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gifts kids can make – I-pad case tutorial

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gifts kids can make – I-pad case tutorial

  This girl is a believer in making gifts that are useful, and finding ways to involve my kids in the process, hoping to encourage them toward a lifetime of creativity and thoughtfulness. Kids like to feel proud of what they make. Keeping it useful helps. How many gifts did I produce as a kid that are still floating around relatives homes. I’m pretty sure they just keep them to be nice, cuz let me tell you, they aren’t pretty. It’s one thing to make an ornament for the tree, bringing it out each year to remind one of...

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nature journal – trees week 1

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Tis the season for trees, don’t you think? The next few weeks will be a little sciency. Let’s see what we can learn about trees while we draw in our journals. Trees grow in three ways. They grow taller by adding more cells to the tops of its branches and it reaches toward the sky. They grow wider, making a new ring of growth each year. And they grow deeper. Just as they reach up into the sky, they reach down into the ground in search of water. Do you ever wonder how big the roots are? Some trees have as much below as above. That...

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nature journal – textures

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nature journal – textures

 This week’s nature journal assignment is all about texture. Before embarking upon your great outdoor adventure, draw lines with ruler and pencil, dividing the page into several shapes. Once complete, journey out into the crisp winter world. Notice the textures all around. And fill your pre-drawn shapes with these interesting and unique compositions. Take a good 5-10 minutes on each shape. This gives enough time to really notice and draw the intricacies with great detail. This is also a good lesson on filling the whole page, which...

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a preschool thanksgiving featured on design mom

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a preschool thanksgiving featured on design mom

Today, this little Paisley and Lace Thanksgiving project is happily featured on Design Mom. Check out Gabrielle’s most loveliest of blogs. Not only is she traveling in France for the year with her family, but she also shares oodles of great, thrifty holiday and everyday gift tutorials. I think you will like her creative goodness! You will be inspired. This girl is. The original Preschool Thanksgiving post is here. My boys and I spent a whole morning with a few loved families of young ones celebrating Thanksgiving in a hands-on way that...

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nature journal

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nature journal

This week’s assignment is to simply go out and draw. We took a trip to the aquarium. Rather than sitting and sketching out what we were seeing…with the bustling crowd of people stepping all over us…in a rather dark room, I took a few quick pictures along the way, asking what they thought they would want to draw later. These aren’t purdy pictures, for sure. I don’t particularly like capturing things not in their natural environment. It feels sort of like cheating. It’s also rather difficult when one is...

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nature journal – plants week 3

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nature journal – plants week 3

  This week’s nature journal project is a little sciency. We will look at some of the different leaf shapes we see in creation.   First, in your nature journal illustrate the anatomy of a leaf, labeling stem, petiole, midrib, margin, apex and lamina. Make it big. Use the whole sheet. Next draw several of the varying shapes, labeling each of them. Row 1: linear, lanceolate, oblanceolate, elliptical, oblong, oval, ovate, obovate Row 2: spatulate, deltoid, cordate, reniform, cucate, orbicular Row 3: lobed, clef, needle-like,...

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Nature Journal – habitats week three

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Nature Journal – habitats week three

  Our Nature Journaling Homeschool Project this week is a fun one, a little less sciency. Well, they are all fun assignments, really. We are quite enjoying them, and I hope you are, too! It is so good for me to take a break from academia and household chores, and get away with the kids for a relaxing drawing session. The stillness of the moment reminds me to thank the Creator for this amazing world we live in. And when the stillness of the moment is over, and my boys begin to unwind all their thoughts, I listen. I ask questions. I tell...

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Nature Journal – Habitats week two

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  Our Nature Journaling Homeschool Project will be a little more focused on the area of science this week. Draw a map of your state, dividing it into habitats. Color and label each different habitat. I used the map on the back page of this handy book. You can always google habitats in your state. Google is a homeschooler’s best friend. Well, almost.   We happened to be drawing the habitats of Sierra Nevada while on a driving trip that took us from the middle to the northernmost parts of our state. There were so many changes as...

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Nature Journal – Habitats week one

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This month we will be focusing our drawing on habitats. You will see as we go along. Younger students write out Genesis 1:1 on the first page of their happy, clean, new journal. Older students write out John 1:1-3. Or another favorite creation verse. Remember, make this your own! You know what inspires each of your children. Go with their natural bent. Now fill in the page with pictures of created things. Remember, this is a nature journal, so draw things you see today.   Do you see a mix of rocks, seaweed and shells on the sandy...

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nature journaling homeschool project

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nature journaling homeschool project

How did that happen? Summer is pretty much over, although the best weather for us Santa Cruzians is yet to come. The fog rolls away as the school bell rings in this corner of the world. But alas, this girl is back to homeschooling her family. And sneaking to the beach. A lot.   And how did it happen that there are only 2 students left in this homeschooly home?     But the good news is, that my old homeschool students survived their days of studentness with this teacher-mom, and are doing fantastically well in their own grand...

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