Thursday, January 18, 2018

M is for Magic Tree House Books

I could not blog through the alphabet talking about our favorite book series and authors without mentioning the Magic Tree House books. 

These simple chapter books were a huge staple of our homeschooling journey for our first year or two of homeschooling.  We found it was a perfect series for us that captured the attention of all three of my kids aged 5- 9 (at the time).  We read every book in the series until we were all caught up with the ones that were being released which was well over #50!




We often listened to the book on CD when we were in the car and you would not believe how quiet it was! The only time my boys would speak when one of these books was on was to make a prediction or chant along with the story.

They were enamored and I loved how these stories often started us off on learning more about topics like dogsledding, dolphins, Ancient Greece, or even China.

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I know not everyone loves these stories but my boys really related to the young children; Jack and Annie and learned a lot with their historical adventures.  The premise is that Jack and Annie (a young brother and sister team) discover a magical tree house in their woods that works off the magic of Merlin and can send them back anywhere that they can find in a book simply by pointing to a picture and wishing to go there.

Even the most magical missions that were strictly for Merlin often led to wonderful science and history discussions!  When my boys listened to Eve of the Emperor Penguin they wanted to learn more about penguins.


We also read a the super edition written for older children too when we read Danger in the Darkest Hour. It was the perfect companion to our World War II study and I found myself looking for more of these.



Have you read any of these books; did you enjoy them too?


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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Snowflake Resist Paintings

I finally persuaded all the boys to do another art project with me.  We looked through Pinterest for some ideas and settled on making some snowflake resist paintings.



We pulled out our watercolor paper, oil pastels, liquid watercolors and brushes and set to work.

First we drew some snowflakes onto our watercolor paper with white oil pastels; it wasn't always to see the white on white but we knew that if we drew them in pencil first that our lines would show through the pastels and we didn't want that.




Nest we used our liquid watercolor paints to paint over them.







The oil pastels resisted the paint and our snowflakes really popped against the bold background colors we chose.

Evan and I decided to add a bit of salt to our paintings when they were wet to add just a bit more texture to our backgrounds.





The salt really starts to absorb the colored water and make really neat patterns on the paper. 
We set them aside to dry and once Evan and I brushed the salt off our dried paintings we all marveled at how our paintings came out.

Ian's 

Mine 

Alec's 

Evan's 

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Thanks for stopping by and joining us again this week as we host another virtual refrigerator arts and crafts link up.


We decided to make some snowflake art this week.  I was so surprised when all three boys not only joined in but all agreed on the same art project!  That so rarely happens.




Everyone loved how their paintings turned out.



Evan's when it was still wet with the salt on it 

Evan's after the paint dried and we removed the salt. 

You can read about HOW we made them here.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Love to Learn-- Nail Polish Marbling

My boys and I tried out a new craft this week.  I have seen so many marbled mugs, stones, cans, and more on Pinterest and kept thinking "I'd like to do that one day."  Well, I finally decided that this was the week we were going to try!

We had so much fun!





I joined a Pinterest Challenge Blog hop and decided to start tackling those Pinterest pins that I never seem to get around to doing.  You can read more about our craft here and sign up for next month's hop if you'd like to join us. 

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