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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dental Health Word Cards

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After I made the Dental Movable Alphabet, I wanted to make some cards that we could use for spelling and reading practice.  The Dental Health Cards can be printed as a single set or doubled to use as Montessori-inspired 3-part Cards or for a matching game.  Whether you're studying teeth for school or adding something educational to the Tooth Fairy's visit, these printables are free!



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Dental Health Word Card Printable from In Our Pond  #teeth  #homeschooling  #dentist  #montessori  #3partcards  #dentalunit  #toothfairy



Dental Movable Alphabet Printable from In Our Pond  #teeth  #homeschooling  #dentist  #montessori  #3partcards  #dentalunit  #toothfairy



Tooth 3-Part Cards Printable from In Our Pond  #teeth  #toothfairy  #dentalunit  #homeschooling  #montessori  #dentist

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tooth 3-Part Cards

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In the past two weeks, two of my kids have lost teeth for the first time!  This event has spawned a series of dental questions.  I made this set of Montessori-inspired 3-Part Cards to help them understand more about teeth.  The whole project was a huge sacrifice for me, since I really don't like looking at, talking about, or thinking about teeth (eww!).  The cards can be used for matching games, spelling/reading practice, parts identification, and whatever else.


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Monday, October 9, 2017

50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.

This October 31st marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  In 1517, a monk named Martin Luther nailed a long list, called the 95 Theses, onto the door of a church.  For Protestant Christians looking for an alternative to Halloween, Reformation Day is a great substitute.  You can eat good food, dress-up, and play games- all in a way that honors the lives of the Reformers and celebrates Church history.  Because I seem to be addicted to lists lately, I put together a list of 50 way to party like it's the Middle Ages.



50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.
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1- Color a Lutheran Rose

2- Discuss the 5 Solas

3- Eat a Hearty Soup out of a Bread Bowl

4- Write with a Quill Pen

5- Listen to a Reformer's Sermon

6- Color an Illustrated Letter

7- Talk about Indulgences

8- Watch the movie Luther

9- Do a Homeschool Unit Study

10- Sing "A Mighty Fortress is Our God"




50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.


11- Carve a Lutheran Rose Pumpkin

12- Homeschool Packet

13- Have a Photo Booth

14- Read  Reformation ABCs

15- Eat a Diet of Worms

16- Wear a "Fixed Your Theology" shirt

17- Make German Pancakes

18- Play "Sola Fide"

19- Wear the Reformation Day Look

20- Did Luther Go On a Diet of Worms?





50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.


21- Watch this History Video on the Reformation

22- Read "Luther: the Man who Changed the World"

23- Post a Silly Meme

24- Martin Luther Action Figure

25- Simple Lutheran Rose

26- Pin the Beard on the Reformer

27- Read the Bible in Latin

28- Copy the 5 Solas

29- Printing Press Potatoes

30- Label the T.U.L.I.P petals




50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.


31- Teach Good Theology

32- Lutheran Copywork

33- Play Toss the Coin in the Coffer

34- Discuss Purgatory

35- Make a Medieval Feast

36- Read "Inside the Reformation"

37- Tweet the 95 Theses

38- Free Reformation Coloring Book

39- Make Real Root Beer

40- Learn How Books Were Made




50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.


41- Make a Stained Glass Window

42- Pass Out Chocolate Bibles

43- Color a Banner

44- Make Luther Rose Cakes

45- Watch Torchlighters Movies

46- Make German Potato Pancakes

47- Do an Medieval Hairstyle

48- Make Homemade Pretzels

49- Watch the Newest Martin Luther Movie

50- Read the Bible in Your OWN Language




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Saturday, October 7, 2017

M is for Moon (year 4, week 3)

All of my time and energy is going into my blog, just not in a way that you can see right now.  I'm working tirelessly on a 30 day blog series, called "All Wrapped Up," which will run the entire month of November.  I haven't been doing neat homeschool themes as usual, making new printables, or publishing new content.  Sorry about how boring the blog is these days.  Hopefully, it will be all worth it on November first.

