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    Happy 2015 4th of July!

    Good morning fellow U.S. peeps…   Thank you to all of our armed forces that ensure our safety on a daily basis, and to our founding forefathers who built this country on the values we hold dear. I pray all of you have wonderful and safe Independence Day celebrations! We’ll be heading … [Read More...]

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    2015 Rocky Mountain Airshow

      Hi everyone! This year we had the privilege of watching the 2015 Rocky Mountain Airshow from our back patio! No kidding! What a cool thing right? Plus there were a zillion people on the beach area and I heard parking was a nightmare, so we were extra thankful to be located where we were. So … [Read More...]

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    July 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

    July. Seriously? When did that happen? Last thing I knew we were finally done with school for the year and I was looking forward to enjoying some down time. And now it’s already July! Which means we only have a few more weeks before school starts back up. That also means that I need to get … [Read More...]

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    2015-2016 Student Lesson Planner

    Hi everyone! It’s about that time again! Time to get planning for the 2015-2016 school year. And to help you out, I have a colorful planner that you can use for your own planning, or for your students to help keep track of assignments, grades, reading, and any appointments or activities that you  … [Read More...]

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    The Allowance Game Review

    Are your kiddos whining that there’s nothing to do for summer yet? Mine are! I think they started saying they were bored after about 5 minutes into our summer vacation LOL! If that’s you, make sure to check out my whole series on summer boredom busters to help give you some ideas. Lakeshore … [Read More...]

OCT
31
2010

November 2010 Meal Plan

Hi! I didn’t make too many changes this month due to lack of time, but here is a new menu for November 2010 and I’ll have a new recipe posting this Saturday as well! Click here to download: PDF Format Word Doc Format Enjoy! … [Read more...]

OCT
31
2010

JS Certified Digital Designers Blog Hop ~ YAY Freebies!

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Hi to all you digi-scrappers out there! I’m totally excited about participating in the Jessica Sprague Certified Digital Designers Blog Hop! Stay tuned to November 11th for LOTS of great FREEBIES and my new Digital Scrapbooking Christmas Kit! Here’s the my full Christmas Kit and I’ll be giving away a FREE Mini-Kit during the Blog Hop! The full kit will be avail for purchase starting November 11th! YAY! Visit my store to see my current kits:   Don’t know what Digital Scrapbooking is? Click here! … [Read more...]

OCT
30
2010

Nest DVD Giveaway ~ WINNER!

I’d like to say thanks to everyone who entered to win the Nest Learning giveaway! And the winner for the William Bradford DVD is… AMIE from Ordinary Moment Blog! Congratulations Amie, I’ll be emailing you shortly with more information! Stay tuned to Monday Morning for a Pick and Draw! giveaway: … [Read more...]

OCT
29
2010

TOS Review ~ Buckets-O-Fun

Buckets-O-Fun is a website that sells various games and entertainment type activities for kids. They also have a section called "Yuck Slime" and that’s what we reviewed. The “Yuck” science activities deal with polymers. The product comes with instructions and observation ideas for each substance. We reviews 4 products, the Chunky Yuck, Saucy Yuck, Sticky Yuck and Snowy Yuck. What’s the cost for the yuck packets? Prices vary depends, you purchase it by the pound. The minimum was $16 for a pound of Chunky Yuck. We received a VERY small packet of each, I’d say a few table spoons, so I can’t even imagine needing a whole pound for a homeschooling setting. They also offer large quantities for classrooms going up to 50lbs for $600. To prepare for our experiments, we placed each packet in a bowl. My daughter slowly mixed each one as we observed it and made notes on what happened. Here she is starting with the “Saucy Yuck” this was to be like applesauce, and ours was a bit … [Read more...]

