Saturday, April 30, 2011

14 Days of Homeschool

I thought this was hilarious!!!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Habitat Art Project

(This is not by me, I only copied it from the website so I could use it for next year. I thought maybe all of you might like it too :)

DLTK's Educational Activities

habitat craft


Tasha's daycare made this craft one day in spring. They seemed to have a good time and Tasha came home talking about the habitats of a variety of different animals. I was actually quite impressed with how much they had learned while working on these crafts. I'll start out with instructions for the habitat Tasha made and then give some thoughts at the end on different habitats you might make. (Keep in mind, there's no template to print out with this project). I've tried to give lots of alternatives in the materials. Basically you need a shoebox. The rest is optional and subject to your own imagination and what you happen to have available.

Materials Required:

Shoe box with lid.

Blue paint (and other colors if you like)                                           



Cellophane, cling wrap or wax paper

Sand (you can substitute dirt from your yard if you don't have sand. Just make sure it's dry). Whole wheat flour works too.

Pinecones or small toy trees (must fit inside the closed shoe box)

Bits of dried plant material (dried moss, dried flowers, dried leaves, etc) or bits of ripped up green and brown tissue paper or crepe paper.

Rocks or pebbles.

Small toy animals that you would find in a forest (bears, deer or dinosaurs... dinosaurs seemed to fit anywhere in the kids' minds).

peer through the hole to see your habitat


This is tough to explain in words, so bear with me. Place the shoe box on the table normally (like you were going to put shoes inside it). It has a bottom (where we'll be making our habitat), 2 long sides and 2 short sides. In the center of one of the short sides, you are going to put a peep hole a bit bigger than a quarter. We'll use this hole on the finished craft to peek through to view the habitat (it's a neat effect... tricks the eye into thinking everything's big). Cut the hole on one of the short sides using a pair of scissors or a cardboard cutter. This part will require adult assistance. We actually had a shoe box with a hole already in it so we didn't have to cut one.

Paint the inside of the shoe box blue (including the inside of the shoe box lid).

It looks better in real life, but this gives you

an idea of what it is like to look through the hole

Now, take the lid and cut a square out of it. Leave enough of the lid intact so that it's structurally sound. This hole will be the sky and will let light in the top so we can see things when we peek in the hole. Again this will likely require a bit of help from a grownup

Glue or tape cellophane, cling wrap or wax paper onto the shoe box lid to cover the hole you just made. (The cellophane is transparent so will let light through). If you use a tinted cellophane then the habitat will take on that tinge when you look through into it.

Now comes the fun part! Let's make our habitat:

Glue sand or dirt to the bottom of the box. (We actually covered our bottom with dried mosses instead of dirt)

Glue the pinecones or plastic trees to the bottom of the box as your trees

Glue rocks or pebbles to the bottom of the box.

Glue crepe paper, tissue paper, dried plant material, etc. into the box to make bushes and plant life.

Glue your animals into the bottom of the box. Put them nearer the peep hole with the vegetation and trees in the background so when you look through you see the animals.

You can use plasticine (playdough) to help attach some of the toy figures to the bottom of the box.

Let everything dry, then put the lid back on (you might want to tape it so it stays attached)

Option: Rather than simply painting the inside of the box blue, older children might like to paint the bottom green and the sides blue. Once dry, they can paint trees, shrubs, volcanos or mountains onto the sides (it's a bit tough because they're painting on the inside of the box, but it does look nice).

Kids can also glue a few pieces of cotton ball onto the sides or top to make clouds in the sky. They can put on the lid and peek through the hole as they go to see how it looks.

Note: We just covered the entire bottom of the box with glue and then arranged everything. We left it overnight to dry. This was enough to hold things alright (although they will come lose if you toss it around). Another idea is to leave the materials lose so the kids can rearrange their creation during playtime.

OTHER HABITATS (Again, I've just given thoughts... use what you have on hand... this is a great project for exercising creativity... go on a nature walk, collect items and then make a habitat box!):


Paint inside of the box sky blue

Cover the bottom of the box with cotton balls so it looks like clouds

Attach toy birds to pieces of thread or fishing line and hang them from the shoe box lid.


