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15 Children’s Books Your 4-7 Year Old Shouldn’t Miss!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a really cute idea for encouraging independent reading.  I thought I would also share some books my girls have LOVED between the ages of 4-7 or so:

And some more books:

And even more!

I think Ruby the Copycat and Chocolatina are among my girls’ top five favorite books!

When ED was around 4, she absolutely adored The Cat Came Back. I read it nightly for months!

Everyone’s probably heard of Chrysanthemum, but my girls really loved The Chimpanzee of Happytown and The Big Orange Splot so I had to include this collage as well!

My girls also love Cinder Edna:

Cinder Edna

Right now ED’s favorite books are the Madeline books and this wonderful collection, which has an amazing selection of well-known children’s stories (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; Swimmy; A Chair for My Mother; Goodnight Moon, Millions of Cats; Guess How Much I Love You; Amelia Bedelia; Harry and the Dirty Dog; The Sneetches; Sylvester and the Magic Pebble… and on and on!) There is a total of 44 stories!  It’s the one book we take when we go away for the weekend.

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Weather Unit: Intro Notebook Pages (Free)

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

We finally started our (long awaited) weather unit! These are the pages we went over on our first day… it covers a few basics and some background about the history of meteorology.  I also rounded up some interesting weather facts and we read through those as well.

Then we’ll be jumping off into a study of the atmosphere before learning about air pressure, weather fronts and all that.

They are free to download just click on the link below. The answers are included, but are not pictured below:

Weather Unit Intro and Cool Weather Facts

Follow along with our weather unit and hands on activities! Coming next Monday (April 20) is the (free) 19 page packet on the Earth’s atmosphere. Plus, more free printables to come… 

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Free Easter Multiplication and Division Worksheets

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Although a lot of the schools around us are having spring break, we have a family vacation coming up in another month so we’re homeschooling this week.  Over the weekend, I made some multiplication and division pages for DD and LD to practice their math facts. You can download this free by clicking on the link below. There are 3 pages.

Free Easter Multiplication and Division Worksheets

LD is also working on percents. You can download some free worksheets if you visit this post: Free Percents-Fractions-Decimal Worksheets.

You might also be interested in our series of science Egg-Speriments!

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EggSperiment: Brush Your… errr… Egg (Part 4 of 4) and the Free Printable EggSperiment Pack

Monday, April 14th, 2014

This activity helps kids understand how very important it is to brush your teeth every day!

For this activity we chose coke, grape soda (we didn’t have any grape juice) and coffee. You can use any beverage that you think will stain your teeth.  The kids each selected two drinks and we let the eggs soak for several hours.

As the kids “brushed” their eggs, they were amazed at how quickly and easily the “stain” came off.

Did you miss the first posts in this series?

Finally, it’s here!! The Free EggSperiment Pack!  

Click here to download your free Egg-speriment Pack with all the fun activities we shared the past several days!

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4 More Science EggSperiments: (Part 3 of 4)

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

EggSperiment #4

Will an egg float or sink in water? What happens when we add salt to the water?

We added a lot of salt to one cup and had plain water in the other cup.

The egg in salty water floated, while the other egg sunk. We talked about why that was the case and how salt molecules changed the density of the water.

Egg Activity #5

Do eggs breathe?

Have the kids discuss this. Then take an egg and place it in warm water or vinegar. Have them watch as bubble form around the egg and start rising towards the surface.

Eggs are porous:
• Eggshells have to have little holes in them so that air can move through and into the egg for the growing baby bird. This lets the growing embryo get oxygen.
• We can see evidence that there are little holes in an eggshell by putting it in water and seeing air bubbles. Air can not only get into the egg, but come out of it, too.

Eggs and Pollution

We then talked about how since it is porous it can let things through — like acid (vinegar), acid rain and pollutants. We talked about DDT (how eagles nearly became extinct)– and how poisons, pesticides and so forth can harm the animal populations. Also, this means that eggs can take on the smell/flavor of things around it so it is important to keep eggs in their carton in the fridge so they don’t begin to smell like stinky cheese!

Egg Activity #6

Chick Development

After talking about the growing chick embryo, we brought out this set I made a few years ago. You can buy the same thing (for example Learning Resources makes a set), but since we only use it for 10 minutes once every couple of years, it wasn’t worth the $30 price to our homeschooling family. Instead I bought some wooden eggs from a craft store and printed pictures out from the Internet.

EggSperiment #8

Is this egg hard boiled or raw?

Give the kids a hardboiled egg and a raw egg and have them try to figure out which is which. Suggest that they spin them around. Can they figure out which is which?

If the egg spins well, it is hard boiled. If the egg spins and wobbles slowly, it is raw. Since the raw egg is fluid inside, its center of gravity changes as the egg spins around. This results in the wobbling motion.

If you touch the eggs slightly to try to stop them, the raw egg will continue to spin for just a moment. That’s because of the inertia of the fluid in the egg.

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You’ll find the free EggSperiment Pack at the last post in this series:

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