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Monday, November 29, 2010

Money Lapbook

Lukes finished his money lapbook today. I found the printables here:
 This lapbook made learning about money a lot more fun than just doing worksheets! Lukes also dictated and illustrated a story on the back about money. His story was about a twenty dollar bill he found when he was three(how does he remember that stuff?).
Here it is with all the pieces. This was an easy lapbook that we finished in two days. It could probably be done in one, but we were so busy with Thanksgiving that we just now got around to finishing it. We will definitely be using this in the future to review money!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Turkey Day!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! We are having Thanksgiving with my mom and dad this year and I still wanted to be able to make a turkey so the picture above is what I came up with :) Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Making Change

This morning Luke wanted to practice his new making change skills with money.
So I let him make lemonade to practice selling to me.
And then I went into the garage and dug out our last years Sunkist Lemonade Stand. We got ours from here:
He had a blast doing this!

This day and age a lot of kids don't actually see money being used. All they see are debit/credit cards!

We used play money for this lemonade stand that I bought from Melissa and Doug which you can find by clicking on my sponsor link on the right hand side bar.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Money Money Money!

We started our money unit today and I am really excited about it because I've planned a lot of fun activites!
 One of the activities will be a money lapbook. Above is a picture of some fun pet shop money cards I found at:
 Luke will be adding these to his money lapbook later this week. He really enjoyed playing with these and wants me to print out some more.
He also worked on a money book that I found at: I want to say Thank You to for sharing all the information and worksheets to make this lapbook. 

Ahhhh Chooo! Pepper Science

Today we did a very easy, quick science experiment. There are only 4 items that are needed: Bowl, Water, Pepper, and Dish soap.
First add some cool water to the bowl.
Sprinkle in some pepper.
Add a drop of dish soap to your finger.

Place your finger, with the dish soap on it, in the water in the middle of the bowl. And watch what happens...
Before you can even pull your finger out of the bowl all the pepper rushes to the sides. This is why:
"The pepper stays scattered all about the water because the water is pulling on the pepper evenly from all directions. When you drop the detergent into the water, it reduces the cohesiveness between the water and the pepper. In other words, it reduces the pulling action on the pepper and the pepper appears to run away from the detergent. But the water around the edges (untouched by the detergent) still has its full pulling strength." 

Sunday, November 21, 2010


We made these healthy turkey snacks this evening just for something fun to do. They are made with a pear sliced in half, apple slices, orange slices, raisin eyes, orange nose and craisin gobbler. I attached the face pieces with toothpicks cut in half. Very easy, fun snack for kids to help make.

Not much else going on around here this lazy Sunday. We had a light dusting of snow this morning which captured Luke's attention most of the day. He was wishing for enough to build a snowman....maybe tomorrow! We are keeping our fingers crossed.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Today we made these really simple ABC magnets. I plan on letting Lukes use these to practice spelling and sentence making.

Here are the items that will be needed to make these:
  • Decorative Accents Clear Luster Gems
  • E6000 Multi-Purpose Adhesive
  • Scrapbook Paper or Stickers
  • White Card Stock
  • Newspaper
  • Magnets
First trace one of the gems onto the card stock. Lukes didn't like tracing the gem so he used a round scrapbook tag.

Then cut out the circles and add the stickers in the middle.

Add a drop of the adhesive on top of the sticker and place the flat side of the gem on top of the adhesive. Squish it on there really good! :)

 Tip the gem upside down on newspaper and gule the magnet on. Let dry for a few hours. Make sure the magnets aren't to close together or they will stick together.

I haven't had time yet but I plan on making picture ones, like this turkey, for every letter of the alphabet. He can then practice spelling the word underneath the correct picture.

The educational uses for these are endless!

I plan on making number and math symbols in the next couple of days for him to use for math practice. I will post pictures when I have them finished. 

WARNING: Please do not  use with young children who may put the item in their mouth. The magnet could come off and the child could swallow it. I would reccommend age 5 and up. Parents know their child(ren) best so please use your own good judgement when allowing your child(ren) to play with magnets.