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Saturday, August 29, 2015

SimplyFun Saturday–Bee Alert!

Bee Alert SimplyFun

Bee Alert by SimplyFun is a great game for early learners.  This take on the game of memory is more fun and more engaging!  While playing your child is learning colors, working on memory and observation skills, fine motor skills and taking turns!  It also works on counting to up to 6 and one to one correspondence.

This game is recommended for ages 5+, but could easily be used with younger children with help and supervision.  It’s a favorite of all my children, even the older ones.  The game can be played with 2-5 players, making it a fun family game.  The rounds are short (about 15mins), which keeps young ones with short attention span involved for the duration of the game. 

The rules are simple to follow and easy to learn, it’s a quick out of the box play!

This game is available for $30.

SimplyFun offers homeschool discounts through their PlaySaver program (though you needn’t be a homeschooler to join)! You can also host a show to earn FREE games!  Let me know if you are interested! Please comment or contact me with any questions!

Disclaimer: I am a Playologist Consultant for SimplyFun, all links lead to my website.  Thank you!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Week in Review– Week of 8/24/15

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So Monday and Tuesday we had normal school days.  I had planned to do a ParkQuest on Wednesday, and well, I was just feeling beat and having some anxiety about travelling to an unknown place by myself with the kids.  So we just stayed home and chilled!  Tuesday we also had some friends over to play our SimplyFun games!  More on that tomorrow!  I’m starting a new series – SimplyFun Saturday!!  New game featured each week (until I run out of new games to share!)

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Thursday was our first day back to co-op.  The kids had a blast.  We have had a TON of new families join up this year, it’s great!  The kids are taking lots of fun classes! 

C – 4th grade – Life of George Washington, Maps and Experiments with Light
Z – 1st grade – Healthy Foods, Animals and Continents, Lego
c – PreK – Healthy Foods, Dramatic Play and Storybook activities

I got pulled over on the way home for a headlight out, but I think it was actually one of my day time running lights…I mean it was day time and my headlights weren’t on, and later that night when I remembered to actually look at my car to see (and the headlights were on) I couldn’t find which one was out :/  I have 10 days to fix it and then have to report within 30 days to the PD so they can sign off I fixed it.  Mostly just a pain in the butt!  The cop kept looking at my kids though and asked me where we were coming from.  Which I thought was WEIRD!  The county I was in started school this past Monday, so I can only figure that was why he was asking.  I told him homeschool co-op, and after repeating it once, he just said, “oh, okay”.  I mean it was 2p in the afternoon, not like it was an odd hour for someone to be out and about with kids.  lol 

Friday, we met at the park with two friends from Hawaii.  One actually lives nearby us and will be starting her homeschooling venture this year!  The other was visiting from where she lives now (Utah).  It was a beautiful day for the park!  The kids had a blast playing, and the other two moms rented a paddle boat and the kids took turns going out. I watched the babies. 

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My mom is coming up tonight and we are headed to the Renaissance Festival tomorrow!  What a great way to kick off the new year and a study on the Middle Ages!  I’m excited!  I have always been a fan of the Renaissance Festival, so I’m excited to share it with my kids, have not been since my oldest was an infant!  We may hit up a parkquest that is nearby too, we will see how we are on time.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Organizing Literature Rich Curriculums

Organizing Books

I have a big problem of losing items and then finding them after the unit.  I’m trying really hard this time to be MORE organized!  So, this is what I have done:

I have color coded the books by units.  I didn’t have enough colors to do every unit, so I grouped a few units together.  I put a color sticker in the lesson book by that unit and then put stickers on the corresponding books for that unit.  Then I put the books in order by when they appear in the unit.

For core books that I’ll use in more than one unit I have them in a magazine holder, marked by subject.  History is our most literature rich subject, the books take up almost 2 whole shelves!! 

This also helps the book get put back where it belongs with little hands pull it down to look at it! 

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This year for history we are using History Odyssey Middle Ages I by Pandia Press. We have acquired most of our books from Paperbackswap.com.  You don’t have to own books, of course, but I prefer to have the bulk, the less library books to keep track of the better! 

I also make notes for each chapter of additional books I have that would work for the unit (besides those listed), as well as movies we can stream that goes along with it as well!

Hope this tip helps you out a bit! 


*Wish I’d seen the 38 colors one before!! 

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