Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Learning About Science Collection {A WriteBonnieRose Review & Discount Code}

Do you ever find yourself wanting a simple, bite-sized approach to science at an elementary school level?

If so, Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Cursive) by WriteBonnieRose could be for you! 

Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Cursive) is comprised of seven black-and-white printable pdf booklets, each about twenty pages long. 

Each booklet focuses on a different science topic and presents material in a clear, concise style that includes informative paragraphs, traceable cursive words, and drawing and words written in bubble letters that colored in.  There are also basic activity pages and an answer key.

Topics of study include life science, earth science, and physical science:

  • Kinds of Animals and How They Live, which features over thirty animals and looks specifically at vertebrates, invertebrates, and arthropods, as well as animal classification

  • What’s Going On Inside Plants?,which presents the parts of a plant, different types of plants, and basic concepts of photosynthesis and transpiration.

  • Life in the Ocean’s Hidden Zones, which presents the five zones of the ocean and includes examples of over 30 planst and animals that live in them

  • Forecasting and Understanding the Weather, which discusses the elements of weather, basic meteorological concepts, and the tools used for assessing weather

  • Discovering Rocks, Minerals, & Crystals, which covers the three classes of rocks, how they are created, and what their similarities are, and, then, presents more than 20 specific types of rock.
  • Exploring the Earth’s Landforms, which presents 30 different types of landforms

  • Energy and Its Many Forms, which introduces the five main types of energy and some of our sources of energy and is packed with vocabulary and concepts.

Also included in the download is a Discusion Help document, which contains Creation Science resources and lists websites related to the specific topics covered in the booklets.

A Low-Key Introduction or Review of Science Concepts

Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Cursive) is written for a K-3 grade level, and,in keeping with that, it is decidedly elementary.  Concepts are introduced and discussed, but not gone into with depth and rigor.

For some, this may be a drawback.  For my family, it works.


We approach elementary science in an eclectic way - going to a library program here, reading a book there, enjoying a field trip, workshop, seminar, co-p class, or self-study over there... 

Experiential learning and following our own curiosity play largely into our elementary science learning approach - as does "cross-curricula" learning.  In fact, on any given day, you might find my family focused on a combination of faith, geography, literature, nature, math, and even art and music studies that blend science in without having it be a stand-alone subject. 

So, of course, outside of times when a particular science topic peaks our interest and causes us to dive into books, videos, or, even, traditional curriculum, that deals with it, we end up just learning science as we go.

Doing so work well for us in many ways, but, sometimes leaves us with temporary holes in science-specific vocabulary and concepts.  Materials like 
Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Cursive) help identify such holes in a low-key, inviting format that does not take long to use and appeals to my children.

They also tie in nicely with the experiential learning we love so much.  For example, we went on a wild edibles walk which brought to mind pages of What's Going on Inside of Plants. 

My 11 year old daughter said:

The Learning About Science Collection is good.  I like the booklets you print out.  They have reading, writing, and coloring all combined together on every page. 

The material did not go very deep.  It gives the basics.  That was good because it helps you review some things and also gives you a little about a lot of things on a topic, so, if you really like something, you an research more in depth about it.
I think the booklets would be good for a big group class, because kids could color while other kids read aloud.  For individuals, it makes a good introductory or review study, depending on how much you know.
I want to do more of them.

My eight year old said:
It is fun. I like reading about the rocks, the minerals, the weather stuff... on my own. 

I also like coloring sometimes. 
The cursive is okay.  All it is is tracing the names of things.
I want Mom to print me all the booklets, so I can read them. I think they are good for review and introduction.
I really like the rocks one!  We went on a rock walk before and this booklet reminded me a lot of it.

Both of my children which tried this product found the material easy, but engaging, and I liked how the key words, concepts, etc. tied into prior learning we have done in a geography club, co-op classes, field trips, etc.

I also liked that I could simply pull up the pdf files, ask my children which they wanted to check out, print, and go.  The Learning About Science Collection offered us review (and might offer others introduction) to key elementary science topics while
 leaving plenty of room for summer fun, experiential learning, and studies fleshed out by videos, library books, and more.

I would not hesitate to recommend Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Cursive) to families with children who like traditional schoolwork (reading, coloring, etc.) for introducing science topics or those who lean towards the eclectic and experiential but would like periodic simple review.  (Those that like meatier, in-depth science may only like this series as a light jumping -off point.)

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Get Ideas for 8 Marian Apparition Peg Doll Sets

Are you interested in Marian apparitions? Do you like painting peg dolls?

Then, you might enjoy taking a closer look at the beautiful work done by families in a recent Marian Apparition Peg Doll Set Swap that I participated in.


Our Lady of Banneux (Feast: January 15) & Mariette Beco

Between January 15 and March 2, 1933, Mariette Beco reported to her family and parish priest that she had been seeing a Lady in white who declared herself to be the "Virgin of the Poor", saying, "I come to relieve suffering and believe in me and I will believe in you."  The Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary has more information. 

