• bakingcontest5.jpg

    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...]

  • diypumpkinpiesoap.jpg

    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...]

  • kindergarten10.jpg

    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...]

  • 2015blogplanner_promo.jpg

    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...]

  • perfectadventcalendar.jpg

    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...]

MAR
22
2010

JumpStart Review & Give Away!

I was recently contacted by JumpStart to try out their new 3D virtual world, write a review, and offer you a great giveaway for our 1500 Subscriber Celebration! JumpStart is a 3-D virtual world is focused on developing academic and logic skills. The online environment is safe and secure for kids as they interact, learn, and enjoy! Each child gets to personalize their own “Jumpee” (avatar). They get to pick hair, eyes, clothes, shoes, etc. They even get to pick a fun goofy name to identify their “Jumpee”. As they play through the games, they earn Jump Stars which they can spend in the JumpStart store to decorate their own rooms. Once the game starts there are different levels to explore based on your child’s age. (Though you can enter any of the areas you choose). 3-5 year olds: StoryLand Kindergarten to 2nd grade: AdventureLand MarineLand (an underwater adventure) Kids from 3rd to 5th grade: FutureLand Our experience playing the game: My 7yr old: She loved the games! … [Read more...]

MAR
21
2010

Prek Letter X

Welcome to the Letter X. We’ll be having fun with Xylophones this week! Letter X Memory Verse: “eXceeding great and precious promises are given unto us” 2 Peter 1:4 Click here to download the verse puzzle. (Note: I use this with my 2nd grader, not prek) For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books: ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter X on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here. Song time: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol 1 Hide 'Em In Your Heart Songs - Vol 2 Roll A Xylophone! I found this idea on Play 2 Learn Printables, and had to make one for my alphabet collection! The game is simple, cut out the pieces (they’re on pg2 not shown here). Roll the die and place the piece of the puzzle indicated by the number rolled. Its a fun way to practice number recognition skills! I like these fun Giant Soft Dice Letter X Shape Puzzles:Cut out each … [Read more...]

MAR
21
2010

Pick and Draw Winner!

Hi everyone! We have a winner for our Pick and Draw Give Away! And the winner is….Michelle over at A Mommy’s Adventures, if you haven’t checked out her blog go see it, she has some fabulous ideas! Thank you all for participating in the Pick and Draw Giveaway! The next 1500 Subscriber give away will start March 23rd! … [Read more...]

MAR
19
2010

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

One of our favorite books to read is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I made a fun graphing sheet to go along with the story that kids can fill out as you read the story, you can download the graph sheet here.I also made lacing cards for the story as well. After cutting out the pieces, I punched a hole in each one then tied a piece of yarn to the caterpillar. As you read the story they lace on the items he eats. At the end they lace on the cocoon.I then had them put the whole thing in a bag, like a cocoon. While we are reading the final page and discussing what happens to the caterpillar, I put that bag behind my back and switch it out with another one containing the butterflies. Then I give them back their bag and let them reach inside and pull out the butterfly. They LOVED it!You can download the Hungry Caterpillar cards here!More Hungry Caterpillar … [Read more...]

MAR
18
2010

Letter of the Week Game Instructions!

I’ve been asked by several people for instructions to all of my games, and realized with all the new readers, you may have not seen my older posts with all the games "in action" so to speak.So, if you have been using my Letter of the Week games, and need instructions for them, please click on the image below to download! If you purchase the Entire Letter of the Week Curriculum from this date forward, these instructions will be included in the “Extras” portion of the download! Thanks to everyone for your suggestions! … [Read more...]

MAR
17
2010

What’s In The Box Wednesday: Teeny Tot

I’ve had some questions on how we keep the Teeny Tot busy during school. The answer for us as been to give her a desk with her own workboxes and start “Teeny Tot School”! Okay, so its more like, “Make a gigantic mess all over School”, but it affords us some valuable teaching time that’s worth the clean up! I just keep these activities in the boxes until she stops getting into them, then I swap ‘em out with new activities. I also recruit my other kids to help fill her boxes, they come up with some excellent ideas! Stacking cups Sorting Keys Discovery Toys locking blocks Paper cups, pom-poms, PF Chang’s kids chopsticks (My prek filled this box) Magnetic Fish Puzzle Leapfrog Fridge Phonics Old phone graveyard Measuring cups, bowls, pom-poms Tape, stickers and paper (looks harmless right? ;o) ) Felt Strawberries and bowl for transferring If all else fails…we send her out of the room with our preschooler ‘til we’re done! Results are in and its a….drum … [Read more...]

MAR
16
2010

ABC and 123 Give Away!

As part of their Birthday Celebration, ABC and 123 is offering a giveaway for my Letter of the Week Preschool Curriculum! Head over to ABC and 123 for a chance to win! … [Read more...]

MAR
16
2010

Salad Spinner Spring Flowers

Supplies: Salad Spinner (Yes, I said salad spinner) Food coloring (I used non-toxic paint too, but it didn’t spin as well) Paper (I used construction paper and paper plates) Popsicle sticks or straws for the stems Vase to display! (You can also stick them in clumps of play-doh for a base) Step 1: Cut the paper to fit inside your salad spinner, then drop some food coloring onto your paper. Step 2: Spin, Spin, Spin!   Step 3: cut into flower shapes and glue to popsicle sticks and display for all to see! That’s it! Easy as 1,2,3! … [Read more...]

MAR
14
2010

Prek Letter Y

Welcome to the Letter Y week, where we’ll be having fun with Yarn! Letter Y Memory Verse: "You are My friends if you do whatever I command you." John 15:14. Click here to download verse puzzle (Note I use this with my 2nd grader, not prek) For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books: ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter Y on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here. Song time: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol 1 Hide 'Em In Your Heart Songs - Vol 2 Yarn Number Matchup! This game is for counting practice. Simply cut out along the lines so you end up with squares. Have your child put mini-clothes pins, pom-poms or paper clips or the manipulative of your choice onto the card based on the number on it. Yarn Coloring: We color this, paint it, or use markers. I found some that fit my 3 year old well, they're called Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers, we also … [Read more...]

MAR
11
2010

Patriotic Picnic Basket

I am so excited to introduce our first felt pattern for sale: The Patriotic Picnic Basket! Thispattern could be easily altered to fit any holiday or color scheme by simply replacing the red, white, and blue fabric with colors of your choice. This cute picnic basket includes instructions and patterns for: Picnic Basket, napkins & table cloth Sandwich bread Bologna, lettuce, cheese Tomato slices Orange Wedges Watermelon slice Salsa chips M&M; cookies Candy bar Chasing Marcus was kind enough to do a review for us, you can see how her basket turned out here! Buy The Patriotic Picnic Basket Pattern now for just $5! ★Completed Basket measures approximately 9 1/4” long x 7 1/4” wide x 5 1/4” high. ★This pattern includes easy step by step instructions along with colorful photos! ★Pattern comes complete with full Scale Pattern Pieces. ★You will be directed to the download page upon completion of payment. If for some reason you are not … [Read more...]