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    DIY Festive North Pole Snacks

    Cheers! I hope you’re enjoying all of my fun Christmas-y posts as of late! And today I have another one for you. These adorable North Pole Snacks are not only easy to make, but I think they turned out super cute too. I will say that they were a little on the sweet side, but hey, it’s Christmas … [Read More...]

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    How to make a Rag Quilt: Tutorial

      You will need: Self-healing cutting mat Ruler (I have a Fiskars 6’x24” acrylic ruler.) Cotton thread in coordinating color, I used white. Rotary cutter Sharp scissors (I used Fiskars 5” Titanium Micro-tip scissors because I already had them, but Fiskars 8” Softouch Spring … [Read More...]

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    DIY Hot Chocolate Cup Treats

    Good morning everyone! I have a really cute and easy hot chocolate treat for you today! It’s not the hot chocolate that you’re thinking. Instead these little snacks, are meant to look like a cup of hot cocoa, but instead, they’re sweet treats that will be sure to brighten any holiday party! And … [Read More...]

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    DIY Reindeer Treats!

    Good morning readers! I have another super cute holiday treat for you today. These adorable reindeer snacks are not only easy to make, but they make great treats to bring to any holiday festivities you might have going on! And they’re really easy enough that your kiddos can do them too. Let’s get … [Read More...]

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    Spielgaben Version 4.0 Giveaway!

    Good morning readers! I hope you’re all enjoying my Christmas posts thus far. Today I have a very SPECIAL giveaway for you all and I’m so excited! Spielgaben has come up with a new and improved version of their amazing product and I have one to giveaway for you all today, so keep reading! For … [Read More...]

MAR
11
2010

Color Wheel Activity

I found this great idea from Mama Jenn and knowing how much my kiddos love to play with the little water droppers, knew we had to do it! Supplies/Instructions: Visit Mama Jenn’s blog and download the color mixing wheel. Cardstock and lamination Red, Yellow, Blue Food Coloring Egg cartons for mixing colored water. Toothpicks or other stirring object Water droppers(you could use Tylenol droppers) Paper Towels Instructions: Put some of each color food coloring into separate egg carton sections. Dilute food coloring with water, keeping colors separate. Also give them clean water to rinse out dropper between colors. Using dropper, have students place 1 drop of each color on the colored dots of the color mixing wheel. Obviously, making sure the colors they’re putting on match the ones on the template. Note: Be sure to clean the dropper in a cup of water each time you switch colors. We didn’t and the colors were okay, but there were some yellows that were a tad greenish… Once all … [Read more...]

MAR
09
2010

Pick And Draw Give Away!

Rich, the creator of Pick and Draw, has generously a set of Pick and Draw cards as a give away for my 1500 subscribers celebration! About the Game Pick and Draw is a fun, one-of-a-kind drawing game that teaches you how to make very creative cartoon faces. It can be played by one or more people, and is an excellent way to encourage creative thinking skills. This game is so much fun and encouraging for everyone, even my children who seem reluctant to try drawing. As you can see the cards are easy, fun shapes: The game: A good quality deck of cards with a sturdy plastic carrying case. 60,000 different drawing possibilities in the deck. The cards use basic shapes that anyone can draw Can be one player or multiple! It is easy to play: just pick a card from each pile and draw it! All you need is the deck of cards, a pencil and paper It only costs $10! We had so much fun playing this game, it was super easy, and with all the different combination's it was fun too! … [Read more...]

MAR
09
2010

1500 Subscribers Celebration!

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve reached 1500 subscribers! Thank you all so much, this blog has been a huge blessing to our family and I hope that its been one for yours as well. As a thank you, I’m getting ready to post a couple Give Aways! The first one will post tonight at midnight, so get ready! … [Read more...]

MAR
09
2010

Clown Fish Lapbook

This was our first preschool lapbook, we did a Clownfish Lapbook. Since it was for prek, I kept it simple, 1 file folder and includes: New Worlds: Sea homes Where do they live? Clown Fish Anatomy Clown Fish Measuring Finding Nemo Stick Puppets Clown Fish Coloring Of course we watched Finding Nemo! Since this was for our preschooler, I kept it simple. You can download my version of the Clownfish Lapbook here.I you have older children, you can find plenty of downloads in the coral reef lapbook at Homeschool Share. … [Read more...]

