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05 May

Virginia is GORGEOUS?!! Green. Green. GREEN. Lots of trees. It’s just a beautiful place, and driving it is so much fun! Dealing with the expressway signs isn’t always the easiest thing in the world here in Virginia, but so far I haven’t managed to get TOO lost. Yesterday was an exception though, and even though I was lost I was having FUN because it was just so beautiful to be driving through the area, I didn’t care at the time if I was driving 10 or 20 miles out of the way(I didn’t actually, it ended up circling back around like I thought it would – eventually.)

Day 5, May 5, 2013

Anyway, today we headed out for Jamestown Settlement and our second day of Williamsburg. Jamestown had different areas, which started off with a museum-type exhibit with various artifacts (more…)

Well, it’s upon us. The ultimate homeschooling trip….


04 May

Earlier in the year I mentioned that we were fundraising for a trip to Washington, D.C. and now we’re here!!! We caught a late flight and arrived in Virginia this past Wednesday morning! Two weeks. Virginia. DC. Sites and monuments. One heck of a trip!!

I admit I was a BIT nervous. I have never taken a trip of this length before, but the days are going by quickly and it’s going quite well! I came well armed with a stack of Google directions for places to go and so far they haven’t led me too far astray.

Day 1, Wednesday May 1, 2013

We arrived tired after a red-eye flight but were excited to be here. We got breakfast and then were on our way to finding stuff since check-in wasn’t until late afternoon. We went to see Shirley Plantation. A glorious house that still has private residents living there, with tons of history. The thing that stood out for me was this was where Robert E. Lee’s mother grew up and got married. Interesting stuff. We went on the tour and it was just four of us and the tour guide and my son was able to ask questions to his heart content. Loved it!
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Washington, D.C. Fundraising


01 Sep

What better way to teach then through travel? You can go to places where historical events took place, learn about famous people in history, and take part in events that help you learn the things you’ve been taught and only heard about. That’s why this spring I hope to make American History come to life for my fifth grader by visiting our nation’s capital. Yep, this upcoming spring we hope to go to Washington, D.C.!

There’s only one small little problem. The money. It costs quite a bit to go on a trip like the one I’m hoping to take him on. When I went on my trip to Washington, D.C. in eighth grade it was 5 days and everything was rush, rush, rush. The places we didn’t have to really rush through we still had barely enough time to visit and see. I’d like to extend the time of our trip a bit longer than that and hopefully get time to see all the important and fun things our capital has to offer, along with, hopefully, taking a side trip to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown.

Maybe it’s insane, but we think we can do it.

Now this isn’t a plea to get you to come and buy something you have no intention of buying or no desire to have. However, if for some reason you were planning on buying any magazines or restaurant.com giftcards or are looking into gifts closer to Christmastime, maybe you could consider visiting our website and taking a look. If anything appeals to you – great! If not, no biggie, maybe you could just pass on the link for us. Any help towards meeting our goal would be great and even just sharing our fundraising link with others who might be interested would be really appreciated.

Here’s our link, so feel free to take a look and/or pass it on to share with others.

http://my.fundraising.com/jgwashingtondc2013

Thanks for reading!

Timeline Puzzle


12 Feb

Complete Puzzle

We’re studying The Revolutionary War for American history right now (as is obvious by a previous post I made), and I wanted my son to remember various events in order, and the people associated with these events. For some reason the idea of doing a puzzle came to mind.

 

Step 1 – Getting the Puzzle Pieces

At first I was going to fight with different pieces of paper and creating my own puzzle pieces (more…)

They walked right into that one…


30 Jan

footprints

There are colored footprints leaving a trail across my dining room/school room tile! Really, there are, and they were left there by the British!!

Say WHAT?

This is all about our recent history lessons regarding the steps that led to the Revolutionary War (more…)

Our Native American Unit


06 Aug

pueblo
Well, our Native American unit has come to a close this past week, and it was very interesting and a lot of fun. The best part? The projects! (more…)

Making Reading Fun


03 Jul

I always hear about people having children that don’t like to read and am always confused by this. I’ve always liked to read myself, and as a child went through multiple books a week during my summer vacations, and my child loves to read as well. Nobody shoved books into my hands and said, “READ!” and other than gently handing off books I want my child to read for educational purposes, I don’t do that to him either. In fact, one of his favorite things to do is to read! I say, “Go find something to do, and probably 85% of the time he’s reading!” This started when he was young. We’d get books from the library, and read them during the day and before bed.

Reading is all the same – right? WRONG!

You can read it to them. Say the words on the page. Go through the motions of turning the pages. Finish and feel you’ve put in your time. Or you can EXPERIENCE it with them.

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More Than Just a Car Ride – Educationals on the Road


20 Feb

car educational materials

Going to various activities, along with running regular everyday errands can eat up a lot of time in our day. As soon DS was old enough to read on his own it occurred to me that I could make this time count rather than having him stare mindlessly out the window. (more…)

Whistlefritz Spanish DVDs


10 Feb

Today I wanted to share my thoughts on something new I’ve found to use for learning Spanish. I was looking on Amazon for new DVD’s and items to incorporate into my son’s foreign language study when I came across some DVD’s (so far there’s only a few), by a company called, Whistlefritz.

These videos are fun and interesting. (more…)

Middle of the Square (or Circle)


08 Sep

 

This is an activity that is fun for review and can be basically used for any subject. It can be played outdoors or indoors (provided you have the room.)

Materials:

* Construction Paper, or large paper plates (big enough for your child to stand on)
* a Sharpie, or other marker
* some masking tape
* if desired, some blank index cards

Setup:

1) On the construction paper or paper plates use your Sharpie to write   (more…)

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