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    Homeschooling…When You Want to Quit!

    Hi everyone! Have you ever wanted to just quit homeschooling? Well I have! And I would venture a guess that you probably have as well. I’ll never forget our first day of homeschooling. I was so excited, and so was my daughter. She was only 3 at the time, so she didn’t really know what was headed … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: School Work Storage Tips

      Hi! I’m back with another Tip Tuesday video for you all! Today we’re talking about what to do with all of your child’s school work. Man that stuff can pile up!   As homeschoolers, we literally have a ton of papers, art projects, and crafts taking up our precious space. … [Read More...]

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    2016 Valentines Day Kids Activities

    Good morning everyone! As most of you know Valentine’s Day is this weekend, and I wanted to share some fun Valentine’s Day kids activities with you to help make the day  more fun and meaningful. Since our kids are young, Valentine’s Day  is just a day to show those around you that you love … [Read More...]

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    The Silk Road Museum Tour 2015

    Hi everyone! We had the pleasure of taking a tour of the Silk Road exhibit held by our local Museum of Nature & Science this past year. It was so cool! And it fit right in with our Expedition Earth world geography studies, so that was a win win! While we weren’t allowed to take any … [Read More...]

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    2016 February Monthly Meal Plan

    Hi everyone! I’m so sorry this is late, I totally forgot to put up my meal plan for February! But thanks to a kind reader I’ve been reminded, and so here we go! The 2016 February Monthly Meal Plan is now available for download!     For us it’s cold and wintery out, so this … [Read More...]

JAN
26
2011

TEACH Magazine: True Treasures Review

I’m excited to say that I am joining up with TEACH Magazine and their Gabby Mom Bloggers to bring you some wonderful, Christian homeschooling product reviews! One of my first reviews is for a publication called “True Treasures: 10 years of  TEACH Magazine” True Treasures: $19.97 I have to say that when I first got this book it looked PACKED with articles and I was thinking to myself “yikes, I hope I can find some time to read this before the review is due!” Then typical to my usual antics I put it in a pile and walked away. You know, it’s always better to procrastinate ;o) I’m sorry to say that I waited WAY too long before cracking this sweet gem. I was heading to a day at the dentist office and figured that sometime between my own and the other 3 kids appointments I’d at least be able to skim through it. Well, I have to say that I’d never in my life wished a dentist appointment would have lasted longer than on this day! I started reading on page one and when you’re convicted … [Read more...]

JAN
25
2011

Character Study: Honesty

Welcome to the 9th study in the Character series that is based on Honesty (vs. Lying/False Witness.) Click on the image or link below to download a pdf of this study. A Character study: Honesty 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 honest, make sure whatever comes out of your mouth honors God" 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 … [Read more...]

JAN
24
2011

Netherlands 3-D Ice Skating Craft

We just entered the Netherlands in our Expedition Earth Geography curriculum and seeing as how it is January, and we finally have snow on the ground, it was perfect timing to do a Netherlands Ice Skating Craft! Plus it was fun, and I’m up for anything that makes school more fun! Supplies: White Cardstock Blue crayon or pastels Blue Water Color, paintbrush, water Salt Cotton Balls Green Construction paper for trees Glue & Scissors Ice Skater Printables Colored Pencils or markers to color skaters Directions: Color and cutout Ice Skater and tree shapes (out of green construction paper). Leave an extra flap of paper at the bottom of the tree and at the foot of the skater so you can fold and glue it to the artwork later. Using White cardstock, trace a lake shape onto the paper and color with blue crayon or pastels. Brush blue water color over colored lake and sprinkle with salt to create a glistening effect on the pond. (You can also use frosty … [Read more...]

JAN
23
2011

National Geographic Atlas of My World Giveaway

I am so excited to offer a giveaway that fit perfectly in with my Expedition Earth Geography Curriculum! National Geographic has put out a personalized Atlas of My World that you can customize for your family! It has a ton of fun facts, pictures and information for your part of the country then the rest of the world and includes the stellar photographs that National Geographic is so well known for. Wanna see more? You can even see a sample before you buy it, just click here: Atlas of My World It’s super easy to personalize too, just upload a picture of your child or children, fill in some basic information about where you live and presto! You’ll receive a personalized Atlas of My World that has pictures of your children right inside! I have to say that my kids were absolutely thrilled to receive a book in the mail that had their own picture and information about where they lived right there in the book! What does the Atlas Include? 48 pages, hardcover Over 200 full-color photographs … [Read more...]

