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Machi Koro

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It’s time for a new post about a fun game. This week I want to share with you about Machi Koro. George recently picked this game up at The National Building Museum. I was very excited to see that he had decided to buy it. I have been paying a lot more attention to the board gaming community and this game is very popular. I wasn’t sure if we would like the game because we like some pretty meaty games. I keeping trying to think what game I would compare it to. Maybe Sushi Go.

Machi Koro is a 2-4 player game. You can buy an expansion to add another player. This is a great family friendly game. The suggested age is 10 and up but Bubbles and Duke have both been able to play with a little help. This is an easy game to teach newbies and quick fun. A playthrough can go from 30-15 minutes. The basic game play is rolling dice, acquiring money, buying property, and purchasing objectives. I know it sounds really easy. That’s because it is.

Does this game have any educational benefits? Yes! Ratios with the percentage of chances that you are going to roll a certain number to earn the max amount of money. Most board games include Math and this one does too. You have to add up business and special rules to make sure you get enough money to purchase objectives. There’s some reading and of course reading comprehension. Duke is able to read the special rules on the cards and understand that he gets a certain number of coins. The biggest thing this game offers is strategy. The kids each get to decide if they want to take the slow and steady way of earning money or buy the more expensive businesses in hopes that they get the dice roll they need.If that’s not enough teaching kiddos to be a good sport and play fair is always a plus for me.

I hope you all have been enjoying my posts about some really fun board games. If you would like to suggest a game or questions email me adventureswithsix@gmail.com

Have a great weekend!

 

Cosmic Kids Yoga

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Today I would like to tell you about this awesome YouTube channel suggested to me by a friend. After I had 2 doctors tell me to try to try out yoga I decided I should follow their advice. The hard part was where do I start? How do I find a good yoga program that will work for my family?  I decided to include the kids because I knew it would make me stick with it. After all everything I do is ultimately for them. Being healthy is also part of that.

I did the normal thing where you ask friends first. I had a few offers of what to use and DVDs that friends would loan to us. We tried a few DVDs that were intended for adults first. The kids complained alot and didn’t seem to enjoy it at all. I really needed them to want to do it even if I thought it was silly. A friend suggested Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube.

I figured what can it hurt to give it a try. So we did. The kids had a blast. Cosmic Kids Yoga is a channel that uses stories to get kids to do yoga. The kids would ask “Mom, are you sure we are doing yoga?” They would really get into the stories and movements (yoga poses). Even Pooh and Baby Kermit will join in. I made a plan to do yoga 3 times a week for 30-45 minutes. Thanks to Cosmic Kids we have been able to stick to that plan.

So why should you try Cosmic Kids?

  1. It can fulfill any PE requirements. In DC we are required to do something for Physical Education. Last year we used Easy Peasy. This year we will be dong yoga.
  2. It can be done no matter the weather. Because Cosmic Kids Yoga is a YouTube channel we are still able to exercise if its hot or raining outside.
  3. It’s a great way to let kids use their imaginations. There are minimal amount of special effects. Most of the time you are listening to the story and doing the poses. The kids have to use there imagination to really get into the story.
  4. It’s fun. The kids all have their favorite episodes already. Pippi love Nelson the Pigeon. Jem’s favorite is Mimi the Mermaid. Bubbles always wants to do Marv the Metal Detective. Duke loves Squish the fish. Pooh’s favorite is Tiny the T-Rex. and Baby Kermit had fun doing  Pedro the Penguin.

