month : 04/2015 15 results

What is Active Learning?

I have been practicing active learning with my Haley because I'm teaching her colors and numbers. I have never stopped to explain what is active learning. You will soon discover it is terminology you may not be familiar with, but you are most likely already involved in active learning. Active learning by definition is "a process whereby students engage in activities, such as reading, writing, discussion, or problem solving that promote analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of class ...

Cinco de Mayo Party Food and Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

My family is SO busy! I have 5 kids and am coordinating 15 schedules right now. It is a lot! If things are not planned and on the calendar they are often forgotten. One of those things is Cinco de Mayo. I usually wake up that morning and think "oh no now what do I do?" Luckily I have a plan this year. Jose Ole to the rescue! They have fun frozen snacks. When I do remember, usually a few days before, while I am at the grocery store all I need to do is grab a couple boxes of Mini Tacos and ...

DIY Flowers with Wood and Wire Art

It is spring time and the flowers are starting to appear. Flowers come and go with the seasons but DIY flowers with wood and wire art will always bloom. This is one of those easy crafts that can be completed easily within an hour.   DIY Flowers with Wood and Wire Art Supplies: wood flowers circle disk acrylic paint - a light and dark of each color sponge wire wire cutter Steps: Using the wood flower shape the wire. I know in the picture the flower is already ...

4 Teacher Appreciation Quotes {Printables}

It is teacher appreciation season. We love our teachers! They work so hard on behalf of our children. Adding a cute note to a fun gift or a practical classroom easy craft makes it extra special. We are sharing a four teacher appreciation quotes. Did I mention they are printables!   Our PTA has teacher appreciation week planned. They send home a note with what they would like each student to do each day, if they choose. Usually they are easy things like write a note to your ...

Who Feeds The Fish {Printable}

When you have a pet that needs to be cared for a schedule is necessary. All kids want their turn to help out but they also want fairness and equality. Having a schedule will ensure fairness and everyone will know who has a turn on what day. A nice coworker at Little Chef Dad's work learned that we do not allow pets at our house. We do not ever want a dog or a cat or anything. My kids are welcome to walk the neighbors dogs (which they love to do), or play with friends bunnies, kittens ...

Teach Your Child Your Phone Number FAST!

All kids need to know their telephone number. You never know when they will need it. Hopefully never in an emergency, but in case they do you want them to be prepared. Active learning simply put is learning that has some action attached to it. Attaching a song to what needs to be memorized is active learning. To teach your child your phone number through music helps them learn it fast! Teach Your Child Your Phone Number FAST! When I taught my first kids their phone number we didn't use ...

Nature Walk Trail Sign Printable

Being outdoors with kids can be easy or hard. Easy if they like discovering or hard if they need to be entertained. With my Nature Walk Trail Sign printable I have found a way to appeal to both. Easy crafts or active learning activities are something I like to bring with me for those "I'm bored" times. Redirecting their energy is usually all they need. Nature Walk Trail Signs There are certain signs you can use with rocks, sticks or pebbles that can tell others where you have gone. These ...

10 Reasons Why You Should Have Brain Surgery

It seems only appropriate to share our personal 10 Reasons Why You Should Have Brain Surgery just days after the second surgery. We came up with these about a year after Haley's first surgery. Brain surgery is terrible, the recovery is terrible and very very long. We were finally out of the really yucky stuff we were dealing with and were able to find some humor in our journey.  10 Reasons Why You Should Have Brain Surgery You can start comparing things with brain surgery, "Compared to ...

A Culinary Adventure + Giveaway with Raw Spice Bar

I'm really excited to be working with Raw Spice Bar today. I love learning about new -to me- companies and products. My family was able to go on a culinary adventure around the world without leaving our home. How great is that! We frequently talk about where we want to travel to whether it is in the US or abroad. We were able to discover Persia through new tastes and new smells in our home. We didn't need to pack and we didn't need to spend a lot of money. Raw Spice Bar is a company ...

2 Years Ago We Knew Something Was Wrong

It was about 2 years ago when we went on a family vacation and thought we had a sick 2 year old. Little did we know that those were the first big indications of a growing brain tumor. It wasn't until months later when lots of little pieces were put together and a very helpful doctor referred us to the right specialist. Finally in September of 2013 we saw the whole picture...which was not a fun picture. I took her in for her first MRI to confirm another theory when I was told the doctor ...

Sight Word Games for Color Words

Learning while having fun and playing games is active learning. After having fun listening to the color songs over and over, and then using the color sight word worksheets it is time to take another next step in the progression. These color sight word cards will teach your child how to spell the color words on their own. Use these cards to create sight word games. Sight Word Games Supplies: Color sight word cards version 1 version 2 version 3 Scissors to cut out the ...

How to Make a Bookmark with Felt and Ribbon

My kids love to read for school and fun. I find them holding their places in the books with toys, pencils, kleenex.... It was about time we learned how to make a bookmark. Easy crafts are something we love to do. We found a way to create cute bookmarks to hold our places when it is time to put the book down. We enjoy frequenting the library to discover new books and movies. I am constantly putting books on hold for my kids who have seen a friend with a book that looked fun and interest...

Scales and Tails Utah – Things To Do In Utah

There are so many things to do in Utah. After school this past Wednesday I took my girls to Scales and Tails Utah. This was an opportunity to get up close to turtles, alligators, snakes, lizards and more. The reason we chose Scales and Tails Utah is because it is temporarily included in the Pass of All Passes so we were able to go for free. It was a little tricky finding the entrance. We turned in on the north side of the building when it would have been easier to enter on the south. ...

Create a Blurb Photobook for your Memories

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. I've been trying to figure out what to do with my photos and how to organize them quickly. I was on top of things before I added a few more babies to my family.  I spend more time with my kids taking pictures then I do putting them into photo books. My photos are organized and ready to go. If only I can find the right time and the right way to quickly get back on top of ...

Easter Treats – Bird nest

Holidays are more fun when food is involved. We made fun Easter Treats - a birds nest. All the items included are edible which makes it perfect for an easy craft or for a festive centerpiece if you put a few in a row. For some reason edible treats are always more fun. Depending on the person it is either more fun to create or more fun to eat. This one didn't turn out exactly as I had planned in my mind, but my kids still love it. I adjusted the size and it worked a lot better. Suppl...