Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Monster Mash!

Kaden has been doing this super cute Kindergarten Kit from HomeschoolShare called Monster Mash. If you have not checked out HomeschoolShare yet you really should. It is my favorite website for our unit studies. These are created by homeschooling mom's and shared for free on this site. Ami, the woman who started it all, is a wonderful, Jesus loving woman who home schools her two boys and still finds time to come up with new, fun things to do with her kids and then of course share on the site. :)

Kaden loved this kit right away! I showed it to him on the computer before printing it out. He wanted to scroll through all the monsters, telling me their colors and just looking at them. So he was an easy sell on this one. :)

This is a page to cut following the lines. He wanted to trace it first.

Then he cut it. He seems to be more comfortable cutting with his right hand. I recently read, (because National Left Handers Day just passed) that lefties often use the other hand for various things while a right handed person usually always uses their right. :)

This is a game where you draw your own monster and everyone played. :)

Kaden really liked the activity where he sorted the b's and the d's. He enjoys many of the activities and likes to do them repeatedly. There is a list of books for read alouds too. My kids like "The Monster at the End of This Book". He isn't really writing a lot yet so we did skip a part where he needed to write names for the monsters. I think most of this can be used for preschool or kindergarten age and just adapted as you need to. Over all a very fun little packet!

These Kindergarten Kits will be added to the website very soon. I am excited to see the rest of them. I think Kaden is really going to like them.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Live Cake Challenge

Here are pictures from the live cake challenge that me and two of my friends teamed up for. We placed 2nd, out of 3 teams. We learned later that the judging wasn't completely fair, which we kind of assumed anyways. The winning team were employees of the head judge and the other two judges were a couple and also own a local cake business together. Lesson learned! Either way we had a great time and were so proud we were able to create this cake. It was over six and a half feet tall, luckily we didn't have to pick it up!

The theme for the event was Arizona's Centennial.

Here I am with the cake. Don't look too close. I was so tired! We spent 16 hours over 2 days working on the cake and this was of course when it was over. ;)

Our theme was the 5 C's of Arizona.  Cattle, Climate, Cotton, Citrus and Copper
It's hard to see and I don't have a close up of that one but on top is the copper. It's a pile of copper with a little spinning pick ax coming out of the top. Our original plan was to have the Arizona Centennial Logo Spin but when we put it up it was too heavy to spin and kept falling to one side. Because it was so high it was hard to get up there and find a way to fix it and we ran out of time. So the little pick ax was spinning. haha

The cattle and cactus tiers.

The citrus, cotton (gin) and sun (climate).

To see more pictures you can look on my friends Shutterfly page. She has a picture of our whole team with the cake there. :)

Here are the pictures I have for the first place winner.

And the pictures of the 3rd place cake.

It's going to be a great week!

My AC in the car is working (for now) and hopefully stays that way! I have a couple orders to get out, some school things to finish up and I am unpacking our books. I have been missing the books. :) We are going to do a few light things this week. Kaden is going to do a Monster themed unit, that I am reviewing for Homeschool Share. If you haven't been there yet, go! Now. Most of our unit studies have come from there and they are free.

I think too that we will have water/Summer themed week of fun stuff! I am going to go in search of some things to do with all the kids; crafts, water activities, and snacks. Should be a fun and busy week!

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