Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wordless Wednesday: March 21, 2018 (w/linky) : Helping Daddy Build a Bookcase

Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Littles Learning Link Up: March 20, 2018- A Cat in the Hat Shape Craft

 Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (usually toward the beginning of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my early elementary children (including occasional highlight posts where I share how we used ideas that have been linked up here on Littles Learning Link Up).
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child(ren).

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked-up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

What have we been up to?

This past week we have been fighting a battle against pink eye, and I'm not sure who's winning right now. Yes, even mommy has gotten it. In fact, it's been quite bad some days, and I haven't been able to get as much done as I would have liked. Surprisingly, we haven't fell behind in our Bible reading and history. Though we are a few days behind in The Children's Homer. We have been reading about King Saul and David in the Bible. And we learned a bit about the early Russians and the Scythians. 

For more history fun, we have been playing the File Folder Tomb Dash! game from Home School in the Woods, which is a wonderful review of Ancient Egypt. In fact, I just posted my Home School in the Woods review last night. If you would like to learn more about the fun À La Carte projects we have been using, I invite you to check out that review. 

Sadly, we didn't really do anything for St. Patrick's Day. We never even got a chance to read the books I had taken out of the library. Between all the reading for our Creation to the Greeks topics, and my having pink eye, I just couldn't fit more in. I didn't plan any special meal for Saturday because I wasn't supposed to be home. I really do need to fit more of these fun things in. I miss them, as do the children. 

Anyhow, Resurrection Sunday is coming up. I'm going to have to make sure we do some fun activities to celebrate Jesus. 

Though we haven't really been doing our MFW Science activities, the girls are now in the middle of some science experiments for a Science Fair Exhibit for co-op. Tabitha has been observing the heliotropic actions of Amelia's tomato plant which is in the window. And Amelia is exploring how different solutions affect cut flowers.

Moving on to today's craft. This is a project we made a few weeks ago in the preschool co-op class. I would have posted it sooner, but I was focusing on St. Patrick's Day these past couple of weeks. In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America, we had read The Cat in the Hat and made this simple craft. I found the idea over on the blog titled Non-Toy Gifts. Her Paper Roll Cat in the Hat Craft was one of the crafts that was a part of my Fun With Dr. Seuss Round Up last year. I had thought of making that craft, but it seemed a little tricky for my group, as I have a couple who are quite young. I was thrilled when I found the link to her Cat in the Hat Craft Made With Shapes. This was much more along the lines of what my kiddos were capable of. And it is no secret, I just LOVE shape crafts! She does offer a template, but I always prefer cutting out my own shapes and creating my own. If you prefer the ease of a template, you can find it in her post, where she lists the supplies.

A Cat in the Hat Shape Craft

Here is what you will need:

White construction paper
Black Construction paper
White Cardstock (I used the cardstock so I could have slightly different shades of white)
Red Construction paper
Blue Construction paper
Glue sticks
Black Marker

I actually used a lid from one of my canisters to make the black construction paper circles, and I found a bowl that was slightly smaller to make the white construction paper circles. I cut out white cardstock squares that were about the same width/height as the circle's diameter. Then I cut out 1 inch strips of white cardstock that were slightly longer than the square. These were for the brims of the hats. Then I cut red strips for the stripes, and red triangles and circles for the bowties. I cut the small ovals for the eyes out of the cardstock.

The craft is simple enough for the children to assemble. They glued the black circle in the middle of the blue construction paper, added the white circle in the middle of that, then they added the hat brim and attached the square to the top of the blue paper.

Then it was time to add the stripes.

Next they added the eyes. Then they took turns using the marker to give the cat facial features. A couple of children worked on their cat's faces while the other children attached the bowties under the face.

Here are their Cat in the Hat Shape Crafts:

Let's take a look at that review schedule real quick:

Last week I shared two reviews. The first was for a couple of resources from Parenting Made Practical: the book What Every Child Should Know Along the Way and the DVD Taming the Lecture Bug.  I also shared my review of MathArt in Ancient Cultures from NatureGlo's eScience. Last night I posted my review for the À La Carte projects from Home School in the Woods. Later this week I will share my review of the 3-D Super Bead vehicles from Zirrly. Next week I will share my review of a few books from Carole P. Roman

In April you will be able to read my reviews of a couple of Unit Studies from Creation Illustrated, Traditional Spelling from Memoria Press, a movie titled Princess Cut from Watchman Pictures,, and the Planet 316 Story Book Bible plus app. And in May I will be sharing about some books from Weigl Publishers, along with the mutlimedia content we will be granted access to.

Here are some things I would like to share with you:

Resurrection Sunday is less than two weeks away. Here are a couple of posts to help you focus on Jesus and the Cross this holiday season.

