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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Geocaching

My husband and I have been talking about how we need a new hobby. Something for the family to get outside and enjoy. Today I found it...and it's called geocaching. You can read all about it at Geocaching...but simply put, it's a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online. Then you sign the log, choose a token from the box and leave a token in it's place.

We went hunting today after hubby got off of work. Found 4 geocaches within a mile of us! Little Bear had a blast on our 'treasure hunt'. We let him pick what treasure to keep, so he was so happy. Plan on hitting a few more this weekend.

So, do you geocach?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

You don't need a ROOM to LEARN.....

but it sure don't hurt! Welcome to Oakernut Academy! When we bought our house, the people before us had enclosed the garage into another bedroom. This room has been just about EVERYTHING in the years we've been in this house. Now, it's our classroom!

Here's our Arts & Craft/Play/Just about anything area. That black board is a chalk board. I used chalk board paint on the back of an old bookcase:


We found some old cabinets at the Habitat Restore. We painted them, and my WONDERFUL hubby hang them up for storage. Then I found some multi-color dots wall decals. And put the name of our school, Oakernut Academy. Then hung a thick string from one end to the other as an Art Clothes line.



Also took some colored buttons and hot glued them to clothes pins for some fun clips!


We LOVE tie dye at OA. So I couldn't pass up this rug when I found it for only $19.99! Little Bear calls it the "Dance Rug". LOL!



This is across the Dance Rug from the everything area. I found that bin set for only $12.00 when we bought the cabinets. The keyboard is my old one that we use for music lessons. And the cart is loaded with Arts & Crafts items LB can get to anytime he wants.





This is the reading area (the front side of the book shelf). The magazine rack is an old quilt rack that I bought for $3.00 and painted.



I told you we LOVE tie dye! I had some old white curtains hanging up, so to freshen it up some, I tie dyed them. (found the tie dye kit for ONLY $2.50!)



This it Little Bear's desk. An old school desk that I had when I was little. This is just for worksheets mostly. He's also has a desk upstairs that he uses for coloring.



And this is MY desk. Found it for $10.00! It's awesome and was ALREADY that cool blueish-purple color!!



Well, that's our school room. Of course, learning happens everywhere, and I LOVE that, but I also LOVE having a place where all the school supplies can be kept.

Tomorrow is our first day of school, so I'll post more then!

Happy LEARNING!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

These are a 5 of my FAVORITE things

Okay, so school is a little slow right now. So I thought I would list 5 of my favorite things.

In no real order other than how I thought of them (click the name of each for a link)-

(1) Pipsqueak Makers : one of my nieces turned me on to these. And where I prefer 'old school coloring' (aka crayons), Little Bear LOVES markers, and these are just the right size for his little hand.



(2) Beethoven's Wig (a CD)- I read about this on another blog, and bought it the very same day. I simply downloaded it on my iphone for iTunes. Both LB and I LOVE this cd. My husband likes it too, but it did take him a few days to figure out why we can't singing, "Beethoven's wig....it's very big...." LOL! The songs are so catchy you'll find yourself signing them without thinking. I like playing this while Little Bear and I are playing with playdough, or coloring or something like that.



(3) An indoor trampoline - we use to have a small trampoline with an enclosure in the house, but for space reasons we moved it outdoors. It was just a little bigger than an exercise trampoline. Then I bought an exercise trampoline for myself, and it didn't take me long to realize that my son loved this smaller form because I could put it in the living room. And being in the south, where it is HOT! during the day, we haven't had much time outside to run around or anything. So I set the trampoline out and let Little Bear go. Jump, jump, jump. He's getting exercise AND I get a few moments to take clothes out the dryer. LOL.



(4) PBSkids- LOVE this site. It's on our family computer. So when Little Bear is having computer time, he can get to it anytime he wants, simply by clicking the link on his computer page. He only watches PBS so he knows all the shows, and has even discovered a few shows via PBS kids. I love that I don't have to worry about what he might see and the games all make him think.

(5) Muffin Tins (well, really Muffin Tin Meals)- I came upon Muffin Tin Meals by chance trying to find a way to present food so my suddenly picky 3 year old would eat more. WOW does it ever work. Little Bear asks for at least one a day...he calls them "Big Surprise Meals" cause the first time I gave him one, I said, "I have a big surprise for you"...anyhow, the concept is simple. Get a muffin tin, I use a 6 muffin one, and then put a different food in each hole. What I put in them depends on if he's having one for lunch or snack. I might put a half of sandwich in one, fruit in one, a veggie in another. A cookie in one. Yogurt or cheese in another. Sometimes there are themes, and sometimes there aren't. Click the link and check out Muffin Tin Mom for a TON of ideas. You can also find her on facebook.



So there you have it....5 of my favorite things. I hope that you learned something new, and maybe one of my favorite things will become one of YOUR favorite things. And if you have something you love, then feel free to leave me a comment about it. You never know, it just might be one of my NEW favorite things.

Happy Learning!!