Valentine’s Day 2013

A little late, but here are some fun activities we did for Valentine’s Day this year…

We used do a dot markers to colour these little books from 1+1+1 here.  I know these are aimed at younger ages but they all wanted to do them!  We stapled them into little books when we were done.

Valentine's Day Activities ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Another one with do a dot markers…we taped a white heart to a sheet of paper and then used are dot markers all around it, then peeled off the heart.  Makes a nice picture, although Ladybug was upset with me for ruining hers by taking off the heart!

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We strung beads on to red pipe cleaners and then shaped them into hearts.  Ladybug calls hers a bracelet.

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We made heart pencil toppers out of pipe cleaners.  So easy!  We’ll have to make green shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Ladybug worked on this magnet page from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

Valentine's Day Activities ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Jitterbug did these number matching activities, also from COAH.

Valentine's Day Activities ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Ladybug did a matching activity, again from COAH.

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And some puzzles from Over the Big Moon.  Their Pre-K packs are really cute!

Valentine's Day Activities ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

We had heart-shaped quesadillas for lunch, with some Valentine treats.

Valentine's Day Activities ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

More matching.  These are from Homeschool Creations.

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And an easy tissue paper project using contact paper to hang in the window.

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We did our regular schoolwork, too!  It was fun to have some crafts in there, and I know the kids enjoyed it.  We may have to add some more little crafts to our days.

Greek Paper Dolls

Somewhere along the line I stopped posting about our history lessons.  I suppose we haven’t done any big projects lately.  There’s been a lack of enthusiasm around here for history, so we may camp out with the Greeks for awhile and do some more projects.  In the Activity Guide there is a printout for Chapter 22 of Spartan paper dolls.  I was very surprised at how much my kids loved these.

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A blurry photo of Jitterbug colouring on the floor.

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Even Ladybug wanted a set, she coloured hers mostly with a regular pencil.  (Do all kids do this?  All mine have gone through periods where they wanted to colour with regular pencils.)

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They’ve gotten these out several times since then.  Who knew?  :)

Tie-NOT for Water Balloons

I wish I could remember where I first heard of this cool tool for tying water balloons.  It’s called Tie-NOT and it is the best thing ever for water balloons.

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Here’s how it works.  You need water balloons, of course.

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Fill the balloon with water.  Wrap the end of the balloon around the tool going away from you.

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Spin the tool 360 degrees, make sure you follow the instructions, it has to be spun in the right direction.

Tie-NOT ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Tuck the end of the balloon into the slot.

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Pull the balloon and the tool away from each other.

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Look at that!  A water balloon that I did not have to knot for my kids!

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They also make fillers, you hook this right up to the tap, fill the balloon and tie.  That yellow button is a stopper for the water, press when you want to fill the balloon.

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Look at all those balloons that I didn’t tie!

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Seeing how high they can throw them.

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I ordered mine as part of a larger order from Rainbow Resource, it looks like Amazon has them too.  Get one!  You know you need one!  (I was not compensated for this, just like the product!)

New Notebooks for a New School Year!

Okay, one more thing about the first week of school.  New notebooks!  Skeeterbug has three: one for ancient history, one for geography, one for everything else.  The first two span years, the third is a new one every year.  I surprised him with the cover, he’s a How to Train Your Dragon fan.

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Jitterbug wanted Ice Age on his.

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Ladybug wanted a koala. 

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All ready to be filled up!

Treasure Hunt 2013

We have this tradition of doing a treasure hunt on the first day of school.  The kids were really looking forward to it this year. 

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We only have one kid who can read in our house, so last year I remember him quickly reading the clue and running off to find the next one with the others trailing behind.  This year I made six clues, two for each of them, when they found one they had to come back to me to find the next one.  That first one was for Jitterbug, he had to figure out that the letter was hidden in our toy school bus, not with the Magic School Bus DVDs which is where they went first.  They came back saying they couldn’t find it and I asked them where else in our house we might have a school bus. 

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This clue said “Head to the South Pole!”  It took a hint or two for Skeeterbug to realise it was under the globe.

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Each clue led to a letter.  I think this one was hidden in Ladybug’s play kitchen.

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Better start digging!  It was in the sandbox.

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Waiting for big brother to figure out the word.

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You got it!

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The box was full of school supplies and new games.

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This one’s for you, Mama! (A new green stapler.)

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Richard Scarry’s Busytown.

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Simon! A keychain version, just like the big one I had as a kid.

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Ladybug was thrilled with her new pencil case and little notebooks.

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We played our new The Cat in the Hat: I Can Do That! game.  You draw cards and complete such tasks as “Crawl to the bedroom and back with the fish on your head.”  Fun.

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We painted some suncatchers.

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We played our new Busytown game.  My kids have all loved Richard Scarry books, so this was good for us.  You work as a team to reach your picnic before Pig Will and Pig Won’t eat all the food.  The game board is as long as our table.  They’ve gotten it out many times since then.

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We also started our new video, Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?  I played the computer game as a kid, never knew there was a video.  This one has 40 episodes, it was only $5.99 when I bought it.

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Lots of fun for our first day, we started ‘real’ school the next day!  I think that’s it for our first day posts…about time…we’re in our third week of school now!

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