A Trip Around the World: South Korea

We are going to South Korea! Home to the Korean people, Tigers, fan dances and Kimchi. Next month the winter Olympics are going to be held in PyeongChang, South Korea. In honor of this world wide event we are going to spend a week exploring the culture, traditions and various other aspect of South Korea. It is going to be quite the adventure.

Thirty years ago, my Mom lived in South Korea for almost 18 months providing service and teaching the wonderful people there. She has many wonderful stories and experiences to share with us and I am so excited for the kids to hear about her adventures for the first time.

We would love to have you join us on a trip to South Korea. You can follow our daily adventures on instagram or under the hashtag #sbsl_korea or #sbsl_world.

This week will be trickier for you to follow along with because of the many souvenirs and personal stories that we have access to. You will still have a fun and engaging week so don’t get discouraged. In fact reach out to those around you and you might find a connection that you were not aware of before.

To join us you will need the following supplies:

  • Cardstock
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Korean Food (Find a recipe or go to a restaurant)
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Letters
  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Mini Flags

Here are the resources that we will be using:

Videos:

Fan Dance

Sword Dance

Song

Folk Song

Traditional Instruments

Landscape

Books:

Picture Books:

Festivals of the World: South Korea – Ho Siow Yen

Tigers – Usborne James Maclaine

Exploring Countries: South Korea – Anita Yasuda

Take a Trip to South Korea – Keith Lye

South Korea – Jessica Rudolph

Spotlight On South Korea – Bobbie Kalman

Cultural Traditions in South Korea – Lisa Dalrymple

South Korea – National Geographic Tom Jackson

Children of South Korea – Makoto Kubota

Printables:

Paper Dolls

Traditional Clothing

Flag

Gather the needed supplies and resources before our scheduled departure on January 29th. On the 28th at 8:00 MST I will show you exactly how to use all the supplies mentioned so be sure to

Join our facebook page to catch our live video on January 28 for our live video. I’ll be sharing our activity plans and assembling our workboxes.

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Olympic Books From Usborne

The Winter Olympics start this week!! What better way to jump into he fun than reading about the origin of the Olympics and the games that they play. Usborne has some excellent options for different ages. Which book are you interested in? Will you learn about Greece? How the Olympics came to be? Or specific sports?

The Story of the Olympics

The Olympic Games

Look Inside Sports

Sticker Winter Sports

Sports Sticker Book

The Usborne Internet Linked Encylopedia Ancient Greece

A Trip Around the World: Arctic Exploration Homeschool Plans

The world is amazing! Filled with beauty, culture and various experiences. We can’t physically travel the world yet but we still can explore many places around the world. Our next destination is the Arctic! Home to polar bears, icebergs, dogsleds and way too much snow.

A Trip Around the world Arctic Exploration Plans

We would love to have you join us on a trip to the Arctic. You can follow our daily adventures on instagram or under the hashtag #sbsl_arctic or #sbsl_world.

To Join us you will need the following supplies

  • Ice Cubes
  • Arctic Animals (little people, Toob animals)
  • Don’t Break the Ice Game
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Side Walk Chalk
  • Water Color Paints
  • Cotton Balls
  • Glue
  • Plastic Letters or Numbers
  • Googly Eyes
  • Latex Gloves
  • Crisco/Shortening/Coconut Oil
  • Plastic Wrap
  • White Packing Peanuts
  • Puzzles

Here are the Resources that we will be using:

Videos:

How Igloos Keep You Warm

Polar Pen Pals

What causes the Northern Lights?

Arctic Animals

Learning Names and Sounds of Polar Animals

Sled Dogs

Icebergs and Glaciers (Musical Version)

What’s below the tip of the iceberg?

