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Art History Disguised as Fun

Kristin Draeger has mixed art, history, and humor into Ancient Greek Pottery to make this a great resource for you. This is part of the Art History Curriculum Disguised as Fun series that has engaging books for your student to learn about the art of various time periods. She has done a fantastic job in combining pictures of artifacts and giving details about each piece. Kristin has pronunciations of characters that are on the artifacts and also describes the pieces you are seeing. I appreciate that the text is simple because it does not detract from the pottery pieces. I have included a page from her book for you to see.
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After you finish reading the pages you can go back through it as Kristin has a Hide-and-Seek game throughout the book. You can use this book in several ways: you can study the artifacts on each page in detail, use as a supplement to a history unit on Ancient Greece, research the pieces or period of time in which the art was created, take a field trip to your local art museum, do a study on Greek mythology, eat Greek food (yum!), Read the Newberry Honor book,  The Golden Goblet, or read the Percy Jackson series. If you are interested in reading a synopsis of each Percy Jackson book and perusing the teacher ideas that are on the website, click HERE .

I love Kristin’s humor and wish I could spend a day with her at an art museum. But, since that isn’t possible, her book is the next best thing. You can see the series for yourself by going to Kristin’s website: artk12.com

I also received the book, Mission Architecture: Disguised as Fun and this is a study in mission buildings. The comments of the cartoon characters that Kristin has throughout the book were comical and at the same time relatable as I have a tendency to talk about objects in obscure terms too!  There is a Hide-and-Seek in this book too;  can you locate the daisy? I know very little about architecture and have never seen a mission building, so I think this is a great introduction and springboard for further investigation.

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Ways this book could be used is to do a study about the mission buildings in California. Here is a site to learn more about them- California Missions TrailThe picture below is from another site that has a summary of the missions and details about each of them. California Missions Foundation.

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Other ideas for using this book: do the Hide-and-Seek that Kristin has created; have your children trace and color the state of California; calculate the distance from the northernmost mission to the southernmost mission; research the other missions that are throughout the state; write a report on one of the buildings, or choose an architectural element throughout the book to research or draw. Perhaps by reading this book, you would be interested in learning about Califonia history. Beautiful Feet Books has a  curriculum designed for 4th-6th graders that uses trade books set in Califonia as part of the curriculum. To learn more about it CLICK HERE.

 Have fun!  ~Lisa~

I received a free review copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Traveling the World without Leaving your House

Teaching geography can be interesting, exciting, and fun, but sometimes you just need a little help when it comes to ideas. I located three resources that I think you and your children will enjoy. Happy Travels! 😉

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Atlas Crates by the Kiwi Company look like so much fun! These particular crates are designed for ages 6-11 and focus on giving your student a glimpse into the geography and culture of a region of the world. There are activities, projects, information about the country and a mini book about interesting aspects of the country for you to read. Every box has all of the supplies included so you don’t have to scrounge around the house looking for glue or yarn. It’s all in the box! You can save 30% on your order if you sign up for their newsletter. (The cost would be $39.95 for a 3 month subscription.) You can readily incorporate these crates into your geography and/or fine arts studies, and you can have your son/daughter write about the country you are studying. 🙂

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Little Passports for ages 6-10 is similar to Atlas Crates. Each month’s global adventure is packaged in a suitcase and has souvenirs such as postcards and crafts, and hands-on activities. Here is what would come with your first month’s Explorer Kit: a passport, and a world map, the country’s currency, an activity sheet and access to country-themed online content on their website. I love that you get a wall-sized map and can not only locate the country, but can talk about neighboring countries and teach a lesson on latitude and longitude. You can get one month to try for $16.95 + shipping or can get a 6 month or 12 month subscription.

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Universal Yums was brought to my attention when a homeschool mom came for a portfolio review. She showed me the scorecard of snacks that their family tried that were from Turkey. Each box has a variety of packaged snack foods to try and you can rate how much you liked that particular item. There is also a booklet that has information about each snack so if you have a son/daughter who is unsure of the contents, you can read all about it before eating it. Note- These are not “healthy snacks”, but are cookies, candies, etc. But, they sure look like fun! Past yum-yum boxes include snacks from countries such as Pakistan, Belgium, and Russia. You can easily extend this into your Social Studies lessons by locating the country’s box on a map or globe, play some music from the country that you found on the internet, and graph the likes and dislikes of the food items that you have eaten. Prices vary depending upon the number of snacks you choose and shipping is included in the price. (6 snacks- $14.00 per box, up to $39.00 for 20+ snacks)

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

The Value of Manners

Why should we bother to teach manners? Manners, in my opinion, show respect to other people. They show preference to others and also acknowledge them in ways that may seem small, but really speak volumes in this fast-paced, busy life in which we live. Manners begin in the home. The way that we teach and model manners will be noticed by others when you are away from home.

Some resources to help you teach manners to your young ladies and gentlemen. A great place to begin is with table manners and etiquette. See how Mama bear helps the family to remember their manners.

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Crawford the Cat videos are a great resource for young students (P-2nd grade). Crawford’s Good Table Manners is a 5 minute video with a coloring page option and lesson plans you can purchase as well. Even if you choose not to purchase the lesson plans you can discuss topics that were covered in the video afterward. You could have a fun activity to follow where you serve a snack and practice good table manners.

 

Please, Mr. Panda shows children the polite and patient way to ask for something. If your children enjoy this book, there are several more in this series.

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Mrs. Ruler helps her class learn the value of manners, both at home and in a public setting.

Who is My Neighbor? Is a full curriculum for older students about living as a Christian and being a help to others. You can purchase additional resources, such as a notebooking journal if so desired.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

 

 

 

Veterans Day Ideas for Kids

Some people get Veterans Day mixed up with Memorial Day. Veterans Day is a national day in our country to honor all of those who have served in the military.

Here is another video about Veterans Day.

Here is a Veterans Day booklet for your primary aged student that has alphabetical order, a word search, and a comprehension page.

If you would like your son or daughter to do a word search, here is a free printable on Veterans Day.

 Kid’s Activity Blog has a variety of worksheets for your student to do, including designing a commemoration quilt patch.

There is also a Veterans Day Resource Guide that has information and information on how to take care of the flag.

How can you teach your child the importance of supporting those who are in the military? How about sending a card or a care package? Soldiers Angels has many ways to be involved, from sending a card or a letter, to purchasing a care package, to sending a blanket, all of these are practical and thoughtful ways of showing appreciation to our service members.

Do you want your student to send a letter or card? CLICK HERE

To learn more about Soldiers Angels CLICK HERE.

Other ideas

If you have service members in your family, how about calling them and thanking them for their service to our country?

Our children can also serve our country by helping others. You could rake a neighbor’s leaves, visit those in nursing homes, pick up litter in your neighborhood,  or find another way to serve.

Election Resources for Children

Every first Tuesday after the first Monday in November we have the opportunity and civic duty to vote for our government officials. I am thankful that we live in a country where we have that right. As part of teaching Social Studies, you could teach about the election process and have your daughter/son learn about our government. When you go to vote, why not consider giving them a firsthand experience by going to the polling place with you.

How Voting Works is packed with a plethora of information. It even has an option to have the page read aloud and a ten question quiz at the end. There are additional resources about the government that your pupil can learn about should you wish.

Congress for Kids is a site that has everything about elections, from Election Day all the way through to Inauguration Day. There are videos and book lists (fiction and nonfiction) too for your student.

Duck for President is a fun way to learn about the election process. This website has a video of the book too.  If you are interested in doing a lesson or want more ideas for the book, Duck for President, Scholastic has some great ideas.

May the best candidates win! ~Lisa~