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Top 10 Books For Fall

 

books for fall

*Disclaimer: This post may contain some affiliate links. That means I might receive a small commission if you make a purchase by using my link. This happens at no additional cost to you, and it helps provide a few supplies for our homeschool classroom. Miss Bean and I thank you for it! 

Everyone in our household loves to read.

When the seasons change, I make a point to stock our classroom (and living room) with new books for us to read together.

Choosing books for fall is one of my favorite things to do.

My goal is to find books for fall that talk about the beautiful changes in nature, and to also find some spooky tales!


Top 10 books for fall that should be in your collection.


AWESOME AUTUMN BY BRUCE GOLDSTONE

books for fall

The gorgeous photos, paired with short text, tells about what happens when fall arrives.

It is perfect for traditional and homeschool classrooms!

SPOOKY OLD TREE BY STAN AND JAN BERENSTAIN

books for fall

Ages 4-8

Three bears bravely explore a spooky old tree.

The story contains simple rhyming text and reinforces the concept of into, up, through, over, down, and out.

This was a favorite for both of my kiddos.

It isn’t TOO scary, but it shows how one can overcome fears and conquer things that seem especially frightening.

LEAF MAN BY LOIS ELHERT

books for fall

Ages 4-7

This book tells the story of Leaf Man, who blew away with the wind.

It has beautiful illustrations using collages made from the rainbow of real fall leaves. It

is a wonderful book to read and celebrate the change of seasons, and even contains a leaf guide!

It is the perfect choice for nature lovers!

A nature hike and leaf hunt would be a fun way to reinforce the material.

THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING BY LINDA D WILLIAMS

books for fall

Ages 3-7

One night while walking in the woods, the normally fearless old lady becomes scared.

Read along and find out how she gets braver and solves her problem.

The text repeats and is rhythmic, which makes it fun for kids to chant along.

ROALD DAHL’S BOOK OF GHOST STORIES

books for fall

This one might be better for older kids.

It is a fantastic selection of Roald Dahl’s most favorite spooky stories.

It would make for awesome campfire reading and is sure to deliver great shivers.

SHAKE DEM HALLOWEEN BONES BY W. NIKOLA LISA

books for fall

Ages 4-7

This book has really fun rhyming hip-hop text and familiar fairy tale characters.

If you read this one out loud, don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing and dancing along with the rhythm of the words.

LITTLE CRITTER: THE FALL FESTIVAL BY MERCER MAYER

books for fall

Ages 4-8

Little Critter books have always been loved in our home.

This one covers all the wonderful things that make up the season of fall.

It is a good one for kids who are learning to read.

THE HALLOWEEN TREE BY RAY BRADBURY

books for fall

Ages 8 and up

Eight boys go on an adventure into the past led by a mysterious character.

This book is a wonderful way to learn the history and customs of Halloween.

ROOM ON A BROOM BY JULIA DONALDSON

books for fall

Ages 3-7

This is a story of a witch and a cat flying about.

The troublesome wind makes the witch lose some important items.

During their rescue, they encounter helpful friends that want a ride on her broom for their help.

Things get quite full, and a dragon enters the picture. It is a fun problem-solving tale!

GOOSEBUMPS BOOKS BY R.L. STINE

books for fall

In our house, these books are pretty much read all year round, as Miss Bean is a HUGE Goosebumps fan.

They are great chapter books to read together, and there are all sorts of spooky situations.

The Blob That Ate Everything is one of our favorites.

I hope this list helps you find some fun books for fall. Do you have a favorite? Be sure to share in the comments!

xo, Melissa

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We Tried It! How To Make DIY Seed Bombs

A few weeks ago, I saw a video for these adorable little diy seed bombs. I made sure to save it so that Miss Bean and I could make some of our own. We soon needed some gifts for a family gathering, and I decided that these would be the perfect solution.

SEED BOMBS

Luckily, we already had most of the supplies on hand. We just needed a packet of wildflower seeds. Funny enough, we had sent away for some seeds to help bring back the honey bees, and they just happened to arrive in our mailbox the exact day we needed them!

It was meant to be!

To make these seed bombs, you just need some paper, a muffin tin, a food processor, and some wildflower seeds.

