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Earth Mama's World

After a long break I am once again ready to share our life experiences in this space.  I have several new things that I am excited to share here:  craft ideas, home learning projects, recipes and some great homemade natural items (yay!).  Right now I would like to ease back into this and simply catch …
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Fun & Free Learning Activities: Layers of the Earth

Alex has been very excited to learn about the layers of the earth.  He loves to dig and with every deep hole he asks me how close he came to the next layer.  I was excited to introduce this topic because there are so many fun ways to discover and learn about the layers of …
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  Welcome to the January 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: The More Things Stay the Same This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have talked about the continuity and constancy in their lives. Please read to the …
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Temperature Crafts

I have decided to attempt to write a weekly (or bi-weekly) post sharing what we are learning and discovering.  Keeping our kids home to educate them is such a huge part of our lives that I feel the need to share it here.  I feel that by sharing these posts I will not only be …
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I was sitting on the couch a few nights ago reflecting on the previous few weeks.   I was smiling while remembering all of the fun moments that our family had enjoyed together.  It was a very happy moment in my world however, that moment came to an abrupt end.   I started to feel anxious.  My smile slowly disappeared.  For some insane …
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Neigborhood Garden

Last week we discovered our neighborhood garden.  A friend made me aware of a community event that the garden was hosting.  The community was invited to stop by, check out the garden, and learn what the garden is all about.  I was super excited because I have been looking for a service project for the …
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Turkey Creek Field Trip

The weather has been very warm lately so for out Field Trip Friday outing this week we loaded up and headed to Turkey Creek Sanctuary.   We discovered this hidden treasure last year (thank you Kristi!) and it has become one of our favorite places to explore. Turkey Creek Sanctuary is located at 1502 Port Malabar Blvd. NE, …
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Our most recent learning topic has been space.  This is a topic that my little man has always been interested in.  I am not surprised as we live on the space coast! Of course a new learning topic means that we got to create a new lapbook.  I turned to Homeschool Share and found more than one awesome …
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We are currently learning about space and we were due for a new sensory bin.  It seems that it was the perfect time for a homemade moon sand sensory bin! Making homemade moon sand is super easy and you probably already have the two ingredients in your home.  All you do is mix up, I …
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My family lives in a state that is very relaxed in regards to homeschoolers.  We are able to decide for ourselves what we learn about and the manner in which we learn it.  I am so grateful that we have the freedom to create our families learning curriculum.  This year, our homeschool curriculum has a little bit of structure and a …
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This week marked the beginning of Autumn.  I have been jealous of all of the blog posts and Facebook status updates about the cooler autumn weather.  I live in Florida.  The temperature is still in the mid 80’s and there are no leaves changing their color much to Ava’s disappointment. I am actually contemplating a …
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Last week while searching for ideas for a 5-8 year old busy bag swap in I stumbled upon file folder games.  I could not believe that I had forgotten about file folder games.  I had made at least fifty of these games while pursuing my education degree. This week we started to make file folder games …
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We just finished up a mini unit on the food chain.  As always, I look for fun and free learning activities.  The kids had a blast learning about the food chain through free activities, videos, and crafts. It was no coincidence that I chose for the kids to explore the food chain once our tadpoles become frogs.  …
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Alex was super excited about our field trip to the police station.  It is not so much the police that excited him it is the actual physical police station.  He is most interested in the design and layout.  I am sure this has to do with his favorite Lego set ..the police station!  I think he really wanted to …
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Sensory Play: Ice

The heat of summer is here.  The kids were wanting to play outside.  Our pool feels like a warm bath not a refreshing oasis so that was not an option.  We had a 10 pound bag of ice left over from Ava’s birthday party and  I had an idea…ice sensory play on this super hot …
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