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    Baker’s Dozen Quilt Kit Giveaway!

    Hey guys! I have a super fun giveaway for you all today. As many of you know Stitches_N_Giggles4U is one of my favorite Etsy shops and she is always up for doing a fun giveaway for my readers. Now I know it’s mid summer for most of us, but that’s the perfect time to start a Christmas quilt! Yep, … [Read More...]

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    Expedition Earth: Germany Unit Study

      Guten Tag! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Germany! My husband’s family is German, so this was a special week for us. We even sampled some of his grandma’s butter ball soup and homemade kraut burgers! Yum!   Here are some more of the things we covered this … [Read More...]

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    Quilting 101: How to Choose Fabric

    Hey guys! I’m back with another fun video in my Quilting 101 series. Today we’re talking all about fabric! I’m going to show you all about precuts and yardage, share what I like to buy. And then I’ll share some of my favorite places to get my fabric too!   Fabric is one of my favorite … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: How to Create Lesson Plans

    Hey guys! I hope you’re enjoying my Tip Tuesday series. If you’re following along you know that last week we talked about how to choose homeschool curriculum, and this week I’m getting into the nitty gritty of how to take all of that curriculum and turn it into workable lesson plans for your … [Read More...]

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    Our Top 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Picks

    Good morning! Today I’m sharing our top 7th grade homeschool curriculum picks. I know choosing curriculum can be a challenge, so hopefully this post will help give you a good starting point to choosing your own!   So let’s get started! Here are the basic subjects that I suggest you … [Read More...]

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29
2015

October 2015 Holidays & Fun Days

Good morning! Fall is my absolute favorite season! I love all of the changing colors, and we get nice cool weather here as well. It’s great weather to head outside and enjoy yourself on a brisk walk, hike, or just kick around some leaves. It also means yummy soups and cozy sweaters. And you can usually get away without wearing one of those bulky parkas needed during winter time. Here are a few holidays and fun days for you to check out this month! Have an idea to share? Make sure to leave me a comment below!   Holidays: October 12 – Columbus Day (Second Monday) October 12 – Thanksgiving Day in Canada October 27 – Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles marking the end of the harvest time and the dependence of the people of Israel on the will of God.   Fun Days: October 1 World Vegetarian Day  Whoohoo! Sounds like a salad is in order! Have any fun vegetarian recipes to share? Comment below! October 2 Name Your Car Day “You shall be called squishy … [Read more...]

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27
2015

7th Grade Homeschool Workload

Hey guys! I’m back today with another What’s in the Workbox? video for you all! Today we’re taking a look into my 7th grader’s daily homeschool workboxes.   It’s crazy to think that I have a 7th grader, but here we are in Jr. High already! I’ve been homeschooling her for 8 years an that just seems crazy to me! Anyhoo…let’s take a closer look to see what her day looks like, and how she goes about her daily assignments. She is mostly independent in her work now. I still help teach her English as well as our group subjects. But otherwise she’s doing well working on her own. And she likes to get a head start in the morning so that she can finish early and be done with school for the day. Click here to see our 7th grade daily homeschool workload video!   For those of you who prefer photos and links feel free to keep reading! Drawer 1 In her first drawer we keep her expandable drawer organizer which holds her basic school supplies, as well as her … [Read more...]

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24
2015

October 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

Good morning fellow hard working moms and dads out there! I have my October 2015 Monthly Meal Plan ready for you today! I’m hoping my monthly meal plans make your lives a little bit easier, and stress free! I know it helps my sanity levels since I barely have time to even think about what we’ll be eating on any given day! And I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely looking forward to the cooler weather that October brings. Fall is probably one of my favorite seasons. I love all of the leaves changing colors along with the crisp cool air. And…it also means we have some yummy soups and more fall meals to look forward to as well.   Download the 2015 October Monthly Meal Plan: 2015 October Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2015 October Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable) If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to the recipe. I hope this helps all you homeschooling warriors who are in the final stretch of the year! The … [Read more...]

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22
2015

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Literature Unit

Good morning lovely readers! I have a new literature unit for you today! This has been a much requested unit, and it’s finally done! If your student liked The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, then they’ll probably love The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn too!   Story Summary: Wherever he goes, trouble seems to follow Huckleberry Finn in this adventurous story! Huck is an independent boy growing up in mid-1800’s Missouri. Of course trouble finds him as he goes on a great rafting adventure down the Mississippi River, where he runs into his old friend Jim. He also meets a few new acquaintances who seem eager to make Huck’s life as difficult as possible! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn 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 … [Read more...]