I realize that you can just watch the video, but I broke down the steps here so you could see our results as well 🙂

First take your paper and tear it into tiny pieces. We filled a small bowl about halfway with our paper scraps.

seed bombs

Next, pour water to coat your paper pieces.

seed bombs

Let that sit for about 15 minutes.

seed bombs

Next, put the paper in a colander and use a sponge or a towel to help soak up the excess water.

seed bombs

Then, put your paper into the food processor, and grind them up into shredded pieces.

seed bombs

Aren’t all of the colors fun?!

Press and pack your shredded paper into muffin tins.

I just used basic muffin tins, but if you have some that are fun shapes, those will make your seed bombs look even cuter!

Pour your wildflower seeds over the top of each seed bomb, and then add the rest of your shredded paper as a top layer, and pack the paper down.

seed bombs

Then let them sit and dry for 24-48 hours.

Once they are dry, they are ready to go!

Since they were gifts and we needed to wrap them somehow, we made little baskets out of muffin liners and used pipe cleaners to make little handles.

seed bombs

Just drop them where you would like your flowers to grow and wait for the sprouts to happen!

 

seed bombs

These were fun and very easy to make. The hardest part was just waiting for them to dry!

My daughter really enjoyed helping to create such a fun gift, and it was easy on our budget.

She was especially happy to hear from her great grandmother that her seed bombs had already started to sprout!

Happy planting!

xo Melissa

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How To Make Critter Bookmarks – A Quick and Easy Craft

This week Bean and I decided to play with paper and make some critter bookmarks.

For those of you new to the blog, I love crafts, but don’t have a ton of time. I love finding quick and easy projects that add a little fun to our day.


Think of Bean and I as your craft testers, our creations may not be the most perfect, but they are real and made with love.


BOOKMARKS
We do our best to find the easiest, cutest projects, and these critter bookmarks totally fit the description!

bookmarks

You don’t need much at all in the way of supplies. Grab some paper, scissors, a glue stick, markers and googly eyes.

bookmarks

Because who doesn’t love a reason to put fun eyes on things?!

Your paper to be in the shape of a square. We happened to have some origami paper on hand, so we used that, but you can easily use card stock or construction paper and just cut it into a square.

Here are the steps that you need to follow to make these super cute bookmarks:

  1. Fold your paper in half to create a triangle.

bookmarks

2. Fold the top point (just the front layer of paper) of the triangle down to meet the bottom edge of the paper.

bookmarks

3. Fold in the left and right corners in to meet the middle triangle fold.

bookmarks

bookmarks

4. Open up your side folds, so that they look like this:

bookmarks

5. Then fold both of those sides up, along your middle triangle fold.

bookmarks

bookmarks

6. Next, tuck in the two new folds that you just made into the middle fold.

bookmarks

bookmarks

7. Take a second piece of paper, and cut another square. It should be the same size as the square you just folded.

bookmarks

8. Then tuck that square into your folded paper, and secure it with a little glue.

bookmarks

9. Finally, glue on some googly eyes, and a little tongue.

bookmarks

There you have it! Your critter bookmark is ready to help keep your place in the books that you are reading.

bookmarks

bookmarks

bookmarks

Now, you don’t HAVE to make a frog. Bean had fun just making some little monster bookmarks and then decorating them. I also made a vampire one. Just pick your favorite critter and start creating!

bookmarks

I hope you found these critter book marks fun, and will give them a try the next time you are looking for a quick craft. I know the ones we made will definitely give some character to our reading time! <3

xo, Melissa

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How To Make Reading Wands – Another Quick and Easy Craft!

reading wands

We have been working very hard on learning to read in our homeschool classroom.

Sometimes, my daughter starts feeling overwhelmed, distracted or bored. She has trouble keeping her place while reading out loud.

To help combat this, I decided that we should make some magic reading wands with our craft sticks.

As you know I am a fan of quick and easy crafts, and this one doesn’t disappoint.

They are the perfect way to add a little excitement and sparkle to our reading practice.

To make these reading wands, you will need the following supplies:

reading wands

Modge Podge

Glitter

Medium Sized Craft Sticks

Buttons

Craft Glue

Paint brush

Sharpies (for decorating – opitional)

Washi Tape (for decorating – opitional)

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Reading Wand Instructions:

First, place some glitter in a small container to make it easier to paint on the craft sticks.

