Have you ever made a quadrama?  I try to fill our home school with lots of projects to make the learning as memorable as possible. . . always looking for things that stick in their minds!  We do lots of reading and I have my kids make book projects of their choice about the things they read.  Today my daughter finished reading Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne (we love the Magic Treehouse series!).  It was time for a book project!  {Oh, and to find out more about book projects and other things we do to encourage reading at our house, go take a peek at our Bookworms page.} She decided to craft a quadrama for her project since a pyramid is the perfect shape for a book about Egyptian pyramids.  She loved the project so much though, that I predict many more quadramas in our future, whether … click to read more

Origami Bats

Making origami bats is really easy.  You can do it for Halloween or as part of a lesson on bats.  Start with a piece of square, black paper. 1. Fold the square of black paper in half on the diagonal and make a nice, crisp crease. 2. Fold down the top 2 inches of the triangle. 3. Now use chalk to draw some guide lines.  First you’ll draw the inside lines as shown below, and then add a second parallel line right by it.  You’ll fold each side flap in along the inside lines you see here, and then back out along the outer lines. This makes the wings. 4. Make ears by cutting a notch out in between the wings.  (Technically, traditional origami doesn’t use cutting.  We like to cut the little ears, but they are still cute even if you just stick to traditional paper-folding methods.) 5. Flip … click to read more

Book Report Cards

Kids are always the ones getting the grades; it’s time to turn the tables and let them do the grading.  This printable form is a book report card.  Instead of a typical book report, kids can fill out the report card on the book, grading it on its characters, catchy beginning, and other criteria.  There are also spaces for them to write a recommendation and other information about their book.  Click right here or on the picture below to get the printable Book Report Card. Don’t forget to check out our free printables page for a lot more fun writing ideas, maps, and more.