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    Hands on Easter Activities for Kids

    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 … [Read More...]

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    FREE Parenting Webinar with Amy McCready!

    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 … [Read More...]

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    The Time Machine Literature Unit

    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 … [Read More...]

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    Easy Chicken, Rice, and Bean Burritos

      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 … [Read More...]

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    World Geography: South Africa Unit Study

    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 … [Read More...]

MAY
10
2010

PreK Numbers, Shapes, Colors Review

To review all of the numbers, colors and shapes we learned as we went through our Letter of the Week curriculum, I made some fun review games! Note: If you missed it, don’t forget to do the A-Z Review also! Number Review: Clothespin Number Review: Write numbers on mini-clothespins and then have your child clip them on to the correct number of dots! 1-10 Number Sticker Sheets: This download includes numbers 1-10. You can put stickers in each square or laminate it and re-use over and over with any manipulative of your choice! Number Word cards: This download comes with the letters in the boxes like below and for more of a challenge I also added blank cards for each color word as well. Your child can match up letter tiles to each number word card. The letter tiles are included in the download as well, but you could use any letter manipulatives you want to spell the words. Includes 1-10 number words. The word tiles come color coded to help younger children, for more of a challenge … [Read more...]

MAY
09
2010

Summer BBQ Felt Food Pattern & GiveAway

Happy Mother's Day! In honor of all the fabulous moms out there, I've decided to give away one copy of our newest felt pattern called Summer BBQ! My mom came up with another super cute set for our felt food collection in our "Fun with Felt" store! Hope you like it! This set includes instructions and patterns for: Hamburger Bun Hamburger Patty Lettuce, onion, tomato, cheese Hotdog Bun with Ketchup and mustard Hotdog Potato chips with bag Pickle Spear Watermelon Slice Ice Cream Bar Buy the Summer BBQ Pattern now for just $5!   ★Completed Basket measures approximately 9 1/4” long x 7 1/4” wide x 5 1/4” high. ★This pattern includes easy step by step instructions along with colorful photos! ★Pattern comes complete with full Scale Pattern Pieces. ★You will be directed to the download page upon completion of payment. If for some reason you are not re-directed, please email me and I will be happy to email the link to you. ★Patterns are in PDF … [Read more...]

MAY
08
2010

Soft Pretzel Recipe

I’ve been through several soft pretzel recipes, and so far this one tastes the best to us. Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups warm water 1 Tbsp yeast 1/4 c brown sugar (Can substitute sucanat) 3 1/2 – 4 c whole wheat flour (Can substitute 2 cups bread flour + 2 c. regular flour) Melted butter to rub on baked pretzels. Course Salt (I use sea salt) Dipping Solution: 1/4 Cup baking soda 2 1/2 Cup very hot water Directions: (Makes about 9 pretzels) STEP 1: Preheat oven to 500 degrees. STEP 2: Dissolve yeast in warm water. STEP 3: Add sugar, stir to dissolve, THEN add flour and mix until combined well. Do not over knead or dough will be tough. STEP 4: Cut dough into 9 even chunks then roll into ropes and shape into pretzels, or whatever you children come up with. STEP 5: Prepare dipping solution: Stir baking soda into hot water until dissolved, then using a slotted spoon dip formed pretzels into the solution for a couple sections each and place onto greased baking sheet. STEP 6: Bake for 4-5 … [Read more...]

MAY
07
2010

She’s getting resourceful!

As a homeschooling mom, I try to make sure we learn at least 1 thing per day. Today I learned that my refrigerator has a “Lock” control on it. I learned this after my 4 yr old came running in yelling “Mommy, Mommy! Your baby’s in the water!” Apparently she’s figured out how to scoot, stack and climb her way to just about anything. And today it was a kitchen chair right over to the refrigerator where she proceeded to drench herself, and my kitchen, with a nice stream of cold fridge water. It hasn’t ended there, she’s found the fruit bowl, yesterday she scooted her chair over to the fruit, snatched an apple, took a bite, looked up, saw me, and took off running and squealing. Today it was an orange…she spit out the peel after taking a bite though, guess it didn’t taste so good. Looks like she’s after a Kiwi this time… Since then I’ve caught her here: and here… and here: and here: and here…ugh, always here! What is it with the snack cabinet? and here…but I suppose … [Read more...]

