Category: Homeschooling

Melody’s First Apple Pie

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Melody helped assist me in baking an apple pie for her home school (though I’m more likely to call what we do un-schooling) home economics class this month! I found a recipe by Martha Stewart for an Old-Fashioned Apple Pie but adjusted the recipe to our liking (I basically left out the lemon juice).  Though she probably could have, I personally shaved and cut the apples. Next time I’ll let Melody do that since shortly after baking the pie, I invested in a Apple Mate 3 which cores, peels, and pares apples which makes that whole process easy and fun.

Baking with Melody was great because she got to read a recipe, learn about measurements, and  baking times. Our verdict is that kitchen chemistry is pretty tasty when following the direction correctly. She did a good job with everything and the pie was extremely delicious! In all honesty, it didn’t last long! We didn’t make a pie crust from scratch this time but perhaps we will next time.

Inviting my daughter into the kitchen has built her confidence, allowed her independence,  and it’s teaching her a skill that will be relevant in her life.

When did you first introduce your child(ren) into the kitchen? Is there something special they love to prepare for the family & friends? 

Check It Out!: Reading, Finding, Helping {Children’s Book Review}

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If you want to give children a look into some if not all the things a librarian does, you’ll definitely want to pick up a copy of Check It Out!: Reading, Finding, Helping by Patracia Hubbel and illustrated by Nancy Speir. This delightful hardcover title features bright and cheerful full page spread illustrations that appealed to my children ages 3 & 5 years old quite a bit. The book is written in rhyming way which makes the flow go along quite well whether if you are reading or listening!

What are some things covered that librarian is known to do that is mentioned in this book? Well, for one you’ll see her helping children locate books, fixing the books with glue and tape, helping children check out books of all kinds, planning parties, researching books in the news, reading books to the children, and more! There’s really never a dull moment! Exciting, engaging, and a lot of fun to read!

I loved this title and think it would be great story to pull out when teaching social studies in school or at home. Who knows maybe it will inspire a child to want to grow up and be a librarian themselves!

Interested in Purchasing? Check It Out!: Reading, Finding, Helping can be purchased on Kindle or Hardcover format on Amazon.com. E-reader price is $3.99 and hardcover for $9.61 as of this posting.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

POP for Sight Words Games Bundle by Learning Resources {review + giveaway}

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The Pop for Sight Words Game Bundle by Learning Resources is a set of learning games that encourages and promotes reading in children ages five and up. The games are fashioned to mimic popcorn containers which is a cute and clever way to draw in the attention of both boys and girls.

The games individually have 100 cards, 92 are sight words, & eight are POP cards. Everything can be contained neatly in each box that features a pretty snug fitting lid. There’s a even a little zip type plastic baggy included in each box to keep the pieces together within the inner compartment of the box. There’s no need to keep up with the instructions as those are displayed on the side of each box. Continue reading

Tilt & View Animal X-Rays by Learning Resources {Review + Giveaway}

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The Tilt & View Animal X-Rays card set by Learning Resources is an awesome tool to use in teaching kids about animals and their skeletons. You can look at all the cards at once and investigating bones. Or you can take a look at one at time and build your own unit study around the animal cards included! The variations of how you can present and use these in a home or school classroom are completely endless!

The Animal X-Rays Card Set includes 18 double-sided cards that measure at 5″ x 4″ inches in size. The front side of the card features an animal and when tilted the card displays a holographic matching x-ray. On the back of each card, is information and neat facts about the animal. Animals featured include: Gray Squirrel, Green Sea Turtle, Moray Eel, Barred Owl, Emperor Penguin, Mallard Duck, and more. Continue reading