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Monday, March 25, 2019

Montessori-Inspired Frog Life Cycle 3-Part Cards

All winter long, Dragonfly (age 7) has been daydreaming of catching frogs in our yard.  It's her very favorite thing in the world!  She's even convinced that she's seen them already, even though we're still covered in snow.

Over the years, I've written quite a bit about frogs and we've studied them a few times in our homeschool, but I haven't created many printables for them.  As I was working on the ladybug life cycle cards last week, I looked over my other metamorphosis printables (scroll down to see all of them) and realized that I hadn't made a frog life cycle set.

I set out to remedy that problem immediately!  Fortunately, it was easy to find real pictures for these Montessori-inspired cards.  They match the Safari Ltd frog life cycle toys and work great with sensory bins. The cards can be used to work on reading and spelling, especially when combined with a moveable alphabet.


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Montessori-inspired frog-life cycle 3-part cards to match the Safari Ltd frog life cycle set.  Great for a spring study of frogs or an anytime look at metamorphosis.  These free printables, featuring real pictures of the life cycle, are good for homeschoolers and traditional teachers alike.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Montessori-Inspired Ladybug Life Cycle 3-Part Cards

I was going through all my 3-part matching cards for Safari Ltd products and realized that I hadn't done all the life cycle sets yet.  Since it's springtime and many homeschoolers are studying birds and bugs now, I decided I'd better get busy getting all the life cycle sets done.  We're still covered in snow, but these bright pictures of green leaves and red ladybugs are lifting my spirits.

We like to use the life cycle set in sensory bins, alongside the cards.  Kids can use the printables for simple matching activities in the traditional Montessori 3-part cards method (explained here) or can combine them with a moveable alphabet for a spelling practice.

It's also fun to get out all your Safari Ltd life cycle sets and set them up so each stage of the insect life cycle matches each other (scroll down for more matching cards), all the eggs together, all the larvae, etc.  It's a great chance to explore the similarities between all insects and compare them to non-insects bugs like spiders and worms.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Books about Insect for Kids

I love doing these round-up type of posts with books for every subject.  Although we still have snow on the ground, the warmer days have the kids anxiously waiting for springtime and the return/awakening of the insects.  If you're looking for some awesome, general knowledge books about insects for kids, this list is a great place to start.  I've even ordered a few for our own collection.

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Science Toys for Learning About Insects

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Tide Pool Learning Ideas

My family is getting very excited about our upcoming Oregon Coast road trip.  One of the best parts about visiting the ocean is Oregon are the tide pools.  My kids remember them very well from our trip two year ago (read all about on my travel blog- Party Through the USA).  We're all looking forward to what we'll find this trip.

It's a great time for some special homeschooling lessons on tide pools.  I've scoured the internet and asked my friends at the Kid Blogger Network for some great printables, sensory bins, science lessons, and more.  Be sure to check out my post on the travel site about books for learning about the Oregon Coast, too.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

NYC Gilded Age Book Recommendations

Updated- March 16, 2019 with books that I've read.  Originally published on Feb. 9, 2017.

This is perhaps a sort of shameful confession from a mother in her thirties, but I'm quite obsessed right now with Broadway's Newsies.  Last spring, I got to see the musical on tour with my siblings.  Ever since, I have been listening to the music.  It always makes me smile to hear the perky beats and defiant lyrics.  I'm very excited this month to see the show in the movie theater, and I'm really hoping that Disney will release it on DVD this summer.

The Newsies have reawakened my interest in the Gilded Age.  The time period is fascinating because of how quickly the world was changing and what those changes meant for the next century.  Horses were being replaced by automobiles, factory workers were demanding their rights, and reformers were working for change.  This is the era of the telephone, the railway, and the lightbulb.  Immigrants were pouring into our country by the thousands, bringing with them urban problems, disease, cheap labor, and innovations.  This was the time of industrial and political giants like Boss Tammany, Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, and Joseph Pulitzer.  And, through all the changes and turmoil, the voices of the Newsies could be heard, peddling the banner.

Most books set in the late 1800's feature either the Wild West or Southern reconstruction.  I've read plenty of books set in those places, but it's harder to find books set in NYC at that time.  If you're slightly interested in the Gilded Age and/or you like to read about history, here's my recommendations of books.  Enjoy!



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Monday, March 11, 2019

Homeschooling Ideas for Learning about Dolphins

After completing the Dolphin sensory bin post a few week ago, I knew I wanted to do one more post about marine mammals.  I teamed up with my friends at the Kids' Blogger Network to bring you a fun list of dolphins- sensory ideas, crafts, printables, and more.  I have also included a list of picture books for learning about dolphins.  My hope is that this post will serve as a launch pad for your own homeschool studies about these amazing animals.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

A Celebration of Oreo Cookies

A Celebration of Oreo Cookies // Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids

Next Sunday March 3rd is National Oreo Cookie Day!  Did you know that the Oreo was first manufactured in 1912 by the NAtional BIScuit COmpany (Nabisco) and is now the most popular cookie in the world!  To celebrate the simple chocolate cookies' 117th birthday, I teamed up with the Kid Blogger Network to bring you lots of Oreo fun.

Scroll to the bottom to see several ideas for homeschooling with Oreos!

