Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Does someone want to come over and supervise while I use my circular saw? I know this will probably crack some of you up, but my Christmas present this year was power tools. I recieved not only a circular saw, but also a jig saw and I cant wait to use them. I have SO many projects I want to do and not enough time at all!

Right now I have the materials purchased to make a set of 3 bar stools for my kitchen counter. I decided I just can not pay over $100 a piece when I can just make them myself for much less. Well, the problem is-I have never used a saw before and frankly, as excited as I am, Im a little nervous to do it while I am home alone or even with the kids here.

So, do I wait until hubby is home, or just go for it and keep the phone close by?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sonlight Core K Week 3

We had a great time traveling to Ancient Egypt this week. As always, we extended 1 days worth of reading into a weeks worth of fun and activities!

Books Used-both of these were used mainly for the pictures, we didnt read much of the actual content.
Cleopatra by Diane Stanley
Tutankhamens Gift by Robert Sabuda

We didnt do a "traditional" lapbook this time, I made a "book" from construction paper. I took 2 sheets of paper and stapled them together on the short end then folded each page in half toward the inside.

-PBS Special Video "Pyramids"
-History Pockets This is gearded for an older age group, but we adapted it for us and just didnt use everything. There is a lot of information in here, including this really neat description of the different layers of the mummy and the sarcophagus. The kids really enjoyed wrapping there "person" up in the gauze.

 -Paint the Nile River down a large piece of construction Paper. We discussed the importance of it and added some materials from the history pockets beside our river. Yes- I have messy painters!

-Apple Mummification Experiment This one is still "mummifing" but here is the beginning picture!

-Build a pyramid from legos. This was really great for Aiden to use problem solving and  math skills , something I did not even expect when I gave him the instruction to do it. He had to start over a couple of times until he figured out the process, and it turned out great. (The people are apparently gaurding the mummy inside-I love the imagination!)

-Egyptian Paper Dolls. I got thses from the History Pockets download, but also saw some great printables HERE, although some of the clothing in this download does not go along with what we read they actually wore. I had the kids color them and then I laminated them for playtime. (BTW- LOVE the laminator!)