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    April 2015 Holidays & Fun Days

    Did you know that April is national humor month? Yep that’s right, all month long we get to be funny! Sounds like a good time to me! And April is full of interesting days, so let’s get started shall we? Holidays: April 1 – April Fool’s Day. April 5 – Easter Sunday. Weekly Celebrations: … [Read More...]

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    Spring Cleaning!!

    Good morning readers! You may have noticed a slight…okay drastic…change over here at the Confessions website! I don’t know about you, but I always get a hankering for some good old fashioned spring cleaning this time of year. And my blog is no different! I’ve been wanting to update it for a while … [Read More...]

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    Kindergarten Worksheets and Phonics Activities

    good morning readers! It’s been a little while since I did an update on what the Teeny Tot is doing. We just got back from spring break and she’s been working diligently on her kindergarten year. She’s reading well now, and still having fun doing all of the K4 Kindergarten activities along with … [Read More...]

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    Create Your Own Bundle Discount!

    Good morning fellow educators! I know it’s getting to be that time of year again. The one where you’re not quite finished with the current school year, but are starting to research, gather curriculum, and plan for next year.    Today I have a special treat for you all, and it’s … [Read More...]

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    Taking Charge of Your Child’s Education

    We start from day one feeding them, bathing them, and loving them. And as our children grow, we begin to teach them how to do things on their own. Then along comes the discussion of their future. Do you want to give your child the best start in life possible? Do you want to get more involved in … [Read More...]

MAR
30
2015

April 2015 Holidays & Fun Days

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Did you know that April is national humor month? Yep that’s right, all month long we get to be funny! Sounds like a good time to me!

And April is full of interesting days, so let’s get started shall we?

Holidays:

  • April 1 – April Fool’s Day.
  • April 5 – Easter Sunday.

Weekly Celebrations:

  • Week 1 Library Week
  • Week 1 Read a Road Map Week
  • Week 2 Garden Week
  • Week 3 Organize Your Files Week
  • Week 3 Medical Labs Week
  • Week 4 Administrative Assistants Week
  • Week 4 National Karaoke Week

Monthly Fun Days

April 1 April Fool’s Day –

  • The day when it’s acceptable to play jokes or tricks on one another. I’ve never been able to decide if I like this holiday or not. I don’t like the thought of being tricked all day long, and I’m just naive enough to believe these tricksters! But I do think it might be fun to leave a comment below telling us all your favorite April Fool’s Day trick.

April 2 Children’s Book Day –

  • Great day to pick a favorite classic and have a relaxing afternoon reading!

April 2 National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day –

  • Sounds like a great lunch idea to me!

April 3 Tweed Day –

  • Tweed originated in Scotland, and is a wool that keeps you warm and looks nice too! Since it’s warm here, I think we’ll skip out on the tweed wearing. But by all means if it’s chilly in your neck of the woods wear it proud!

April 3 National Walk to Work Day – (First Friday of month)

  • This is a great way to get a little exercise while cutting down on pollution too!

April 5 Easter (Date varies) -

  • The day we celebrate the resurrection of Christ after His crucifixion. Most churches have special services, and families often celebrate with Easter brunch, egg hunts, and dying eggs.

April 7 Caramel Popcorn Day –

  • Oooh, I LOVE caramel popcorn! Here’s a fun DIY caramel popcorn recipe, I haven’t tried it, but I just might have to give it a whirl today!

April 7 No Housework Day –

  • Sounds good to me!

April 7 World Health Day –

  • This day is sponsored by United Nation’s World Health Organization and focuses on promoting good health all around the world. Make sure to have healthy snacks, drinks, and meals today! Well, you really should do it every day, but you know, for sure today!!

April 8 Draw a Picture of a Bird Day –

  • Oh, this sounds like a great activity for art today! Head outside and find a feathery friend to draw, look one up online, or head to the library and get some photo books of birds for inspiration.

April 9 Winston Churchill Day –

  • Winston Churchill was made an honorary US citizen on April 9, 1963. He was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1949 to 1945, and again from 1951-1955. He was recognized as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. He was also a well known historian, writer, and an artist, winning the Nobel prize in Literature! Take some time today to learn a little bit about this man and his accomplishments.

