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    2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    Good morning readers! It’s about time to start thinking about gifts for all of those special people in your life. and today I have a holiday gift guide to help make your shopping a bit easier. I like to share both educational and fun items that we’re either looking forward to receiving or giving. … [Read More...]

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    Chocolate Caramel Cake

    Strawberry Shortcake made this delicious dessert for her co-op baking contest, and I wanted to share the recipe with you! It’s super moist and yummy, and easy to make. Like the title says it includes chocolate and caramel and you can’t go wrong with that! This recipe is great for kids too since … [Read More...]

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    DIY: Pumpkin Pie Soap Tutorial

    Hello readers! Since we’re well into fall I thought it would be fun to share this simple and easy DIY pumpkin pie soap tutorial. This stuff smells so yummy, and it literally takes about 10 minutes to prepare!     So let’s get on with the video shall we? Click here for the Pumpkin Pie … [Read More...]

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    Teeny Tot Tuesday: Kindergarten!

    I know, I know, she’s not exactly a Teeny Tot anymore! And she’s been begging me to change her blog name for awhile now, but she’s come up with some seriously crazy names and I just don’t want to commit to those yet, so for now… It’s time for another Teeny Tot Tuesday post! Except that she’s not … [Read More...]

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    2015 Blog Planner–FREE!

    Good morning fellow bloggers!  If you’re looking for a colorful, and complete blog planner, look no further. It’s that time of year again… and the new 2015 Blog Planner has arrived! YAY! And it’s FREE! Double YAY! And also, what the heck? Where did 2014 go? Has anyone seen it? I must’ve … [Read More...]

NOV
23
2014

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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Good morning readers! It’s about time to start thinking about gifts for all of those special people in your life. and today I have a holiday gift guide to help make your shopping a bit easier. I like to share both educational and fun items that we’re either looking forward to receiving or giving.

This year I have a ton of great stocking stuffer ideas, as well as gifts for older and younger kiddos, as well as girls and boys alike.

 

Stocking Stuffer Ideas:

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LEGO Education: 

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  • Electronic Snap Circuits: There are several sizes and types of snap circuit kits you can buy, and they’re both fun and educational! This one has 300 different projects for your kids to work on and includes a concise illustrated manual. You kids will have fun building a radio, doorbell, burglar alarm, and more!
  • LEGO Simple & Motorized Mechanisms Base Set: Our co-op has been using this great educational tool from LEGO Education for awhile now and we love it. Each month we meet and do another lesson on motorized mechanisms. You can see my LEGO Education posts here. I highly recommend these sets, they’re very fun, but also promote critical thinking and logic skills.
  • LEGO Education Mindstorms: Turbo has been asking for a Mindstorms kit for a while now. They’re kind of pricey, but we have a friend with one and it’s actually quite amazing! Turbo is asking for money this year from his grandparents, so he can hopefully save up to get a kit. With the kit you can build, program, and test real-life robotics technology.

 

Gifts for prek-elementary kiddos:

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Spielgaben is a company that produces environmentally sustainable and non-toxic child friendly materials. The Spielgaben set comes with all of the colorful materials you see below, including the 3 wooden trays and a chessboard that store all of the materials together. The set also comes with learning resources that include learning activities, user guides, over 30 sets of interactive worksheets, 65 inspiration cards, and more!

 

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Lakeshore Learning Arts & Crafts Supply Center: WE received this as a review item last year, and it’s remained one of my kids “go-to” items! They love creating crafts with all of the fun supplies, and it’s great for encouraging creativity too!

 

Christmas DVD’s for all:

Christmas Books for all:

 

Check out my other Gift Ideas posts here!

NOV
19
2014

Chocolate Caramel Cake

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Strawberry Shortcake made this delicious dessert for her co-op baking contest, and I wanted to share the recipe with you! It’s super moist and yummy, and easy to make. Like the title says it includes chocolate and caramel and you can’t go wrong with that! This recipe is great for kids too since it’s so simple.   Ingredients: 1 chocolate cake mix 1 jar of Carmel ice cream topping 1 can Sweet & Condensed Milk 1 container of cool whip 3 Heath bars (Break into small pieces using a food processor or with end of a rolling pin.) Directions: Bake cake according to directions. When done, remove from oven and immediately poke holes in cake with round handle of a wooden spoon. Pour on Carmel topping and sweet and condensed milk. Let cake cool completely. Break up Heath bars into small pieces using a food processor or wooden rolling pin. Ice cake with cool whip. Sprinkle Heath bar bits on top and serve. Hope you enjoy! … [Read more...]

NOV
18
2014

DIY: Pumpkin Pie Soap Tutorial

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Hello readers! Since we’re well into fall I thought it would be fun to share this simple and easy DIY pumpkin pie soap tutorial. This stuff smells so yummy, and it literally takes about 10 minutes to prepare!     So let’s get on with the video shall we? Click here for the Pumpkin Pie Soap Tutorial:     Ingredients: 1/2 lb. Shea butter soap block 2 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice 4 drops yellow soap colorant 2 drops red soap colorant soap mold Instructions: Cut up about a 1/2 of a pound of Shea butter soap and place it in a microwave safe container.   Heat on high for 30 second increments until smooth stirring in between. Once the mixture is smooth, add the pumpkin pie spice, red coloring, and yellow coloring and stir well. Pour mixture into soap molds and let set for about 40 minutes. Once soap is firm, flip over mold and press gently to release.   Gift it! I thought these would make really cute gifts for holidays, … [Read more...]

NOV
17
2014

Teeny Tot Tuesday: Kindergarten!

