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    May 2015 Holidays and Fun Days

    Did you know that May is national BBQ Month? It’s also “date your mate” month, so I’m thinking a BBQ dinner date sounds in order, what do you think? What’s your favorite BBQ recipe or restaurant? Leave a comment below! Then again it’s also national blood pressure month, and that seems kind of … [Read More...]

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    Farm Girl Vintage Giveaway!

    Calling all of my quilty friends, boy do I have a special treat for you all today! A couple of weeks ago, I did a getting started post on quilting and I mentioned one of my favorite etsy shops Stitches ‘n Giggles. Well Lori saw my post and as a thank you she has offered to do a giveaway for my … [Read More...]

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    May 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

    Hi everyone! May is here (well it will be in two days) and that means we only have one more month until summer break! Not that I’m excited or anything. And we do some school over summer break just so we don’t experience brain drain or anything. But still, it’s mostly fun, sun, pool, and relaxation … [Read More...]

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    Teeny Tot Tuesday–Kindergarten Learning Games

    Good morning readers! And happy day to you all! We’re nearing the end of our school year, and then we’ll be heading out for a nice long summer break! But until then I thought you might like to see what the Teeny Tot is up to. Seriously I have to get her a new name. She’s definitely not teeny … [Read More...]

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    6th Grade Daily Homeschool Schedule

    Good morning! Or afternoon. Or whatever time it is you’re reading this. Good day! Today I’m sharing our 6th grade homeschool schedule. This is basically an outline of our day and things do change up a bit here and there. But for the most part, this is the schedule that Strawberry Shortcake is … [Read More...]

DEC
15
2010

Expedition Earth ~ Italy

Buon giorno and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Italy! As a country near and dear to my heart this week, we had a great time, and I even learned some new things about Italy too! Of course we started off our week finding Italy on the map and stamping our passports with the Italian flag: Here are some of the things we covered this week: Located Italy on the map and completed our mapping worksheet Learned about the Italian flag How to say “Hello” & “Thank you” in Italian – Ciao, Grazie Prayed for the Italian people Learned a song in Italian  Completed a lapbook activity Learned Roman Numerals Learned about and classified 6 animals of Italy Learn a little about Italian Opera Vocabulary: Geography from A-Z: Volcano Learned about Mt Vesuvius and made a volcano Learn about the 5th Wonder of the World: The Roman Colosseum and made a model out of Foam Bricks. Learn about the Leaning Tower of Piza and made a model Learned about Michelangelo and painted upside down … [Read more...]

DEC
14
2010

Word Family Ladders

Thanks to the wonderful idea of a reader, I’ve created these Word Family Ladders. They’re similar to my beginning sound Blend Ladders, but these contain 37 common word families for your children to work on. Click here to download the Word Family Ladders We use plastic alphabet letters or dry erase markers to make the as many words as we can for each family. This helps children recognize common word endings. Here are some more ideas on practicing the word families: 1. Brainstorm with your child about all the words you can make for each family. Write them on your white board as you go. 2. Read the word family story from "AlphaTales" (Scholastic) – As you read the story have your child be a “word family detective” and see if they can spot all the words in that family! 3. Use Word Family Ladders with the magnetic letters and see how many words you can make. Click here to see my other K4 Curriculum Activities! These activities are part of my K4 level expansion to my Letter of the Week … [Read more...]

DEC
13
2010

Character Study: Patience

Welcome to the 3rd study in the series and is based on Patience. (Click on the image or link below to download a pdf of this study.) A Character Study: Patience Other books required for this study: The Bible (any version will do!) Each day you will learn a verse, read a story where this sin is illustrated, then discuss the consequences of this sin followed up by the blessings of obedience. I encourage discussion with your children on ways they can help one another to stay free from this sin. Putting these ideas into practice on a daily basis will help them to become habit.Our daily/weekly challenge: "Be patient, bear with one another in love" I have a sticker sheet and anyone caught making good choices, that’s right “caught making good choices” gets a sticker. I tend to only respond when someone is making bad decisions, and this helps me to focus on the good instead. Whoever has the most stickers at the end of the week gets a prize, and frankly if I think my kids are actually trying … [Read more...]

DEC
12
2010

Currclick Giveaway!

Boy did you pick the right day to read my blog! Currclick has generously offered some great products especially for my readers! And what makes it even more fun is that we’ll have 4 (you heard me FOUR) winners! YAY! Here is the line up of giveaways: Math Mammoth Add & Subtract 2-A by Math Mammoth Dan's Doodles Coloring Book by Sather Homeschool Exploring the Ocean with a Hermit Crab by Shirley's Preschool Activities Big Box, Little Box: EBook/DVD Video Combo by TNG Publishings And just to make it even better, Currclick’s also offered discounts special for you! 30% off any product by Gentle Shepherd (Use code ccbloggentleshep) 10% off any product by Creative Teaching Press (Use code ccblogctp) To use the special discount codes: During the checkout process, select your payment method and enter the code into the section titled "Enter Coupon/Gift Certificate Code". Please note that the codes are case sensitive and are valid until March 1, 2011. So are you ready to win!?! … [Read more...]