A Celebration of Oreo Cookies // Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids // recipes // learning with oreos

A Celebration of Oreo Cookies // Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids // recipes and learning with America's Favorite Cookie

A Celebration of Oreo Cookies // Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids // cute kid-friendly recipes and learning ideas with oreos

A Celebration of Oreo Cookies // Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids // oreo recipes and learning ideas

A Celebration of Oreo Cookies // Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids // learning with Oreos // homeschool ideas // study units // cookies in the classroom

Did you know that Oreo has been manufactured in nearly 100 flavors including Peeps, mocha, cinnamon bun, peanut butter, apple pie, coconut, lemon, strawberry milkshake, mint, candy corn, gingerbread, cupcake, root beer float, Swedish Fish, blueberry pie, firework, and jelly donut.  Which ones have you tried?  Which ones are your favorite?  Are there any you'd like Nabisco to bring back or ones they should make?  Comment below!

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A Celebration of Oreo Cookies // Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids // March 6th is National Oreo Cookie Day!  Celebrate the iconic sandwich cookie with over 20 recipes and ideas for learning.  Perfect for homeschoolers and fun classrooms.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

100 Indoor Heavy Work Activities to Burn Energy

When I rebranded this blog from "In Our Pond" to "Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids" this year, I wanted to add more content for high-energy kids.  Some moms and I were talking this morning about dealing with stir-crazy kids in these winter months.  After I brainstormed a bunch of ideas for the FB group, I decided the list would make a great blog post!  I try not to do things the easy way in my blog, so I made a list of 100 activities.

1- breath holding contest to practice for summer swimming
2- cartwheels
3- make a balance board with a board and a can
4- stretch with exercise bands
5- wheelbarrow races down the hallway
6- put on a circus or play
7- paint a picture with your feet
8- handstand contest
9- pretend to be an animal
10- make a ring toss game with paper plates

11- 52 card pick-up
12- push an ice cube with your nose across the kitchen floor
13- play concentration (instructions)
14- wresting
15- speed cleaning contest
16- relay races
17- skipping
18- kitchen floor ice skating on wax paper
19- tickle fights
20- squats

21- bubble wrap stomping
22- throw a ping ball ball and catch in a cup
23- jump rope (teach your kids some playground rhymes)
24- couch cushion trampoline
25- play The Floor is Hot Lava
26- sumo wrestle wearing pillows
27- jumping jacks contest (or use them to practice spelling words, multiplication, etc)
28- make a blanket fort
29- pan for gold in the bathtub
30- turn off all the lights and get out the glow sticks

31- freeze blocks of ice with toys and melt them in the tub
32- hammer golf tees or pencils into a cardboard box
33- work out with canned goods in your hands
34- play Red Light Green Light
35- learn how to hula hoop
36- dance party
37- play tug of war
38- learn to square dance or waltz
39- make a giant game board on the floor
40- stream an aerobic workout on Youtube

41- play Mother May I?
42- pretend to be a donkey carrying a load on your back as you crawl around
43- carry full laundry baskets
44- blow a ping pong ball with a straw
45- glow in the dark dance party
46- play musical chairs
47- be a flamingo and see who can stand on one leg the longest
48- stream a dance workout on Youtube
49- play limbo
50- sock "snowball" fight

51- play freeze tag (and name cereals, state capitols, candies, colors, or whatever to get free)
52- picture charades
53- race while hopping on one foot
54- literally climb the walls (between door posts)
55- paper airplane contest
56- jump in and out of a hula hoop
57- chariot races (pull another person on a blanket)
58- go on a color or shape hunt
59- practice back bends
60- play baths

61- add active rules to a board game (like you have to do a push up on every turn)
62- do potato sack races with pillow cases
63- play volleyball with a balloon
64- giant sensory bin in the bathtub
65- practice 3-legged races
66- see how high you can jump
67- take out some toys they haven't seen in a while
68- play London Bridge
69- wall push-ups
70- make a human tangle and time how long it takes you to get untangled

71- throw a ball at a wall
72- play tin can golf
73- run circles around the couch or kitchen island
74- play bean bag toss tic tac toe
75- turn around and around until you get dizzy and fall down
76- bounce on an exercise ball
77- giant race track for toy cars with paint tape
78- make a ball pit in a pool
79- watch a musical and dance along
80- scrub the kitchen floor by hand (Hard Knock Life style)

81- walk like a penguin with an ball (egg) between your feet
82- play a full-body video game
83- make a bowling lane with some recycled bottles
84- stack plastic cups and knock them over with a ball
85- jump off the couch
86- play Twister
87- build an obstacle course
88- ball or bean bag toss
89- bat a balloon and keep it from touching the ground
90- play secret agent lasers with yarn

91- pillow fight
92- carry milk jugs full of water (or fill with rocks instead)
93- make a crash pad with a duvet cover and every soft thing in the house
94- play Simon Says
95- somersault contest
96- string yarn through the house and have the child spool it back up
97- follow the line (tape on the floor)
98- "Easter" egg hunt with whatever you have around to hide
99- play hopscotch with painter's tape
100- build an indoor gym

If you're looking for something a little quieter, check out my Altoid Tin Games and Toys, which are great for hotels, airplanes, emergency kits, and more.

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