April 10 Golfer’s Day –

  • Well, my husband and dad will be excited to know there’s a day dedicated to their favorite past time! I on the other hand will probably be subject to watching golf on TV this evening. Ugh.

April 10 National Siblings Day –

  • Take some time today to appreciate your siblings! Do something kind for them, or send a little note letting them know how much you love them!

April 11 Eight Track Tape Day –

  • Do you remember those? I’m embarrassed to admit that I do! I used to have a HUGE white 70’s looking stereo that played vinyl records and 8 tracks. It was so cool man. Take some time today to show your kids what these things looked like. while you’re at it, show them what a walk-man was. Wait, you’ll probably have to tell them what a cassette is too LOL!

April 11 National Submarine Day –

  • Are we talking the boat, or the sandwich? Most references I found talked about the boat, but hey, why not have a sub-sandwich for lunch just incase? And I think we’ll try making our submarines out of an empty 2-liter soda bottle for fun too! Maybe an upside down cup, and straw sticking out the top for a little detail, no?

April 13 Scrabble Day –

  • I’m ashamed to admit that we haven’t played Scrabble with our kids other than once a long time ago…oh dear, guess I better bring out the old classic and introduce the game to my kids!

April 14 International Moment of Laughter Day –

  • Ahahahhaahahahahahahhahahhahahaa!

April 14 National Pecan Day –

  • Pecan is from the Algonquian word meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack. The pecan isn’t actually a nut but technically a drupe, a fruit with a single stone surrounded by a husk. I don’t like pecan pie, but I do like pecans in my salad, so I think I’ll be having my Strawberry, pecan, feta salad for lunch! Yum!

April 15 Titanic Remembrance Day –

  • We were just talking about the Titanic with our kids the other day. April 15th is dedicated to the memory of the Titanic, and over 1500 people who died in the icy waters of the north Atlantic ocean. The ship was called “unsinkable” and touted as the safest ship afloat by her designer. However on her maiden voyage from England to New York City, the ship hit an iceberg in the Atlantic ocean, just south of newfoundland, at 11:40 PM on April 14, 1912. Two hours later, with a gaping gash in her side, the ship sank into the icy waters. 1,522 crew and passengers were lost in the tragedy as there were only enough lifeboats for 1,178 people, slightly more than half of the number on board, and one-third her total capacity.

April 16 National Eggs Benedict Day –

  • These are my favorite eggs ever! Here’s a fun eggs benedict recipe from the pioneer woman that sound delicious!

April 16 National Librarian Day –

  • We love heading to the library, whether to work, or just look for new reads. Make sure to show a little appreciation for your librarian today!

April 20 Patriot’s Day (Third Monday of the month) -

  • In New England get a day off today to commemorate the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. This battle began the American Revolutionary War and honors the midnight ride of Paul Revere! If you haven’t heard about Paul Revere or the Revolutionary War make sure to check out my Road Trip USA geography curriculum to learn more!

April 22 National Jelly Bean Day 

  • Like Jelly Beans? Didn’t get enough at Easter? I guess today is the day to have some! I don’t love jelly beans, but I do love Jelly Bellies, so I’ll be trying one of those today instead.

April 23 National Zucchini Bread Day

  • I love zucchini bread, but haven’t made it myself! Here’s a zucchini bread recipe that we might just have to try out.

April April 25 World Penguin Day

  • My son loves penguins, and he’ll be thrilled to see that there’s a day dedicated to them! Take some time today to learn a little more about our flightless feathery friends.

April April 26 National Pretzel Day

April 26 Richter Scale Day –

  • The Richter Scale measures the amount of energy released by an earth quake by measuring the magnitude or seismic waves they produce. The scale measures from 0-9 with 9 being the highest. There are several websites with real time Richter Scale reporting, earthquakes today is just one that shows activity all over the globe.

April 27 Babe Ruth Day –

  • On April 27, 1947 Babe Ruth was honored at Yankee Stadium. He was nearing the end of his life suffering from throat cancer, and died a year later at age 53. He appeared in front of 58,339 fans who cheered in his honor. George Herman Ruth was acquired by the major league baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, in 1914. He helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 1916 and 1918, and was later sold to the Yankees. He became a full0time hitter and turned into the game’s greatest star, gathering crowds in every city he played in.