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 15 wonderful posts linked up. I will be sharing a randomly selected post and the top clicked-on posts.

Please, don't forget to stop by other posts that are linked up. See what catches your eye, stop by, pin the post to a relevant board, and perhaps leave a comment to let the author of the blog know you have been by for a visit. I know I appreciate others commenting and letting me know they have read my posts, so I am sure others do too.

This week's randomly selected post is:

Lisa from Syncopated Mama shared Latticed Learning - Dinosaurs.

And here are this week's most clicked on posts.
(There were four of them!)

1- Kelly from Our Everyday Harvest shared 30 Snack Ideas Inspired by Dr. Seuss.
2- Gale from Imaginative Homeschool shared St. Patrick's Day Free Faves.
3- Kristen from A Mom's Quest to Teach shared Learning About the Alphabet: D is for Dogs.
4- Kelli from 3 Boys and a Dog shared Books About the Holstein Cow for Children.

Join the Party!

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on one of my relevant boards, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Monday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Digging Into Ancient Egypt With Resources from Home School in the Woods {A TOS Review}

One of the benefits of being on the Homeschool Review Crew is discovering new companies to help us in our homeschool journey. While the Crew has reviewed products from Home School in the Woods in the past, this is the first time we have been on one of these reviews. We were allowed to choose a couple of their individual À La Carte products which they are now offering. I couldn't pass up the chance to use these fun products to help us review Ancient Egypt, which we have been learning about with our core curriculum. In fact, I just love the perfect timing of this review. 

We received the Snapshot Moments in History: Ancient Egypt Timeline in addition to a file folder game called Tomb Dash!, both of which were originally created for Project Passport: Ancient Egypt. We were provided Family licenses, meaning they were to be printed out only for use in our family. However, Home School in the Woods does offer Teacher or School Licenses as well.

In order to use these products, I needed to download them and open them up with Adobe Reader to print them properly. A printer with ink was also needed. I was thrilled that they were black and white, instead of color, as it is so much better on the budget. It also gives the children a chance to be more involved as they get to color their project and make it more individualized. The images from the company show colored cardstock being used for the timeline pages, but I found that white worked just fine. You will also need a few tools to complete the projects. I used my paper cutter and a three-hole punch to prep the timeline pages. Also needed for both were scissors, crayons, colored pencils, and glue sticks. 

Both of these downloadable projects have been helping us review information we had learned previously this year, plus has been teaching us new details of Ancient Egypt. 

The first project I printed out was the Ancient Egypt Timeline

This 26-page file consists of license information, instructions & tips, and the actual timeline pages. There are eight timeline notebook pages. Additionally, there are four pages of  images with their captions and two pages of extras/momentos, all of which the children needed to color, cut out, and glue onto the proper space on the scrapbook-style timeline. Also included in the download were eight pages that showed what the timeline pages should look like once complete. I did not feel it was necessary to print these out. However, if you have any confusion, you could choose to print them out, or just view them on your computer for reference.

Before the children could get started on their timelines, I had to prepare the pages a bit. There were actually two different sets of directions given for preparing the timeline: accordion-style or page-by-page. The accordian-style can be pulled out to be viewed as one continuous timeline and the page-by-page can be flipped through like a photo album. Though the page-by-page would use less cardstock as the pages can be printed back to back, I chose the accordion-style as we prefer to view our timelines as a continuous flow of history.

The first page needed to be hole-punched, while the remaining pages needed to be narrowed a bit so they could fold up properly and still be able to be placed in a binder. This is where I used my paper cutter and three-hole punch. I appreciated the detailed instructions that were provided. 

This is what a blank timeline page looks like. As you can see, the timeline is labeled so the children knew what image to look for on their sheets. 

And this is a page of images. The captions give some details about the pictures, including dates.

We completed a page a day, so it took us a couple of weeks to complete the timelines.

We made sure to work from left to right, filling in each "column" as we went so we could make sure to be working chronologically. We would figure out which image we needed, then I would read the information under each image while they colored it.

There were times we pulled out some extra resources to help dig into the information a bit more. For instance, the first picture tells us "Mizraim's people settle in Egypt." I pulled out my Bible so we could remember just who Mizraim was. In case you weren't aware, Mizraim's grandfather was Noah and his father was Ham. We had learned, earlier in the year, how Noah's descendants spread across the world after the flood. So, it was neat to have our timeline begin with this fact.

Another time the children weren't sure what a scarab was, so I used my phone to find a picture for them.

Here are their completed first pages.

They worked really hard to get their timelines completed.

 Once all the pages were complete, I taped them together so they could be placed in their history binders.

