Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Our Favorite Field Trip

I found this meme and thought it was interesting. A new thing to help make my blogs interesting to my readers. I hope you enjoy this post about

I’m a dreamer. I dream of visiting all the historic places and foreign countries. Not sure if it’s in God’s plan that I will, but still I’d like to. Over the past few years, as homeschoolers, my family has thought of visiting quite a few different places. When we went on vacation last June we had planned on visiting the Roy Rogers’ museum as well as a few places in Texas and New Mexico. Things didn’t workout so we’re able to but it would have interesting to visit I’m sure.


This week I’d like to invite you to share your favourite field-trip that you’ve been able to go on since you’ve started homeschool. I’d encourage you to include photos, but you don’t have to.

Our favorite field trip was to Williamsburg, Jamestown, Carter's Grove and Yorktown. I polled the family and they all agreed. My husband and I went to Williamsburg for our Honeymoon and had not been back since. We had wanted to bring the kids and see the sites again. This was our General itinerary. I am going to do one slide show for the 2001 trip and one for the 2002 trip.

10-10 & 11-2001 Trip to Williamsburg

10-12-2001 Jamestown

When we went in 2001 we bought a year's pass because it was cheaper for our family than just buying a day pass for Williamsburg for the two days we wanted to spend and then for Jamestown. We planned to get back there at least once more during the year, we hoped to get back there at Christmas 2001 but that did not happen. We did however get to go back again before our tickets ran out in '02 and we got to stay longer but did not concentrate on Williamsburg as much as we did the first trip, we spread our days out and saw some things we did not see the first time in VA.

09-22-2002 Jamestown, VA
09-23-2002 Yorktown, VA
09-24-2002 Carter's Grove, VA
09-25-2002 Williamsburg, VA
09-26-2002 VA Air and Space Museum

We enjoyed each other, eating out, and the great history at each of the sites. My oldest dd Rachel just LOVES history and so does her mother! (LOL) We were in our glory. The other three kids tolerated it fine, since we did so many fun things, and got to eat out every day!! We stayed at a hotel that had continental breakfast, took a few snacks with us for during the day, bought some treats some days, and ate an early dinner at an all you can eat place, mostly the same restaurant but it was good the kids could get a variety of things they liked and so could we. That helped keep the cost down also. We also brought the umbrella stroller so the boys (mostly Christopher) would not get so tired of all the walking.

If you want to see all the other Favorite Field Trips or the meme go here: Homeschool Memoirs Meme

Make a Memory
Go on a Field Trip with your family
(and it does not have to be as elaborate as this...
just go for a walk at a park and enjoy the fall leaves.)


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Deserts Lapbook

There are three major resources that I used for this lapbook.
1. Homeschool Share's Desert Animals Lapbook
2. Discovering Deserts (Ranger Rick's Naturescope). This is a great activity book, we love all the Ranger Rick Naturescope books.
3. Exploring Nature Educational Resource - Deserts of the World

I will not tell you which individual items are in what order in the lapbook. But I will tell you this. You can see the individual lapbook elements from #1 for free. All the other items inside the lapbook are from #2 (the Discovering Deserts book). The booklet on the back of Christopher's Lapbook are the pages from #3 (Deserts of the World).

I am going to tell you some details about the two circular elements in the lapbook. They are both from the Discovering Deserts book (#2), pages 32-33 and 78-79. They were not meant for a lapbook and in order to see them correctly I needed to have both the upper and lower circles rotate. If you get or have the book you will see what I mean. Anyway this is what I did. We did the circle as directed in the book. We cut a circle from acid free construction paper, 1/8th inch larger than the circles from the book. We used a brass fastener to keep all three pieces together. Then we glued the construction paper circle to the lapbook.

Consequently the top two circles can be rotated because the 1/2 of the picture would be upside down if only the top circle could rotate which would make it hard to look at. I hope you can understand this I have taken some close ups of one of the circles to show you, and I put those on the page seperately below. I think I will take a short video also and put that below, although we don't have a video camera (that is on my wish list), so it will be taken with my digital camera and will not have sound. If you have questions about any of this please e-mail me... see my profile... or leave a comment.

Have a Great Day

Giveaway at Teaching Good Things

I just wanted to let you know about a giveaway over at Teaching Good Things. Just leave a comment, about pumpkin if you have can, and she will enter you in the contest to win two pumpkin shaped pot holders. She has a great site and a good giveaway this week. Go check it out.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Resources for Young Ladies (and Mom's Too)

Great, fairly new (new to me anyway), FREE online Magazine for and by young ladies
check it out
Growing in Grace Magazine

About Us

I also found this website... it looks really good.

Feelin' Feminine


Thursday, October 23, 2008

cool site for paper models

I just found this site this morning!! WOW it has a lot of cool stuff.
I found it when I was searching for a model of Pharos Lighthouse, which you will find if you click that link. But in the mean time I found this COOL site with LOTS and LOTS of great paper models for all kinds of things. Check it out!!!
Free Paper Models of Toys

Enjoy! Print a model... do it with your kids this week.
I am going to do one... I will post pictures later.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Penguin - Antarctic Lapbook and Final Olympics Lapbook Photos

Last year we studied Biomes, Plants and Animals. I am going to put all the lapbooks on my blog one at a time with the resources we used.

First I am doing the Penguin - Antarctic lapbook. Most of the Penguin - Antarctic Lapbook can be found for free at this link - Free Penguin Lapbook The lapbook has some links to other sites with information and elements you can use in your lapbook.

Besides the portions of the above lapbook we also added a map of Antarctica. There was a mini book in the Penguin Lapbook where we wrote facts about Antarctica. There was also a "Did you know?" fact mini page and we used that for an Antarctica fact.

Here is a link for Antarctic Plants

Here is a link for an Emperor Penguin Board Game

Here is a great site if you have younger kids - Penguin Printables

This site has printable abc flash cards, dominoes, days of the week and color cards in a penguin theme

This site has some Polar Region Theme - including a penguin shape book that you can use if you want

Some FREE Penguin Notebooking pages
which come from Shirley and Wendy's South African Homeschool Curriculum site that has other great freebies - check out their site!

We found the images we put on the front in a Google Image search.

OK ... so...
Here is a slideshow of the boys Penguin - Antarctic lapbooks.

I also wanted to post a picture of the cover of my ds Christopher's Olympics Lapbook.

Next I wanted to post pictures of my finished Olympics lapbook. I will do them in a slide show so it will not take up as much room. So here is that.

I hope you enjoyed all these resources and I will be updating my blog with the other biome lapbooks in the coming days so check back for that.


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