DEC
11
2010

Handmade Beeswax Candles

Click here to download the Advent Ornaments As I said, this year I ordered some Make your own Advent Candles and Bartholomew’s Passage for our Christmas Advent activities. I have to say that these candles didn’t come with any instructions, so I thought I’d post my pictures, it was really quite easy.  Supplies: 4 sheets of 12x12 beeswax prepared wick blow dryer Step 1: Lay your sheet of beeswax out onto a clean surface. Cut wick so that at least 1/4” sticks out the top of the sheet, then gently press wick into edge of sheet of beeswax. If you wax is cold and not bending easily, heat with blow dryer just a tad until softer. DO NOT MELT WAX! Step 2: Gently but tightly roll first layer of wax around wick. Make sure wick is tight inside wax. Step 3: Continue rolling until you reach the end of the sheet of beeswax Step 4: Gently press edge of sheet into candle to secure. Step 5: Repeat for remaining advent candles: Step 6: Trim excess wick to about 1/4 inch. Step 7: Get out … [Read more...]

DEC
11
2010

2010 Digital Scrapbooking Calendar Template Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the 2010 Digital Scrapbooking Calendar Template and as promised we have a winner! Congratulations to Penelope from Carpenters Children! Didn’t win? No worries, you can get the 2010 Calendar Templates for ONLY $3! The pages are for an 8x8 calendar, and I just buy blank calendars and adhere the printed pages to each month. I’ve put together a calendar to share with all of you as well, it includes everything you see above, so not only are you getting 12 layered templates, but paper, tags, twine, frames, flowers and ribbons! YAY! Note: Since the files are layered Photoshop templates, you can get rid of the 2010 and make it any year you wish, as well as edit any of the layers. Details: All files are 300dpi, files are .psd (photoshop) layered templates (which means you have full editing capabilities, and you will need a software program that can open .psd files to use these templates.) … [Read more...]

DEC
09
2010

Bottle Cap Counting Cards

Since we have so much fun with our Bottle-cap Alphabet Activities, I wanted to create some number disks as well. I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile, and a kind reader “reminded” me, so thank you! Click here to download the Letter Disks and Activity Cards Just make the letter disks and then place each number disk on the card based on the number of items on each card. These are a K4 expansion pack and coordinate well with my Letter of the Week curriculum! If you haven’t made these already, click here to see how to make the number disks. 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...]

DEC
08
2010

Fruit of the Spirit Bible Study

A good friend of mine over at "The Homeschool Rookie" is working on some Bible Studies for her kids and has generously offered to share her first study on my blog YAY! Click the image below to download In this 3 week study, you and your child will explore the many details involved in understanding the Fruit of the Spirit. You will read and memorize Scripture, make observations together, discuss questions pertaining to your reading, read about ways to apply it to your daily life, do an activity together, and pray together. The topics include: -What is Spiritual fruit? -Who is the Holy Spirit? -How do we walk in the Spirit? -How do we receive the Holy Spirit? You will study the 9 individual pieces that are the visible characteristics of the Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control. Day 14 ends with a review and wrap up. Thanks so much for sharing Beckie! … [Read more...]

DEC
07
2010

Character Study: Obedience

Welcome to the 2nd study in this series based on Obedience, you can click on the image or link below to download a pdf of this study. Thanks to a good friends suggestions, I changed up the format to flow more smoothly and added in some extra things as well. A Character study: Obedience Other books required for this study: The Bible (any version will do!) Each day you will learn a verse, read a story where this sin is illustrated, then discuss the consequences of this sin followed up by the blessings of obedience. I encourage discussion with your children on ways they can help one another to stay free from this sin. Putting these ideas into practice on a daily basis will help them to become habit.Our daily/weekly "Challenge" for this week: "Choose to obey God's Word even when it's hard". I have a sticker sheet and anyone caught making good choices, that’s right “caught making good choices” gets a sticker. I tend to only respond when someone is making bad decisions, and this helps me … [Read more...]

DEC
06
2010

Preschool Christmas Activities

Hi everyone! I wanted to share my Preschool Christmas Activities for this year! We’re officially on break for school now, but we’re still having fun with preschool games, Christmas crafts (don’t worry, I’ll share!), holiday baking, Advent activities and Christmas Around the World! (I know, not really a break huh!) So here’s what we have going on for Preschool this month: Click here to download the entire Christmas Preschool Activity Pack (Download Help: If your browser is not opening the file, try to RIGHT click on the above download link, then select "SAVE LINK AS" and you will be prompted to save the file to your hard drive.) Roll a Christmas Tree: The game is simple, cut out the pieces (they’re on pg2 not shown here). Roll a die and place the piece of the puzzle indicated by the number rolled. Its a fun way to practice number recognition skills! I like these fun Giant Soft Dice Candy Cane Counting: You can laminate these then write the number in the box, or if your … [Read more...]