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    How to make a Rag Quilt: Tutorial

      You will need: Self-healing cutting mat Ruler (I have a Fiskars 6’x24” acrylic ruler.) Cotton thread in coordinating color, I used white. Rotary cutter Sharp scissors (I used Fiskars 5” Titanium Micro-tip scissors because I already had them, but Fiskars 8” Softouch Spring … [Read More...]

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    DIY Hot Chocolate Cup Treats

    Good morning everyone! I have a really cute and easy hot chocolate treat for you today! It’s not the hot chocolate that you’re thinking. Instead these little snacks, are meant to look like a cup of hot cocoa, but instead, they’re sweet treats that will be sure to brighten any holiday party! And … [Read More...]

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    DIY Reindeer Treats!

    Good morning readers! I have another super cute holiday treat for you today. These adorable reindeer snacks are not only easy to make, but they make great treats to bring to any holiday festivities you might have going on! And they’re really easy enough that your kiddos can do them too. Let’s get … [Read More...]

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    Spielgaben Version 4.0 Giveaway!

    Good morning readers! I hope you’re all enjoying my Christmas posts thus far. Today I have a very SPECIAL giveaway for you all and I’m so excited! Spielgaben has come up with a new and improved version of their amazing product and I have one to giveaway for you all today, so keep reading! For … [Read More...]

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    HSBA Homeschool Blog Awards Voting open!

    Thank you so much everyone! I’m so excited! HSBA Best Homeschool Blog Awards voting is now open and COAH has been nominated for the following categories! You can vote by clicking the links below: Best Super Homeschooler Best Blog Design I am always honored to be nominated for these … [Read More...]

OCT
13
2010

Welcome to the Digi Scrap Blog Train & Giveaway!

Welcome to the Scrap Scrap Scrap Blog Train! All the participating designers have recently been certified as JessicaSprague.com Certified Digital Designers and we’re ready to party! To celebrate we’re all giving away free mini-kits! Here's what you need to know: All mini-kits will be available for download through October 18, 2010. You can also enter to win a full kit from each designer on their blog. Each blog has different rules on how to enter so make sure you follow the directions! We will randomly select one designer's blog and one random comment on that blog. If that person has commented on all 10 blogs they will win all 10 kits! Be sure to include your e-mail in each comment so we know how to contact you when you win! Now that we have all that out of the way, let's get this party started! I’m kickin’ it off with my new kit “Sublime!” Click on the image above to download your FREE mini kit! Previous Blog - Simply Kelly Next Blog – Latz Designs Want to win the … [Read more...]

OCT
13
2010

Expedition Earth ~ India

Namaste! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week on India! This week we learned a lot about India's culture and animals! Of course we started off by stamping our passports! We found India on the map, then located the capital, Mediterranean Sea an Dead Sea: We colored and learned about the flag of India. We made fun inlay jewel mosaics. For this I used self hardening Crayola Clay and plastic jewels. We learned about animals from India: Then we talked about the facts we learned about them and classified them on our wall. We learned about the Taj Mahal, and then made a craft. Oh the paper Taj Mahal craft…sigh…what can i say other than this was a task! I ended up having to put most of it together as the cutting was a bit tedious. Also, a tip for you: Make sure to ENLARGE this quite a bit. I quadrupled the size of it and the little tops were still difficult to fold in. I think it would have been easier if it were bigger. We made Lassi (a sweet drink) I liked this, but the … [Read more...]

OCT
12
2010

Letter of the Week Blend Cards

Download the Letter of the Week K4 Blend Cards As part of my K4 add on’s I am having my daughter do some beginning reading. I posted these awhile back with different animals, but here they are with my Letter of the Week themes. For each consonant we practice reading the blends with each vowel. We also add another consonant on the end to make small CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words using magnetic alphabet letters. Hope you have fun with beginning reading skills! Click here to see my other K4 Curriculum Activities! These activities are part of my K4 level expansion to my Letter of the Week Curriculum, click on the images below to see more activities. The K4 curriculum isn’t quite finished yet, so until I get it packaged all nice and purdy you can download from my posts! … [Read more...]

OCT
11
2010

TOS Review ~ Talking Fingers

This week we reviewed Read Write & Type from Talking Fingers. Their approach is based on the simple idea that text is speech made visible. Then we just use our fingers to represent those sounds on paper.   So what is Read Write & Type? It is an online learning system that includes phonics, spelling, keyboarding and word processing. It can run on Mac and PC’s but does require 16MB ram and 2MB Free disk space to run. They suggest you have a 13” or larger monitor and a mouse.   What’s the cost? 1 user $35.00 2 users $55.00 3 users $70.00 4 users $85.00 5 users $100.00 What were our thoughts? Initially it seemed kind of silly to me, but my kids seemed to really like it! Since typing takes awhile to sink in and requires much practice I’m going to let her keep up with this one and I’ll come back later and edit to let you know if it’s actually working or if it’s just fun. The fun games did seem to draw a crowd though! My son asked if he could play as well, so … [Read more...]

