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Geography Matters Trail Guide To Learning **Paths of Settlement** Our Family Found Academic Success with Geomatters

GeoMatter is a curriculum that my children have found academic success with! Read why we love Trail Guide To Learning: Paths of Settlement on Book Wishes an educational site for families!I have been truly blessed as a homeschooling mother to have found Geography Matters, also known as GeoMatters. I can say without a doubt, I have never loved a homeschooling curriculum this much. I have been asked on Facebook by some of my homeschooling friends is Geomatters worth it because I want to purchase it. My answer, the Trail Guide To Learning Series is not only worth it for your children, but also worth it for yourself. I have seen my children grow in their academic success with GeoMatters Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Settlement and this is why!

Trail Guide to Learning covers every subject such as reading, writing, grammar, spelling, science, art, history, math, and more. The only subject that I find that I need to supplement with this book is math. Math comes in when using maps through geography, otherwise, there is not much of it. Trail Guide to Learning, which I will now shorten to TGL for my sanity as a writer, is amazing. This book is a guide line and I add myself into it. I take it as fast or as slow as I want to go with it. My oldest Einstein has just driven through the Middle Grade Supplement. However, he stops and takes time to learn with the younger children as well. He is an amazing help in his knowledge.

How does Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Settlement, navigate me the teacher?

GeoMatter is a curriculum that my children have found academic success with! Read why we love Trail Guide To Learning: Paths of Settlement on Book Wishes an educational site for families!

Each Lesson is broken up in subjects. Each subject is simple to teach. For example, a science lesson with TGL usually gives the kids something fun to complete at the end. I have also added to the lessons expanding their learning a little more if one of them is finding the area hard to grasp. There is also fun games with science that are easy for me to teach. I like the ease of the book, there is no guessing on where to find the items to print out for my children.

Along with the text being easy to teach, TGL gives me teaching tips in the side margins, these are a blessing. I need these. I love using them because they often give me ideas for the children that learn differently. I have a son with autism, so applying some of the suggestions has been a life saver!

TGL is my navigation tool to teach but not my dictator and I love that. With each subject lesson, there are different levels. GeoMatters does not place my children in a one size fits all box of learning. Trail Guide to Learning gives them branches and lets them grow. With reading and copywork, we might work together on level 2. Then with reading we might be set at a level 3. These levels are all placed in the Paths of Settlement book. There is no need to purchase different levels. Also, this allows me to teach multiple children at one time. I also can go back and repeat lessons using the harder levels later on.

What kind of literature does Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Settlement come with? Is it boring literature?

GeoMatter is a curriculum that my children have found academic success with! Read why we love Trail Guide To Learning: Paths of Settlement on Book Wishes an educational site for families!No, defineitly not. The literature that TGL comes with is very engaging to my children. We are a Charlotte Mason homeschooling family and literature in our home is mostly living books. Sometimes labeled as boring literature; however, I find the literature that comes with TGL not only engaging, fun to read, and educational for my children but also wholesome. So many times I have come across a book for my son in middle school thinking it was a wholesome, G rated book that I would love for him to read and been disappointed. Paths of Settlement has given us Christian books that I can be confident in knowing that they are good wholesome literature. In fact, my oldest daughter Curie has gone on ahead of us with her reading and almost finished every book that comes with the package. Plus, she is happy when I read it again to them or they team read!

How is the quality of Paths of Settlement?

GeoMatter is a curriculum that my children have found academic success with! Read why we love Trail Guide To Learning: Paths of Settlement on Book Wishes an educational site for families!I am impressed with the quality of all the products from GeoMatters. Since we started using TGL, I have purchased items from GeoMatters that I know I can use over and over. These items will never be a homeschool sale item on my site. Beside loving the books, my favorite products are the maps and timeline. The laminated maps are what I have and I love them. I plan on having all of them for my children. The quality of the maps are wonderful, vivid, and to be frank, I cannot beat the price. I usually don’t discuss price but everything I have, I love. I know my grandchildren will be getting these!

