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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cooking on the Road

I've been enjoying Travel Time Tuesday so much and have been posting so much content (twice a week lately) that I decided to move all of it to it's own blog.  The Cooking on the Road blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.

Click on the picture to go to the hotel cooking post.






Thursday, July 21, 2016

More Fonts for the DIY Educator

I'm always on the lookout for fun or interesting fonts to use in our homeschooling.  I wrote a post about them before, but here are twenty more:

{1} DJB Chalk It Up (pictured)

{2} KG Neatly Printed (school print)

{3} KG Empire of Dirt

{4} KG Ten Thousand Reasons (crayon)

{5} Big Top (circus)

{6} Paper Banner (garland)

{7} Build a Game (game boards and pieces)

{8} KG Teacher's Helper (stuff for worksheets)

{9} Tilez (Scrabble)

{10} KG Fractions and KG Traditional Fractions

{11}Animals (silhouettes- Wild Kratts)

{12} KG Math Bar Models (math worksheets)

{13} School Script Dashed (cursive with lines)

{14} KG Arrow (dingbats)

{15} Geobats (silhouettes of countries and continents)

{16} Gallaudet (ASL finger spelling)

{17} Braille (dots)

{18} Tally Mark (math helps)

{19} Human Body Parts (anatomy drawings)

{20} White Dominoes (math worksheets/games)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Travel Busy Bags for Kids

I've been enjoying Travel Time Tuesday so much and have been posting so much content (twice a week lately) that I decided to move all of it to its own blog.  The Travel Busy Bag blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.

Click on the picture to go to the busy bag post.




Thursday, July 14, 2016

Work Box Based Homeschool Planner

FREE Printable Homeschool Planner for Work Box System from In Our Pond
We're using work boxes next year.  Here's the planner I made to help me fill the boxes.

The PDF includes both a 10-box "single student" form and a divided planner for multiple students (which is what we'll be using next year).  Each set of pages also includes a place to write in lists for things to buy and things to make or print and a calendar week to keep track of appointments or field trips.  To download the planner, click here.

I also made a July 2016 through June 2017 one-page calendar for the front of the planner.  You can download that here.




FREE Printable Homeschool Planner for Work Box System from In Our Pond
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Traveling with Crystal Light Containers

I've been enjoying Travel Time Tuesday so much and have been posting so much content (twice a week lately) that I decided to move all of it to its own blog.  The Crystal Light Container hack blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.

Click on the picture to go to the Crystal Light post.




Monday, July 11, 2016

Monkeys and Apes 3-part Cards

FREE 3-Part Cards for Safari Ltd Monkey and Ape Toob from In Our Pond

I don't have anything to say about this set of 3-part cards.  They match the Monkeys and Apes toob by Safari Ltd.  They would be good in a study of rainforests.  I think we'll be using them in our "G is for Gorilla" weekly unit next year.

To download the file, click here.

FREE 3-Part Cards for Safari Ltd Monkey and Ape Toob from In Our Pond
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Friday, July 8, 2016

Ask More Questions Printable


I have three preschoolers.  They ask a lot of questions.  It's how they learn about the world.  One, in particular, is quick to ask questions.  She wants to know exactly how things work and why.  We welcome their questions, and think that adults could learn a lot from their curiosity.  "Ask More Questions" is a great theme for our family and our homeschooling.  I plan on hanging it near our eating area, where it can inspire other adults to ask more questions.

To download the 8x10 printable, click here.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Number Tiles and Games

FREE Printables: Number Tiles and Games from In Our Pond
After making my letter tiles and some games to go with them, I thought that number tiles and games would be a good things to make as well.  I made these tiles to be the same size at the others (one inch square).  I included as many number-value concepts as I could easily fit on a small square.  I made my tiles so that one side was the numbers and one side was the number concept (word, clock, 10-frame, or domino).  Putting them back to back provides a "control of error."  I have included a colored set and a black-and-white set.

FREE Printables: Number Tiles and Games from In Our PondThe tiles can be used by themselves, for math problems, or in these "number hunt" game boards that I created.  The numbers can get tossed in a bowl or sack and the players can take turns pulling out one number at a time.  If they find a match, they can keep the tile.  If they already have that number on their board, then they should put the tile back and "lose a turn."  The first person to fill up their board is the winner.

