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    How to Get Started Quilting Part 3 – Let’s Talk Fabric!

    Good morning! I hope you’ve enjoyed my How To Quilt series! I hope these posts have been helpful for you. Today I’m so excited to share the final part in my series, fabric. I’ve also added a section at the end of this post full of helpful links, websites, tutorials and more to help you get going! … [Read More...]

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    FREE Parenting Webinar–TONIGHT!!

    Hi everyone! Join Amy McCready and I for a FREE LIVE parenting webinar TONIGHT Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00 PM, EST.   For those of you who don’t know, Amy is author of the awesome website, Positive Parenting Solutions, where she shares all kinds of great tips and tricks for parents! She … [Read More...]

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    Little Bits Review & Giveaway

    Have you guys heard of Little Bits Electronics? Well, they were new to me! But when they sent me an email to review their products, I was intrigued. I already knew that Turbo loved to play with anything electronic, and after taking a look at their website, I knew he’d love to check them out! … [Read More...]

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    How to Get Started Quilting Part 2 – Best Sewing Machines for Beginners

    Last week I shared How to Get Started Quilting Part 1 with you. The post got rather long, and so I decided to split it up into 3 parts.  Part 1 is your basic supply list, part 2 is going to be about sewing machines. Then next week part 3 is where it gets fun. We’ll take a look at fabric as well … [Read More...]

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    Positive Parenting With Amy McCready–Free Webinar!

    It’s been awhile since I’ve partnered with Amy McCready, and I wanted to do another seminar for all of my new readers! So next Wednesday night I’ll be joining her for another great FREE parenting webinar for you! Amy is founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor. Together … [Read More...]

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24
2010

China Craft ~ Paper Fans

Ni hao! For our study of China we decided to make paper fans! They were really easy and fun, but make sure to follow the directions, or like me you’ll be adding paper to them to make them work! Supplies: Paper (48 in. x 7 in.) I took 4 sheets of copy paper and glued them together end to end to get the 48” long. Then I cut that to be 7” tall. Markers, crayons, stamps etc to decorate Large popsicle sticks Glue Directions: STEP 1: Decorate your paper. STEP 2: Accordion fold your paper fan STEP 3: Tape around bottom of paper (about 1/2 inch worth) and glue popsicle sticks on each side so that about 1” of the sticks are above the paper line: STEP 4: Unfold and enjoy! (This craft idea was found at Activity Village)Click here to see the rest of our China ActivitiesClick here to see our Expedition Earth Geography Curriculum … [Read more...]

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23
2010

China Craft ~ The Great Wall

This activity was such a fun addition to our China week that I think we’re going to use it for part of our Geography Fair display! We decided to use FloraCraft Styrofoam Bricks and they worked so well, I think we’ll use them again just for fun! Are you tempted? Want to make one? Here’s how: Supplies: FloraCraft Styrofoam Bricks (I used 1 ENTIRE bag for this wall) White Craft Glue Foam Poster Board Fake greenery Cardboard (for the floor of the wall) Toothpicks (to secure stairs on ends of Wall) Directions: STEP 1: Draw 2 parallel curved lines across your poster board and then trace over that with a strip of glue. Place blocks along curve. STEP 2: Put another bead of glue on top of bottom layer of bricks and stagger so bricks aren’t right on top of each other. Repeat until wall is to desired height. STEP 3: Cut cardboard to fit curves of wall and glue on top of the brick layer. STEP 4: Put another layer of bricks on top of the floor (cardboard) layer. And build up castle on both … [Read more...]

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22
2010

All About Spelling

We just started using All About Spelling this year, and frankly at this point you couldn’t take it from me if you wanted to! Yes, we LOVE it that much! And not only do I love it, but my kids LOVE it! Every now and then I’ll let them pick the order of their workboxes, and I’m not kidding you, unless there’s a candy bar in one of the drawers, they’ll pick the All About Spelling box first every time! Some benefits to All About Spelling: The program is multisensory, approaching spelling through sight, sound, and touch. The lesson plans scripted for you. They are easy to follow and leave nothing out! And it’s not just spelling, it’s a phonics program as well, and they teach all the rules in an easy to follow and understand manner. It works! I can honestly say I’ve noticed an improvement in both my 1st and 2nd grader’s spelling since we’ve started. It’s fun! This is an activity that we do one-on-one and since it involves many different activities, the kids seem to really … [Read more...]

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21
2010

China Craft ~ Handmade Paper

This week for our study ofChina we made handmade paper! It was surprisingly easy, so if you were fearful, let me assure you that YOU CAN DO IT! Supplies: Blender Shredded or torn paper Water 2 Felt sheets (You will sandwich paper between felts, so if you want to make more than one sheet of paper, you’ll need more felt sheets) Window Screen (I found this small one at Lowe’s) Large plastic basin for water and pulp mixture dishtowels Directions: STEP 1: Fill your blender about half way with shredded paper, then add water to blender until about 3/4 of the way full. STEP 2: Blend paper/water mixture until pulpy STEP 3: Pour LOTS of water in your the large plastic basin then add in blended pulp. Mixture will be very watery. STEP 4: Dip your screen into the water and gently swish under water until pulp is evenly distributed. Carefully lift up screen out of water. If you have a blank spot on your screen, you can start over, or grab a handful of pulp … [Read more...]

