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A Fun and Educational Game For Your Kids

A Fun and Educational Game For Your Kids

Fun things to do with kidsA Fun and Educational Game For Your Kids

Looking for a fun game to play with your kids? Here is a fun game to try! Educational too 🙂

Find the Lost Redcoat

Here’s a fun, exciting game for two or more players that blends social studies and geography skills with math coordinate practice. This activity takes your child back in time to the Battle of Lexington and Concord with a few fictional elements thrown in. It all starts with an imaginary British Redcoat who is lost and trying to make it back to Boston. Players take guesses and try to “find” the Redcoat. Play this game and your child will benefit from the map, history, and geometry practice with a coordinate plane while having a terrific time!

What You Need:

“Lost Redcoat Map Grid” page (download here), one per player or team

Activities for kids

  • Two or more curious kids
  • Pen or pencil

What You Do:

  1. Start by downloading “Lost Redcoat Map Grid” page. If there are two players, each player should get one. If you split into teams, each team should get one.
  2. Next, you’ll want to make sure that everyone understands the concept of “coordinates.” The game lays the historical map of Boston, Lexington and Concord onto a grid and every intersection can be identified by two numbers: one “across” (the “x” axis), and one “up or down” (the “y” axis). Also be sure that kids are familiar with the compass (included on the bottom-left corner of the Lost Redcoat Map Grid page).
  3. Choose a leader for the first round. Without showing the other players, the leader should place an “x” on one coordinate of the grid.
  4. Then the other players will take turns guessing coordinates for where the Redcoat could be. Everyone will start at the furthest edge of the grid near Concord (0,10). Each new guess should be recorded on the Map Grid page to be sure there are no repeat guesses.
  5. The leader will respond to each guess with a clue, which the players should also write down. However, the clues can only be compass directions. For example, if a player guesses (2,3) but the Redcoat is lost up on (4,8) the leader will say “Go Northeast.”
  6. The object of the game is to locate the Lost Redcoat. This game should help your child become familiar with geographical direction and mathematical coordinates. See how fast you find the Redcoat this round, and then pick new leaders for as many rounds as possible.

 

What are you favorite games to play with your kids?

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10 Truths About Blogging

10 Truths About Blogging

10 Truths About Blogging 10 Truths About Blogging

I have been a regular blogger now for about 7 years. Wow! That’s a long time. I have blogged about my family, my pregnancy, military life, books, travels and more. These days, I have a more serious blogging schedule and set work hours. I am living the blogging life. Blogging can be a great way to either earn some extra money, start a business or just have a good place to write.

Blogging allows you to help people with your words. 

Some blogs are more about giving advice than others but at the end of the day, your blog will help someone else. Whether you are offering advice on a hobby, on motherhood or on good books. Whether you are giving details on your life, making people laugh or giving them a form of entertainment. Blogging helps others, in many different ways.

Blogging will give you a place to write.

Do you enjoy writing? Do you want a place to do so? Starting a blog is a great way to give yourself a place to write. Starting a blog doesn’t take too long and if you do so, you will always have your own place on the internet to write about what is important to you.

Blogging will introduce you to people you might not have otherwise met.

I have met so many amazing people the last seven years just because of my blog. Other bloggers that blog about what I do and those that blog about topics I don’t know much about. We can all help one another out and connect over our love of blogging. The blogging community is a helpful community and one that is great to be a part of.

Blogging connects you.

Blogging connects you to others. As you blog, you will gain readers. People that you know are reading what you write. These people connect you to the world. They might live in the same city as you do or across the world. The internet is a great place and helps connect bloggers to their readers through their words.

Blogging is a great way to grow as a person.

Through blogging, you will grow as a person. You might be asked to do something you have never done before, like make a video post. You will learn new skills through your blogging, skills you can take with you to another job or to help you grow your current business.

Blogging requires you to focus on something just for you.

As a busy mom, your day might be about diapers, dinner and how to keep your kids busy on the weekends. However, blogging can give you a space just for you. You don’t even have to talk about your kids if you don’t want to. Blogging can be a great way to focus on the things that make you you, not just a mom but you, the woman. And that is a great thing,

Blogging keeps you organized.

Bloggers need to be organized in order to blog on a regular basis. There are a lot of tasks for bloggers to do each and every day. You have to make notes and have to keep to a schedule. This can be difficult to keep up on but if you want to take your blog to the next level, it’s a must. Getting organized can also be fun because there are so many cute planners and notebooks out there to use in your blogging business.

What do you like most about being a blogger?

 

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The Truth About Marrying in Your 20s

The Truth About Marrying in Your 20s

The Truth About Marrying in Your 20s

The Truth About Marrying in Your 20s

I think I got married at a “young” age. I was 23. I had just graduated from college. My husband was 25, almost 26. We dated for a little over a year.

Before I met my husband I had a plan. College, then marriage. I knew I had to get that degree before I would walk down the aisle. I met my husband my senior year and we got engaged after my graduation party.

We are 37 and 41 now. We are literally growing old together and I love doing that with him. Life right now is very different than our dating and early marriage years were. We have three children, a dog, different jobs and a mortgage. Sometimes we do get that extra special time together we once had and we make the best of those moments.

When I got married I was one of the first in my circle of high school friends. Some of them didn’t get married until we were in our 30s. Some are still not married. I started having children when I was 25, some just started their families in the last couple of years.

As I look back to my young 23-year-old self I can’t help but wonder what life would have been like had I been 33 when I got married. I met my husband when I was 22. He was such a big part of my 20s. He and I grew through those years together and now heading into our 40s together.

Being Independent

I didn’t spend my 20s going out on dates with a lot of people. I didn’t have a lot of time alone. I finished college and started working but then almost as soon as I did we combined our finances as we were getting married soon after. For most of my post-college adult life, I have been a wife and mother. I have had other people to think about, other people depending on me.

Had I waited until my 30s to get married, I would have had most of that decade on my own. To spend my money the way I wanted. To go where I wanted to go. To explore and try different things.

I know all of this and at the end of the day, I am okay with not having experienced it. I am happy that I spent most of my 20s getting to know my husband and becoming a mother, something I always wanted to be. My 20s were filled with figuring out who I was, changing diapers and playing with toddlers.

Being a Young Mom

Not everyone who marries young becomes a mom at a younger age. Some young marrieds wait longer than we did. We had been married about two years and two months when our son made us a family of three. Looking at photos of myself from those days, I see a much younger version of the type of mom I am today. I have learned so much about being a mother, about being an adult and being a good human since then. I had my oldest at 25, my middle son at 27 and my youngest at 31. I will be about 50 years old when he graduates from high school.

Growing Old Together

My husband and I are growing old together right as we speak. We are no longer the young 20-year-olds we once were. We have done so much together over the last 15 years. We have seen part of the world, had three boys, bought a house, worked through difficult situations and laughed together over the years. I am excited to see where the next few decades will take us. As we grow older into new stages.

When you get married in your 20s you are growing through that time together. For better or for worse. This time of your life you are going to discover who you are as a person and sometimes that can be hard if you are already a spouse. You can see yourself changing and you see your spouse changing and for the marriage to work, you both have to be able to figure out how to grow together through that.

I knew I would marry my husband the moment I met him. It was the right time for us and I wouldn’t have life any other way. I will take the good and the bad that came with marrying at age 23. I am thankful for our marriage and looking forward to future years together too.

What about you? How old were you when you got married?

So You Want to Start a Blog? A Simple Blogging Guide to Get You Started

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