Tuesday, March 24, 2015

An Easter Roundup Of Ideas



Seriously I couldn't believe my eyes when I sat down and looked closely at the calendar. Easter is just about upon us! True, it is! I knew it was getting close but I had no idea it was this close.

I was browsing some of the things we've gotten up to in the past and thought I would do a bit of a roundup post for all of our Easter fun! I've included links to everything so you can easily find the printables and/or instructions.

easter counting cards
I can still remember how much he enjoyed using these adorable little Easter Counting Cards.


easter crafts
 We still have this Tin Foil Easter Egg Garland, it was so simple to make and the bright paint really looks great.

 I still smile every time I see this gorgeous little Bilby graphic. Do you think anyone would notice the fact they are practicing multiplication over his cuteness ;-)


easter crafts
These adorable little Marshmallow Easter Bunnies were eaten nearly as quickly as they were assembled.


We no longer have a Bambino among us but I shared a few of our Easter themed trays that he used over and over again. You really don't need to go over the top with these things, simple is most generally best and easiest on you.


easter sensory bin
I don't know any one that can resist a play in a sensory tub!


easter tot trays easter montessori trays
Here's another lot of Easter themed trays for the little bambino's.


free easter printable activities bilby easter printable activities
I have a small range of Bilby Easter themed printables, more suited to the younger age groups.


bilby book activities bilbies first easter
 Have a look at the fun we got up to with the story, The Bilbies First Easter.


bilby pencil topper bilby craft

You can also make a little Bilby Pencil Topper, with instructions on how to put him together.

I hope you have a lovely Easter and lots of crafty fun in the lead up.

Happy Homeschooling,
Kylie 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

ANZAC Picture Books


ANZAC day is fast approaching so I thought I would share a small selection of picture books with you.


ANZAC Biscuits, by Phil Cummings & Owen Swan

This is the touching story of a little girl named Rachel. Whom along with her mother, bakes biscuits to send to her father whilst he is away at war.


Page by page the stark contrast is bitterly obvious between what the solider is experiencing in comparison to the warm quiet evening Rachel spends indoors.


The reader absolutely experiences the hardship and sacrifice made by the men, women and their families. However the harsher, more gruesome realities of war are left out here. Making this a perfect picture book for younger children.


The ANZAC Puppy, by Peter Millett & Trish Bowles

When a young soldier name Sam finds a puppy being given away he decides to take her to war with him.


This is the fictional story of Sam and Freda's time spent at war, the good, the bad and the ugly. Sam believed that Freda was his good luck charm and that she was most definitely protecting him, ensuring that he made it home safely.

Whilst a slightly longer book it is still most definitely suitable for a younger audience.


Jack's Bugle, by Krista Bell & Belinda Elliott

The story of 19 year old Aidan Jackson, an excellent bugle player, that went to war. It begins with Jack saying farewell to his loved ones, then shows a basic overview of their time spent training in Egypt.


From there the story solemnly moves to ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli.

Aidan, never returns home from the war but his bugle does and it ends up in the hands of a very unlikely character.

I would recommend this story for a slightly older age group than the earlier two books. It is somewhat longer and talks of the death and despair of Gallipoli.


The Beach They Called Gallipoli, by Jackie French & Bruce Whatley

This is the story of Gallipoli, as seen from the cove, the story of the beach.


French and Whatley worked superbly together to create the gruseome images of the months of bloodshed at Gallipoli.


Written in a journal format, with real photgraphs interspersed between haunting illustrations, this is definitely one for the slightly older child.



I reviewed, Why Are They Marching Daddy, couple of years back. You can see my thoughts and a few of the inside pages by clicking here.

Lest We Forget,
Kylie

My Other Posts About The ANZAC's

Free Printable Unit For Younger Learners

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Knight Lapbook & Go Along Books

Towards the end of last year, when we came to the realisation that the very popular program we had been using was no longer meeting our needs, we went looking for something else.

That elusive something else! We were already deep within the Medieval time period and had covered Vikings earlier in the year and I didn't really want to go it alone.

I did however know that I wanted to move forward with all things Medieval. Things like Knights, Chivalry, Jousting and all the fun that that contains.


So I was quite elated when I stumbled onto the Knight Lap-Pak over at Homeschool In The Woods. Yes the targeted age is K - 2 but all three of my kids did this at varying levels.

The images are a little cutesy and young looking, but they were all ok with that. There really is very little writing so I just ramped it up for mine by adding in some written reporting requirements.

This Lap-Pak is available on CD or via a download. Given that HITW is an American company I chose the download option.


We decided to put our mini books together on sheets of A4 coloured card, that way they can be hole punched and placed directly into a ring binder, or protected with plastic sleeves first. We enjoy lapbooks but I always struggle with storing them.


The Knight Lap-Pak includes an MP3 Audio story to listen to as you work through the many mini books and activities that it includes. It covers pretty much all there is to know about Knights for younger kids, weaponry, chivalry, ceremonies etc Here after reading about their shields and what the symbols on them represent they each had to design their own shield.


There are several colouring pages throughout the pack and the entire MP3 Audio story can also be printed to use as a read aloud and/or to include in your lap pak if you wish.


My kids especially liked the interactive mini books, here on The Tournament one, where my son spent a massive amount of time getting the colours just right, you can move the jousting knight along the page and the castle draw bridge on the book below it really does go up and down.


After completing the Knight Lap Pak and reading our pile of books about Knights my eldest wrote a brief report covering all of the main points on Knights.

Kids Books About Knights and the Middle Ages
There are so many great medieval knight books out there, but I thought I would share just a few. To see inside and more details on these please see my post, Books About Knights. (coming soon)

Do you have any other great books or activities you have done when learning about knights?  I'd love to hear about them if you do.

Happy Homeschooling,
Kylie

P.S I was NOT compensated in any way for this post. Simply sharing a product I purchased that we enjoyed using.
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