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We love soda bottles for lots o’ experiments and fun!  This post is for the little guys though ;o)  You should SEE what my older kids do with soda bottles!…but that is another post!

I had a whole list of exploration bottles for the pre-schoolers but found these interesting links for you to peruse that had even more info than what I had…

Discovery Bottles
Discovery Bottles
MORE Discovery Bottles
EVEN MORE Discovery Bottles
Bottles of Fun
Yet even MORE Discovery Bottles

You could also paint them and use as bowling pins!
…how about an item tied to a string to put in and out of a bottle!
marble in a baby soda bottle

My favorites include an "I Spy Bottle" full of objects representing different letters of the alphabet with the "I Spy" list attached to the neck.
…Sea shells in sand
A magnetic bottle with a magnet (non choking size or a wand) tied on to the neck of the bottle
A wave bottle…1/2 baby oil 1/4 water with blue food coloring and glitter…ok there are a lot more, but they are included in the above links. 

What I found worked very nicely for storage was the smaller bottle size instead of the large 2 Liter.  I actually had an old case of seltzer someone gave me a long time ago and I never used.  I emptied those bottles out and used them as fun projects right away!  I stored them in a decorated crate on the pre-k shelf with the lids glued shut and felt glued to the bottom of the crate to minimize scratching of the shelf surface.

Have any other favorites??  Please share!!

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We love soda bottles for lots o’ experiments and fun!  This post is for the little guys though ;o)  You should SEE what my older kids do with soda bottles!…but that is another post!

I had a whole list of exploration bottles for the pre-schoolers but found these interesting links for you to peruse that had even more info than what I had…

Discovery Bottles
Discovery Bottles
MORE Discovery Bottles
EVEN MORE Discovery Bottles
Bottles of Fun
Yet even MORE Discovery Bottles

You could also paint them and use as bowling pins!
…how about an item tied to a string to put in and out of a bottle!
marble in a baby soda bottle

My favorites include an "I Spy Bottle" full of objects representing different letters of the alphabet with the "I Spy" list attached to the neck.
…Sea shells in sand
A magnetic bottle with a magnet (non choking size or a wand) tied on to the neck of the bottle
A wave bottle…1/2 baby oil 1/4 water with blue food coloring and glitter…ok there are a lot more, but they are included in the above links. 

What I found worked very nicely for storage was the smaller bottle size instead of the large 2 Liter.  I actually had an old case of seltzer someone gave me a long time ago and I never used.  I emptied those bottles out and used them as fun projects right away!  I stored them in a decorated crate on the pre-k shelf with the lids glued shut and felt glued to the bottom of the crate to minimize scratching of the shelf surface.

Have any other favorites??  Please share!!

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OOps!

My apologies to those of you who received multiple postings of the last Usborne post.  I had a little trouble getting some of the links to work…all is well now! 

Thank you for your patience! :o)

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OOps!

My apologies to those of you who received multiple postings of the last Usborne post.  I had a little trouble getting some of the links to work…all is well now! 

Thank you for your patience! :o)

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Are you spending time lining up your curricula for the next school year like I am?  I know I am tweakingTime_traveler
my curricula to involve and include as many of my children in  our studies as possible….from the 2 year-old up to the 13 year-olds! Among other things, I am using Usborne to do this.  As one reviewer said:

"With the right educational resources, you can turn a good lesson into a great one!Math_illus
Here’s a
look at products that can help. They’re arranged by category: cross-curricular, arts and
crafts, language arts, math, science, social studies, and professional. Take a look!"

I am holding a Tweaking the Curricula Party right here for the next 10 days.  If youSci_encyclopedia
follow this special  link and place an Usborne Books order, I will place your name in a hat for a free book drawing (value $20.00).

For every book you order, I will place your name in a hat for the drawing. 
In
addition, the person who places the largest order will win free
shipping!

What are you studying?… World War I, World War II, Inventions, Geography, or Knights, Castles,First_ww
Romans, Greeks, Ancient History… 

What are you covering in Science?  Experiments, Dinosaurs, Microscopes, NatureSticker_atlas_of_the_world

How about The ArtsMusicShakespeare

Are you looking for colorful high-quality flashcards, games or seasonal fun?

How about lapbook enhancements, field guides, sticker books (NOT just for the little ones…these are beautiful BOOKS!) Microscope
Long_ago

Do you need a book that will give the little ones a taste of what the older ones are doing?  Usborne has a knack of gifting each child with information that is actually retained at their level  Many of these books are internet linked which means children have the
opportunity to challenge their knowledge, and make connections stick.. 

