Ice Pillar

Me and Jake looked into the sky one VERY cold night and this is what we seen. Neither of us had any clue as to what they were, but both agreed they were very interesting. We noticed that the lights seemed like they were shooting up from all the area lights, well we were right. I saw the following video on the local news the next day that told me exactly what it was something I had never even heard of let alone seen, Ice Pillar. http://youtu.be/pTmcTdf6-Dg Ice Pillar are a type of optical … [Read more...]

Over 100″ of Snow ~ Polar Vortex 2014

We had some really crazy weather this winter and are making new records regularly for our area. In December we ended up getting quite a bit of snow and 2 different ice storms which caused a lot of problems. Some people in the area without power for over a week due to the ice storms and if that wasn't bad enough it was the week of Christmas so yes some towns had no power on Christmas Day... We lost power for both of the storms, the first one was just over 24 hours without power and the … [Read more...]

The Beauty Of The Snow

Winter came late for us this year, by the end of December we had maybe received 3" of snow! Well we are making up for it now, the first day of spring we got a snow storm. There are no days that will get above 40' for the next 10 day. I don't mind winter but I would be very happy if it would just warm up. My boys are starting to go stir crazy, they are still going outside but not staying out for as long because it is still so cold!There is something about the winter snow after it's fallen that is … [Read more...]

Arctic and Antarctic Unit Study Ideas

We have started our Antarctic & Arctic Continent studies. I have quite a few different things that we will be learning while exploring Antarctica and the Arctic region I have put together for our Arctic and Antarctic unit study ideas. Today I'm sharing the different Arctic and Antarctic work pages, arts & crafts, sensory ideas, science experiments, and more that my kids will be working on the next couple weeks. I will be sharing pictures and more ideas of our Antarctica Continent Box … [Read more...]

The Artful Winter-Giveaway-Our Advent Calendar

Happy December 1st! I can't believe that it's December already it seems like November flew by, with Christmas only 25 days away now, that means lots of crafting, baking, in our house and here on the blog, lots of giveaways from some great companies we love for you to help you with your holiday shopping! For December this year we are taking a break from our daily school routine and working on some Christmas studies, crafts, recipes, stories, and all kinds of family fun instead. One of the … [Read more...]

Winter Craft Ideas ~ DIY Crystalized Winter Tree and Snowflakes

Winter Craft Ideas ~ Crystalized Winter Tree and Snowflake One of our winter Craft Ideas was making a "crystalized" winter tree. The idea came from the New Child Montessori Winter Manual, and this was one of the projects I was excited to do with the kids. We also made crystalized snowflakes with the left over solution.   We started out by putting rocks into an empty coffee can, and then standing a small tree branch in the middle of the rocks.   I mixed up a batch of … [Read more...]

Snowflake Art

Snowflake Art Project Ideas Every Friday in our homeschool we do at least 1 art project together. Our Friday art activities theme for this week was snowflakes. This week I planned 2 different projects for the kids to work on, one was snowflakes using masking tape and the other project was watercolor coffee filter snowflakes. Winter Snowflakes Art Project White Paper Masking /Painters Tape Tempra paint (we used winter colors but you could use any colors) The first was an activity I … [Read more...]

Winter and Valentines Day Montessori activities

Winter and Valentines Day Montessori Activities Here are a few of the new valentines day montessori activities and winter montessori activities I added to our shelves in the last few days. Tweezing Pom Poms: The kids found this pickle picker this morning and were asking to use it, so I put together a work they could use if for. They pick up each of the cotton balls or pom poms and then put them into a pattern using the pickle grabber. This was a favorite today for all the … [Read more...]

Our Hands and Snowman Craft Ideas

Snowman Craft Ideas and Our Hands We had my almost 3 year old niece join us on Monday and Tuesday for school, while my sister and brother in law were moving. It made our morning a little crazy, because Gabe knew we were busy with keeping everyone  busy, and kept running off to get into trouble, but it was fun. We are starting our studies on the Human Body this week, starting with our hands, we talked about all the things we do with our hands, and experimented with not using our thumbs to pick … [Read more...]

Winter Sensory Bin

Winter Sensory Bin I finally finished up our winter sensory bin this weekend and the kids have been enjoying it, even my niece who is here to join us for school Monday and Tuesday this week. I used pasta that I dyed blue, and blue and white pom poms for the filler. What is found inside this Winter sensory Bin: -blue dyed pasta -plastic winter characters -sparkly snowflakes -pom poms -cotton balls -snow covered fake trees (ones for Christmas Villages) -styrofoam balls and … [Read more...]