NOV
13
2013

Give the Gift of Literacy Giveaway

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Hi everyone! I’m so excited for today’s post! Mainly because I’m partnering with one of my favorite ministries, Samaritan’s purse. And also because I have a fun FREEBIE for you today AND a giveaway! The bloggers of iHomeschool Network have come together to help support the Samaritan’s Purse Literacy Campaign. We’re sharing our favorite books, along with some fun family activities, as well as giveaways! The Jesse Tree The past couple years we’ve been putting up a Jesse Tree in our home to help remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. The Jesse Tree gets it’s name from Isaiah 11:1-2 “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon Him.” The main Branch is a Biblical sign of the expected coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ and the faithfulness of God. The other branches of the tree represent a piece of the stories that make up the whole story of God’s relationship with His people. As we read through … [Read more...]

NOV
05
2013

Christmas Around the World Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I can’t hardly believe it, but apparently 2013 is just about gone! I don’t know how it’s already November. I feel like this year just flew right by without me noticing. Apparently I was busy homeschooling or something? Anyhoo…on to the point of my post today. I’m so excited to participate in an iHN Thanksgiving/Christmas hop! there will be lots of fun ideas going around the blog-o-sphere today from some seriously talented iHN Bloggers! Everyone is sharing something for Thanksgiving or Christmas, so I thought it would be fun to share a Christmas Around the World Unit Study with everyone.     If you’ve already done my Expedition Earth World Geography Curriculum, then this will be quite familiar to you. What is it? Christmas Around the World is a unit study designed to introduce students to how different cultures across the world celebrate the Christmas holiday! Since it’s nice and simple, you can easily insert this unit wherever … [Read more...]

DEC
20
2012

2013 Mini-Van Express Night!

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Guess what tonight is!? Yep, it’s “Mini-Van Express” night at the Confessions home! Whoot whoot! So what are these golden tickets good for? Besides sheer excitement from most kiddos? Ready to start a Christmas tradition that the whole family will enjoy? I know you’ve all seen The Polar Express, well, this is our own version of that fun adventure! Each year we hide the “Golden Tickets” in our kids’ beds, then get ready for a night full of fun! Toot toot, All Aboard The Minivan Express! Click here to download your golden tickets! P.S. Don’t drive a mini-van? Don’t worry, page 2 has “Christmas Express” tickets, so you can make it work for your family no matter what you’re driving, it could even be a sleigh! ;o) wink…wink… So what the heck is the “Mini-van Express” you’re asking yourself?   We usually start off with a make your own pizza night: Right after dinner, usually an early dinner…*wink, wink*… I have the kids go get ready for bed. While … [Read more...]

DEC
05
2012

The Ultimate Guide to Christian Christmas Crafts!

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Good morning everyone! I *H*E*A*R*T* Christmas and am so excited to be part of the iHomeschool Network Christmas Blog Hop! We have some great Christmas posts for you each day in December, so make sure to check over at iHomeschool Network to see what’s coming!     Today I’m sharing some great Christian Craft ideas to help keep Jesus the focus of your holiday season! So grab a cup of some warm cocoa and join me for some yummy eye candy!   Printable Nativity Scene by Mama Jenn   Confessions of a homeschooler Advent Calendar   Truth in the Tinsel Ornaments by Mama Jenn: Our Truth in the Tinsel ornaments from Day 1-6 Our Truth in the Tinsel ornaments from Day 7-12 Our Truth in the Tinsel ornaments from Day 13-18 Our Truth in the Tinsel ornaments from Day 19-24   Baby Jesus Craft Kit from Craft Kit and Supplies     Birthday Cake for Jesus from … [Read more...]

NOV
28
2012

FREE Printable Advent Ornaments

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Well, I’m just going to keep adding to the fun today with a brand new Free Advent Ornament Printable for you all! I did one a couple years ago and everyone loved it, but I think it needed a facelift! So without any further ado…I created a fun Advent banner! --> Click here to download the 2012 Advent Ornaments! <--     (Art Work: Santa’s Sleigh digital scrapbook kit used with permission from Carina Gardner. Santa Basics kit may be purchased from www.jessicasprague.com. These printables may NOT be re-sold or re-distributed in any way, they are for your own personal use only.) Supplies: 2012 Advent Ornaments Cardstock & Scissors or paper trimmer Printer Laminator (optional) String, garland, or small Christmas tree Mini wooden clothespins (Found at most craft stores) Directions: Print the ornaments as directed on cardstock then cut out each triangle and laminate for durability. Use mini-clothes pins to attach ornaments to a small … [Read more...]