I have discovered that muffin liners are perfect for this purpose!

Dip your brush in a bit of modge podge, and then in the glitter, and paint onto your craft sticks. You can also dab the glitter to help get a good thickness so the reading wands are nice and sparkly.

Set aside and let it dry for a little bit.

reading wand

It is also fun to try a few different ways of decorating the reading wands.

Sharpies, stickers, washi tape, and paint, would all work. Just dig into your craft stash and see what you can find.

If you use sharpies to decorate your reading wands, I recommend painting a layer of modge podge on your craft stick first. It helps the ink not bleed into the wood.

reading wands

The final step is choosing the perfect button for the top of the wand. Use a little craft glue to secure them to the top of the wand.

If you don’t have buttons, but have craft jewels or foam stickers, those would also work as a good accent.

reading wands

Once the glue is dry, your reading wands are ready to help make reading time fun.

They are a great way to help keep young readers focused on keeping their place while reading.

Best of all, they are super easy to make!

reading wands

Happy reading!

xo Melissa

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Lessons and Activities for November

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November has arrived, and that means it is time for some new books, experiments, lessons and activities in our homeschool classroom!

In addition to our regular work, we will focus on being thankful, and the history of Thanksgiving, which I will be incorporating into our lessons and activities throughout the month.

I found a great resource on the Scholastic website. It has a ton of information on The First Thanksgiving, so we will definitely be using that as a resource this month.

LANGUAGE AND READING

We are continuing to use our sight word list from our word hunt last month. They have been helping Bean learn some key words that she is seeing more often now that she is reading.

We’ve also been working on identifying long and short vowel sounds. I have a little game I found at the dollar store to help her with that.

I also selected some books that fit well with the Thanksgiving season:

Being Thankful by Mercer Mayer

The Very First Americans by Cara Ashrose

The Story of the Pilgrims by Katharine Ross

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie dePaola

Please and Thank You Book by Richard Scarry

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston

Pete the Cat by Kimberly and James Dean

SCIENCE

Another fun part of Thanksgiving is the food, so I have picked out a few food experiments for our science lessons.

Bendy Bones

When you make turkey, set aside some bones for this fun experiment (chicken bones would work too, you don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving turkey time for this one).

First, make sure to clean and scrape any meat off of the bones.

Then, make some observations and discuss your findings. Are the bones strong? Do they bend? What color are they? How long are they?

Next, fill a container large enough to submerge the bones, with vinegar.

Place the bones in the vinegar and let them sit for four days. If it gets smelly, cover the container with a little plastic wrap and secure with a rubber band.

After four days, remove the bones from the vinegar. Observe and discuss again.

Because of the acidic vinegar, the bone should bend because the calcium has been broken down.

You can even try other acids, like lemon juice or soda.

Re-Grow Food

lessons and activities green onion experiment image

Find a fun recipe that calls for green onions, and when you use them, leave about 3 inches of the root .

Place your trimmings standing up in a glass container.

Fill the glass with water, leaving an inch or two above the water.

Find a sunny window, and set the glass nearby.

Change the water every other day, and in a few days, green shoots should begin to appear.

Once you have some growth, trim and use in another meal. Leave your roots in the jar, you should be able to get a few cycles of re-growth. See how many you can get!

Bouncy Rubber Egg

lessons and activities bouncy egg experiment image

Grab a glass jar, an egg, and white vinegar.

Place the egg carefully in the jar, and add enough vinegar to cover the egg.  Let it sit for 24 hours.

Once that time period has passed, carefully remove the egg from the jar, and dump out the vinegar. Replace egg and cover again with vinegar. The wait is a little longer this time around, let it sit for 2 days.

Remove your egg from the jar, and observe. What does it feel like? Does it look different? What happened to the shell? What do you see?

Now is the fun part! See if it will bounce! Gently bounce it from a short distance- it is still fragile and could break.

Because an eggshell is made of calcium carbonate, the acid in the vinegar reacts and produces carbon dioxide. The egg membrane may absorb some of the vinegar, which will make the egg larger.