m is for moon homeschool unit from In Our Pond

This week, we had a birthday, Dragonfly lost a tooth, and there was a full moon.  We worked on our handwriting, math, and reading.  We played outside in the fall air.

m is for moon homeschool unit from In Our Pond

We studied the moon for the first time ever in Mommy School. The kids have been running around the kitchen island singing, "The moon goes 'round the Earth. The moon goes 'round the Earth. Once a month, every month. The moon goes 'round the Earth." Today, we painted full moons with a stencil.  I downloaded a moon app to help remind me of the moon's cycle, and we plan on tracking the progress of the moon together.


Resources:
- 8 Ways to use Safari Space Toob for Learning
- Safari Space Toob 3-Part Cards
- Astronomy Books for Kids

- Craters in the Moon Activity
- Phases of the Moon Mini Book
- Phases of the Moon Flipbook
- Moon Roll and Cover

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tips for Hiking with Kids that Parents Should Know

Hi, Everyone!  Today, I have a special treat for Travel Time Tuesday.  Eric from Life Under Sky has agreed to do a guest article for me!  Please visit his blog to read more camping, hiking, and backpacking tips!


One of the ideal ways to keep your kids connected with nature is to hike with them. However, it might be a problem for parents to plan how to do that effectively.
Let your kids commune with nature this season. It’s really important for future generations to have a deeper understanding of the value of the wildlife world and enjoy it. The following are some helpful tips for you.
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Keep it easy and feature-friendly

When you first plan to hike with your kid, remember to avoid choosing a trail which requires great effort or is too long. You should bear in mind that it’s just the experience that your kids need to gain. Picking the one having some features, such as waterfall, stream or lake or something like that. They will draw your kids’ attention. Then give them the final destination. But the important thing is not that destination; it’s the journey itself.
If your kids appear to enjoy kneeing down to explore the nearby undergrowth, it would be a good sign showing their interest. And they will certainly do that again in the next time.

Take lots of breaks

You should take breaks often to rest as well as refuel. It might seem that your children appear not to get tired- they are always active. But don’t be fool. In fact, the children get tired quicker than you think. It is because of the fact that their legs are actually small. So our one step is as long as three or maybe four steps of children.
Stop and rest at any time possible. You can tell your children where is the next ‘break stop’ by marking with any signals on the trail, such as unique trees or a bridge.

Start your hike with kids early in the morning

Morning is the time when people tend to get more energy. Besides, whether you live in a location which is hot all the day or the one having thunderstorms in the afternoon, you’ll surely want to avoid them all.
In addition, in the morning, your kids are more active so they will not demand you to carry them. In the later time of the day, they will easily get cranky.

Make it fun

The main thing to have a successful hiking is not only keeping your kids continuously motivated, but also making the journey fun. Think about any game which can be played during the hiking, such as counting nearby wild animal like birds or butterflies or wildflower species. Organizing a small hunt and have them looked for things which are small, big, smelly, bumpy, wet or anything you can think about. It’s easy and fun.
In case your children have the age of over 8, it would be the right time to teach them how to use a gun. But remember to supervise them carefully. It’s a good way to help your children clearly know how powerful these firearms are. Then they will see what the gun really is and give more respect for it.
Air rifle would be the suitable gun for your children to have a go because its price is affordable and doesn’t have much recoil; therefore, it’s far safer.

Hike often

Creating a habit of frequently going hiking in your family, maybe one time or more times a month. Children usually seem to enjoy exploring new things as well as interesting adventures. There’s a wide variety of terrain, sights, and trails for you to choose.
If your kids have stayed indoor during the week, the great way to keep them connected to the nature is to hike in the weekend. Wideness area or urban park trail would be ideal sites.