GeoMatter is a curriculum that my children have found academic success with! Read why we love Trail Guide To Learning: Paths of Settlement on Book Wishes an educational site for families!See! These maps decorate our home. Even our 5-year-old, Elion, points out the different states or countries. I also love the historical timeline that my children have completed. I would say the timeline and the maps get quite a bit of use in our home. I also love the United States History Atlas and The Desk Atlas of The United States. When we where learning about the civil war in February for black history month, the United States History Atlas was beautiful. This is an atlas that moved my children through history, as well as, geography with ease!

GeoMatter is a curriculum that my children have found academic success with! Read why we love Trail Guide To Learning: Paths of Settlement on Book Wishes an educational site for families!

Above is a picture of our timeline, however, I have taken a different approach and taped items on the timeline. Living in a rental home for a year is killing me. I don’t have a place to hang this gem and I’m really not suppose to put things up, but shhhh! I did place my maps up with just a small tack. If you are unfamiliar with timelines there is a great post over at Our Journey Westward that is wonderful on timelines. Cindy, at Our Journey Westward, writes it better than I ever could!

How much have your children really learned through using Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Settlement?

GeoMatter is a curriculum that my children have found academic success with! Read why we love Trail Guide To Learning: Paths of Settlement on Book Wishes an educational site for families!My children have loved learning. There is assessments that you can take with TGL, however, I do not give my children these. I will start later maybe highschool giving them tests and assessments, but for now I can see their progress as they learn. I can evaluate without a test myself. I have a struggling learner and with the help of this wonderful curriculum, he has grown to love every subject. Now he still struggles in some, however, he loves them all! TGL gives me the tools to help him grow!

What are your’s and your children’s favorite parts of Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Settlement?

GeoMatter is a curriculum that my children have found academic success with! Read why we love Trail Guide To Learning: Paths of Settlement on Book Wishes an educational site for families!I can’t forget to mention some of our favorite parts of TGL. They are in the back of the book! Thank you appendix A and B, where I can look at what we have covered in each unit at a glance! I love having my children complete the challenge spelling list, the resources rock, the games, the reading logs, and the activities.

GeoMatter is a curriculum that my children have found academic success with! Read why we love Trail Guide To Learning: Paths of Settlement on Book Wishes an educational site for families!Overall, Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Settlement Complete Package is amazing and I cannot wait to see what is in the next volume, up Paths of Progress. Once you start TGL series you will want to grow with more items, I did. I have the add-on lapbook set which my children love. My daughter is completing Lewis and Clark activity book. There are smiles in learning, real learning with TGL series. I will admit, I tried to think of something bad to say so you would think, heck, there is a reason to not have this curriculum in my home. I can’t because GeoMatters has changed the way I look at education or what I want in a package. I use TGL Paths of Settlement for my four children even though Elion is in the pictures. My oldest, Einstein, is completing the middle school supplement. My other three do all the work together (Curie (11) Franklin (9) and Hubble (just turned 8)). I asked them what they didn’t like about TGL series and their answer was nothing. They love it.

To see what the entire package includes head over to GeoMatters!


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GREAT!!!!! Ocean Books for Children!

Is your little one learning about the Ocean or Sea Life? Read all the wonderful Ocean Books For Children that Book Wishes has on their reading list!This month my daughter Elion is starting a new theme unit with Mother Goose Time’s preschool curriculum. I wanted to get Elion excited about the new unit, titled; Ocean Commotion! Here are the wonderful books that I read to Elion to get her ready to learn more about the ocean and the sea life that lives in it.

Ocean Animals A to Z is a great book for children when learning about the ocean. Visit Book Wishes and check out her list of Ocean and Sea Life Books that all your child would love.

Ocean Animals A to Z by Leslie Falconer, comes along with the Ocean Commotion theme unit through Mother Goose Time. This is a wonderful book that has beautiful illustrations of sea life. Along with facts, Elion was able to trace each letter of the alphabet, furthering her learning of letters! Purchase this book on Amazon.

3Whaley’s Big Adventure by Carole P. Roman, Illustrated by Alexander Luke is a cute book that is illustrated by the author’s grandson. This was a great way for Elion to learn all about Whales! She loved the facts that each page had about whales that incorporated Whaley’s big adventure. Well written and captured her attention right away!

