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Starting Out Camping

[…]had any sleeping bags. We stayed warm enough and had an absolute blast! The best part was – the kids woke up the next day and excitedly said, “We want to do this again next year but for two days with all of the same people!” So, now I’m shopping for a few more things to get us ready for our trip. Working on some sleeping bags for all four of us, some sleeping pads,  and a cast iron pan for cooking over the fire. That’s what we are getting for Christmas this year, camping gear! If you are a camping family – what are your must haves or tips to make this a fun and memorable experience for us? Any must see places in Ohio? We are for sure going to Hocking Hills but after that, not sure what all we will do yet. I love the Roadtrippers app so what do I need to add to our things to do on vacation […]

Our First Time Camping

The kids and I had our first camping trip in a tent last month and it was a […]

Upcoming Series: 52 Weeks of Board Games

[…]them. I’m so excited about this and so are the kids and my family who will all be playing them with me. Some are great kids games, some are great adult games. I hope you enjoy learning about each game as we add them. Here are some of the upcoming games: Some of these are cooperative games.  If you want to know more about what that is and some of the games – follow this link.   I will continue to update as I add games to this list. If you would like to have your game featured, please email me using the contact form or by commenting on this post. Readers: Chime in – which games do you want to hear about? Leave a comment and let me […]

Books We Love: Time Travel History Chapter Books for Kids

[…]in these stories. Magic Tree House – I have to be honest – these have never been a hit with my kids. I know kids everywhere seem to love them, not sure what my youngest thinks yet, we haven’t read one of them. These books take Jack and Annie on an adventure every time the magic tree house appears in the woods. Where will they go next? The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls. You may have heard of these, I’ve mentioned them a few times before. We really enjoyed this series. Peter, Mary and their dog, Hank discover ancient scrolls that transport them back to periods of time in biblical history. Each book takes readers on a journey through different Bible stories. There is also a dark force in each book trying to stop them. I’ve loved everything about this series!  Want to read a more in depth review, we have written about them twice.   Ranger in Time. Ranger is a time-traveling golden retriever who transports back in time to some great adventure. We discovered this series when a friend’s kid was reading one for a school assignment. You had us at the word dog! Anything animal related will always sit well with my kids and these stories are no exception. Wherever Ranger goes, there ends up being trouble but Ranger is there to save the day! These time-travel history chapter books are so fun for kids to read {or listen to you read} because they are about kids around their age going on these super exciting adventures! I KNOW that I haven’t discovered all of the amazing books that we need to so please – let me know if you have discovered a time-travel book that we need to check out! Looking for more great books to read? Check out weekly books we love feature. What should we read […]
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Cooperative Games and Why We Love Them

[…]not forget, a little friendly smack talk. However, these are the perfect games for families with younger kids who want to play but just can’t quite do it on their own. Because you are all working together, you can help or coach them to decide what to play {except in The Crew – no discussing the play}. If you are looking to work on teamwork skills, these games are a great way to do it. Cooperative games are also fun to play together with a group of adults, so not just for kids. I’m including a list and some links for cooperative games. Some I will be reviewing over the next few months for a more in depth look at the games. Hoot Owl Hoot! Players work together to move all of the owls into the nest in the center.  Ages 4-8 Wildcraft Players work together to collect berries to bring back to Grandma’s house.  As they go, they will have ailments and have to find the right herbal remedy to heal it.  Ages 4+.   The Crew and The Crew Mission Deep Space This is hands down my favorite trick-taking game.  You work together to complete certain goals by each player taking specific tricks each round.  The nice part is you can play only a few hands for a short game or more rounds for a longer game.  Each round gets more difficult to complete.  This is probably my very favorite game ever to be totally honest with you.  Ages 10+ but I would definitely suggest more teen to adult. Castle Panic We play this game pretty often.  It’s easy to set up and the kids can do it themselves.  Players all work together to protect the castle from being attacked.  Being able to effectively use each part of your turn really affects the outcome of the game.  Ages 8+ and this game can be played solo. Chronicles of Avel This game gets played regularly also.  The expansion really adds a ton to the game!  We still haven’t played all of the versions that are in the expansion.  This one – after the first few plays, we really knew what we had to focus on to succeed yet it’s still challenging every time and we lose plenty!  Ages 8+ Forbidden Island In this game, each player has a different skill set that allows them to do certain things that help you or other players out during the game.  We’ve played this a ton!  There are also a few other versions, Forbidden Sky, Forbidden Desert and now Forbidden Jungle.  I haven’t played Jungle yet but Island has been our favorite of the others.  It says ages 10+ but my 8 year old has been playing it since he was 6 or 7, he just needed a little more talking through what to do then.   Pandemic Four diseases threaten the world, and your elite team of specialists must find a cure for each of them before it’s too late. Everyone must work together applying their unique character skills to benefit the team—and the world.  Ages 8+  We haven’t played this one yet but we have it.   Cahoots In Cahoots, players work together playing one card at a time on one of the four piles of cards matching either number or color.  Sounds easy enough, right?!  Kind of.  However, as you add cards, you are working together to complete a set number of challenges before running out of cards.  Can you work together to get it done?  We play this one pretty regularly and have fun with it.     Outnumbered:  Improbable Heroes I forgot to add this one to the pictures but we play this pretty often.  My nine-year-old loves it even though he needs help to play it.  It involves shaking 3 dice and trying to make them work by solving math problems with those numbers or squaring numbers or using your individual super power to eliminate the villains on the game board.  You can make it harder by using the larger numbers.  Working together you have to eliminate the villains before they destroy you.       Have you played cooperative games before? Let me know in the comments below which games are your favorite cooperative […]

