Thursday, February 15, 2018

Throwback Thursday Blog-Style #191: February 15, 2018

Welcome back to... 

I know, I know, Throwback Thursday seems to be all about sharing pictures from the past, great memories that mean something to you, that you would like to share with others. At least that is how it appears to me. Throwback Thursday wasn't something I was participating in, and then I came up with an idea.

I thought it would be great fun and a help to my blog to share old content, but not just any old content. Each week I will share an old blog post from a previous year, any year, BUT it has to be from the current week (for example, something I've posted around February 15th, from any previous year)  I will go in, edit the post if needed, add a pinnable image if I don't already have one, and share it on Facebook.

Last year I focused solely on recipe posts for the posts I wanted to share, and the year before that, I shared past review posts. It was fun remembering some of the recipes and reviews I had forgotten about. This year I will be sharing random posts.

Would you like to join in? You do not need to edit your past post in any way, you don't need to create a pinnable image, though it couldn't hurt, in fact it will help your blog traffic to add quality pinnable images to your posts.

Just go into your archives, choose a favorite post from this current week from any previous year, and link it up below. (If you don't have anything from this current week, it is still okay to link up with a post from a previous year around this time. And if you haven't been blogging for a full year, feel free to share any earlier post.)

Please make sure to share from the past as instructed above. Most weeks I find that there is a wonderful post, but I can't feature it because it is a current post, not from the past. Sadly, I am going to have to say, I will be deleting posts that do not follow the rules. The spirit of Throwback Thursday Blog-Style is to share posts from the past. Please follow the guidelines.
Thank you

I will be pinning posts to my appropriate Pinterest boards and will be randomly selecting a Featured Throwback Thursday post to share next week. Just a note, I will be sharing a picture from your post if you are selected as the featured post, but I will link back to your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. By linking up you are giving me permission to use your picture in the post. 

Here are my Throwback Thursday posts:

Originally posted February 21, 2016
O is for. . . Ocean and Octopus

Here is this week's randomly selected
Featured Throwback Thursday:

Gale from Such Fun to Give shared 

To participate, link up below. It would be great if you could visit several of the other posts that have linked up. Stop by, comment, and pin images so we can help each other.

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button. Just link it to my Throwback Thursday Blog-Style permalink please.

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wordless Wednesday: February 14, 2018 (w/linky) : Icy Fun

The trouble with it getting warmer in the middle of winter is that the snow melts, rain falls, it gets colder and then it freezes and we have ice. A driveway that is a sheet of ice. Ice in the parking lots and ice in the yard. Personally, I'm not a fan. But the children have been having a blast.

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

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button on your Wordless Wednesday post or in a list of Wordless Wednesday linkies. Just link it to my Wordless Wednesday permalink please.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Littles Learning Link Up: February 13, 2018- Sticky Paper Penguins

 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?

We have been continuing our lessons with My Father's World Creation to the Greeks. Thankfully everyone is feeling much better, though there are some coughs hanging on. In our Bible readings we have made it to the book of Joshua and the fall of Jericho. We learned a bit about early American cultures in both North and South America. Then we came back to Ancient Egypt, learning about Akhenaton and Queen Nefertiti and King Tut, plus Ramses II. We were supposed to make a Senet game but I completely forgot, so perhaps we will do that this week on our no-school week. We are also reviewing and learning new information with one of our newest review products, the Snapshot Moments in History: Ancient Egypt Timeline from Home School in the Woods. Here's a sneak peek:

Last week in co-op we made Colorful Coffee Filter Hearts. I decided to share that project last Friday. 

Now let's move on to our project for this week. A couple of week's ago I was still on the Penguin theme, and we made Sticky Paper Penguins.

Sticky Paper Penguins

Amelia helped me get this little guy ready.

To make your own Sticky Paper Penguins, you will need:

Black construction paper
Orange construction paper
White tissue paper cut into small squares
Wiggle eyes (an assortment is fun)
Clear Contact paper
Glue sticks
White school glue

Before class I got the penguins cut out from the black construction paper. I drew the outline freehand, first drawing a bowling pin shape, then adding the flippers. Then I cut it out and used that as a template to cut out enough black penguins for the class. Then I drew an oval in the middle of my template, cut that out and used it to trace the ovals on the penguins tummies, which I also cut out. I then cut the contact paper into ovals a bit bigger than the hole. Each child will need two. I also cut out the penguins feet and beaks from orange construction paper before class. 

When we got to class I set the project up by applying one contact paper oval to each penguin. They were set on the table with the sticky side facing up. All the other materials were set in the middle of the table for the children to use. 

