Yesterday, I spent a good amount of time playing and enjoying the nice weather with my girls. My youngest was having a ball exploring all the new changes that spring brings. She even found a ladybug. I was inspired by the exploring and questions, to put together a FREE Spring Activity Pack. I hope you enjoy it and find it useful.
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You guessed it! Awesome plastic eggs that do indeed glow when charged with light. My girls enjoyed seeing the eggs glow after dark.We had a blast using these eggs for a night time hunt. I had fun hiding them and my girls in turn had fun finding them. We used them just like one would use Easter eggs during Easter. However, instead of being filled with candy, we filled ours with wonderful Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls. My girls had fun rolling out the scrolls and reading God’s word. Both the eggs and the scrolls really helped keep the focus on Jesus. I loved that, a lot!
One evening it was to cold to have an outside hunt. While my girls were playing upstairs, I hid the eggs in the living room. It wasn't yet dark, and I wondered if they would see them before they could glow. They didn't. It was great to see there eyes light up, when they walked into the living room and saw that first glowing egg. A hunt ensued. After they were all gathered up, my husband sat down with the girls and they opened all the scrolls and talked about each verse.
We very much enjoyed the story and spent a good amount of time talking about the characters and what they learned on the course of their adventure. I wasn't surprised my girls loved the story so much, as they all rather enjoy a great story and that it is. A great adventure story that encompasses great values and the love of Jesus. A must read for children in my honest opinion.
In one section of The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure book, it shows the characters all touching an egg at the same time. My girls thought what happened when they did this was pretty neat. You'll have to read it yourself to know what happened. I don't want to spoil it for you. Below is a picture of my girls acting that particular part of the book out.
We decided to create our own character puppets to finish acting out the story. This was a lot of fun and it showed me just how much my girls had retained from the story. It was honestly precious to see them play and act out the story. I'm always up for a good puppet show. We were able to find the coloring pages to make the puppets in the The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide. I was unable to find any popsicle sticks, so we opted to use pipe cleaners taped to the back instead.
The theme! The theme throughout all of their products is:Jesus is the light and the light shines in the darkness. Very fitting for glow-in-the-dark eggs.
We loved all the products, so it makes it hard to narrow it down to a favorite. I must say that as a mother I really enjoyed the The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure story. It was refreshing to read a children's Easter story that was solely focused on the love of Jesus and didn't make mention of the Easter bunny.
My daughters however tell me their favorite was the Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs. This didn't really surprise me. We did have a lot of fun with them. The message taught along with them is great and I admit they are pretty beautiful the way they glow in the night.
Hello Friends! Is science a subject you have trouble teaching? Well, if you are anything like me, than it can be a tricky subject at times and sometimes even a little stressful. I am so thankful that I recently had the opportunity to review Amazing Science, Volume 1 from ScienceandMath.com. These amazing DVDs made learning fun and teaching science less stressful. My daughters and I were able to learn so much science while completing fun hands-on experiments! The title is accurate, it truly is amazing science.
Amazing Science, Volume 1 is two DVDs from ScienceandMath.comthat together feature 23 fun and exciting experiment demonstrations! While watching these DVDs and participating in the experiments you learn about heat, electricity, magnetism, chemistry, physics, and much more!
Each demonstration explains every concept in easy to understand terms and lists each material needed to complete the experiment. We were able to easily find many of the materials in our home! Amazing Science, Volume 1 is recommended for grades 1-3, but can be used well above that. My daughters are in grades 2nd, 3rd, and 5th and they each enjoyed it equally.
The first thing we did was load the DVD into the player and scan through each demonstration, to compile a list of materials that would be needed to complete the experiments. As I mentioned above, we found most materials around the house. We did however have to run to the store to make a few non-expensive purchases.
All 23 experiments looked so fun and I knew immediately after viewing the list of them, that we were going to have so much fun.
Before we would start a demonstration, we would gather the materials needed for the particular one we were going to watch and lay them out to be used as needed. This helped, as we didn't have to pause to search for items.
The day we received Amazing Science, Volume 1, we were so excited to start that we gathered together in front of the television and began our hands-on science journey. A journey that I did not anticipate would be so fun. We watched, full attention, the first demonstration and completed the experiment. All it took was that first demonstration and we were hooked. My girls were having so much fun learning science, I'm surprised I was able to turn it off when we were finished that first day.
We started spending three nights a week gathered around, completing each experiment, learning more and more each time. It was always a lot of fun and never seemed stressful. I contribute knowing exactly what was always needed, each experiment being fun, and the processes being explained step-by-step, to taking my stress away.
