Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Middle Kingdom of Egypt

Next up in our ancient history studies is the Middle Kingdom of Egypt (chapter 12 in Story of the World, Ancients), which dates from 2040 to about 1720 BCE. The Egyptians invaded the Kingdom of Nubia during this time.  Nubia … Continue reading

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PBS Kids Lab Brings Advanced Technology to Kids’ Learning Games

There are a lot of free things out there that you can use to teach your kids stuff.  In fact, combing through them all just might qualify as a part time job.   A few are true gems.  The PBS Kids … Continue reading

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Silent “e” Slam Game

Here’s a fun game we played this week to reinforce the concept of the silent e.  I wrote words on the white board and had Firefly read them, then he slammed a silent e onto the word and read the … Continue reading

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Adventures in Ancient Africa

Next stop on our ancient history adventures has taken us to Africa. We’ve really enjoyed the stories about Anansi the Spider.  One story is included in the Story of the World Text.  In addition, we’ve read Gerald McDermott’s Caldcott Honor … Continue reading

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Halloween Fun with Stellaluna

Stellaluna isn’t a Halloween story, but Halloween is a great time of year to read it.  Think of all the bat decorations you may already own or could buy from the dollar store.  Perfect for acting out the story of … Continue reading

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Spooky Spiders – No Trip to the Craft Store Necessary

I wanted to do an easy, spidery craft with the kids,  using what we had around the house, rather than making yet another trip to the craft store. They’re getting to know me there, and it feels kind of like … Continue reading

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Explore, Play, Pretend

I’m so grateful that my children had this wonderful afternoon.  They found caterpillars, and climbed on hay bales and fed rabbits and played in the sunshine.  They pretended to be Kings and Queens in a castle and the Rescuers of … Continue reading

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