Wednesday, June 9, 2021

LEGO ABCs: J is for Jurassic

Some weeks just don't go as planned. I had hoped to have this post all written up before our trip, but alas here I am writing this early in the morning at Great Wolf Lodge. I even brought the LEGOs for this week here to finish building them, which was totally fun, by the way. 

Some featured posts from last wee's letter I link-up:

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Building this week's set at the Lodge was fun!

This week I am sharing a set from Jurassic World, Baryonyx Face-Off: The Treasure Hunt. It's a new one for us, although we have a few others that I'd like to rebuild, but I have to find all the pieces. 

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The Jeep is coming along nicely! Such fun details.


We started building this at home, but quickly ran out of time so we packed it up and took it to the Lodge to build for some downtime. Aric started the set by building the Jeep, and then I finished the rest.

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The Baryonyx dinosaur and jungle scene with treasure

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A close up of the treasure. It's hidden kinda behind and under the green stuff. Just push the green LEGO button and the greenery opens up.

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The Jeep and Trailer

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The details inside the trailer. There's a bed, and a desk with a computer.

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I really love the Jurassic Jeep

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The minifigs that come in the set

Other Letter J builds include these characters. I built these, just for fun. Alex has loved playing with them.

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From the classic transparent blocks set.

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Building them

I tried to catch the light in transparent blocks in the sunshine. 

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These will be fun to display

This is the set they came from:

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J is for Jigsaw

One last thing for J. Jigsaw puzzles. There are some fun LEGO puzzles out there to do. This one with all the yellow LEGO heads was given to me for my birthday last November. My friend laughed a very evil laugh as she gave it to me because she thought it looked hard. It was! That puzzle took me months. Every piece had to be fully scrutinized before placed. So much yellow!

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Fast forward to May...I got her a LEGO puzzle for payback. Turns out hers was not as hard. She did it in a few days. I kinda knew it wouldn't be as hard. This one has way more variations. But, it was still fun to give her a LEGO puzzle. She enjoyed it and then we traded. Now I'm doing hers and she is trying out the yellow heads. I will also note that she came over a few times and helped me with that yellow one when I was working on it, so she knew how absolutely difficult it was. Good times! Doing a puzzle with a friend is also a blast too.

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My friend's puzzle that I just started working on.

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Still a long way to go!

That's about it for the letter J! Thanks for reading/looking at all of our builds this week.

Now it's your turn to share! Please join co-host Chareen and me as we blog through the alphabet and link-up below:


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  2. When linking up you agree to give us permission to share your post or a photo in any future blog posts and social media shares. 
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  5. Please, make sure your posts relate to the alphabet or blogging through the alphabet in some way. Evergreen content (past posts that relate) is also welcome. 
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Wordless Wednesday: New Ride

 

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I am linking this up with Life on Chickadee Lane's Wordless Wednesday post.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Booksharing: The Journey That Saved Curious George

Today's book that I want to share is The Journey That Saved Curious George by Louise Borden. This is such an interesting story! I don't remember how I found this title, but I know it was on a list somewhere. Possibly a list of WW2 children's books, but I am the one that ended up reading this one.

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It's the true story of how the authors of the Curious George books, Margaret and H.A. Rey, escaped Paris with their stories (Curious George being one of them) just before Germany invaded. It also gives a brief history of their lives. How they met, what inspired their writings, etc.

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The story has illustrated pictures, photocopies of actual documents and journal entries, and a lot of information. The pictures make it a perfect author biography for children.

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I found this fascinating as we are studying WW2 right now, and this is just one of those side stories about it that reminded me that so many people were affected. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Wordless Wednesday: New LEGOs!

 

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LEGO ABCs: I is for Iron Man

This week is all about the letter I. It's the 9th letter of the alphabet, so we've been doing this for 9 weeks not counting our introduction post, yay! Great job! Each week is just a new adventure for me with the link-ups and with our new LEGO builds. I am loving all the new ideas and things to read. If you need some new blogs to read and follow be sure to check out everyone's links and add yours too! It's never too late! We accept new and old blog posts as long as they follow the guidelines and relate to the current letter.

Here are some featured posts from last week (Letter H):

This week my co-host Chareen is blogging about Instagramers to Follow who are Home Educating, and I am going to share some of our Iron Man LEGO building.