There are many things to love and each is important, but I first wanted to share the greatest thing I personally loved about reviewing Amazing Science, Volume 1. I loved the time we spent as a family watching, learning, and laughing. My family absolutely loved these science DVDs. My husband really loved them as well and was always a part of watching and completing each experiment with his girls. I not only felt that we were learning science with these DVDs, we were also spending great quality family time. I wanted to add, that even though we opted to complete the experiments together, I do feel like this is a DVD that can done independently. Although, there are areas in the DVD that indicate supervision may be needed. Examples: using a lighter, matches, ect.
My girls loved how the instructor, Jason Gibson, was so thorough when explaining the process of each experiment. He explained each process step-by-step and they were never left wondering why or how something worked. I honestly can't say enough about how great I thought he did explaining everything. Jason truly has a gift for teaching in my opinion. The camera views were also a nice touch to be able to see every process up close.
Lastly, we loved how how fun each demonstration was and how easy each experiment was to complete. We had a blast trying each experiment and discussing the results. It was so hands-on and had my girls excited about science in a way I had never seen before.
Hello Friends, Today we had fun trying our hand at origami. We found some great tutorials on Youtube. We choose the butterfly tutorial and have posted the video below. I have also shared some great origami resources that we found as well.
Here is the video we found. Give it a try and let me know how you did.
Hello Friends, We are still learning all about the different countries of Asia. This unit has proved to be quite the adventure. Today I wanted to share some resources I have found to make a virtual field trip through the Philippines exciting and fun.
Virtual Field Trip to the Philippines
We took our virtual tour of the Philippines using Google Earth. If you don't already have Google Earth you can download it HERE. It has been very useful in learning about Asia. We have had a lot of fun discovering all the new places. Below are a couple more links to tours and photos.
This morning we made our own Faberge eggs. This was such a fun activity. My girls loved the hands-on crafting and designing of their own special eggs. I highly
recommend this activity for anyone teaching their children about Russia and the wonderful Faberge eggs.
hot glue gun
hot glue sticks
Have fun decorating the eggs and use extra caution with the hot glue gun. Enjoy!
Hello Friends, My girls and I just recently had the wonderful opportunity to review Science4Us.com Online Subscription. What an excellent program! I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to do this review. Prior to signing up, science wasn't really a subject my children enjoyed. However, after using Science4Us.com my daughters have all said how much fun they have had while learning. My oldest had even said, "Wow! I wish science was this fun all the time!"
What is Science4Us.com?
Science4Us.com is an interactive online science program that is geared towards K – 2nd grade. This program can be used with older grades for review purpose. The program covers a wide variety of science topics in order to provide students with an overview of various aspects of science. The lessons are categorized into four groups - Physical Science, Inquiry Science, Life Science, and Earth/Space. Each lesson begins with an overview of the topic and includes videos and interactive demonstrations. As the lessons progress the students have the opportunity to play games and complete activities that test the student's understanding of the topics.
What does Science4Us.com Cost?
The program can be purchased on an individual basis for only $7.95 per child for each month. In my opinion this is a wonderful price for such a great program.
While there are many great aspects to Science4Us.com, my favorite part has been being able to just "do" science with my girls and not having to plan out science for the girls. I love that there are pre-planned lessons and that very little has to go into starting and finishing a lesson. Another favorite of mine is being able to check my children's progress. Not only do I get to check their progress, I am able to see their actual work that they have saved into their online notebooks. Yes! Online notebooks! This is an awesome part of the program, that I have really came to love. While checking their work in their online notebooks, I am able to write notes about the work they have saved.
I love that this program is very child friendly and that each lesson includes fun and detailed examples of each topic. While this is a bit below my oldest daughters range, she is in 5th grade, she has still very much enjoyed doing the lessons and reviewing topics she has learned in the past. My other two daughters, grades 2nd and 3rd, have done exceptionally well with the lessons. We use this program approximately 4 times a week. They have had no problem being able to log in themselves. They are able to start and finish the lessons with very little help. This has allowed me time to prepare other activities, while still being able to help them as needed. Another great part of this program is the way it handles wrong answers. For example, if my child answers a question wrong, it does not just continue on. Instead, it will bring the child back to where that topic was covered in the lesson. This has assured me that my children are indeed learning and not just moving past questions they may not enjoy. They have even enjoyed taking the tests at the end of each lesson. This also assured me that they were absorbing the information that was presented to them.
The program also includes an area packed with valuable teaching tools. This area includes lesson plans with an overview of each topic to help the teacher prepare. There are printable worksheets and ideas for hands-on activities and experiments. This area has proved very useful in our home. I love being able to access this, to better help my children learn.
Science4Us.com can be accessed using Mac or Pc and no other special equipment is needed. I do suggest having a printer for printing out student reports if wanted, but having one is not required.
Well friends, our family definitely enjoyed this online science program and have considered it a blessing. I would highly recommend Science4Us.com to anyone with younger elementary aged children who may or may not be interested in science.