MAY
06
2010

Lego Printables

I found some fun printables for Lego’s at Lego’s Family Time fun website! Each month they release 3 new building instructions. The thing I like is that they are step-by-step printable instructions! Perfect for workboxes! We downloaded the Dragon from February, it was a great project with easy step-by-step instructions that he did very well following! And for the finished product, we did indeed end up with a Dragon of many colors! As a side note, this is how we currently store our legos, (he has specialty sets which are usually made as soon as he opens them and kept on display in his room on a shelf), but this box is for our basic set of legos. It’s a Creative Options Grab N' Go craft case. I like that it’s portable (has a convenient carrying handle) and the front opens to reveal 3 different sorting boxes. I’d originally sorted them by color and size, but as you can see that lasted…NOT! Overall, if you don’t have billions of lego’s it’s a great storing option. We also use … [Read more...]

MAY
05
2010

What’s in the Box Wednesday: Prek A-Z Review

Welcome to “What’s in the Box Wednesday”! This week we’re doing review activities from our Letter of the Week curriculum. Date number and chain link to complete our calendar pattern. Shape puzzles Number collages Shape silhouette matching A-Z writing practice A-Z Puzzle (I printed 2 copies and cut one up for a matching game) A-Z Floor Letters (Spread on floor and call out letters then have your child hop to them, have your child say the letter/sound as they hop to it, put them in order, etc.) Pattern block pattern cards and blocks Alphabet Foam/Magnetic Builders Shape/Number puzzles (From Wal-mart) Click here for links to download all the contents of our A-Z Review games!Don't forget to link up so we can all see what's in your boxes today! … [Read more...]

MAY
04
2010

Color Mixing 102: Color Cards & Lots of H2O

We did some measuring and color mixing today for Art. I found this Liquid Measuring Kit from Lakeshore Learning. We used it along with my color mixing cards to measure and mix new colors. First we filled each container with it’s designated color using water and food coloring. Next we poured, mixed and measured our way to secondary colors and ultimately, icky brown water. I don’t think anyone cared though, well except me, its hard for me to step out of my box and *gasp* …mix! Oh the horror! But, alas, it was a great math and art activity all rolled in to one. And let’s face it, anything involving water pouring is a hit over here! … [Read more...]

MAY
03
2010

A-Z Review

We’ve made it! Since we finished our Letter of the Week curriculum To review all of the letters we learned as we went through , I made some alphabet fun games!If you didn’t already download them, here are the A-Z collage worksheets, they come with collage ideas for each letter. Here’s a sample of the letter M with marshmallows glued to them. A-Z Collage Sheets (Capital) a-z Collage Sheets (Lowercase) Clothespin Match Up: Write upper or lowercase letters on small clothes pins and clip them to the corresponding uppercase letters, lowercase letters or picture! (The download includes all 3 games.)A-Z Letter Match Cards: These cards actually go from A-Z and 1-10. We’re using our plastic magnetic letters to match to each card. We matched upper and lowercase letters to each box. A-Z Beginning Sounds Game: This download includes letter disks. Your child then matches the correct letter disk to each picture, for example the “A” goes next to the “Ant” picture. If they need a little help, the … [Read more...]

MAY
02
2010

Teeny Tiny Tot hard at work

Tip for the day: Never, EVER, under any circumstances, leave your Teeny Tiny Tot alone within the general vicinity of your beloved laptop. ‘Nuff said. … [Read more...]

MAY
01
2010

Fall Kit – Digital Scrapbooking Freebie

Welcome to National Scrapbooking Day 2010!In order to celebrate, I’m giving away my very first digital scrapbooking mini-kit FREE! This mini-kit includes: 8 Patterned Papers 2 messy stitched tabs 2 scallop circle frames white stitches 2 flowers 1 ribbon 1 journal spot3 large bradsDownload Fall PapersDownload Fall ElementsHope you have a great National Scrapping Day full of digi-goodness! … [Read more...]