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I decided a few months ago to start at the beginning and make my way through all the Marvel movies so I could understand the story/stories better and put everything in order. My teens LOVED that idea and they have been watching them with me. I am happy to say I'm on the last movie! It's a 3 hour movie so I have to do it on a night when I have a lot of time or break it up into 2 sessions. Then my daughter is really excited to watch Wanda Vision with me. So, with that said, I think I have decided my favorite superhero is Iron Man. I've never had a favorite before. In fact, I've never really been a superhero fan, until now. I've really enjoyed watching them with my teens. 

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The first Iron Man build is an easy mosaic from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls, LEGO Superhero Building Cards. I love making mosaic's and these are pretty easy. The printable cards are free just click on the link and sign up with your email. These take just a lot of regular bricks, so super simple to find pieces if you have a lot of basic colored bricks.

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The next build is not built. I had great ambition in rebuilding this Avengers/Iron Man set of Aric's, but it has taken so long to find all the pieces. I am having to search through all our storage bins to find them. So far I've gotten through all the blues, and I have rounded up all the Iron Man minifigs.

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Still, a long way to go to find all the pieces! I will have to update this post when I have finished. I am thankful that we keep all the old instructions though!

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I know my boys would cringe if they heard me say this, but isn't this Iron Man cute? Minifigs are so fun and cute. What's your favorite superhero?

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That's about it for the letter I! Thanks for reading/looking at all of our builds this week.

Now it's your turn to share! Please join co-host Chareen and me as we blog through the alphabet and link-up below:


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**Rules for linking up:
  1. Your post must be family-friendly. We have the right to remove any posts that are inappropriate. 
  2. When linking up you agree to give us permission to share your post or a photo in any future blog posts and social media shares. 
  3. Please link back to the host or co-hosts blog, and use the image if you want. 
  4. If you can, check out a few other posts in the link-up and leave some comment love. 
  5. Please, make sure your posts relate to the alphabet or blogging through the alphabet in some way. Evergreen content (past posts that relate) is also welcome. 
  6. The link-up will be available for one week for each letter. 
  7. Last of all, have fun. If you can’t join for one week, don’t stress. Just join next time, and enjoy!

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Thankful Thursday: Friends

I am thankful for friends. Today we listened to a great talk by Hank Smith called "I love my friends" and it just got me to thinking how much friends can really be great. Alex is making a t-shirt for his best friend for our upcoming camping trip with her and her family. He was so excited to make a shirt for her. So, I'm thankful for friends.

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One More Story (A REVIEW)

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

 
One More Story

 


We have had the opportunity to read some great, well-known classic children's picture books through this online reading program, One More Story. We didn't have to go searching the house or go to the library to get some of our favorites, and there were plenty of new titles that we hadn't heard before too. All we needed was the laptop or a device for a quick storytime session. For this review we received a one year subscription to One More Story.

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One More Story Homepage
We received a one year subscription to One More Story with access to many great children's picture books.

What is this program and how does it work? This program is a three month, six month, or a one year subscription to access a growing library of 87 books. The kids have the option to have the book read to them or they can read it themselves, and the book is open as if the real book were sitting in front of you. When the child chooses the book to be read aloud to them it is accompanied by music and sound effects, and the words are highlighted as the narrator reads them. This is our favorite way to read books with One More Story. The child can also choose to read by themselves with the option to click the button to hear the words read aloud if they need help. At the end of each book there is an option to go over vocabulary from the book.

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First, The child chooses a book from the "shelf" as if they are choosing the real book as it looks in real life.

My kiddo (age 10) who is in 4th grade enjoyed having these books read to him even though he can read them all very well. It is fun to hear the music and the sound with each story. We enjoyed sitting together on the couch listening to books at bedtime. 

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Once the child has picked a book from the shelf they have the option to choose "I can read," or go straight to vocabulary. Clicking the green arrow starts the story.

I also love that this program helps the child to slow down in his or her reading. My child tends to read really fast, often skipping words. As these books are being read aloud the child is forced to go slower because the narrator and music move at a much slower pace allowing the child to really absorb the story. My boy got impatient at times during the story, but I feel like it was so good for him to slow down.

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An example of a page in the story Sidney Won't Swim. The words are highlighted as they are read.

Overall, this is a really neat program. I wish I had had something like this for my older kids when they were first reading. I think it's a great way to have easy access to books for kids who are just starting to read. I think it's great even for older ones that still enjoy picture books, like I said my youngest is in 4th grade and he still enjoyed it. Everyone loves to listen to a story!

If you'd like to see what others have to say about One More Story you can click on the banner below.

One More Story Online Library Reviews

LEGO ABCs: J is for Jurassic

Some weeks just don't go as planned. I had hoped to have this post all written up before our trip, but alas here I am writing this early...