Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Spooky Halloween Village

Every year we put up our spooky little Halloween village. It grows and changes locations but is always fun and just a bit spooky. 


This year we decided to add some purple lights for that Halloween glow.

Haunted houses, Halloween trees, ghosts, goblins and even a few trick or treaters fill the little town.

Hope you enjoyed our little spooky tour.
You can see the village from 201320122011

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Simple Saturdays, Oct. 4th

Welcome and Happy Saturday!

Join us for ideas on Simple Lifestyle and being self sufficient!

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This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!
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Congratulations to our Featured Blogger this week: Cottage Making Mommy

with this post; Simple Lifestyle Alaska homestead a homestead tour of IdlewildAlaska.com. You will love this series of homestead tours. Tune in every Saturday to see whose homestead is featured. Ready to get to the hop? Add your link below.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Teaching Kindergarten Math with Manipulatives


When you begin teaching basic math concepts in Kindergarten or first grade, I have found using manipulatives help to connect the concept for little ones.



We have had a set of little rubber animals for  almost 20 years that I used with each of the kids. It does not matter what you use as long as you have a lot of them. You could use any small similar items. This particular set has been great cause I use it to teach patterns, color grouping and many other preschool items plus they are fun to play with for the little ones.

teaching addition, using manipulatives in kindergarten


Here we are beginning to start addition. I take a sheet of paper and write out five problems a day and provide a handful of the rubber animals. My daughter uses the manipulatives to figure out the problems. Many children are very visual so this really helps them "see" the math problem. Also, the kids find this fun and it keeps them engaged.

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