Why is the Sea Salty is a great book for children when learning about the ocean. Visit Book Wishes and check out her list of Ocean and Sea Life Books that all your child would love.

Gentle Giant Octopus is a great book for children when learning about the ocean. Visit Book Wishes and check out her list of Ocean and Sea Life Books that all your child would love.Why Is the Sea Salty? by Benjamin Richmond and Gentle Giant Octopus by Karen Wallace are two wonderful living books for young children. Elion loved the pictures, as well as, the information in each of these books.

Penguin, Penguin is a great book for children when learning about the ocean. Visit Book Wishes and check out her list of Ocean and Sea Life Books that all your child will love.

Penguin, Penguin by Margaret Hillert is an early reader that was perfect for Elion. Elion, is just starting to read! This book has information on arctic life, as well as, other sea life!

Although The Magic School Bus book Ups and Downs is about floating it still makes a great addition to our ocean unit!

Although, The Magic School Bus Ups and Downs is more about floating this is a great addition in learning about the Ocean.

More great Ocean books we love:

Children's Planet Earth Encyclopedia is a great addition to our ocean unit study. The Magic School Bus Artic Adventuer is a great addition to our ocean unit study. The Fishy Field Trip from The Magic SchoolBus is a wonderful addition to our ocean study! The Pout Pout Fish is an adorable book for preschoolers. We are glad to add this book to our ocean study.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A House for Hermit Crab is a awesome book for our ocean preschool study!We love Eric Carle in our house! This is a must have book to add to Elion’s ocean study this month!

 

I know it’s going to be a great month learning about the ocean!

 


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Mother Goose Time’s Blast Off Into Space **Wrap Up** Creative Learning that Book Wishes Loves!

 

Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time. Read about my daughters experiences with Blast Off Into Space. Mother Goose Time is a wonderful Preschool curriculum for homeschoolers! Check it out!Elion and I are wrapping up Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time this month. It was another amazing month for Elion. I have watched her grow in her learning since we have started Mother Goose Time! Blast Off Into Space brought math, science, reading, and more to our home. This month, Elion hit a mile stone, she is reading! I am so excited to see her learning expand and be able to see all the firsts as a homeschooling mom! Here are some of my favorites this month with Blast Off Into Space!

Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time. Read about my daughters experiences with Blast Off Into Space. Mother Goose Time is a wonderful Preschool curriculum for homeschoolers! Check it out!Elion has become responsible with her Mother Goose Time. She respects the items that she gets in each box and takes care of them. This month, Elion received a Balancing Moon that Elion loves and she makes sure to pick up and take care of the wonderful curriculum she loves. I also have seen her grow in her helpfulness. She is eager to help me set up new months. I encourage her to take part in every aspect of her learning even the planning part with Mother Goose Time. Above we are setting up Blast Off Into Space!

Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time. Read about my daughters experiences with Blast Off Into Space. Mother Goose Time is a wonderful Preschool curriculum for homeschoolers! Check it out!Math, Math, and More Math! In my previous post, I mentioned this month we are focusing on counting. I loved the math tools, books, and creativity that Blast Off Into Space had with math. The book this month, Up In Space, is a counting book! Elion has progressed in her counting, adding, and subtracting with More Math and the different activities in this space unit!

Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time. Read about my daughters experiences with Blast Off Into Space. Mother Goose Time is a wonderful Preschool curriculum for homeschoolers! Check it out!We are Charlotte Mason Homeschoolers and literature is a HUGE part of all our learning. This month with Blast Off Into Space, we received a story set. Every month Elion receives a set with each book. I love how these story sets and especially Up In Space story set brings the book alive to Elion!

Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time. Read about my daughters experiences with Blast Off Into Space. Mother Goose Time is a wonderful Preschool curriculum for homeschoolers! Check it out!

Learning about the solar system was so much fun. Above is a creative way that Elion expanded her learning. I placed tape on the floor and sticky notes saying what planets they were and how many miles they were from the sun! As you can see all my kids jumped in as we jumped to each planet together. Showing Elion that learning together as a family is fun!

Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time. Read about my daughters experiences with Blast Off Into Space. Mother Goose Time is a wonderful Preschool curriculum for homeschoolers! Check it out!Blast Off Into Space had some amazing art projects for Elion! Her creativity has grown. Before this year, she wanted to make her project just like mine, the example, or copied someone else. She has learned how to be creative through Mother Goose Time. The art is fantastic! I love how its not just a craft project, she is learning while doing. She liked the project above Swirling Neptune. Elion and I discuss the project, explore, plan, create, and then when she is done, we play. With each art project, Mother Goose Time gives you a card to do all of those things! LOVE IT!

Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time. Read about my daughters experiences with Blast Off Into Space. Mother Goose Time is a wonderful Preschool curriculum for homeschoolers! Check it out!Blast Off Into Space has been incredible and over time I have seen Elion apply her lessons to items around her. Like when we go outside at night, she sees the moon and tells everyone about astronaunts and what they eat while they visit the moon! Above in the picture, Elion has a Mother Goose Time book, At The Pond, where she has discovered the shell we found in the creek looks just like the one on the snail! Discovery!

Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time. Read about my daughters experiences with Blast Off Into Space. Mother Goose Time is a wonderful Preschool curriculum for homeschoolers! Check it out!

The Smiles and Memories are the BEST part! Blast Off Into Space with MGT has been incredible. I am so excited to start next month, Ocean Commotion with MGT. I am excited to learn with Elion but most of all I am excited to see her many faces, many smiles, and to create the memories that Mother Goose Time gives mother’s like me. I could not create a better curriculum myself. Mother Goose Time takes the work out for me. So, I can spend more time looking at that beautiful smile and watching her learn and grow!

Hurry and Grab Ocean Commotion. Also, check out this link for Mother Goose Time’s themes from Sept 2015 and on, make sure to pre-order for a discount!


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What I Have Learned As A Homeschool Mom!

 

What I Have Learned As A Homeschooling Mother. Veteran Homeschooling Mom Kris writes about what she has learned in almost 8 years of homeschooling. Inspirational post for homeschooling mothers or inspiring homeschooling mothers alike.Over the last few years I have grown so much as a wife, mother, and as a woman. When I first started out (7 years ago), I looked to other homeschooling mothers in my area for inspiration, however, they seemed busy and I was too timid to ask the real questions. So, I turned to blogging mothers who homeschool. I read and read so many inspiring and not so inspiring posts. What I learned along the way is that everyone is different. The advice I needed was my own. Each of my children are different and there is no child alike. I lean on my other half, my wonderful husband because together we can move mountains!

I have learned that I am a much better mother than I have believed myself to be. I know that I am a good mother because of my children. The love they show and the love they give to everyone with their smiles, prayers, in the way they talk, and in their faith.

I have learned that I need Heavenly Father in the car, sweeping the kitchen, and in every walk of life. No matter what your religion or faith, every mother and family needs a higher power. I have Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit. I am not perfect but I try to be everyday, of course, I fall short but having a strong faith in Heavenly Father and that he is guiding my way reassures me that I am worth it. I need my cup filled in the morning just like I eat breakfast. Not just in reading the Bible but in prayer and journaling.

I have learned to put myself into my homeschooling, all day long I can read how this mom or that mom does it. But I need to teach the way I feel good about teaching. I wrap myself in my homeschool (children) because I love it. I enjoy doing things for my children. If that is bad, then so be it. I find that I would rather spend time with my family and that is what I love to do for myself.

I learned that sometimes I stay up way to late and don’t get the rest I need. I am guilty of being up late folding laundry, cleaning, getting ready for tomorrow, and, YES, reading! However, I feel good and stay healthy so that is what matters and with homeschooling I can be lazy on a Friday and we can have school on a Saturday! It is a Good balance.

I have learned that I don’t do it all but I do my best and that is what matters most.

Most importantly, I learned that despite the harsh comments and nay sayers for homeschooling, I would never have it any other way. Their comments go in one ear and out the other. Just like them I make choices that fit our family. I love my children just like they love theirs. We are not in a competition as mothers. We need to uplift and educate each other, not put down and discriminate. Mothers should be a safe haven for their children, always.