FREE Printables: Number Tiles and Games from In Our Pond
The games could also be done individually, with one set of tiles instead of all four.  I have created black and white versions for classroom settings and color versions for small groups or homeschool letters.

To download the number tiles, click here.

To download the colored number hunt games, click here.

And, to download the black and white number hunt games, click here.

FREE Printables: Number Tiles and Games from In Our Pond



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wish List- Science Books (early elementary)


We love science in our family, so putting together a list of science books was very easy.  Here are a few we own and want to own:

Let's Read and Find Out Science books like Wiggling Worms at Work and Forces Make Things Move.

- Uncover It books like Uncover the Human Body and Uncover a Shark.

- Life Size Zoo books and the Life Size Series books

- Science Alphabet books like S is for Scientist, A is for Anaconda, and G is for Galaxy.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Old Fashioned Family Road Trip

I've been enjoying Travel Time Tuesday so much and have been posting so much content (twice a week lately) that I decided to move all of it to its own blog.  The Old Fashioned Road Trip blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.

Click on the picture to go to the family road trip post.



Friday, July 1, 2016

Journaling the Bible

As I have been studying various homeschooling methods, I kept running into the idea of copywork.  It is as basic as having kids learn writing, spelling, and grammar by copying text.  It can be a simple sentence or a long quote.  There is a typical progression to copywork through the years (tracing, copying, dictation, and memorization.  Traditionally, Bible verses or quotes from the Founding Fathers are used.


I had been feeling a tug toward doing my own Bible copywork for years, before I had even heard about copywork.  I dismissed it as a bit nutty.  After discovering that copywork was an actual "thing," I decided that copying the Bible book by book would be a good practice and a chance to show my kids that copywork is normal.  By making copywork an "adult" activity, I'm hoping that it will be more appealing to my kids.  It's also a great way to put the Bible into your mind and heart, and to see the Bible in a different way.

After a few failed starts with the wrong paper, I decided to use a college-ruled composition book.  I'm left-handed, so I like how it lays flat without spirals or rings to get in my way.  The composition books are bound, so I'm hoping that it will last a lot longer than loose leaf or spiral bound notebooks.  Back to School time usually features composition books with fun covers at a good price, so that's a perk as well.

I decided to start with the book of Luke, because our women's Bible study just studied it this past winter.  It seemed like copying it would be a good review.  If you're more OCD about order, you may want to start at the beginning of the Bible so that each of your books will flow one right into another.

I haven't been scheduling my copywork time.  I try to do it when the kids are around to see me working on it.  Sometimes they're playing with sensory bins at the table or just playing outside.  I want them to be interested in what I'm doing and to want to try copywork for themselves.  In the picture below, Tadpole (2.5) had climbed onto the table while I worked and was asking me over and over, "What are you doing, Mom?"  He wanted to do it too.


I now belong to a facebook group called, "Writing the Bible."  Some people in that group are using calligraphy and artwork to make heirloom Bibles.  Others are using these "Journalible" Bibles to do their copywork.  Some are using it to practice their cursive and some are printing.  It's been neat to have a place to spur each other on.


Copying the Bible reminds me of the monks from the middle ages, who spent their lives hand-writing the Bible, preserving it for future generations.  I wish I had their discipline!

I first became interested in copying the Bible from reading the Randy Alcorn novel, Safely Home.  In the book, there is mention of people in other countries who have very limited access to the Bible.  In some cases, a church may only have one copy.  In those cases, the pages of the Bible may be passed around the congregation, so that each member may have the opportunity to copy the Bible for themselves, one page at a time.

The  dedication to complete such a big project spoke to me, and caused me to think about how common our English Bibles are.  Biblegateway.com has 53 English translations on their website, meanwhile The Joshua Project claims that at least 1800 people groups around the world still don't have a Bible translated into their native language (that's really a different topic for another day).  In modern America, we can listen to the Bible on the radio or audiobook (multiple versions), watch Bible story videos, or read the Bible on our phones, tablets, computers, or in books (Americans own an average of 3.6 Bibles per person).  We're glutted with Bibles!

"Go now, write it on a tablet for them, inscribe it on on a scroll, that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness." Isaiah 30:8