MAR
07
2010

Easter Activities & Lapbook

I made some fun Easter activities for our family and thought I’d share early so you have plenty of time to make them! These items could easily be made into an Easter Lapbook so I also included a Lapbook Cover Page and Game Piece Pockets if you want them. Enjoy!Lapbook Cover Page and Lapbook Pockets Easter Number Matching: Cut out each egg, then cut in half along the dotted line. Match the number on top with the correct amount of dots on the bottom to complete the puzzles! (Numbers 1-10 included in download) Roll an Easter Egg: Roll the dice and put together the egg puzzle depending on the number you roll! Counting Eggs: These are fun to put in numerical order! I also these with either mini-clothes pins, colored paper clips, or put a hole in them and have her attach chain links to them. Whatever you use, just have them put on the correct amount for the number on the card. This would be cute to use with little Jelly Beans as counters! (Numbers 1-10 included in download) Easter … [Read more...]

MAR
06
2010

How to get started homeschooling…

I've had so many questions on this that I've decided to go ahead and do a post. But before I go on, please realize I am by no means a homeschooling guru, more like a crazy lady with a camera, okay? So...the short/common answer here is that you have to figure out what works best for YOU and your kids. Each family is different, and each child within your family can be different. In response to that, I've had a lot of questions from newbie homeschoolers saying that the above answer doesn't really help them out any! So, with that said, I thought I'd do my best to at least give you a starting place so that you can naturally shift towards what works for you! So, grab a cup of coffee, or a Valium maybe (just kidding! hee, hee), try not to get overwhelmed, and I'll tell you how we got started... Pray! Pray for wisdom and direction, for what God has in mind for your homeschool and for your children. He has a master plan for each one of them and only through constant prayer can you … [Read more...]

MAR
05
2010

Word Block Phonics

I found this wonderful game on The Crafty Classroom and immediately LOVED it! I’m all about anything that can make learning more fun, and colorful, and pretty…and involves paint…and a trip to the craft store ;o) Really this is another take on the Paint Chip Phonics game I made awhile back, but looks a little more interactive to me. So here’s how to make it: Supplies: Wooden cubes from craft store 3 Colors of Acrylic Paint Foam paint brush Sharpie Step 1: I followed the advice on The Crafty Classroom and left 3 of the blocks the natural wood color so my children would know which blocks are the beginning letters. Step 2: Next I painted the remaining 6 blocks to be used for the ending sounds. I painted the same color on opposite sides of each block. Just make sure to let the sides dry enough to handle before moving onto the next color. Step 3: Write various ending sounds on each block. Since we’re learning 1 and 2 vowel words now, I went ahead … [Read more...]

MAR
04
2010

Domino & Dice Math

I downloaded a great domino game today called “Domino Parking Lot”. Younger kids can count the dots and place the dominos in the correct spot. Older kids can add the 2 sides together to find the correct spot. I found the idea for this on Nurturing the Tender Years, if you haven’t already, go visit, she has a beautiful blog! Domino Math: I do this game 2 ways, either I write in the combination's and he matches the dominoes to it and writes in the answer. Or he picks a domino out and writes the equation and answer himself. Click here to download the domino math game! Dice Addition/Subtraction: Roll the die, and write a number in the first box, roll again and write it in the second box. Use blocks or counters to help figure out the answer! Click here to download the Dice Addition/Subtraction worksheets! A Place Value Game: Pick numbers and put them in boxes, say the number, and make it with blocks! Click here to download the Place Value Game: More Domino ideas: MathWire Brick … [Read more...]

MAR
03
2010

What’s In The Box Wednesday: Kindergarten

Math U See Primer video and workbook Logic Links Puzzle Abeka Handwriting practice Abeka –Addition flashcard practice & counting by 5’sDomino Parking Lot: Add the dots & put the domino in the correct spotAbeka – Phonics FlashcardsAbeka – I Do Read bookWall-E  I Spy Book Click here for more information on the Workbox System!      That’s it for the day! Only 8 boxes, what a lucky guy ;o) … [Read more...]

MAR
02
2010

Thank You!

Thank you for your purchase!You will receive an email shortly with your order and download information. If you do not receive an email, please contact me directly at erica {at} confessionsofahomeschooler {dot} com.Hope you have a great day! … [Read more...]