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Today's science lesson was about cloud types, and for some reason my little ones just weren't getting it. One of the great things about homeschooling, for me, is that I can change my approach on the fly to match the learning styles of the kids.  The second time that I went through the material, I assigned a dance to each cloud type.  Anytime I said that cloud type, they would have to break into that dance.  Well, they remembered the dance... cloud type, not so much.

Next, I took to Google images to see if I could find a worksheet of some sort that no only summarized the characteristics of the clouds, but also gave me good images - found some, but none that I liked.  So, while the kids worked on a worksheet provided by K12, I created some worksheets of my own.  The kids loved that  I had made them on the fly just for them, and they finally got it.  The poems may be a little corny - I didn't have a lot of time to get fancy, but the kids liked it!

These worksheets summarize everything with rhyme, ask three questions, and give the kids a picture that they can keep in their minds.

Download them here:

iconCumulonimbus Cloud Coloring Sheet, Poem, and Questions

icon Cumulus Cloud Coloring Sheet, Poem, and Questions

iconStratus Cloud Coloring Sheet, Poem, and Questions

icon Cirrus Cloud Coloring Sheet, Poem, and Questions

Let me know what you think! Do you have any interesting ways that you have taught your kids about cloud types?


Going exploring off of the Disney Vero Beach Resort property? Here's a fun activity for the family...

The hubby needed to be on a boat.  For him, it isn't a vacation unless he is on some sort of sea going, river floating, or lake bobbing vessel.  Considering the prices of fishing boat excursions - he found an airboat tour of the marshland.  I was all for it, because that would be our science lesson for the day.

He chose Gator Bait Airboat tours.

We got up bright and early, put on our long sleeves and pants (that's just my rule for the outdoors - had nothing to do with the requirements for the ride), socks and tennis shoes, and repellent, ate some cereal, and headed out on the 30 minute ride from the resort to the Blue Cyprus Recreation Area.  We were pulled over for going 35 in a 20 (school zone with no flashing light... ugh!), but we still made it just after 8 am.

So early... so beautiful!

The kids were too tired to get excited, but luckily, the guide had had his coffee and was ready to go.  I explained to him that the kids were homeschooled, and that this was their science lesson. He assured me that they would get more than enough of a science lesson on the trip.

He was pretty patient with my younguns...

We all climbed on, put on the headphones which allowed us to hear each other and talk to each other over the sound of the giant fan propelling us.  Very cool.

Something about headphones makes kids happy.

I can't even explain to you how beautiful it was.  I have photos, but they don't do it justice.  I have videos, but you can't feel the wind... or smell the occasional odor of sulfur.  You'll have to check it out for yourself.  If you go to Disney's Vero Beach Resort, and you are looking for something fun and educational for the kids, definitely consider the airboat tour.  We saw alligators, all varieties of birds, fish, and plants - and learned so much about all of them.  We also got some great conservation facts.

Yes... that is a huge nest.

There's a kids quiz on their website - check it out here, and you can share some of the information we learned with your kids.

Oh, and HUGE plus for "Eva the Diva" - Nobody got even the slightest bit wet. YES!

I was not compensated in any way for writing this post by any of the companies mentioned. My family traveled and ate on our own dime.  For more information about sponsored posts, click on "about".


Homeschoolers! Check out this story. Here's an opportunity to discuss culture, race, and history with your students.



In Dominican Republic, a Photography Contest to Promote Understanding

In a recent article, Larisa Epatko (PBS’s “The Rundown” blog) described a photographic contest organized and hosted by ACNUR (Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados) [U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees], as part of a larger campaign to promote tolerance and coexistence between the Haitian and Dominican communities.

Wander Yon,...

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Homeschoolers - here's an opportunity to discuss the environment, oceans, and habitats with your students.




The Blue Flag Program: “Is That Caribbean Beach Clean?”

Ilona Kauremsky (Toronto Sun) writes about The Blue Flag Program. Run by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), it helps monitor water cleanliness worldwide.

The Copenhagen-based non-profit organization currently reports there are 3,849 beaches and marinas in 46 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand,...

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This event will be broadcast on USTREAM on Thursday, September 20, 2012.  Continue reading for times and more information. This is a great opportunity to share this information with your children as you feel it is appropriate.




ICS Lecture: African Muslims in the Caribbean and Latin America

As part of the Conferencias Caribeñas 11 Series, the Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (UPR-RP) presents “Musulmanes africanos en el Caribe y América Latina” [African Muslims in the Caribbean and Latin America] by Dr. Michael A. Gomez (Department of History and Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Stud...

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Homeschooling moms!

Here's a good article to talk about with your kids.


Birds fly south to Caribbean and Latin America as fall rolls in

More than 300 bird species found in North America during the summer will make their way to Latin America or the Caribbean, some covering distances of nearly 7,000 miles. Parks, backyards and nature refuges across the country will host these winged visitors for the next few weeks as the birds make their way to their fall and winter destinations, The...

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Homeschooling Moms!

This is an opportunity to talk with your children about geography, America's history with Cuba, censorship, and international relations, and justice.




Cuba to Negotiate Alan Gross’s Release

Paul Haven (AP) writes that a senior Cuban diplomat said that her country is prepared to negotiate a solution in the case of jailed American contractor Alan Gross, but is awaiting a U.S. response.

Foreign Ministry official Josefina Vidal also rejects allegations by the wife of 63-year-old Maryland native Alan Gross that her husband’s health...

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Homeschooling parents!

Here is an opportunity to talk about geothermal energy, conservation, government, and the environment.



Around the Corner: Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean

The inaugural Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC) will convene on September 17-18, 2012, at the Real Inter-Continental Hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The event features a set of high profile industry speakers, nine regional governments are represented and five government ministers will be speaking at the event. The...

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Homeschooling moms!

Here's a good topic for those homeschooling moms to look up with their kids that can cover topics of trade, the environment, and even the science of the animal being discussed (physical structure, habitat, predators, characteristics, etc.).



The Bahamas: Future of Conch Trade in Question

Concerns have been raised over the Bahamas’ exportation of conch into the United States after a petition for the marine resource to be registered as an “endangered species” was submitted to the US Secretary of Commerce by the Wild Earth Guardians. Marine Resources Director Michael Braynen says the end of the international conch trade is on the hori...

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As August approaches, parents begin to ask one another, "do you have everything you need for back to school?"  I don't think we ask each other that just in case we can help - we just want to know if we are the only ones painfully unprepared.

Why doesn't my best attempt at organizing our school space even come close to the wonders on Pinterest?

Why doesn't my best attempt at organizing our school space even come close to the wonders on Pinterest? I'm just sayin...

Last night I used up most of my patience checking to make sure all of the books were on the shelves, and that we had our supplies in order for class today. So there I was, after 3:00... still doing the SAME subject with the boy.  I was pretty far past annoyed, and trying to keep calm - but as the minutes passed, my patience was running terribly low.

Here's my school supply list for parents - homeschooling or not.  I wish I had this last week so that I could make sure I had all that I needed.  Now I have to work on getting everything I need on this list at the last minute... :)

Source: via Eva on Pinterest


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