April 27 National Prime Rib Day –

April 27 Tell a Story Day –

  • I think this would be a great way to end our day! Impromptu story telling! That or it’s always fun to sit in a circle and have one person start, then let the others continue as the story gets to them.

April 28 International Astronomy Day –

  • This day was created by Doug Berger, president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California in 1973. His hope was to promote greater education and understanding of our amazing universe.

April 28 Great Poetry Reading Day

  • Have a favorite poet? Share them below so we can all have a little inspiration for today!

 

And that’s it for the April 2015 holidays and fun days! See you next month with another list of random and wacky days!

MAR
29
2015

Spring Cleaning!!

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Good morning readers! You may have noticed a slight…okay drastic…change over here at the Confessions website! I don’t know about you, but I always get a hankering for some good old fashioned spring cleaning this time of year. And my blog is no different! I’ve been wanting to update it for a while now, but with the blog, store, and new community it’s a little more complicated to make everything look seamless. So I had to wait on the help of my husband. Who by the way has been working his little tail off for me lately! With the new community, book release, blog updates, and some other surprises we have coming your way he’s been swamped. But being the awesome guy he is, he carved out some time to help me put up a new fresh look for my blog, and I love it! I wanted it to go along with my homeschooling 101 book cover because I thought it was so fresh and clean looking, so that’s what we did! So without further ado, let me introduce to you the new and improved Confessions of a … [Read more...]

MAR
25
2015

Kindergarten Worksheets and Phonics Activities

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good morning readers! It’s been a little while since I did an update on what the Teeny Tot is doing. We just got back from spring break and she’s been working diligently on her kindergarten year. She’s reading well now, and still having fun doing all of the K4 Kindergarten activities along with some other fun things that we add in here and there. So I thought I’d take today to give you a little snapshot of what she’s been up to. She loves to do mazes, and so she’s been working her way through my K4 Kindergarten maze worksheets this year.   She also likes to do puzzles. Since she’s our last little one to go through the curriculum, I just printed the K4 Number Order Puzzles on copy paper, and then she cuts them apart along the lines. Next she reassembles them onto a piece of construction paper and glues them down to complete the puzzle.   Of course we’re working our way through Math U See, and she’s having fun with her blocks as usual!   To help with … [Read more...]

MAR
24
2015

Create Your Own Bundle Discount!

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Good morning fellow educators! I know it’s getting to be that time of year again. The one where you’re not quite finished with the current school year, but are starting to research, gather curriculum, and plan for next year.    Today I have a special treat for you all, and it’s something that’s been long requested. I get several emails asking if people can create their own combination of products and receive a discount. Previously I had listed some pre-combined combo packs to help out, but we wanted you to be able to make your own combination of products. So my brilliant husband has come to the rescue again and done just that! My store now has the capability to let you buy whatever combination of products you want and receive a discount! That means you can combine your favorite literature units, scientist studies, etc. and still get a discount. Now you can create your own bundle based on the needs of your family! Yipee! How does it work? It’s simple. Just buy 2 or … [Read more...]

MAR
22
2015

Taking Charge of Your Child’s Education

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We start from day one feeding them, bathing them, and loving them. And as our children grow, we begin to teach them how to do things on their own. Then along comes the discussion of their future. Do you want to give your child the best start in life possible? Do you want to get more involved in their educational process? Would you like to become the primary influence in your child’s life?   It was twelve years ago that our lives completely changed. People often ask me if it was hard each time we had a new baby. But really it was when we had our first child that things got crazy. When you go from zero to one child, everything changes. We were used to doing whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted. We didn’t have to work around feedings or naptimes. We could go to dinner at 10pm if we wanted to! Of course, when we had our first child, it was love at first sight. The thought of dropping her off at a daycare seemed inconceivable. So we decided that I would leave my professional … [Read more...]

MAR
18
2015

We’re on Spring Break! YAY!

