Helpful Homeschool Sites - New List for 2014

http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/
Over 50,000 free images to use for educational purposes

http://www.thecraftyclassroom.com/blog/
A great blog and website with free printables and educational craft ideas

http://www.lapbooklessons.com
Definitely not new...but a great resource for lapbook printables!

http://www.spelloutloud.com/
Tons of lesson plans, printables and craftiness

Wild Kratts Curriculum Printable Worksheets

Curriculum Ideas and Free Printables to use with Wild Kratts (PBS)


  • Almost all printables are complete. I am now working on links to help you with your creature units. Have fun!
  • I made these mostly black and white so they will save ink when printing. Click on the little image to go to the download via Google Docs (drive). 
  • Check out my new Wild Kratts Resource List at the bottom of this post. 


How to use these printables:

I originally created these sheets for my daughter to use in her homeschool work. We love the Wild Kratts (PBS) series and I utilized the programs in our homeschool co-op science class for 5th graders. (Best for 3-5 grade levels, but everyone loves them!)

*ACTIVITY SHEET # 1 

Explain to the student(s) that they have to think about this worksheet while watching the program. Mom does too...so pay attention mommas!

LOOK - identify the animal you are studying (write the animal name in the box provided) and have the student draw a picture of the animal in their habitat/environment.


LISTEN - have the student listen for words that are emphasized by Chris and/or Martin. Identify unusual words they might not know the meanings of. Write these on the lines provided for "vocabulary words".

LEARN - look up the meanings of the unusual vocabulary words and write them down. If the student seems particularly interested in a certain animal, obtain library books for deeper research, watch more "real life" videos about that animal, visit a zoo or wildlife sanctuary near you for an up close view, and visit some of the resources on the web listed below.

MAP IT! - find the continent or country the animal primarily lives in and color that place in on the map provided. A larger world map is available in the resources below if you'd like to print it out and draw the animal on the map...use the same map for all the animals studied.

*CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHEET - have your student imagine further into the storyline of the program...what would have happened if...

Write down some prompts that would encourage your student to write a story while you're watching the program.

*ANIMAL CLASSIFICATION - do some research to classify your creature...check the resources below for sites that can help you do this. Also get started by explaining what the animal classification is and why, how many creatures there are in the world (up to 30 million different creatures).

EXTRA ACTIVITIES:

CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM LECTURE FOR BEGINNERS

- includes printable classification activity available for download as a PDF
- includes history of Linnaeus' system
http://www.exploringnature.org/db/detail.php?dbID=87&detID=2282




EXTRA ANIMAL IDENTIFIERS - here's a great way to learn more about your featured creature...use the boxes to identify special traits, food sources, sleep habits, size, and life span.


*USING THE FIVE SENSES - sight, sound, touch, taste, smell....figure out which of these creatures use most...

COPY WORK - I have included several copy work levels, that are not specific to any creature or episode.

*ANIMAL RIBBON - When each creature unit is completed have the student draw the creature inside the ribbon. Cut it out and place on the Wild Kratts Unit poster.
OTHER IDEAS -

Start a notebook for all the creatures studied. You can even use dividers for each animal, or each continent etc.

Unit Poster - use a large size poster board to create a large book, or hang on the wall. Images coming soon.

Thank you to the sites below that provided clipart and images for this project -

simplygraphicdesign.net

Links to Other Resources you can use with Wild Kratts:


Make your own creature power discs, print and laminate. You could use these as a memory match game, as rewards for completing an animal study or just for fun.

