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    Hands on Easter Activities for Kids

    Bunnies, chicks, eggs…oh my! All of those things are fun, but I really want my kiddos to get the real meaning of Easter as well! So here are a few of my favorite ideas to help make this Easter special! Since Easter is quickly approaching I’m in the mood for Easter Activities! Yesterday I shared … [Read More...]

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    FREE Parenting Webinar with Amy McCready!

    Good morning parents! Are you wondering how to get your kids to listen without nagging, reminding, or yelling? Look no further! I’m partnering with Amy McCready in another great FREE parenting webinar for you! Amy is founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor. Together … [Read More...]

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    The Time Machine Literature Unit

    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 … [Read More...]

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    Easy Chicken, Rice, and Bean Burritos

      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 … [Read More...]

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    World Geography: South Africa Unit Study

    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 … [Read More...]

DEC
02
2009

Nativity Craft

We made this fun Nativity Craft today! I found this cute idea on Family Fun!Materials: 2 small terra-cotta pots1 small terra-cotta saucerAcrylic paintFine-point marker3 wooden knobs, one smaller than the othersTacky glueFabricEmbroidery flossRaffia Instructions Paint the terra-cotta pots and saucer. Use a fine-point marker to draw faces on the wooden knobs. 2. Once the paint is dry, turn the pots upside down and use tacky glue to attach a larger head to the bottom of each pot. When the glue is dry, drape a piece of fabric around the top of each head and tie it in place with embroidery floss. 3. Form a swaddling blanket from another piece of cloth, as shown, gluing it to secure the shape. Glue the small head to the blanket and set it in the saucer on a bed of raffia.More Christmas Fun Crafts!Snowglobe CraftSnowflake CraftSnow Covered Votives … [Read more...]

DEC
01
2009

The Minivan Express!

Toot toot, All Aboard The Minivan Express!I was so excited when I found this idea for The Minivan Express! If you know me at all, you know that I ran right into photoshop and made up some Golden Tickets for the adventure! And you also know I have them here to share with you of course!Click on the image to download!I plan on going online and seeing where the best Christmas lights are in our area, then planning a little map so our nights not a bust! In a week or so when no one is expecting it, I will hide the "Golden Tickets" in my kids' beds. My husband will start bed/bathtime as usual, while I prepare little bags of popcorn and possibly hot chocolate drinks and place them in their carseats, and make sure to have Christmas music playing in the van.When they go to climb into bed, they will find the ticket hidden under their covers, I'm hoping for lots of giggles and screams to see if everyone has a ticket!Upon entrance to The Minivan Express, we will hole punch the ticket (you know for … [Read more...]

DEC
01
2009

Felt Christmas Tree Craft

Fun Felt Christmas Tree Craft:Materials:Green felt (I got the sticky kind)Thin cardboard (The boards that come with dress shirts work well!)Craft Glue, scissorsTree Trimmings: Buttons, Pipe cleaners, glitter, sparkles, etc! Instructions: Cut a simple triangle from the shirt boardTrace the triangle onto your piece of green felt and cut outGlue or stick felt onto shirtboardEmbellish with Tree Trimmings!Add trunk using brown felt if you wishGlue on a ribbon to hang on your tree!If you like this, check out my edible Christmas Tree Craft!(Idea from The Adventure of Christmas: Helping Children Find Jesus in Our Holiday Traditions)More Christmas Tree Crafts can be found at: Family Fun! … [Read more...]

NOV
30
2009

Snowflake Votives: Jesus is the light of the world!

I found this cute Christmas votive craft at Crafts for all seasons!It's a great way to transform our original Jesus is the light of the world candle craft and bring it back out as a reminder this Christmas Season!Supplies:glass votive candle holderDecoupage medium, like Mod Podge (I used glossy)Paint brushFake Snow Flakes from Michael's or JoAnnsPaper plateInstructions:Place fake snow flakes on paper platePaint outside of votive holder with mod podgeRoll votive holder into snowflakes until well coveredOnce dry, re-coat votive with another layer of Mod Podge and allow to dry until medium turns clear!Light candle at dinner and remember that Jesus is the Light of the World!Discuss:It is in John's Gospel chapter 1, verse 4 that we read, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men". Again, in verse 9, "He was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world."What does all this mean? "God is light." (1 Jn 1:5). Not only does he give light and provide light, He is … [Read more...]