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Hi everyone! We've been on spring break this week, so I’m taking the rest of the week off of blogging too! We don’t always take a spring break, but this year allowed for it, and everyone agreed that we needed a break before we finish off our year. So I made an executive decision and gave everyone a much needed break! Also I had it already scheduled in my plan for the year, so we’ll still finish in time for summer break. Since my husband didn't have the luxury of taking a week off, we stayed home, but still did a lot of fun activities this week! Here's our schedule for the week: Monday: Denver Museum of Nature & Science - Silk Road exhibit, space odyssey, gems & minerals. Tuesday: Movie Day! We saw the new Cinderella movie, it was really cute! Wednesday: Planned a zoo trip, but weather foiled our plans. So we ended up going to Casa Bonita for some indoor excitement with my mom and niece. Thursday: TBA we're still debating on what to do for our last day. If the … [Read more...]

MAR
17
2015

WIP Wednesday: Let Them Eat Cake Quilt

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Good morning readers! I have another fun WIP post for you today.  Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a Snapshots quilt along benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. There are some super cute blocks in this quilt along so make sure to check them out! Each month they’re sending out a free block pattern and they just ask for any donation you’re willing to make to support St. Jude’s. It’s a great cause, and this quilt is so cute I couldn’t resist! They offer it in a kit as well, or you can make the quilt with your own selected fabrics. I am making mine out of Pam Kitty Garden Aqua fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop. I purchased a fat quarter bundle along with 2 yds Moda Bella Solids in white 9900-98 for the background, and Moda Best Day Ever Grass green fabric for the cake stands.   I also grabbed some of the Fat Quarter Shop Alphabities to help me keep track of all of my pieces! They were very helpful.   The first block in the quilt along was a … [Read more...]

MAR
16
2015

St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Who was this man that now encourages us play bagpipes, eat corned beef, and what’s with all of the people sporting green? St. Patrick of Ireland was a 5th- century Christian missionary in Ireland. When he was about 16 years old, he was captured by Irish pirates and taken as a slave to Ireland.  He lived there for about six years before escaping and returning to his family in Britain. After years of training and study, he returned to Ireland serving as an ordained bishop, and later became revered as the patron saint of Ireland. March 17th, thought to be the date of his death, is the day we now celebrate St. Patrick’s work, as well as Ireland itself. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City on March 17, 1726. Irish Americans celebrated the day with a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage, a parade, bagpipes and drums. Over the years many Irish immigrants fled to America in the wake of the Great Potato Famine, and the … [Read more...]

MAR
15
2015

Updated Homeschool Room Tour

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Good morning friends! It’s not unusual for my husband to come home to find our home rearranged, and today was no exception! I like to switch things up, give things a fresh new look, and clean out the accumulation of clutter that seems to infiltrate my homeschool room.     So after school the other day, we decided to do just that, and we tackled our homeschool room. It was starting to feel cramped and cluttered, and after the holidays I think everything just needs to get a good cleaning. We started by pulling cleaning off all of our shelves, then decided to move our furniture around to give it a new feel as well as hopefully give us some more space. Here’s a video tour of the new setup, I hope you enjoy it!     Below you can see our school desk setup. I have a whole post on our Ikea desk units you can check out. They discontinued the table tops I purchased, but they replaced them with the Linnmon Table Tops, white.   For … [Read more...]

MAR
11
2015

Spicy BLTA Sandwich Recipe

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I don’t know about you, but lunch time is my hardest meal to plan. I don’t always like to eat cold sandwiches, and frankly I’m over “kid” food like chicken nuggets and mac-n-cheese. Not to mention that traditional kid food isn’t usually all that healthy anyway! So lately I’ve been experimenting with some new twists that I thought I would share with you all. Now I know the BLTA sandwich isn’t necessarily a new thing, but I’m totally loving this spicy twist on a classic recipe! And the whole thing takes about 5 minutes to prepare, which is right up my alley since that’s about how much time I have to whip something up on school days! Ingredients: (for 1 sandwich) 2 slices bread, lightly toasted (Any kind you like. I like to use Oroweat Buttermilk, but Sourdough is great too) 1/2 avocado, sliced into thin strips 2 slices cooked bacon (I cooked mine in the microwave, wrap in paper towel to absorb grease) 2 slices ripe tomato 1-2 slices lettuce (I like butter … [Read more...]