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Free Nativity Stained Glass Coloring Pages

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 @ 10:11 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

As I was searching for Nativity / Advent coloring pages this afternoon for Hannah, who always LOVES to color, I came across three FREE samples from Dover. Here is one just to whet your appetite.

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Enjoy and have a blessed Christmas season,

Liz

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Snowy and Ginger’s Winter Wonderland from the Toymaker

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 @ 12:12 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

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The Toymaker has created a nice craft for all to do this time of year – Snowy, the snowman and Ginger, the gingerbread boy. Our kids were most impressed with the optical illusion created by the spinnerets. There are two FREE PDF’s for you to print out.

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

We wish you a very, very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Richard, Liz, Daniel, Hannah and Caleb

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Two Different Perspectives

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 @ 10:06 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

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I told you yesterday that I was going to start the Creative Line Designs with the kids today. Well it turned out that I only did it with Hannah but she really enjoyed them. As we did this particular one, as she finished coloring hers, she said she thought it was like a butterfly so commenced to fill in the butterfly, grass, sun etc.

I could see that too but wondered what else I could imagine mine to be. How about a road leading into the sunset which reminded Hannah of the Wiley Coyote cartoons.

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Liz

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Creating Line Designs

Monday, June 2, 2014 @ 08:06 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

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Some curriculum ages quickly, others like I am going to share with you today are as relevant now as they were 15 years ago when we were first started homeschooling Michelle and Michael. Creating Line Designs by Randy Womack at Golden Educational Center is an excellent resource for teaching your child not only how to accurately use a ruler but so much more:

  • Visual-Motor Skills
  • Visual Memory
  • Visual Discrimination
  • Following Directions
  • Right Brain Functioning
  • Personal Respect

Last week I came across Book 4 as I was cleaning out. This is suitable for grades 4-7 and we used this with both Michelle and Michael. As I looked on the date of the copyright (1985, renewed 1994) I really doubted whether I would be able to find the first books in the series to use with Daniel, Hannah and Caleb. Guess what? They are still in production! You can purchase them new at several online places but also can find them used which is what I did.

Due to these being line designs, the books can never age. I was really excited to receive both Books 1 & 2 in the mail today. There are 4 in the series with 20 activities in each one. The best thing is that they are reproducible (the pages are perforated for easy removal) so once you have outlaid the cost one time, as long as you copy and save before using you NEVER have to outlay for the book again. I LOVE it when companies allow this as it really helps keep the cost of homeschooling down when you have more than one child. (Thank you, Randy!)

Once your child has completed the pattern they can then get creative with coloring it. Book 1 is for K-1st and then they progressively get harder. Here is a sample from Book 2.

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SO guess what we are going to start tomorrow? I am SO excited! I do recommend that you work on the same worksheet alongside your child so that they are seeing an example of what it should look like. You’ll have as much fun, if not more, than them! I have copied Book 1 and will start Book 2 once I have finished “chatting” with you 🙂

Liz

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Snowman and Snowflake Fun!

Thursday, January 2, 2014 @ 04:01 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

With many of us experiencing snow this is a FREE fun activity for all the little ones from Mama’s Learning Corner. (Link should take you directly to the right page – no searching required!) Even the old ones, who want to be more artistic & not just slapping the snowflakes wherever, could enjoy it. If you live in a warmer climate with no snow then here’s your chance to imagine you are out in the cold with the snowflakes coming down 🙂 Good scissors skill exercise.

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I combined the two pages to show what was included. When you go to the link & download it will be a 2 paged PDF document for you to print.

