Thursday, August 31, 2017

Kwik Stix! are at it again

Hey everyone Kwik Stix has ask me if I could share some exciting news for them. On September 8th Kwik Stix will now be easier to find. They are pleased to announce that you will be able to purchase all their great products at BJ’s Wholesale Clubs for only $19.99!

So head on over to your nearest BJ's Wholesale Club and pick up a pack. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks Review

A Journey Through Learning
We are doing Lapbooks again! This time we are excited to be using A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks. We are using a set from their Apologia Curriculum page. Specifically we are using the Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy (2nd Edition) Lapbook. This Lapbook set is designed for grades 2-7 I am using it with a 3rd grader and a 5th grader. It includes something for each lesson that is in the Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy (2nd Edition) book. It also includes instruction on assembly, and placement of mini books, lesson plans and answer keys. This is a downloadable product and contains 158 printable pages. 

This is what my girls call a mega big Lapbook. It used 14 file folders that you will install in a binder. They included some directions and pictures on how to do this and I am thankful for the photos because I would have messed it up with out them. This hole process includes lots of folding and taping and it took me way longer than it probably should have to create two of them. I had issues with my 3 hole punch. I am going to recommend not using one. The tape gets stuck in the punch and tears out the holes when you try to remove it. At least that is what happened with ours. A single hole punch was much easier although it was more time consuming to do and still got stuck at times. We live in a small town and the only duct tape I could get a hold of was plain silver but you could get fancy and do some of the colored duct tape or something with a print on it. Stars would be cool if you could find it or may be glitter. I thought blue with glitter would kind of go with the hole Astronomy theme. All in all assembling the file folders was probably the most time consuming thing for me. 

I was pleased with this lapbook. We have not completed the entire thing yet but we are well into it. Like I said above each lesson has a mini book that your child will complete to go along with the lesson they learned in the text book. I found these to be a great edition to the student notebooking journal that came with their Apologia set. Some of the mini books repeated the information that they did in the notebook, but we did find a good number of them that gave them additional information that was covered in the text but not the notebook. Review is always good so we were ok repeating some of it. I can actually say that I think the Lapbook would be good substitute for the student notebook if you had a child that preferred doing the lapbooks. 

The girls found the lapbook assignments easy to do and understand. I do think a 7th grader might be a little bored with it though. A good number of the pictures were offered in color. This was an issue for us as we only have a black and white printer. The girls did try to color some of the pictures to make them a little more interesting. You can see some of the pieces we have been working on before we put them in the file folder. All in all this Lapbook is a nice edition to the Apologia Astronomy set.

A Journey Through Learning offers a variety of Lapbook sets and everyone should check out the other sets that other Crew Members have reviewed.

Lapbooks for Classical Conversations, Apologia, Inventors & 20th Century {A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks Reviews}

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2017 great Eclipse

We took another trip in our favorite rocket trip. This time we blasted to a location about an hour away from our home town. Why did we do this on a sunny Monday morning in August you ask. Because we homeschool and we were so close to being able to see totality for the 2017 solar eclipse we just had to go. This is a bonus field trip for us. The girls just finished a unit in Exploring Creation with Astronomy about the sun. So this little adventure fit in nicely. We set out early so we could get a place at a local park. Armed with our special solar glasses and lens filters for the camera, our white sheet and the video camera so my oldest can try to catch the shadow snakes that appear for a few seconds just before totality is achieved. Then we settled in to wait for it all to begin. Being the rocket ship travelers that we are. Me and the girls packed a pick-nick lunch because you can never have to many snacks. We spent the morning running and playing with some of the cousins. Me and my rocket ship travelers hope you enjoy a few of the pictures I took.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

We had a weekend off and the weather was good. So we took another trip in our rocket ship and landed at the lake. We spend three days hiking, biking, and just relaxing and enjoying some family time. Check out the colored flames. We picked up a pack at the gas station that said you put it in the fire and it would make colored fire. We recently saw a demonstration at the science center and the girls thought it would be fun to do for our selves. So what is your favorite family time activity? Comment below and let me know. We are always looking for something new to do!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Something new

Who in there right mind would want a carport this big? Us that's who! We bought this crazy thing well over a year a go and and are just now getting it finished. We no longer have the camper this was originally intended for so we have no idea what we are going to use it for. But here it is in all here green glory at least it blends in with the forest a little. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Who Likes Dinosaurs

Us that's who.... Check our some photos from our latest Rocket Ship adventure... The girls took a birthday trip to Jurassic Quest. It was a complete surprise neither one had any idea that they were going.The lines were insane and we spent most of the time waiting in line to do stuff be we still had lots of fun and we really enjoyed the trip.