April 30, 2013
In our quest to do all things free in Knoxville while trying to keep the cabin fever at bay, we went to the World's Fair Park yesterday. We started out TRYING to go to the McClung museum on the UT campus.... Yeah, THAT was an experience! We couldn't find parking ANYWHERE!! Well, there was that one parking lot about 5 blocks from the museum but there was no way I was going to get the kids to hike 5 blocks and then walk through the whole museum.... LOL Soooo, we decided to hit the World's Fair Park. :)
We went up to the observation deck in the Sunsphere. Some of us thought that was really cool and others (Joshua and Deanna) were freaked out by being that high in the air.... Now, these are the kids that rode every roller coaster Kings Dominion has to offer, but are afraid of the Sunsphere..... I don't get it. LOL
Views of the park from the observation deck.
Oh, look!! It's a picture of Deanna!! Hee hee hee hee! ;)
The park also has a nice playground that the kids enjoyed. Even Deanna. ;)
As the day wore on it got quite warm! The only thing to do was to hit the fountains! LOL
There's another aspect to the park that I will be talking about tomorrow. I think it warrants its own post.
We are SUPPOSED to hear something about the house today! Wish us luck!!!
April 25, 2013
Cabin fever, we have it!!!!
They still haven't moved our 2nd room closer to this one. Apparently they only have so many double rooms. SIGH..... At least there's an elevator. LOL
Here are some of the things we have done this week to try to keep the cabin fever at bay!
On Tuesday we went to a park that is near the house we are trying to get. We put in an application yesterday. Wish us luck!!!!!
This park was great. Not only did it have a great playground, it also had these huge rocks to climb all over. Better still, the park is right beside a library and a recreation center!! WOOO HOOO!!!!
This morning we went to the art museum. Like Richmond's, it was free. Unlike Richmond's, it was TINY!!! They have none of the masters but they still had some lovely pieces.
After the art museum we went across the street to a very cool park. It is one of the largest wooden parks that I have ever seen! Even the big kids got into it! LOL ;)
I think we are in for it this weekend, though.... Hopefully we can keep finding new stuff to do to keep from going completely stark, raving mad!!! LOL There's only so much TV the kids can watch (especially with only PBS and Cartoon Network) and only so many video games they can play.... They kept out the 2 DSs, 1 PS3, 1 PS2 and the PSP. Right now one is playing PS2 down in the 2nd room while one is reading, 1 is playing a Legos game on my iPhone and the other is playing a spelling game on my Nook in this room! LOL I don't know WHAT we would do without all of the gadgets!! I brought a crate of books for myself! ;) Too bad we only have the one laptop. There's always a scuffle over it!
We are still doing some school work and Deanna admitted to me today that she is glad of it, it's something else to DO! LOL
April 22, 2013
SHEW!! We made it to Tennessee... 6 people, 3 cats, 10 kittens and a dog... Sounds like the start of a joke! Well, we are talking about MY life so joke fits!! LOL
Seriously, 2 days, 400+ miles all while crammed into a van, it's a wonder ANY of us are still sane!!!
BUT we're not done!!! LOL Ooooh, noooo!!!!
We stopped over night in Columbia on Friday and got to see my aunt and uncle. We stayed in one hotel room for all 6 of us (plus animals). We slept 3 to a bed. YILES!!!!
BUT wait, we're not done yet!!!!!
Saturday night we stayed at a hotel with adjoining rooms. MUCH MUCH MUCH better!
Tonight (Sunday night) we are staying at an extended stay hotel. It's nice enough. It has a kitchenette...
The owner of the company ordered the rooms online. They are NOT adjoining!! They aren't even on the SAME FLOOR!!!!! YILES!!!!
AND there are only 2 TWIN beds to a room....
We were promised that as soon as 2 rooms beside each open up then we will be moved. As of now we have to split everyone up.
AND there is no hope of bigger beds. They only have TWIN beds!!!
We are here until we find a house! SIGH.....
Pray for me, people!! I am going to need it!!!
Pray that we find a house QUICKLY!!!!!
At least I ought to have plenty of material for next month's Fly on the Wall!!! LOL
April 21, 2013
Here's a little animal study for you! I hope it's helpful! :)
That is the free version. The other versions have wonderful illustrations.
