Swapping Adventures

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I think I might have posted about this before, but I thought I’d do it again.  On Facebook there is a group called Homeschool Swapping Adventures.  They have many different types of swaps you can get involved in.  Some include: postcards (monthly), Geoboxes, Traveling Buddies (similar to Flat Stanley), penpals, and various holiday swaps.  We have really enjoyed being involved in this group.  We are participating in the postcard swap right now.  We are trying to get a postcard from every state.  We even have a map up to mark each state we get.

4 1 13 002  This shows the map when we first put it up.  We only had four states.  We now have seven.  It’s a lot of fun to read the postcards, and then to mark them on the map.  This map is 2 pages x 2 pages.  You can make a map as large as 8 pages x 8 pages at Your Child Learns, this is one of my favorite sites.

We are also starting a unit study on Ireland and then Great Britain.  So we have done maps for those places as well.

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The first map is of Great Britain and the smaller map in the second picture is of Ireland.  We have also made the flags for England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland.  As we do things in the unit study we will add to the maps.  Today she will be adding four cities in Ireland; Blarney, Trim, Galway, and Dublin.  She is working on a Sightseeing Guide booklet today.  I got this study from Homeschool Share, It is under the free lapbooks.  Abby feels she is too old for lapbooks, so we do the same thing but then put the lapbook components in a notebook.  Here are a couple of pictures.

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The first picture is the lapbook components she has completed.  I cut down a piece of construction paper and put holes in it.  She then completed the component and glued them on the construction paper.  When she is finished with the unit, she will have a notebook full of lapbook components as well as notes, drawings, and research essays.  So if you have a pre-teen or teenager that feels they are to old for lapbooks, this is a good alternative.  The second picture is the lapbook component she is working on today.

My next post will be about our new Writing Notebook and  our timeline.  I love our timeline!!  There is a post about it in an earlier post, but I thought I’d update it.

Blessings!

 

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Jordan’s graduation and geocaching

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Friday night was my nephew, Jordan’s graduation.  I can’t believe he has gotten so old.  They grow up so fast.  We did take both our visiting Flat Emily and Abby’s new Flat Sarah.  They seem to really enjoy themselves.  My mom and Aunt Jane got in on the fun as well.  We are so proud of Jordan, he has worked very hard and has received almost $6,000 in scholarship money.  Congratulations Jordan!!!

Abby holding her Flat Sarah and her cousin Emily holding Flat Emily.

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Jordan is the one smiling at me with that “oh I can’t believe she is taking my picture” look.

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I have discoved geocaching.  My sister-in-law introduced me to this yesterday and we have found 5 already.  It is a “game” where you use your phone’s GPS and an app to look for small “caches” that people have hidden.  Some of them have things you can trade, as long as you put something in you can take something out.  Others are very small and only have the log that you sign.  You then go online to the webpage and log that you found the cache.  In our area alone there are over 200.  And we are a small community.  Abby and I are planning on doing some geocaching in Washington this next week.  It is so much fun.  Many of the places the caches are hidden are historical in nature and the descriptions give a lot of history.  Check it out at geocaching.

Hope you all have a wonderful Sabbath. 

Colette