CRAFTS

lessons and activities art supplies image

I found a few fun activities on Pinterest:

Paper Bag TeePees

Paper Bag Turkeys

T.P. Roll Totem Poles

Herb and Spice Play Dough

Handprint Turkey

You can also find these on my Arts and Crafts board. Follow me for easy access!

I hope you found these November lessons and activities helpful. I would love to hear about what is happening in your homeschool classroom too, tell me about it in the comments and be sure to link your blog so that I can visit!

 

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Try These Fun Fall Lessons and Activities

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The weather has started to cool off and I can wear my hoodies again. The leaves are beginning to change, and it is perfect campfire weather. The arrival of fall also means that it is time to change things up a bit in our homeschool classroom. So I’ve put together a list of some fun fall lessons and activities.

fall lessons fall leaves graphic

The past couple months we learned about plants, and explored nature. We took a field trip to build our own STEM kit. We also discovered a workbook that Miss Bean loves. It has a little bit of each subject, and has kept her attention quite well. It has especially helped her take off with her reading. I’ve noticed that she has started to catch more word blends while sounding things out, and she has become so confident in her own abilities! So, as long as she requests it, we are going to keep completing those pages.

However, we need some hands-on fall lessons and activities to round out our homeschool plan.

Reading and Writing

My last blog post was a list of 10 Fall books to read, so I have already completed our book list. Because we have some apple activities, I’m also going to add Johnny Appleseed to the list.

I came across this word hunt, and it looked like so much fun, I had to create our own. I ended up making two versions. One with some of the sight words that we are working on, and another with some spooky words.

If you’d like to play along, you can click on the pictures to download and print your own.

SIGHT WORD HUNT FLASHCARDS

printable sight word flashcards for word huntSPOOKY WORD HUNT FLASHCARDS
printable spooky words flashcard for word hunt

 

Science and Math

pumpkins and apples fall lessons graphic

The leaves are changing, and apples and pumpkins are abundant.

I found this great state by state guide to fall colors and we’ll discuss why leaves change colors.

I printed out this fun fall leaf hunt activity, which will call for visits to a few parks to find our leaves. We will grab a few extra for art projects, and also to learn how leaves breathe.

After we stock up on some apples we are going to put our STEM kit to use.  We are going to try to keep an apple from browning, and make apple volcanoes.

For Math, we are going to work on the concept of greater than and less than by using candy corn.

Also, this free printable Oh Nuts! game looks like the perfect way to work on addition, time and money.

Of course, I can’t forget using pumpkins this time of year.

I plan on doing a few experiments that I found on this site.

And finally, once we clean out our pumpkins for carving, I am going to set aside some seeds. When I clean and bake them, I am going to fill a few different containers and have Miss Bean guess how many seeds are in each one.

Arts and Crafts

I think this is always the super fun part. I found some great projects using leaves and fall colors, and even one for our toilet paper rolls!

Autumn Handprint Tree

Q-Tip Fall Tree

Leaf Rubbings

Autumn Leaf Suncatchers

Wax Paper and Crayon Fall Leaves

Autumn Ballerina

T.P. Roll Monsters

Our fall break just ended, so we start on our new lessons Monday. If you have any fun fall lessons or activities planned, I would love to hear about them in the comments. Happy Fall!

 

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How To Build A STEM Kit (even if you are on a budget)

STEM Kit

Having a STEM Kit on hand at home is a wonderful thing for planned or impromptu experiments, and I am going to show you how to build one, even if you are on a budget.

STEM Kit

What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Including STEM in education is important, and it is a good thing to introduce STEM learning at a young age.

Why is STEM important?

Children have a natural interest in exploring how things work. Because of this, STEM activities are perfect! They are hands on and student-centered. By questioning, examining, and problem solving, kids are then able to learn to solve real life problems.

The role of the adult is to guide the students through the problem solving process.

How do you build a STEM Kit?

Building a STEM kit, may take a little bit of time, however, it is pretty easy and inexpensive to build up supplies.

First, look around the house.

Check the recycling bin, junk drawer, and be sure to raid the tool box! A more complete list is included at the end of this post, but look for things like plastic bottles, cans, nuts, bolts.

Once you’ve searched your house, chances are, you will find that you need to purchase some things to round out your kit.

My absolute favorite spot to find my material is the Dollar Store. They have a little bit of everything, and it is very easy to build up a good stock when things only cost a dollar. Make a list, or print mine, and take a field trip to get supplies. While you are there, be sure to grab a notebook to record designs, observations and results!

