Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Teacher Thank You Gift

Public School is winding down and I have been searching the internet and Pintrest to see if I can find a cool but functional Thank You gift for Ladybug's Kindergarten teachers.  She has two so double the work but also double the cuteness.

I came across this one blog called Laura Kellys Inklings.  She had this really sweet handmade stationary idea. She does hers all by hand,.  To much work for me so instead I started to brain storm the idea of using free downloadable fonts and doodles.  I quickly began to search for what I was looking for and came across Kevin & Amanda fonts for peas.  They have so many amazing, and  adorable doodle I had to stop myself or I would have clicked and saved them all.  ALL So Super Uber Cute!  Got me brain storming ideas for other kinds of uses for them.

After saving the doodles and font I wanted to use I used word to make a template and added the name of each teacher and then added the doodle at the bottom of each page.  I got four on a 8x11 piece of paper. I then printed a master of each stationary, colored it in and printed them so I would not have to color each one separately.  I do love to doodle and color but not all 50 sheets.  Here are the 4 different doodles I picked out to put on the bottom of the stationary.  I think they turned out pretty cute.

Next week is the last week of school, but I might drop them off at the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast this Thursday morning.  Have not decided yet.  

So, if you like this idea or want to try your hand at fonts and doodle on your computer click on the links I provided.  I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did.  

Have a GREAT Day!~ Brenda

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Rock Ranch~ Field Trip 5.30.2014

I am here to report about another awesome Field Trip that me and my son got to attend.  It was a Geology type field trip at Livingstones Rock Ranch, in Greenacres, Washington.

After driving for an hour to the ranch, and almost getting lost we arrived.  Livingstones Rock Ranch is owned by Steve Livingstone.  He has put so much love and dedication into his Museum.  AMAZING is all I can say!  After a quick discussion on safety, we got to go into his Museum.  There must have been over 500,000 different rocks that he has collected.  There was even a dark room set up with rocks that will glow under black lights.  It was spooky!

Soon after we all got to head down to the mining digs.  YOU DIG IT, YOU FIND IT, YOU KEEP IT.  What ever you dig up you get to keep.  It was hot, but fun to dig in the dirt and locate treasures.  Bug's eyes lit up when he found a medium sized green rock, and then some stones that looked like gold.  It was fools gold but still amazing.

 Digging in the dirt

 All his rocks set out to look at

 Laying out his rocks on the washing tray to be sprayed down.

His rocks waiting to be sprayed down.

Here is a Video of the owner looking through Bug's Treasures.  
There was one that was very special that he pointed out.

Wish I could dig in my own back yard and find some pretty treasures.  Like a huge Diamond!

Have a great day!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

iApple~iMovie~Field Trip

Waiting Lists. Field Trip waiting lists.

I really don't like being on waiting lists.  It is hard to plan for things being on them.  Being a Homeschool Family we are members of a local homeschooling field trip organization called Exploring Families.  It is run by a local mom who homeschools her daughters.  She wanted to share all the different types of tours she learned about in the community.  There is such an amazing selection of tours and field trips to choose from.  We have been receiving her emails about monthly activities for a few years but just in the past 2 months we have been able to attend more.  That is because of my mindset of enriching my sons learning.  Thinking outside of the box.  

A few months ago I saw the field trip to the iApple store pop up on the Exploring Families website.  I excitedly clicked on the link to register.  It was FREE - even better!.  NOPE not better, worse because it meant that it filled up with in minutes of being posted. So I reluctantly signed up on the waiting list.  I was not sure he would get to go.  To be honest I didn't think so. It was difficult waiting it out, and wondering if it would happen.  

All that waiting did paid off.  Monday, May 26th I received an email from the lady who organizes all the activities, informing me that there was an opening and my son could attend.  I actually shouted and jumped up and down when I read the email!  I think I scared my dog a little, and I know my husband thought I was crazy.  Well he knows I am crazy...but he loves me anyway.