"Usborne Books are designed graphically to draw the
students in, to make them wantAncient_world
to learn the material and
to help them retain that knowledge.

 The magic of Usborne Books is that they make both
reading and learning fun and not a boring or
intimidating experience. Peter Usborne set out to break
down a child’s resistance to reading and learning at
home. These books are so well organized that children
absorb and recall much of the vast amount of information
presented."
Randall White

Having an Usborne book available for exploration on any topic is sure to peak the interest of your youngSci_exper
students.  I know my boys love this…I especially love the "fast talk" they have when trying to explain with enthusiasm what they are learning.  They feel like they OWN the information and speak to me as though I am the student and they are the teachers.

Did you know that many of the homeschool curricula providers do recommend Usborne books …includingStory_of_painting
my favorite…RC History!  There are several new titles just out that you might just fall in love with…including our new World War I book and the Story of Painting

Please prayerfully consider ordering Usborne from a consultant (like me) instead of Amazon this year.  Please support home-based businesses.  Usborne offers the highest quality materials (quality acid-free paper and strong bindings) from their home consultant line.  When you order directly from Usborne, you receive quality workmanship and service! BTW… If you are interested in hosting your own on-line Usborne books party, you can earn free books very simply and easily!

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It is hot today…and you would think we would be used to it by now…do you believe me? 😉

Thankfully I have a steady supply of frozen strawberries and the kids are in a joking mood and aren’t whining…
I sought some cyber-relief by blog hopping, left to get some strawberries but got back to find this sign on the computer:
OUT OF ORDER
I gave my ds(11) The EYE and he hastily turned the sign around:
WELCOME BACK!

This morning my ds(8) was playing with out resident tiger (Mister Tiger) folkmanis puppet and our 2yo. You have to understand my 8yo son…he is VERY funny and has an incredible sense of timing…the way he delivers his lines and the timing of them is what makes them so funny.  I do not have the gift…I can even mess up a joke just thinking about it…
This is what I overheard between him and his eldest sister(13) who just happened to be in the room at the time:

8yods playing with Mister Tiger as  puppet using a Fozzy Bear type voice and starts using it to talk to 2yo:
"I am from Ireland."
13yo dd cuts in:
"You come from Asia!"
8yo continues without missing a beat :
"My uncle lives in Africa.  I currently live in South Jersey."
13yodd says:
If you are from South Jersey, how come you don’t have a South Jersey accent?
 8yods quips:
"I am lucky I have a drivers license."

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I am spending the summer in a major overhaul on the house, attic and basement.  I am finding any lost pieces and re-filing all my paperwork…why?  Not because I am a glutton for punishment, but because I need to get my head and heart ready for the new school year game. 

I came across this list of sizes for the trinomial and binomial cube…and thought I would share.  I did this a few years ago and I am missing a few pieces so I need to find a good source of cm blocks in bulk again…anyone??…besides I want to make the painted and unpainted versions!

OK…measurements…the Trinomial is made up of 3 cubes and 7 sizes of prisms(but more than one of each size as follows:

Cubes of Trinomial:Tricube1

4x4x4
3x3x3
2x2x2

Prisms of Trinomial:
(3) 4x4x3
(3) 4x3x3
(6) 4x3x2
(3) 3x3x2
(3) 4x2x2
(3) 3x2x2

All of the 4×4 faces are red.
All oif the 3×3 faces are blue.
All of the 2×2 faces are red.
All non-square faces are black.

Cubes of Binomial :
4x4x4
3x3x3

Prisms of Binomial:Bicube

(3) 4x4x3
(3) 3x3x4

All 4×4 faces are red.
All 3×3 faces are blue.
All 3×4 faces are
black.

When we made ours a few years ago, I used wood cm blocks and joined them together with wood glue.  I just made the Trinomial Cube the first time as the cubes and prisms of the Binomial are the same…They aren’t 100% square, but we did not mind.  (in truth, they looked pretty darn good IMHO 😉

We also did not paint ours…I was intending to make another set that I would paint (after coating it with a bit of wood filler)…the kids enjoyed seeing and feeling how many cm blocks made up each cube or prism.  At the time, I did not even make up the cards for the cubes either…this time I am.  I hope this helps someone!

Cards and equations for Binomial and Trinomial cube

Lessons:

Shu Chen: binomial, trinomial
MWEI:  Binomial, Trinomial

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