Do We Wear The Same Colors? Math Activity For Kids

Jennifer Chalupnik, from Education.com, loves creating and sharing educational activities for kids. She was happy to share an amazing data analyzing activity perfect for 3rd to 5th graders with The Palmetto Queen. For more more information on this and more activities be sure to visit Education.com.

Do We Wear the Same Colors?


Data analyzation may seem like an intimidating subject at first, but it's all in the approach; choosing the topic to analyze can make all the difference. What's more, getting family and friends involved in an activity is a surefire way to ramp up the fun, as the data gathering will seem like less like work and more like a game. Have your child create a chart to keep track of the different colors that everyone wears. This activity is a fun way to hone your kid's observational skills and introduce math skills like data interpretation.

What You Need:

  • Poster board
  • Markers
  • Ruler


What You Do:

  • Have your child draw a graph using the markers and rulers. The chart should be for two weeks and have friends or family members names on it.  
  • Explain to him that for two weeks he will be keeping track of the colors everyone wears. Each day he must write down on the chart what color everyone is wearing. To make it easier, have him focus on the color of peoples' tops. It doesn’t matter if they're wearing shirts, sweaters or tanks. Make sure he's recording the color of their tops.
  • At the end of the two weeks, he should examine the chart and analyze the data he has gathered. He can look for information such as who wore a specific color more often or who wore the same color. 
  • Gather up his subjects so he can share his findings with everyone.

Get Your Homeschool Organized with #ThirtyOneGifts

Disclaimer: I received products to review and to give away. All opinions are my own.

If you are anything like me, your homeschool supplies, organization, and area are constantly changing. We haven't had an area to set up as a permanent classroom, so we have a portable classroom. Even with this setup, I am constantly changing it and reorganizing it. However, I think I finally found the perfect set up with Thirty-One gifts.

I'm bringing you a series on how to organize your portable homeschool, but most of my tips can be used in any homeschool situation. The key is keeping what you need handy, being able to find everything, and finding what works best for you. Making it pretty is always a plus. (Psst... there is a giveaway at the end!)

Today, we are going to start with the backbone of your portable homeschool. Getting this set up just right will allow you to teach anywhere in the house, outside, or even on the go (field trips, parks, vacations). For me, if this gets unorganized, I am completely lost. My portable homeschool consists of two main items.

Our morning basket with bible study, social skills, and sign language is using the Double Duty Caddy. My supplies are in one side and bibles are in the other. I can also keep my timer and ABC scripture cards handy. This is the best solution for our morning basket, and I can carry it around.


The winner is right here- here is my portable homeschool bag. I usually keep my binder laying on top, but if we are moving around, it can easily be slipped inside, along with my laptop or netbook and any extra books and supplies we may have. Becuase the kids use zipper binders for their daily work, I keep a folder for each of them in here- it has paper and a slot for the days' assignments, worksheets, or questions for a field trip. Since they are young, they do not have to carry those binders everywhere. Other than that, everything goes along. I use an Organizing Utility Tote for this, although they have zippers now, mine does not (this one was actually my diaper bag with both kids!)


Inside my OUT (Organizing Utility Tote) is everything we need for daily homeschool lessons, including our supplies. I use a Fold N' File to corral all of our workbooks, reading assignments, worksheets, and reference books. then, my binder and computer can go on either side of it. I love all the pockets for holding supplies like the boogie board, dry erase DVD cases, McGuffey's Primer, and our daily read-out-loud book (we're on the Paddington series). One pocket even holds my Shine-On Jewelry Case. This case is perfect for my supplies that the kids do not use like my dry erase markers, pens, sticky notes, chalk, scissors, stapler, and more. Seriously, we have everything we need in here. 

I have a second one in the morning basket with the same basic supplies in it so that when we start our morning meeting I do not have to stop to gather supplies. It works perfectly! 


Giveaway!

One lucky person will win an organizing set from Thirty-One Gifts. It will consist of a Your-Way Rectangle Bin with Lid, as well as a Double Duty Caddy. The prints will be decided by the winner. To enter, simply comment on this post and you will be randomly entered to win! Be sure to visit Thirty-One Gifts and tell me what you like the most about their products. (remember to leave your email address for contact!) A Winner will be chosen Friday, March 24. Good Luck. 

