Yesterday I stumbled upon this image shared by @everydayplayhacks, originally posted by @play.learn.laugh, and knew I HAD to give it a go.
We play a lot of Lego at home and don’t do as much crafty stuff as we could so I created my own little Inventors Box.
It wasn’t full of exciting items, just a few random bits and pieces. It was a hit though and something I’ll try to do regularly 😊
We found this free Lapbook on the Internet - based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe which we just finished reading.
I had forgotten how much fun it was to put a lapbook together and the girls loved doing it!
I love finding our own rhythm in home educating - there is no right or wrong way to do things, we are heavily influenced by the unschooling and Charlotte Mason philosophies but we don’t follow anyone’s plan, we find the things that bring us joy and work for our own individual children with their unique personalities.
If you Home educate do you follow a particular philosophy?
This simple looking activity is actually the sweetest keepsake. The children will measure out a length of ribbon to match their height as a memory of how tall they were. You may then like to have your class order their ribbons from shortest to tallest, or explore things around the school that they are taller/smaller than. Once you have finished your measurement activities they can thread it around the tree to finalise the keepsake 💕
I’m going to come clean on something 😬Self-care has been at the very bottom of my priority list for a long time. Instead, I’ve been working around the clock here at ✨Frame This✨Why? Because Frame This is more than a business to me, it’s my creative outlet and passion all rolled into one. It’s near impossible for me to switch off and so self-care hasn’t been on the agenda at ALL 🙅🏻♀️
You see, when I launched this lovely business of mine I didn’t have high expectations. I thought it would be amazing if I could continue creating on the side but honestly didn’t think it would turn into a proper business in such a short amount of time. I’ve learnt a really important lesson during this process. Don’t set the bar so low! Always aim high ✨
As women in business, I believe we tend to downplay our goals and success. I’m not sure why but I’ve certainly fallen victim to this line of thinking. Which in turn, led me to believe that my side hustle could never become a fully-fledged business. As a result of that, I didn’t prepare myself for the ‘busy’ that has taken me completely by surprise 😱
If you’re a mother, teacher or business owner 🙋🏼♀️ you no doubt have a lot going on. As someone who’s been through near-burnout, I want to share what a lack of self-care looks like. On the B-L-O-G, link in bio 👆🏼
Chinese Calligraphy (water based)
Bought these set of water based calligraphy because it teaches the Chinese strokes and it looks so beautiful. Since M has the basic understanding of the strokes, he had been trying to breakdown the characters! So I thought this is the perfect set for him (and myself) to learn more about it (24 type of strokes in this). He took awhile to adjust to the correct position on holding the brush but he is getting the hang of it. (The way we hold the brush for writting is different from using a pencil, generally speaking the wrist is softer and we hold the brush gently in order to move around). It needs a lot of patient and you have to be calm to be able to write it nicely. To me, this is a form of art, both emotion and aesthetic.
The set came with 5pcs writting mat.
2. A type of writing style (by 颜真卿)
3. A Tang poem 'Spring Dawn' by Menghaoran. 春晓 (chūn xīao) 孟浩然的诗.
*a pure surprised as this is one of the poem that M likes since young.
4. Empty square box with lines to practice writing
5. Empty piece (for drawing)
Another thing I love about this is it is like a piece of paper we used to use. So have to add stones on both the side as the paper weight that normally we see our grandfather used.
It is fun for M to learn another way to hold the writing brush and he loves the empty boxes with lines for him to scribble characters he remembered.
This is a little piece of our tradition that I wish to keep for our next generation. Hopefully when he is more familiar with this, we would be able to introduce the inkstone and actual writing paper to him.
Here's a little peek into my other world as a Field Naturalist! 🌲🌲Today I played with first graders and taught them all about the different parts of a flower!🌻
This is one of the weirdest jobs I've ever had, but in the best way! You can go from turning 1st graders into pollinators 🐝(first picture), to pretending you're a bark beetle eating the heartwood of a tree🌳,to traveling back in time 500 years and hunt with rabbit sticks and spears🐇🐿... I mean what better job could I ask for! Everyday is an adventure and there is never a dull moment here! .
For those wondering, I work for a non-profit called Inside the Outdoors which is through the Orange County Department of Education. We work all over orange county at different wildlife sanctuaries / nature centers / state parks / and wetlands. We also have a traveling scientists program where we come straight to your classroom! .
