Saturday, January 31, 2009

Featured: Pretties for Baby

Mama Lisa at Chubbas 'n Boop has something to show you - beautiful little shoes and a matching t-shirt. It's her standard baby shower gift, and they're to swoon over.
Run over to see them. They'll inspire you!

Featured: Light Experiments

Here's a pdf for you today of an old fashioned book - Gilbert Light Experiments For Boys.
It's by a professor of physics, Carleton John Lynde, Ph.D.
It's from 1909, so it's called "For Boys". :)
Along with discovering light, illusions and a few other things are explained.
It's quaint, but interesting.

(see for dailies.)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Featured: Pineapple Plants!

The Duff's are growing pineapple plants! Take a peek!

Featured: Tangrams

Here are some links for tangram puzzles - the first one is only good for today!
Tangrams pdf - Patterns to make your own Tangrams and free online Tangrams.

See for daily access.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Featured: Stamps

Sam at Feel the Rhythm Inside shares an idea of turning "rubbish" into treasure - go see her adorable stamps she made out of styrofoam!

Featured: Painted Rocks

Amida at Journey Into Unschooling has some garden pretties to share!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Featured: Shrinky Dinks

RunninL8 put up some things on Mountain Pulse that she made by melting plastic a bit. Shrinky-dink style. Looks fun!

(Just remember that it's plastic - and therefore gives off toxic fumes when burned - so caution is necessary.)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Teaching Tolerance: Inauguration

Mary at the lovely and gentle blog Attachlings has so graciously let me post this.
It's an email from Teaching Tolerance.

"January 13, 2009

A week from today, Barack Obama will become the first African American to serve as the President of the United States. Teaching Tolerance is pleased to release this suite of lesson plans to add depth to classroom observances.

How We Reached This Racial Milestone
Obama’s ascension to the highest office in the land is possible only because so many men, women and children - abolitionists, civil rights advocates and their allies - stood up for justice across the centuries. Today’s students can join them.

Defenders of Justice (Grades 3-5)

What Makes a Civil Rights Leader? (Grades 7-8 )

An Historic Vote (Grades 9-12)

The Continuing Struggle for Racial Justice
In his historic speech on race last spring, President-elect Obama cautioned, “I have never been so naive as to believe that we can get beyond our racial divisions in a single election cycle.” The struggle for racial justice is far from over.

Three Ways to Use Obama’s Race Speech in the Classroom

Unfinished Work (Grades 9-12)

Racial Disparities Jigsaw Mini-Unit (Grades 8-12)

Obama, Rick Warren and Homophobia
President-Elect Barack Obama angered many voters when he selected Rev. Rick Warren, who has compared gay marriage to incest and pedophilia, to deliver the invocation at the January 20 inauguration.

Does Rick Warren Represent Diversity? (Grades 8-12)

In Context: Inaugural Prayers in History (Grades 8-12)

Hidden Homophobia: A Teacher Shares Her Classroom Strategies

Hesitation and Hope - The Mixed Messages of the Fall Election

Also Available from Teaching Tolerance

Welcome Malia and Sasha to the White House (Grades 2-5)

We Are the Peacemakers (Grades 3-5)

Flags for Peace (Grades 7-9)

Forward This to Your Colleagues!
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We welcome your feedback.
You can reach us online

or by mail:
Teaching Tolerance
c/o Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104"

Thank you so much, Mary - not only for allowing me to post it here, but for posting it in the first place!

Last Day toVote!

Yesterday the Vote to Save Handmade Toys proposition was in 5th place, currently it's in 6th.
Today is the last day for this vote - please make sure to vote so that this proposition can be heard.

There are 9 more votes for us to participate in.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Featured: Candy Math

For games and fun ideas with math manipulatives - cereal or candy - download this pdf file today.
There are ideas for patterns, skip counting, estimating, division, and more.

Featured: Animals

Sara at MamaCraft has created some adorable little clothes pin farm animals.

Featured: Moodboards

Mon, HolisticMama, has created a moodboard - an online scrapbook page of sorts for the past month. For those that would like to play she gives ideas and places to start.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Indoor Gardening

Interested in indoor gardening?
In February of last year the Organic Consumer's Association put out an article entitled "Tip: Growing Organic Food Inside Your Home Year-Round".
The article talks about starting a pineapple plant, avocado trees (neither of which will produce fruit indoors, but are lovely), greens, herbs, onions, broccoli, and a few other things.

Many things can be grown indoors over the winter in our window sills.

To check more of the process, visit Mom in Madison - she has some beauties blooming in her home.... in the sub-zero land of Wisconsin!

Supporting Handmade Toymakers: Vote 2

Growing Naturally for obvious reasons supports the proposition from The Handmade Toy Alliance ( and has joined others in declaring themselves publicly.

From the Ideas For Change In America website:
"Ideas for Change in America is a nationwide competition to identify the best ideas for change in America. The top 10 ideas will be presented to the Obama administration just before inauguration day and form the basis of a nationwide advocacy campaign to turn each idea into actual policy."

For this reason we have joined the group of those that wish to publicly endorse this proposition.
Please make sure you've voted with for this proposal.

Thank you!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Featured: ABC Robics

Gerkin Pickle of The Homefront Lines has given a link to ABC Robics.
A fabulous idea for expending some of that winter (too cold to run and play outside) energy.
Check it out!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Featured: Snapshot Sunday

Sarah at The Napping House hosts a Mama to Mama photo challenge.
There's no editing allowed - though I believe a trim or adjusting contrast is acceptable...? - but no setting up, no cleaning first, no fixing things 'til they're pretty. And no fixing carpet stains with photoshop.
Just walk around and shoot - Mama to Mama.

In this beauty-promoting world we live in - sharing a little messy or same old/same old is needed sometimes too, don't you think?
It's also a good time to take a second look at very ordinary beauty around you, too, I think.....

Visit her here for her initial idea. And let her know at yesterday's post if you'd like to play.

Ideas for Change in America

Save Handmade Toys From the CPSIA

Friday, January 2, 2009

DNA Extraction

I wanted to share with you something awesome we experienced yesterday at our house - we successfully extracted DNA from a banana!
I think most people have the necessary supplies around the house - and I gave enough info that might make it interesting for you to try, too.
Our tutorial and info can be found at Dude. DNA Extraction.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Handmade Toy Alliance

In case you haven't read or been called to action, yet... here you go.

The next vote will reopen January 5th and go through the 15th.