I also learned that no matter what comes in life my children will have had the best education because that is my goal. One of our prophets said something like, “your greatest accomplishment in life will not be how big your house is, or what kind of car you drove, or how expensive your jewelry is, or how much money is in your bank account. It will be how your children turned out!”

I learned to be patient, kind, speak softly, love my husband, cry (its ok), and be me. Because there is no mother like me! And my family loves me!

If you are a veteran homeschooling mother or just starting out, remember, there is only one you and no one can be you or take it away. You decide everyday to be your best you.

My last thought: I have learned to love so purely, wonderfully, and beautifully. Being a mother is a blessing and a gift. Cherish it!


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Consistent Learning For Children! **Mother Goose Time**

Consistent Learning For Children! **Mother Goose Time**Space with Mother Goose Time this month has been so much fun and I cannot believe it’s almost over! Each month with Mother Goose Time, I love the themes so much it gets harder for this mom to move on. Even though we move on to a different theme each month, I love the consistency in Elion’s learning with Mother Goose Time. The theme may change, however, the routine of the subjects and her learning does not.

For instance, with Mother Goose Time, her morning routine is established with Dance N’ Beats. She gains another great theme with her dance each month. However, Elion’s morning still starts with exercise and rhythm, learning balance, coordination, and more.

With each box, the theme changes to keep Elion going, however, great learning aids stay the same. Each month Elion receives an I can read book.

Consistent Learning For Children! **Mother Goose Time**We start out matching the sight word flowers that are illustrated on back of the I can read book!

Consistent Learning For Children! **Mother Goose Time**Elion loves to pull all her flowers out and match them up. Once she has the correct sight word flowers, we sit down and read the book together. Elion holds up each sight word flower as we read it together. Then she takes the book and reads it while I hold up the sight word flower. She loves doing this because we get to read together. By the time she has read the I can read book twice, she has it. Elion takes the book and reads it to everyone!

Each month, the learning tools stay consistent and the themes and crafts, as well as, the manipulatives change. We get the More Math and More Literacy books so she loves completing those which are in her month routine. There is no need to change your schedule or routine for your preschooler. Themes change but the learning consistency stays the same. Elion has progressed so much because of this in the last 6 months! Love it!

Consistent Learning For Children! **Mother Goose Time** Consistent Learning For Children! **Mother Goose Time**This last week, Elion painted a UFO. The art is wonderful with Mother Goose Time and this idea was brilliant. Mother Goose Time shows a picture of the art completed and I often show that to Elion. However, this last week with the UFO, I didn’t because she often tries to emulate the picture of what the other child has completed. I wanted Elion to be creative and do what she wanted with colors and gems for her UFO!

Consistent Learning For Children! **Mother Goose Time**She and I loved the way her UFO art turned out. She has played with this UFO with her space men. I love how creative Elion is!

Consistent Learning For Children! **Mother Goose Time**Elion has been so intrigued with our solar system this last month. I love how Mother Goose Time opens the world to Elion right in our home. She can see how big the world is and how she is important. Last month, Mother Goose Time gave Elion a glimpse of the wonders and the beauty with It’s A Small World and this month with Space, she has explored how we are one planet among many. I love how Elion opens her eyes and takes in her learning.

She got this light up ball and immediately she thought of the light and shape because she was interested in what planet or star this could be! She is my world and I love that she is learning about the world with Mother Goose Time. Quality, Consistency and Learning Exploration!


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Two Great Math Packets for Developing Algebraic Thinking in Young Learners from Teaching My Two (Plus Monster Sensory Idea)

Trap The Monster Promotes Algebraic Thinking in Young Learners, Come Read Why we Love it! Furry, Friendly, and Totally Awesome! I love creative ways to get my children learning math. I am a homeschooling mom of 5 with 2 children that struggle in math, therefore, bringing them all together with math fun is a goal of mine. Trap The Monster , Monster Variables – Pre Algebraic Thinking for Young Learners is so much fun. All my children loved doing these lessons. There was no complaining even from the 2 that struggle with math. First, we had to get into the math monster fun with a simple sensory activity.

