep the items out of their mouths. I lay a blanket down for easy clean up and let the kids go at it while I tidy up.
What things can you do that will save you time later? I challenge you to think of something you can do everyday that will save you time on another day and do it.