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Showing posts with label Favorite Teaching Toys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Favorite Teaching Toys. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Growing Plants with Kids

Growing plants
Does this look familiar to any other homeschool families? Planting galore...
I walked past my window sill this morning and realized that my own potted plants have been replaced by the kids' experiments and growing treasures.  It didn't happen all at once, but here we are, one plant after another, and my own growing treasures have been pushed aside.  

I actually love this part of being a mom.  Ok, so I don't love the dirt, the often spilled water droplets and the grass clippings when Miss Suzie gets her haircut.  I DO, however, love how excited my kids get when they see that something they have nourished is alive and well.  I know that these experiments will cease to exist on my window sill one day when the kids are older, so until then I'm trying to cherish (deal with) the mess every day.

We do a lot of planting at this house.  In fact, if I hadn't gone into teaching I would have ventured into horticulture, or some kind of landscaping design.  I love plants!  We've moved around a lot in the last several years and I still can't stop the urge to construct a garden everywhere I go, and try to make our yard nicer than when we got there.  In the past five years I've actually had 6 different yards to tackle.  I know, I know, that's a lot of moving.  (To explain all of that moving would take several more blog posts, so...moving on...)

With all of these different yards to work in, I've found some of my favorite plants to grow, and others that I will forever avoid with a passion.  I'll add some posts about those plants on another day.  

What have you grown with your kids lately?  

Here's a list of a few plants...

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Metal Earth

Metal Earth, 3D laser cut model
Metal Earth 3D laser cut model in the palm of my 9year old son's hand.

So I wanted to share a great teaching toy today!  I've actually got several other toys and games in mind that I seem to ALWAYS recommend to friends and fellow teachers, so I'll definitely have some future posts on this topic as well. (And no, I'm not being compensated for this endorsement.  I just love to share great things I've found!)  


Metal Earth, 3D laser cut model
Metal Earth:  P-51 Mustang

This toy TODAY is one that I recently learned about.  My sister returned from a conference where these kits were given away by the vendors.  She thought right away that our family would love them! She was right, we think they're great.  Several of them found their way into our Easter baskets, so we were thrilled.


 It's a laser cut 3D model that you...