Monster Sensory Bags are simple, as well as, a fun way to get into the monster mood with 2 reluctant math learners.

Items Needed:

  • Clear Hair Gel
  • Food Coloring
  • Ziploc Bag (small size)
  • Googly Eyes

Monster Sensory Bag Fun!Place the googly eyes in the ziploc bag, add some clear hair gel and one drop of food coloring. Close the bag making sure the air is out and then you have a fabulous monster sensory bag!

Make a FUN Monster Sensory Bag and Check out some creative Monster Man for Young LearnersAfter a little calming sensory play time, we started Trap the Monster Math from Teaching My Two. Trap the Monster packet is 87 pages and I highly suggest printing this packet out in full color because the graphics are wonderful!

Trap the Monster includes:

  • Easy to read explanations and instructions
  • Monster Math Worksheets
  • Cut and Paste / Dot Marker Fun
  • Monster Party Games
  • And More

This packet is a weeks worth of monster math fun for our homeschooling family. We started off by completing monster activity sheets. I made individual copies for each of my kids to have their own. My children loved how the answers to the questions in, What’s My Number, were multiple choice and in circles so they could dot marker the answer. We ended our lesson with playing a Monster Party Game. I love that the instructions are clear for the games. This packet will take us through the week and possibly into next week. I am excited that my children have monster math fun to look forward too. Overall, Trap the Monster is so creative and fun. I’m happy to add this math packet in our homeschooling routine and look forward to doing Trap that Monster with our littlest when she is old enough (5 is too little). Right now she helps her older brother by dotting the answer for him!

I enjoy the levels of math that Trap that Monster caters too. My 8-year-old son was able to grasp the math easily while my 11-year-old daughter appreciated the practice. This is a great math packet that I will be putting in our favorite bin! If your son or daughter has a good understanding of addition and subtraction along with very basic multiplication than Trap the Monster is perfect.

You can purchase Trap The Monster,  Monster Variables – Pre Algebraic Thinking for Young Learners from Educents On Sale for 10.00 Right Now!

Guess My Weight Scale Games are Fun and Creative Learn More about them on Book Wishes a GREAT homeschooling site for moms and families!More from Teaching My Two! Can you say, they impress us! YES! My girls cannot wait to get started on Fruit Girls Balancing the Scales – Guess My Weight.

Fruit Girls Balancing the Scales is very similar to Robot Balancing the Scales that we just reviewed. I love that this is centered for girls because my 5-year-old daughter will love this. She is learning addition and subtraction right now and this will be great fun with my help. She can complete each question using the balancing scale poster that has beautiful graphics that remind me of strawberry shortcake.

Elion can also make up her own equations and share them with her sister. For Elion, when she teaches someone the item, she is learning her understanding of the subject is furthered. Fruit Girls Balancing the Scales – Guess My Weight like Robot Balancing the Scales are easily turned into great math stations as well for groups!

As a homeschooling mother of 5, I can trust Teaching My Two for fun, creative ways to teach my children math! I look forward to all there lessons in the future. Make sure to subscribe to Educents so you can be up to date on all the wonderful educational products, downloads, and more that they offer families, homeschooling families, and teachers!

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Robot Balancing the Scales: Developing Algebraic Thinking in Young Learners by Teaching My Two (With Robot Craft)

Robot Balancing the Scales: Developing Algebraic Thinking in Young Learners by Teaching My Two. Great Creative Math Fun plus a wonderful Robot Craft for your kids!My kids love robots! I was super excited to combine my children’s love of robots with learning math. Robot Balancing The Scales is a great math packet with tons of lessons that we use as math centers in our homeschool. I will admit, I printed all the lessons out in grey scale in order to save a little money for this frugal homeschooling mother of five. However, I do not recommend that. This is a packet that you will want to print out in color. The graphics are wonderful and cute, also the lessons have color questions in them referring to the “purple” robot and so on.

Looking for fun ways to be creative with math try Robots Balancing The Scales! Plus check out this cool robot craft to get your kids ready to learn!