So Thursday, May 29th we arrived at the iApple store for the Field Trip to learn how to use iMovie.  My son had brought his own film footage to use for the assignment.  He was excited and eager to get started.  When they opened the doors several people walked in with us.  I was surprised how many people were there to shop, and not just for the field trip.  It was loud in the store and at times a bit overwhelming.  My son did so well with all the noise. The instructors showed all the students (13 total) how to get started and then each student got their own lap top to work on.  Unfortunately, my son's footage would not transfer over.  Despite this he was a trooper and happily used the stock footage saved on the lap top.  He had a blast learning how to use iMovie.  And after the hour and a half class was done he had created a mini movie all his own. 

Since that day, he has been pretty much been nonstop using my computer and the software I have on it to make his own movies at home.  It Windows Movie Maker, and it is pretty similar to iMovie.  My son has been quick  how to edit things.  Mostly the movies he has put together with raw footage are silly and meaningless but he is having fun.  I hope that over time the projects he creates are more meaningful, but for now he is having fun and exploring this new tool.
Bug with his Official Field Trip T-shirt from iApple and the wrist band that had his iMovie saved on it!

I am glad I did sign up on the waiting list and I am so happy he did get to go!  This Field Trip ROCKED!

I am off to watch another one of my sons movies.  :)  Have a great day!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day~ SKY HIGH

Last week we had Memorial Day in the United States.  It is one of those holidays where we try to remember the true meaning but it usually gets lost in the frenzy of OUT DOOR Camping.  For most of the country it is the last week of School for the kids and reminds everyone that SUMMER is almost here! 

Unlike most of the country we have 3 weeks of school left.  So it is only a 3 day weekend for us.  A small but much needed break in regards to the home stretch of school (homeschooling).  Even though Bryan had the day off we didn't do much.  But we did manage to take the kidlets out to SKY HIGH.  It is a local Trampoline Activity place.  The kids and adults can jump to their hearts contents for 1 hour each.  There is tons of trampolines, dodge ball games, rope swings, basketball, and foam  pits.  The kids were very excited and had a good time.  Exhausted afterwards!

Ladybug was enjoying the basketball area.  I didn't get any pictures of her there.  But because of this activity she informed me that she LOVES basketball.  She did make every single basket as she bounced her way down the mini court to the basket.  I have found a basketball summer camp and we will see how she does.  It might be a bit more complicated when you actually have to walk/run and dribble the ball down a basketball court.  Will update the results.

~Have a GREAT Week!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Four Mound Prairie~ Bison Ranch *Field Trip*

With my new look on Homeschooling, I have also changed my mind set on field trips and learning.  Before it just seemed like there was not enough time in the day to get all the subject requirements done to allow us the opportunity to take some time off and pursue some fun activities or attend some educational field trips.  Well that attitude has all changed.  

There is a Homeschooling mother who has been organizing mini field trips to the local community where I live for several years.  I have been on her email list for almost 3 yrs now.  But I would longingly look at the activities she would post and think "Maybe next time."  Next time is NOW.  *smiles*  For the month of May we have signed up for a few tours.

Above is a photo collage of a tour we took to a local Bison Farm, where we got to get up close and personal with bison.  I know this might sound a bit weird but I find these huge fuzzy animals so stinking cute. And I am not talking about the calf, but the full grown male bison. They have the brownest eyes that just seem so peaceful. They have such soft fur too.  

When we were at the farm it was Molting Season- getting ready for summer, and all of the bison were dropping their winter coats.  You could find piles of the dark brown fur lying on the ground or attached to barb wire on fences.  We were allowed to take home this smelly but very soft keepsake to remind us of our time with the Bison.  I would love to create some cute craft with the collection of fur I brought home.  Maybe a Needle Felted little Bison? If I do I will be sure to take a photo and share it.

I will be posting photos on all the future field trips we take.  I hope you come back to see them.