All in all, it was quite simple to put together; though Harold, who is six year old, did need help finding the correct picture and making sure he placed in in the correct spot. I believe the older girls could have completed this timeline independently. Usually I stayed by them, reading the information as we attached it to the timeline. There were times I was able to get them started and they could complete it while I cooked dinner. The older girls then helped their younger siblings. 

Before we played the Tomb Dash! File Folder Game we read through the timeline information again to prepare ourselves as the timeline included a lot of information that was also used for the question cards.

This 36-page file includes information about licenses, an introduction & tips page, assembly instructions, directions for playing the game, and the actual game components. Additionally we received an audio soundtrack MP3 file which is used as a timer for the game. The game can be played with the 15 minute timer, the 10 minute timer, or without a timer for an easier game. 

The pages I needed to print out were the game board, artifact cover chips, markers, title label, 7 pages of question cards plus the question card back on each page of question cards, the action card page plus the action card backs, and the game instructions. The remainder of the pages included in the file are duplicates provided for duplex printing.

In order to put the game together you will need a file folder, scissors, crayons, colored pencils, and glue sticks. You will also need a die to play the game.

There was a bit of prep work that needed to be done before we could play the game. The game board and markers need to be colored. I handed the people markers over to the children while I worked on the game board. Then I cut out the Question cards and the Action cards. I did not color these. If you are short on time and would like the cards to be colored, you could always print them onto colored cardstock. 

After the game board was colored I glued it into the file folder and attached the title label. The Question cards are placed in the "Boat Pits" as are the Action cards. The number of Action cards used in the game depends on the difficulty level chosen. There are a total of 16 Action cards. This breaks down to 6 Artifact cards and 10 Trouble cards. And there are a total of 126 Question cards.

Here is the game all ready to be played.

For a normal game there should be 6 of the Trouble cards mixed in with the 6 Artifact cards. Difficult and Extreme level games use 1 Artifact card per player and then you have to add in enough Trouble cards to equal a 12 card deck, so a lot more of a chance of getting a Trouble card.

Each of the people markers have a name.

The little squares are the artifact cover chips.

The object of the game is to work together to get through the tomb, collecting artifacts along the way. Each player needs to make it to the exit with 1 artifact card.

In order to move your marker you need to first answer a question correctly. 

The child to the right of the player whose turn it is will read the question from a question card. The answer is shown right below the question, so don't let the other player see the card.

The older girls would help the younger ones to come up with their answers (if they knew them).

If the player answers correctly, they get to roll the die. After landing on an artifact space the player can pick up an Action card. As mentioned above, this may be an Artifact card:

Or it may be one of several Trouble cards that hinder your ability to get through the tomb. Some are permanent troubles that you have to keep throughout the rest of the game, unless you use a turn to get rid of it. And some are temporary problems. You may have to stand on one leg for the remainder of the game, or you may have to roll a certain number to move again. And there is always a fun, adventure-related reason why these troubles come upon you, such as the passage being blocked or a wall collapsing causing dust and debris to blind you.

Once a player has an artifact they need to head toward the exit. As this is a cooperative game, players may even give another player some of their moves to help them along. 

We have yet to beat this game. We get to about where you see the markers are on the board in the picture above, and we run out of time. It took me a while to process this, but my husband made the point of saying that if there were less people playing, we would make it through the tomb faster. This makes sense as then each move would get you closer to the exit, instead of having to wait for each player to make it a few spaces at a time. I've been thinking that maybe we should start playing as teams, where the older girls each have a younger sibling to work with, using only one marker. That way each team is also responsible for working out the answers to the questions together, instead of everyone trying to help (which does feel a bit like cheating). 

Even though we haven't beaten the game yet, the children are enjoying playing, as am I. We are starting to learn our Ancient Egyptians facts pretty well. This is because I am keeping the same cards on the top of the pile for each game. Though I do shuffle them first. This way we are memorizing the information on these cards, and we can also tell when we have gotten further in the game as we reach new questions to work on. Once we have the current facts memorized, I will start changing them up.

I love that this product comes with the MP3 soundtrack files. We could set a regular timer, but it is neat to have the adventure music and sound effects going on in the background and gong sounds that go off at 5 minute intervals warning us that our time is running out. It adds a sense of suspense, especially because the music gets more intense toward the end of the game.

Both of these À La Carte products are wonderfully fun ways of reviewing and learning information about Ancient Egypt. The Timeline gives the children something in their binders that they can refer too whenever they want. And the game is just fun to play together as a family. Even more exciting is the fact that Home School in the Woods offers many more À La Carte products for different periods in history. In fact, I have every intention of purchasing the Ancient Greece Timeline and the Greek Life! File Folder Game to enhance our study of Ancient Greece, a time period we will be coming up to shortly with our core curriculum. Thankfully, these À La Carte products are quite affordable. 

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Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- March 20, 2018

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

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