Paint the inside of the box sea blue or sea green

It's nice to cover this one with a green or blue tinted cellophane if you have it.

Glue sand or rocks to the bottom

Glue aquarium plants into it. Strips of blue/green crepe/tissue paper make nice looking kelp. You can use spray starch if you want them to stand up a bit better.

Put sea shells, lobsters or other ground fish on the bottom.

Attach toy fish to pieces of thread of fishing line and hang them from the shoe box lid so it looks like they're swimming.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Silly Saturday's

So first on the serious note: I have been super busy this month and have seriously neglected my blog, so a SUPER sorry to all my readers and also to those new followers whom I am NOW finally following back. So for now until things settle back down around here (hopefully the hubby finds a job so I can be home again!!), I will only be blogging on the weekends, but I hope to have time to do some blogs post to schedule to be posted during the week (no promise though).

......And now on to Silly Saturdays!!!

Top 10 Things NOT to say when asked "What?! No school today?"

10. Well normally yes, but this time of year I need help with the planting and plowing.

9. Goodness, no!!! I graduated 18 years ago, but thanks for the compliment!

8. No, we homeschool. We're just out to pick up a bag of pork rinds and some Mountain Dew, then we gotta hurry home to catch our soaps.

7. What?! Where did you guys come from?! Oh my gosh! I thought I told you kids to stay at school! I'm sorry. This happens all the time. (sigh)

6. There isn't? Why, you'd think we would have seen more kids out then, don't you?

5. We're on a field trip studying human nature's intrusive and assumptive tactics of displaying ignorance and implied superiority. Thanks for the peek!

4. On our planet we have different methods of education. (Shhh! No, I didn't give it away... keep your antennae down!)

3. Oh my goodness! I thought that today was Saturday...come on kids, hurry!

2. Noooooope.Me 'n Bubba jes' learns 'em at home. Werks reel good!
And the number one answer we should NEVER give to the question: "What? No school today?"
1. "What? No Bingo today?"

Funny Kid Pics (Not mine)

You know you're a mom when...

You count the sprinkles on each kid's cupcake to make sure they're equal.

You want to take out a contract on the kid who broke your child's favorite toy and made him/her cry.

You have time to shave only one leg at a time.

You hide in the bathroom to be alone.

You child throws up, and you catch it.

Someone else's kid throws up at a party, and you keep eating.

You consider finger paint to be a controlled substance.

You mastered the art of placing large quantities of pancakes and eggs on a plate without anything touching.

Your child insists that you read Once Upon a Potty out loud in the lobby of the doctor's office, or, better yet, in the lobby of a Grand Central Station... and you do it.

You hire a sitter because you haven't been out with your husband in ages, then spend half the night talking about and checking on the kids.

You hope ketchup is a vegetable because it's the only one your child eats.

You cling to the high moral ground on toy weapons, while your child chews his toast into the shape of a gun.

You can't bear the thought of your son's first girlfriend.

You hate the thought of his wife even more.

You donate to charities in the hope that your child won't get that disease.

You find yourself cutting your husband's sandwiches into unusual shapes.

You fast-forward through the scene when the hunter shoots Bambi's mother.

You use your own saliva to clean your child's face.

You obsess when your child clings to you upon parting during his first month at school, then obsess when he skips in without looking back the second time.

You can't bear to give away baby clothes -- it's so final.

You hear your mother's voice coming out of your mouth when you say, "Not in your good clothes!"

You stop criticizing the way your mother raised you.

You read that the average five year old asks 437 questions a day and feel proud that your kid is above average.

You say at least once a day, "I'm not cut out for this job", but you know you wouldn't trade it for anything in the world...


Monday, April 4, 2011

Menu Monday


Monday is here again, and that means a new weekly menu. Hope you all have a goo week!!!

Monday-Grilled Chicken, steamed veggies, and chicken rice

Tuesday-Fried Fish, hushpuppies and french fries (yes too much fried foods, but ooooo soooo good!!)

Wednesday-Out to Eat

Thursday-Chicken Pot Pie (loaded with veggies :)

Friday-spaghetti and garlic toast

Looking for more menu ideas, or just wanna share your own? Link up at Organized Junkie!