NOV
25
2012

Truth in the Tinsel Giveaway!

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Hello sweet readers! Every year  I try to do something fun to keep Jesus the focus of our holiday season. Where gifts, shopping, and the frenzy of getting can get overwhelming, I really want to make sure my kiddos remember the actual reason for our holiday. And also help take their focus off of receiving and put it back onto our Lord Jesus Christ!     This year we’re excited to be going through Truth in the Tinsel by Amanda White.  It is an eBook that includes 24 days of Scriptures, crafts, discussion, and activities that help put the focus back on Jesus! It’s a great book for kids of any age from preschool to elementary. And not only do I love this book, but Amanda has taken extra effort to make it super easy for me! There are tons of fun crafts your kiddos can make and Amanda has a supply list you can take to the store, so you have everything you need for all of the ornaments. As if that weren’t already enough, she also offers printable ornaments if you … [Read more...]

DEC
22
2011

Homemade Snowflakes!

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A wonderful friend of mind did such a fun winter snowflake activity with Turbo, that I just had to share! They’re so easy and while they make really cute Christmas decorations, you could easily do this anytime you’re looking for a fun wintery craft activity!   The ingredients are simple: Borax (2 Tbsp per jar) Pipe Cleaners (3 per snowflake, we used green, but I think white might have been a better choice!) A pen or pencil to secure the snowflake while it’s crystalizing Boiling Water Wide mouth glass jars Scissors Directions: Step 1: Cut your pipe cleaner into 3rds. Lay one section horizontally on your workspace, then lay another one on top of it and twist it into a v shape around the horizontal piece. Lay your 3rd pipe cleaner section on top of that and create a v shape again only going the opposite direction of your first one so you have something similar to the below:   Step 2: Using your 2nd pipe cleaner tie it around the center of your … [Read more...]

DEC
13
2011

No Sew Fleece Tie Blanket Tutorial

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  I don’t know what it is about the holidays, but they make me feel all “crafty”. I break out my knitting needles (more on that to come), I start making Christmas decorations, cookies, and this year I made these super soft no sew fleece blankets! You really can’t beat these in the cold snowy winter months! I’ve made them before and the kids absolutely love them. Since ours are well worn, I decided to replace a few of them with new ones. The good news about these is that they’re so easy and quick! Minus your trip to the store for fleece, you can literally have one of these blankets done within about 2 hours…give or take. Since this is the 12 Days of Christmas and all, I really wanted to make a more festive red and white blanket, but the crew out voted me and we went for the bright pink.   Supplies: 1 .  You will need 2 pieces of fleece Fabric at least 40 inches or wider (most are 54 inches) Toddler/Crib Size: 1 1/2 yards of each piece of fleece, the … [Read more...]

DEC
12
2011

Mini-Van Express Tickets

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Toot toot, All Aboard The Minivan Express! Click here to download your golden tickets! Don’t drive a mini-van? Don’t worry, page 2 has “Christmas Express” tickets, so you can make it work for your family no matter what you’re driving, it could even be a sleigh! ;o) wink…wink… So what are these golden tickets for? Ready to start a Christmas tradition that the whole family will enjoy? I know you’ve all seen The Polar Express, well, this is our own version of that fun adventure! Each year we hide the “Golden Tickets” in our kids’ beds. My husband starts the bedtime routine as usual, while I prepare little bags of popcorn and hot chocolate drinks and place them in the car, oh and don’t forget to have Christmas music playing in the car too! When the kids go to climb into bed, they will find the ticket hidden under their covers, get ready for lots of giggles and screams as they all find their tickets! The kids are then instructed to grab their slippers and head for the … [Read more...]

DEC
07
2011

Monogram Ornaments

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  One year for Christmas I made monogram Christmas ornaments for everyone in our family. I tied them to the outside of their presents as the name tag. They were so adorable! Since I wanted to keep them safe before wrapping presents I had put them all on the tree, and it was so cool to see everyone in our family and some who were no longer with us all on the Christmas tree. Now I regret giving them all away! Supplies: Wooden letter (You can find these at Michael’s, JoAnn’s and Walmart, they’re fairly inexpensive) Patterned Paper (Also found at Michael’s & JoAnn’s ) Adhesive (I used a Xyron 900 9-Inch Creative Station ) Pencil for tracing Hole punch Foam nail file to sand edges Alphabet EZ Rub-On Transfers or stickers for names. Embellishments: patterned paper scraps and ribbon, whatever you like! Instructions: Turn wooden letter upside down onto back side of pattern paper and trace around edges with a pencil. Cut out the letter … [Read more...]