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20
2010

Expedition Earth – China

Ni Hao! We had so much fun with our Geography Curriculum last week learning about China! Here are some of the fun activities we did for the week: We started off filling in our passport and putting on our flag sticker for China: We learned: Where China is on the world map & located Beijing, Huang He River and the Yangtze River A song in Mandarin How to say “Hello” in Mandarin How to pray for the Chinese people About children in China Chinese Numbers Studied the Great Wall of China Completed a china lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of China Read The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack Learned new Geography terms Played Chinese Checkers Learned major landmarks and other fun facts about China And here are what I managed to take pictures of ;o) Last week we learned all of the continents and oceans. We review those each day and added in the location of China is this week as well. The Indian Ocean is my … [Read more...]

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18
2010

Mutiny!

I recently had a reader ask if my kids always have great attitudes and participate in everything I try. And in an attempt to keep it real and hopefully encourage other mom’s out there, I have to answer with a resounding “NO!” (Yes they were posing for this picture, but really, it does happen!) There are definitely days when no one wants to participate, when they think my ideas are lame, and when they have a bad attitude in general and getting through even their first workbox is a trial in and of itself. I know I post pics of everyone working with a smile and things may *appear* to be rosey all the time, but let’s face it, who wants to see ideas that don't go well? So most of those don’t make it in the blog, but instead end up in what I like to refer to as “idea heaven”, on bad days it’s “3 hours of wasted time heaven”. Now, I’m about to suggest some things that I may be ridiculed for here, but please understand that I DO realize that these solutions don’t address the “heart” of … [Read more...]

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17
2010

What’s the Teeny Tot been up to lately?

Don’t worry, I know I haven’t posted much about the Teeny Tiny Tot this summer, but she’s definitely still going strong! She’s still up to her usual antics, and this year I’m hoping to add her into our school day in a smooth and calm manner. Yep, that’s my plan and I’m sticking to it! So here she is helping with crafts, she’s in charge of doling out pens for our our China Lantern craft. Later she became in charge of taking them back…while the other kids were still using them. Beads and Water Bottle: This is now one of her favorite activities, I gave her an empty water bottle and some small beads and had her fill the bottle. This kept her occupied for quite awhile, I just had to stick close by to make sure none of them made their way into her mouth. The beads used in this picture are Biggie Beads by Fun Fusion!   We also did the bottle activity with alphabet beads later in the week. These little alphabet beads are from JoAnn’s in the bead section. They are little square beads … [Read more...]

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16
2010

Intro to Geography ~ Earth Craft

For our introduction to Geography lesson this week, we made a paper Mache’ globe. Just to keep it real, this craft was VERY MESSY! I highly recommend doing this outside if you can! Notice how we did it inside…now stop and pray for me that we’ll make it through this years arts and crafts without me losing my mind or my composure. Okay, moving on… Supplies: Balloon Newspaper strips Elmer’s glue (I used about 2 bottles!) Mixing bowl for glue mixture Paint Sharpie Directions: STEP 1:  Mix 2 parts glue to 1 part water and stir well. Dip paper strips into water squeezing off extra glue with fingers. Next lay wet paper strip onto balloon until it is fully covered.   STEP 2: Hang balloon overnight to dry, leave paper towel underneath to catch drips of glue.   STEP 3: After globe is dry, draw continents on with a sharpie. STEP 4: Using tempura or acrylic paints paint in the land and oceans of your globe. STEP 5: Hang globe again and dry over night. … [Read more...]

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15
2010

TOS Review ~ Pyramath

This week I reviewed Pyramath by I See Cards for the TOS Homeschool Crew. What is Pyramath? It’s a card game geared towards helping students learn their math facts. It comes with an instruction booklet that includes tips and rules. I played this with my first grader. The rules of the game were a tad complicated, but we managed to change them up a bit to suit our needs. Ideally you will add, subtract, multiply and divide to finish your side of the pyramid first. Since he just started adding and subtracting we focused on that. The game is a 1-2 player card game with the goal being to build your side of the pyramid first. The cards are also marked with English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Roman and French numerical translation and symbols if you’d like to learn those as well.  We just focused on the numbers! What’s the Cost? $6.95 What were our thoughts? I can see this being a fun addition to our workboxes though it may be better suited towards older students with more math … [Read more...]

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14
2010

2010 Homeschool Blog Awards

Hi everyone! I’m excited to see that the 2010 Homeschool Blog Awards are coming soon!   Here’s the schedule: SEPT 17 – Prize page up (but we’ll be adding to it as they come in!) OCT 15 – Nominations begin OCT 30 – Nominations end NOV 6 – Voting begins NOV 17 – Voting ends NOV 19 – Winners announced So keep watch! It’s time to start thinking about your favorite bloggers and get ready to vote! (wink, wink) ;o) … [Read more...]