JAN
22
2011

Digital Scrapbooking Worn Date Strips

I’m excited to present a new Digital Scrapbooking Element: Worn Date Strips.As you can tell from my last few creations I have a think for photoshop date brushes, and now I’m adding date strips. I mean really, no layout is complete without marking the date! What’s Included? All files are 300 dpi, .png format, for Personal Use Only 12 Worn Date Strips 6 Colorful Hand Drawn Circles Purchase the Worn Date Strips for ONLY $1! Visit my store to see all of my kits: Don’t know what Digital Scrapbooking is? Click here! … [Read more...]

JAN
21
2011

Digital Scrapbook Kit: Let It Snow

I’m excited to present my new digital scrapbooking winter themed kit called “Let It Snow”. As one who loves snowflakes this kit was super fun to make, I hope you enjoy it too! What’s Included? (Not all shown in preview) All files are 300 dpi, elements are in .jpg, .png, or .abr format, For Personal Use Only 43 12x12 digital scrapbooking papers 5 ribbons (3 straight, 2 ric rac) 20 Tiny Tags 3 Twine Strings Chipboard Alphabet Snowflake Alphabet Brush 3 Frames 3 Lined Journaling Tags 5 Lined Circle Tags 1 Lined Notebook Tag 5 Epoxy Stickers 9 Word Stickers Stitched Border 4 Buttons with cross stitch Vellum Envelope 8 Circle Badges 12 Month Postage Date Stamps (.abr & .png, yrs incl. 2008-2014) 12 Chipboard Snowflakes Purchase the Let It Snow Kit for ONLY $3! Visit my store to see all of my kits: New to Digital Scrapbooking ? Click here! … [Read more...]

JAN
20
2011

Expedition Earth: Netherlands

Hoi and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Netherland! Since it snowed here this week it was perfect timing, we had a great time, and we learned some fun things about Netherlands too! Of course we started off our week finding Netherlands on the map and stamping our passports with their flag:   Here are some of the things we covered this week: Located Netherlands on the map and completed our mapping worksheet Learned about their flag How to say “Hello” in Dutch– Hoi or Hello Prayed for the Netherlands people Learned a song in Dutch Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Netherlands Vocabulary: Geography from A-Z: Ford Learned about Windmills and made a craft Completed an Ice Skating Craft (I wasn’t brave enough to actually go ice skating!) Went Bowling Had a cheese tasting party. Cheeses from Netherlands include Gouda, Edam, Roomano, Herb Cheese, Goat’s cheese, Smoked Cheeses and more! Learned more about Netherlands from National … [Read more...]

JAN
19
2011

K4 Beginning Sounds Worksheets

Here is another addition to the K4 curriculum that I’m working on. They are Beginning Consonant Sounds identification worksheets. Have your student look at the letter in the beginning of the row. Say the names of all the pictures in that row then circle the ones that begin with the same consonant sound as the letter at the front of that row. 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...]

JAN
18
2011

Guidecraft Review & Giveaway ~ Construct It!

Guess what time it is!?! That’s right, we have another fun giveaway and review from Guidecraft! This time we have the Construct It! The Construct It! set was not only fun but a great way to encourage creativity! One thing my kids noticed was that it didn’t come with any building instructions. They tend to go that route first before branching out onto their own designs, but it didn’t take long for them to start building regardless! First thing we did was spread all the pieces out on the floor so we could see what we had. The pieces are all plastic, and they did have small parts so just be careful with your Teeny Tots! My son immediately came up with some binoculars to help watch for pirate ships: And my daughter built a, um, tool bench looking thing: Now for the fun part! My good friend Mama Jenn is hosting this months Guidecraft Givewaway! Click on the image BELOW to enter to win your own Construct It set! I am part of the Guidecraft Mom Bloggers who are teaming up to write … [Read more...]

JAN
17
2011

Lakeshore Learning Review: Numbers Folder Games

I’m so excited to review a product for Lakeshore Learning! They are hands down one of my FAVORITE companies and I spend WAY too much money when I go into their store! If' you’ve been reading my blog for more than, oh say 1 day, you should know that my primary goal in life is to find things that make learning more fun! Suffice it to say, I’m clearly a visual learner, and gosh darn-it I intend to turn my kids into one as well! With that, I present the highly colorful, and utterly cute Numbers & Counting Folder Games: What were our thoughts? Right off the bat I have to say that I absolutely LOVE the colorful file folder box that this comes in. I’m all about neat and tidy, and this is a sturdy cardboard holder for the games that holds everything nicely in it’s place. Once I got past the shiny new box {uhem…} we started in on the games. I love the cute little pieces for each set. The game boards are thick and durable, while at the same time colorful and super cute! The kids loved … [Read more...]