OCT
10
2010

Digi Scrap Blog Train

Hi everyone, I’ve hopped aboard for a fun JessicaSprague.com Certified Digital Designer blog train!  The train starts at Simply Kelly Designs , stops here 2nd then onto 8 other designers. It will run from October 14 - 18, 2010 so make sure to stop by and get your freebie! Each designer is giving away a FREE mini kit and will also host a contest to win a full kit. One lucky person will win a full kit from all 10 designers! So stay tuned on October 14 to hop on the train for lots of FREE digi-goodness! … [Read more...]

OCT
10
2010

Japan Craft ~ Karesansui Mini-Garden

We made these fun (again with the messy!) Japanese Karesansui Mini-Gardens today. The idea behind the creation of the sand garden was to symbolize nature using natural materials such as stones, sand and gravel. The gravel was raked in order to create the illusion of rippling water. The use of plants was kept to the bare minimum. I searched for those cute little rakes, but didn’t find any that were cheap so I ended up making my own. I have wooden pieces in our craft closet so I glued some small wood sticks onto a wood square then topped it off with another wood square to make small little rakes. They worked quite well I thought and were a good size for small hands. We practiced tracing around the rocks, then took them off and did designs then added them back on. (Just a tip from the trenches here, but even though I had these nice little containers for our gardens, sand did end up all over.) My preschooler made a drawing of her with Jesus which I thought was cute, “no rocks” she … [Read more...]

OCT
09
2010

Japan Craft ~ Origami

We used Fun with Easy Origami for our project this week. The step by step instructions made it easy, and the book comes with32projects and 24 sheets of origami paper. It’s thinner than regular paper and so I think easier to fold. Here are our final creations: The blue one is a pig, the red a Carp, and the green a pelican. Here we are in action, my 7 year old could follow most of the instructions, but I did have to help my 6 year old and 4 year old. Here was my preschooler’s “fancy box”, it wasn’t quite as “fancy” as it was supposed to be, but it was, um, box like ;o) My son chose the pelican and carp fish. We had some trouble with the pelican, but the others came out well. And here are our final projects, well, minus the “fancy box” which seems to have disappeared? Maybe it IS “fancy” after all! … [Read more...]

OCT
08
2010

TOS Review ~ Digital Frog

This week we had the privilege of reviewing the Digital Field Trip Series by Digital Frog. The programs are virtual world DVD’s that guide students through various topics in a fun, interactive way. {Get a free demo} What’s the Cost? The DVD’s range from $40 - $125 depending on what you buy. Prices for Digital Frog products are below. Digital Frog Dissection - $85 Field trip to the Wetlands - $60 Field Trip to the Rainforest - $60 Field Trip to the Desert - $60 Cell Structure and Function - $40 Digital Field Trip Series - $125 The website says the videos are suitable for anyone ages 3-90 however I disagree some on that point. I had my 7 year old review this product for me and the information included really does suit older students better. While she could read it for herself and understand most of it, the information was still a bit over her head on some of the areas. I think older students would really get more out of this type of program. What were our thoughts? The DVD’s … [Read more...]

OCT
07
2010

Guidecraft Doll Furniture (Review)

These adorable Doll Bunkbeds are part of the new doll furniture collection that Guidecraft is now offering and it’s just in time for Christmas! (Ironically we are reviewing it so I had to let the girls have it before Christmas…but clearly they had no complaints.) The furniture arrives unassembled, but if you happen to have a handy 6 year old lounging around, it’ll only take about 10 minutes to put it together! The Doll Furniture comes in 2 finishes, espresso and natural (below). The girls absolutely LOVED making their doll beds, and putting them down to sleep. They continue to play with it daily and I’ve found everything from dolls, lovey’s barbies and a Teeny Tot sleeping in the bunk beds. There was actually a small fight over the bunk bed as I have 3 girls and 2 bunk beds. We do have another doll bed, but the Teeny Tot wasn’t having any of that! And, if you know nothing about the Teeny Tot know this…she’s determined. And she tends to persuade people until she gets what she … [Read more...]

OCT
06
2010

Confessions is now on Facebook!

Hi! After getting several requests I’ve finally created a facebook page for Confessions of a Homeschooler! Just to kick off the festivities I’ll be giving away a free copy of Expedition Earth to 1 lucky follower! How can you win? Leave a comment here letting me know you'd like to win!Optional: Click the image above and “like” Confessions of a Homeschooler! And just to make things fair, sign up to follow even if you’ve already purchased Expedition Earth and I’ll refund your money! You know…cuz’ I’m nice like that ;o) Click here if you don’t know what Expedition Earth is! Giveaway Information: This give away will be open until midnight EST Friday October 14, 2010. Winner will be announced by Sunday October 17,2010. NOTE: This giveaway is offered to Earth residents only :o)This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Disclosure: I am author of this curriculum, I gave myself a free copy to review on my blog, but was not influenced … [Read more...]