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Along with putting out our new pegs on Our Lady of Banneaux's feast day, my children and I will also be reading our copy of the Our Lady of Banneaux Coloring Book.


Our Lady of Pontmain/Hope 
(Feast: January 17), Eugene Barbadette, & Joseph Barbadette

Brothers Eugene and Joseph Barbadette saw the apparition of Our Lady of Pontmain, also known as Our Lady of Hope, on January 17, 1871 at the height of the Franco-Prussian War. At that time, Mar gave the message, "Pray, my children, God will answer before long.  My son lets himself be moved." The Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary has more information.  

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In January, I look forward to reading our copy of Our Lady of Pontmain to learn more about this apparition with my children.


Our Lady of Lourdes (Feast: 
February 11) & Saint Bernadette (Feast: April 16)

Our Lady of Lourdes first appeared to Bernadette Soubirous on February 11, 1858.  You can read more about the series of apparitions that followed, including a summary of Our Lady's message at Lourdes, at Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

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Our family has read a number of articles and watched several movies about Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Bernadette.  This year, we hope to read a library copy of Bernadette: Our Lady's Little Servant.

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Or, Saint Bernadette Soubirous: And Our Lady of Lourdes.

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Or, Saint Bernadette: the Little Girl of Lourdes.  We are lucky to have access to such wonderful books in our greater library network.

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Also, I believe we have a used copy of the out-of-print Our Lady of Lourdes Coloring Book somewhere.  If we don't, I'd love to find one at a reasonable cost.

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I am also hoping St. Nicholas brings the new Holy Heroes Saint Bernadette Soubrious CD to us.

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If you're celebrating, too, you might consider having an 
Our Lady of Lourdes Poet-Tea like we did in the past.

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Or, you could play our All Saints Day Build-a-Grotto for Mary game!

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Our family always enjoys watching Bernadette, Princess of Lourdes, too.


Our Lady of Fatima (Feast: May 13), Servant of God Sister Lucia de Jesus, Saint Francisco Marto, & Saint Jacinta Marto , (Feast: February 20)

Our Lady of Fatima first appeared to three young shepherd children on May 13, 1917 and continued to appear through October of the same year. During these appearances, Our Lady offered several messages.  You can read more about the series of apparitions at Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

My children and I have read a number of books and watched several movies about this apparition.  One we enjoyed was The Children Of Fatima: And Our Lady's Message to the World.

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This year, we may read a library copy of Our Lady Came to Fatima.

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We will also likely revisit our Our Lady of Fatima copywork.

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Plus, if I can find our copy, we will listen to our copy of Secrets from Heaven: The Story of the Children of Fatima again.  (This audio is also available as a digital download/MP3.)

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We might also revisit the brief 1960's version of the Story of Fatima in our copy of Jesus and Mary.

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Finally, we will likely watch our copy of The Day the Sun Danced: The True Story of Fatima.

In the past, we have honored Our Lady of Fatima's feast day by making simple paper Marian baskets as an act of service.  You might like to do this, too.

You could also make mini-Mary Gardens


Our Lady of Laus (Feast: August 13) & Benoite Rencurel

Apparitions of Our Lady of Laus, Refuge of Sinners, took place between 1664 and 1718 in France and were seen by a young sheperdess named Benoite Recurel.  During the apparitions, Mary revealed herself as the reconciler and refuge of sinners and offered sign to convince them of the need to repent. You can read more about it at Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

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I have yet to find a children's book about Our Lady of Laus, but this book looks worthwhile.


Our Lady of LaSalette (Feast: September 19), Maximin Giraud, & Melanie Calvat 

On September 19, 1846 our Lady appeared to two shepherd children with a message of reconciliation.  You can read more abut the apparition at Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Near Our Lady of LaSalette's feast day, we will be reading our copy of The Children of LaSalette.

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I believe I also have a copy of the Our Lady of La Salette Coloring Book: A Catholic Story Coloring Book which we can read.

Of course, since we live close to the National Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette, we'll likely visit there, too!


Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Feast: November 27) & Saint Catherine Laboure Feast: November 28)

Saint Catherine Laboure first saw an apparition of Our Lady on July 19, 1830, and continued to have visions of her.  You can read more about the apparitions on Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

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I think we have an old used copy of the now out-of-print Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Coloring Book, so we'll read that, too.


Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast: December 12) & Saint Juan Diego (Feast: December 9)

Saint Juan Diego first saw an apparition of Our Lady in 1531.  You can read more about the apparitions on Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

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I wish I had a copy of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Coloring Book.  I do not, but I do have loads of related resources in our home collection and in our local library system.  So, we'll be revisiting some old favorites this year.

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One is the Saint Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe Glory Story that my kids like to listen to.

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You might like to try an instant challenge like we did.

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Or watch this video and do some science.  

There are just so many ways to observe this awesome Marian feast day!

More Peg Doll Posts

You might enjoy our other peg doll posts:

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Please share your recommended reads, favorite prayers, must-have resources, and meaningful activities for celebrating Marian feast days with us, too. I am eager to focus on them this year as we live, learn, love, and grow in faith.

Our Lady, pray for us.

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