Preparing For The Holidays: Easy Christmas Arts and Crafts

25+ members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew started getting prepared for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays with a 5 days of Preparing for the Holidays Blog Hop, and we would love for YOU to come and join us for the fun!! I am planning on participating on:  Tuesday: to share a couple of our favorite recipes for the holidays- sweet potatoe casserole, and chocolate e clair desert. Wednesday: to share different homemade gift ideas from my Pinterest board for Christmas. Thursday: to share Easy Christmas Arts and Crafts we have done for the holidays. Friday: to share how we handle homeschool and what our Continue Reading...

50+ Halloween and Fall Ideas For Kids

Through the years we have enjoyed lots of different Fall/Halloween projects so I thought it would be fun to put together a list of Halloween and Fall ideas, they are all things we have done through the years with our kids. I hope you find some fun new ideas to try with your kids! 1. Learn about the Skeletal system and make “noodle Skeletons” 2. Make flubber. All you need is borax, glue, and food coloring. 3. Glue pieces of tissue paper to a leaf cut from construction paper.   4. Make Halloween Crayons using dollar store ice cube trays. Continue Reading...

Beach and Ocean Activities

Welcome to part 4 of our beach and ocean unit! For anyone just joining us, I have split our beach and ocean unit up into 5 different posts and am posting them every other day, the last three days topics were, Part 1 – beach and ocean shelves. Part 2 – Ocean sensory bins. Part 3 – movement activity Today I am sharing some of the misc. beach and ocean activities we did during our beach and ocean unit, my camera got dropped into the cats water bowl thanks to my toddler, and was out of commission the part of Continue Reading...

Ocean Movement Activity

Welcome to day 3 of our beach and ocean unit! For anyone just joining us, I have split our beach and ocean unit up into 5 different posts and am posting them every other day, the last two topics were, Part 1 –  Beach and ocean shelves. Part 2 – Beach and ocean sensory bins. Today I am going to talk about our movement activity that we added into our beach/ocean unit, we try to have lots of activities to keep the boys moving or they have a hard time focusing on the tasks at hand. So Our DIY Sensory Continue Reading...

Beach and Ocean Shelves

Our first 2 weeks back to school we focused on oceans and beaches, we were using our Summer Montessori manuals, and are just about finished with them. Because we have done so many fun activities during our beach/ocean unit, I have decided to split the posts up into a series of 5 different posts, and will be posting a new post every other day until the series is finished. Today I am sharing our beach and ocean unit shelves our shelves are a mix of hands on learning activities that can be geared towards any age, but most of my Continue Reading...

Save money on Printing!!

As a homeschool mom my printer is 1 item around here that gets used tons anything from Montessori Cards, lapbooks,  timeline figures, coloring pages, work pages, tot books etc.. I have for years been searching for ways to save money on printing, we have tried getting our cartridges filled instead of purchasing new ones, tried refilling the cartridges ourselves, and also tried a few different printers, Office Depot Rewards Program, nothing seemed to save us to much money on our printing.  When our last printer died (because one of my wonderful children accidentally poured a whole cup of water all Continue Reading...

Whats In The Tot Drawers??

Here are a few of the toys that Gabe has in his tot drawers available to him, I change some out if he isn’t showing interest in an activity after a few introductions. Most days he uses almost all items in the drawers, as his attention span in still short. The times he is done our “sensory motor room” area has really come in handy he goes over and plays for a little bit (I’m able to supervise while still teaching the other kids) and then comes back to an activity in the school room. All the boys love using Continue Reading...

Montessori Grammar Farm

  Gabe and Ethan have both been wanting to use our Grammar Farm for a while, I finally got around to putting it out and introducing the grammar farm and all the parts. My first step with the grammar farm was mainly for introduction, so I could be sure they were familiar with the names of everything. I am planning on having them use Montessori Cards to match the animals and farm equipment up to next. Not only was it a wonderful way to practice vocabulary, it was also a great lesson on learning to take turns as well 🙂 Continue Reading...

Astronomy: The Sun

We studied the sun for our space unit. We have done lots of projects and hands on learning, and the kids learned about lots of new information. We started by watching a couple videos about solar flares, in looking for videos we learned about the solar flare of 2012 that is supposed to be a very bad flare this year, they are predicting that it will reek lots of havoc on our technology and power systems. Serena has been researching more in depth about the solar flares, as this has been very interesting for her! We went outside and traced Continue Reading...

Upper Elementary Practical Life Projects

We have been having some of our older kids work on upper elementary practical life projects. We have been working on getting our garden area ready for the season, I hoped to have it already finished for the year, but better late then never 🙂 Serena and Dustin are the ones in charge of our garden for the year for their summer science project Jake helped them get everything planned out.     Ethan has been more than glad to help prepare the garden area in any way he can from digging, to carrying wood he loves being outside more Continue Reading...

Our Homeschool School Room!

As I have mentioned a few times in the last couple weeks, I have been making some changes to our school room. My plan was to cut our school room down by half and have the other half be an area be our “sensory room.” Slowly but surely this project has come along, and last week we were able to do school down in our homeschool school room again! Here is a snapshot of what our room looked like before, It was great to have a big open area for the kids, but it was also very inticing for the Continue Reading...

DIY Sensory Table

The last couple weeks there has been lots of behind the scenes work going on around here! Last weekend has been the start of some new projects, I have reworked the school room and ended up splitting our school room into an area 1/2 the size we had before, and then turned the other half into a sensory area. Jake has been so wonderful and built everything that I have asked him to build some way or another!  I did this project for a couple reasons, first Gabe has pretty much given up his naps and it will hopefully keep Continue Reading...