APR
15
2014

Hands on Easter Activities for Kids

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Bunnies, chicks, eggs…oh my! All of those things are fun, but I really want my kiddos to get the real meaning of Easter as well! So here are a few of my favorite ideas to help make this Easter special! Since Easter is quickly approaching I’m in the mood for Easter Activities! Yesterday I shared the mini resurrection Easter garden you, but today I wanted to share a few more fun hands on Easter ideas with you!   Easter Garden If you missed yesterday’s post, creating a mini resurrection Easter Garden is a wonderful idea to remind your family of Jesus this season! Click here for detailed instructions on creating your own mini resurrection Easter garden.   “Life of Jesus” Bracelet This is a great Easter craft for kids as well as a wonderful gift! Here is the story: One night there was a bright start, which guided three wise men. They carried three gifts to give to the King of the earth upon His birth. He grew up to become a carpenter, and a fisher of … [Read more...]

APR
14
2014

FREE Parenting Webinar with Amy McCready!

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Good morning parents! Are you wondering how to get your kids to listen without nagging, reminding, or yelling? Look no further! I’m partnering with Amy McCready in another great FREE parenting webinar for you! Amy is founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor. Together we will be hosting a FREE LIVE parenting webinar on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM, EST. For those of you who don’t know, Amy is author of the awesome website, Positive Parenting Solutions, where she shares all kinds of great tips and tricks for parents! She is a regular on The Today Show and has appeared on Rachael Ray, CNN, MSNBC, in The New York Times and more.   What’s the Webinar About? Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling (And who couldn’t use some help in that area right!?) I’ve hosted this seminar before and had several requests to repeat it since many of you were unable to attend. And quite honestly, it’s a good refresher for me as … [Read more...]

APR
13
2014

The Time Machine Literature Unit

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Hi everyone! Today I have another fun literature classic for you, The Time Machine Unit Study! Hope you enjoy! Story Summary: The Time Machine tells the story of an anxious scientist who discovers how to travel through time. He starts in London in 1895 and travels all the way to the year 802701! Here he encounters quite a variety of interesting new people, places, and things that both excite and startle him. Is the new paradise of the future as good as it seems? Will he ever be able to return home? Read this exciting tale to find out the answers to these questions and more! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the The Time Machine Classic Starts version as retold from the H.G. Wells original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook assignments will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts … [Read more...]

APR
10
2014

Easy Chicken, Rice, and Bean Burritos

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  Hi everyone! I have another simple and fast recipe to share with all of you busy homeschoolers out there! After saying this was fast, I realized that I normally make these a few days after I’ve made my Southwestern Chicken Tacos, refried beans, and Spanish rice. That way I can just pull out the leftovers, stuff them into burritos and heat! It’s a great way to use up the leftovers but make it seem like a whole new meal! But if you need to take the long way…the directions for the insides are at the bottom of this post! Ingredients: 4-5 Cooked and shredded chicken breasts 2 cups Spanish Rice 2 cups Refried beans 1 can cream of chicken soup 1/2 c. milk Tortillas of your choice. I like the small corn tortillas, just heat in a warm skillet for about 30 seconds each side. Optional: Toppings of your choice, we use sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, and lettuce. Maybe a little hot sauce if we’re feeling crazy ;o)   Directions: Spray a casserole dish … [Read more...]

APR
09
2014

World Geography: South Africa Unit Study

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Our Expedition Earth World Geography journey has brought us to the continent of Africa. So, Haai! And welcome to South Africa! The kids have been excited about Africa and it’s finally here! Here are some of the fun activities we did for the week: Some Things We Learned: Where S. Africa is on the world map & located Cape Town Learned a song in Afrikaans How to say “Hello” in Afrikaans Prayed for the people of South Africa, and Xhosa Learned about children in Botswana (I know, not part of S. Africa, but its close by and it was in our book) Read Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography Completed a South Africa lapbook activity Learned about the Baobab Tree (a.k.a. The Upside Down Tree) Completed and classified animals of South Africa Learned new Geography Vocabulary Made an Apple and Cheese Crumble dessert Learned more about South Africa from … [Read more...]

APR
08
2014

Spielgaben Play Based Learning!

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Good morning readers! Today I have a special product to share along with a discount to pass along! I’m sure most of you have heard of Spielgaben by now, but it is new to our homeschool. And I have to say that we are loving this product!     For those of you who don’t know, 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! The materials are good quality, durable, colorful, and everything has a place in the storage unit which makes clean up and organizing it all a synch!   “There are 8 to 12 years worth of learning activities and lessons including full color digital format of 4 sets user … [Read more...]

APR
07
2014

Homeschooling 101: First Day of School

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you! Last time around we discussed Storage Solutions and  Organization. And today we’re going to talk about the inevitable FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!   Once your curriculum is ordered, lessons are planned, the work area is organized and ready, it’s time to start school! Typically students and teachers are excited for the first day and it’s no different in your homeschool. To help foster our excitement I let students help to set up the school room, purchase supplies, and organize their work area. Once it’s officially time to start school, everyone is excited and ready to go! Some people like to start school on a Wednesday, so they’re only doing three days the first week, then break for the weekend, and then start in on Monday with a full week of lessons. I typically start on Monday, but keep the first day light and fun. Remember, there is not one “right” way to homeschool, and what works for one … [Read more...]

APR
06
2014

Journey to the Center of the Earth Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I have another fun Literature Unit Study and Lapbook for you today. This one is on the classic Journey to the Center of the Earth. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: The Journey to the Center of the Earth is a fictional story about a young man and his uncle who are launched on an action-packed adventure deep into the center of the Earth. What will they they discover in the unknown depths and will they make it back? You’ll have to read the book to find out! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Journey to the Center of the Earth Classic Starts version as retold from the Jules Verne original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using any version you … [Read more...]

APR
02
2014

World Geography Unit Study: Argentina

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Buen Dia’ and welcome to our World Geography unit study! This week we’re learning all about Argentina! Did you know the Iguazu Falls are a series of falls on the Iguacu River that stretch a distance of over two miles. Their name comes from an Indian word meaning great water.  That’s just one of the cool things we learned about this week! So of course we started by going over all the countries we’ve learned so far, then found Argentina on the map. Here are some of the things we learned on our voyage: Located Argentina and The Pampas on the map, and completed our worksheet Learned about the Argentina Flag and colored in our worksheet Learned how to say “Hello” in Spanish – Hola (Hello) Buen Dia’ (Good Day)! Prayed for the people of Argentina and Uruguay Learned an Argentinian Song Read: Children Just Like Me Book Completed our mini lap book activity  Geography from A-Z: arsh, Meander Learned about and classified 6 animals of … [Read more...]

APR
01
2014

What’s in the Workbox? 5th Grade

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Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I did a What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post, so I thought I might do another one for you today! I’m taking pictures of Strawberry Shortcakes boxes today for you. And I can’t believe it but she’s nearing the end of her 5th grade year! Ouch! (…Insert sad face here…)   Drawer #1: 1) As you’ve probably already seen, our top drawer houses our expandable drawer organizer and it holds all of the pencils, glue, erasers, lip gloss, etc. that a 5th grade girl needs on a daily basis. It hangs on the drawer sides, so it can slide back and forth out of the way which is a nice feature. It also expands/contracts to fit most drawer sizes. 2) This drawer also holds her Apologia Who is God? student notebook, which we’re enjoying. This curriculum is great for elementary aged students. This is just the student journal, then I keep the teacher’s guide in my shelves. We do this as a group with our 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade kids. 3) It also has her weekly … [Read more...]