Get Qurious Explorer Box Review

Hello there, today I’m sharing some information about a fun product we receive a few weeks ago – the Get Qurious Explorer Box. What got me “qurious” about this product is the fact that they claim your child can play with physical and virtual games at the same time.

What is Get Qurious?

In short, Get Qurious is a STEAM box filled with material to provide hours of fun learning, using both the material in the box and the free Get Qurious App.

We received the Get Qurious Explorer Box for this review. It has:

  • 16 build a story cards (front)
  • 16 build a spaceship cards (back)
  • 4 masks (strings for the masks also)
  • 4 treasure hunt worlds
  • Activity and Instruction Card

How do You Use it?

We prepared our masks. Then, we downloaded the App on my phone. We tried to download it on our iPad but for some reason it wasn’t working (our iPad definitely had seen better days). Finally, V got to start playing with it.

There are basically 4 activities that you can use the App and the material that comes in the box.

Activity 1: Build a Story

You choose the activity Build a Story on the App and get your Build a Story Cards and start playing. Your child can create many different stories each time using different cards.

Activity 2: Mask Play

Your child puts on the mask and get the App started and then he or she can record a story themselves, or just be silly and have fun.

Activity 3: Build a Spaceship

Using the back of the Build a Story Cards, you can build a Spaceship.

Activity 4: Treasure Hunt

Your child uses the App to scan the Treasure Hunt World mats and start searching for the hidden treasures.

V’s favorite activity was Build a Story, she really enjoyed it and easily spent a few hours already playing with it. All in all I do think they were able to combine virtual games and physical games in one great educational toy.

Hope this information was helpful! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Life Cycle and Anatomy of a Pumpkin Free Printable

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Hello there!! I’m so excited to be releasing this really cool free printable. This is the season to study about pumpkins, and because of that I wanted to make it available as soon as possible. Check out our Life Cycle and Anatomy of a Pumpkin Free Printable.

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This printable has 7 pages of cool activities for your preschooler, Kinder, First and even Second Grader.

Coloring Pages

This packet has 2 coloring pages. One for the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin:

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The second one if to color the Anatomy (parts) of the pumpkin:

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Trace the Words

Tracing the words activity for the Life Cycle of the Pumpking:

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Tracing the words activity for the Anatomy of the Pumpkin:

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Fill in Activities

One for the Life Cycle of the Pumpkin:

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Another one, for the Anatomy of the Pumpkin:

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Life Cycle of Pumpkin Sequencing

This is by far one of my favorite activities. When V was littler she used to have tons of sequencing activities.

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Get your Free Download

Click on the link below to download your copy of this fun printable.

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I do hope you enjoy this free printable that I created for you and your little ones.

If you have any printable that you feel it would be useful for you, let me know. Send me an email using the contact form and I will do my best to help you out with your needs.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Science Curriculum Review – Elemental Science

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Hello there!! I’m trying new features on my blog because I want it to be packed with useful information for you! Tuesdays will be our review day and today I’ll be sharing details about our choice of Science Curriculum – Elemental Science.

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We started using Elemental Science in First Grade and it’s still our choice of Science Curriculum now in Third Grade. We are using their Classic Series – Grammar Stage (Elementary) and we simply love it.


The curriculum has 36 weeks and for each lesson they offer 2 possible schedules:

  • 2 days a week
  • 5 days a week

I prefer to do 5 days a week because this curriculum is packed with hands on activities and we love these. Hands on activities is a deal breaker for me when searching for a curriculum, specially for Science.

Books & Supplies

They offer a list of the:

  • required books
  • scientific demonstration books
  • additional reading books
  • videos
  • supplies needed

They list the items need by week, so each week you’ll know what you’ll need to have in order to teach. You’ll know what are the suggested additional reading and what supplies you’ll need to make sure you have the scientific demonstration done which is so important.

Unit Study

Each Unit Study has an initial page again with a list of the books needed, list of the supplies needed, the vocabulary that will be presented in the lessons and the memory activity – usually a poem for the kids to memorize during the Unit Study duration.  Each unit one has different lengths of duration. For example, now for Chemistry for the Grammar Stage our Units look like this:

  • Atoms and Molecules Unit (4 weeks)
  • Periodic Table Unit (12 weeks)
  • Physical Changes Unit (4 weeks)
  • Chemical Changes Unit (4 weeks)
  • Mixtures Unit (4 weeks)
  • Acids and Bases (4 weeks)
  • Organic Chemistry (4 weeks)


The first time we created a Lapbook we instantly fell in love with it. They are great tools for reviewing what was learned, and extra hands on activity to practice cutting, gluing, organizing a layout, extra writing activity. Lapbooks are fun and we complete all of them. *Please note that the lapbooks are an optional part of the curriculum.