OCT
28
2010

Handmade Placemats

I saw this fun idea on one of the blogs I read and now I can’t remember which one! I’m so sorry, I usually make sure to link to everyone, so if it’s yours let me know and I’ll link up!Edited: The blog I saw this on originally was Counting Coconuts! Thanks readers for having my back! So of course I talked my mom into making these cute little place mats for the kids to practice setting the table and they turned out great! My daughter loved setting the table using the place mats, she put everything exactly where it should go. Here she is, we’re so proud of her finished table! Thanks for the idea anonymous blogger!We had a great time and what a fun way to learn how to set a table! … [Read more...]

OCT
27
2010

What’s in the box Wednesday: 2nd Grade

Welcome to this week’s What’s in the box Wednesday! I’m sharing my 2nd grade boxes this week. Nest Bible Video:   Math U See Abeka Language/Phonics: A Reason for Handwriting T Talking Fingers Typing, Powerspeak Spanish All About Spelling, Abeka readers Animalogic game  Draw Write Now Series: Drawing practice Have boxes to share? Link up below! … [Read more...]

OCT
26
2010

Letter E for Elephant

Welcome to our Letter E for Elephant week! Here are some of our activities: Of course we are making our lowercase alphabet binder sheets this year. e for elephant, okay a goofy elephant, but still…it works! Followed by our Letter E K4 writing practice: We did our large floor number hopscotch game: We sorted capital E and lowercase e: Letter E scavenger hunt. My 7 yr old loves this one and usually helps find items to place in the box. (Yes that’s a real egg, she’s very resourceful) We graphed some elephants. These are little plastic semi-transparent bingo dots that came with our bingo game. We used our 11 x 11 Pin Geoboard to make the letter E Ah, the poking activity, this is a favorite, here she’s using cute Oversized Push Pins to poke holes along the letters.   She did an elephant cut and paste activity:   Did an elephant color by number and I’m pleased to say she actually got this concept this year. Last year she didn’t understand how to match the colors to … [Read more...]

OCT
25
2010

Nest Learning Giveaway!

We use Nest Learning videos for some of our Bible Studies and the kids absolutely LOVE them! My husband bought the series at a homeschool fair last year and we’ve been going through them since then. I listed it in my 2010-2011 curriculum post and the super nice folks at Nest Family saw my post and immediately offered to do a giveaway for you all! Yipee! Nest Learning offers Biblical animated DVD series covering the Old Testament and New Testament. They also have a Hero Classics series. When you purchase a series of DVD’s you also receive an instant download activity book for each video in the series. The activities range from games, puzzles, coloring pages and more. What I like about them is that the activities cover Prek – 8th Grade, so I can print off a coloring page for my preschooler, a maze for my 1st grader and a crossword puzzle for my 2nd grader. At the end of each video is a quiz that the kids take using the remote control. If they don’t remember an answer they can choose to … [Read more...]

OCT
24
2010

Guidecraft Rainbow Blocks Winner!

Yay! I love announcing winners and today we have our winner for the set of Rainbow Blocks from Guidecraft!    The Rainbow Blocks goes to Jenny from Our Nifty Notebook! Congratulations Jenny, I’ll be emailing you shortly to get your info for your prize! All my winners are picked using www.random.org   Thanks to everyone who entered to win and stay tuned Monday for a great giveaway from Nest Learning! … [Read more...]

OCT
22
2010

Fine Motor Skills

I am a contributor over at ABC & 123 and I wanted to share some of my posts from there with you all in case you missed them! This post is part 1 of 2 on incorporating Fine Motor Skills into learning, and best of all it is easy and fun! So without any further ado, here are some ideas to help you change a hum drum routine into fabulous fun and work those fine motor skills at the same time! Here’s a sneak peak at the activities I included, the full links are at the bottom of this post: Biggie Beads by Fun Fusion! We have the original Perler Beads, but this is a new variation for smaller children who can’t quite manipulate the tiny ones. You can iron your finished design just like the regular ones, and they are perfect to use as counters, color sorting, and patterns! They’re just the right size for my 4 year old, and great for fine-muscle practice! I also had her try this using tweezers to grab the beads. Marble balancing: This is one of our favorite activities to work on fine motor … [Read more...]