STEM Kit

I’ve got the supplies, now what?

Once you have your supplies, it is finally time for the fun! Pick an experiment, or create a challenge, and get to work!

Remember, this is a chance for your child to figure things out on their own. Your role is to guide, create curiosity, passion, and give them an opportunity to push limits.

I will have some more detailed posts about our specific activities and experiments as we do them in our classroom. Currently, I am working on a list of fun fall themed activities.

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In the meantime, here are a few activities to get you started:

Popsicle Stick Catapults

Marshmallow and toothpick structures

Grow crystals

Baking soda and vinegar eruptions

Rubber egg

Do you have a STEM Activity that you have tried? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear about it!


     

 

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Nature Scavenger Hunt – Free Printable!

nature scavenger hunt pin graprhicThis last week the teenager shared his back to school germs with all of us. We spent the entire week sneezing, coughing and needing lots of naps.

Needless to say, I did not manage to do much with my crafting, or blog. However, we did get our school work done. Yay for being able to learn in pj’s!

So what what do you do when everyone is feeling crummy, but also getting stir crazy? We decided to take a field trip to our favorite park, 100 Acres, near the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Before we left, I created a simple nature scavenger hunt sheet for Miss Bean to complete while we wandered the grounds.

The goal?  Spot the items on the list and check them off. Simple, yet fun.

A walk in the woods did wonders for our moods. Even if it was just for a short while, the fresh air and green nature surrounding, made us forget our sniffles.

nature scavenger hunt

Miss Bean enjoyed having a to-do list, and got very excited when she found something to check off.

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Going on our nature scavenger hunt gave us a reason to slow down and observe. We spotted things hidden away that we typically might not notice. Such as these webs that we spotted among the plants on the ground.

nature scavenger hunt

It also paired quite well with our plant and seed unit this month. Miss Bean was able to see so many different types of leaves, plants, and seeds. She even created her own game. With each leaf she found on the ground, she tried to match it to a nearby tree.

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This time, we documented our finds with pictures. Next time, I would like to create a little box for her to be able to collect a few of her finds. We definitely have to do it again, as she did not spot a snake on this walk.

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nature scavenger hunt

nature scavenger hunt

This Mantis was our favorite discovery. Because he looked like a stick, he was hard to find. But once we did, he let us watch him for a long time.

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Hopefully our photos inspired you to go on your own nature scavenger hunt. Share your favorite sightings in the comments!

Do you want your own checklist? I created a free printable for you to download and use for your own adventure.

nature scavenger hunt

 

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Top 5 Homeschool Game Changers

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There are times in our homeschool classroom in which we have perfect days. Our lessons go exactly as expected, because Miss Bean is happy, cooperative and willing to learn. Of course, those are the best kind of days.

However, there are also the other days where things just seem off. Those days have tears, protests, frowns, and my well thought out lesson plans just don’t seem to do the trick.

What do I do when that happens?

I switch things up and use my homeschool game changers. They usually help to end the frustration and aid Miss Bean in changing her attitude. Most of them are visual, and also give her a little break from having me as her teacher.

homeschool game changers

Here are my top 5 homeschool game changers:

1. Amazon Prime Video and Netflix

Recently, PBS moved most of their shows over to Amazon Prime. If you don’t already have a Prime subscription, I highly recommend it.

Currently, our favorite shows are Peg + Cat and Reading Rainbow. However, there are so many other options available.

They even have yoga and exercise videos. Sometimes, a little deep breathing, stretching, and a wiggle break is all we need for our day take a positive turn.

Also, Netflix has Magic School Bus and Bill Nye The Science Guy episodes. Both are fun ways to learn about how things work.

2. YouTube

There are so many different educational channels on YouTube. Most of the videos are short, which helps to keep Miss Bean’s attention.

A few of our favorites are:

Crash Course Kids

SciShow

MashUp Math

Storyline Online

3. Starfall

This website is one of Miss Bean’s favorites.

We are currently working our way through the reading units together. She likes to try and read each page herself, and then check her work by having it read out loud to her. There are even math games available. Whenever she gets a little independent learning/free time, she loves to play the different songs and interactive games.

