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    Chocolate Caramel Cake

    Strawberry Shortcake made this delicious dessert for her co-op baking contest, and I wanted to share the recipe with you! It’s super moist and yummy, and easy to make. Like the title says it includes chocolate and caramel and you can’t go wrong with that! This recipe is great for kids too since … [Read More...]

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    DIY: Pumpkin Pie Soap Tutorial

    Hello readers! Since we’re well into fall I thought it would be fun to share this simple and easy DIY pumpkin pie soap tutorial. This stuff smells so yummy, and it literally takes about 10 minutes to prepare!     So let’s get on with the video shall we? Click here for the Pumpkin Pie … [Read More...]

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    Teeny Tot Tuesday: Kindergarten!

    I know, I know, she’s not exactly a Teeny Tot anymore! And she’s been begging me to change her blog name for awhile now, but she’s come up with some seriously crazy names and I just don’t want to commit to those yet, so for now… It’s time for another Teeny Tot Tuesday post! Except that she’s not … [Read More...]

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    2015 Blog Planner–FREE!

    Good morning fellow bloggers!  If you’re looking for a colorful, and complete blog planner, look no further. It’s that time of year again… and the new 2015 Blog Planner has arrived! YAY! And it’s FREE! Double YAY! And also, what the heck? Where did 2014 go? Has anyone seen it? I must’ve … [Read More...]

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    The Perfect Advent Calendar Giveaway

    Good morning everyone! It's time to start thinking about the holidays, and today I have a great giveaway for you from The Perfect Advent Calendar! I love doing advent calendar activities, and frankly this year I was excited to receive one that was basically already done for me! All you have … [Read More...]

APR
13
2014

The Time Machine Literature Unit

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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 802701! Here he encounters quite a variety of interesting new people, places, and things that both excite and startle him. Is the new paradise of the future as good as it seems? Will he ever be able to return home? Read this exciting tale to find out the answers to these questions and more! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the The Time Machine Classic Starts version as retold from the H.G. Wells original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook assignments will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts … [Read more...]

APR
10
2014

Easy Chicken, Rice, and Bean Burritos

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  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 out the leftovers, stuff them into burritos and heat! It’s a great way to use up the leftovers but make it seem like a whole new meal! But if you need to take the long way…the directions for the insides are at the bottom of this post! Ingredients: 4-5 Cooked and shredded chicken breasts 2 cups Spanish Rice 2 cups Refried beans 1 can cream of chicken soup 1/2 c. milk Tortillas of your choice. I like the small corn tortillas, just heat in a warm skillet for about 30 seconds each side. Optional: Toppings of your choice, we use sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, and lettuce. Maybe a little hot sauce if we’re feeling crazy ;o)   Directions: Spray a casserole dish … [Read more...]

APR
09
2014

World Geography: South Africa Unit Study

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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 S. Africa is on the world map & located Cape Town Learned a song in Afrikaans How to say “Hello” in Afrikaans Prayed for the people of South Africa, and Xhosa Learned about children in Botswana (I know, not part of S. Africa, but its close by and it was in our book) Read Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography Completed a South Africa lapbook activity Learned about the Baobab Tree (a.k.a. The Upside Down Tree) Completed and classified animals of South Africa Learned new Geography Vocabulary Made an Apple and Cheese Crumble dessert Learned more about South Africa from … [Read more...]

APR
08
2014

Spielgaben Play Based Learning!

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Good morning readers! Today I have a special product to share along with a discount to pass along! I’m sure most of you have heard of Spielgaben by now, but it is new to our homeschool. And I have to say that we are loving this product!     For those of you who don’t know, Spielgaben is a company that produces environmentally sustainable and non-toxic child friendly materials. The Spielgaben set comes with all of the colorful materials you see below, including the 3 wooden trays and a chessboard that store all of the materials together. The set also comes with learning resources that include learning activities, user guides, over 30 sets of interactive worksheets, 65 inspiration cards, and more! The materials are good quality, durable, colorful, and everything has a place in the storage unit which makes clean up and organizing it all a synch!   “There are 8 to 12 years worth of learning activities and lessons including full color digital format … [Read more...]