Watch your children signs

Notice when your kids get tired.
One of the easiest ways to know is looking at your children’s eyes. It likes my situation. I can know the feeling of my kids whenever looking at their eyes. At times, I usually suggest having a rest or turning around.
The tired feeling can either make the kids difficult to control or easily get accidents. In that case, you should cut off lots of walks even if you haven’t reached the goal.

Practice safety

Make sure to tell your kids the trail safety as well as hiking rules before any hiking. Some of the most important rules are:
·         Always follow the trail

·         Avoid throwing rocks or something like that
·         Don’t run
·         Stay within the adults’ eyesight, arm’s length or earshot during the hiking. It is extremely crucial to tell this rule to pre-teens because they usually intend to get ahead uncontrollably.
You should also teach your kids about the etiquette of trail to get them safer.
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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Johnny Appleseed (year 4, week 3)

J is for Johnny Appleseed homeschool unit from In Our Pond.  apple week.. free printables.  kindergarten.  fall.  autumn
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Tuesday was Johnny Appleseed's birthday, so I introduced the kids to his legends this week.  We watched a few videos about him on Youtube and practiced "The Lord's been Good to Me" song.

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We made apple pops, which are like caramel apples but in slices.  It was a dismal failure, but they tasted ok.  It think the apple needed to dry out a bit before coating them in caramel.  The kids enjoyed the project, though- they each had a job.  It was our first time doing a food activity that went well.  I'm looking forward to doing more with them.


For more ideas on apple activities, check out these other blog posts:

- apple microscope pictures
- apple themed Montessori movable alphabet
- apple pie play dough
- salt tray ideas
- homeschool year 3
homeschool year 2
homeschool year 1
apple theme pictures/posters
apple scented writing tray
wormy apple busy bag
the Big Apple 3-part cards


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Saturday, September 23, 2017

A is for Autumn (year 4, week 2)

A is for Autumn- a Homeschool Unit from In Our Pond
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We had the strangest week!  The weather dropped from around 80F and sunny to 50F and rainy overnight.  It caught me off guard.  I felt behind all week trying to get everyone outfitted for autumn.

We also had a bunch of new fall activities.  I think we were out of the house 3 or 4 times this week!  Of course, we continued doing our bookwork and calendar.

A is for Autumn- a Homeschool Unit from In Our Pond
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Science Center Inspiration

Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

We've been loving our Science Center, so I wanted to put together a roundup of science tables that inspire me.  Many of these themes are on my list for the near future; although, they probably won't look as nice as these.  They're something to strive for, though.  I hope they inspire you as they do me.


Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

Our first Science Center set-up was tree frog themed.  Click on the link to read more about what we put on our shelf.


Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

I love all the different eggs and the small poster on the right, which shows the tiniest egg (hummingbird) next to the largest egg (ostrich).  The books shows that the focus is not just on birds, but other oviparous animals as well.  Because of our garter snake, the kids have gotten very interested in egg-laying animals.


Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

A study of trees seems like it would be good for autumn, with the different colored leaves and the nuts.  My kids haven't been too interested in botany, but perhaps a "strewing" like this might peak their curiosity.


Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

Skimmer loves "the bones, the bones inside us."  He would be so happy with a light table and x-rays like these.  We have a small tracing table, so I bought this set of animal x-rays for a study this year.


Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

I have admired this Science table for several years.  I love the sunflowers, the colors, and the elements.  Now that autumn is here, I'd like to get a sunflower head so the kids can pick out the seeds and save them for spring.  I have to figure out where we can plant them that isn't a digging area (wink).


Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

I really like the look of this table with all the mirrors and loose parts.  I like the picture frame for building free art with ocean pictures.


Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

Tadpole is a bug boy right now, so I know he would like this discovery tray.  In fact, I'd like to buy this bugs in resin very soon.  The kids have been talking about getting an insect like a stick bug or praying mantis, so look for that in the near future.


Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

I love the way this table is set-up with the real nest, the big poster, and the stuffed animal.  The bird clock plays backyard bird song.  This science center would be a good place for the Safari Backyard Birds toob (free printable).


Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

My kids would absolutely love this investigation, because they love dinosaurs.  This fossil collection would be perfect for the science table.


Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

I'm very hesitant to allow my kids access to loose parts, but I like this provocation to build a nest.  Maybe we'll do this outside this spring.


Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

I'd love to do a table like this one in the winter.  It would be a good companion for a study of North American animals.  Kids could even match them with the Safari North American toob (free printable).


Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

This Science table would go well with my seed matching printable.  It would be a good theme for fall or springtime.  A follow-up would be to plant a few different seeds to compare their rate of growth, visual appearance, and fruit. 


Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

There are so many levels of learning with this activity.  Kids can see how a spider's web is made, can do web pretend play, and can practice their fine motor skills weaving pretty threads through the web.


Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

This "strewing" of interesting thing involves geology and crystals.  A companion to this science table would be an experiment to grow crystals in either borax, salt, or sugar.  There are also grow-your-own-geode kits that you can buy as well.


Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

A study of the stars could also include this craft area where kids can make their own starry skies or constellations.  Kids can work on their fine motor skills pinching the tiny jewels and gluing them to the paper.


Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

This discover area is neat because it's not life science focused like many of the other ones on this roundup.  Grab a pile of random stuff and a magnet and put the kids to work sorting.  Introduce them to this neat magnet putty, too!

*Magnets can be very harmful to children so only do this activity with parental guidanc*


Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

Our latest Science Center set-up with a garter snake and some science posters.  I'm waiting for the kids to mature a bit before adding more things to our shelves.  Hopefully, they'll be ready soon, because I really want to do some of the ideas that I've linked to on this blog post.


Science Center Inspiration from In Our Pond

Saturday, September 16, 2017

S is for Snake (year 4, week 1)

S is for Snake Homeschool Unit from In Our PondWe started our 4th Year of Homeschool with a study of snakes.  Dragonfly caught a garter snake from our yard, so she requested that we release the tree frogs and keep the snake for a while.  We have studied frogs quite a bit, so the snake has been new to us.  We did a bit of comparison between venomous and nonvenomous snakes.  We also found out that some snakes are oviparous while others, like garter snakes, are ovoviviparous.  We watched Youtube videos of garter snakes being born, which the kids found very fascinating.  They're hoping our snake is pregnant with eggs and will produce babies one day.

Dragonfly also requested that I replace our frog posters with snake ones in our Science Center.  I had a very hard time finding anything about garter snakes, so I made the posters myself.  The one on the left shows the snake's place in the food chain.  The top animals are ones that the snake eats (earthworms, minnows, and tree frogs) and the bottom animals are ones that eat snakes (hawk, raccoon, and crow).  The poster on the right is the life cycle information.  The top picture shows a garter snake that has been cut open to show the eggs inside.  Garter snakes hatch inside their mothers, and then slither out of her, which is what the bottom picture shows.

S is for Snake Homeschool Unit from In Our Pond



We had our first day of school on Monday.  Like I said in the curriculum post, we're focusing on the 3R's this year.  Dragonfly (6) did very well on her math workbook.  We're working on direction-following and independence.  Her book focuses on addition, number sense, and counting to 100.


For writing/reading, she traced a letter for her friend.  She's excited to send it to her and to get mail back.  I realized watching her that we need to work on letter formation a bit more.


The boys (ages 5 and 3) worked on their pencil grip.  They're each working on learning to write their initial letter with the goal of writing their names soon.  They're both lacking the fine motor skills to write for now, so we'll be doing a lot of practice this year.





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For our second day of school, we went on a field trip!  We started at the courthouse to turn in some jury paperwork.  Then, we went to the "Mennonite" bakery for our traditional back-to-school donuts.  Lastly, we drove down the highway about twenty minutes and ended at a campground with a creek.


My kids love this creek, but we hadn't gone to it all summer.  It was fun to see how much they had grown since last fall and how much more confident they have become.  They scampered all over the rocks, walked up and down the creek, and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.


