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.

STEM Learning, How About STEAM Instead?

Have you ever sat back and watched a child play? What did you see? How did they process the information that they were absorbing? Did they try something then try again?

If you haven’t taken the time I highly suggest you do. Kids are amazing! I am always impressed with how many complex concepts that they manage to teach themselves. Kids have a determination that I wish I possessed. More often than not they will try and try again until they master something. Once mastered they often come up with a different way to do something and occasionally end up creating an alternate result.

Now let’s talk about what kids learn. Specifically subjects that our society places a higher value on.

STEM, is the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This philosophy has been growing for years. These four subjects are vital to our current world however they were missing an important piece of the puzzle.

Art.

Have you ever purchased an app that was not visually appealing? Did you keep it or was it hard for you to utilize? Personally, if I don’t like the look of it I won’t waste my time using it. Completely unconsciously too, it just happens. Have you ever walked into a house where the layout wasn’t right? All the correct things were present but the flow was stifled.

Both of those situations are because the Art aspect was either forgotten or not prioritized.

It has been said that “Occupations in STEM-related careers are some of the fastest growing and best paid of the 21st century, and they often have the greatest potential for job growth.”1

How amazing is that?!?

As a mom of little’s I want to prepare my kids the best I can for the world that they will grow up in and potentially the world where they become leaders. I firmly believe that by moving from STEM to STEAM they will be better equipped for their lives. They will know how to think outside of the box while accomplishing a plethora of tasks. I want my kids to know how to think creatively, critically and how to be inventive. While also understanding the value that those skills bring to a variety of situations.

Do you have similar goals to me? Do you want your kids to stand out from the crowd?

Let me introduce you to one of my new favorite resources. This post contains affiliate links.

Steam Kids 50+ STEAM Activities

Steam Kids is a book that will inspire children to:

question like a scientist

design like a technologist

build like an engineer

create like an artist

deduce like a mathematician

and, most importantly

play like a kid.”

What does this all actually look like? Check out this fun video.

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2016 – 2017 Preschool Weekly Themes

I am so excited to start our first year of home school! I almost cant believe that we are already at this stage of life.

I am excited but still nervous. To combat my nerves I have come up with a plan. I am a planner girl and I need a plan to thrive. It’s what works for me. I have gathered some excellent themes for us to study and can’t wait to dive in!

Preschool Themes 2016 - 2017

Below I have written down our weekly themes. Beside each theme you will find a link to my Pinterest board that I used to brainstorm ideas, Our Plans, Workboxes, and a Book List followed with a review post. Once a month I have left a week theme-less… is that even a word. I left one for us to be able to follow our interests or address topics that need attention. I’m not sure what this year has in store but I definitely want to follow my kids interests.

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To School Or Not

Fall brings change. Our environment changes but so does life. As a mom of toddlers often days just blur together. Sometime weeks or even a month seem to be gone in the blink of an eye. Everyday I am in charge. I decide what we do and if we go anywhere. No rules unless I make them, for the most part.

Family 2016

Once September hits, Mom’s everywhere suddenly have a routine they need to follow.

Yes, I’m talking about back to school.

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