Friday, October 24, 2014

Insect Study with Kid Quest Adventure's Bugging Around: A Book Review

Welcome friends and thanks for stopping in for a little peek 
at a brand new science book 
that I'm lucky to have incorporated into our homeschool!

I was recently granted the opportunity  to  review the wonderfully engaging and extremely comprehensive book, Bugging Around. published recently by KidQuest Science Adventures. It was truly a perfect accompaniment to  my 6th grade son's science program and fit beautifully with our nature study as well as becoming the springboard for our  study of taxonomy.

This e book may, at first glance, appear  simply cute and colorful, but don't let the cover appeal fool you into thinking it is not thorough and in - depth! Bugging Around: Insects  provides a wealth  of information  as well as  opportunities for hands-on experiences within its "field research" section. 
Appealing, no?
It certainly grabbed my son
and he was eager to dive right in and  learn
as much as he could about BUGS!

I know from experience, as a homeschooling mom of a decade  and prior to that,  an elementary teacher of a dozen years, it is  a rare resource! Ah to be eye catching to middle schoolers, yet offer a plethora of background! This is the jackpot where an insect study is concerned, friends! So grab your clipboards, a magnifying glass and get out there on your backyard safari!

Let me give you a glance at  the Bugging Around: Insects Table of Contents so you can see for yourself how varied and interesting  are the topics presented:
Arthropods 
Buggy numbers 
What is an insect? 
Insect lifecycles 
Who are your neighbors? 
Where they live? 
Equipment check 
Bee safe 
Dinner time  
Pest profiles

Sounds wonderful, doesn't it??


And as for the life cycle instruction and follow up activities,
here's my son working an activity.
Within the book, there are suggestions for children to refer to 
companion websites in order to garner more info or a different angle.
This is So helpful, yet very rarely even necessary.
For example, in the activity above, we opted to search for 
even more life cycle examples than given in 
Bugging Around as my son drew his own.
Additionally, as we studied food webs, 
we found this helpful and kid friendly website....
Just thought I'd throw that in for those searching for quality science-y links.

We're planning on dissecting owl pellets next week to finalize our
food web study, which began through use of Bugging Around
 and then move to a study of 
Linnaean Classification.
As you can see, Bugging Around was our perfect springboard
for each of those units.
 I'm sure YOU will find convenient ways to adapt
this practical book into your homeschool curriculum as well!
So, take your kids on a backyard safari!

Here's how you can obtain a copy of this great

Bugging Around: Insects is the first in a series of books about the world of bugs!
Bugging Around: Insects is available in print form for $8.50 or 
in eBook for $5. 

Coming soon is book on CD.

(I was provided with a complimentary copy of this title in order to
use and review on my blog.)

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Five MInute Friday: Dare 10/24/14