Sources for the discs (includes great birthday party or activity ideas) -

http://yellowmums.blogspot.com/2012/07/wild-kratts-birthday-printables.html

http://www.momendeavors.com/2012/04/diy-wild-kratts-party-decorations-activities.html

http://onceuponasewingmachine.com/easy-activity-board-the-wild-kratts/

Vertebrate and Invertebrate Picture Cards - includes classification cut out printables for various animals:

http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/printables/printables_science.html

Sea and Sky - whales, sharks, squid, mobiles, drawing activities and ideas to incorporate into the classroom

http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/extras/seaandskygravy.html

A great explanation of how to classify animals:

http://animalclasses.blogspot.com/2012/03/classification-of-animals.html

Watch animals live on the African savannah at www.africam.com

Products to help with your creature studies:

Animal Habitats: Reproducible Mini-Books
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003M8HEQK/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003M8HEQK&linkCode=as2&tag=diffdog-20
Smethport Chart Card Set - Life Science via Amazon Prime $11.81

WILD KRATTS RESOURCE LIST

PBSKIDS.ORG

AMAZON.COM LINKS TO PRODUCTS:



WIKIPEDIA.ORG 

GOOD RESOURCE FOR EPISODE DESCRIPTIONS



*Mom of a Croc Ep. 101 
Crocodilians Lapbook PDF

Pirate Parties Are The Best!

Posted a few months after-the-fact =

Pirates have way more fun than princesses, did you know that? It's SOOOOOO true! We had a girly pirate party last night for my soon-to-be 5 years old daughter! I spent all day painting and baking and planning and it went smoothly! I also researched all week and last minute bought an amazing book to read to the crowd...that was a huge hit!

Here are some photos and where I found my inspiration...I definitely suggest pirates to everyone these days!! Arghhhhh!!!!

I printed out little pirate flags and used striped fabric around the bottom of the cake. I added those fun little gold covered Rolos as treasure around the edges. My local Hobby Lobby had affordable paper pirate hats and mini foam swords. Luckily I had a quilt in red, white and black that worked great as a table cloth!

Happy Birthday to my little pirate girl!


I painted a picture of a pirate to use as a welcome sign and doubles as a "pin the tail on the pirate game"


Backdrop is made from a pirate tablecloth, an Urban Outfitter scalloped shower curtain and canvas drop cloths on the floor! A cute match card game came with the book below, so I cut the game out, laminated it, and then used the cards to decorate with!

 We made this map out of a pillow case so it can be used over and over. Plus we made the newspaper swords and the kiddos decorated the hilts themselves. That was a hit for sure.

Coconut Flour Banana Bread - Tres Bien!

Perfect banana bread recipe - gluten free!
Banana bread is a comfort food...that I thought I might have to live without. But no, I reworked a recipe I had and this comes out perfectly...light, airy, not too dense or thick. 

2 large super ripe mashed bananas
1/3 c. coconut oil melted/soft
4 eggs
2 T. honey
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. coconut flour
1/2 c. oat bran or golden flax seed flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 T. cinnamon
1/3 c. sliced almonds to sprinkle on top

Mix up your wet ingredients first till whippy looking.
Sprinkle in the dry ingredients. Mix well.
Scrape into your prepared pan.
Sprinkle almonds on top (optional).
I used an 8x8 brownie pan, sprayed with olive oil.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
If you used a loaf pan your baking time will be about 45 minutes.

This bread is totally light and barely sweet. You will LOVE it!

Check out Statigram


Okay, so you can't say this isn't really cool...somehow I got interested in Instagram features today and how it all works, and where you're supposed to put the crazy hashtags etc.
And I found out about Statigram. It tells you all about YOUR Instagram account and what you and others are doing with it. It's really interesting and gives you some slick options to add your "grams" to your website, blog, Facebook page, Twitter etc...

Summer Camp At Home

Sometimes I feel like we don't DO enough during the summer...we love to sleep in, eat cold pizza, watch movies and stuff...but is that enough?  This summer has seen a bit of change (don't know why????), but we've been busy almost every day going somewhere, having friends over, etc.

I have decided to focus on having fun with the girls this summer...because as we know, they do grow up so fast, and they really are getting taller!

Here's what we did yesterday:

1. We painted ourselves and the patio with homemade chalk paint! So much fun! We used 1 cup of cold water and 1 cup cornstarch, 1 T. dish soap, and a squirt of washable tempera paint....mix well!