Parts of the website are free, and you can also choose to pay a small fee in order to get full access.

4. Pinterest

Honestly, Pinterest is my best friend,

I can find anything that I need there. Seriously, it is a life saver.

It helps me find fun material for my lesson plans, and quick art projects. Miss Bean loves to look through my pins and pick out which experiments or crafts she wants to try next. I try to pin a lot, so feel free to follow me!

5. The Library

homeschool game changers

Sometimes, the day is just not going as planned at all. That’s when a change of scenery is a great solution.

Impromptu field trips to the library are easy, and they are free!

We are quite lucky to have a library within walking distance of our home. Because of this, we can make frequent trips. Sometimes, we even like to make it more of an adventure by visiting the huge library downtown. While there, we enjoy looking for Reading Rainbow books. Also, there are also a ton of easy readers so that we are able to keep lots of variety in our learning to read journey. Miss Bean is always sure to bring a backpack, so that she can bring a few books home with her.

If you haven’t visited in awhile, be sure to check out your local library and give it some love!

Do you have some classroom game changers that have worked well for you? Be sure to share them in the comments.

 

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A Good Dance Party Can Solve Anything.

A good dance party can solve anything. This is what I was reminded of today.

There are times when even the best plans can fall apart. Even though I felt I was organized, all those lists in my journal were no match for this past week. As I was having my morning coffee, and preparing for the day, I started being quite tough on myself. I am behind in my blog posts. I did not try the recipes I wanted to test. Then there were the super hot temperatures, and several days of rain that stopped us from being able to take our nature hike field trip. I keep telling myself that I need to get moving and do some yoga. My body hurts, and I’m sure it would help.

As all those negative thoughts accumulated, I began to feel that all too familiar anxiety attack coming on. The combination of another night of insomnia, and the running list of failures in my head, made me feel super overwhelmed.

Defeated.

I wanted to crawl into bed and wrap myself up in a blanket cave.

At that moment, Miss Bean came up to me. She snuggled up next to me and asked if we could have a dance party before we started school.

We picked out our music, turned it up, and started dancing. We laughed, and jumped. Twirled and swayed. We made silly poses and faces.

Suddenly, I started feeling better.

Once we finished, Bean began to gather her school supplies, and pick out the books she wanted to read. I took some deep breaths and began to make a list of all the things that I DID accomplish.

And do you know what?

I found that things weren’t as bad as I had originally felt.

I realized that we actually had a good week in school. Our Beanstalk experiment, did not work the first time. Instead of quitting, we tried to solve the mystery of what went wrong. We determined that we made the cotton balls too wet, and started over. This morning, we discovered that our seed is beginning to sprout!

Also, we did our cabbage leaf experiment to illustrate how plants drink water.

dance party

Seeing the leaves soak up the water and change colors was awesome! Even the teenager was excited to see the results.

dance party

dance party

As for our nature walk, and outdoor portion of our plant unit? We have been having so much fun with it, we will just extend our work over the next week. Another reason that homeschooling is such a great fit for us. The flexibility is a wonderful thing. The weather is officially cooling off, and we are very ready to take a hike. I made a fun scavenger hunt page to take with us. Miss Bean is hoping that we don’t see a snake, she is okay with leaving that box unchecked.

Because of all the rain, I wasn’t needed at work on Sunday. Which gave me an entire day all to myself. Time like that is a rarity for me. With the gloomy skies, it was tempting to stay in bed and binge on Netflix all day. Instead, I got out my supplies, and made some peg people. I was especially pleased with how my peg bat family turned out.

dance party

I even took my productiveness a step further, and got my etsy shop back up and running! Head over and give it a little love.

It is amazing what a little me time can do for the mind and mood!

I may not have gotten much accomplished with menu planning or food testing this past week. But today, I got out the crock pot, and put on some more music. Bean and I had another dance party as we assembled the ingredients for Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli. It is already smelling delicious!

Why did I write this blog entry? Today I may not have detailed lesson or menu plans. I don’t have a crafty project or tutorial to share. I did however, receive a valuable reminder from my wise daughter.

Sometimes, you need to stop being negative or sad, turn up the music, and just dance. It is the perfect way to re-focus and realize that things are not so bad. A good dance party can get you back on track!

 

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