Friday, February 23, 2018

Review Coming Soon: Surprise Package from Drive Thru History Adventures

My daughter and I have been watching our American History videos each week produced by Drive Thru History Adventures as a supplement to her core History curriculum. Dave Stotts is an great adventure tour guide! She's always eager to see what he has on store for her in each 27-minute episode. My daughter laughs during every video and still learns relevant historical information. I love that learning History can be so much FUN!

We received a package in the mail last week from Drive Thru History Adventures. The envelope package included two stickers, two badges, and an autographed photo. This special surprise meant a lot to my daughter and was greatly appreciated. She was so happy! Alyssa decided to hang the photo up in her bedroom as a souvenir to remember her all of her American History adventures. 

I'll be posting my review about the American History course created by Drive Thru History Adventures next week if you are interested in hearing more about his hilarious yet informative adventures.  

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Q is for Quarter 3 All American History Folderbooks

My 10-year-old daughter who is in 4th grade has been using the All American History Junior Volume 1 Download Bundle in conjunction with the Student Reader this year as her core History curriculum. We are currently working through the Period of Revolution.

I wanted to share Alyssa's Quarter 3 All American History Folderbooks in case anyone was interested in using this curriculum and wanted to see this component in action. The Junior version is definitely more age-appropriate for younger elementary-aged children in Grades 3-4. There are two folderbooks completed during the third quarter: Steps to War and Fight For Independence. You can see all of the minibooks she assembled and added to her folderbooks or lapbooks below. Click on the photo to enlarge the pictures. We've covered so many relevant topics during this unit. 

We are also using the Challenge Cards, Maps, Timeline Figures, Notebooking Pages, Puzzles, and Coloring Pages. I love that the bundle also includes the answers to the notebooking pages, puzzles, and maps. It makes grading and the lesson discussion easier on days when Alyssa reads independently.  

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Putting Others First

We just finished a character training lesson that taught Deference. Deference is putting the desire of others before your own. We did a little role playing, she colored artwork, memorized the definition and a related Bible verse, and she learned the I Will's for the virtue.

I decided to use her Consider Others tattoo from the company, Armed With Truth. My daughter loves her Bible Verse Temporary Tattoos! They are a fun way to memorize Scripture. This particular tattoo is one from the Christ Like collection. I thought that it paired well with her lesson this week. I asked her to memorize it in addition to her other weekly Bible verse. These tattoos last a couple of days before they need to be scrubbed off. This is the perfect month to do random acts of kindness too. 

The scripture verse states:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 
Philippians 2:3-4 NIV


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Saturday, January 27, 2018

N is for No-Bake Cheesecake

My daughter doesn't like regular cooked cheesecake. One day I decided to make her my mom's No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake for dessert. My mother used to make this cheesecake all the time as a special treat for us.

This cheesecake calls for one or two blocks of cream cheese, one or two 8-ounce container of original whipped cream, lemon, vanilla, sugar, and cherry topping. The mixture was dumped into a 9" graham cracker crust. I am particular about brands that I use, but you could use any brand.

We always made this dessert by taste so it always tasted a little different each time we made it. Some days it tasted more like a sour lemon. Other days we added a lot of sweet vanilla. It could even be made thicker with more cream cheese or fluffier with a little extra whipped cream. Sometimes I experiment with other extract flavors and toppings too. You DO NOT bake it. I love that I just mix all the ingredients and throw it in the fridge. We usually wait a couple hours before eating it.   

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Making Hasty Pudding

My daughter recently studied the 13 Colonies and the Colonial Time Period in History. We found a Hasty Pudding recipe in one of my teacher resources that she wanted to make. The teacher resource was titled, History Pockets: Life in Plymouth Colony. She also learned some background information about Hasty Pudding. Did you know that early settlers ate Hasty Pudding every day and sometimes it was the only meal they ate for months?

We already had all the ingredients which made it easier. I asked her to spilt the recipe in half so that it wouldn't make as much. The recipe was intended for an entire classroom. She ate the Hasty Pudding as part of a meal.

Here are some snapshots of her making the Hasty Pudding. She had fun and loved the taste of it. Of course they recommend that you add a little dark brown sugar or maple syrup to the recipe for more flavor. She is hoping to make more Colonial Times recipes next week. I am including a link below to a recipe for you try with your children.

Hasty Pudding Recipe Link
Just a Pinch Recipe Club - The ingredients and quantities are the same as the recipe we used.

Have fun!

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Call of the Wild Literature Lapbook

Alyssa's new independent reading chapter book for the month is titled, The Call of the Wild. She is working through The Call of the Wild Literature Unit Study and Lapbook created by Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler. We are using a different version of the book, but it still works fine even though the lapbook mini-books do not correspond exactly with our book version. Erica recommends purchasing the Classic Starts version of the book.

Alyssa reads the chapters independently and completes the corresponding lapbook pieces for each chapter. She reads 1-2 chapters each day. The lapbook also includes book reports. Before beginning the book, Alyssa completed the Predictions page based on the cover, title, author bio, and summary. We plan on watching the movie after she reads the book so that she can compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the movie and the book. Erica provides the user with comprehension questions that are answered in the form of mini-books for the lapbook. She also includes answers to the questions and a lapbook video tutorial on her blog.
Flap Down
Flap Lifted
Back of Lapbook
Pocket Added for Extra Work
You can see a calendar in the back pocket. Alyssa created a Reading schedule for her book using our Super Teacher Worksheets subscription. She uses it to track her monthly reading for her Independent Reading Projects. You can read about how we made and used the Reading calendar by clicking on the previous link. Alyssa really likes reading this story and completing the lapbook activities.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Kids New Year's Eve Countdown

We did a simple Kid's New Year's Eve Countdown this year. I blew up six yellow and white balloons and wrote activities on slips of paper. The slips of paper were placed inside the balloons. Alyssa popped a balloon each hour from 7pm to midnight. We completed the family-oriented activities together. These activities encouraged and fostered mother-daughter bonding time. We made our New Year's Eve meal, colored together, gave each other a pedicure, played games, made ice cream sundaes, and took photos using props.

My daughter planned the New Year's Eve meal. We ate shrimp cocktail, caprese kabobs, and pita chips with Strawberry Balsamic Serrano Jam cream cheese.

From our house to yours Happy New Year!


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