Monday, January 26, 2015

Fun on the Road

Often times we like to find ways to keep our children entertained while we're in the car. Whether it may be a short trip to the store, road trip, and even those doctor's appointments. Most doctor's offices have toys or coloring material to keep your children busy, but many children are left out because the space is filled. Well, how about your very own crayon roll holder?

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This crayon roll holder holds eight basic crayons. All you have to do have coloring pages or a coloring book on hand for your children to enjoy. This one above is a Frozen theme with Elsa, Ana, and Olaf. There are many available to customize it to your child's personality. As well as adding there name to it as well.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Homeschooling Through Television With Movies

I've thought of ways to homeschool through television, but there's so much available on there to teach with movies. How do we choose which programs for our children to learn something from? Some may say PBS, Sprout, and History Channel, but I say there's more than just those few channels. It all depends on what the topic that your learning about. Especially, with cable or satellite television or online learning, such as YouTube.

This past school year, I came across a website that will allow my children to learn through movies. The down side to the site was the cost. Now it wasn't an arm and leg, but I just didn't have the means to pay for it at the time, but now this year the site is now FREE. This site that I'm so excited to share with you is "Teach With Movies."

Not only is this site FREE, but can be a great way to just lay back with the family and continue their learning. This works out for many styles of learning and the bottom line is that you'll find movies for all ages. You can follow the lesson plan provided, do a lapbook, notebooking, or whatever else comes to mind.

A few years ago we completed a Shark Tales Lapbook. However, this one isn't available on this site, but there are many other great ones available such as, Finding Nemo, Cars, Babe, A Bug's Life, etc. So, you see, there's movies that my children have watched and didn't think were educational, but there are times where we think wrong. We also use Homeschool Share for a majority of our lapbooking topics.

Many of us already have these movies in our homes, but for those that don't, it's not that hard to finds these wonderful titles. I would recommend searching your local library. The second suggestion would be Netflix, if you have that, if not your local video store. If you have a Family Video store near by, I would go there because they have free kids section and then they have the $1 section. That would be the best bet, if not then I would recommend Amazon.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Burpee Museum-Summer Fun

A few months ago we purchased our membership with Burpee Museum. At first I was excited to get this membership for them because it came with a list of over 300 other museums we could go to. However, there's a limitation as to which ones you can go to and that limit is museums within 90 miles of your residence is out. This however, may be great for someone in the boonies, but for those in city limits you may miss out on a few.

We took advantage of this list because we went to the Discovery World in Milwaukee Wisconsin. This place was awesome, even with the 4th floor being closed off for an event. We'll definitely go back a few more times.

It's located on Lake Michigan, yes that's right on the lake, which freaked me out at first because I don't do water like that. The membership is free, but you have to pay for parking, which is based by how long you stay:
  • 1 hour or less $5
  • 1-2 hours $7
  • 2-3 hours $8
  • 3-6 hours $10
  • 6 or more $15
  • Special events $8
  • Lost tickets are $15
You also have two options for lunch, bring your own or eat in at the cafe. I do want warn you that the prices are kind of high, but if that's not a problem, then have at it. You can either eat in the lunch room or eat at one of few tables along the entrance to the museum and if there's no room when a field trip is schedule as it was when we went, ask for additional seating and they will gladly provide.

Now there's a total of 4 floors cramped packed with fun learning. The main for were the 5 Great Lakes with some caged creatures to see. There were snakes, fish, and nice display of the 5 Great Lakes with water shooting down. 

The lower level was a tunnel, were you walked over the fish tank, as well as walking under the fish tank. It depends on where you were walking. It was pretty cool it was like walking in the middle of the tank. There were all sorts of water creatures, seahorses, sword fish, flatfish, but I could be wrong on that one because I didn't see the sign because I had 3 little hands diving in to touch them. Which that was okay because was allowed, but of course I didn't stick my hand in, LOL.

The third floor was ships, boats, and canoes. They have a huge ship the kiddos can play on. That's where the little ones stayed for the most part of being up there. They were allowed to go down to the bottom of the ship. They were in the captains cabin. However, if your child wants to go to the bottom of the ship, they would need to at least 6 or older to be allowed.

The fourth floor was closed do to an event, but I'm not sure if that was a normal thing. By the time we finished the three floors, we were worn out, or at least we thought we were. As we headed out, we discovered another section, which was a whole lot more of hands on fun. There was a bed of nails that you lie down on and it raised up, but the coolest part was the nuclear tent was awesome. It had the whole thing where the lights went out in the city and the kiddos had to go through the cycle to get them to turn back on, pretty cool for my 6 year old, he light up when the lights came back on in the city.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Free Bowling-Summer Fun

As many of already know there's many activities to do with your kiddos in the summer, but can be lot if you have the amount of children that I have. (5) So, I'm always looking for a deal where ever I can but saving in other areas allows us to do the bigger things. Well, let's talk about bowling for now, but we'll get into those other activities later in the summer.