Birds Lapbooks, FFGs, etc - Homeschool Share
Bird Notebooking Pages - HS Launch
Bird Lapbook - Squidoo
Bird Coloring Pages - Squidoo
Bird Worksheets - Education.com
Bird Crafts - DLTK-Kids
Bird Coloring Pages - Coloring.ws
Bird Printables - First-School
Printable Bird Cards for Burgess Bird Book for Children - That Resource Site
Printable Bird Cards - Tired, Need Sleep
Bird Printables - Montessori Materials (scroll down towards the bottom)
Bird Beaks and Feet Printables - Biology Corner
Bird Lesson Plans and Printouts - The Teacher's Guide
Bird Printables - abc Teach
Bird Preschool Pack - Homeschool Creations
Bird Printables - Busy Bee Kids Printables
Cornell Birds Coloring Book
Bird Pack - 3 Dinosaurs
Robin Lapbook - Dynamic 2 Moms (scroll down)
Printable Bird Journal - New Bee Homeschooler
Parts of a Bird Diagram
Baby Birds Preschool Pack - Our Little Monkeys
Bird Observation Page - Notebooking Fairy
Bird Diagram Puzzle - The Adventures of Bear
Nature Study - Birds - Notebooking Pages - Currclick - FREE
Happy Scribe Copybook - Wild Birds - Currclick - 90 cents
Happy Scribe Copybooks - Backyard Birds - Currclick - 90 cents
Parts of Birds Cards - Montessori Services - $1.75
Bird Unit Study - Currclick - $3
Bird Lapbook - Hands of a Child - $6
Hands on Bird Activities - Squidoo
Bird Unit Study - Squidoo
Who Laid THAT Egg? - Squidoo
Birds & Beaks - Squidoo
All About Birds - Kid Zone
Montessori Inspired Bird Unit - Living Montessori Now (I LOVE this site!!) (Lots of printables, too)
Bird Crafts - All Kids Network
Bird Biology Quiz - Biology Corner
Bird Info - Biology Corner
Learning About Birds - Spell Out Loud
Bird Unit Study Resources - Kathy's Cluttered Mind
Bird Virtual Field Trip
Life of Birds - PBS
Amazing World of Birds
Sign Up for Bird Cams (free)
Have fun!!! :D
April 20, 2013
This was an interesting unit to put together. There really wasn't a lot of printables that I could find. I am thinking of making my own when we do this theme. If I do, I will put them on Google Docs and share them with you. ;) It has been quite a while since I made my own notebooking pages and minibooks! LOL
I hope that what I did find will be useful to you! :)
As with all my units, I try to incorporate resources for a variety of ages!
Everything is either free or cheap! ;) The books can be found at your local library or on Amazon.
Magic School Bus - Soaring into Flight - Amazon - $13.79
Young Scientist Kit - Flight - $16.77
I have used kits from both sets. I like them both but prefer the Magic School Bus kits. You get more for your money with them.
The Young Scientist sets have 3 different subjects to a kit if you order them from Amazon. I used to belong to the monthly club until I figured out it was MUCH cheaper to buy them from Amazon. ;)
Airplane Parts Printable
Airplane Printables and Activities
Airplane Parts Cards
Printable Airplane Craft - Learn Create Love
Airplane Coloring Pages - Raising Our Kids
Flight Lapbook - Homeschool Share
Flight Activities and Printables
Flight Activities, Lesson Plans and Printables
Flight Lesson Plans
Airplane Parts Worksheet
Flight Printables - HS Launch
Leonardo da Vinci: Flight Mini Unit Study - Currclick - $1.50
The Wright Brothers & The History of Aviation Unit Study - Currclick - $3.50
Airplanes Lapbook - Hands of a Child - $9
Flying the Skies Lapbook - Hands of a Child - $5
Crossing the Atlantic by Air
How Airplanes Work
Airplane Cockpit Virtual Field Trips
Flight Aerodynamics Video
Flight - Science Kids at Home
Flight and Airplanes - A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling
Aviation for Kids
Fun Paper Airplanes
Aviation Lesson Plans, Activities and Ideas
How Things Fly
Stories of the Wrights' Flights
Flight - Cyber Sleuth Kids
Aviation Unit Study - Easy Fun School
History and Forces of Flight - Squidoo
I hope you find this helpful.