Archives for December 2011

Show and Tell ~ The Snowy Day

 

Let it snow . . . let it snow . . . let it snow . . .

If you live in an area of the country that gets snow in the winter, sometimes you get tired of seeing it.  I know by February, I’m ready for spring!  But one thing that makes the snow worth it all is one of my favorite winter books, The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats.

Even if you live in an area of the world that gets little or no snow, you can turn your home into a winter wonderland! Come and meet Monica, from Family Fun Notebook. Last winter Monica  created a “snow’ activity jar, allowing her boys to pick a fun activity out of the jar each day. They made paper snowflakes, a sticky snowflake collage, “cotton” snow, and enjoyed many other creative snow-themed activities. You can read more about all of her ideas here. They later followed up their snowy learning by creating a lapbook.

 

Here’s the cover of their lapbook. Isn’t it adorable?

 

Here, you can take a peak inside of the lapbook . . .

I love the back cover of their lapbook, with this precious snowman, with the levitating head 🙂

 

Monica’s boys are of preschool age, so they focused on the letter ‘S’, things that are white, and story sequence.  They practiced their coloring skills with their snowflakes, and their cutting skills by cutting circles to make a snowman.

I love how Monica 3-hole punches her lapbooks, so she can store them in a binder. What a great idea!

You can find this adorable The Snowy Day lapbook FREE at Homeschool Share.

So get out there and make a snowman, have a snowball fight, examine snow under a microscope, look for animal tracks in the snow– just remember to bundle up and have fun!

 

Monica and her husband, Geoff have three boys: Mike (4), Joe (2) and baby George.  She  loves learning,  teaching, and her family. You can learn more about about Monica and her homeschool days on her blog, Family Fun Notebook.

 

Have you used a Homeschool Share unit, lapbook, or resource lately? Have you blabbed it on your blog? If so, please link up to your blog post and let others read about your Homeschool Share adventures! Please link back to us too!

 

 

January Calendar

~ In Memoriam ~

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

~ Lord Alfred Tennyson ~

 

A brand new year….a year of new beginnings, new hopes, new dreams!  A new year to make the days count!  So maybe you didn’t get as many “fun” activities in your school day as you had wished last year….well, here’s your chance to start again!  We’ve got another calendar filled with ideas to make school a little more exciting.

May your New Year be filled with love and laughter, as you make your days count!   Happy New Year from all your friends at Homeschool Share!


Merry CHRISTmas!

As I was looking for a poem for this special day, I came across Not Only Christmas Day.  I thought it a great reminder that we all need to live daily for Jesus–not only CHRISTmas day!

Not Only Christmas Day

Lord, this is my prayer
Not only on Christmas Day
But until I see You face to face
May I live my life this way:

Just like the baby Jesus
I ever hope to be,
Resting in Your loving arms
Trusting in Your sovereignty.
And like the growing Christ child
In wisdom daily learning,
May I ever seek to know You
With my mind and spirit yearning.

Like the Son so faithful
Let me follow in Your light,
Meek and bold, humble and strong
Not afraid to face the night.

Nor cowardly to suffer
And stand for truth alone,
Knowing that Your kingdom
Awaits my going home.

Not afraid to sacrifice
Though great may be the cost,
Mindful how You rescued me
From broken-hearted loss.

Like my risen Savior
The babe, the child, the Son,
May my life forever speak
Of who You are and all You’ve done.

So while this world rejoices
And celebrates Your birth,
I treasure You, the greatest gift
Unequaled in Your worth.

I long to hear the same words
That welcomed home Your Son,
“Come, good and faithful servant,”
Your Master says, “Well done.”

And may heaven welcome others
Who will join with me in praise
Because I lived for Jesus Christ
Not only Christmas Day

— Mary Fairchild

 

Have a blessed and merry CHRISTmas from everyone at Homeschool Share!

 

 

Give Them Problems

The Boy Who Bit Picasso

A Book Worth Reading: The Boy Who Bit Picasso from the Homeschool Share Blog

As my son began second grade this year, I decided to start artist studies with him.  Jack has been visiting museums his entire life, and he’s been exposed to a wide variety of artistic techniques.  He likes to look at art and create his own, but my dilemma has been how to make long-dead artists come alive in our home.

The Boy Who Bit Picasso does a fabulous job of bringing Pablo Picasso into a young boy’s home–literally.  Antony Penrose grew up with Picasso as a frequent visitor to the farm he shared with his artist parents.  Now in his 60s, Penrose recounts his personal experiences with the legendary artist, from a trip to his studio in France to the time he bit Picasso–and Picasso promptly bit him back.

Because the book is created from little Antony’s memories, it easily and quickly draws young readers in.  Instead of recounting dry facts about Picasso, this is a memoir packed with all kinds of information a child would find interesting.  Are you really going to meet Esmeralda, the goat who slept outside Picasso’s bedroom, in your average biography?  Probably not, but you’ll read about her here!  Important facts are woven into the anecdotes and memories and related to the stories.

The Boy Who Bit Picasso is great fun to look at, too.  Jack particularly enjoyed the many photographs, most of which were taken by the author’s mother, the famous photographer Lee Miller.  Picasso’s artwork is also shown, including sculptures, sketches, and even a drawing made for Penrose himself when he was having a difficult time at school.  Jack went back to the book several times after we finished reading it just to look at the pictures.

After reading The Boy Who Bit Picasso, I found Pablo Picasso to be less of a famous artist and more of an interesting person.  Antony Penrose takes a larger-than-life figure and makes him knowable, even for children.  This book was an invaluable addition to our Picasso study.  It’s too bad we’ll never know if any kids pestered Monet or Michelangelo!