Books We Love: A Night Divided

[…]that we were a part of the story from the start. It had been on my list of books to read to the kids and I’m so glad we finally got to it!!! This book is pretty intense, so keep that in mind when deciding if it’s right for your family to read right now. Below you can read the back of the book to know what it is about. With the rise of the Berlin Wall, Gerta finds her family suddenly divided. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who had gone west in search of work, cannot return home. Gerta knows it is dangerous to watch the wall, yet she can’t help herself. She sees the East German soldiers with their guns trained on their own citizens; she, her family, her neighbors and friends are prisoners in their own city.But one day on her way to school, Gerta spots her father on a viewing platform on the western side, pantomiming a peculiar dance. Gerta concludes that her father wants her and Fritz to tunnel beneath the wall, out of East Berlin. However, if they are caught, the consequences will be deadly. No one can be trusted. Will Gerta and her family find their way to freedom? Each week we feature a book we love. Usually something we’ve finished reading and I love when I come across a book that I love this much! If you have read this, I’d love to hear what you read next. Bonus for historical fiction. If you haven’t, let me know below a book you’ve read and […]

Botany Science Unit for Homeschool

[…]love this app.  If you need a way to discover some new plants, trees, etc. go hiking.  Go hiking with friends, with just the kids, anybody!  Don’t take the hike seriously.  Get down in the dirt, look at the insects or plants the kids discover.  Take pictures and learn more about it later or scan it in the app and discover it now.  We like to hike to waterfalls.  The kids know they will have a blast when we get there and we stop to discover whatever we want along the way. Books. This is always my favorite. I love that our library is so big and has so many books. Here are some of my favorites but to be honest, I could probably go on and on and on with this list there are so many we loved! It Starts with a Seed by Laura Knowles Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca E. Hirsch The Seedling That Didn’t Want to Grow by Britt Techentrup Flip, Float and Fly by Joann Early Macken is hands down one of my favorite books.  The illustrations and information in this book is incredible and so beautiful. A Seed Is Sleepy by Diana Aston From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons The Amazing Life Cycle of Plants by Kay Farnham Plant Hunters from The Good and the Beautiful is about 2 female botanists.  I really love having a book or two about people working in the field that have had an impact on what we are learning about. Nature Journal  There are plenty to choose from so pick one that works for you.  I like this one and this one. Flower press. You can buy a set for this purpose or there are ways to do it on Pinterest. We also had a root viewer so we could observe the roots as they were growing.  Somehow I didn’t take a single picture of ours?  It was fun to watch.  We did this at the same time we were planting our garden which made it extra fun.  The kids planned the garden;from what we grow to where we planted the things and kept track of it all as it grew.     We had a blast with this unit and if you are wondering what’s next – it’s chemistry! Actually, we did insects this summer too – maybe I’ll get around to sharing that one also. Drop a comment below – I’d love to hear what you have added in for extra […]

Books We Love: The War That Saved My Life

[…]the stories I choose. The system works great for us and allows plenty of one-on-one snuggling with each of the kids. My daughter {12 years old} chose this book as a reward for the library’s summer reading program. She was reading it to herself at bedtime and THE SECOND that she finished reading it, she walked over, handed it to me and said, “You have to read this to Charlie!” As soon as we finished whatever book I had been reading, we started The War That Saved My Life. My daughter sat there listening again to the story every single night. We were hooked from the start – such an amazing story!!! I knew there was a sequel to it so as we neared the end, I put in a request for the next one. Well, as we finished this book, the next one wasn’t ready yet. Charlie {my ten-year-old} exclaimed, “Let’s just read this again. Start from the beginning.” Seriously, it’s that good of a book. Hands down one of the best books I’ve ever read to the kids and I have read a lot of great books. I’d love to hear from you. What book have you read lately that you […]