Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Homeschooling Through the Alphabet: G is for Games!

We play so many games together that I honestly could not have used G for anything else!  We spent January breezing through a Gameschooling challenge; adding games into our homeschool day for the whole month.

It was a breeze for us!  We have always enjoyed playing games for learning.

I find that games keep our homeschooling days light and fun.  They help keep us focused and motivate us to keep on learning.

Playing Beat the Parents-- the boys did in fact beat the parents!

We've purchased many games over the years but we enjoy making up our own games too!  Just about anything can be turned into a fun game.

Of course we can't always play games... well, we could but it would take up a lot more of our time.

A few years ago the boys convinced me to add regular workbooks into our days and just sprinkle in some games here and there.  We try to play at least one game a day but even on those days we don't manage a game in our school day we often end up playing together as a family in the evening.

Some of our very favorite games for homeschooling include:

Scrambled States of America, Brain Quest States Game, and World GeoBingo for geography.

Yahtzee, Zeus On the Loose, and The Clumsy Thief for math.

Scattergories, Scrabble, and Spill and Spell for Spelling.

American Trivia and Presidential Bingo for History

Harry Potter Scene it 1 & 2, Ooga Booga, and Story Cubes for Language Arts

Ion and Animal Tracks Memory for Science.

Of course we have many, many, many other games that we enjoy playing just for fun or those that span several different courses at once.

You can read about Our 25 Favorite Family Games here:

And 25 More of our Favorite Family Games here.

Homeschooling Through the Alphabet:

A is for Awe
E is for Expectations
F is for Fun

Linking Up With:

Hopkins Homeschool

Epic Mommy Adventures
Hip Homeschool Moms

Monday, February 27, 2017

Art Project #75-- Making Cupcakes

My middle son has been on a real kick of making cupcakes this past week.  He started recording Cupcake Wars and by the time he had watched the third episode he really wanted to start making his own.

He has been experimenting with different flavors of cake and frosting.

He has been playing around with decorating tips and different candy/ food toppings to garnish his cupcakes with.

He has been creating edible art all on his own and I just knew I had to include these cupcakes as part of our 100 Days of Art; they don't call it Culinary Arts for nothing!

His first cupcake: vanilla with blue buttercream frosting and sprinkles:

He decorated the rest of his vanilla cupcakes with strawberry buttercream frosting and conversation hearts for Valentine's day:

His brother asked him to make some chocolate cupcakes and since Alec is not a big fan of chocolate, he decided to make some Oreo frosting to go on top; along with an actual Oreo cookie.  He also played around with Russian cake tips:

Alec made vanilla Oreo cupcakes; actual vanilla cupcakes with bits of Oreo baked inside.  He used the leftover Oreo frosting to decorate them and topped them all off with even more crumbled Oreos. 

Alec also made mint swirled cupcakes.  He wanted to make a marble cake but asked if there was some way to make marble cake using different colors.  We mixed up a batch of vanilla cakes with a tsp. of mint extract, tinted 1/2 green and swirled them together.  He then mixed up some mint buttercream frosting and topped them off with Andes thin mints. 

Our other art projects:
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 6: Watercolor outlines
Project 13: Water gun art
Project 14: Watercolor Kits
Project 15: Dragonfly Silhouettes 
Project 16: Painting pet rocks 
Project 17: Spray Paint Resist
Project 18: Water bottle windsock
Project 20: Tin can windsock 
Project 21: Firework glue art
Project 22: Qixel art kit
Project 26: Spray Painted Canvas
Project 28: Tin Foil Art
Project 29: Oil Pastel Bubbles 
Project 32: Drip Painted Pots
Project 33: Sun Art 
Project 36: Art Museum field trip. 
Project 39: Painting Pikachu 
Project 40: How to Draw Books
Project 42: Splatter Paint Canvas
Project 46: Tissue Paper Leaf Art
Project 50: Drawing Cat Faces 
Project 51: Making Homemade cards

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Books About Grandparents

There are so many great children's books out there and though my boys are starting to get a bit too old for many of the picture books I have so many fond memories of reading to them.

We loved reading about families and found so many great stories about grandparents.  Here are a few of our favorites:

What Do Grandma's/ Grandpas Do Best?-- My boys always loved this reversible book about what Grandmas and Grandpas do best.