Monday, September 22, 2014

Mystery of History Timeline display

We started using MOH Vol. 1 this year and we love it so much that I went ahead and pre-order Vol. 4 here.  Which also includes 3 mp3 lecture downloads.  I already listened to them and they are very informative.  Here are some photos of how we do our timeline.
 This is just a composition book.  A regular composition book can be found at the Dollar Store.
The timeline photos was from this site
 I put the index activity cards inside the sheet protector.  These are from Close to My Heart "Flip Flap Memory Protectors" but you can just get any small size photo protector from Hobby Lobby and just add adhesive to the back of the edge.  You can flip them up or out.
 The free timeline photo was from Homeschoolprintables.  Since it's on a composition book there are plenty of lines to add more information to the events.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Embroidered Toilet paper designs

When I saw this I laughed and laughed so funny and cute.  It's certain to be a conversational gift ideas for all occasions.  Who knew that you can embroider on toilet paper.  I will provide you with tutorials on how to get it done.

  I saw this from the designer on one of my facebook group.  I asked if she made them herself and she said she did design them.  I was so tickled that you can embroider on toilet paper.  This is her etsy link there are lots more really funny saying to pick from.  Here is how I did it.  I use Charmin Ultra Strong tissue paper.  I use two sheets of tear away stabilizers that I hooped in the 4x4.  Then I just float the toilet paper over the stabilizers using my grid to know where to place it.  That's all there is to it.  Oh and just cut around the stabilizer so that it follows the perimeter of the tissue square behind the design.  Keep the stabilizers on.  I embroidered on the third sheet in the roll which works best to be able to wrap it around again, so that the design is in the middle.

Embroidered letter coconut tree finger puppets

Oh my sons love the book Chika Chicka Boom Boom.  After seeing so many of the Frozen Elsa finger puppet.  I thought what about having a Chicka Chika Boom Boom inspired tree as a finger puppet.  So I posted a question in my embroidery/sewing group and someone offer to make it for me. She digitized it and had me test it out.  Bless her heart she was under tornado warning but worked with me to make it perfect.  Here is the link.

Currently you can get this design for free off her Facebook page.

they are loving it! 

Friday, March 21, 2014

American Revolution flash cards

I decided to homeschool and was glad that there are so many resources completely free to parents.  I practically visit the local library several times a week.  There are many online links for parents to download and help supplement their children's education so teaching can be a breeze.  I saw this set of the popular "I have You have" flash cards covering the American Revolution that included the historical figures, main battles, events leading up to the revolution etc.  Before laminating the sheets to make them sturdier, I printed them out in black and white and color coordinated them from the question with the answer card.

 Along with this set I borrow from the local library the DVD series called Liberty along with the book.  I find it fascinating how they use historical letters and writings to portray the historical figures and events.

Homeschool Classroom projects

I started homeschooling in the middle of the school year and am glad that there are so many resources available to parents most are completely free.
I found this very interesting classroom board.  Here is a look at her blog  lots of information that can get you motivated.  I just love the idea of using coins to make the date since it's a great way to reinforce learning about money.  She also has great links to where you can print out Bible Verses too, like the one I have there.  I like the Date board but found that it was hard for me to hang the flip pages so I just decided to laminate blank pages for the Day, Month, Date and Year. It can be wipe off easily (I use baby wipes for this) and dry eraser markers.  I used what I had on hand which were scrapbooking refill clear page protectors.  I cut them so that they can both fit 8x10 sheet of paper but I glue the back down so that the openings face each other.  This way if I had a sheet of paper that needed to be display horizontally I can slip it into both protectors.

 nothing fancy I just glue everything down with permanent glue runner from Hobby Lobby Ad tech brand.  The Regional map of the 50 States is absolutely free to print out.  

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Elf on The Shelf a Sealed Letter from Santa

I never really paid attention to this until this year when I notice quite a few of my friend on Facebook posting photos of all the things their elves were up to. They look like they were having so much fun and who doesn't want to join in on the fun.  So I looked all over and they were all the same in terms of the adoption fee.  I think getting it mail directly was a cool idea since it included everything needed and no need to print stuff out from your own computer.  However, I also like a good deal.  Bed Bath and Beyond offer the elf for adoption and allows you to use your coupon ;-)
I introduce the elf to the children without touching him.  It was later in the evening so I had to wait to register him but my internet provider serve failed so I was not able to print it that night to have for them in the morning.  But that gave me additional time to make the authentication even more special.  Later that day I showed them the kids the Adoption Certificate and the special sealed letter straight from the North Pole from Santa.  My kids both agreed to name the elf Jerry after their favorite cartoon character from Tom and Jerry. lol
I also found this great link to a wonderful mom who thought of ways to incorporate faith and holiday tradition.  She also included a special letter from Santa to explain how the elf will teach them more about Jesus and the true meaning of giving and Christmas.  Elf On The Shelf Jesus Style  you can click and print out your own letter.
 Certificate of Adoption when you register your elf at Elf on The Shelf
 Day 1: Our Jerry elf hanging on the Nutcracker lol.
I can't wait to show you what Jerry will be up tomorrow.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

DIY Fabric Babygate, love it!

We need to install a baby gate at the bottom of the stairs but my husband hates to drill holes in the wall and he doesn't want to mess with the stair case.  We tried different ways to block the stairs but our little guy is such a climber.  I'm so glad I saw this idea on pinterest and I had some fabric on hand that would make it cost effective.
  Here is the link.  Instead of using batting I had some quilting fabric which already has a light batting in it.  I really like the duct print I got from Hobby Lobby it makes it look like an iron gate.  

I also saw this other one where she added ribbons instead of velcro.
  we used ottoman to block the base of the stairs  but he would push it out and climb up still.  So we weigh down the ottoman and found him climbing over it.  
 we added a gate but he found a way to wedge himself through.  We couldn't secure this gate down without also blocking out our other preschooler.  The front entrance look a mess.  So I'm really glad we saw this idea of a fabric gate not for the top of the stairs of course but for the bottom I think it works.  
 I have a Brother SE400 with is a sewing and embroidery machine.  So I embroidered some Bible verses I found for free online.  Free downloads link .