Teaching My Two gives you two options to play and learn with this packet. We sort of combined both options together as a homeschooling family. However, before we got started on Robot Math, my children had to become ROBOTS!

Looking for fun ways to be creative with math try Robots Balancing The Scales! Plus check out this cool robot craft to get your kids ready to learn!So, we made robot helmets! Using a grocery store paper bag, my children rolled up the ends, then cut a hole in the middle for their face to peek out. Each of them were so creative with their robot helmets. They decorated with markers, robot stickers, and pipe cleaners for antenna!

Looking for fun ways to be creative with math try Robots Balancing The Scales! Plus check out this cool robot craft to get your kids ready to learn!My oldest son Einstein did not want to make a robot helmet (12 years old) because he is too big. However, I wanted a way for him to join in the fun. Therefore, I gave him the job of writing down the answers. The robots decided to work in teams at each station.

With Robot Balancing The Scales, we received 6 Full Size Posters that have a scale graphic and go with the scale cards. I placed the posters around the room creating different math stations for our new robots! As the robots slowly made their way to the station, I picked a head robot to read a question and the robots had a chance to answer after consulting with their robot team!

Looking for fun ways to be creative with math try Robots Balancing The Scales! Plus check out this cool robot craft to get your kids ready to learn!Some questions were simple and my 5-year-old could answer easily but as the robots traveled around station after station, the question seemed to get harder for them. I loved the team work that each of my children displayed in their robot station. I am impressed by the creativity of Robot Balancing the Scales.  Each scale card at the station gave my children a question to complete that really made them think while having robot fun. Each station had four scale cards. The questions were easy to understand and the graphics were easy for my children to see.

At the end of the packet, my children got some hands on practice that allowed them to create some problems for their siblings to complete. This gave them algebraic math practice along with robot fun.

My Overall Mom Thoughts:

This is the first math packet that we have tried from Teaching My Two and I really loved the theme along with the math questions and learning concept for my children. My kids had so much fun with the math stations and pretending they were robots. Robot Balancing The Scales is a great fit for homeschooling families and teachers in a classroom setting. Usually, with math printables and stations, I have to adapt it to fit our homeschooling, however, with this packet I did not. I could use the packet with option 1, option 2, or combined and I loved everything about it. There was no work for me except for printing and laminating (which I will be redoing in color). I also really liked that Robot Balancing The Scale comes with an answer sheet so I knew exactly what the answer was and I was not left guessing. I even let my oldest son go over everyone’s answers as my asst. teacher! Of course, this was for learning fun for our family and not graded (Charlotte Mason Homeschoolers)!

Robot Balancing the Scales: Developing Algebraic Thinking in Young Learners

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Mother Goose Time Blog Ambassador Giveaway Hop! (Win a Children’s Book Prize Pack from Book Wishes)

 

Mother Goose Time is giveaway away a prizr pack of 5 childrens books on Book Wishes along with that you can HOP around to win more books on other MGT Ambassador sites!

I’m so happy to be a Mother Goose Time Blog Ambassador, sharing Mother Goose Time‘s quality of learning to our readers! We are so thrilled to have some new wonderful Mother Goose Time Blog Ambassador’s to Welcome!

A and Z Learning Adventures

Everyday 365 Life

If Cindy Lou Only Knew (I also loved her post on the walk of Breast Cancer as a cancer survivor myself, awesome)

Little Moments Make Life Big

Teaching My Littles

and so many more wonderful new sites. To read a list of all the Mother Goose Time Ambassador’s Visit Dandelion In My Hair!

Preschool is a journey and Elion might just be my last preschooler, therefore, I am loving this time as a Mother Goose Time Ambassador! With spring on everyone’s mind , as well as, welcoming new mom’s in our life with Mother Goose Time, Book Wishes is giving away a SPRING BOOK Prize pack to one lucky winner!

Win a Prize pack of 5 children's books with Mother Goose Time!That is 5 Mother Goose Time Books to One Winner! Our Giveaway Ends 03/31, make sure to HOP around and enter all the Mother Goose Time Ambassador’s Book Giveaways! Link to Mother Goose Time Giveaway Sites.

