Thursday, September 18, 2014

Homeschooler Spotlight: 7 Questions Concerning Curriculum

Welcome to Homeschooler Spotlight. Each week I feature a different homeschooler and her blog. This week we have Joyice from Raising Boys Homeschool. She's sharing 7 Questions Concerning Curriculum.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Yarn Art

After studying the United States, our geography study traveled to Mexico. Our first project was to do Yarn Art.

The Huichol Indians from the Pacific coast of Mexico use yarn and wax to create colorful drawings that, when completed, look like paintings. They use these as a form of recording and telling stories and myths. The Huichol use animals as central themes in their designs. They press the yarn into wax on a board to create these drawings, and then they fill in the spaces with yarn creating a bright, thick design.

We didn't use wax for ours; I thought glue would be less dangerous for my small people. LOL

The girls drew simple pictures on card stock with pencil. Then they squeezed glue on the lines of the drawings.

They then cut strands of yarn and placed them on the glue lines. It was like drawing with yarn.

After doing the outline with yarn, they filled in their picture with more yarn. They were supposed to put the strands as close together as possible, but they had their own ideas.

Here are their final products:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Homeschooler Spotlight: Tristan from Our Busy Homeschool

Welcome to Homeschooler Spotlight. Each week I feature a different homeschooler and her blog. This week we have Tristan from Our Busy Homeschool. She's sharing how she homeschools her 8 (yes, EIGHT!) children.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Homeschooler Spotlight: Not Back to School Tradition

Welcome to Homeschooler Spotlight. Each week I feature a different homeschooler and her blog. This week we have Misty from Finding Joy in the Journey. She's sharing her favorite NOT back to school tradition.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Navajo Sand Painting

The first stop the girls and I are making on our geography study is the United States. Our first project for this study was to do Navajo Sand Paintings.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Homeschooler Spotlight

Welcome to Homeschooler Spotlight. Each week I feature a different homeschooler and her blog. This week we have Laurie from Inspiring 2 NH Kids. She's sharing a fantastic quick and easy recipe.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Boxcar Children DVD - Review and Giveaway

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Are you familiar with the Boxcar Children books? My older girls love reading them. Now there's a movie that you can order from Walmart or win your own copy below. 

About The Boxcar Children DVD 

Four orphaned and homeless siblings happen upon an abandoned boxcar, which with a little creativity and hard work, they gradually furnish with all the comforts of home. Fearful that they will be sent to live with the reputedly cruel grandfather they have never met, the children keep their new home a secret - until a serious illness forces them to reveal themselves in order to save young Violet.

Collector's Edition Special Features 
About the Cast
Featuring an all-star cast of voice actors, including Academy Award Nominee Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now), J.K. Simmons (Spiderman), Zach Gordon (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Joey King (Fargo), Mackenzie Foy (Twilight series), and Jadon Sand (LEGO: The Movie), this is the very first full-length, animated feature adaptation of Gertrude Chandler Warner's best-selling classic!

My Thoughts
We read the first book in the Boxcar Children series as a read-aloud for school a few years ago, so watching the DVD version with the small people was a lot of fun. I especially like that it is Dove Approved for all ages. Ballerina, my resident bookworm, absolutely loved how it stayed fairly true to the book. Little Red and Sassy also enjoyed the DVD; in fact, Little Red said that now she may actually try to read the books. Anything that encourages my small people to read is a plus.

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