NOV
30
2009

2009 Annual Family Calendar

Each year, each month, I take photos of the kids. Why you ask? For our annual family calendar! I give these as Christmas gifts each year and its time once again. Typically I take the calendar class at our local Archiver’s, however, this year, being that I went digital mid-year, I decided to make my own! No more embellishments falling off or calendars held together by paperclips because of poor adhesive, just nice, crisp, digital scrapped pages! Here’s the year in review. Note: If you happen to be one of my family members, you may want to skip this post! : View Full Album … [Read more...]

NOV
29
2009

The Jesse Tree

Each year we take the month of December off of our regular curriculum to focus on the birth of our Savior! As we began our 'Christmas School' this year, I found a great website for making a Jesse Tree. Its a fun, hands on way to retell the story of the family tree of Jesus! You can download the ornaments as well as daily lessons for The Jesse Tree Here. (Just scroll down to the bottom for reflections(lessons) and Ornament downloads.) Here is a sample of what your tree can look like. Some people use real trees and hang the ornaments on it. I'm planning on printing off the ornaments then either laminating them, or gluing them onto felt for durability. here's a picture as we start our tree this year: I also found this great book and we read a story from it each night: The Jesse Tree I also found a fun list of Advent ideas from Teaching Mom. Just click on the calendar day you are on and you'll find TONS of ideas for that day! (Note: This is the 2008 calendar, but the … [Read more...]

NOV
28
2009

Santa Clause Craft

Here's an easy and fun Santa craft to do with your kids this Holiday Season!Supplies:Red Construction Paper (For hat, nose and Holly Berries)Light Pink Construction Paper or Peach colored (for face)Black Construction Paper for eyes (I used a 5/8" hole punch for eyes and berries)Green Construction Paper for Holly Leaves1 Sheet of any colored construction paper you choose for backgroundCotton Balls (For hat and beard)Instructions:Print off my my Santa Template, and cut out. Trace each item on appropriate colored paper and cut out.Glue cut out pieces onto construction paper background. Glue on face first, then hat, eyes, nose and mustache. Glue on cotton balls on tip of hat, brim of hat and all over for beard.I've also seen this used as an Advent Calendar, Instead of gluing on all of the beard, simply write numbers 1-25 where the beard would go and glue on one ball a day until Christmas!Read the REAL story of who St. Nicolas was from Lisa Whelchel's book:The Adventure of Christmas: … [Read more...]

NOV
23
2009

Thankful Turkey Craft

We used my felt turkey template and instead of using felt, we cut everything out of construction paper to make our own Thankful Turkey Craft! After gluing on the basic turkey body and head etc. we wrote something we were thankful for on each feather then glued them on the turkey.Happy Thanksgiving Week! … [Read more...]

NOV
22
2009

Felt Pizza Tutorial

Well, like I said I developed a felt food craving quite quickly after the felt doughnuts! There is a wonderful video tutorial from Lilly Bean! Here's my attempt at the felt pizza:Supplies:4 Sheets of light tan felt for crust1 sheet of light cream for cheese1 sheet red for pepperoni1 sheet green for peppers1 sheet marbled tan or brown for mushroomsneedle and matching thread, scissors, sewing machine if you have one!regular sized plate and rulerFilling: you can use 1/2" foam, or I used some sheet cotton from my christmas houses!)Instructions:1. Using the light tan felt, trace your pizza pie shape onto the felt. The straight sides measure 5.5" and then I used a plate to draw on the curve. (Repeat 4 times if you're making a whole pizza)2. Layer your traced felt piece onto another one, then roughly cut out the crust shapes going through both layers and secure layers together with a pin. Using a sewing machine, sew along the line you traced onto the felt. Once done, cut a slit into one side … [Read more...]

NOV
21
2009

Felt Doughnuts Tutorial

Well, after my "I'm not a sewer turkey project", I got on a felt food kick and decided to make some doughnuts! I got the idea from Escape Artist, and here's my attempt at it!Click here to see the rest of my felt food creations!Supplies:Felt for doughnut, I used light brown, dark brown(it takes 1/2 sheet per doughnut) Colored felt for frosting: I used light pink(I got about 4 frosting pieces/sheet)Doughnut template: you could use a CD or I used a large can of chicken and a nickle for the hole LOL!Scissors, needle, matching threadFluffy stuffing, I used a polyfiber fill stuffing.Topping embellishments, I used beads as well as hand stitched on sprinkles.Directions:1. Trace your pattern onto the doughnut colored felt, you'll need 2 circles per doughnut. Then trace the doughnut hole, I used a quarter, but I think the holes are too big, so I'd use something smaller like a nickel or the inside of a CD.2. Cut out the doughnut circles and holes. Next cut out free form frosting piece and a hole … [Read more...]