I hope at least some of you will give it a try. I would love to hear what your kiddos favorites are. Happy Yogaing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Homeschool Resources: The Sequel

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Food fun for kids

http://homeschoolgiveaways.com/2016/02/free-printable-kids-culinary-passport/

http://www.nourishinteractive.com

http://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Kids/Kids-Games-Activities.aspx

http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2012/08/27-ways-for-kids-to-play-with-food.html

http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/recipes/

https://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/resource-library/food-safety/food-safety-games-and-activities

 

Science
http://www.theyoungscientistsclub.com/themagicschoolbus/

https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOAKed_MxxWBNaPno5h3Zs8

https://sciencebob.com/category/experiments/

http://www.sciencefun.org/kidszone/experiments/

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/lessonplans.html

https://kids.usa.gov/teachers/lesson-plans/science/index.shtml

 

Blogs/ articles

http://faithfilledparentin.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=aab3238922bcc25a6f606eb525ffdc56.28

http://www.largefamiliesonpurpose.com

http://www.setonmagazine.com/latest-articles/bought-restaurant-homeschooling

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/a-dad-is-not-a-babysitter-or-a-helper_b_8911878.html

http://www.theuglyvolvo.com/games-to-play-with-your-child-in-which-you-barely-have-to-move-or-talk/

http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/988923/tips-to-make-homeschool-fun

http://www.homeschooloasis.com/art_ideas_for_prac_real-life_hsing.htm

 

Reading incentive programs

http://www.bookitprogram.com

http://www.bookadventure.com/Home.aspx

http://www.braums.com/book-buddy/

http://www.chuckecheese.com/deals-offers/rewards-calendars

https://feedback.sixflags.com/rts/default.aspx

 

Art

http://www.getty.edu/education/teachers/classroom_resources/curricula/impressionism/lesson01.html

http://www.kinderart.com

http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/education/kids.html

http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/students/explore_by_topic/everything_art.html

https://kids.usa.gov/teachers/lesson-plans/art/index.shtml

http://theteachersguide.bmobilized.com/?ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theteachersguide.com%2FArtlessonplans.html

http://www.crayola.com/lesson-plans/k-12/social-studies-lesson-plans/

 

Music

http://musicinourhomeschool.com/2016/01/18/top-10-musicals-to-watch-with-younger-kids-day-18/

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/862267639/hoffman-academy-online-piano-lessons-for-everyone

http://lessonplanspage.com/music/elementary-school/

https://www.teachervision.com/music/lesson-plan/54321.html

http://makingmusicfun.net/htm/mmf_music_library_the_lesson_zone_index.htm

 

English
http://lifeofahomeschoolmom.com/2016/01/free-sight-word-slap-game/

http://lifeofahomeschoolmom.com/2016/01/free-phonics-assessment-printable/

http://www.vocabulary.co.il/literature-games/

https://www.teachervision.com/reading-and-language-arts/games/5831.html

http://powermylearning.org/learn/what-we-do/learning-games-activities/language-arts-english/

http://www.familylearning.org.uk/phonics_games.html

http://www.softschools.com/language_arts/phonics/

http://www.readingrockets.org

 

Social Studies 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_E2CNZIlVIg

http://www.uen.org/Lessonplan/LPview.cgi?core=4

http://theteachersguide.bmobilized.com/?ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theteachersguide.com%2Fsocialstudies.html

http://www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/2544

http://www.softschools.com/social_studies/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/games/

 

Math

http://creeksidelearning.com/multiplication-games/

http://www.arcademics.com

http://www.homeschoolmath.net

http://cathyduffyreviews.com/math/math-index.htm

http://www.homeschoolingheartsandminds.com/2013/04/46-free-homeschool-math-resources.html

http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/free-curriculum/Math.html

http://get.ixl.com/math/?gclid=CNCXmOKuxssCFYE8gQodgFMFOw

 

Misc.

http://frugalfun4boys.com/2015/08/30/lego-brain-puzzles/

https://www.youtube.com/user/watchfreeschool

http://www.amazon.com/The-Read-Aloud-Handbook-Sixth-Edition/dp/0143037390

http://www.amazon.com/The-Well-Trained-Mind-Classical-Education/dp/0393067084

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0802403476/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_2?pf_rd_p=1944687462&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=080241270X&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1WJ7GFB1Q69NH806YMY6

http://www.christianbook.com/?kw=christianbook%20.com&mt=b&dv=t&event=PPCSRC&p=1165907&gclid=CNbs8rqxxssCFcQjgQod2-EN_A

http://www.education.com/games/