Wednesday, September 22, 2021

LEGO ABCs: X is for Xylophone

Here we are! In the home stretch with the letter X. Just 2 more letters and a wrap-up post after that and we're done. I have really enjoyed this series, but I will be glad to build whatever I want after this is all done. This week I built a xylophone, and my co-host Chareen is sharing about the X-Factor in Your Homeschool.

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The letter X is hard, but I went with a classic, the xylophone. At first I really didn't want to, but after looking at so many options, any options, there weren't really any. Then I realized that a xylophone could be doable. A very basic one anyway. None of my boys was up for the challenge, so it was all me.

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So, I looked up some pictures, and even searched for any LEGO ones that might have been built. There were a few nice LEGO ones that people created, but I didn't have the time to figure out how to make it look fancy. I am also limited on pieces that I have. I couldn't find any pieces long enough to make it longer, so mine ended up pretty short. But, here's my basic xylophone. It's not much, but it looks kinda cute!

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That's all for our LEGO fun this week! Thank you for reading and joining us!

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W is for Wingspan--A board game about birds

It's the first day of fall, so I thought we'd spend the day doing some fall-ish things. So, we're playing some board games today, and one of them is a new one we just got for school called Wingspan. We just received it yesterday and I'm opening it up this morning to get it all prepared, so I thought I'd share it for our letter W board game series.

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This game has a lot of pieces and things to put together. It's both overwhelming and exciting. I'm sure once we get to know the rules and play we'll enjoy it though. I love the little bird eggs!

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There's even a bird house!

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Now I want to go out and do some bird watching. That might be a perfect start to fall activity. What do you do on the first day of fall?

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

LEGO ABCs: W is for World

It's time for the letter W in our blogging through the alphabet series. I can't believe we are almost done with the whole alphabet! This week I have a LEGO world that we built, and my co-host Chareen is sharing about Cursive Writing.

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I am sure most of you are familiar with the Disney movie Wall-E where the little robot takes it upon himself to clean up the earth after all the humans deserted it. In doing so, he finds all the people and helps to bring them back to the world they are supposed to live in. I think his story fits in very well with what we built this week, a world LEGO mosaic

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I found the instructions for this mosaic on the blog: Childhood 101. There is a free printable to use and follow for the LEGO Mosaic world. There are even both sides of the globe, but I only made one side. That's all I had enough pieces for. It took quite a bit of my blue, and I was even worried I might not make it all the way through.

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The nice thing about this pattern is you just use what you have. You can put any shape of blue in wherever there is blue, and any shape of green where there is green. It's a lot of counting, and like a puzzle.

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It's really neat looking when it's done though! I have it on display in our living room next to our U.S. flag. If I had more flags that would have been fun to add. 

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That's all for our LEGO fun this week! Thank you for reading and joining us!

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V is for Virus -- A board game

Continuing to finish the board game alphabet from a few years ago...

This week I have the game Anti-Virus. It's like Rush Hour where you have to find a way fort he red piece to get out of the "jam." But, in this case, instead of cars and trucks it's little "virus" looking pieces. We've had this one for a few years. I pulled it out for this post and Aric has solved quite a few already. A fun twist on a familiar game!

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Britfield & the Rise of the Lion, Book 2

 A Book Review!

I received a free physical copy of the book Britfield & the Rise of the Lion, by C.R. Stewart, in exchange for my review and promotion.

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A few years ago (2019) I reviewed the first book in this series, Britfield & the Lost Crown, by C.R. Stewart, and loved it. So, when the Britfield team contacted me to review the 2nd one, I was happy to do so. I wanted to see how the story continued! The first book was exciting and very interesting, I couldn't put it down.

The 2nd book in the Britfield series continues the story of the 2 orphans who escaped an orphanage in England in pursuit of truth. In this book, they are continuing their journey across France trying to find help while being pursued by corrupt government leaders, and finding evidence that will restore the rightful heir to the crown. It is a fast-paced story full of mystery and adventure. 

As you read this book you will visit with the children, the Louvre, Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and a few famous cities. A great read for kids and adults about 10 and up. And, if you are reading for educational purposes, so many great tie-ins for lessons!

Enjoy the book!

Thursday, September 9, 2021

LEGO ABCs: V is for Vacation

Welcome to the letter V this week! Boy V nearly did me in. Which is why this is so late, and finally getting posted on Thursday instead of Wednesday. I decided I just couldn't do it. I couldn't think of anything. So, I just need a vacation. Actually, I was on vacation over the long holiday weekend (Labor Day for the United States), so I guess I'll use that as my excuse as to why we built nothing. But also, the letter V was just hard. My co-host Chareen has shared her post about Value Added Learning.

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I'm very sorry I have no builds to share this week, but I really needed to get this linky up, so we'll just get right to that!

That's all for our LEGO fun this week! Thank you for reading and joining us!

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

U is for Uno (ABC games)

How many UNO games do we own? When I asked myself this question, I thought maybe 2 or 3? Nope. In my short search I was able to round up 8. I am pretty sure there is at least one more in storage somewhere. I couldn't find that specific one I was thinking of.

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Some of these different versions actually have different rules, so they are kinda fun. Not to mention the fun themes that you can have. The Toy Story version is vintage. I bought that one when April was real little. She remembers playing it when she was probably about 5 ish. 

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We played Uno Dare! last night. I had forgotten how fun that one is. We had to talk like a pirate or talk to our belly button (which Alex didn't seem to care for). We had to balance cards on our shoulders. Lots of silly fun with this one.

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What version of UNO would you like? (If it exists or not)

LEGO ABCs: X is for Xylophone

Here we are! In the home stretch with the letter X. Just 2 more letters and a wrap-up post after that and we're done. I have really enjo...