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I know, I know, she’s not exactly a Teeny Tot anymore! And she’s been begging me to change her blog name for awhile now, but she’s come up with some seriously crazy names and I just don’t want to commit to those yet, so for now… It’s time for another Teeny Tot Tuesday post! Except that she’s not so teeny. And she’s not really a tot. And she’s in kindergarten now, which I’m in denial over. Sigh. Moving on…You can see her full curriculum in our curriculum post for this year, but she’s also doing some of my k4 work that she didn’t finish from last year as well. Number Writing: She completed the 1-20 handwriting worksheets last year, so I moved her on to the K4 Number Writing Worksheets this year. These are great because not only does she have practice writing the numeral, but she is also learning how to write the number word, as well as recognize the number by finding it in a grid of numbers at the bottom of the page.   Letter Hunt Worksheets: Here she’s working on my … [Read more...]

NOV
16
2014

2015 Blog Planner–FREE!

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Good morning fellow bloggers!  If you’re looking for a colorful, and complete blog planner, look no further. It’s that time of year again… and the new 2015 Blog Planner has arrived! YAY! And it’s FREE! Double YAY! And also, what the heck? Where did 2014 go? Has anyone seen it? I must’ve been busy homeschooling, because I think I missed it. Thankfully I filled out my 2014 Blog Planner, so I can look back and see that I actually did do some serious blogging this year, which makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. So if you’re ready to get going for the new year, keep reading!   As you can see I went with the calendar layout for this planner and added some extra info on the opposing page. It includes Monthly Statistics, websites and inspiration, post ideas and notes, tweets, pinterest pins, and additional notes.   Print & Assemble: After downloading, I print the planner double-sided by printing the odd pages starting with page 1. Then flip the pages … [Read more...]

NOV
12
2014

The Perfect Advent Calendar Giveaway

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Good morning everyone! It's time to start thinking about the holidays, and today I have a great giveaway for you from The Perfect Advent Calendar! I love doing advent calendar activities, and frankly this year I was excited to receive one that was basically already done for me! All you have to do is put it together and go.   What’s in the box? In each box you’ll receive festive number pockets with holes already punched and ready to go! You’ll also receive some red ribbon, along with 30 activity cards. If you’re paying attention that means you get 5 extras so you can personalize your advent activities. Each card contains a family activity, a bible verse, and a short prayer.   The kit also comes with a supply list to help make sure you have any necessary items on hand. The cards are a nice mix of crafts and activities that don’t require a whole lot of time or money, which is a great help out this busy homeschooling mama!   Once you place … [Read more...]

NOV
11
2014

Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas

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Good morning readers! Today I’m so excited to help promote Kirk Cameron’s new movie, Saving Christmas. I’m a HUGE fan of the entire Cameron family, and have been since way back during the Full House and Growing Pains days!   Through the blogosphere I’ve gotten to know Melissa (Cameron) Fleming, and had the pleasure of writing for Candace Cameron Bure’s website, and now I have the pleasure of helping promote this amazing film by Kirk Cameron. Saving Christmas is an entertaining and informative movie, that lets your family see Christmas in the true light of Scripture as it was played out in actual history. It also helps explain all of the theological significance of things like the Christmas trees and lights, along with who St. Nicholas really was. Not only does this film bring the focus of Christmas back to Jesus, but it’s also absolutely hilarious! It’s the perfect movie this Christmas season! Check out the trailer…   SAVING CHRISTMAS is in theaters for a … [Read more...]

NOV
10
2014

Happy Veterans Day!

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Good morning readers! If you live in the United States, today is Veterans Day! It is a day of remembrance, and a day to honor the men and women who have fought to preserve our freedom. And it’s a great day to teach your kiddos all about them as well.   Each year, on November 11th, the Veterans Day National Ceremony is held  at Arlington National Cemetery. It is to honor and thank all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. where a color guard honors America’s war dead by a wreath laying ceremony held at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The ceremonies then continue inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations as well as special speakers. There are also observances throughout the country from parades to special military exhibits and tributes to veterans.   Here are some ideas to help teach your kiddos about Veterans Day: Sing the US National Anthem, say the Pledge of Allegiance, and … [Read more...]

NOV
09
2014

Great Homeschool Convention Giveaway

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Hi everyone! I know it’s a little early, but if you’re like me you have to plan ahead a bit to get your homeschooling family out the door and to all of those awesome homeschool conventions! So in the spirit of planning ahead…   Great Homeschool Conventions is offering a great giveaway package to my readers.  They have conventions in Texas, South Carolina, Ohio, and California coming up in early 2015, so there’s no reason why you can’t plan ahead and pick one closest to you! Here are some more details on the GHC upcoming conventions: Outstanding Speakers - including Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, M.D., (TX) sponsored by WORLD News Group 100s of Information-Packed Workshops, including Homeschooling 101, Special Needs and Gifted, Parenting, and Classical Education specialty tracks HUGE Homeschool Curriculum Exhibit Hall REAL FAITH for the REAL WORLD Teen Track High-energy Children's Conference, hosted by Giant Cow Ministries Special session Thursday evening … [Read more...]

NOV
06
2014

Get all of my Facebook Feeds!

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Hi sweet readers! I’ve had a few people say they're not getting my Facebook feeds all of the time. Unfortunately Facebook likes to only deliver my posts to a few of you without me paying for advertising. Get My Notifications: If you’d like to see what we’re up to, you can visit the Confessions of a Homeschooler Facebook page, make sure you have clicked “Like” to subscribe. The button should then say “Liked” and if you click the little drop down arrow next to it there is a “Get Notifications” selection that will make sure the posts go to your feed! I hope that helps! And thank you so much for all of your encouragement, Confessions wouldn’t be any fun with out all of you!! Yes, I mean YOU, reading this post. THANK YOU! And I’ll be back next week with some fun giveaways, recipes, and a DIY fall tutorial! … [Read more...]