Have a fun filled weekend! We had so much fun learning more about ourselves this week! We learnt about our internal organs and we explored “The Brain”, who knew finding treasures “matching alphabet” from our homemade brain (made with gelatin, water and red food colouring) could be so much fun! #funfriday#ancorakids#steam
Working on “sh” diagraph words with wet erase markers on the laminated cards. I wrote a sound on each card before handing over to her and she filled up the missing sounds.
she wrote the “k” ending words with “ck” and I let her do that as she is learning the “ck” rule and also my main focus here was to see if she is getting her “sh” diagraphs correct. .
Natural Ecosystem Week:🌎🌳🌱🌿🌱🌳🌎🌳🌱🌿 Stillwater/Pond!
Frogs and lily ponds go together like pb&j! Lucky for us, we have a pond in our front yard! Setting his frogs on the pads seems taking them off was a big hit! He had to of done it around 10 times!
Natural Ecosystem Week: 🌎🌳🌱🌿🌱🌳🌎🌳🌱🌿🌱🌳🌎 Stillwater/Pond!
After looking at frogs in the rainforest, he was so ready to act like a frog. We talked about how frogs hop and then we practiced. A great way to burn off energy!
Big thanks to the Indiana Deaf-Blind Services Project for leading a simulation on dual sensory loss. My students got to experience what it was like to travel and complete activities with a combined hearing and vision loss. I know they will be prepared to assist diverse learners when they have classrooms of their own.
My classroom always has two sensory bins, one relating to our classroom theme, and one relating to the color we are focusing on for the month. Over my 11 years of working with preschool aged children, I have accumulated a lot of loose and missing pieces of things. I take those pieces and throw them into my color boxes instead of throwing them away! I've also raided friends and families toy bins of dollar store and happy meal toys that they are no longer using 😉
The color boxes allow students to discover different shades of a color, and talk about what different objects are. It also encourages them to explore items that might not be talked about on a regular basis (a great way for me to introduce different vocabulary!), and gives them a chance to pretend and create with a wide variety of items.
This month, Spongebob has been a constant companion of one of my students-- he has been on a wide variety of adventures in our classroom during center time, and the cup and bubble wand has seen a lot of pretend bubbles! I love seeing the creative uses for a bunch of loose parts my students come up with!
Elementary Montessori Math: Multiplication of Binomials. I am going to try to explain this clearly! These are the lessons I would give BEFORE the square root lesson I posted about last week. The first thing we talk about is what binomial numbers are. They are numbers that have 2 parts. For example 14 can be a binomial when we write it as 10+4. All three photos show 24x15. In the first lesson, we used coloured beads to lay out (20 x10) + (4x10) + (20x5) + (4x5). After counting we discover the answer is 360. These students can figure this out on paper, however this is preparing them to do the next steps so it’s important that they have concrete experience with multiplying Binomials. The next step is using the algebraic peg board. Using hierarchical materials (the green pegs represent units, the blue pegs represent tens and the red represent hundreds) the students laid out the same math problem. We counted the pegs and discovered the answer was the same...360! The last step is exchanging the pegs when we had groups of ten. 10 unit pegs were exchanged for 1 tens peg and so on. The last picture shows 3 hundred pegs (red) and 6 tens pegs (blue) and the answer is 360! The students see that this is the easiest one to read because there are less pegs even though the answer is the same. Next comes SQUARING!
Can't make it this weekend? NBD. Join us at the I Hotel in CU on December 1st and learn to #suturelikearockstar !
▪️ Limited to 30 seats
▪️ Perfect for RNs, APNs, PAs, or MDs who suture in an outpatient or procedural area
▪️OR grade equipment
▪️8 approved contact hours
▪️Suturing trainer for home use
Link in profile.
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Importance and role of APRNs and PAs in suturing.
Objectives reviewed and equipment discussed, pre-test.
Suturing instrumentation and tying with instruments.
Suture types and the needles that accompany them.
Needle driving, suturing, and knot tying selection relevant to tissue layers and proper wound closure.
Simple interrupted stitch
Horizontal mattress stitch
Vertical mattress stitch
Figure of eight stitch (4 types)
Simple running suture line
Running horizontal mattress suture line
Running vertical mattress suture line
Running locking suture line
Modified versions of running suture lines
Running subcuticular stitch
Punch biopsy techniques
Skin stapler insertion and removal
Review of skills, post-evaluations, question and answer session
Ranch is always a favorite partner among our gap year students! 🍃#Repost @ranchomastatal
What a wonderful ten days spent with @winterline_global_skills. Their energy and enthusiasm was great to be around. We hope everyone walked away with new skills, a greater appreciation for our planet, and inspiration to continue exploring ideas for sustainable living. Have fun on your next months of learning and adventures 🙌
Winterline has put together a unique gap year program for individuals interested in exploring the world while learning useful hands on skills. We have enjoyed working with you over the past four years.