Welcome to FMF, where a huge tribe of writers
 write on a one word prompt for five minutes. 
No over-thinking, no editing, no stressing over grammar and punctuation.
I'm so happy YOU are here!
Let's set a timer and here goes:

~~~ DARE ~~~
Dare to remember....
Dare to recreate...

The tapestry of our family history, here, in this serenity?  Often it comes crashing with such ferocity, I am back again. It is 1973 or it is 1978 or it is 1982. And I am here as a child. 
Or it is 2010 or it is 2014......... And these squealing, splashing, fishing, frolicking kids are mine.

No matter.

             There is a rickety redwood picnic table. There are bare, sandy feet.  There are stacks of books and board games.  And up on Route 9, there is the comforting fixture of our American flag waving, though largely unnoticed. There is homemade potato salad and a plate stacked with slices of tomato and cucumber. There are fishing rods leaning by the cabin door; haphazard piles of sandals and flip flops alongside.
           
 Today there was dock jumping and row boating and mussel hunting. Then as the sun dipped low behind the mountains ringing Schroon, after a day all too fleeting, there is the whisper-y fragrance of citronella and hickory barbeque and the familiar July crescendo of cicadas.



And most vividly, there are hushed, happy voices, familiar lilts and inflections, saying nothing of huge importance, but enveloping me in safe-ness.    Just as now, in the present,  I hope we are creating a haven that shrouds our kids in much the same...the safety, the memories, the goodness.

And yeah, this is taking me longer than my allotted five minutes,
 but I have to stick a picture from one of these many summers~
Hope it's ok if I go beyond that five minute mark!

2008

2014

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Halloween/Autumn Fun: 7 Crafts, Treats, Literature & Decor (A QT Round Up & Artful Friday together! )

Hi there sweeties~~
I'm so excited about very  many of the Autumn/Halloween activities 
my family has done this year ( and last)!
Love to gather them all in one spot to share the treats, 
the literature, the crafts and the decor!
If you see something you'd like to try, just click through...and
Enjoy!
Here are 7 r-e-a-l-l-y quick takes on fun!

Happy Autumn!


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5
Books & Bites: 2 Yummy Fall Desserts~ 
Apricot Apple Tarts & Chocolate Pumpkin Bread, 
Some Spooky Literary Picks to Enjoy While They Bake & 
a Few Autumn Crafts too~~
How's that for an insanely long title??
But you don't want to miss it: 
Really awesome and easy treats and spooky reads await you!









I'm grateful to link with Jen's Quick Take hop!!

For my previous "Artful Friday" posts, 
you might like to click below.....
They're all here if you'd like to dust off something from the archives:
 ( knitting, winter crafts, the theater and piano)


Happy Birthday to the Bard~~


 Friends, as always,  
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Bewitching Lantern for Halloween ~ Artful Friday


I'm so excited about this Halloween lantern project 
and I just can't wait to share it with you! 
Here it is with absolutely no lights on....

and, here, with the flash....
This way you have a sense of the finished product!


Hey too bad we can't all get together at my kitchen table with the kids and
go paint crazy on these lanterns!
This is kinda similar, material-wise, to the
 Ten Minute DIY Votive Candle Holder
that my son created last week, 
but extremely different in mood and appearance!
Let me show you the supplies we used, so you can begin 
to get thinking about gathering them:
Easy right?
Except for maybe the paints.....
but if  you put those on your list to pick up next time
 you're running errands, 
you'll still have enough time to craft these lanterns
 and enjoy their decorative look until Halloween approaches!

Before I give you any more details, I have to credit
for sharing her gorgeous creations!
I'm lucky enough to be in a blogger group with Liska,
which is where I was introduced to her blog.
As soon as I saw her share these Enchanting Halloween Lanterns,
I knew  this was  a project my kids would love!
And one that will grace our table this season and for years!
So please go see Liska and her truly lovely lanterns.
You'll be so happy to spend some
 time at her home on the web.....
And thank you Liska, for generously sharing your idea!
Then come back for the skinny on how we adapted her step by step tutorial!
Ok, so here are the details on the supplies, 
just in case any, above, require it:

brushes
that one with the spongy pad? That's the one my son found best for the project 

black acrylic paint marker
craft aisle at Walmart 

acrylic purple paint 
Folk Art brand worked well and is carried by Michael's and Walmart around here

glass jar
 we used a sauce jar  but smaller ones are great too - relish jars, etc

votive candle
I only had the battery op on hand,
 but will try out our lantern with a real candle asap

construction paper and scissor 
if you plan to use the stencil which Liska shared at her sight. 
We did not (yet) but I'd love to try it out because her design is
 soooooo
spooky and Halloween mood setting!
Simple steps to a lovely creation:

1. Paint the inside of the jar.
Liska used spray paint, but I checked three stores and 
found no one carries purple spray paint!
This worked well though.




2 Draw a mood setting, Halloween/Autumn sketch on the outside of your jar.
Color with that black paint marker

3. Keep adding those seasonal touches.

Voila~
The final product!
here's my little guy with his lantern and boy
did he have a ton of fun!





I have to say, it casts a pretty, home-y,
yet eerie glow on our table at night!


For my previous "Artful Friday" posts, 
you might like to click below.....
They're all here if you'd like to dust off something from the archives:
 ( knitting, winter crafts, the theater and piano)




 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!
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