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20
2015

6th Grade Homeschool Workload

Hello fellow homeschoolers! Today I have a fun video showing you what my 6th grader’s day looks like. We’re taking a closer peek into his workbox drawers to see what he does all day long. The only thing not shown in the drawers is his affinity for procrastination. And a few group subjects that I’ll mention at the bottom of this post too! So let’s take a closer look into my 6th grader’s homeschool workload each day!       For those of you who don’t like videos, here are some pics and links to all of the products for you! Drawer 1 His first drawer contains our expandable drawer organizer from The Container store along with all of his basic supplies like pencils, pens, erasers, glue, etc. It also has his daily assignment spiral which tells him exactly what he has to do each day. He just crosses each item off as it is completed. It also has his Word of Life Challenger Quiet Time devotion which he does daily. They’re nice short devotions … [Read more...]

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17
2015

Expedition Earth: China Geography Unit

Ni Hao! As most of you know we’re going through my Expedition Earth curriculum again this year, and the kids couldn’t be more excited! The last time we did this it was 2010 and Miss Lady Bug was only about 2 years old! Since she never got the chance to go through it, and it’s been several years, we thought now would be a great time to travel the globe again! So we’re starting off our journeys by visiting China. Did you know that China has the largest population in the world, with over 1.3 billion people? It is also the 3rd largest country with an area of approximately 3,747,879 sq. miles. The Yangtze River (3rd longest in the world) and the Yellow River (6th longest in the world) are both found in China. And the Great Wall of China is the largest man made structure in the world stretching an amazing 5,500 miles! China’s Yangtze river is also home to the rare and endangered giant panda bear. The bear eats as much as 22 pounds of bamboo a day, and can live to be about 20 years old … [Read more...]

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15
2015

4th Grade Homeschool Workload

Hey guys! I’m back today with another fun video for you! Today we’re taking a closer look at what is in my 4th grade workboxes, and for something new, we’re going to be looking in her drawers via video spy cam! Okay, we’re not really spying, but it really is a video of her daily work, plus some lovely commentary from me as we browse through her drawers! Click here to see what’s in our 4th grade workboxes this year!     For those of you who like pictures and detailed descriptions there are links below to all of our curriculum this year, so feel free to keep reading!   Drawer 1 In her first drawer we keep her expandable drawer organizer as well as her daily assignment notebook (more info on this in the video) and her Word of Life Challenger Quiet Time devotion.   Drawer 2 This is our math drawer and I keep her Math U See Delta workbook, as well as an Evan-Moor Daily Math Problems 4 workbook in there. I like the … [Read more...]

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13
2015

How to Applique’ and a giveaway!

Hey guys! So I have a totally fun applique project for you today along with an awesome giveaway from Sizzix! So make sure to read all the way to the bottom to enter to win. Awhile back Sizzix sent me this absolutely amazing pack of goodies to check out! And since I’m just a little bit addicted to quilting, I was so excited to try these out. They have so many fun dies that you can use for quilting and applique’ that I couldn’t hardly wait to get started! I have big plans folks… That little bow die in the front is going to be used in Dresden plate wreath mini-quilt that I’m going to work on. How cute will that be? And the little half square triangles on the right there will make my life so much easier! They even already cut off the little dog ear for you. Which is just tedious work, so yea, I’m excited to try that too! That cute snowflake hiding in the back has already become some super cute Christmassy/Wintery coasters. (Don’t worry I have a post on those coming … [Read more...]

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10
2015

Zentangle Panda Art

Hey guys! Today I have a super fun and creative art project for you. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen it, if you don’t follow me there you should because I post lots of pics that never make it to the blog! An awesome reader found this fun activity on the Make and Takes website and recommended it to us for our Expedition Earth China week.  It looked like so much fun so we gave it a whirl. Thanks for the idea Tiffany! So if you don’t know Zentangle® is a technique used to create beautiful images using repetitive patterns. And though the term Zentangle is a relatively new one, I suspect that this type of art work has been around for centuries. As a matter of fact, it reminded me of some of the Illuminated Manuscripts that we learned about today in our Middle Ages history curriculum! And since we just happened to be learning all about China I thought this went along great. So we decided to try out this style for ourselves. First I printed a panda coloring page. … [Read more...]

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08
2015

2015 LEGO Americana

Good morning everyone! We had the pleasure of visiting our local shopping mall during the LEGO Americana Tour this year and wow, was it cool! I was absolutely amazed at these displays. And the designers and builders of these are to be commended because they were absolutely fabulous! If you weren’t able to attend on of the shows, I thought I would invite you to come along on the tour with us! Each landmark United States Capitol Building We’re gonna’ start off with the mac-daddy of the displays…The United States Capitol Building. I wanted to show the girls in this picture just so you could see the size of this thing! It’s absolutely enormous, and took up the entire center of the mall. And make no mistake about it, these displays are equally impressive from the front, sides, and back! The United States Capitol building is located in Washington, D.C. and is home to the Legislative Branch of the US Government. It seats both the Senate and the House of Representatives. It was first … [Read more...]