We absolutely love the groovy lab in a box science kit. This kit comes once a month for $30 through Amazon. Click here: https://amzn.to/2yQWj7Z Continue reading Discovering Education – Product Review Science Kit
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International Snack Subscription Box
Today’s review is on the MunchPak. It is a snack delivery program that contains snack foods from around the world. We chose a monthly subscription and chose the original box which contains 10+ items. It was the perfect size for use to try everything.
We didn’t wait long for the box and it was less than $25 dollars for the one that we chose. It was delivered only 3 days after we ordered it. WOW! And there was a variety of snacks from 7 different countries. I loved that they were labeled by country in the box and each of the kids found something that they link.
This received a 2-Thumbs up from everyone in our house!!
We can’t wait for next month’s kit.
Lapbooking is a creative way to use a file folder and create a “book” or research report.
Our house tries to break out of the normal routine by creating a lapbook and presenting an oral report on the topic.
Have a Cricut Air – Here is the online link to the file. https://design.cricut.com/#/design/111471747
I have always been a crafter, but most of that has gone the wayside with 7 kids in the house and working, homesteading, etc. And not wanting to scrapbook and see all of the memories of Breckin. That was way too hard in the beginning of the grieving process. Pictures are coming out, Albums are being put together and memories are being made.
In my “past life” I taught scrapbooking classes for several different companies (when Griffen was a baby – so about 16 years ago). One flew me around the country several times a month for over a year to teach other consultants how to run their classes.
I have 40+ cricut cartridges and several machines in the top of the closet in the hall. But, dragging them out of the hall closet, finding the right cartridge, the process was long and crazy. And it took over what ever table that I set it up on.
I needed to revisit my creative outlet and get going again.
So this new Cricut is a game changer!!! I picked it up on Amazon (Link below) for about $300. Yes, I know….$$$
But since it’s arrival, I have made props for my classroom, the kids started their lapbook projects on the states for our homeschooling, I have our vacation t-shirts designed. I even loaded the VIPKid logo in and cut a few IRON-ON for my orange t-shirts!!! I have so many ideas for home designs and there are even some simplicity patterns that you can purchace and be able to cut with this. I have it on my printer shelf next to my laser printer.
And the best part is that the design process is online. I can start a design, and then save and revisit it later. I don’t lose anything and since time to do “crafty” things in my house is limited, I am able to come back to projects and cut them out when I have time.
AND There is a PHONE APP! So when I am sitting in the car, waiting for one of the kids in their many activities, I can design something and then cut it when I get home!!!
You can use it with your current cricut cartridges AND/OR pay a monthly subscription plan (if you plan on using it) and get 50,000 graphics to be able to cut. You can also purchase PRE-DESIGNED PROJECTS!
(YES, It cuts Vinyl, magnet, cardstock, leather, fabric, felt, paper, burlap, birch, denim. There is even a slot for pens to draw some of the parts of your projects – I haven’t even tried that one yet.) Here is a link to all of the materials that you can cut with it: https://help.cricut.com/help/cricut-explore-materials-settings
I am thinking wooden signs with vinyl cutouts for the kids’ animals for the fair next year!!!
Oh, WHY did I not do this sooner!?!? So here is the link, my friends!!! GAME CHANGER for your crafting needs!!!
I was struggling to find a curriculum that I wanted to use for Science for my younger crew. Eureka! I have found it!!!
This hands-on box called the Groovy Lab in a box is available on Amazon as a monthly kit order. We signed up for the auto order. August is all about PULLEYS. There are 6 projects in the 24 page color instructions with a full step by step.
It is going to be a time saver for mom. I don’t have to research or dig anything up to create any science experiments. And I quickly pulled up information on Sir Isaac Newton for a quick lap book (his name and a brief paragraph is on the first page of the book.)
At the end of the month, I will post photos and video on how Grayson, Rowan and Berlyn did building these projects
This is year 14 for our family homeschooling and I personally feel that it has been a huge success. I am often asked, “why?” I homeschool because I can give my children a quality Christian education that the public schools can not. I can work one on one with the kids that need the extra help ( and the ones who don’t) and we can have more hands-on activities and projects as well as field trips.
Some years have been better than others. Some books/curriculum my children like better than others.
One year we did entirely lap books and that was a blast, but not really an option for my high school aged kids.
Here are some of the curriculum that we are using this year as a family. The first 2 weeks, we start out slow with only 3 subjects: Science, History and Literature. Once the kids get in the mode of schooling again, we add in Math, grammar and electives.
High School History/Literature: Notgrass Exploring Government: https://amzn.to/2uZA3qL
Elementary History/Literature: Notgrass Our Star Spangled Story (New and not even here yet) https://history.notgrass.com/elementary/
LifePac Science: 11th grade: https://amzn.to/2mXkoDN
We are using this science book for my littles and altering projects to fit 3-7th grades: https://amzn.to/2O0hE3Y
The one thing that I have learned is that for our family a pre-set full curriculum from one company does not work. I piece together what works best for us.
This summer, we are reading the “Little House on the Prairie” series and watching the TV show for some of our homeschool projects. We found a premade lapbook project for FREE online for the Little House in the Big Woods, the first book in the series.
The free lapbook is located at: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/little_house_in_the_big_woods.php
Griffen has been very excited to get involved with the communications team with our local Oath Keeper’s group. He just picked up a handheld radio and was able to sit and listen to the check in for all of the local members for the Sunday night check-in.
If you are not familiar with OathKeepers, check out their website at www.arizonaoathkeepers.org.
Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders, who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Our local group has some pretty AWESOME teams, including preparedness (which I am a part of), communication, security, engineering, etc, all in case of an emergency in our community.
So Griffen’s newest goal is to get hie Ham Radio License. I wonder if he can get my Grandfather’s old call number… And I think that I should get mine license as well.
His first step is to learn the NATO Phonetic Alphabet. And to start going to local meetings for Radio Operators… Our Yavapai County group is www.w7yrc.org.
NATO Phonetic Alphabet
We have been meaning to get started on this new curriculum. We had been eyeballing this book for a while and I overheard another mom talking about this class that her kids were signed up for… I thought, well, WE can get the book and do this… And so far, WE LOVE IT!
The book is divided into 3 different sections.
- The first is a section includes histories and photos. Day 1 talks about Mesopotamia and shows different types of maps from up to 2500 years BC. It has photos of stone maps, papyrus maps and even a drawing of a Polynesian map.
- Section 2 is a MAP DRAWING Section. It is a step by step on drawing a map of certain area of the world. Lesson one is drawing Mesopotamia including the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Even my 7 year-olds could follow long with the drawings.
- Section 3 is extra activities… in this activity, you could make a dough and draw a map in it.
We just began this book. I had several old rolls of butcher paper that I had picked up at a yard sale. So, my supplies were very inexpensive. WE LOVED starting this book. I can’t wait until we get through more of it.