Book Review: NIV Investigator's Holy bible, Hardcover

Disclaimer: I received a book to review. All opinions are my own.

Have you ever used a magnifying glass? It makes everything bigger and easier to see, right? Detectives and scientists magnify things to understand them better. Well that’s just what this Bible does—it’s a magnifying glass to help children understand the Word of God better.

The Bible is a gift from God, but many of the things written in the Bible are hard for kids to understand. In fact, sometimes they’re downright mysterious to kids. Using kid-friendly language and a detective theme, the two color NIV Investigator’s Holy Bible explains the Bible text for kids ages 6–10. Two central mystery-solving characters invite children to investigate the Bible using the following features:

Evidence—Bible book introductions answer what kind of book it is, who wrote it, what happens, and the “best part” Breakthrough—answers questions kids might ask, such as “Who were the Philistines?” and “What is The Spirit of God?” Scene—includes descriptions highlighting geographical information pertinent to a verse Witness—explains the meaning and history behind Biblical names Detective—quizzes students on what they have learned Case Closed—explores how the events of a particular book of the Bible relate to children as individuals

Tbomb and I truly enjoyed reviewing the NIV Investigator's Holy Bible ($18.10 Hardcover). This is a very special bible. My son absolutely loves it. Tbomb loves history, science, and asking questions about everything, especially the bible. This is the perfect bible for him, as it caters to his personality. We enjoy reading bible stories together and then reading the "side notes" and discussing it. He loves taking those discussions to church and talking to the youth leaders about them. If you have a child who is curious, loves science, history, and asks a lot of questions, this is the perfect bible for them.

Book Review: Angels In The Bible For Little Ones

Disclaimer: I received a book to review. All opinions are my own. 


Angels in the Bible for Little Ones gives children a fascinating look into how powerful behind-the-scenes helpers interacted with Bible greats such as Abraham, Daniel, and Mary, acting as messengers, protectors, warriors, and more. This padded cover board book, written by bestselling author Allia Zobel Nolan and illustrated by Alisa Massari, brings eight stories from the Bible to life for little ones.

Angels In The Bible For Little Ones, by Allia Zobel Nolan, ($7.99 ) is perfect for Snapper, as she has just really started understanding the bible. When we read books like this together, it is much easier for her to understand the concepts, than when we read a "real bible." Another reason I love it so much is that the language is really simple. Snapper is currently going through speech therapy, so we need all the practice we can get. She loves to sit with me at night before we sing songs and read this book together. I have to say that it is one of my favorite parts of the day. This book is definitely a winner.

Organizing Your Homeschool Kids with #ThirtyOneGifts

Disclaimer: I received products to review. However, all opinions are my own.

Getting my kids organized is one of my main goals in life. Life will be so much easier for them and those around them if they pick up being organized. The key is to start small and make it normal. Don't make a big deal out of it, but let them see you organizing and being organized. At least that is my theory. I guess we will see when they become teenagers.

One of the ways I have started teaching them this is with school. They are responsible for getting their supplies and zipper binders each morning and putting them away at the end of each day. I started out by making this easy for them and setting parameters. Their supplies have to go in their pencil pouches, which go into their binders. All work must also be in the binder at the end of the day. Then, it must be put into the homeschool bin, which is in a corner of the living room, in a stationary location. One reason it stays put is to help them learn consistency, but also because it is not carried with us, so leaving it there makes sense.





I use the Your Way Rectangle bin with lid for this because it holds their binders and our pocket chart/ dry erase board, along with maps perfectly. Plus, it looks great sitting in the corner. I love that with the chalk panel, I can write little notes to them or even vocabulary words!

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Be sure to check out yesterday's post for an amazing giveaway!



Looking for a Puppy? Find Your Match!

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When you are looking for a new puppy, it is imperative that you find a breed that gets along well with the other dogs you have and give the particular dogs a test run, when possible. This graphic shows just what you need to know.

Good luck finding your next pup! If you would like more information, be sure to visit puppyspot.com


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