it has a reversible tray to carry cupcakes/muffins OR
**This is the third part of a four part series I am doing on how you can accelerate your child’s education.
So far we have talked about teaching little people how to read — and using Learning Posters! This week we talk about Dollar Stores!
There is an unlimited amount of educational materials you can find just walking around the local Dollar Store…or even looking at the popular Dollar Bins at stores like Target!
What kinds of things can you find?
Posters, foam clocks, cut outs, flash cards, word cards, phonics charts, write on – wipe off boards, work books and more! All sorts of fun things to back up your lessons on your learning poster or let you branch into something new.
I also found great United States Flash cards so we created our own leaning poster to cover states and capitols!
(I particularly like the sun she added over Wisconsin, LOL!) Starting with our state – and slowly adding those around us – we worked our way through the entire country and put the flash cards on the outside flaps of the poster. We have a wood US puzzle, giant floor puzzle and wall map to reinforce the lessons. When we drove to Florida for our Disney trip – we made a big point of listing each state we passed through.
It’s not hard to make mini “teaching moments” of almost anything – but can take a little time to tie it all together. It’s one of the best time investments you can make – for your child’s future.
**This is the second part of a four part series I am doing on how you can accelerate your child’s education.
Last week I talked about teaching little people how to read — this week we talk about Learning posters.
It’s not hard to make mini “teaching moments” of almost anything – but can take a little time to tie it all together. I LOVE places that do some of the work for me and one of my favorite sites for anyone who has a toddler: Brightly Beaming Resources!
Each week covers a letter, shape/color, vocabulary word, numbers, nursery rhyme, and a weekly “theme” that includes a suggested book list! Seriously – a complete, EASY and best yet: FREE program for your munchkin – all planned out for you! If you have a computer — it is simple to print off, add clip art and have fun — as you can see in my picture. It really makes for a simple, well rounded, basic education!
We made a routine out of it – the weekly library trips to get the new books for the next theme, and more!
We also kept an eye out for local events that might possibly tie into what we were working on for the week — like week 26 has the theme of Airplanes: we went to the airport and watched them land and take off! The week we had the theme of Balloons, we picked up a pack at the dollar store, blew them up and played with them all in the living room. Week 16’s Butterflies tied into the Butterfly exhibit at Olbrich Gardens of Madison.
By doing a learning poster when they are young, it becomes a visual learning tool that you can keep going — like our States and Capitols board (We will talk basic geography next week).
Today’s Tuesday DIY article is a little different — we are going to talk about basic food storage preparation and being able to take REAL food and make it something that your family can enjoy down the road.
I have a wide range of followers — from the person who clips a few coupons each week to shave a little off their grocery bill to the people who are expecting the economy to shift sideways so they have a one year, three year and five year stockpile plan.
No matter what your philosophy is — learning some of the basics like canning, food dehydration or emergency preparedness are all great, family activities that also can easily be tied in to history lessons.
Our grand parents and great grand parents canned. The Native Americans dehydrated/dried food. The Pioneers made candles, soap and even their own butter. The government encourages all of us to have a BOB (bug out bag) in case of an emergency that requires you to evacuate your home OR a few basic supplies in case you are trapped inside your home…Just think of Katrina, Irene, etc.
This weekend, there is a Wisconsin workshop series in Johnson Creek that covers that, and SO MUCH MORE!! It is the Sustain Jefferson 2011 – Skills For Simple Living Fair at Johnson Creek Elementary & High School 111 South Street, Johnson Creek, WI.
A lot of the actual workshops are filled (they had class sizes of 10-20) but they have a lot of Hand’s-On Exhibits with AMAZING “experts” to answer any questions you may have. If you have kiddos that are 13 or less, they have a lot of FREE activities for them too – like wood turning, rope making, puppets, etc!
Miss Sarah and I plan to go there — it’s from 9-5. It will kick off our “down home weekend” where we are going to make a TON of home made apple sauce and apple butter! (you will read more about that later…)
You can read more here — I did talk to the organizer (a delightful lady who will man the registration table that day!) and you can come for FREE if you aren’t doing any workshops.
-Santa Fe Chicken Soup
-Curried Turkey Casserole
-Apple Glazed Pork Roast
-Shrimp Pesto Linguine
A few years ago, for Christmas and his January Birthday – I got him the “megga gift”: I enrolled him in BBQ U with Steven Raichlan. He takes only 100 students a year, split into two classes, and shares his secrets with them in a condensed course of gourmet grilling. It was at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado – and Miss Sarah and I went with him on the trip.
He grilled and studied as we hit the Colorado Springs Zoo, I has a spa treatment, etc. It was rough. (NOT!) He was hooked on grills – particularly the Weber.(Go figure, it’s Steven’s favorite too — and I’m sure it is just a coincidence that they are one of his big sponsors…)
This is just the cutest things and SOOOOO easy!
Instead of using shaving cream like she does, I would use REAL cream (at the rough cost of $1), turn it into whipped cream in 30 seconds with the New Tupperware Whip n Prep – and use that!
As it “melted” – it would be like a “milk bath” and be good for the skin, vs the chemicals of the shaving cream… just my rambling thoughts, LOL!
I got my hubby on board with the project — I needed him to get that coat rack off and, he did. The next step was to patch the holes that I could see, after that first coat of paint was applied. The walls still need a bit of sanding on a few rough spots but I wanted to tackle the overhead work.
SOOOOO not my favorite thing to do – with the bad arm and neck! I got out the small (1″ wide) brush and started filling in the gaps on the wanescoating ceiling and ended up with this:which might not look like much progress until, you realize, it had looked like this:I will let that set a few days and do the ceiling work again, and then spend a little time on the trim/edges.
My husband finally agreed that it really lightened it all up – and is looking better than what I started out with.
Thanks for following along — more later! By next week I should have this section done and the coat rack and railing back up and be on that bottom landing…