April always seems to sneak up on me when I am not looking :) How did it get to be so far into the year already?
And newsletter number 80! It feels like just a short time ago I was tentatively sending out the first one to 60 people. Now there are over 10,000 of you! I want to thank you all for making this newsletter a success - and I hope you love this months ideas!
The Three Rs!
Resources, Read-Alouds, and Recommendations
In this section of my newsletter, I want to bring you great recommendations that I think you will enjoy in your homeschooling.
If you haven't been over to my store in a while, do come over and get inspired.
I've got lots of fabulous ebooks to use in your homeschooling.
We absolutely loved this one. Very easy to make - and it is a great illusion.
You make the little dragon out of paper - and when he is sitting on the table he looks as if he is twisting his head around to keep you in view. Here is how it looks :
Neat eh! You can download the PDF file here, and find out more about him here - great site by the way so do take a look around.
When you are making him, do follow the folding instructions exactly (and don't spend half the time complaining they must be wrong - only to have to re-do it because it doesn't work!) The trick to know is that you will be making the dragons head 'inside out' and not making a 3D model of it There are some construction videos on YouTube if you need help.
Once done, the illusion works best if you close one eye - or look at him through a camera lens.
So, now you have done that - can you design your own?
Top Amazon Picks for April
Every thought about the fun you can have with Kool Aid?
There are lots of interesting things you can do with it apart from drinking it :) Here is a fun science example:
I know I have posted this before, but it makes such a great geography project.
Make a guide book about your town, city or village. Details here.
This is a project that really captured my childrens imagination.
They made a book about mythical creatures based on a great e-book from Enrichment4You.
The book outlines ideas for researching your chosen creature as well as some great techniques for layouts and making collages. They loved choosing their creatures, and then using their imaginations to bring to life the creatures life cycles and habitat. Not to mention 'aging' papers by setting fire to them!