2. We got worried the paint wouldn't come off the concrete so we started scrubbing and found ourselves having tons of fun jumping around in the water and spraying beetles off the patio!




The girls said this was the "best day ever"! Wow!


3. I gathered some containers and cut them up and Holland helped me create a "water feature"...it sounds like a fountain when you poke the hose into the top bottle...


4. We also took photos for our Father's Day gift...no previews of that! :)

5. And of course, smoothies always hit the spot after a day in the sun!


So that was yesterday! Some other things we can mark off our SUMMER BUCKET LIST:

Outdoor movie night on the patio w/ friends and TON of popcorn and snacks!


Went to a birthday party out in the country and hit a homemade pinata! Really fun!




So that was our first week of summer camp at home...what's on your list of to dos this summer? (they're off to Grandma's this afternoon so I can clean up this messy house! not always so fun).

Summer Roller Coaster With Betty Draper Disease

It has been a roller coaster around here for the past few weeks! On top of feeling crummy (probably hormones and allergies and eating wheat), I had to wait 14 days for the results of a biopsy on my nodule (neck). That is enough to make anyone cray-cray!

So, I finally called on Monday and they seemed to have had a back-log of pathology reports. Mine is all clear of course. I knew I felt okay, but if it did turn out to be malignant I was wondering how I would change my life. Because, cancer does change your life. I was imagining I would convince my husband to sell everything so we could travel around the world, or move to a cabin by a lake so I could swim every day. I don't want all this stuff anymore, it feels like a noose around my neck!

Wish I could get this fat suit off like Betty Draper did! In the show Mad Men she also had a nodule on her thyroid that was just making her fat (plus overeating). My thyroid is functioning well, it's just my lack of exercise now.
Photo from AMC


Then, you may or may not be aware that I almost lost my domain name: blogguidebook.com

It was down to the wire people! I didn't even know it was up for auction. The site was still up and everything was hunky dory...then I got an email from someone who buys domains and she wanted to know if I knew about it. She basically saved us...thank you Marinska. It took me four days to get all the info together (on top of a migraine), and I even got to call Google. They're very nice, btw.  Let me warn you that it ain't easy once you've gone beyond the expiration date. The bidding was up to $1505 at the last minute. And then they pulled it! Woot! Saved by the bell.

Anyhoo...that's over, TG! Now I have another issue to deal with. Am I whining already?

I bought an iPhone last month (after having a Blackberry for 4 years). I decided to go with Virgin Mobile because it's a low monthly payment. That means I switched providers from T-Mobile. So I got a bill yesterday from T-Mobile that had a $100 disconnect charge??? Hello, what am I? Made of money? Just spent that $100 getting my domain back people! So now I have to call them and complain. I don't have a contract so that's just silliness. Have you had issues like this that are seemingly neverending? Looking for some peace and quiet!

On the positive side of life, I don't have cancer! (Not that I believed I did). Also, I finally started swimming at my local YMCA, since we've had a membership for over 5 months! I'm planning on going 2-3 times a week to swim laps. When I was back in the water I knew what I'd been missing...and I still had the moves too. Just need some goggles!
I'm also walking in the mornings now. If I don't walk then I'm going to do T-Tapp. At least 30 minutes in the a.m. and 30 minutes swimming in the evening...not bad for an old couch tot like myself. (grin!)

Got my hair cut and blond highlights put in. Going to get a pedicure this week too, it's been months. Isn't it amazing how much the human body really needs to stay pretty? And I always forget to pamper myself...that is on the list for this summer. If I work out I get pedicures. I will have pretty feet this year.
Don says I can take his picture anytime...ha ha.

I'm also planning on getting back into my photography business idea. I'm going to get a new camera instead of going to California, which is what I really want to do. But I need to come up with a way to make $$...can't stand being broke all the time.

Hope you are having a great summer so far...it's only just begun!