The children started by attaching the tissue paper squares to the sticky tummies.

Then I attached the other contact paper oval to that side of the penguin to protect the tummies, make sure dirt wouldn't attach to the stickiness, and also make sure none of the squares fell off. We then turned them around for the children to attach the feet and beaks with glue sticks.

I prefer to use white school glue to attach wiggle eyes.

All done.

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

We have started using our new review products for the 2018 Crew year. So far we have been chosen to review Bytes of Learning's UltraKey Online and Starfall's Home Membership. Those reviews will be posting in late February. We are also reviewing the Ancient Egypt Timeline from Home School in the Woods that I mentioned above. Additionally we are going to be using NatureGlo's eScience. I am reading the book What Every Child Should Know Along the Way from Parenting Made Practical. And the girls are going to be making some 3-D Super Bead vehicles from Zirrly for Harold's birthday. Those reviews will post in March. We will also be receiving Memoria Press's new Traditional Spelling II for Hannah. I will be sharing that review in April.  

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

Several weeks ago I shared a round up chock-full of penguin activities. 

Valentine's Day is tomorrow! If you are still looking for ideas for books to read, crafts to make, or snacks to share, I invite you to check out the following round ups.

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 12 wonderful posts linked up. I will be sharing a randomly selected post and the top clicked-on post

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: Polar Lands & Animals.

And here is this week's randomly selected most clicked on post.

Kelly from Our Everyday Harvest shared 30 FREE Valentine's Day Activities for Kids.

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.

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button. Just link it to my Littles Learning Link Up permalink please.

I am sharing over at

Homeschool Coffee Break

Monday, February 12, 2018

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- February 13, 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.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaway

My Little Pony: Spring Into Friendship DVD US only, 2 winners Ends 2/14

Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Homemade Valentine for Kids to Make: Colorful Coffee Filter Hearts

Homemade Valentine for Kids to Make
Colorful Coffee Filter Hearts

Yesterday the children in the preschool co-op class made some special valentines to give to their parents. I decided I would share them today, as waiting for my next Littles Learning Link Up post wouldn't give you enough time to make these with your children. Granted, more likely than not, you are the mom who will be making these with your children. If so, these could easily be given to daddy or grandparents. If you are a teacher of a class of young children, these are great for children to make for their parents. 

Here are the materials we used:

You will need:

1 coffee filter per child
Cardstock glitter hearts 
(found at Walmart, if you can't find these, just take red cardstock and cut into heart shapes)
Watercolor paints
Heart stickers
Black marker
White school glue
Silver glitter
Glue stick
White, Gold, Silver Thin Stix/Kwik Stix (optional)

I thought this project went really well with the book "Mouse's First Valentine" by Lauren Thompson. I always try to have a book to read to the children during snack time that fits with the craft we made. 

First I flattened out the coffee filters. Then I traced the each child's hand onto the back of it with pencil. I made sure to put the heart underneath the filter while I did this, so I could make sure the hand was hidden by the heart. Just for the record, this handprint step doesn't work as well with older children who have bigger hands that show past the heart. I tried this first with my Hannah, and you could see the handprint past the heart, which made it look untidy as I trace them in black marker. The project can still be done without the handprint though.

We then turned them over and painted them with the watercolor paints. I demonstrated to the children that they should work their way out from the center, making sure to get paint up to the edges so it could be seen once the heart was attached.

We then set the coffee filters aside to dry.

While we were waiting, we decorated the hearts. The children were allowed to make some designs on the edges if they so desired, using the Kwik Stix. Then I used the glue to write "I Love You" on the heart, and the children shook on some glitter.

Warning: If you choose to use the Kwik Stix, make sure it dries thoroughly before adding the glitter or the glitter will stick to the paint.

When both the coffee filter and the heart were dry, we glued the heart to the front of the coffee filter and the children attached stickers to the edges. We found the stickers won't stick to the glittery heart, so we made sure to keep the stickers on the coffee filter.

If you can't find the glittery hearts and opt to use plain red cardstock, you could also decorate the heart with the stickers. You could also allow them to use other art materials to decorate the heart.

Proudly showing off her valentine for her mom and dad.

On the back of the valentine, if you have traced the child's handprint, you can then outline it in black marker and sign the child's name inside it.

I wrote Harold's name before glueing it which is why it is wrinkled. I would recommend adding the name after it is complete.

I am sharing over at:

Homeschool Coffee Break
Homeschool Review Crew Weekly Link Up
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