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Learning About The Planets in Preschool! ** Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time**

Learning about Planets in Preschool! Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time!Elion has been hard at work (aka fun) learning about planets and the solar system. If you have been following our Mother Goose Time post last week, Elion learned about the atmosphere, clouds (making a pet cloud), star-gazing, constellations, and more. This week Elion learned about:

What it’s like to be an astronaut!

Learning about Planets in Preschool! Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time!

I asked Elion what she thought it would be like to walk on the moon? She replied, “Like walking on bouncy cheese.” I thought that was adorable. We crushed up different food and talked about what astronauts ate. I also shared my pictures with her. I had a great chance to visit NASA when I was in Florida at 19!

Learning about Planets in Preschool! Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time!Next, Elion became an astronaut with her imagination. I placed pillows down on the floor and we talked about weightlessness and gravity! Dancing along with Mother Goose Time’s Blast Off Into Space musical CD, she became an astronaut on the moon and then an alien on mars! The solar system is the limit with a preschooler! I love her imagination and dreams. It’s so beautiful!

Learning about Planets in Preschool! Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time!This week was all about the planets. Elion learned about hot and cold Mercury. She painted Mercury when it is HOT with red and blue for when it is COLD! We also added glitter glue and to complete her mercury hot and cold and she added sticks (for holding).  My plan is to do this with all the planets so  our family can have a planet puppet show!

Learning about Planets in Preschool! Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time!I love the fun projects that Elion gets to complete each day in her MGT learning. Mother Goose Time focuses on real learning for preschool along with different kinds of learning. Some children can be visual learners and  some are hands on learners. Elion learns by doing and then teaching or telling others verbally. With hot and cold mercury, I brought out a hair dryer using the hair dryer as an example of the sun.

Since Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, I wanted to demonstrate to Elion how the closer you get to the dryer, the warmer you are. Just like the closer the planet gets to the sun, the warmer the planet! Please be careful in using a hair dryer. Elion was never too close to the dryer and I used a warm setting not hot.

Think I’m super clever, no, not me this is all Mother Goose Time! There ideas for Elion’s learning astounds me in leaps and bounds!

Learning about Planets in Preschool! Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time! Learning about Planets in Preschool! Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time!Elion learned all about the planets this week through More Math! We have been focusing on Math and Science this month with Mother Goose Time. Of course, we have covered other subjects, however, Elion has really needed help learning her numbers this year. I am impressed at where she is with math. I have seen her progress so much with her math over these last six months. I love how she doesn’t even think she is learning or “doing school”. Right before the picture above that you see, Elion told me she did not want to “do school”. So I asked her if she wanted to color. The answer was yes! I brought out the More Math and off she went not “doing school” LOL sneaky mom me!

Learning about Planets in Preschool! Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time!We are not finished learning about planets and the solar system with Blast Off Into Space! Mother Goose Time is in our day everyday whether it’s Dance N’ Beats for morning exercise, coloring with More Math, listening to the wonderful MGT music, or completing an educational project. I used to think this homeschooling mom only did Mother Goose Time 3 days a week, however, I find Mother Goose Time is in my day everyday and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Learning about Planets in Preschool! Blast Off Into Space with Mother Goose Time!

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Great Preschool and Space Ideas:

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If You Were Me And Lived In… Carole P. Roman’s Children’s Cultural Series **Giveaway**

 

If You Were Me And Lived In is a wonderful children culture series! Come enter to win a 10 book prize pack of these amazing books by Author Carole P. Roman from Book Wishes homeschooling site!Author Carole P. Roman, is an amazing children’s book writer that has helped my children love culture! If You Were Me And Lived In… is a series that teaches children culture around the world. This is a fun series that gives children a chance to know what it would be like to live in another country. What other children eat, what they do for fun, what they wear. In the end my children see how wonderful other countries are, as well as,  how other children around the world aren’t so different from them.

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If You Were Me And Lived In…Russia

If You Were Me And Lived In..Mexico

Here is your chance to win all these books listed below to 1 lucky Book Wishes Reader!

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Peru

Australia

and Turkey

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