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Scientific Demonstrations

Each week your child will have at least one scientific demonstration and parents, please try your best to get them done. The kids love it, and it’s such a great opportunity for them to see science happening in front of their eyes.

Coloring Pages

We have never used them because we work on so many other activities, but if you child loves coloring they seem to be a great addition.

Teacher’s Manual

It’s packed with good information and it’s so easy to use. It starts with the Scientific Demonstration and tells you the purpose of the demonstration. They offer you a Take it Further section  so your little ones can dig even deeper into what they are exploring that week.

Then you have the reading Assignments, the Questions for Discussion to help you see if your little one is understanding what is being taught. Next, the additional reading books’s list and the Writing Assignments guide. Then, Vocabulary, Multi-Week  Projects/Activities, and last but not least the Memorization Activity. V loves to recite the poems and they are also a great way to remember the information learned.

I try my best to add some of the extra projects they offer but we don’t always have time.

Student Workbook

The Student Workbook has the narration pages, the Lab Report and Vocabulary.

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Each week ends with a short quiz, but you’re evaluating all week long how much your child is actually absorbing.

Final Words

Elemental Science has a blog that is very informative and helpful. It’s packed with tips to make the Science learning experience more enjoyable.

Here is a short video where I share more details about this great curriculum

I hope this post was helpful. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum!

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Hello there, thanks for stopping by! Today, I’m sharing our 3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices. We had a few changes in our Homeschooling Curricula and I want to show you what we are using for this homeschool year (2017-2018).

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If you are new to my blog, you must know that I try really hard to find curriculum that offer lots of hands on activities. We like to have as much fun as possible while learning.

I want V to enjoy the learning process and for us it translates into lots of colorful and engaging activities. V loves coloring, cutting and pasting; she likes to be challenged; she loves hands on activities and these are specific things I look into a curriculum when I’m curriculum shopping.

Let’s get to our choices for 3rd Grade then, shall we?

Math: Teaching Texbooks Math 3

This is our first year using this curriculum. V was really excited about it and still is. I think she needed a change. We were using Math U See since Kindergarten, don’t get me wrong we still love Math U See, the only thing though is that V wasn’t really feeling motivated anymore with Math activities so I decided to make a change and try this curriculum that I hear so many good things about as well.

So far we are enjoying Teaching Textbooks. It has CD with lessons and activities, quizzes and all that is graded by the computer, so I don’t have to grade her work anymore. You can either choose to do just the CDs or add the workbook, we do both the CDs and workbook.

Spelling: All About Reading Level 4

I simply love this spelling curriculum. We have been using it since Kindergarten and it’s a great way to learn spelling rules rather then memorizing them. You get to practice a lot. I love the use of the letter tiles and the phonogram cards and phonogram app. Another plus is how easy they make it for parents to teach spelling.

Reading: All About Reading Level 4

Another great option that we have been using since Kindergarten. V is bookworm and I love that she feels confident about reading.  All About Reading also makes use of the letter tiles, phonogram cards and phonogram app.

History: Story of the World – History for the Classical Child Volume 1: Ancient Times

Our first time using this curriculum. I heard so many good comments about it and decided to try it. It offers fun activities for each unit and extra reading material as well. So far we are enjoying it.

Writing: Write Shop Primary Book B

Another new option for us with lots of hands on activities as well. I do like how they set up the lessons and that they offer various schedules for you to follow.

Grammar: 2nd Grade Grammar Bundle by Annie Moffatt

We are finishing this bundle from 2nd Grade and hoping soon she will release the 3rd Grade Grammar Bundle. Meanwhile I’ve been looking into other options as well. Will let you know what I’ll decide later on!

Geography: Expedition Earth

We used this curriculum in First Grade and now we will be using again and dig deeper. Super fun, engaging and lots of hands on and crafts activities.

Science: Chemistry for the Grammar Stage from Elemental Science

Each lesson has an experiment and they offer also other activities as well. Very hands on learning. We love lap books and we do complete all of them.

Arts: Artventure

New art program  for us and so far we are enjoying it. If you follow us on Instagram you’ve seen how Little V is truly enjoying it.

Music: Teach Your Child Piano in the Homeschool by Karen Cadera.

We started with the Free Challenge last year and I loved it. It gives us another opportunity to do something fun together. Karen’s videos are great and she is so helpful if you have a special request or a question about the course.


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Third Grade workload is heavier than 2nd Grade so and I try my best to make sure our lessons are shorter and that she gets to do a little bit of everything everyday. I might have to cut on some of the crafts but I’ll make sure the really fun ones will get done.

That’s it for today friends! Hope you enjoyed our curriculum choices, we are really happy and excited about each one of them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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Vanessa Z. Pawlicki