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Liz

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A Merry Christmas Banner Craft and Color By Pattern Pictures

Saturday, December 21, 2013 @ 10:12 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

Looking to add a little more color and festive spirit to your home this Christmas? Then here is a great craft for you and the kids/grandkids to enjoy and it is FREE from Education.com

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So nice to hear MERRY CHRISTMAS 🙂

Do you have children/grandchildren that LOVE to color? Then why not try these Christmas Color by Pattern pages from Activity Village? Something a little different and very fun to do. Here’s one I did with the kids:

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Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Liz

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Fabulous FREE Christmas Crafts from The Toymaker

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 05:12 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

The Christmas Page from The Toymaker is superb! If you have not yet made your gift tags, table decorations, some Christmas cards, gift boxes etc then please, please head on over to this page to give your eyes & creative juices a treat.

Polar Bear Sled

Here are the Elf Balls that the older kids and I made:

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Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Liz

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Christmas Tree Garland

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 03:12 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

How many of you remember making garlands of people as a child? Maybe you still make them regularly or maybe you are like me and haven’t made one in a while?! I used to love making these – always fascinated me as a kid. Well now you can make some Christmas Tree and Gift garlands to decorate your home this Christmas season.

Here are the ones the kids & I made:

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You can find the FREE printables at Education.com. Click here for the Christmas Trees and here for the Gifts. (It will automatically open up into a new window for you.)

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Happy coloring and cutting.

Liz

 

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Thanksgiving Decorations for Children

Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 09:11 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

So it is time for me to take my head out of the sand & acknowledge that Thanksgiving is in fact only 2 weeks away & Christmas is only 6 weeks away! AAGH! I really want to teach the children about the origin of Thanksgiving this year but whether I will actually get something organized by next week has yet to be determined! LOL! In the meantime if you have children/grandchildren at home & you would like to see some colorful decorations around your house during this Thanksgiving season head on over to Education.com where they have FREE downloadable Thanksgiving decorations. 17 pages in all! (Page 1 shown below.) Even if you do not have kids around you may want to do some of these yourself to add some color to your home 🙂 Second Grade - Thanksgiving Decorations BLOG FILE I will be printing these out & getting the children to work on them next week. Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :) Liz

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Crafty Black Ants

Friday, July 5, 2013 @ 03:07 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

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This great Ant craft originated from an idea over at Activity Village. However I wanted to make it a little more realistic so added some extra features.

Supplies needed:

1 Dolly/Old Fashioned Clothes Pin/Peg

2 12″ Black Fuzzy Sticks / Pipe Cleaners

3 small cotton wool balls / 2 large cotton wool balls

Black Paint

Hot Glue Gun & Glue Stick

Due to the use of the Hot Glue Gun for this project please ensure your children/grandchildren are well supervised so that no burns occur.

  1. Paint the peg black the day before you complete this project. (I actually painted the ones for the kids to make my life easier!)
  2. Divide one Fuzzy Stick /Pipe Cleaner into 3 mini sticks, each 4″ long.
  3. Slide up the inside of the peg & shape into legs, remembering the knee joints & feet. (An ants legs are all on its Thorax so ensure that the legs are pushed all the way up.)
  4. Hot Glue in place.
  5. Bend off a 4″ piece of Fuzzy Stick/ Pipe Cleaner from your second 12″ length. Bend it slightly in the middle & hot glue to top of ant’s head. These are the antennae.
  6. For the Mandibles break off a 6″ piece of Fuzzy Stick / Pipe Cleaner, fold in center & then trip it over to make it thicker. Attach these with the hot glue to the underneath part of the ant’s head.
  7. Unroll three small cotton wool balls.
  8. Put hot glue on the rear end of the peg & wrap the first piece around. Apply glue to the now stuck on cotton wool ball & wrap the second piece around. Repeat for the third piece. Shape it as best you can to look an Ant’s Abdomen!
  9. Paint the abdomen with black paint & allow to dry.

Ants have compound eyes, thousands of lenses so your older children may want to create some tiny eyes to add to the ant. Younger children are going to be just as impressed with their creation without eyes!

Happy crafting,

Liz

Pic Instruction 1:

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Pic Instruction 2:

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Pic Instruction 3-4:

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Pic Instruction 5-6:

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