They were so happy with mud between their toes!  They begged me for more time and to go back every day.  I loved seeing how they played and explored.


The only animals we saw were skimmer bugs.  The kids were fascinated with them, but were disappointed that we didn't see any frogs or snakes.  The drive to the campground brought us past lots of farms, so we saw horse, llamas, cows, and deer.


Our third day of school was a home day.  Dragonfly did some math and writing/reading work.  The boys worked on writing their letters.  We also moved our calendar board from an obscure place to a prominent one.  Already we've used it much more this year than ever before.  Dragonfly is enjoying the number connections.

S is for Snake Homeschool Unit from In Our Pond

The fourth day, we visited a new church and attended a women's Bible study with childcare.  Yay for socialization and free lattes!

S is for Snake Homeschool Unit from In Our Pond

On Friday, Daddy was home and we had company coming in the evening, so we cleaned the house most of the day.  We also started a new chore system with "Disney Dollars."  Each buck is worth $0.10 and can be exchanged for treats or toys.  Right now, Dragonfly is working on earning 100 Disney Dollars to get a dragon toy that she wants.  In the safe environment of our home, I want the kids to learn about earning and spending money.  I'll probably blog more about this soon (and get some free printables on there too).

S is for Snake Homeschool Unit from In Our Pond

Dragonfly also colored a snake anatomy poster.  She did such a good job on the detail work (with a bit of help).  We laminated it and hung it proudly in our Science Center.


This was our snake's first time hunting minnows.  He's not very good at it, but it was very interesting to watch him try.

S is for Snake Homeschool Unit from In Our Pond

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Book Review- The Scarlet Virgins

Book Review of The Scarlet Virgins from In Our Pond
The icons of the "Purity Culture" were well-known for most of the men and women who grew up in church during the 2000's.  Books like "I Kissed Dating Good-Bye," "The Bride Wore White," and "The Purity Code" were held at nearly the same level as the Bible.  Trinkets like purity rings and necklaces became the talisman given by parents to protect their children's sexuality.  There were even several purity events like ballssecret keeper fashion shows, knighting ceremonies, and True Love Waits pledges designed to continuously drive the purity mindset into the teens' heads.  It was the era of analogies like poop brownies, contaminated water, construction paper hearts, and trampled roses.  All the emphasis was placed on the young person's virginity, with several layers of "do not touch, do not taste, do not handle" laws added on top.

My husband and I grew up in the middle of the Purity Movement; however, we managed to glean all the positives from it and none of the negatives.  We are glad that we only dated each other, that we have very few relationship regrets, and that we had our first kiss on our wedding day.  If our children walked a similar path in the future, we would be pleased.

Book Review of The Scarlet Virgins from In Our Pond
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In the last few months, I have been introduced to the women who had a very different experience with the Purity Culture.  Many of them are raising awareness of the abuses as they work through how they will approach this subject with their own children.  Their stories can be found on Recovering Grace and To Love, Honor, and Vacuum.

Rebecca Lemke is one person who is speaking out about the legalism and dangers of the Purity Culture.  Through her touching book, The Scarlet Virgins, Rebecca chronicles her story of healing and hope, as she sheds the works-based Christianity of her childhood to rediscover grace.  Thirty-somethings who has been negatively affected by the Purity Culture will appreciate how the Gospel shines from her writing.  Parent, who are trying to work through what you should teach your children, will find lots of Scripture to guide you in Biblical thinking.  And church members, you will benefit from this cautionary tale.  Buy it, read it, pass it around- everyone needs to read this book.

"God’s love is more powerful than any force on heaven and earth.  It is greater than our sin. It is stronger than our pain.  It is more infinite than the scars that we bear on our bodies and spirits.  His love is the Truth that shines into the lies and cuts through the deception that has tied us down and trapped us.  God’s love sets us free from legalism, our own sinful nature, and from death itself; such is the power of the blood of the Lamb."
                                                                          - Rebecca Lemke, The Scarlet Virgins

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