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Websites for Homeschoolers…or for Anyone!

12 Apr

I’m not sure if I’ve ever technically been considered a homeschooler, but I do know that even before my kids were born, I never intended for them to wait until they got to school to start learning.

Their entire short lives (they’re 4 and 6), I’ve stocked up on educational supplies, created lesson plans, and scoured the internet for craft ideas.  We’ve made countless trips to museums and zoos, attended story time, and sought out just about every educational opportunity at our disposal.  Long ago, I also turned our office into a “classroom”—so maybe I am a homeschooler at heart!

Part of our "classroom" at home

Now that my son is in kindergarten full-time, and my daughter is in preschool part-time, I don’t need to put so much thought into planning out educational activities for them.  But I don’t think I’m capable of leaving everything in the hands of their teachers – it’s just in my nature!  I like to be involved as much as possible, which also includes volunteering at their schools whenever I can.

So from time to time, I still hit my favorite homeschooling-type websites for ideas on lessons, activities, crafts, and other ideas for fun things to do with my kids.

Check these out – I guarantee you’ll be inspired!

www.notimeforflashcards.com – craft ideas, book suggestions, and songs from a homeschooling mom

www.confessionsofahomeschooler.blogspot.com – activities and downloads from a homeschooling mom

1plus1plus1equals1.blogspot.com – lesson plans from a homeschooling mom

belladia.typepad.com/crafty_crow – art activities for kids of all ages

www.artprojectsforkids.org – art activities for kids of all ages

www.preschoolexpress.com – activities and printouts for preschool kids

familyfun.go.com – crafts, activities, and recipes from Disney’s Family Fun magazine

sippycupcentralmom.blogspot.com – crafts and activities from a homeschooling mom

www.schoolbox.com – educational supplies

www.learningpage.com – lesson plans and worksheets for various ages

www.worksheetlab.com – free printable worksheets for preschool and Kindergarten children

I like to have as much of a role in my kids’ education as I can.  Much of the time, education comes in the simple form of fun.  My kids won’t be little forever, and I want to fill up our time with as many enriching activities as possible to create a lifetime love of learning!

CityArts Fair Park Festival

24 May

From www.cityartsfestival.com:

Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29, 2011
Free & open to the public

Showcasing spectacular cultural, performing, visual and culinary arts, CityArts Festival presented by Big City Crushed Concrete will fill historic Fair Park with three days of art-loving, museum-visiting, chef-cooking, craft-making, film-watching, music-playing, fireworks-flying, water-dancing, full-blown family fun, Friday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29.

Free and open to the public, the event will boast a worldly array of festivities for families and art aficionados to enjoy Memorial Day weekend against the backdrop of Fair Park, a national landmark featuring the world’s largest collection of art deco exhibit buildings, art and sculpture.

New this year – ARTFEST will return to its traditional outdoor setting over Memorial Day weekend, a Friday night flick al fresco debuts as the perfect date night destination and rooftop fireworks will rock the town Saturday night!

Thanks to Atmos Energy, Fair Park’s eight museums will offer free admission during the weekend (hours vary) including the African American Museum, Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, The Women’s Museum, Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State, Texas Museum of Automotive History, Texas Discovery Gardens, Museum of Nature & Science and Museum of the American Railroad.

Other highlights at CityArts Festival will include musical, dance and other performing arts acts on the main stage sponsored by MetroPCS; a children’s area sponsored by Prudential featuring more than 20 prominent arts organizations and nonprofits offering arts and crafts, interactive activities and family-fun entertainment; multi‐disciplinary demos and workshops; and a culinary area complete with demos and samplings by local chefs, plus beer, wine and liquor tastings.

And if that were not enough, you can watch Bellagio-style “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, synchronized to music at the top of every hour from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday; and 12 noon – 5 p.m. Sunday.

Doodlebug Craft & Vendor Fair

12 May

May 14-15, 2011
Saturday 9am – 4pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm
6765 Rendon Bloodworth, Fort Worth, TX 76140 – at the intersection of FM 1187 and Drury Cross Rd., between Mansfield & Burleson

Featured Vendors:
Homemade Gourmet
Written in Stone
Wine Bottle Lights
Kinsey Metal Art
Tahamia Designs
Cowgirl Junkie & Co.
Scrappy Chic Boutique
Loving Prints
Rescue Woods
Thirty-One Gifts
K & S Boutique
Denim Vault
Got Bling
Celebrating Home
It Works Body Wraps
Sheets to Go

and adding vendors daily!!

Click here for the website.

Celebrate Earth Day at Lakeshore Learning Store

14 Apr

Bring the kids to Lakeshore Learning Store in Dallas on Saturday, April 16, from 11 am to 3 pm for a fun Earth Day celebration!

Decorate a kids’ tote bag, plant a flower to grow at home, and play with products inspired by nature – and it’s all FREE!

Lakeshore Learning Store is located at 13846 N. Dallas Parkway in Dallas.  For more information, or to score some store coupons, visit their website at www.lakeshorelearning.com.

Earth Day Celebration at River Legacy Living Science Center in Arlington

14 Apr

Bring the kids out to the River Legacy Living Science Center on Saturday, April 16, from 10 am to 2 pm, for an Earth Day celebration with nature walks, story times, crafts, activities and more.  Children can create art projects that are totally recyclable, plant eco-pots, and play endangered species musical chairs.  It’s fun for the whole family!

River Legacy Living Science Center is located at 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard in Arlington.

For more information, visit their website at www.riverlegacy.org.

FREE Kids’ Activities at the Kimbell Art Museum!

15 Mar

During Spring Break this week, visit the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth for some free activities!  From their website, www.kimbellart.org:

Tuesday–Thursday, March 15–17, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Friday, March 18, noon–5 p.m.

Drop in during your family vacation for a varied schedule of creative learning activities, spotlight gallery talks, and films for young audiences. Children of all ages and their adult companions will enjoy opportunities to create drawings inspired by ancient Greek vases, experiment with print-making techniques, and use everything but the brush for original paintings. Thirty-minute docent-guided “art talks” will encourage families to investigate topics relating to artworks in the permanent collection. Children’s films featuring famous artists and other topics will be offered in partnership with the Lone Star Film Society and KIDS FIRST!

Click here for a full schedule. The program is free (although admission is required for the special exhibition); no reservations required.

Dallas Blooms!

10 Mar

The Dallas Arboretum is hosting its annual Dallas Blooms this year from March 5th-April 10th.  The theme is the ever whimsical “It’s a Fairy Tale World”.  Local architects and construction firms have collaborated to build seven magical fairy tale castles throughout the gardens.

The website has a printable scavenger hunt designed for children ages 5-10 to complete by visiting each of the castles and answering questions.  On Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5pm, there is a princess who walks the gardens and interacts with the children as well.

Beginning March 7th, the Arboretum hosts Mommy and Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays.  Activities include a petting zoo, face painting, and arts & crafts.

Also, if you go to any Capital One Bank Branch around the metroplex, you can get a “buy one get one free” admissions coupon good for any Tuesday during the Dallas Blooms!

The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road in Dallas.  The telephone number is 214-515-6500.  They are open daily from 9am-5pm. Adult Price (13-64) is $12.00, Seniors (65+) $10.00,  Children (3-12) $8.00, and Children Under 3 are FREE!  Onsite self parking is $7.00.

For more information about activities at the Dallas Arboretum, visit their website at www.dallasarboretum.org.

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