August 17, 2014

Tour 12 Fabulous Homeschool Rooms

Most homeschoolers that I know LOVE checking out other homeschool rooms. Getting ideas, tips, and inspiration from others helps a lot when you are planning to homeschool. So I decided to give all of us what we love. Twelve different homeschooling spaces, from different homes plus a chance to win $500 in paypal cash. Go get a fresh cup of coffee or some tea to sip, and get comfy because I have a lot for you to see.
 Are you Ready?!?!
Click the Links to see all of the amazing rooms.
The perfect place for peaceful learning happens here at Natural Beach Living .

The Natural Homeschool has an Amazing Home+School room. I love how she takes you on a tour, and makes you feel like you are right there in her home. 

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom is where the magical learning fun happens. 

ALLterNATIVElearning has such great Montessori Inspired baby and Tot school spaces. 

How to set up a Montessori Preschool classroom at home from Living Montessori Now 

A Montessori Inspired Homeschool room from The Kavanaugh Report will keep you in Zen mode all day. Such a calming space. 

Check out this fun writing station from Lemon Lime Adventures
A lovely homeschool area in a small space from Faith and Good Works.

Oh, how I love Naniheart's Block area. Such fun, natural, open ended play to be had. 

It's all about Functionality and Organization at Still Playing School.

If organization is what you are looking for The Chaos and the Clutter will help you with ways to get organized quick.

Is a Montessori Setup for you? Get questions answered and great information from Montessori Setup.
That was awesome!!! I hope you enjoyed the rooms as much as I did.
We don't want you to miss anything here at Natural Beach Living.
Did you know you can follow along by e-mail,  Facebook and Pinterest? The pretty buttons are located on the top right side of this page. Plus if you follow all of them you are sure to see everything that goes on at Natural Beach Living, plus so much more.  

I've teamed up with several amazing bloggers to bring you this giveaway. So if you are a fellow homeschooler click on the Rafflecopter and enter to win $500 paypal cash. I can think of several things I could do with $500 right now, can't you? 
Good Luck!!

August 12, 2014

Silly Slime Dough and Jiggly Jellyfish

We are learning all about jellyfish, and you can too. Not only that, check out this super cool, stretchy, silly, slime dough we made. My kids love sensory play, so I try to incorporate that into a lot of our learning. Since we have chosen to use Five in a Row as part of our curriculum this year. I knew just what we were going to read and explore this month. So come along as we share our Night of the Moonjellies experience.
Let's make Jiggly Jellyfish out of slime, doesn't that sound like fun!
I absolutely love this picture, honestly it shows how easy it can be to incorporate all ages into a learning experience. While the older boys write on their flow charts and read about the life cycle of the jellyfish, Little B and Bells are enjoying the Montessori Jellyfish cards I made into a book for them. 
You can check out how I make books for the little's here.
The life cycle of a jellyfish. Amazing cards and flow charts can be found on Montessori Print Shop(Affiliate links means easier for you to find things and a small percentage for my family to get new books. Thank you!)
Did you know that Jellyfish have been around for over 650 million years and that they aren't fish at all. They belong to a group of animals Scientists call cnidarians. Most only live for 3-6 months but some have been known to grow HUGE and live much longer...
These were our favorite books.

They played and played because sensory slime time is the best. 
Are you ready for the recipe?
Making Slime is soooooooo easy, lets get to it. 
First you need 8 oz. of white school glue (Elmer's)
1 teaspoon of Borax (I use the natural Borax, you can find this in the laundry detergent area of your store)
Food color or gels
optional essential oils for an added sensory experience
To start you pour the glue into a bowl, then you will fill the glue bottles (8oz) with warm water. Add the water to the glue and stir. Add your color.
Next take 1/2 cup warm water in a cup/bowl and add your teaspoon of Borax, mix until the Borax is dissolved. Slowly add that to your glue mixture, stir, and viola! Slime
If you would like to check out some other slime recipes, you can find them easily on my Sensory Play Board.
The slime was awesome, but we weren't done exploring. 
Next stop in our jellyfish journey was the marina. 
Look at all of the super cool things we saw. Schools of fish, turtles, crabs, and of course Jellies.
The boys explored the boats, ran along the pier (scaring mom to death) and learned all about what goes on at a marina. This was such a great experience and guess what? This was only the first part of our slimy jellyfish adventure. I still have much more planned for our Night of the Moonjellies. Make sure to follow us so you don't miss part 2, and all of the other great adventures we have planned for the year.

I hope you enjoyed reading about our learning adventures with Jellyfish, If you'd like to check out some of our other unit studies click on a link below.
Arctic and Antarctica Frozen Foam Dough

Seahorse Adventure  

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

This is part of a wonderful 12 month series on Sensory Dough.
 Have fun checking out some of the other fabulous bloggers joining in. 

August 9, 2014

The Best Essentials for Homeschooling Success

I'm writing today on Montessori on a Budget about our Tried and True homeschooling essentials. Head over and check out some of the things I think you shouldn't do without. 


August 6, 2014

Great Books for Fun Math Learning

I LOVE books, however I don't love math. So I have tried hard to keep my kids love for math going strong. One fun way that I have found, is to incorporate great books that have a lot of math sneaking through the pages. I have put together a list of some of our favorites. From number recognition to learning fractions, there is so much math fun to be had.     
Some links may be affiliate links which only means a very small percentage will go to new books for my children and a great big thank you in advance for that. 


I've also including some of the fun games and manipulatives we enjoy. I hope you keep the love for math learning going with your children and enjoy these great additions.  


July 24, 2014

Exploring and Painting in Nature

You know those families that show up for the art or science fair with amazing projects that you know the child probably didn't do himself? Or the blog posts that you Ooohhh and ahhhhh over when you see the perfectly painted pine cones, rocks, and shells. Yeaaaa, well you probably won't see that here. What you'll see here is exploring art, nature, and letting the child take the lead. Call it Free Range learning, Reggio Emilia, Charlotte Mason, Montessori, or any other educational philosophy that believes in incorporating nature into your learning, but here at Natural Beach Living we call it our life.    
By setting out an invitation to explore, you are allowing the child to interpret the items in their own way through undirected play.  

In your everyday life start collecting your children's findings. Whether it's shells from a day at the beach, or rocks, and sticks from a nature walk, you'll have them easily accessible for incorporating them into their play.

Some of our favorite watercolors are (affiliate links for your convenience) Sax Liquid Watercolorsand Sargent Art . They have beautiful vibrant colors and wash off easily. I'm all for washable products with kids.

For our natural art invitations I usually mix 1 Tablespoon of watercolor paint with approximately 1/3 cup of water. I do this for each color.  
Similar to a Reggio Emilia School, our activities don't start and end by the clock. They flow with the wonder and curiosity for a longing to explore more.

If you strive to bring nature and a sense of calming into your learning, I think you would really enjoy these posts.
Reggio Inspired Nature Table  
Nature Through a Toddlers Eyes

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