APR
07
2014

Homeschooling 101: First Day of School

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you! Last time around we discussed Storage Solutions and  Organization. And today we’re going to talk about the inevitable FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!   Once your curriculum is ordered, lessons are planned, the work area is organized and ready, it’s time to start school! Typically students and teachers are excited for the first day and it’s no different in your homeschool. To help foster our excitement I let students help to set up the school room, purchase supplies, and organize their work area. Once it’s officially time to start school, everyone is excited and ready to go! Some people like to start school on a Wednesday, so they’re only doing three days the first week, then break for the weekend, and then start in on Monday with a full week of lessons. I typically start on Monday, but keep the first day light and fun. Remember, there is not one “right” way to homeschool, and what works for one … [Read more...]

APR
06
2014

Journey to the Center of the Earth Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I have another fun Literature Unit Study and Lapbook for you today. This one is on the classic Journey to the Center of the Earth. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: The Journey to the Center of the Earth is a fictional story about a young man and his uncle who are launched on an action-packed adventure deep into the center of the Earth. What will they they discover in the unknown depths and will they make it back? You’ll have to read the book to find out! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Journey to the Center of the Earth Classic Starts version as retold from the Jules Verne original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using any version you … [Read more...]

APR
02
2014

World Geography Unit Study: Argentina

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Buen Dia’ and welcome to our World Geography unit study! This week we’re learning all about Argentina! Did you know the Iguazu Falls are a series of falls on the Iguacu River that stretch a distance of over two miles. Their name comes from an Indian word meaning great water.  That’s just one of the cool things we learned about this week! So of course we started by going over all the countries we’ve learned so far, then found Argentina on the map. Here are some of the things we learned on our voyage: Located Argentina and The Pampas on the map, and completed our worksheet Learned about the Argentina Flag and colored in our worksheet Learned how to say “Hello” in Spanish – Hola (Hello) Buen Dia’ (Good Day)! Prayed for the people of Argentina and Uruguay Learned an Argentinian Song Read: Children Just Like Me Book Completed our mini lap book activity  Geography from A-Z: arsh, Meander Learned about and classified 6 animals of … [Read more...]

APR
01
2014

What’s in the Workbox? 5th Grade

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Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I did a What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post, so I thought I might do another one for you today! I’m taking pictures of Strawberry Shortcakes boxes today for you. And I can’t believe it but she’s nearing the end of her 5th grade year! Ouch! (…Insert sad face here…)   Drawer #1: 1) As you’ve probably already seen, our top drawer houses our expandable drawer organizer and it holds all of the pencils, glue, erasers, lip gloss, etc. that a 5th grade girl needs on a daily basis. It hangs on the drawer sides, so it can slide back and forth out of the way which is a nice feature. It also expands/contracts to fit most drawer sizes. 2) This drawer also holds her Apologia Who is God? student notebook, which we’re enjoying. This curriculum is great for elementary aged students. This is just the student journal, then I keep the teacher’s guide in my shelves. We do this as a group with our 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade kids. 3) It also has her weekly … [Read more...]

MAR
31
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschool Storage Solutions

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you! Last time around we discussed Student Organization. And today we’re going to talk about homeschool storage solutions and a few extra things too!     Student Work Long Term Storage. The records you are required to keep will be determined by your state requirements. Most states do not make you keep everything for each year. However, many will request an attendance sheet showing hours and days completed for each student. Some states will also require a list of curriculum used each year as well. Find out what your state laws are before you delve into the practice of storing all of your student’s work. You’ll find that it adds up quickly and many of us don’t have the storage space required to keep all of everything over the years. For the time being, I have chosen to keep our work for my own fond memories. I also have a hard time throwing out a full year’s worth of sweat and tears! So for … [Read more...]

MAR
30
2014

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Unit Study & Lapbook

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Hi everyone! Today I’m releasing my new Tom Sawyer Unit Study and Lapbook.This is a great book for young boys as it includes a lot of adventure and mischief! Hope you enjoy! Story Summary: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a fun adventure for any young man! The story follows the mischievous but good natured Tom Sawyer as he lives his life to the fullest. He hunts for buried treasure, explores dark and mysterious caves, and makes friends everywhere he goes. Your kiddos will enjoy reading this novel as Tom turns even the mildest event into an unforgettable adventure! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts Tom Sawyer version as retold from the Mark Twain original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so … [Read more...]