There's a program for kiddos in the summer called, "Kids Bowl Free." However, you must sign up in advance to to get these free tickets. The best thing is that it's not just weekly as I thought it was, it's sent by email weekly. In that email you'll get 7 free printable tickets for each child you register.

However, you will only get two games free,but still worth it. You'll have to pay for your shoe rental, but if you have your own shoes it will be totally free. If you find a pair of shoes cheap or a reasonable price, it would be a good investment if your planning on using your Kids Bowl Free Tickets a lot.

If you would like to bowl with your kiddos to make it a family night activity, you can do that as well. Kids Bowl Free offers a family pass for adults in the family up to four. This will include 2 free games per day all summer long for $34.95.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Prepaid Visa Card Review

A few weeks ago I received a Prepaid Visa Card from Card with a spending limited of $25 to spend it however I wished. It was an easy process to apply for the card, click here to apply for your very own card. Once there, you'll be able to select a design of your choice and there's a few dozen to chose from. I'm a big Garfield fan, so I went with that. Simply filled out the basic application, a few verification questions and was accepted.

I received my card in a few days, but had to wait a few extra days to receive the courtesy load of $25 to the card. However, with the process of applying, shipping of the card and the upload of the $25, it was only one week. There were two options for me to activate, either online or via telephone. Of course with my busy lifestyle, I chose to activate it through the website.

As I mentioned before, this is a Prepaid Visa Card, so you can use it the same as any other debit card because it's a debit card. You can use it EVERYWHERE Visa is accepted, but with a more personal feel to it because of the variety of designs available. I've listed below of the most common questions about the terms and conditions for this Prepaid Visa Card:

  • FREE to order, activate and load
  • FREE app and check deposits from your smartphone
  • FREE direct deposit
  • FREE card-to-card transfers, anytime, anywhere, in seconds
  • NO overdraft fees, never goes negative
  • NO debt, financially responsible
  • NO interest/credit/APR's 
  • NO credit check and approval in seconds
  • Safer than cash -24/7 support, Visa fraud protection and 100% FDIC insurance on funds
  • 22,000 in-network ATM's
  • Thousands of cool, unique card designs to choose from, including brands like: Garfield, Popeye, Betty Paige, James Dean, Care Bears, Star Trek, Autism Awareness, Breast Cancer Research, Shark Week, Where's Waldo, Doodle Jump, Three Stooges, Nancy Drew, etc.
You may use this as a gift card, so don't give or receive this as a gift. It's not designed to use once and pitch it, it's designed to use for your daily spending or an alternative to banking. So, click here to get yours and start flashing around your new card instead of that old boring bank issued hard that you didn't get to pick your design.

Stop paying those ridiculous bank fees and pay nothing if you deposit over $800 in the previous 30 days. This was cheaper than our competitors and you won't have to pay overdrafts. Now, that sounds simple enough for me.

After the completion of my card activation, I was able to use the Prepaid Visa Card anywhere Visa is accepted. I used my at Dollar General, McDonald's and Schnuck's. I had no problem using my card at all in any of the stores mentioned. It felt the same as if I were using my debit card from the bank. I was still given the same opportunities, you will still swipe the card the same way, but with a card that you picked the design for. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Keeping Your Kids Busy At The Laundromat

Often times some of us may need to bring our children with to laundromat. How do we keep them busy without running around? Well, Math, I tell ya!

Of course we have many quarters to put in the machines. I had my children figure out how many quarters would be need for each machine. Then I had them put them into groups according to the cost for the washers and dryers.

Now this is my son that doesn't like to Math, and he use to run when I even said the word Math. I'm dead serious, but now that I've done this and lot of other ideas that are more hands on. He doesn't realize he's doing Math. Now, I'm able to do book work with him and motivate him with an activity after he completes his assignment, win/win for both of us!

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Bowling & Doing Math

Many of us like to bowl, but some like to bowl, no matter how. Well, we have the Bowling Dice Game. At first, I was thinking this was going to be an easy games, but quickly turned into my son beating me in this game. So, it's not as easy as I thought and is just as fun as a Bowling Lane.

Of course you roll the dice and keep score. This is a great way to get your struggling Math learner into enjoying it again. As well as having fun doing so.

It's easy enough for a 6 year old as well as and a 8 year old. I had my 6 year old write the amount of pins being rolled and had my 8 year sum the total in each frame. You can play with to make this into a fun Math lesson.

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