Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Glorious Flight

For the first time, M1 shows excitement, and looks forward to another homeschool day.  All because of the book, The Glorious Flight: Across the English Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909 by Alice & Martin Provensen.

He loves it for the fact that it has airplanes in it, nevermind that they were primitive.  It does make him smile that an image of Bleriot XI is also in our encyclopedia.  But he also appreciated the onomatopoeia, Clacketa! Clacketa!   And the funny way the story was narrated.
I can only be too glad it's a great story of perseverance.

It's our 3rd book with a setting in France (Madeleine, Crictor), so we'll be playing French music also, Putumayo: French Playground.   Ooh, and Renoir!  Don't forget Renoir, or Monet!  Perhaps I should also have a French meal served, non?  M2 wants to try escargot, and I tell him, go tell Lolo D when you're in Manila.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Calming bottles

The calming bottle is a favorite among preschool homeschoolers, and so I decided to have it as our first arts & crafts project for the year. It's very simple and easy to do, especially for a creativity-challenged mom like me.  Besides, who wouldn't love glitters?

All we used for this project were:

  • (2) 300 ml plastic bottles 
  • a glitter glue in the preferred color of the child (we used Disney's Art Attack)
  • more glitters in the same color as the glitter glue
  • small metallic stars (optional)
  • warm water
  • long stick to stir it with

We first filled the bottle to around 2/3 of its capacity.  Then the kids did the squeezing of the glitter glue into the bottles.  They also helped with stirring & dissolving it.  A little more than 1/3 of the glitter glue gave a good consistency.  Then we added the extra glitters and the small stars.  We filled the bottle with water to the brim before closing it tightly.  Et voila!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Cool Subscriptions

Turn Mr. Postman into your whole year round Santa (while he's back at the North Pole working with the elves). These subscriptions will bring cheer to our doorsteps, plus they're fun, fun, fun supplements to our kids' learning.  (I especially like the box subscriptions-- can't wait for them to ship here!)


  Cricket *

  MagnifiKid! *

  National Geographic Kids *

  Owl Kids *

  Highlights High Five


  Little Passports

  Green Kid Crafts

  Kiwi Crate

  Appleseed Lane

  The Happy Trunk

  Cultured Owl

* Ships internationally, including Philippines