Iceberg Crashing

Picture Books:

Arctic White –

Sled Dog School –

Into the Arctic –

Polar Kingdom Animals – Auzou

In The Arctic – The Magic School Bus

My Very Big Book of Canadian Animals – Auzou

St Lawrence Beluga – Owl Magazine

Polar Babies – Susan Ring

Whales – Melvin and Gilda Berger

The Great Animal Search – Ian Jackson

Polar Bears – Nature’s Children

Caribou – Nature’s Children

Wolves – Nature’s Children

Whales – Nature’s Children

Polar Bears – Usborne Conrad Mason

Arctic and Antarctic – DK Eye Wonder

Arctic and Antarctic – DK Eyewitness Books Barbara Taylor

Chapter Books:

Polar Bear Patrol – The Magic School Bus

Polar Bears Past Bedtime – Magic Tree House

Movies:

Balto

Puffin Rock

Frozen Planet

The Polarman

Frozen Planet

Frozen Planet on Thin Ice

Frozen Planet an Epic Journey

Wild North

Printables:

Who Lives in the Arctic

Arctic Prey Maze

Polar Bear Craft

Gather the needed supplies and resources before our scheduled departure on January 22nd. On the 21th at 8:00 MST I will show you exactly how to use all the supplies mentioned so be sure to join our Facebook page, Side By Side Learn to catch our live video.

41 Weeks

Here I am, still holding on. 41 weeks pregnant and a mess of emotions.

I usually don’t write directly from the heart but I need to. For me, for you, maybe for someone you know. I just need to write before this babe arrives. Lucky you, you get my jumbled pregnancy thoughts. I’ll probably edit this again once my brain is functioning so come back….

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What God is Doing

As a parent one of my goals is to instill gospel lessons and values in my kids. Is this an easy feat? The answer is clearly no. No, it’s not easy to teach lessons on a regular basis and make them interesting for little kids. It can be down right exhausting and often leaves me feeling like a complete failure.

I just can’t do it all, all the time. We have ups and downs. Times the kids really enjoy learning about scripture stories and times where I’m not sure they heard a single word we, the parents, said. It can be rewarding but often just frustrating. Ugh.

Please tell me we aren’t the only family that struggles with bringing scripture stories to life and holding our kids interests.

Luckily I have recently found a book that share many resources to help us teach our family lessons from the Old Testament!

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Smart Games Review Party

We received three new games from Smart Games and had a game night!! We had tons of fun and loved each and every game. The kids and even the adults had a great time. Each of the games were fun but also focused on different skills. They were the perfect balance of fun and education. In fact I don’t think the kids even knew they were learning skills.

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5 Books to Help You Talk About Babies With Your Kids

Currently I am 36 weeks pregnant. The last few months, especially the last few weeks, I have had a ton of questions about babies from my kids. My oldest is almost 5, right in the middle of the million question phase. I wanted to answer his questions but I also wanted to handle them appropriately.

I was nervous.

I wanted to be honest with my kids. I most definitely wasn’t going to make up a story about a stork bringing the baby to our door but where was the line. Well… that lead me to telling them the truth, not the whole A-Z truth but the honest to goodness truth.

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Holiday Gifts for Your Little Chef

One activity that has truly stood the test of time is playing in the kitchen!!

Yes, you can buy play kitchens but a pot and wooden spoon in the cupboard is almost as fun.

Kids love to mimic things that they see adults do regularly. That probably contributes to the love of kitchens, that and food. Kids love food. Mine can’t seem to get enough of it. As kids get older you can help encourage them to get involved in the kitchen. You can teach them valuable skills that will benefit your family and them in the long term. I have included some of our favorite kitchen inspired toys and equipment to help kids of all ages be included.

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Top 10 Games for Preschoolers

Preschoolers are mini sponges! Soaking up learning and skills in every direction that they turn. The tricky this is keeping those minds busy and letting them explore and play. Games are quickly becoming our kids favorite activities. They are also growing up and getting to the stage where they can play some games without supervision. They still need the occasional direction and assistance but they can entertain themselves independently.

Uno

Such a classic game! Match the colors or match the numbers. Pick up cards and discard. First person to get rid of their pile wins. Those are the original rules. Now, if you give a preschooler free-rein they might start sorting the cards into different piles. At first you might not think that they are learning but sorting is a huge skill that preschoolers  need to master.

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