Free Movies all summer long {Goodrich Quality Theaters}

If you’re up and at ’em early in the day- you can catch a movie free at any Goodrich Quality Theater shown below.  Click the link for full details on how to get FREE or reduced ($1) ticket pricing.  All shows are 10am. Morning Movies (SUMMER 2017) Every Weekday (Mon-Fri) at 10:00AM, we will be giving you a fresh line-up of family-friendly features at select GQT locations! See the movie line-up below: 6/12 – 6/16: Wild Life 6/19 – 6/23: Secret Life of Pets 6/26 – 6/30: Lego Batman Movie 7/3 – 7/7: Rock Dog 7/10 – 7/14: Storks 7/17 – 7/21: Peanuts Movie 7/24 – 7/28: Monster Trucks 7/31 – 8/4: Trolls 8/7 – 8/11: Sing THEATERS FEATURING MORNING MOVIES: Florida Riverview 14 GDX (Gibsonton) Illinois Kendall 11 GDX (Oswego) Randall 15 IMAX (Batavia) Savoy 16 IMAX (Savoy) Willow Knolls 14 (Peoria) Indiana Brownsburg 8 GDX (Brownsburg) Eastside 9 (Lafayette) Hamilton 16 IMAX + GDX (Noblesville) Portage 16 IMAX (Portage) Michigan Bay City 10 GDX (Bay City) Canton 7 GDX (Canton) Grand Haven 9 (Grand Haven) Jackson 10 (Jackson) Kalamazoo 10 (Kalamazoo) Quality 10 GDX (Saginaw) Quality 16 (Ann Arbor) Missouri Capital 8 (Jefferson City) Forum 8 (Columbia)    

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July Things to Do

Wow… so much time has passed since my last post.  It was a crazy spring of sicknesses (mostly me) and trips. Hopefully I can get back on track now that I have a couple of weeks of “nothing” going on… I know we’re already on the 5th of the month… but here’s a few fun things going on this month […]

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4rd grade Georgia O’keefe art

I recently posted my 1st grade Eric Carle art project- Here’s the 4th grade project I put together for another teacher in our school.  I got a great deal on canvases at Michaels this year (Under $1 each for the 8×10 which are normally $19.99 for a 10 pack). So.. we used those 8×10 canvases and coated them in a […]

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Eric Carle First Grade Art Project

(* some affiliate links included) Our little school in Michigan doesn’t have an art class.  Every spring I get funding through the PTA to put on an art program for the entire school.  I work with our awesome teachers coming up with ideas or helping them purchase supplies for their own ideas.  This year each teacher chose an artist to […]

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Gift Ideas for STEAM learning

My kids go to a little school… as in less than 500 students between Kindergarten and 12th grade.  My son has 23 kids in the ENTIRE grade… eek. It has pros and cons.  The major con is that the school doesn’t have options for after school programs (outside of daycare).  They don’t have some of the STEM programs like Destination Imagination, robotics, no art classes during the day etc… Because of this I try really hard to bring things into our home.  I thought I’d share some gift ideas- some that I’ve purchased in the past, just purchased for Christmas or some that are on my list for 2016 birthdays. (p.s.  If you don’t know what STEAM stands for:  Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and math).  Focussing on these drives the learning needed to be creative AND innovative.  This post is about gifts that are along those lines but still FUN. This one I bought from Amazon:  I love Amazon prime- free shipping on everything.  That made it cheaper than buying from a catalog I received where I first saw this item… MindWare Q-Ba-Maze Big Box  This is a marble run set- where they build a marble run with a variety of fun, colorful pieces that have their holes in different spots.  sometimes the hole is only on the bottom, sometimes on the sides etc… so they have to think about the pieces they are lining up and where the marble […]

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Kids Painting class

I dabble in a lot of different artsy areas.  Art makes me happy.  My kids go to a school that does not offer an art class (although they have a wonderful music program!) In years past I’d take my kids to a local “kids painting class” which was just like your local paint night events, except without the drinking… since […]

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Elementary level book review

The holidays are coming.  I have sort of a “list” I follow for shopping for my kids each year.  They each get a book of some sort.  I’d like to share a book here today that was written by a fabulous teacher at my kid’s school.  She teaches 3rd grade and has had a long love of writing fiction.  She has had one of her books reviewed by a publisher and while they didn’t publish the type of book she wrote, they gave her a lot of encouragement and complements. She went ahead and published all of her previously written books on Amazon this past spring/ summer. The book I’m sharing here today is called Trapped In Seraphina.  The author wrote this book specifically for use in her classroom but all of the kids loved it so much that she published it as well. Here’s the excerpt:  Charlotte Kobe and her friends find a treasure and end up traveling to a zany, outlandish place called Seraphina, full of surprises. They run into a strange, untrustworthy woman, Raven Starr, and a mysterious man, Amherst Ethelbert, who will not quit trying to chase them down. All the children are desperate to do, is to find their way back to their home, before time runs out. How will they deal with Raven if she finds them? Is Amherst really who he says he is? Will they ever see their parents and family again? […]

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Crayon resist in first grade

This year I’m working with several grades in our local elementary school to provide art opportunities to the kids on a monthly basis.  It takes a lot of time, but my kids benefit as well as many other students in the school. When I was working with first grade to design their October project, I found a link on pinterest […]

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Clutter free School Year

I know many schools around the country started back up this week… we did not.  We are in Michigan and state law says public schools can’t go back till the Tuesday after Labor Day… So I’m spending the next couple weeks getting organized before the school year starts.  I put together this pinterest “wrap-up” of all the great ideas I […]

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