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Free Online Homeschool Curriculum

I wanted to share a few resources I have come across online that we use with homeschooling. My daughter enjoys them, they are educational and best of all... they are free :)

Starfall Is a great site for preschool-2nd grade. It offers a variety of different games and lessons to help kids in math and reading.

Scott Foresman
online Grammar and Writing workbooks ( my favorite find)

These are great! They are online copies of Florida Treasures Spelling/Reading textbooks.

Please share any other sites you may know of that we might like. Thanks :)


Tangled Inspiration

I want to share a craft Aydin and I did for her new Tangled inspired bedroom. Also, as I start getting things together to do her room, I wanted to share some inspiration I've been loving online.

Tangled Shadow Boxes
This was a fun and simple craft. We gathered a handful of random lost toys from around the house and put them together in these Tangled shadow boxes.
The artist who did all the art for the Movie Tangled is named Claire Keane. I love her work. It is so whimsical, with soft colors and so detailed.
I really want to find a way to tie these into the room.

I am thinking of framing this picture for next to the bed
I would love to do a mural similar to this on her wall
These collages are of other details that I have come across online that I love. I can't wait, watercolor, lanterns, sheer fabrics, whimsical banners, flowers, birds. So so fun :)
You can click these images to see larger versions.
Here are some links from the insperation collages
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I am so in love with my current project ;) After years of drooling over silhouette projects online, I finally made my own.

I'm not sure what has held me back, I think maybe I assumed it would be too time consuming or that it would be expensive. Thankfully neither is true. This was such a simple, fun, and very affordable project.

The Pets

There are a lot of tutorials online on how to make silouettes. There are also numerous people who will charge way too much to make it for you. After looking around online, I thought printing pictures off my coumputer to then trace over black paper and cut out would be the easiest way.

But then, while messing around in picasa, I realized I could just trace the picture off the computer screen by holding white computer paper up to it. So simple.

-After tracing the picture onto white computer paper, I then held black paper under as I cut out the picture. Some of the detailed areas were tricky, but for the most part, this was a really easy, fast process.

My daughter

-I zoomed in on some images and used a few sheets of paper to get larger images.

-I went through my pictures to find some that would work as silohettes. I found this image of my daughter giving an apple to snow white.
I adore how the silhouette turned out. Did you notice how I added an arm in it? ;)

I also got my husband and daughter to pose for some new shots. I think they enjoyed it more than I did :)
They turned out cute!

(Sorry the pictures quality isn't that clear)
If you have ever met my child, then I'm sure you know how well that last image captures her personality!

I had a handful of random frames the were not being used, so I painted them black. I also spent about $7 on five black frames from the thrift store. I attached the silhouettes to white scrapbook paper and framed them.

Not sure if it's just me, but I layed out the frames and rearranged them about 1000 times before I finally liked my arrangement.
This was such an easy, quick project. I still have to add one more silhouette, but I am loving it so far.


Lets Force Mattel to Make Bald Barbies

Sounds like a good idea, right? Not to me.

I have seen a bunch of posts going around facebook encouraging people to harass Mattel into making bald barbies for children with cancer and to donate the proceeds to St Judes.

I appreciate the idea and the enthusiasm people have for raising awareness of pediatric cancer. However, in my opinion, these people being so aggressive and hateful towards Mattel just create a negative awareness of the pediatric cancer community.

I have always loved this quote by Gandhi: "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Doesn't that make more sense than "Force Mattel to make all the changes for you"?

I know what medical research can do. I understand how vital it is in the fight against childhood cancer. My daughter is alive because of years of cancer research leading up to her diagnosis 6 years ago.

I am not saying they shouldn't promote funds going towards cancer research. I am saying this might not be the way to do it.

In the years that I have been in the pediatric cancer community, I have seen similar issues such as:
  • people demanding Disney come up with a bald princess.
  • people encouraging others to flood Oprah with requests for a show about pediatric Cancer.
  • people trying to stop the production of toddlers and tiaras and instead force TLC to make a show focused on children with cancer

It's easy to copy and paste someone else's status and threaten your friends that if they don't repost, they are not true friends. But really, what are you accomplishing?

One facebook page promoting the idea of harassing Mattel has over 100,000 fans. If you visit the facebook for Mattel, you will notice that their page is flooded with insults, threats to boycott, and attacks on the company for not caring enough for sick children. What exactly do any of these negative posts do to help sick kids?

If every single one of those people complaining donated just a dollar to a cause such as curesearch, think of all the money they would raise.

Even better, if all these people bullying Mattel got together and tried, they could come up with a bald barbie on their own.

Making a bald barbie would be a fun, simple project. And it would probably only run $3-5 to upcycle each barbie. The doll would mean a lot more, as it would come from a place of love and not from a place of intimidation.

How could they make one?
  • Get donations of gently used barbies from their 100,000 followers. Remove their hair, patch the holes and paint the scalp skin tone.
  • Make a website promoting the idea and put up a paypal link on the page for people to donate money for shipping and craft materials.
  • Send out the barbies free of charge to sick kids

Too much work? Fine, but then you really don't have any room to call out Mattel for not caring enough.

Clothespins color matching

This is a great project for ages 2-6

I made this fun little project for Aydin. We picked up some paint samples glued them to poster board and glued the matching pieces to clothespins.
This is a great game for practicing small motor skills and mastering color matching.
Also, its hard to see in the pics, but the left side is light colors and right side the darker.

-A great extension would be having the child match light shades to the dark ones.
-Another extension could be having the clothespins be all white, each one having the name of a color written on it. The child could then match the word to the color