Homeschooling

Homeschooling my 5yr old daughter in preparation for Kindergarten is the best way to prepare her for educational success. Share my journey as I prepare her to join the school system.

KOHL Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago

I was invited to visit the Kohl Children’s Museum. All opinions in this post are my own.

 

Are We There Yet

Recently my family and I were invited to visit the Kohl Children’s Museum here in the Chicagoland area.Now, we set out to go and spend the day there with our youngest daughter and we didn’t let her know where we were going until we got there.Literally she didn’t know where we were going until she read the museum sign and even then she was still a bit confused.

Imagination Run WILD!

The Kohl Children’s Museum is filled with exploratory, imaginative and stimulating activities for children of multiple ages.My only regret is not bringing along one of my daughter’s friends so she can have someone to join in on all the activities they had there for the kids.

The first place Jala explored in this indoor museum was the Adventures in Art center.

Art in Adventures

Located in the art center was a large variety of art supplies and stations in the center where they can create their very own art masterpiece. Jala made a birthday card to send to her big sister in New York.

 

Our next stop was the SpotHero Car Garage where Jala was able to go through a car wash simulation and play at many other automotive stations.

SpotHero Car Garage

We had only visited two of the centers and we already knew getting her out of this place was going to be a problem.This girl was on 10 and keeping up with her excitement as she was torn between which exhibit to go to next.We visited ever single exhibit in the Kohl Children’s Museum and there were many:

Adventures in Art

All About Me

Baby Nursery

City on the Move

Cooperation Station

Habitat Park

Hands On House

Nature Explorers

Pet Vet

Play Café

Powered by Nature

Ravinia Festival Music Makers

Sheridan’s Books & Crannies

SpotHero Car Garage

Turtle Rock

Water Works

Whole Foods Market

and more…

But I want to share the two places Jala spent most of her time. Like staying long and going back after she visited every exhibit.One of those exhibits was Whole Foods.It was so funny because as she walked pass this pay phone it began to ring and this was her face wondering who was on the other end. LOL

 

Whole Foods

This kid shopped til she dropped!

The second exhibit that we spent the most time in was the Play Cafe…..She was able to pretend she served us lunch at the cafe, clean and work the register.

Play Cafe

 

 

 

If you’re interested in attending the Kohl Children’s Museum it’s located at 2100 Patriot Blvd. Glenview Il., 60026

Although summer is almost over, I think it’s a great place to take the kids before they go back to school to stimulate their minds for the upcoming school year.With exhibits like Sheridan’s Books & Crannies the kids can take a break, sit back and read any of the multiple books they have there.As well as, you can get some ideas on how to create a reading area in your own home before the school year begins.

Sheridan’s Books & Crannies

A couple exhibits that will help encourage your child’s STEM learning this school year is the Science + You Exhibit and the Water Works Exhibit.

Science + You

 

Water Works

If you and your family visit the Kohl Children’s Museum this year or in the future, you will definitely enjoy it and leave a comment below if you have already visited the museum.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Summer Learning Schedule

We’re all in full swing of summer and so far no one has uttered the words, “I’m bored!”We’ve been trying to stay busy and keeping Jala learning this summer has been going well thus far.I created a Summer Learning Schedule to keep us on task.

If, you haven’t created a schedule yet to stay on task, check out ours and feel free to use it or use as an inspiration to create your own. We’re doing summer learning 4 days a week. The other days are either family time or free time. I wanted to make sure a gave room for spontaneous activities. After all it’s SUMMER!

Another fun activity you can do this summer and during the school year is our Mathematical Block Challenge. A great activity to maintain and increase their math skills over the summer.

So, have you and the kids been staying active this summer with learning activities? Share with us what you’ve been up to in the comments section.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Summer Learning: Mathematical Block Challenge

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School is out, summer vacation is in full affect and it won’t be long before we hear our little one’s say, “I’m bored!” So, to keep that from happening I have a few projects planned to keep Jala active and learning this summer.

Mathematical Block Challenge 

The project I’ll like to share with you today is a Mathematical Block Challenge.You’ll only need a few items and this game can be played over and over by any child and any age.


Tools

5- Blocks (4 of the same color and 1 different color. These blocks are purchased from the Dollar Tree with Dry Erase areas where we will write numbers & mathematical symbols)

Permanent Marker or Dry Erase Marker

Hour Glass Timer (Optional)

First thing to do is to write numbers 1- 6 on one block.

On the second block write 7-12

 

You’re going to do the same thing to the second set of blocks as well.You should have 2 blocks with 1-6 and 2 blocks 7-12.

The last block which is the different color block we’e going to write mathematical symbols.Depending on the age of your child will determine how many symbols you’ll have to write.As the mathematical skills increase you can add more symbols.

How to play the game?

This is where you can change the rules and have fun, but remember to keep the rules consistent.Here is how we played the game.

The child will roll the odd color block and that is the block with the mathematical symbols on it.Then he/she will roll one of the (in our case) red blocks and last the second red block.Here we have…

9 – 2 = ?

They will continue this process or take turns if you have multiple children.

How do you use the timer?

The timer is a 2 minute timer.Begin the timer and let the child answer as many equations they can in 2 minutes (optional).Again, if you have multiple children playing, you can add another dimension to the game by taking score. Ready, Set & Go!

                                Jala                 James

Round 1                    3                       2

Round 2                   4                       5

Round 3                   4                       3

Total                       11                     10

Looking for some fun learning activities to challenge your learners this summer?Try the Mathematical Block Challenge.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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What’s In My Daughter’s Swim Bag

This week my youngest will begin swim lessons at a nearby swim school.  Sadly, in our family my husband is the only one that knows how to swim.  My two oldest can barley swim which to me counts for not being able to swim.

The swim school she’ll attend has swimming lessons all year round and I’m excited about that because it will help her become a strong swimmer.  While making sure she had everything she needs for swim class I think I threw in everything, but the kitchen sink.  In the video below I’ll share everything she has in her bag.  If you think I left anything out be sure to let me know in the comments below.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Marriage and The Family: Brookfield Zoo 2014

I think the last visit we took to the zoo, I was pregnant with my youngest.  Brookfield Zoo was on our schedule for this week’s summertime family outing.

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Last week I picked up passes from our local library.  The passes covered two people, my husband and I.  So, we only had to pay for my son and daughter.  The forecast said rain all day, but it only rained the night before and on our way there.  The weather was beautiful.  Not too hot and not too cold. 

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This little fella right here put on a branch swinging show.

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You don’t go to the Zoo often, right?  However, Jala was attracted to this.

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Really?  We can go here anytime.  We had a good time with a lot of walking.  I fell asleep on the way home! And took a nap when we made it home.  I was wore out! 

Any summertime fun family outings on your family’s agenda this week? 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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